Scott Peterson lives comfortable life on death row, author claims

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Scott Peterson's 'Cushy' Life On Death Row

Ten years after being sentenced to death for the murder of his 8-month pregnant wife, Scott Peterson is comfortably living on death row on taxpayer money.

In a special one-hour report on Peterson and his life behind bars, Fox's Geraldo Rivera spoke with Nancy Mullane, the award-winning author of "Life After Murder: Five Men In Search of Redemption." She is one of the few outsiders to have a glimpse of the 42 year old convicted murderer.

Mullane describes seeing a buff-looking young man playing basketball -- who looked more like a college athlete playing on his neighborhood court than a prisoner on death row. She compares his experience to that of other convicts. Geraldo Rivera noted that this prison experience is perhaps "the cushiest environment" Mullane had seen in the prison system.

"They are not having the life Scott Peterson is having. Scott Peterson has an exclusive life inside San Quentin," Mullane said.

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Scott Peterson lives comfortable life on death row, author claims
Amber Frey, right, leaves a Redwood City, Calif., courtroom with her attorney Gloria Allred, left, after she was questioned by attorney Mark Geragos during the Scott Peterson trial, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004. Peterson is the Modesto, Calif., man who could face the death penalty for the murder of his wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn son. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
*** FILE *** Amber Frey leaves a Redwood City, Calif., courthouse during the Scott Peterson trial, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004. Frey, the former mistress of convicted murderer Scott Peterson, is opening a day spa in a tony Fresno suburb. Frey said she planned to launch Escape Day Spa with a Caribbean-themed, adults-only party Thursday evening June 28, 2007 in a Clovis shopping center. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Gloria Allred, attorney for Amber Frey, speaks to the media as she leaves the courthouse after Scott Peterson was convicted of murder in Redwood City, Calif., Friday, Nov. 12, 2004. Scott Peterson was charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of his pregnant wife Laci, and their unborn son. (AP Photo/David Paul Morris, pool)
Amber Frey, witness for the prosecution, center, is escorted out of the San Mateo Superior County Court by her attorneys Nathan Goldberg, bottom left, and Gloria Allred, bottom right, and police after testifying in the Scott Peterson trial in Redwood City, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 16, 2004. Scott Peterson is the Modesto, Calif., man who could face the death penalty if he's convicted of two counts of murder for the deaths of his wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn son. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Anita Presta reads through Amber Frey's new book, "Witness: For the Prosecution of Scott Peterson," before buying it at a bookstore in San Francisco on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Amber Frey, right, leaves with her attorney Gloria Allred, left, after she was questioned by attorney Mark Geragos during the Scott Peterson trial at the Redwood City, Calif., courthouse, Monday, Aug. 23, 2004. Peterson is the Modesto, Calif., man who could face the death penalty for the murder of his wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn son. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, pool)
Amber Frey, center, leaves with her attorneys Gloria Allred, left, and Nate Goldberg, right, after she testified during the Scott Peterson murder trial at the Redwood City, Calif., courthouse, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004. Peterson is the Modesto, Calif., man who could face the death penalty for the murder of his wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn son. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, Pool)
Amber Frey, right, exits the courthouse with her attorney Gloria Allred, left, after the first day of Mark Geragos cross-examination during the Scott Peterson double murder trial Monday, Aug. 23, 2004, at the San Mateo County Superior Courthouse in Redwood City. Scott Peterson is on trial for the murder of his wife Laci Peterson and their unborn child. (AP Photo/ Tony Avelar, pool)
Amber Frey, center, arrives with her attorney Gloria Allred, center left, and two unidentified Modesto police officers, left and right, before Frey testifies in the Scott Peterson trial at the Redwood City, Calif., courthouse, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004. Peterson is the Modesto, Calif., man who could face the death penalty for the murder of his wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn son. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Attorney Gloria Allred, right, addresses reporters at a news conference where it was announced that she will be representing Amber Frey, left, Monday, May 19, 2003, in Los Angeles. About a month after the disappearance of Laci Peterson, Frey revealed that she had had a relationship with Peterson's husband, Scott Peterson, who has been charged with murdering his pregnant wife. Frey has said she did not know Peterson was married when she met him in November. (AP Photo/Jerome T. Nakagawa)
Amber Frey, right, who acknowledged that she had a relationship with Scott Peterson, announces that she has retained the legal representation of attorney Gloria Allred, left, at a news conference in Los Angeles Monday, May 19, 2003. Peterson is accused of murdering his wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn child. (AP Photo/Jerome T. Nakagawa)
In an artist's rendition from a courtroom in a Redwood City, Calif., Amber Frey, center, points to Scott Peterson, left, as she answers questions from prosecutor David Harris, right,Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004. Peterson's one-time mistress testifies about the affair prosecutors say led Peterson to murder his pregnant wife Scott Peterson could face the death penalty if he's convicted of two counts of murder for the deaths of his wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn son. (AP Photo/Vicki Ellen Behringer)
Amber Frey exits the courthouse with her attorney Gloria Allred after a day of testifying during the Scott Peterson double murder trial Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, at the San Mateo County Superior Courthouse in Redwood City. Scott Peterson is on trial for the murder of his wife Laci Peterson and their unborn child. (San Mateo County Times photo/Ron Lewis)
Amber Frey's attorney Gloria Allred speaks during a news conference during the Scott Peterson trial outside of the Redwood City, Calif., courthouse, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2004. Peterson is the Modesto, Calif., man who could face the death penalty for the murder of his wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn son. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Amber Frey, mistress of murder suspect Scott Peterson, leaves the San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, after testifying in Peterson's double homicide trial. Scott Peterson is being tried and could faced the death penalty if he's convicted of two counts of murder for the deaths of his wife, Laci, and the couple's unborn son. (AP Photo/Bart Ah You, Pool)
Amber Frey leaves a Redwood City, Calif., courtroom after she testified during the Scott Peterson trial Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004. Peterson could face the death penalty for the murder of his wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn son. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, pool)
REDWOOD CITY, CA - AUGUST 18: Amber Frey (C), former mistress of Scott Peterson, leaves the San Mateo Superior County Courthouse with attorneys Gloria Allred (L) and Nate Goldberg (R) after a delay in the Scott Peterson trial August 18, 2004 in Redwood City, California. Frey, a prosecution witness, did not take the stand today. Scott Peterson is on trial for the murder of his wife Laci Peterson and their unborn son. (Photo by Arleen Ng-Pool/Getty Images)
REDWOOD CITY, CA - AUGUST 18: Amber Frey, former mistress of Scott Peterson, leaves the San Mateo Superior County Courthouse after a delay in the Scott Peterson trial August 18, 2004 in Redwood City, California. Frey, a prosecution witness, did not take the stand today. Scott Peterson is on trial for the murder of his wife Laci Peterson and their unborn son. (Photo by Paul Sakuma-Pool/Getty Images)
This undated handout photo from the Modesto (Calif.) Police Department shows Laci Peterson, center, and her husband, Scott. Scott Peterson was arrested in San Diego on Friday, April 18, 2003, in connection with the Christmas Eve disappearance of his pregnant wife. (AP Photo/Modesto Police Department Handout) **FOR EDITORIAL USE IN CONNECTION WITH PETERSON TRIAL ONLY**
Shown in this 2011 photo released by the California Dept. of Corrections is Scott Peterson who is on death row at San Quentin State Prison. Seven years after Peterson was sentenced to death for murdering his pregnant wife Laci, his appeal is moving at lightning speed, at least compared to those of his 725 fellow California Death Row inmates. Appealing the death penalty in California can take two decades, meaning that condemned prisoners are more likely to die behind bars of natural causes than be executed. Now voters in California get an opportunity this November to vote on a measure that would abolish the death penalty. (AP Photo/Calif. Dept. of Corrections)
** FILE ** Jurors Richelle Nice, right, John Guinasso and Michael Belmessieri, left, arrive for a hearing for convicted double murderer Scott Peterson at a Redwood City, Calif., courthouse in this Friday, Feb. 25, 2005, file photo. Peterson was convicted for the murder of his wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn son. The jurors who sentenced Scott Peterson to death for murdering his pregnant wife are reuniting to write a book about their role in the high-profile case. "We, the Jury: Deciding Scott Peterson's Fate" will be published this fall. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)
Scott Peterson is escorted by two San Mateo County Sheriff deputies as he is walked from the jail to a waiting van Thursday, March 17, 2005, in Redwood City, Calif. Peterson was taken to death row at San Quentin State Prison early Thursday after being sentenced to die for murdering his pregnant wife, Laci. (AP Photo/Justin Sullivan, Pool)
Sharon Rocha, Laci Peterson's mother, left, Brent Rocha and his wife Rose Marie Rocha, right, are seen during a news conference after the verdict in Redwood City, Calif., Monday, Dec. 13, 2004. The jury returned with a sentence recommendation of death in the penalty phase of the Scott Peterson case. Peterson was convicted of two counts of murder in the deaths of his wife Laci Peterson and their unborn child. (AP Photo/Monica Davey, POOL)
Sharon Rocha, Laci Peterson's mother, left, with Brent Rocha and his wife Rose Marie Rocha, right, are seen during a news conference after the verdict in Redwood City, Calif., Monday, Dec. 13, 2004. The jury returned with a sentence recommendation of death in the penalty phase of the Scott Peterson case. Peterson was convicted of two counts of murder in the deaths of his wife Laci Peterson and their unborn child. (AP Photo/EPA, Monica Davey, POOL)
Jackie and Lee Peterson, parents of Scott Peterson, arrive for the penalty phase in Peterson's trial at the Redwood City, Calif., courthouse, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004. Peterson is the Modesto, Calif., man who could be sentenced to death for the murder of his wife, Laci Peterson. (AP Photo/ John Green, Pool)
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While many convicted murders feel remorse for their crimes, Mullane says Peterson has not taken responsibility for killing his wife, Laci, and their unborn baby boy, Connor.

Laci Peterson disappeared Christmas Eve 2002. While her husband was initially not a suspect, he was arrested April 2003 after her body was recovered on the shoreline of San Francisco Bay -- where Scott Peterson had been boating the day of Laci's disappearance. In March 2005, Peterson was convicted of first degree murder in the death of Laci and second degree murder in the death of their unborn son.

He was sentenced to death by lethal injection, but until then, he'll likely continue living a somewhat luxurious life on death row on taxpayers' money.

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