Peterson defense claims contempt of court

06/13/2003 8:05 PM

11/20/2007 6:39 AM

Scott Peterson’s defense attorneys asked a judge Friday to rescind his gag order in the double murder case and to hold a contempt of court hearing for celebrity attorney Gloria Allred.

Defense attorney Mark Geragos alleged in the paperwork filed Friday that Allred, "mocking the authority of this court," violated the gag order by appearing Thursday night on a national cable talk show.

Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Al Girolami issued the order earlier Thursday, telling attorneys and investigators and essentially anyone connected to the case not to talk publicly about most elements of it.

Allred represents Amber Frey, Peterson's former girlfriend. Peterson is charged with two counts of capital murder in the deaths of his wife, Laci Peterson and their unborn son, Conner.

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