Video: Peterson anniversary

updated 11/14/2005 9:53:50 AM ET 2005-11-14T14:53:50
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It's now been one year since a California jury convicted Scott Peterson of murdering his wife Laci and their unborn son Connor.  Since then, Scott Peterson has been sentenced to death row and now spends his days in a small cell at San Quentin Prison in northern California. 

In the last year, the activities of Scott's life have been well known, from working on his appeal to reading the countless love letters apparently he receives in prison. There have even been rumors that he's planning to get remarried. 

On Friday, Vernell Crittendon, the spokesperson for San Quentin Prison, where Scott is spending his death row sentence, joined MSNBC's Lisa Daniels on 'The Abrams Report' to give an update on inmate "Scotty" as he's known, Peterson.

To read an excerpt of their conversation, continue to the text below. To watch the video, click on the "Launch" button to the right.

LISA DANIELS:  Is Scott going to get remarried?  Let's answer that one first. 

VERNELL CRITTENDON, SAN QUENTIN PRISON SPOKESMAN:  Well, we have heard the rumors that were presented in the media.  But at this point at San Quentin, we have had no contacts from Scott or any person that was expressing an interest to actually marry him through the process that we have for death row inmates to marry. 

DANIELS:  Do you know if he is still corresponding with these women who sent him love notes?

CRITTENDON:  He still does correspond with many citizens that write to him.  But as the months have went on since he's arrived, he initially started to, but I found that he is now slowing down his responses as I guess people are now taking his letters and using them, selling them.  So he's been not really responding as often to citizens that are writing to him. 

DANIELS:  So how is he getting along with the other prisoners there? 

CRITTENDON:  Well when Scott first started, he was in the adjustment center when he arrived on St. Patty's Day, Mar. 17.  He was a little overwhelmed by this whole experience of being on death row.  After that initial approximately 20 weeks, sometime in August, we moved him over to the main housing unit where we have the lion's share of the death row inmates.

And since he's made that transition, everything appears that he is assimilating very well.  He's able to begin starting to have a number of ongoing positive contacts with other death row inmates that are housed in the tier area and that are out on the exercise area where he is located. 

DANIELS:  Do you feel like some of these prisoners treat him differently because of the publicity surrounding his trial? 

CRITTENDON:  Oh I most certainly would think that the publicity has had a lot to do, not only the way that they treat him, but the way that he walks around the prison, as I think it's affected him in a way that he's somewhat proud of the notoriety that he's received. 

DANIELS:  Are pictures of Laci still in his cell?

CRITTENDON:  You now I haven't actually walked up to the front of his cell.  We've moved him up onto what we call the fifth tier over in our death row housing unit, east block and I just haven't walked up to the cell to actually see what he has on the walls and it's been about six months.  Last time I was up there, yes, he did have photos of he and Laci on his wall. 

DANIELS:  I'm curious.  Who visits him there? 

CRITTENDON:  You know actually, he still does get a great deal of support from many of those citizens that supported him during the trial still today support him.  Much of his family will all be there to support him and come and visit him on a regular basis.  I think right now, he's just in that waiting mode as we have here in the state of California.

We don't take any action against a death row inmate until that inmate's been assigned an appeals attorney and that sometimes will take four, five years before that attorney is assigned.  So he's now sitting in that mode, waiting for his attorney to be assigned. 

Watch the 'Abrams Report' for more analysis and interviews on the top legal stories each weeknight at 6 p.m. ET on MSNBC TV.

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