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Web sites react to Peterson verdict

Internet sites buzz after California jury finds Scott Peterson guilty of murdering his pregnant wife and unborn son.

Internet sites were buzzing Friday afternoon, after a California jury found Scott Peterson guilty of murdering his pregnant wife and unborn son.

The closely watched trial, which provided cable television networks with fodder for more than a year, ended when Peterson was found guilty of first-degree murder in regard to his wife, Laci, and second-degree murder in the case of his son. No sentence has yet been determined.

Since the trial began in Redwood City this spring, the controversy has drawn nearly 50,000 posts to Usenet newsgroups such as misc.legal, alt.true-crime and alt.gossip.celebrities.

One post from earlier in the day Friday said, "I have a feeling that Scott is going to be playing golf next week...I am just sickened because I personally believe in Peterson's guilt and I would hate to see his glee at a hung trial, or worse yet, an acquittal."

The site ScottIsInnocent.com posted a mournful dirge: "It is a dark day for justice in Redwood City. The system has convicted an innocent man, to the cheers and applause of hundreds who gathered at the courthouse to hear the verdict."

About.com had created an unscientific online poll, in which about 50 percent of the respondents predicted a guilty verdict.

Local newspapers and television stations provided some of the most thorough coverage of the case. NBC11.com offered a graphical time line, while the San Mateo County Times posted news articles that also reported that cheers erupted outside the courthouse after the verdict was read.

The San Jose Mercury News posted a set of transcripts spanning three months and an informal poll in which the majority of respondents said they agreed with the verdict.