Lots of people want Scott Peterson's murder trial moved out of the California boonies and into a major population center. Mr. Peterson's lawyer, Mark Geragos, wants the trial moved to Los Angeles county -- probably so he can be closer to his other high-profile client, Michael Jackson. The media trial-watchers hate being so far from civilization and many stories I've read seem quite sympathetic to the idea of moving the trial somewhere, anywhere.

A new twist (to me) is that businesses are getting involved in lobbying for their side of the change-of-venue issue. Why? The trial is expected to generate up to $50 million in revenue for businesses local to wherever it's held -- hotels, restaurants, &c. -- and according to a source I can't quote there's a pretty strong push by some Los Angeles businesses to bring that money south. Likewise, businesses in Redwood (where the trial is now) are working to keep it there.

What form does this lobbying take? I'm not exactly sure. The person who passed this on is generally pretty reliable, but I wasn't able to get a lot of information. Take it for what it's worth.

I'm not sure what effect, if any, this lobbying will have on the actual pursuit of justice.



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