PETERSON REACTION: A jury on Monday recommended that convicted murderer Scott Peterson be sentenced to death for the killing of his wife, Laci, and their unborn child. Ron Grantski, the longtime companion of Laci’s mother, said after the death verdict: “(Scott) got what he deserved. … Justice was served.” Scott’s life could still be spared: Judge Alfred Delucchi will make the final decision at a Feb. 25 sentencing hearing, and there will likely be appeals by Peterson’s attorneys. Meanwhile, Scott Peterson’s mother told the San Francisco Chronicle: “Scott is still innocent.”
GOLDEN GLOW: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave Ray star Jamie Foxx a terrific 37th birthday present – a triple-crown Globe record, with nominations as best movie actor for his portrayal of Ray Charles, supporting dramatic actor (Collateral) and another for the TV movie Redemption. Sideways led the movie roster, with seven nominations, including best musical or comedy, three acting nominations (Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen) and best director Alexander Payne. On the TV front, Desperate Housewives scored nominations as best comedy series and for Marcia Cross, Felicity Hoffman and Teri Hatcher.
JACKSON JUSTICE: Fingerprints belonging to both Michael Jackson and his young accuser allegedly were found on pornographic magazines seized from the pop star’s Neverland ranch last year, Santa Barbara’s News-Press reported this week. Meanwhile, Jackson’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the child-molestation charges against him on grounds of “vindictive prosecution and outrageous government conduct” and to delay the Jan. 31 start date of the trial. Judge Rodney Melville is expected address the requests at a hearing scheduled for Dec. 20. The defense also asked Melville to suppress all evidence seized in the latest raid on the entertainer’s Neverland ranch, which took place on Dec. 3 and 4. On that second day, Jackson, 46, voluntarily gave them a DNA sample at their request.
KELLY WINS: West Point grad Kelly Perdew, 37, topped Harvard-educated lawyer Jennifer Massey, 30, Thursday on the second season finale of The Apprentice, as Kelly heard the magic words from Donald Trump: “You’re hired.” Perdew’s victory took place after a high-pressure final challenge in which he was charged with organizing a charity polo match (complete with a performance by Tony Bennett), while Jen headed a charity basketball game and silent auction.
SURVIVOR SKILLS: In the season finale of Survivor: Vanuatu, Chris Daugherty, 33, trounced fellow highway worker Twila Tanner, 41, to capture the 5-2 vote that earned him $1 million. Daugherty, who works for the Ohio Department of Transportation, is the popular CBS reality series’ ninth champ. “Can you believe it?” he repeatedly blurted out after his victory.