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The Act added a new punitive article to U.S.C. Title 18. If state law does not contain a similar punitive article, the case can be tried on a federal level, as well as on the state level (though not concurrently) via the dual sovereignty doctrine. I would imagine in the future to avoid appeals on double jeopardy grounds, homocide involving an unborn child will be escalated to the U.S. Attorney, but Laci and Conner are, in fact, covered by their law if Scott Peterson is convicted. Skyler 00:49, Aug 16, 2004 (UTC)
I've made a clarification in the text to add "Laci" before Peterson's mother where it discusses Sharon Rocha's presence at the signing ceremony. Previously, the article may have been misinterpreted to imply that Scott Peterson's mother was present. (Chris)