Chutzpah has been defined as pleading for mercy on the grounds that one is an orphan after killing both parents. Condemned killer Scott Peterson gives this new meaning after daring to apply for the benefits from the life insurance policy of his wife Lacie. This story is set forth in some detail in a recent report in LA’s Metropolitan News Enterprise. It merely restates the time-honored and well-settled public policy that denies a killer any share of the estate or insurance benefits of the person he or she has murdered. Was this application for benefits a ploy to obtain funds to pay legal fees (Peterson won’t need the money where he is going and he is sure to leave behind a gigantic bill from his attorneys)? Just a thought.