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Surveillance of Scott Peterson's home takes center stage
CNN.com/Law center ^ | Thursday, November 13, 2003 Posted: 5:46 AM EST (1046 GMT

Posted on 11/13/2003 5:29:30 AM PST by runningbear

Surveillance of Scott Peterson's home takes center stage

Surveillance of Scott Peterson's home takes center stage

Thursday, November 13, 2003 Posted: 5:46 AM EST (1046 GMT)

MODESTO, California (CNN) -- A Modesto police detective testified Wednesday that investigators set up a video surveillance of Scott Peterson's home to monitor his activities soon after his pregnant wife disappeared.

The issue was raised in the ongoing preliminary hearing for Peterson, who is charged with murder in the deaths of his pregnant wife, Laci, and unborn son.

Defense attorney Mark Geragos was outraged that defense attorneys had only recently learned of the tapes, and he pressed the judge to order the prosecution to turn over the videotapes.

"We want to know where the tapes are, we want to know why the tapes weren't mentioned before," Geragos said outside court.

Most of all, he said, defense attorneys want to know what the videotapes show during a January day when Peterson's home was burglarized while he was out of town.

"One would think you'd want to take a look at that and see what it is, what's being carried in, what's being carried out," said Geragos. "This is a capital case, and a capital case means they're trying to put my client to death. And in a capital case you should be held to a rigorous standard."

The bodies of Laci Peterson and the couple's unborn son, Connor, washed up on the shore of San Francisco Bay in April. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case.

Scott Peterson told police he was on his boat, fishing in San Francisco Bay, when his wife disappeared on Christmas Eve from their home in Modesto, about 80 miles away.

During Wednesday's hearing, Modesto Police Detective Al Brochinni said a closed-circuit surveillance camera was set up outside the Modesto home to monitor Scott Peterson's activities.

"It was viewed from a van so that someone could see what was going on," he said. "I do remember hearing from our surveillance teams that his driveway was being monitored from the van."

But he also said he didn't think the tape was being monitored January 19 when the Peterson home was burglarized. Police only watched the surveillance when Peterson was in town, he said.

In another development, Brochinni said he gave Scott Peterson's mistress, Amber Frey, a tape recorder around December 30, and took her to Radio Shack to get equipment for it.

Frey could testify by week's end but is not expected on the stand Thursday.

Last week, Brochinni said police discovered that on December 9, two weeks before Laci disappeared, that Scott Peterson paid for his fishing boat with 14 $100 bills. Frey told police that on that same day, she confronted him about being married, and he told her that his wife had died, the detective testified.

In testimony earlier Wednesday, a senior scientist at the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, testified about a form of DNA analysis used to identify a strand of hair police found on a pair of pliers in the boat. Prosecutors contend the hair was Laci's.

Rebutting earlier defense testimony, Dr. Bruce Budowle said analysis of mitrochondrial DNA, or MTDNA, is a reliable method of identification.

"This stuff has been tested out," Budowle said. "As long as one follows reliable protocols, one should get reliable results."

Budowle was called by prosecutors to respond to testimony last week from a defense expert that MTDNA was not reliable.

MTDNA, which is passed from mother to child, is not as definitive as conventional DNA because it is not unique to each person. However, people who are closely related can share the same MTDNA sequences, and FBI analysts compared the hair found on the pliers with a sample from Laci Peterson's mother.

Prosecutors are expected to use the hair evidence to place Laci Peterson on the boat. The defense is trying to get the hair excluded, arguing that MTDNA analysis isn't accurate enough to identify the hair as hers.

The preliminary hearing will determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to bind Peterson over for trial. ............

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Detective in Peterson Case Testifies


Detective in Peterson Case Testifies
Detective's Testimony Reveals Police Techniques Used to Catch Scott Peterson

The Associated Press

MODESTO, Calif. Nov. 12 — A detective who spent Christmas Eve questioning Scott Peterson and the next four months trying to find his missing wife testified Wednesday about how officers enlisted Peterson's friends, neighbors and mistress in the effort to snare him.

Detective Al Brocchini said he called friends of Scott and Laci Peterson to point out news articles about Scott's extramarital affair and a $250,000 insurance policy he took out on his wife before she vanished Dec. 24.

At one point, Brocchini made a note that he "was attempting to plant the seeds of suspicion" in a friend of Laci Peterson.

The testimony came as the defense continued cross-examining Brocchini, the first detective to investigate the disappearance of the pregnant woman. The defense has claimed investigators focused suspicion on Peterson and failed to catch the "real killers."

The officer said he tried to get friends to prod Scott Peterson for details about what happened to his wife. The remains of the 27-year-old substitute teacher and her unborn son washed ashore in San Francisco Bay in April only a few miles from where Peterson said he was fishing on the day she disappeared.

Brocchini said he took part in discussions with other officers about themes that Scott Peterson's former girlfriend Amber Frey should discuss when talking with Peterson during phone calls she was secretly recording.

He said he didn't recall coaxing Frey to suggest to Peterson that there had been an accident and he panicked, but he vaguely recalled officers telling her to pretend she was a suspect in the disappearance so that Peterson would feel sorry for her and take the rap, Brocchini said.

Also Wednesday, an FBI scientist denied that a DNA sample used to link Laci Peterson to a hair on her husband's boat was contaminated.

Bruce Budowle was called by prosecutors to rebut testimony from a defense expert who had criticized the DNA techniques used to analyze the hair, found in pliers in the boat Scott Peterson said he took fishing the day his wife disappeared.

The defense witness had said that testing of mitochondrial DNA was less reliable.........

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Detective reveals techniques used to catch Peterson

Detective reveals techniques used to catch Peterson

By Brian Melley
ASSOCIATED PRESS
6:30 p.m. November 12, 2003

MODESTO – A detective who spent Christmas Eve questioning Scott Peterson and the next four months trying to find his missing wife testified Wednesday about how officers enlisted Peterson's friends, neighbors and mistress in the effort to snare him.

Detective Al Brocchini said he called friends of Scott and Laci Peterson to point out news articles about his extramarital affair and a $250,000 insurance policy Peterson took out on his wife.

The officer said he tried to get friends to prod Scott Peterson for details about what happened to his wife, who reportedly vanished Dec. 24 while he was fishing. The remains of the 27-year-old substitute teacher and her unborn son washed ashore in San Francisco Bay in April only a few miles from where Peterson said he was angling.

At one point, Brocchini made a note that he "was attempting to plant the seeds of suspicion" in a friend of Laci Peterson.

The testimony came as the defense continued cross-examining Brocchini, the first detective to investigate the disappearance of the pregnant woman. The defense has claimed investigators focused suspicion on Peterson and failed to catch the "real killers."

Defense lawyer Mark Geragos also renewed his claim Wednesday that investigators neglected to notify him of surveillance tapes taken outside Peterson's home. He called the failure "a problem of monumental proportions" and said it could lead to a request to dismiss the case.

Brocchini said he took part in discussions with other officers about themes that girlfriend Amber Frey should discuss when talking with Peterson during phone calls she was secretly recording.

He said he didn't recall coaxing her to suggest to Peterson that there had been an accident and he panicked, but he vaguely recalled officers telling her to pretend she was a suspect in the disappearance so that Peterson would feel sorry for her and take the rap, Brocchini said.

Brocchini said he was more concerned with her spilling the news that she was cooperating with police. He encouraged her to let Peterson talk.

"Laci was missing and he wasn't talking about Laci, he was talking about himself and where he was in Europe," Brocchini said about a phone call that came in when officers were at Frey's house in Fresno.

Defense lawyer Kirk McAllister asked Brocchini if he was trying to alienate Peterson from friends and show that he had a double motive when the officer phoned a friend of the couple to alert him to an article in The Modesto Bee about Frey and the insurance policy. Brocchini only said he wasn't trying to distance Peterson from his friends.

Brocchini said that police installed a camera on a pole across from Peterson's house to keep an eye on his comings and goings. If Peterson left the house and he was under surveillance, officers would be alerted and could tail him from a distance.

But Brocchini said he didn't know tapes had been made until last week.

"Well, I heard it now," he said after Geragos requested the tapes based on a scant mention in 27,500 pages of police reports.

Geragos said there was a "rogue element here that's out there taping things" that other detectives didn't even know about. But prosecutor Rick Distaso denied there was any deceit and said the tapes were being turned over to the defense.

Brocchini said a surveillance officer told him Friday that occasionally they were bored and pushed the record button.

Geragos said the camera could have played an important role if it captured a burglary at the Peterson house between Jan. 16-19, but he refused to elaborate. A women who had played a role in the search for Laci Peterson was later arrested in the break-in.

Also on Wednesday, an FBI scientist defended the forensic evidence that linked Laci Peterson to a hair found in the boat her husband said he took fishing the day she disappeared. ............

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Local Professor Back From Peterson Hearing

Local Professor Back From Peterson Hearing

William Shields is a professor at SUNY E.S.F., and is an expert on DNA testing. Last week he was caught in the middle of a high profile murder case.

Shields has been hired by Scott Peterson's defense team. Peterson is accused of murdering his wife, Laci. Shields spends most of his day teaching biology at the school of Environmental Science and Forestry, but last week he went from a Syracuse classroom to a Modesto, California courtroom.

Shields blasted a DNA test that FBI agents used on hair found in Scott Peterson's boat. He's says the type of test can not positively link Peterson to the murder, saying there's room for error.

"It's less reliable, much more subject to contamination," said Shields.

During his testimony, he had some heated exchanges with the lead prosecutor. The two bickered for quite awhile until the judge interrupted.

"The prosecutor in this case asked that question 100 times. He got me frustrated. I said, 'Please stop misrepresenting what I said,'" he said.

Shields is no stranger to this line of questioning. Shields worked for O.J. Simpson's defense team as a consultant on the DNA test for blood found at the crime scene. Simpson was found not guilty.

As for Peterson?

"I have no idea...no idea what the evidence.......

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Peterson defense seeks `secret' police videotapes

Posted on Wed, Nov. 12, 2003

Peterson defense seeks `secret' police videotapes

CAMERA MONITORED OUTSIDE OF PETERSON HOUSE

By Julia Prodis Sulek
Mercury News

Scott Peterson's defense lawyer accused prosecutors today of keeping secret video tapes from a surveillance camera mounted on a pole across the street from Peterson's house a week after his pregnant wife disappeared.

The camera, installed by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and monitored by the Modesto police, might have recorded a burglary at the Peterson house that occurred sometime before police searched the house for second time, Peterson's lawyer Mark Geragos said during the preliminary hearing.

Geragos said he wants to know what the burglars took out or brought into the house. This might have tainted the second search, which occurred on Feb. 18.

``All those things are important to the defense -- what goes in and out,'' Geragos said. Although Geragos requested the tapes last week, he said he has had trouble getting them. ``What we have here is nothing but a shell game in a capital case,'' he said.

Prosecutor Rick Distaso, said the camera, which was put into place on Jan. 3, was used to monitor the comings and goings of Peterson who was under surveillance by police for months before his April arrest.

Distaso says that the tapes should be available to Geragos later this afternoon.

Peterson is accused of killing his pregnant wife Laci, putting her body in the back of his fishing boat, towing it to the San Francisco Bay and dumping the body into the bay on Christmas Eve.

Four months later, Laci Peterson's body, and that of her unborn son, washed up on the eastern edge of the bay, not far from where Peterson said he went fishing.

The purpose of the preliminary hearing, which entered its third week today, is to determine whether there is enough evidence to have Peterson stand trial for both murders.

In testimony this morning, a dark strand of hair found in the bottom of Peterson's fishing boat was again the focus of a third expert witness. Prosecution witness Bruce Budowle, an FBI senior scientist, said the mitochondrial testing of the hair was reliable and accurate. An earlier prosecution expert testified that the hair most likely belonged to Laci Peterson.

So far, it appears the hair is the only piece of evidence linking Laci Peterson to her husband's boat.

Peterson's attorney Geragos tried to undermine the credibility of mitochondrial DNA testing saying the tests are .........

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Amber Frey's role during investigation questioned

Amber Frey's role during investigation questioned

By GARTH STAPLEY
BEE STAFF WRITER

Last Updated: November 12, 2003, 05:22:00 PM PST

5:15 p.m. PST: Scott Peterson’s girlfriend may have started taping their telephone conversations as soon as Dec. 16 - at least a week before his pregnant wife disappeared, courtroom drama revealed this afternoon. Fresno massage therapist Amber Frey began cooperating with police Dec. 30. Modesto police Det. Al Brocchini testified that she said she didn’t tape her chats with Peterson before then. Defense attorney Kirk McAllister intimated that was “a lie,” and asked Brocchini if he had heard that she began recording Dec. 16. The detective said no.

Frey, who has yet to testify at Peterson’s preliminary hearing, has said she didn’t know he was married when they met Nov. 20. Brocchini last week testified that Peterson told her about Dec. 9 that he had “lost his wife.”

Brocchini said he gave Frey his tape recorder Dec. 30 and bought her equipment at a Radio Shack store so she could tape phone conversations. Investigators hoped Peterson would not realize she was cooperating with authorities, the detective said.

The 31-year-old fertilizer salesman is charged with murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn son, Conner.

“(Peterson) wasn’t talking about Laci” in chats with Frey, Brocchini testified. “He was talking about himself,” including a trip he faked to Europe in late December, the detective said.

Authorities believe he murdered his wife Dec. 23 or 24. The bodies of mother and child were recovered in mid-April.

Brocchini said he and other detectives coached Frey on what to say to Peterson. Responding to questions from defense attorney Kirk McAllister, Brocchini acknowledged urging Frey to paint herself as a possible suspect, in the event Peterson would admit guilt to deflect blame from her.

McAllister asked Brocchini about another tack, with Frey suggesting to Peterson that “maybe there was an accident, something happened and you (Peterson) panicked.” The detective responded, “It could have happened. I don’t remember it.”

A state Department of Justice officer sat in on some strategy meetings, Brocchini said. He said she was “not a psychologist,” but he did not pin down her position and McAllister moved on.

Brocchini also acknowledged urging a friend of Scott Peterson’s to read false information in The Bee regarding an insurance policy on Laci Peterson. But the detective said he didn’t know the information was false at the time.

“You were trying to poison his mind against Scott Peterson,” McAllister charged.

A member of Laci Peterson’s family had provided the information to The Bee, saying Scott Peterson had taken out a $250,000 policy on his wife in the summer of 2002. In reality, he had obtained the policy in January 2001.

The detective said he questioned as many friends of both Petersons as he could find. McAllister asked if Brocchini was willing to lie to them, but Judge Al Girolami agreed with a prosecutor’s objection and the detective did not answer.

Brocchini also testified that he did not know whether a surveillance camera captured neighbor Kimberly Ann McGregor breaking into the Peterson’s Covena Ave. home Jan. 18. Sources have said she drank alcohol and took Laci Peterson’s wedding dress, though it was later returned. No charges have been filed.

The detective said the camera, mounted Jan. 3 on a pole across the street from the home, allowed detectives in a nearby van to see when Scott Peterson was leaving, alerting investigators to follow him.......

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Geragos verbally spars with second FBI expert

Geragos verbally spars with second FBI expert

By GARTH STAPLEY
BEE STAFF WRITER

Last Updated: November 12, 2003, 01:27:00 PM PST

1:27 p.m., PST: Scott Peterson's defense lawyer verbally sparred with a second FBI scientist who testified that the bureau's DNA testing is sound.

Los Angeles attorney Mark Geragos continued late this morning to suggest that the bureau's technique can produce misleading results and relies on a flawed database, echoing a defense expert who testified last week. But Bruce Budowle, a senior scientist from the FBI's laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, insisted the testing is generally accepted in the scientific community.

Testing showed that a hair found in pliers in Scott Peterson's boat was not his but could have come from his wife, another FBI expert testified two weeks ago in Peterson's ongoing preliminary hearing.

He is charged with murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn son, Conner. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Authorities are trying to show that Scott Peterson used his 14-foot aluminum fishing boat to transport his wife's body after slaying her Dec. 23 or 24.

Geragos tried to get Budowle to acknowledge that there has been a "sea change" in DNA testing since the FBI's database was assembled in 1994. But the scientist was unyielding, asserting that technology improvements have kept pace with discoveries.........

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Superior Court, Stanislaus County
November 12, 2003

Minute Order: Preliminary Hearing
(ie; Eighth day court provided overview)

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


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From the court pressrelease link:

"Court Doc Online

Posted on Wednesday, November 12 2003 at 5:25 PM PST ----

Court begins at 9:30 am (PST) on Thursday, November 13th in Department 2 of Superior Court. This will be the 9th day of the Scott Peterson Preliminary Hearing. Media members with seating credentials must be seated in the courtroom by 9:15 am.

A court "Minute Order" for 11/12/03 hearing now online. Click on "Court Docs" to view the PDF file.

Notice Posted on Wednesday, November 12 2003 at 10:17 AM PST

A large perimeter trench was dug on the media parking lot across from the courthouse. There is now limited parking for live trucks/vans ONLY. The entrance has been moved. You now enter this lot on H Street between 10th and 11th Streets.

DO NOT PARK YOUR PRIVATE CARS ON THIS LOT. There is adequate public parking at the parking structure on 11th Street beween I and J Street.

All courtroom seating credentials issued at the beginning of the Scott Peterson Preliminary Hearing will remain valid for the duration. Please do not discard your numbered pass even though it's passed the expiration date -- as it will not be replaced and you will forfeit your designation.

Court is scheduled for Weds, Thurs and Friday of this week. Depending on the pace of the hearing, it could extend into the following week.

1 posted on 11/13/2003 5:29:30 AM PST by runningbear
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To: Rheo; Mystery Y; Searching4Justice; brneyedgirl; Scupoli; sissyjane; TexKat; Lanza; Mrs.Liberty; ...
Pinging.....
2 posted on 11/13/2003 5:30:17 AM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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Pinging.....
3 posted on 11/13/2003 5:30:39 AM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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Pinging.....
4 posted on 11/13/2003 5:31:04 AM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: runningbear
Thanks for the ping!
5 posted on 11/13/2003 5:36:59 AM PST by MEG33
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To: runningbear
Thanks, rb! : )
6 posted on 11/13/2003 5:37:43 AM PST by maggief
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To: Devil_Anse
Here's a bit more about the break-in:

EXCERPT
CNN, LKL, 11/12/03

http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0311/12/lkl.00.html

...KING: Well, let me ask Ted Rowlands. What about that strange story about the person breaking into the house and putting on Laci's wedding dress? What is that?

ROWLANDS: Well, the surveillance camera of course, possibly recorded that burglary which happened in January, and the defense really wants to see whether or not that was recorded on any of these tapes, because it was such a bizarre incident, which, most likely has absolutely nothing to do with this case, but because it is so bizarre, they want to get as much information as they can.

Apparently, this woman, who was a neighbor of the Petersons, was to just watch the dog, Mckenzie, while Scott was out of town. Well, she ended up breaking some glass, going into the house. She stole some photographs, a video camera, some Christmas presents, a couple of Laci's sweaters. And then, the most bizarre thing, according to people who are familiar with her testimony to police, she draped herself in Laci's wedding dress and was on the bed -- Laci and Scott's bed for whatever reason. The defense wants. obviously, some more information about this and whether or not this will play to a jury as more than confusion. Who knows? i

But it's another bizarre, bizarre part of this bizarre case.

(snip)




BTW, has Rowlands cozied up to the defense? Since his "exclusive" report on SP's tearful letters from jail, TR seems to favor MG and company.
7 posted on 11/13/2003 5:53:59 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggiefluffs
BUMP
8 posted on 11/13/2003 5:56:34 AM PST by GrandMoM ("Without prayer, the hand of GOD stops, BUT, with prayer the hand of GOD moves !!!)
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To: runningbear
Thanks for organizing and posting these articles every few days!
9 posted on 11/13/2003 6:00:35 AM PST by drjulie
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To: runningbear
Thanks, RB.
10 posted on 11/13/2003 6:01:34 AM PST by melodie
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To: maggiefluffs
"BTW, has Rowlands cozied up to the defense? Since his "exclusive" report on SP's tearful letters from jail, TR seems to favor MG and company."

I've wondered about that, too. Maybe he is trying to counterbalance the overwhelming negativity in the media but it really isn't his place (as a journalist) to do so.
11 posted on 11/13/2003 6:02:31 AM PST by drjulie
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To: maggiefluffs
The woman sounds drunk and looney.What on earth was she doing?I know some say she was sweet on Scott,but taking pictures and clothing doesn't make sense.Gifts just sounds like a thief.
12 posted on 11/13/2003 6:03:51 AM PST by MEG33
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To: maggiefluffs
"But it's another bizarre, bizarre part of this bizarre case."

LOL......;o)

13 posted on 11/13/2003 6:19:00 AM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: drjulie
welcome... ;o)
14 posted on 11/13/2003 6:19:17 AM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: drjulie
... or he could be a pawn.
15 posted on 11/13/2003 6:20:06 AM PST by maggief
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To: MEG33
Could the gifts have been from her? I don't get it ... it's a crazy list of loot!
16 posted on 11/13/2003 6:23:56 AM PST by maggief
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To: maggiefluffs
Who can make sense of the senseless?!
17 posted on 11/13/2003 6:25:06 AM PST by MEG33
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To: MEG33
It almost sounds like a woman scorned.
18 posted on 11/13/2003 6:34:49 AM PST by maggief
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To: runningbear
Oh my gawd. Not another Laci Peterson thread??!! All Laci all the time. What IS it with you FReepers? Don't you have anything better to do??? And what about that FOX NEWS channel......Laci this and Laci that....puhleeease, give me a break.

{rolls eyes and tosses hair}

ROFL. There you go, RB. Today's thread bash post is logged for posterity.

Any other thread bashers out there....you're too late!!!

Buuuwaaahahahahahahah.
19 posted on 11/13/2003 7:17:31 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: runningbear
So far, it appears the hair is the only piece of evidence linking Laci Peterson to her husband's boat.

If that's all the hard evidence prosecutors have, even though Peterson may be guilty as sin it's doubtful he'll be convicted, it's not enough.

It looks like they're basing most of their case on circumstantial evidence like Peterson's affairs, but there will be a juror or two who will refuse to give someone the death penalty with only that to go by. My prediction: hung jury or possible conviction of manslaughter only.

20 posted on 11/13/2003 7:40:01 AM PST by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: Constitution Day

21 posted on 11/13/2003 8:03:10 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (SSDD - Same S#it Different Democrat)
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To: Reaganwuzthebest
I'm still awaiting the info on the trip to the Marina which included saving the receipt and a phone call home. Scott broke his normal pattern.

He didn't usually go fishing (at least not with his own boat)???? He didn't make a second call to see if his very pregnant wife had perhaps gone to the hospital??? He didn't catch anything??? He washed his clothes right away??

So the jerk supplied ALL the evidence that he was so far away that he couldn't have possibly killed her...AND THE BODIES FLOAT TO SHORE.

Scott shouldn't be a mystery writer summarizes his "story".

22 posted on 11/13/2003 8:06:58 AM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: All; MEG33; maggiefluffs; runningbear
From Article:"Brocchini also testified that he did not know whether a surveillance camera captured neighbor Kimberly Ann McGregor breaking into the Peterson’s Covena Ave. home Jan. 18. Sources have said she drank alcohol and took Laci Peterson’s wedding dress, though it was later returned. No charges have been filed."

I think I saw this women on MSNBC online the day the police had Amber make a statement. While they were waiting for the news conference to start the media were panning the people there and asked if anyone wanted to say anything. This young women with long dark hair who said her name was Kim McGregor (I am almost sure that was the last name) anyway she was so anxious to talk but just then Amber had arrived and the news conference started. I was p-ode as I wanted to hear what she was going to say as she was so anxious to be heard.

23 posted on 11/13/2003 8:13:17 AM PST by Spunky (This little tag just keeps following me where ever I go.)
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To: All; MEG33; maggiefluffs; runningbear
From Article:"Brocchini also testified that he did not know whether a surveillance camera captured neighbor Kimberly Ann McGregor breaking into the Peterson’s Covena Ave. home Jan. 18. Sources have said she drank alcohol and took Laci Peterson’s wedding dress, though it was later returned. No charges have been filed."

I think I saw this women on MSNBC online the day the police had Amber make a statement. While they were waiting for the news conference to start the media were panning the people there and asked if anyone wanted to say anything. This young women with long dark hair who said her name was Kim McGregor (I am almost sure that was the last name) anyway she was so anxious to talk but just then Amber had arrived and the news conference started. I was p-ode as I wanted to hear what she was going to say as she was so anxious to be heard.

24 posted on 11/13/2003 8:13:36 AM PST by Spunky (This little tag just keeps following me where ever I go.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim; Velveeta

25 posted on 11/13/2003 8:22:00 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: runningbear
Peterson Trial Notes

http://www.modestobee.com/local/story/7731223p-8633376c.html
Last Updated: November 13, 2003, 06:43:47 AM PST


DAY 8 SUMMARY

Amber Frey may have started taping telephone conversations with Scott Peterson as soon as Dec. 16, a courtroom exchange revealed. Frey began cooperating with police Dec. 30. Modesto police Detective Al Brocchini testified that she said she didn't tape her chats with Peterson before then. Defense attorney Kirk McAllister suggested that was "a lie," and asked Brocchini if he had heard that she began recording Dec. 16 -- a week before Laci Peterson disappeared. Brocchini said no.
Laci Peterson's mother and brother, Sharon and Brent Rocha, cooperated with police in their phone calls with Scott Peterson, Brocchini said.


FBI expert Bruce Budowle said a computer used to analyze DNA from a hair found attached to pliers in Scott Peterson's boat malfunctioned four times during testing of the hair, but the glitches did not affect the results.

Drug enforcement agents installed an 8mm surveillance camera Jan. 3 to monitor Scott Peterson's movements, and authorities have three roughly one-hour recordings of that activity, prosecutor Rick Distaso said.
Brocchini said he didn't know whether the camera captured a neighbor breaking into the Petersons' home Jan. 18 and leaving with Laci Peterson's wedding dress and other items.

UPCOMING

Modesto police Detective Al Brocchini is scheduled to take the stand again today.

Modesto police Detective Ray Bennett is expected to follow Brocchini.

SEEN AND HEARD


Surveillance videos of the Peterson home, whose existence was revealed last Thursday, were placed on a Modesto police detective's desk while on vacation, defense attorney Mark Geragos said, citing police reports obtained Wednesday. The videos sat there for three months before the officer decided to view them, Geragos said.

Scott Peterson, wearing a gray suit, appeared to look over transcripts of testimony as Geragos questioned the FBI's DNA expert, Bruce Budowle.

Outside the courthouse after the hearing, Geragos said the defense team wants to know where the surveillance tapes are and why investigators did not mention them before. He would not comment on whether the tapes were an indication of a larger pattern of suspect evidence handling by police.
"This is a capital case. A capital case means they want to put my client to death," Geragos said. "They have to be held to a rigorous standard."

QUOTES

'What we've got here is nothing better than a shell game in a capital case. The FBI is now saying, "Go pound sand."'

-- lead defense attorney Mark Geragos, frustrated that authorities withheld information about a surveillance camera aimed at the Peterson home






'You were trying to poison his mind against Scott Peterson'

-- defense attorney Kirk McAllister, to Detective Al Brocchini when the investigator acknowledged urging a friend of Scott Peterson's to read false information in The Bee regarding an insurance policy on Laci Peterson






'I tried to talk to to every one of Scott and Laci's friends in an attempt to find out what happened to Laci, yes, I did.'

'Were you willing to lie to them?'

-- Brocchini and McAllister, respectively.

Judge Al Girolami directed Brocchini not to answer the last question.
26 posted on 11/13/2003 8:24:13 AM PST by maggief
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To: runningbear
When did Peterson tapes begin?

By GARTH STAPLEY and JOHN COTÉ
BEE STAFF WRITERS

http://www.modestobee.com/local/story/7730974p-8633208c.html
Last Updated: November 13, 2003, 06:43:47 AM PST


Scott Peterson's girlfriend may have secretly begun taping their telephone calls a week before his pregnant wife disappeared, a defense attorney suggested Wednesday in a courtroom revelation.
Fresno massage therapist Amber Frey previously said she began cooperating with police Dec. 30 after learning of Peterson's marital status in media reports about his wife, who was reported missing Christmas Eve.

Frey told Modesto police Detective Al Brocchini that she didn't tape her chats with Peterson before then, the detective testified Wednesday at Peterson's preliminary hearing on double-murder charges.

Modesto defense attorney Kirk McAllister suggested that was "a lie," and asked Brocchini if he had heard that Frey began recording Dec. 16. The detective said he had not.

Frey, 28, who has yet to testify, has said she didn't know Peterson was married when they met last Nov. 20. Brocchini testified last week that Peterson, now 31, told her about Dec. 9 that he had "lost his wife."

Brocchini said he gave Frey a tape recorder Dec. 30 and bought equipment at a Radio Shack store to help her with taping. Investigators hoped Peterson would not realize she was cooperating with them, the detective said.

"(Peterson) wasn't talking about Laci" in chats with Frey, Brocchini testified. "He was talking about himself," including a faked trip to Europe in late December, the detective said.

Authorities believe the fertil- izer salesman murdered his pregnant wife, Laci, Dec. 23 or 24. The bodies of mother and child were recovered in mid-April. Prosecutors are seeking the death pen- alty.

In another development Wednesday, authorities acknowledged having withheld from Peterson's defense camp three roughly one-hour recordings made by a surveillance camera mounted Jan. 3 on a pole across the street from his La Loma-area home.

Lead defense attorney Mark Geragos of Los Angeles called the lapse "a monumental problem" and referred to "a rogue element out there." But prosecutor Rick Distaso said tapes would be turned over to Geragos late Wednesday or early today, and Judge Al Girolami said he is satisfied with that promise.

"What we've got here is nothing better than a shell game in a capital case," Geragos fumed in frustration at having been denied the material. "The FBI is now saying, 'Go pound sand.'"

Agents from a local drug enforcement agency, who handle wiretaps and surveillance in Stanislaus County, installed the 8mm surveillance camera to monitor Peterson's movements from a nearby van, Distaso said. Brocchini said the camera alerted investigators, who could then follow Peterson.

The defense wants copies of the recordings in case they contain information that could exonerate Peterson, and shed light on a Jan. 18 burglary of his home by a neighbor.

Brocchini testified that he does not know whether the camera captured Kimberly Ann McGregor breaking into the Co-vena Avenue home. Sources have said she drank alcohol and took Laci Peterson's wedding dress, although it was later returned and no charges were filed.

Regarding taped phone conversations, Brocchini said he and other detectives coached Frey on what to say to Peterson. Responding to questions from McAllister, Brocchini acknowledged urging Frey to paint herself as a possible suspect, in the event that Peterson would admit guilt to deflect blame from her.

McAllister asked Brocchini about another tack, with Frey suggesting to Peterson that "maybe there was an accident, something happened and you (Peterson) panicked." The detective responded: "It could have happened. I don't remember it."

Laci Peterson's mother and brother, Sharon and Brent Rocha, also cooperated with authorities in their phone calls with Scott Peterson, Brocchini said.

A state Department of Justice officer sat in on some strategy meetings, Brocchini said. He said she is "not a psychologist," but he did not pin down her position and McAllister moved on.

Brocchini also acknowledged urging a friend of Peterson to read information in The Bee, regarding an insurance policy on Laci Peterson, that later turned out to be inaccurate. But the detective said he didn't know the information was false at the time.

"You were trying to poison his mind against Scott Peterson," McAllister charged.

A member of Laci Peterson's family had provided the information to The Bee, saying Scott Peterson had taken out a $250,000 policy on his wife in the summer of 2002. He actually had obtained the policy in June 2001, court documents show.

The inaccurate report was printed Jan. 17 -- the day before the burglary at Peterson's home.

Brocchini said he questioned as many friends of both Petersons as he could find. McAllister asked if Brocchini were willing to lie to them, but Girolami agreed with a prosecutor's objection and the detective did not answer.

Brocchini is expected to return to the witness stand today.

(snip)
27 posted on 11/13/2003 8:31:02 AM PST by maggief
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To: runningbear
Warehouse probe put in spotlight


By JOHN COTÉ
and GARTH STAPLEY
BEE STAFF WRITERS

http://www.modestobee.com/local/story/7730973p-8633206c.html
Last Updated: November 13, 2003, 06:43:47 AM PST


Detective Al Brocchini, who is set to take the stand again today, appears to be at the center of a defense strategy aimed at showing the Modesto police investigation into Laci Peterson's death was sloppy and marked by mishandled evidence.
Earlier defense questioning of police witnesses appeared to suggest that Brocchini had the opportunity to plant or tamper with evidence. The defense since has steered clear of that option while cross-examining Broc- chini.

The warehouse where Scott Peterson stored chemicals and products used in his work as a fertilizer salesman has been a major focus of testimony in Peterson's preliminary hearing on double-murder charges.

The warehouse could again feature prominently today as Brocchini takes the stand for the third time.

A prosecution theory suggests that Peterson killed his pregnant wife, Laci, in their Covena Avenue home late Dec. 23 or

early Dec. 24 and took her body to his warehouse, where he picked up an aluminum fishing boat purchased two weeks ear- lier and transported her body to San Francisco Bay.

(snip)
28 posted on 11/13/2003 8:33:59 AM PST by maggief
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To: Sacajaweau
I'm still awaiting the info on the trip to the Marina which included saving the receipt and a phone call home. Scott broke his normal pattern.

That could be powerful circumstantial evidence if proven in that it infers he had planned the murder and was covering his tracks. I just keep going back to the OJ trial, which was high profile too, and despite all the physical evidence jurors kept saying they had "reasonable doubt".

With only a hair on his pliers for hard evidence it's easy to see where this is going. All the press attention may end up getting him off, even though like most everyone I think he's guilty.

29 posted on 11/13/2003 8:36:31 AM PST by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: All; maggiefluffs
From Article:"Modesto defense attorney Kirk McAllister suggested that was "a lie," and asked Brocchini if he had heard that Frey began recording Dec. 16. The detective said he had not."

I wonder why the defense attorney is trying to say that Amber started recording before Dec 30th when the police set it up?

Could it be that Scott's, lawyers, are trying to get her in trouble because it is against the law in Calif to tape people without their knowledge except for special circumstances.

30 posted on 11/13/2003 9:26:45 AM PST by Spunky (This little tag just keeps following me where ever I go.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Nothing happens when I click.!?
31 posted on 11/13/2003 9:34:22 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: Constitution Day
(snort)Hee, hee, he's soooo cute.
32 posted on 11/13/2003 9:35:29 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: All; Reaganwuzthebest; Spunky; maggiefluffs; runningbear; Sandylapper; Devil_Anse; MaggieMay; ...
Partial transcript from yesterday (Wed. Nov 12th) located here beginning at post# 122.

http://forums.delphiforums.com/PurgatoryII/messages/?start=Start+Reading+%3E%3E
33 posted on 11/13/2003 9:40:08 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: runningbear
Thanks for the ping, rb, and all of your hard work in getting this info out to us!
34 posted on 11/13/2003 9:44:20 AM PST by Sandylapper
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To: Velveeta
Thanks a zillion, Vel!
35 posted on 11/13/2003 9:45:33 AM PST by Sandylapper
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To: Velveeta
Thanks Velveeta. I'm on my way out the door,but I will read as soon as I get home. :)
36 posted on 11/13/2003 9:53:35 AM PST by MaggieMay (A blank tag is a terrible thing to waste)
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To: Velveeta
That link isn't coming in for me at the moment, must be the server's down. I'll check back on it later.
37 posted on 11/13/2003 10:01:13 AM PST by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: Reaganwuzthebest; Velveeta
I can't get it either. Will check back later.
38 posted on 11/13/2003 10:02:53 AM PST by Sandylapper
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To: Reaganwuzthebest; Sandylapper
http://forums.delphiforums.com/PurgatoryII/messages/?start=Start+Reading+%3E%3E

I just tried it again and it seems to work. If you connect, look over in the left hand column and under the "Laci heading" click on "transcripts" and then scroll to post 122.

I hope this works for you.
39 posted on 11/13/2003 10:23:51 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: Reaganwuzthebest
Where do you get that? The Prosecution has a lot more evidence than the piece of hair!! They have tapes with Peterson absolutely incriminating himself with his OWN MOUTH.
40 posted on 11/13/2003 10:26:12 AM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South)
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To: maggiefluffs
Another graphic from the Modesto Bee...


41 posted on 11/13/2003 10:29:12 AM PST by Diver Dave
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To: Reaganwuzthebest
Gregario will swoop in some bucks and some free advertisement and in the end will submit a plea deal to spare Scott's life.

The attorney could care less whether Scott gets the needle. He's there for the money. I believe that Laci's estate will be responsible for the attorney's bill. Who's the winner in all this...again...the attorney.

42 posted on 11/13/2003 10:33:21 AM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Reaganwuzthebest
I just keep going back to the OJ trial, which was high profile too, and despite all the physical evidence jurors kept saying they had "reasonable doubt".

The OJ jury was racially motivated. Period. You're not going to see that here.

43 posted on 11/13/2003 10:38:36 AM PST by BunnySlippers (Help Bring Colly-fornia Back!)
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To: Canadian Outrage
They have tapes with Peterson absolutely incriminating himself with his OWN MOUTH.

Ok I was just going by what was reported in these stories today that so far all they had linking Peterson's wife inside the boat was a hair. To my knowledge there's no other direct evidence like blood or a witness.

But if they have him incriminating himself on tape then tied in with the circumstantial evidence that increases the odds of a conviction.

44 posted on 11/13/2003 10:39:15 AM PST by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: Canadian Outrage; All
They just reported on Court TV that on redirect the detective stated that Scott purchased a fishing license on the 20th for the 23rd & 24th. He clearly know on the 20th he would be going fishing on one of those two days. Looks like we have another lie!!!! There's getting to be too many to keep track of.
45 posted on 11/13/2003 10:44:27 AM PST by drjulie
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To: Reaganwuzthebest
The Simpson Jury was a NULLIFIED Jury. Very seldom would you EVER run into that again. THAT Jury had made their decidison before the Prosecution even put on their case. It was a total waste of Tax payers money and should NEVER have been tried in downtown LA. They were a PATHETIC Jury. One of the older black ladies on the Jury couldn't even remember the name of the lady that sat beside her every day for 10 months. So she really understood the DNA didn't she? That was a FREAK and every Prosecutor since I believe has been careful. ALSO Judge ITO had NO CONTROL over the Court proceedings or the Defense Attorneys. He was clearly over his head and has apparently gone back to ruling on Juvenile cases. IMO he should be in traffick court after that display. Girolami is a WHOLE DIFFERENT ballgame. He has Geragos figured out and is not playing his games.
46 posted on 11/13/2003 10:52:02 AM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South)
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To: drjulie
Seriously Julie?? So the Golfing was the DEFINITE lie. Frankly he wasn't going fishing, he just needed to get on the water and "pretend" he was going fishing. The LIES are staggering. This guy lives by lies. An extremely bad character has been established for Scott Peterson. He's deceitful, underhanded, manipulative, a liar, a cheat, and a murderer imo.
47 posted on 11/13/2003 11:02:15 AM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South)
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To: drjulie
Seriously Julie?? So the Golfing was the DEFINITE lie. Frankly he wasn't going fishing, he just needed to get on the water and "pretend" he was going fishing. The LIES are staggering. This guy lives by lies. An extremely bad character has been established for Scott Peterson. He's deceitful, underhanded, manipulative, a liar, a cheat, and a murderer imo.
48 posted on 11/13/2003 11:08:18 AM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South)
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To: Sacajaweau
Gregario will swoop in some bucks and some free advertisement and in the end will submit a plea deal to spare Scott's life.

No doubt about that, this trial will be a windfall for Geragos thanks to the free publicity. It's a win win for him all the way around.

49 posted on 11/13/2003 11:08:45 AM PST by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: Sacajaweau
Laci's estate will NOT be responsible for the legal fees IF he's found guilty!! Her estate will go to HER family as RG has pointed out many times. IF Snotty is found gulity, he's entitled to NOTHING.
50 posted on 11/13/2003 11:11:51 AM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South)
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