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Judge to Hear Arguments on Moving Peterson Trial
Fox News ^ | Jan 7 2004 | AP

Posted on 01/08/2004 5:18:23 AM PST by runningbear

Judge to Hear Arguments on Moving Peterson Trial

Thursday, January 08, 2004

MODESTO, Calif. — The judge in the Laci Peterson (search) murder case hears arguments Thursday on the defense request to move Scott Peterson's (search) trial out of Modesto.

Laci Peterson's husband is charged with murdering her and their unborn son just over a year ago.

Peterson's lawyer, Mark Geragos (search), says Modesto citizens are prejudiced against his client, making it difficult for him to get a fair trial. Geragos has referred to Laci Peterson as a "posthumous celebrity," and says her husband has been demonized.

Prosecutors say widespread publicity makes a change of venue pointless. They say the jury selection process will eliminate anyone who's mind is already made up. And they blame Geragos himself for much of the publicity. ......

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Prosecutors seek to muzzle Jackson's attorney, others in case

Prosecutors seek to muzzle Jackson's attorney, others in case

By LINDA DEUTSCH
AP Special Correspondent

LOS ANGELES --

Michael Jackson's prosecutors asked a judge Wednesday to issue a rigid publicity gag order similar to the one in effect at the Scott Peterson murder trial. Both cases are being defended by the same lawyer, Mark Geragos.

The prosecution's 58-page filing demanded a seven-point order that would prohibit Geragos, Jackson and virtually every person with any connection to the case from talking to the news media.

"There are two prosecutions pending in California that, for different reasons, are each the object of unrelenting comment and speculation in the tabloid press, 'tabloid television' and even the regular purveyors of news," the motion said, "the Scott Peterson matter, because of its brutality, and the Michael Jackson matter, because of the celebrity of the defendant and the nature of the alleged crime."

The clear target of the motion was Geragos.

"Attorney Geragos has not been shy about offering his own opinion about the supposed 'financial motive' of the boy identified as the victim in this case and the boy's family for reporting their concerns to the authorities," the motion said.

It quoted Geragos as calling the family's actions "a shakedown" and a "scam" and declaring that Jackson is "factually innocent."

Geragos told The Associated Press he would file an answer to the motion Monday, opposing a gag order. He called the motion "outrageous."

"When I first read it, I wondered if the district attorney's office was suffering from short-term memory loss," Geragos said. "I was not the one conducting multiple press conferences with audio and visual displays."

He cited a list of questions and answers Santa Barbara County District ........

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Prosecutors seek to muzzle Jackson's attorney, others in case

Prosecutors seek to muzzle Jackson's attorney, others in case

By LINDA DEUTSCH, AP Special Correspondent
(Published Wednesday, January 7, 2004, 9:11 PM)

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Jackson's prosecutors asked a judge Wednesday to issue a rigid publicity gag order similar to the one in effect at the Scott Peterson murder trial. Both cases are being defended by the same lawyer, Mark Geragos.

The prosecution's 58-page filing demanded a seven-point order that would prohibit Geragos, Jackson and virtually every person with any connection to the case from talking to the news media.

"There are two prosecutions pending in California that, for different reasons, are each the object of unrelenting comment and speculation in the tabloid press, 'tabloid television' and even the regular purveyors of news," the motion said, "the Scott Peterson matter, because of its brutality, and the Michael Jackson matter, because of the celebrity of the defendant and the nature of the alleged crime."

The clear target of the motion was Geragos.

"Attorney Geragos ......

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Recap on prior story: Geragos: Peterson evidence 'feeble'

Geragos: Peterson evidence 'feeble'

By JOHN COTÉ
BEE STAFF WRITER

Last Updated: December 23, 2003, 07:13:00 AM PST

Police "deliberately ignored" evidence that would have benefited Scott Peterson, and prosecutors have failed to show that his wife's death involved a crime, according to a motion seeking to dismiss double-murder charges. "The police -- from the very beginning -- decided that their job was to put Scott Peterson on death row," defense attorney Mark Geragos wrote in the motion filed Monday afternoon in Stanislaus County Superior Court.

"They deliberately ignored any exculpatory evidence, and from day one worked only toward the goal of putting Scott in the gas chamber," Geragos said in a 12-page motion laced with disparaging comments about police and prosecutors.

The motion challenges the order holding Peterson for trial, handed down last month at the close of his 12-day preliminary hearing on charges he murdered his wife, Laci, and unborn son, Conner. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty, which in California is administered by lethal injection or gas.

Chief Deputy District Attorney John Goold said he had not reviewed the motion and would not comment on it. A formal prosecution response is expected Jan. 8.

"We'll make our response known and address the applicable law in the paperwork we file," Goold said.

The defense contends there is no reasonable cause to order Peterson to stand trial, because prosecutors failed at the preliminary hearing to show the deaths involved a crime and did not present physical or circumstantial evidence to indicate Peterson murdered his wife and child. In April, passersby found the bodies of mother and son along the shoreline of San Francisco Bay, a few miles from where Scott Peterson said he went fishing Dec. 24. He reported his wife missing later that day.

The standard of proof prosecutors are required to meet at a preliminary hearing is significantly lower than what's required to find a defendant guilty at trial. The defense motion to set aside the ruling and dismiss the case has little chance of success, legal observers have said.

Judge Marie Silveira is scheduled to hear the motion Jan. 14.

Peterson's trial is set for Jan. 26, but that date will likely be pushed back if Girolami grants a defense request to move the trial because of massive publicity..........

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Deadline missed for defense to fight judge's holdling order

Deadline missed for defense to fight judge's holdling order

By JOHN COTÉ
BEE STAFF WRITER

Last Updated: December 18, 2003, 08:57:00 AM PST

Scott Peterson's defense team has missed a court-imposed deadline for filing a motion challenging the order holding him for trial on double-murder charges. The lapse, however, likely will have little or no legal impact on the case, observers said.

Judge Al Girolami had ordered the motion to be filed by 10 a.m. Tuesday. It had not been filed with Stanislaus County Superior Court by the close of business Wednesday, court staff said.

Court officials posted a notice Wednesday afternoon asking journalists to stop calling to inquire about the document.

Peterson attorney Mark Geragos did not return calls seeking comment.

Geragos announced his intention to file the motion last month following Peterson's preliminary hearing. Such motions seek to set aside a judge's ruling at a preliminary hearing, arguing the prosecution presented insufficient evidence.

The motions rarely succeed, legal observers said.

Judge Al Girolami earlier this month ordered Peterson held for trial on charges he murdered his wife, Laci, and unborn son, Conner.

Judge Marie Silveira is assigned to hear the motion Jan. 7.

Under state law, Peterson's attorneys have 60 days from his Dec. 3 arraignment to file the motion, but a judge could fine Peterson's attorney for missing a court-imposed deadline, attorneys said..........

A Fair Laci Trial In Home County?

A Fair Laci Trial In Home County?

MODESTO, Calif., Dec. 16, 2003

"One reason Scott looks like a demon is what he did himself after the disappearance of his wife." S.F. prosecutor Jim Hammer

Attorney Mark Geragos (Photo: AP)

(CBS/AP) The judge in the Laci Peterson murder case will hear arguments Thursday on the defense request to move Scott Peterson's trial out of Modesto, California.

Laci Peterson's husband is charged with murdering her and their unborn son just over a year ago.

Attorneys for Scott Peterson say there is no way their client can get a fair trial in Stanislaus County and they want the case to be moved, preferably to Los Angeles, reports CBS News Correspondent Steve Futterman. His lawyers claim that nearly 60 percent of the potential jurors in the Modesto area believe Peterson is either guilty or probably guilty.

However, Gloria Gomez of CBS affiliate KOVR reports a prosecution poll indicates that 80 percent of county residents say they would keep an open mind.

It was the people of the Modesto area who searched day after day for Laci Peterson, who held candles of hope and shed tear of despair when her .......

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Heated Venue Battle In Peterson Case

Heated Venue Battle In Peterson Case

POSTED: 4:18 PM PST January 7, 2004

MODESTO, Calif. -- On the eve of the change of venue hearing in the Scott Peterson double murder trial one thing became apparent -- emotions will be running high Thursday morning when both sides take their seats in the Stanislaus County courtroom of Judge Al Girolami.

Peterson Case Special Section

Both parties will be in court to see if Girolami will grant a change of venue in the case in which Peterson is charged with killing his wife, Laci, and unborn son, Connor, in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve 2002. Prosecutors contend that Scott Peterson drove his pregnant wife's remains to San Francisco Bay and dumped them in the waters of Richmond, Calif.

The partial remains of Laci Peterson and her unborn son were found along the shoreline in April. If convicted, Peterson faces the death penalty.

In court documents filed late Tuesday, prosecutors and defense attorney Mark Geragos delivered a series of body blows that would be the envy of any heavyweight boxer. At the center of the dispute was the prosecution's filing of a challenge to the defense request to the change of venue filed last Friday.

Deputy District Attorney James Brazelton didn't mince words in that filing, charging the defense with leaking information that fanned the flames of publicity.

"The publicity in (this) case has to the great extent ......

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Today's court hearing on Scott Peterson in the death of Laci and Conner Peterson.
1 posted on 01/08/2004 5:18:24 AM PST by runningbear
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To: Rheo; Mystery Y; Searching4Justice; brneyedgirl; Scupoli; sissyjane; TexKat; Lanza; Mrs.Liberty; ...
Pinging.....court hearing today.... and Jan 14th
2 posted on 01/08/2004 5:19:16 AM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: All
If you can make a donation to Free Republic, then don't make others carry your water!

3 posted on 01/08/2004 5:19:19 AM PST by Support Free Republic (Happy New Year)
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To: melodie; Cudjo; nicmarlo; Yaelle; HungarianGypsy; philomath; winstar1k; cry4justice; ...
Pinging.....court hearing today.... and Jan 14th
4 posted on 01/08/2004 5:19:43 AM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: sonserae; melodie; BlondieTx; I. Ben Hurt; Lauratealeaf; RightWingMama; DreamWeaver; ...
Pinging.....court hearing today.... and Jan 14th
5 posted on 01/08/2004 5:20:13 AM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Constitution Day
I must really dislike business travel if I'm happy to be back on the Laci threads. :)
8 posted on 01/08/2004 5:40:14 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Death before dhimmi.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Wow. Did those TSA goons rough you up or something? ;)
9 posted on 01/08/2004 5:50:37 AM PST by Constitution Day (Iraqi blogger to President Bush: "The bones in the mass graves salute you, Avenger of the Bones.")
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To: Constitution Day
They left donut crumbs in my laptop.
10 posted on 01/08/2004 6:04:17 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Death before dhimmi.)
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To: runningbear
Here is an idea: Instead of moving the trial, let's just move Scott directly into the gas chamber, which is where he belongs, anyway.
11 posted on 01/08/2004 6:29:09 AM PST by Houmatt (Kooldawg is a coward.)
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To: runningbear
Thanks runningbear..This should be interesting..I hope I get to see this today, have lots to do today.
12 posted on 01/08/2004 8:08:31 AM PST by Bella
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To: All; Bella; runningbear; Devil_Anse; Jackie-O; Canadian Outrage; Sandylapper; drjulie
Did anyone see Larry King Live last night? I missed it, but have been reading the transcript:
http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0401/07/lkl.00.html

JoEllan Demetrius is working for Geragross. Isn't this exchange a violation of the GAG order??
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KING: There's a lot then that we don't know.

DIMITRIUS: Absolutely. I think people will be shocked to learn what else is out there.

KING: Are you saying the defense in this case, no matter where this trial is held, will surprise us?

DIMITRIUS: Oh, my goodness, yes. Absolutely.

KING: Really?

DIMITRIUS: Yes.

KING: You're so affirmative. Things you know.

DIMITRIUS: Things I know.

13 posted on 01/08/2004 8:48:13 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: All
Oh, puke!


http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0401/07/lkl.00.html
Ted Rowlands:
"One other thing I want to pass along, Larry, the confidence that Joe Ellen had just a moment ago I got from Jackie Peterson tonight. She came out of the jail visiting Scott and she said in the end he is going to walk and she did seem very confident going into this thing."
14 posted on 01/08/2004 8:50:40 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta
I didn't hear Dimitrius make the comments you quoted, but I did hear the remark you quoted by Ted Rowlands.

I saw one part where a caller called in and asked, "who is paying for the defense now?" And King just was very dismissive, in that someone on his panel said shortly, "The Petersons have money", and he repeated that, "The Petersons have money." He might have said "Period" after that, b/c that's the tone in which he said it.

Larry King makes me vomit. He is such a smarmy liberal ass; usually it doesn't matter, b/c he just sits there like the milquetoast he is. But every now and then one sees that little undercurrent of anger that he carries for anyone who doesn't fully embrace his liberal views.

I know that it's not necessarily a liberal thing to defend Scott, but I assume that the reason Larry is so squarely pro-Scott is b/c Scott is represented by one of Larry's good friends, a fellow Clinton-era libnut--Mark Geragos.
15 posted on 01/08/2004 9:10:20 AM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: Velveeta
Oh, and keep reading the transcript till you get to the callers! There was one funny caller that phoned in and said something--I couldn't quite hear what it was--about "hiding his bald spot". I think the caller was referring to Larry.

Larry just shrugged off the call, but a little later he seemed to be just a bit miffed; he said, "I don't know what that caller was talking about, and he waited on the line one hour just to say that..."
16 posted on 01/08/2004 9:13:08 AM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: Devil_Anse
I find it extremely difficult to watch Larry because *spittle* settles in the corners of his mouth. My brain keeps screaming "Somebody hand that guy a tissue!!!" and I end up missing the show anyway.

What WAS that comment about the bald spot? I did see it in the transcript. They were referring to Larry's bald spot? And someone who was dropped on their head? Confusing.
17 posted on 01/08/2004 9:26:05 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta
Yes it does wound like a gag violation...orchestrated by MG of course!
Remember all of the times he said that they had proof that someone other than Snott killed Laci? To me this is just another way for him to get that message out whatever way he can. I sure hope someone in the Prosecutors office sees this and calls it to the attention of Judge G.
18 posted on 01/08/2004 9:29:53 AM PST by Jackie-O (Have you pulled out the electric blanket yet??)
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To: Devil_Anse; runningbear
Breaking on FNC: the trial will receive a change of venue. I'm sure Geragos would like it moved to San Diego.
19 posted on 01/08/2004 9:52:39 AM PST by cgk (Kraut, 1989: We must brace ourselves for disquisitions on peer pressure, adolescent anomie & rage.)
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To: cgk; All
Judge will change Peterson trial location
Thursday, January 8, 2004 Posted: 1:04 PM EST (1804 GMT)



Scott Peterson, left, and attorney Mark Geragos in a court appearance last month.




VIDEO
The defense argues Scott Peterson's trial should be moved from Modesto, California, because he can't receive a fair trial. CNN's Rusty Dornin reports. (January 8)

PLAY VIDEO

(CNN) -- A judge said Thursday he will move the location of the trial of a California man accused of killing his wife and their unborn son.

http://www.cnn.com/2004/LAW/01/08/peterson.case/index.html


20 posted on 01/08/2004 10:12:36 AM PST by maggief
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To: cgk
When will we hear where it will be moved to?

I think it will go to San Jose, Santa Clara County.

21 posted on 01/08/2004 10:16:59 AM PST by Spunky (This little tag just keeps following me where ever I go.)
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To: runningbear
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20040108/D7VUPN080.html

Judge Moves Peterson Case Out of Modesto

22 posted on 01/08/2004 10:23:06 AM PST by Bella
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To: maggiefluffs; All
Although this means one less issue for an appeal, I'm sure it means there will be yet another delay till the trail gets underway. :o(
23 posted on 01/08/2004 10:38:31 AM PST by Jackie-O (Have you pulled out the electric blanket yet??)
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To: Jackie-O
In May of last year, Geragos was "minutes" away from naming the "real killer". ROFL

24 posted on 01/08/2004 10:46:17 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta
If I was in Scott's shoes Gegaroos would not be my choice for a lawyer.

Overpriced BS Lawyer.

I saw Scott and he looks just like his Mom and with the mannerisms. More so than ever. Looks like he has lost wieght and muscle tone. Too Bad. (sarcasm)
25 posted on 01/08/2004 11:11:41 AM PST by oceanperch ( been oughta town and catching up ...)
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To: Velveeta
that is what they think, and believe of a pathic liar. ;o)
26 posted on 01/08/2004 11:27:31 AM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Velveeta
that is what they think, and believe of a pathetic liar. ;o)
27 posted on 01/08/2004 11:28:19 AM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Spunky
Oh no, I just sent in my change of address from San Jose....lol.. (really, I got a jury summons from my way older address. ;o) Had to send in the corrections... )
28 posted on 01/08/2004 11:30:03 AM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: maggiefluffs
"Geragos said surveys showed there was less bias against Peterson in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Alameda and Santa Clara counties.

He cited numerous examples of the hostility Scott Peterson has faced since he was arrested in April after his wife and her fetus washed ashore near where he said he was fishing the day she disappeared. "

Hummmm, so, the judge was convinced on Geragos' surveys that Modesto, is tainted!

29 posted on 01/08/2004 11:33:20 AM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: runningbear
Just please don't let it be Los Angeles. I'd hate for it to be so convenient for Geragos and so expensive and burdensome for the Rochas.
30 posted on 01/08/2004 11:38:07 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: Devil_Anse
Your post #15 - A BIG AMEN!! I really cannot stomach Larry King any longer. I have begun to even dislike Demtrius. She will work for ANY scumbag for $$!! None of these people have any principles. I'm sure Geragos has told everyone (who incidentally are under a GAG ORDER) to be very confident as IF they have some ground breaking news. Bull$hit!!
31 posted on 01/08/2004 12:00:45 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South!!)
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To: Jackie-O
Don't you find it just a little ODD that Geragos is saying that there is a "real killer" out there but then there is also, NO EVIDENCE that she was even murdered!! HUH? This slimeball thinks that everybody is stupid?
32 posted on 01/08/2004 12:03:51 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South!!)
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To: Spunky
I do too Spunky, I think they will Not REALLY get what they want. I would be SHOCKED if it went to LA. Northern California is NOT what Geragos wants.!!
33 posted on 01/08/2004 12:09:11 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South!!)
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To: Velveeta
I don't think it will be Vel. I have a friend from San Jose who has received a Jury Questionnaire!!!
34 posted on 01/08/2004 12:11:26 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South!!)
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To: oceanperch
Snott and his Mother are both nauseating aren't they OP?? I almost want to throw up at the sight and sound of both of them.!!
35 posted on 01/08/2004 12:17:13 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South!!)
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To: Devil_Anse
I have never understood how Larry King ever got his job! He is the worst interviewer going, and so biased it is sickening.

The judge of course fell for the bogus no fair trial in Modesto BS of the slime lawyer. It is the people who can't get a fair trial these days, not the big media defendant.
36 posted on 01/08/2004 12:18:21 PM PST by ladyinred (W/04)
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To: runningbear
Too bad rb because my friend in San Jose ALSO got one ( a questionnaire that is). But he is a currently unemployed Engineer, Conservative and very pro-Death Penalty.
37 posted on 01/08/2004 12:19:44 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South!!)
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To: cgk
Actually, I'm sure Geragos wants the trial moved to LA, since this is where his offices are located. Which would also be a plus for Gloria Allred (same proximity), now thinking of it, lol.

However, this would not be a practical move at all, not to mention how much this could cost the taxpaxers in Modesto.
38 posted on 01/08/2004 1:09:02 PM PST by brneyedgirl
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To: Canadian Outrage; runningbear
Did you hear Geragos a few days back when he was on a program about Michael Jackson? He was asked why would Jackson have settled with the first accuser if he hadn't done anything to the boy? Geragos answer was; "Wouldn't you settle too if all your private body parts were being photographed"?

If that is all Geragos could come up with for a reason for Michael to settle, he must think Michael's (you know what) is so teeney tiny that Michael didn't want any pictures of it to get out. :-)

39 posted on 01/08/2004 1:23:17 PM PST by Spunky (This little tag just keeps following me where ever I go.)
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To: brneyedgirl
http://courttv.aol.com/trials/peterson/010704_venue_ctv.html

...If the change-of-venue approval stands, the state's Administrative Office of the Courts will suggest three alternative venues. The judge and attorneys then work together to select one of these.

Peterson's lawyer, Mark Geragos, has said he wants the trial moved to Los Angeles County, where his practice is based.

40 posted on 01/08/2004 1:35:42 PM PST by maggief
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To: Spunky
ROFL..... could it be?
41 posted on 01/08/2004 1:41:15 PM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: maggiefluffs; runningbear
Of course he wants the trial moved to him hometown...I, personally would like to see it moved to Alameda. Logistically it would be muche better for the Prosecution, Laci's family and friends who will be wanting to be in the courtromm EVERY DAY.
42 posted on 01/08/2004 1:45:57 PM PST by Jackie-O (Have you pulled out the electric blanket yet??)
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To: Velveeta
I wondered the same thing-her comments were typical Geragos spin, straight from part of the Gerogos team. When the trial happens we'll see a big fat nothing from the defense.
43 posted on 01/08/2004 1:51:28 PM PST by Annie03 (donate at www.terrisfight.org)
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44 posted on 01/08/2004 2:01:38 PM PST by maggief
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To: maggiefluffs
Those pics of Snott from today?? Looks like he got his Geri-curls cut off.
45 posted on 01/08/2004 2:14:49 PM PST by Jackie-O (Have you pulled out the electric blanket yet??)
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To: Jackie-O
I wonder if the state will appeal this ruling? They can appeal some rulings pre-trial--though of course if the ruling stood and there were an acquittal, they would have no appeal after trial.

The judge seems to have given great weight to the scene there was when Scott was driven into Modesto--the people standing around with signs that said "Murderer". And that comment by Modesto's ditzy mayor. When I saw Sabatino say that, I thought, uh-oh.

I don't think a change of venue is fatal for the prosecution. I guess their chances depend on what county the court ultimately says they'll get their jurors from.

If the prosecution has a good, strong case, I think they could win even in L.A. (Not that I think that will be the chosen county.) I just don't know how strong the prosecution's case is, yet. We know Scott has lied, and lied, and lied, from Day One, and the prosecution can prove that for sure. But will they get jurors who can put the pieces together--or will there be at least one nutball juror who wouldn't be satisfied unless there were ironclad forensic evidence of Scott as the killer (or a videotape of the killing)?

I sure wish Laci's skull would be found.
46 posted on 01/08/2004 2:48:36 PM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: Canadian Outrage
What a good point! We don't know that she was murdered... the real murderer is still out there...

Sounds like the usual, from Mr. Honesty, Geragos!
47 posted on 01/08/2004 2:51:00 PM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: Jackie-O; All
If the judge is going to sequester the jury anyway, why not go down to LA, seat a jury and then truck them all up to Modesto for the trial?

The brains and biases are from LA, but without all of the expense of moving the judge, clerk, reporter, etc. Not to mention I hate to think that the Rochas will be setting up camp away from home, just so Geragos can sleep in his own bed every night.

Pinz
48 posted on 01/08/2004 2:52:15 PM PST by pinz-n-needlez
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To: ladyinred
That's right--and the people are just as entitled to a fair trial as is scumbag Scott.

But if the people lose, they don't get an appeal. Only Scott could appeal a loss.
49 posted on 01/08/2004 2:52:41 PM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: Canadian Outrage
The death penalty is THE LAW in California. Nothing wrong with his being willing to follow the law!
50 posted on 01/08/2004 2:53:41 PM PST by Devil_Anse
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