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Distaso attacks defense motion
The Modesto Bee ^ | Jan 8 2004 | John Cote'

Posted on 01/09/2004 5:36:03 AM PST by runningbear

Distaso attacks defense motion

Distaso attacks defense motion

By JOHN COTÉ
BEE STAFF WRITER

Last Updated: January 8, 2004, 08:14:12 AM PST

Prosecutors Wednesday countered a defense effort to dismiss double-murder charges against Scott Peterson. They argued that there was only one reasonable explanation for the bodies of his wife and unborn son washing ashore along San Francisco Bay:

"The evidence leads only to the conclusion that Laci was killed at the hands of another (the defendant)," Deputy District Attorney Rick Distaso wrote in documents filed in Stanislaus County Superior Court.

The defense contends prosecutors failed to show at a November 2003 preliminary hearing that Laci Peterson's death involved a crime or provide evidence Scott Peterson killed her.

Peterson was ordered held for trial on charges he murdered his wife and their unborn son, Conner, following the 12-day hearing. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Prosecutors need only establish probable cause -- a low threshold of proof -- at the preliminary hearing.

Legal observers have said the defense motion has little chance of success. A hearing on it is set for Wednesday.

The defense maintains prosecutors failed to establish that Laci Peterson's death was a homicide. Her nearly skeletal remains were found in April 2003. A medical examiner listed the manner of death as a homicide but was unable to determine the cause of death.

Prosecutors contend there are three possible explanations for how Laci and Conner Peterson's bodies found their way to San Francisco Bay: foul play, an accident or suicide........

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Judge: Try Peterson in bigger city

Judge: Try Peterson in bigger city


Mark Geragos and Pat Harris, attorneys for Scott Peterson, arrive at the Stanislaus County Court house on Thursday. By MARTY BICEK/THE BEE


Lee and Jackie Peterson, the parents of Scott Peterson, speak to the press as they arrive at the Stanislaus County Courthouse on Thursday. By MARTY BICEK/THE BEE

By JOHN COTÉ and GARTH STAPLEY
BEE STAFF WRITERS

Last Updated: January 8, 2004, 03:57:27 PM PST

Santa Clara, San Mateo and Alameda counties are on the short list of where Scott Peterson's trial on double-murder charges will be held. Superior Court Judge Al Girolami ruled this afternoon that the trial should be moved out of Stanislaus County because of massive pre-trial publicity.

Girolami directed the prosecution and defense to suggest three options each. He told them to consider the following criteria for those locations:

They must be larger metropolitan areas.

They must be communities within driving distance to Modesto.

They must be near a major airport.

Girolami and the attorneys came up with the three Bay Area options. The judge will send the list to the state Administrative Office of the Courts, which will then issue its own list, based on which counties have the available space and personnel for the case.

Girolami said he regretted the inconvenience and hardship the move will cause for witnesses in the case, and the significant cost for the county.

Peterson, 31, is accused of murdering his wife, Laci and their unborn son. Their bodies washed ashore along the San Francisco Bay in April, near where Peterson told police he went fishing on Christmas Eve 2002, the day he reported his .......

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Trial site on docket; if it moves, costs climb

Trial site on docket; if it moves, costs climb

By GARTH STAPLEY
BEE STAFF WRITER

Last Updated: January 8, 2004, 08:44:23 AM PST

The cost to move a high-profile trial -- which can be exorbitant -- isn't supposed to enter a judge's mind when he or she makes the big decision.

But there is no way around this fact: It's expensive.

And inconvenient.

"The expense just builds and builds," said Thomas Testa, a San Joaquin County prosecutor who handled two multiple-murder trials moved to Santa Clara County.

In many cases, the extra costs amount to several hundreds of thousands of dollars.

And the Peterson proceeding isn't a run-of-the-mill case. The preliminary hearing alone stretched across three weeks, and the trial is expected to last six months.

Judge Al Girolami today is set to hear arguments from both sides over Peterson's request to move the much-anticipated trial. It is scheduled to begin Jan. 26 but could be postponed, particularly if Girolami says a fair trial in Modesto is unlikely.

Peterson, 31, is charged in the slayings of his wife, Laci, and their unborn son, Conner. Prosecutors seek the death penalty.

Costs of moving proceedings can stack up quickly -- for everyone involved.

"Little things you don't think about: paper clips, fax machines, a courier service, socks," Testa said. "You've got to orchestrate things that now are on automatic pilot. One night I was driving around in the rain at 11:30, getting lost, looking for a

Magic Marker for an exhibit for the next day."

Aside from attorneys, trials require judges, clerks, bailiffs and stenographers, as well as witnesses, including experts who might need to fly in from anywhere in the United States..........

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Bay Area may get Peterson trial

Posted on Fri, Jan. 09, 2004

Bay Area may get Peterson trial

By Julia Prodis Sulek
Mercury News

MODESTO - The fate of Scott Peterson may end up in the hands of 12 people from Santa Clara County.

Stanislaus County Judge Al Girolami ruled Thursday that the trial should be moved from Modesto, preferably to Santa Clara County, because overwhelming publicity and the community's connection to the case would make it difficult to find a fair and impartial local jury. Peterson is accused of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn son.

Santa Clara County is Girolami's top choice, with San Mateo and Alameda counties next on his list. Girolami grew up in downtown San Jose and attended Santa Clara University School of Law.

In court Thursday, Girolami said he prefers that the trial be held within driving distance of Modesto and near a major airport. A panel of judges across the state will take the judge's recommendation and survey counties to determine whether they have the time and space to host a trial that could last as long as six months and attract scores of national journalists.

Santa Clara County appears poised to take it on.

``If the venue is changed to Santa Clara County, we are more than willing to accept it and do what we need to do,'' Kim V. Kelly, assistant chief executive officer for Santa Clara County Superior Court, said Thursday afternoon.

Santa Clara County has a history of inheriting high-profile cases -- from Cary Stayner's Yosemite murder trial in 2002 to the case of Richard Allen Davis, who kidnapped and murdered Polly Klaas, and even back to the 1970 trial of black activist Angela Davis, who was acquitted of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy.

In court Thursday, Girolami said he regretted the ........

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State court revisits murder of a fetus
What if attacker is unaware of pregnancy?

State court revisits murder of a fetus
What if attacker is unaware of pregnancy?

Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer Thursday, January 8, 2004

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The state Supreme Court returned to the stormy issue of fetal murder for the first time in a decade Wednesday with arguments over whether a Northern California man who killed his ex-girlfriend could be convicted of a double murder if he didn't know she was pregnant.

In a ruling that is due within 90 days, the court must define a law it was instrumental in passing. The court ruled in 1970 that a man who stomped on his pregnant ex-wife, deliberately killing her fetus, was not guilty of murder because the state's murder law applied only to the killing of a human being.

The California Legislature immediately expanded the state's murder law to cover the killing of a fetus without the woman's consent. Wednesday's hearing, in a case from Mendocino County, concerned the scope of the law: whether a defendant unaware of the intended victim's pregnancy can be convicted of fetal murder.

A ruling in the state's favor could lead to more prosecutions under the law, possibly including some death penalty cases.

Nationally, the issue of crimes against a fetus has become a battleground in Congress, where opposing sides in the abortion debate are battling over legislation that would make it a crime to injure or kill a fetus during a violent federal crime on a pregnant.........

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Laci Peterson's mother endorses Kentucky's 'fetal homicide' bill

Laci Peterson's mother endorses Kentucky's 'fetal homicide' bill

By BRUCE SCHREINER
Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The mother of Laci Peterson urged Kentucky lawmakers Thursday to act in the "interests of true justice" and pass a "fetal homicide" bill that has been stymied for years.

Sharon Rocha, whose daughter and unborn grandson were found dead along the California coast last year, wrote a letter endorsing a bill that would apply homicide statutes to a fetus from the time of conception.

The bill also picked up support from Gov. Ernie Fletcher, who told a Capitol rally, "It is time that we pass this legislation."

Under rulings by the Kentucky Supreme Court, a fetus is not a person until a live birth occurs. In one defining case, the court overturned a murder indictment against a man who attacked his pregnant wife and killed the fetus.

In her letter, Rocha said if her daughter and unborn grandson had died in Kentucky, it would have resulted in a single homicide charge.

She said if a mother survives an assault but loses her fetus, Kentucky law doesn't recognize any loss of human life. She said "this injustice would be cured" by enactment of the bill, named the Caleb-Haley Act to memorialize two babies .......

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Peterson Trial To Move Out Of Modesto


Scott Peterson

Peterson Trial To Move Out Of Modesto
Judge Cites Pre-Trial Publicity In Ruling

POSTED: 9:50 AM PST January 8, 2004
UPDATED: 2:56 PM PST January 8, 2004

A Superior Court judge has granted a change of venue in the Scott Peterson murder trial.

NBC11 reporter Karen Brown said the judge pointed to the inordinate amount of publicity given to the case in Modesto and that so many residents sympathized with victim Laci Peterson in her own hometown.

He also pointed the small size of Stanislaus County, with a population of 500,000 -- thus reducing the pool of potential jurors, as a reason for his decision.

The judge's decision denied arguments by county prosecutors that news coverage of the case, which gained national notoriety as Laci Peterson's disappearance went unsolved for nearly five months last year, is so widespread in California that there is no point in moving the trial.

Defense lawyer Mark Geragos argued in court papers that Peterson has been demonized and that the prosecution's argument "can be boiled down to the old adage, 'Sure we can give him a fair trial, then we will take him out and hang him."'........

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


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From yesterday's court hearing....

Sure wish I could do something about all these pop-ups that plague these sites from my work pc..... ;o(

admin won't let the peons load other software... ugh!

1 posted on 01/09/2004 5:36:03 AM PST by runningbear
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To: Rheo; Mystery Y; Searching4Justice; brneyedgirl; Scupoli; sissyjane; TexKat; Lanza; Mrs.Liberty; ...
Pinging.....
2 posted on 01/09/2004 5:36:52 AM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: texasbluebell; truthkeeper; BobFromNJ; WestCoastGal; Sunshine55; Yaelle; madison10; Devil_Anse; ...
Pinging.....
3 posted on 01/09/2004 5:37:16 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 01/09/2004 5:37:39 AM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: All
Rank Location Receipts Donors/Avg Freepers/Avg Monthlies
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Thanks for donating to Free Republic!

Move your locale up the leaderboard!

5 posted on 01/09/2004 5:38:25 AM PST by Support Free Republic (If Woody had gone straight to the police, this would never have happened!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Beat ya!

6 posted on 01/09/2004 5:40:04 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
In response to yesterdays concerns, Slim announces a contraversy-free ping policy.

7 posted on 01/09/2004 5:43:37 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Death before dhimmi.)
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To: Constitution Day
My mojo's in the shop and out of warranty it would seem.
8 posted on 01/09/2004 5:44:45 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Death before dhimmi.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Controversy? What controversy?

And about that broken mojo... you can always wait for it to be fixed in the lovely Mojo Repair Gift Shop.

9 posted on 01/09/2004 5:48:43 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
Somebody pushed ABUSE on our less than PC pics yesterday. The Laci thread regulars deny all knowledge and even petitioned the mods to put them back.
10 posted on 01/09/2004 5:54:17 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Death before dhimmi.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
What a bunch of freakin' crybabies.
11 posted on 01/09/2004 5:57:40 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: runningbear
Thanks for the ping rb!
I caught a little of LKL last night...Rowlands, Dimitrius,Grace and Pixie on. I'm off to read the transcripts.
http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0401/08/lkl.00.html
12 posted on 01/09/2004 6:13:04 AM PST by Jackie-O
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To: Tijeras_Slim
I'm sorry, but the smiley face will have to go. The Sufferers of Clinical Depression Murder-Case-Of-The-Month Club is offended by smiley faces...
13 posted on 01/09/2004 6:17:29 AM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: Constitution Day
Sure, this photo looks harmless. But have you bothered to think of the effect it might have on a poor person who may have had a loved one injured in a NASCAR race?
14 posted on 01/09/2004 6:18:34 AM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: Devil_Anse
Oh, the humanity!!!
15 posted on 01/09/2004 6:19:21 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: runningbear; Devil_Anse; Velveeta; Canadian Outrage; All
Did anyone catch the cheap shot MG took at the Modesto PD yesterday outside the courthouse??
A reporter asked MG to speak closer th the microphones and he said, "These mics seem to be designed for the MPD...pretty low." or something to that effect. He had the most smarmy smirk on his face afterwords and kinda paused like he was waiting for someone to laugh at his wisecrack...not one did.
16 posted on 01/09/2004 6:26:13 AM PST by Jackie-O
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To: Jackie-O
Setting up the can't trust the police, and/or police are corrupt for the next change of venue ..... ?
17 posted on 01/09/2004 6:30:03 AM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: runningbear
Yeah, I think that's exactly what he was doing...a little jury pool tainting of his own.
I think most people see thru his ridiculous tactics...
18 posted on 01/09/2004 6:41:41 AM PST by Jackie-O
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Ruh, roh!!! FABRICATED SURVEY RESULTS!!

Trial moved; survey flawed?

By GARTH STAPLEY and JOHN COTÉ
BEE STAFF WRITERS


Last Updated: January 9, 2004, 06:57:18 AM PST

Several university students said Thursday that they fabricated survey results factored into in a judge's decision to move Scott Peterson's capital murder trial out of Modesto.
Judge Al Girolami learned of the phony-poll allegation just before 5 p.m. and, through a court intermediary, refused to comment.

"We falsified the info," said a 20-year-old criminal justice student at California State University, Stanislaus. "The stuff we submitted wasn't true."

He referred to the 10-county Peterson bias survey compiled by 65 students and overseen by Professor Stephen Schoenthaler.

Informed Thursday evening of the students' claims, Schoenthaler said, "I'm stunned and I find it hard to believe. It seems impossible that I could have missed something like that."

University Vice Provost Diana Demetrulias said her office will launch an investigation today.

Chief Deputy District Attorney John Goold suggested that the revelation could cause Girolami to reconsider his decision.

"Oh, my God," Goold said when informed of the students' claims. "It certainly sounds like this would affect the underpinnings of the judge's decision."

The student and five others -- all seniors -- said Thursday that they made up every answer on all the surveys they submitted because they found it difficult to gather legitimate data.

They did it, they said, because they were short on time and money. They were required to participate in the survey for 20 percent of their grade and were given no money for dozens of lengthy long-distance phone calls, they said.

Another senior said she struggled to complete half of her required surveys, then gave up and faked the rest. Another said she refused to cheat but didn't have the resources to do the survey, so she didn't -- knowing that her grade could be lowered from A to C.

Three of the eight said they used answers from friends and relatives on some surveys, also in violation of survey ethics.

Goold said his office would discuss a course of action. Regarding the judge, Goold said, "If he is aware of impropriety, he can notify the parties to be in court tomorrow" to address "falsity before the court."

Peterson attorney Mark Geragos of Los Angeles said, "Hypothetically speaking, one should never put any credence in anonymous sources."

All students requested anonymity.

On the witness stand Thursday, Schoenthaler insisted that his methodology was sound when prosecutor Dave Harris questioned the survey's integrity.

"Is it possible that college students went home and simply made these numbers up?" Harris said later in court. "I think there is a significant likelihood of that."

Phone numbers not verified

Harris' arguments appeared to have little effect on Girolami, who said his decision to move the trial was heavily based on a "massive amount of publicity."

In conducting the survey, Schoenthaler said he required students to include the phone numbers they supposedly called when submitting data, but that he had not verified any by calling them himself.

But formulas developed to detect fraud didn't alert him to anything unusual, the professor said.

Before The Bee published the survey results Sunday, Schoenthaler said he used 65 students to poll 1,175 prospective jurors randomly by telephone in late November and early December. He said from 114 to 122 people responded in each of California's eight largest counties, plus Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

The survey suggested that more jurors without bias could be found in the Bay Area and Southern California than in Stanislaus County. Geragos submitted the survey as an official case exhibit, and the judge cited it when explaining his decision to move the trial.

Schoenthaler testified that no one hired him or paid him to do that survey or a smaller one in May. He has said he hoped to provide a public service and perhaps save taxpayer money.

In court Thursday, Harris questioned Schoenthaler's motives, suggesting the professor sought public distinction. He said the survey was poorly designed and gave students the opportunity and motive to falsify their data.

"You have to ask yourself what else is wrong with (the survey) when you ask college students for credit to go back to their house or their dorms to make long-distance calls," Harris said.

The students said Schoenthaler told them they could expect people further away to know less about the case. They said they fabricated the surveys accordingly.

"You just make it up," said a 21-year-old student.

Schoenthaler gave the students survey materials two days before Thanksgiving, he and they said.

"It's just an asinine thing to make a student do a week before finals," a 22-year-old student said. "There is no way (Schoenthaler) can say this is legitimate, because he wasn't there when we supposedly made it up."

A 21-year-old student said: "It's bogus."

Students unaware of survey use

Some students said they would have come forward earlier but they had no idea their fabrications would be used to help sway a judge making such an important decision.

A 35-year-old student said, "This is a death penalty case. This guy's life is on the line. I'm absolutely outraged."

University spokesman Don Hansen said discipline for dishonest work can range from writing a paper or community service to suspension or expulsion.

Vice Provost Demetrulias said her probe could take a week.

"We will initiate this in the morning," she said Thursday evening. "We take very seriously any scientific misconduct or suggestion of that. We will be working on it."

A class syllabus given to the students at the beginning of the fall semester states that 20 percent of the grade would be based on a class project. The description:

"Each student will be assigned to survey public opinion attitudes and knowledge on the telephone from 20 people in various parts of California to test hypotheses that will be done in class. The survey typically takes five or six hours to complete and an hour of practice."

Stephen Lubet of Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago said, "The point is to teach students, not obtain their labor."

http://modbee.com/local/story/7981057p-8852389c.html
19 posted on 01/09/2004 7:36:21 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: Tijeras_Slim
ABUSE!!! {{click}} ABUSE!!! {{click}}

What are you thinking, Slim?? An orange bear? What about the Albino bears, black bears, brown bears? How do you think they're going to feel when they see that YOU favor an ORANGE BEAR? You are inciting racial divide among bears and I can't bear it.

Moderatooooooorrrrr!
20 posted on 01/09/2004 7:40:31 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: Jackie-O
That MG thinks he's a real comedian. I saw it, he's sick.
21 posted on 01/09/2004 7:41:44 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta
Oh, well, it figures! Fabrication is one of MG's favorite tools to use defending his clients...
Receipts that Winonah had for the merchandise she pinched...
LE manhandled Jackson...
22 posted on 01/09/2004 8:12:55 AM PST by Jackie-O
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To: Velveeta
Holy cow!!! Now what?!?

LMAO at this comment:
Peterson attorney Mark Geragos of Los Angeles said, "Hypothetically speaking, one should never put any credence in anonymous sources."

Does that include Satanic Cult theories???
23 posted on 01/09/2004 8:25:12 AM PST by maggief
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To: Velveeta
Hey, it's a Homeland Security Bear... just hope I never post a Red one.
24 posted on 01/09/2004 8:41:05 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Death before dhimmi.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
LMAO!
25 posted on 01/09/2004 8:59:01 AM PST by Jackie-O
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To: Jackie-O

26 posted on 01/09/2004 9:02:53 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Death before dhimmi.)
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To: Jackie-O
I guess that didn't show up.
27 posted on 01/09/2004 9:03:21 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Death before dhimmi.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
What was it?
28 posted on 01/09/2004 9:04:01 AM PST by Jackie-O
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To: Jackie-O
I'll try again from home. The work firewall cut me off. (Not that it was that bad.)
29 posted on 01/09/2004 9:05:21 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Death before dhimmi.)
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To: Constitution Day
What's really tragic is that I taught him how to post pictures.
30 posted on 01/09/2004 9:07:20 AM PST by CougarGA7
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To: Jackie-O
That IS low. What a rectal cavity that man is.
31 posted on 01/09/2004 10:39:41 AM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Try to keep up. It's yellow bears today.

;-) Pinz
32 posted on 01/09/2004 10:41:19 AM PST by pinz-n-needlez
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To: Velveeta
just hearing this... Wonder who feels who has egg on their face?
33 posted on 01/09/2004 10:41:31 AM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
I'm sorry, but viewing that red X is giving me feelings of anxiety. Red is a symbol for "warning", or "hazard", and X denotes exclusion. I... I...

I can't go on... I feel great anguish... (click!) ABUSE! Help! ABUSE!
34 posted on 01/09/2004 10:43:31 AM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: Constitution Day
Well, I'm afraid the damage has already been done. Students at California State University have conducted a brief survey, and a whopping 90% of freepers found that image disturbing! I feel... disturbed...
35 posted on 01/09/2004 10:46:14 AM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: Velveeta
Good GOD!! This is about as bizarre as it gets!

I wish I'd seen more of that hearing. I had no idea that the defense was basing its motion on a survey done by COLLEGE STUDENTS! I got a glimpse of that smug expert of theirs--boy, I'd love to see his face now.

Somebody ping John Grisham! This is the stuff of novels!
36 posted on 01/09/2004 10:49:08 AM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: Velveeta
And when they really do the survey--could there ever be a more appropriate time for "Freep this Poll"??
37 posted on 01/09/2004 10:50:21 AM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: Velveeta; All
And another thing! Isn't it funny how the professor told the students to "expect people farther away (as in: southern CA/L.A. area) to know less about the case"? And that this bogus survey just happened to show the least-biased jurors to be in "the Bay Area, and southern California (L.A.)"? The big metropolises, where Geragos wants the trial to go? How conveeenient!
38 posted on 01/09/2004 10:54:34 AM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: runningbear
He was so smug with his "victory" in that round yesterday, wasn't he? This outa knock him down a few pegs.
His low blow to MPD yesterday was done IMO, to sway the jury pool...but that same pool is seeing every day what the Defense side is made of....
39 posted on 01/09/2004 11:10:00 AM PST by Jackie-O
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To: Jackie-O
ya know, I have a feeling this judge is going to 'spank' Geragos! How, don't know. You just don't do that to judges. Especially ones who try hardest to make justice work for the people, in in the interest of justice. Geragos groped one well over!
40 posted on 01/09/2004 12:31:37 PM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Velveeta
<< An orange bear? What about the Albino bears, black bears, brown bears? How do you think they're going to feel when they see that YOU favor an ORANGE BEAR? You are inciting racial divide among bears and I can't bear it. >>

Oh,oh, Vel. Now you've done it. You didn't mention the Panda bears. How do you think that makes our friends in China feel? :)
41 posted on 01/09/2004 2:29:55 PM PST by An American In Dairyland
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To: Jackie-O
I heard this False Survey thing on Court TV this morning while getting ready for work. IMO I wouldn't be surprised if some Defense types were behind it. I DO believe that the Judge should address it tho and frankly overturn his decision. As to Geragos's comment, I hope he keeps doing things like that, his dispicable nature will NOT be lost on future Jurors who hear him. He is pure POISON if you ask me. He should turn OFF a lot of people.
42 posted on 01/09/2004 4:54:47 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South!!)
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To: Canadian Outrage
PING! To Post 19. This is RICH!
43 posted on 01/09/2004 4:55:18 PM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: Canadian Outrage
LOL, you were already on top of it.

I agree with you, that it would not be out of the way, if someone from the defense had something to do with it in its inception, or if at least they were already aware of the fraud. Oh, if ONLY that could be proven to the CA Bar Association!
44 posted on 01/09/2004 4:58:21 PM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: Devil_Anse; Canadian Outrage; Velveeta; MaggieMay; Sandylapper; runningbear; ...
I found this thread today...LMAO!!!
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1022174/posts
45 posted on 01/09/2004 5:00:34 PM PST by Jackie-O
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Hey TJ, how about posting that visual for our evening viewing pleasure?? I usually look for your pics in the EARLY AM because you and CD are ALWAYS at the top of the thread...
And I know that it's early, I start at 6AM.
46 posted on 01/09/2004 5:04:43 PM PST by Jackie-O
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To: maggiefluffs
LOL - Good one!!
47 posted on 01/09/2004 5:05:03 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South!!)
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To: Jackie-O
I think the POISON that comes out of Geragos's mouth all the time is going to influence Jurors and not the way HE wants. By trial time, they should sufficiently hate him along with his crass client and his crass family!! The Rocha's are going to stand out with the class and likeablity of Royalty!!
48 posted on 01/09/2004 5:09:12 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South!!)
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To: Jackie-O
Thanks Jackie. I emailed Fox. It makes my blood boil that these Ottawa Communist Liberals will not allow Fox into Canada. Who do these Frenchified freaks think they are??
49 posted on 01/09/2004 5:42:40 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South!!)
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To: Jackie-O
Hmph! How DARE they? :)

Well, I paid THAT bunch a little visit, and gave them a piece of my mind!
50 posted on 01/09/2004 5:59:49 PM PST by Devil_Anse
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