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Quandary over families at trial
The Modesto Bee ^ | June 1, 2004 | Garth Stapely and John Cote'

Posted on 06/01/2004 5:34:37 AM PDT by runningbear

Quandary over families at trial


THE BEE Laci Peterson's mother, Sharon Rocha, next to husband Ron, could testify -- she talked to Peterson the night before her disappearance. THE BEE


Scott Peterson's father Lee Peterson, next to wife Jackie, talked to his son a few hours before Laci Peterson was reported missing. THE BEE

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Quandary over families at trial

By GARTH STAPLEY and JOHN COTÉ
BEE STAFF WRITERS

Last Updated: June 1, 2004, 04:28:55 AM PDT

REDWOOD CITY -- Players in People vs. Peterson have hammered out ground rules on dozens of issues leading to today's opening statements, but have not touched a potentially explosive question: What to do with the families?

Scott and Laci Peterson's relatives regularly attended most proceedings up until jury selection. But many could be called as witnesses and, as such, normally would be excluded from the double-murder trial........

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Two death penalty trials cross paths

Two death penalty trials cross paths

By Michelle Durand, Daily Journal Staff

This morning, at precisely the same time, one capital murder trial ends while another begins at the Redwood City courthouse.

Scott Peterson, accused of killing his wife Laci, and confessed murderer Seti Scanlan have little in common aside from being two death penalty defendants in the same county, in courtrooms down the hall from each other. But, depending on the juries’ ultimate decisions, both could also end up together on San Quentin’s death row.

Opening statements begin at 9 a.m. in Peterson’s trial, thought to be the state’s most publicized case since the O.J. Simpson murder trial..........

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List Of Charges Filed Against Scott Peterson

List Of Charges Filed Against Scott Peterson

POSTED: 10:06 am PDT May 31, 2004

Charges filed against Scott Peterson, 31, on April 21, 2003:

COUNT I: On or about and between December 23, 2002, and December 24, 2002, defendant did commit a felony, MURDER, violation of Section 187 of the California Penal Code, in that the defendant did willfully, unlawfully, and feloniously and with malice aforethought murder Laci Denise Peterson, a human being.

SPECIAL ALLEGATION: It is further alleged as to Count I, MURDER, that the defendant acted intentionally, deliberately and with premeditation. ...........

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TINY CONNER'S 'MURDER' A PRO-CHOICE PARADOX

TINY CONNER'S 'MURDER' A PRO-CHOICE PARADOX

By ANDREA PEYSER

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May 30, 2004 -- HIS name was Conner. As Scott Peterson heads to his murder trial, a parallel battle is being waged in the California courtroom by the case's littlest victim.

Peterson's son, known as Conner - a boy killed even before he was born - is fighting for the right to be called a person.

Or is he a fetus?

Even before the trial kicks off, the confounding case against Peterson, charged with murdering his eight-months-pregnant wife, Laci, and the soon-to-be-born baby she carried, has managed to turn virtually everyone in America into a card-carrying hypocrite. ........

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Can the prosecutors make their case stick?
THE PROBLEM: The evidence on hand is only circumstantial

Can the prosecutors make their case stick?
THE PROBLEM: The evidence on hand is only circumstantial

Stacy Finz, Chronicle Staff Writer

Tuesday, June 1, 2004

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There's no confession, no eyewitness and, so far, no weapon.

But prosecutors contend they have enough circumstantial evidence to send Scott Peterson to San Quentin's death chamber for allegedly murdering his wife, Laci, and the couple's unborn child. Opening statements in the trial are to begin today.

Legal watchers .........

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Great news title:

A cheating husband faces trial for murder in city set against him

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TRIAL DAY FOR SCOTT PETERSON


SCOTT PETERSON Case won't be televised

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Prosecutors plan to play TV interviews they say are filled with defendant's lies


Scott Peterson said during this Jan. 28, 2003, interview with Diane Sawyer of ABC New's 'Good Morning America' that he was having an affair -- and that his wife knew it -- prior to her disappearance. The Associate Pres.......

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Lawyers polish their game plans

Lawyers polish their game plans

By Jason Dearen, STAFF WRITER

AFTER police arrested Scott Peterson in San Diego County in April 2003, an angry mob greeted him back in Modesto, carrying signs accusing the fertilizer salesman of killing his wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn child. During the 31/2 months between Laci's disappearance on Christmas Eve 2002 and the grisly discovery of the bodies on the shores of San Francisco Bay, a Fresno massage therapist and single mother named Amber Frey held a press conference.......

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: avoidingchildsupport; baby; babyunborn; conner; deathpenaltytime; dontubelievemyalibi; getarope; ibefishing; laci; lacipeterson; smallbaby; smallchild; sonkiller; unborn; wifekiller
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so the trial begins!
1 posted on 06/01/2004 5:34:40 AM PDT by runningbear
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To: Rheo; Mystery Y; Searching4Justice; brneyedgirl; Scupoli; sissyjane; TexKat; Lanza; Mrs.Liberty; ...

Pinging... the trial begins .....


2 posted on 06/01/2004 5:35:25 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: philomath; BonneBlue; Bella; cherry; Velveeta; kmiller1k; STOCKHRSE; winstar1k; lakey; ...

Pinging... the trial begins .....


3 posted on 06/01/2004 5:36:17 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah; Mare; redlipstick; Southflanknorthpawsis; MEG33; Neenah; ...

Pinging... the trial begins .....


4 posted on 06/01/2004 5:36:59 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: runningbear
Thanks rb, I was just asking on the other thread if MG's request to bar Laci's family was granted..
Here we go!
5 posted on 06/01/2004 5:38:28 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: runningbear; Velveeta; Devil_Anse; Canadian Outrage; Howlin; All

http://psychesknot.typepad.com/psyches_knot/


6 posted on 06/01/2004 5:45:06 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: Jackie-O

yeah.... and a back to work day after the Memorial weekend... too short of course... ;o)


7 posted on 06/01/2004 5:48:30 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Jackie-O

There is a way around this: all the prosecutor has to do is call Sharon and her husband as his first witnesses.

Then they can sit in the courtroom.

And if it were me, I'd call the Petersons absolutely DEAD last; let them sit it out since they are the ones who are behind this "keep them out" agenda!


8 posted on 06/01/2004 5:49:18 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin

Agree!!


9 posted on 06/01/2004 6:05:19 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: runningbear

Bye Scotty!


10 posted on 06/01/2004 6:08:51 AM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta

LOL


11 posted on 06/01/2004 6:30:35 AM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: Howlin

I like it!...This trial is supposed to take up to 5 months...Wish I could wake up tomorrow to the sentencing phase...;)


12 posted on 06/01/2004 6:31:04 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security)
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To: Jackie-O; runningbear

Good morning everyone, and thanks for the pings!

Okay, let's see. It's almost 7 a.m. in CA... what're they waiting for?? (lol)


13 posted on 06/01/2004 6:51:33 AM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: CheneyChick

Mornin' CC. It's great to "see" you. Hope and pray all is well.

I'm putting on my wish list the chance to make the trip over to spend a day in court.

Five months to follow the trial and 5 months to re-elect Bush/Cheney.


14 posted on 06/01/2004 6:53:36 AM PDT by Diver Dave (Stay Prayed Up)
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To: CheneyChick

Hey girl! Glad to see ya back...today is the day!


15 posted on 06/01/2004 7:17:38 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: runningbear

It's showtime!


16 posted on 06/01/2004 7:38:53 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: runningbear

Thanks for the ping. I will be watchin from the sidelines.
The beginning of the end for scotty.


17 posted on 06/01/2004 7:50:09 AM PDT by BonneBlue
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To: Devil_Anse; All

Here's a funny discussion to read while we're waiting for info...Snott claims it's not him in the Amber pics...Abrams link too.
http://board2.courttv.com/showthread.php?s=e1316520e783655b1160ed7d374b8193&threadid=129729


18 posted on 06/01/2004 9:00:06 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: Jackie-O

Just think....5-6 months of listening to GERILYN MERRIT (sp) talking through smiling lips !


19 posted on 06/01/2004 9:48:09 AM PDT by Neenah (" I'm a little FARKLEMPT.....talk among yourselves ! ")
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To: Neenah

LOL!!
I wish I had access to tele right now!!


20 posted on 06/01/2004 10:01:30 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: runningbear

Thanks so much, rb! Finally, we'll start getting SOME info.


21 posted on 06/01/2004 10:14:53 AM PDT by Sandylapper
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To: Devil_Anse; runningbear; Velveeta; Canadian Outrage; Howlin; All

Here is a link to the Abrams coverage...click on the video link...you will hear Snotty's smarmy/creepy voice...the last message he left to Laci about the basket for Papa.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5105994/


22 posted on 06/01/2004 10:21:28 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: Jackie-O

"Snott claims it's not him in the Amber pics..."

What??? Did Jackie Peterson give up Scotty's twin for adoption as well? FOFL!


23 posted on 06/01/2004 10:27:38 AM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta

LOL!!


24 posted on 06/01/2004 10:50:47 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: Jackie-O; Devil_Anse; All

Scott at least 3 (three!) different people that he was golfing all day, the day that Laci disappeared.

http://www.modbee.com/reports/peterson/trialupdates/story/8650382p-9523212c.html


25 posted on 06/01/2004 11:19:27 AM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta
Laci's doctor ordered her to stop exercising and walking the dog.

It was Lee who said Scott was sturgeon fishing. According to the modbee article.

Beth just said on CTV that Scott was on the phone to Amber all during a family vacation with the Rochas in December.

He had 12 phone calls on the 24th. The majority were outgoing.

Only three boats had been launched from the Marina. It was bad fishing weather/conditions.

There were 12 places to fish closer to Modesto than SF Bay.

imo Scott doesn't dare go on the stand. Who besides his parents would be willing to lie for him?

Pinz
26 posted on 06/01/2004 11:57:48 AM PDT by pinz-n-needlez
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To: liz44040

This is the thread...
rb, can you add liz to the ping list and I'll do the same?


27 posted on 06/01/2004 12:06:25 PM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: pinz-n-needlez; Velveeta; Jackie-O; All

Great recap, Pinz!

I heard some of what Beth Karas said, too.

She said only 3 boats were launched from the Berkeley Marina between 12/23 and 12/27.

She said (as you pointed out) that Scott was on the phone with Amber a lot during that trip to Carmel that he and Laci made with Scott's parents, in December, I think.


28 posted on 06/01/2004 12:07:49 PM PDT by Devil_Anse
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Oh--I also heard Beth Karas say that Scott's and Amber's first date was Nov. 20, and they stayed at a Radisson Hotel, I think in Fresno.

At that time, Scott told Amber he was going to get a vasectomy b/c he didn't ever want children. He did, supposedly, make an exception for her 2-yr-old. Funny that he was talking about such things the very first time they were together. But it might have been a "sales" tactic to get her to think he was "caring" about permanence and family matters, so she'd be sure and sleep with him. He wouldn't want her to think he was just another aging Lothario!


29 posted on 06/01/2004 12:10:52 PM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: Jackie-O

Thanks for the pings.
Re: Modesto Bee -opening statements.
So Laci's doctor ordered her to stop walking the dog and to stop exercising because she was SICK and DIZZY..??

Poor Girl.. What do you think Scott's defense will be for this one? Probably something like: Well she went against Dr's orders because she was sick and dizzy..

Geez., I wish they'd televise the trial...


30 posted on 06/01/2004 12:40:02 PM PDT by juzcuz
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To: runningbear

Good Lord above, haven't they tried this guy yet?


31 posted on 06/01/2004 12:40:44 PM PDT by Xenalyte (It was nearly midnight before we scraped Uncle Harry off the dining-room table.)
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To: juzcuz

bookmark


32 posted on 06/01/2004 12:44:05 PM PDT by sissyjane (You're either with us or against us.)
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To: pinz-n-needlez

"Laci's doctor ordered her to stop exercising and walking the dog."

Great point for prosec. Laci wouldn't have put her baby at risk to go out for a walk. Dan Abrahms also says that prosecution is going with a financial motive as primary (which we've discussed here many times). The obsession with Amber was/is a symptom.


33 posted on 06/01/2004 12:48:11 PM PDT by drjulie
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To: Jackie-O

I have a busy day it is KV's shower day so I will be back.

Since we have been home bound I cleaned out every drawer and dumped everything that did not belong to him.

He has been on me not to touch any of his stuff even if it is a receipt it may mean something. So I have packed all his "junk" into labled boxes.

I found a bracellet the hippie tie die cloth ones that he got at a health fair years ago that says 100% Cigeratte Smoke Free and put it on before deciding where to stow it and came in to do a shift with his care and he got all wild with his eye gaze and augmentative language saying "hey hey that is my bracelet" Geeeze he has been really wierded out about my cleaning mode. I wonder if it is the steroids in his breathing treatments making him so "bitchy".

Anyways his medical supply room use to be so crowded I re did it. Didn't know one could sweat behind the knees.

Chris' Medical Supply Room Make-Over
Address:http://community-2.webtv.net/ExtremeNorthPole/ChrisMedicalSupply/

Be back to catch up on the daily news later keep the info flowing.

You could not pay me to have Gregaros as a lawyer. Scooty is going to live the rest of his life under florescant lights.


34 posted on 06/01/2004 12:59:58 PM PDT by oceanperch (Freepers aren't Sheepers)
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To: Devil_Anse
She said only 3 boats were launched from the Berkeley Marina between 12/23 and 12/27.

What does this new tidbit mean, I wonder?

Scott had that launch parking ticket. Does that mean he was one of the three, and that it was simply again unusual to go out on a boat in the bay there at that time of year? (For sturgeon...) (In a tiny boat...)

Or does it mean that he was not one of the three and simply got the parking ticket w/o launching? But we know he launched somewhere.

36 posted on 06/01/2004 2:19:52 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Jackie-O

Did he really ask "is that suppose to be me" about that pic w/amber?


37 posted on 06/01/2004 2:19:56 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: liz44040

That is weird! This guy is toast...I don't care how any defense atty spins it.


39 posted on 06/01/2004 2:27:25 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: Neenah
Just think....5-6 months of listening to GERILYN MERRIT (sp) talking through smiling lips !

I hit the mute whenever she or Wendy Murphy appear and am sure there are many jurors who wish they could do likewise with these two high strung attorneys who are in need of mega doses of prozac.

41 posted on 06/01/2004 2:49:26 PM PDT by StarFan
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To: Yaelle

Also- the boat was too small, and the equipment was wrong to catch the type of fish he was supposedly trying to catch.


42 posted on 06/01/2004 2:53:48 PM PDT by sissyjane (You're either with us or against us.)
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To: Yaelle

Months, maybe a year, ago, I remember reading that there were only a handful of launch tickets sold from the Berkeley Marina during the time period Scott said he was there.

I hadn't realized there were only THREE--I was thinking more like five, for Dec. 24. But this info says only three, for a 4-day period including the 24th.

It means that if Scott did buy a ticket at that parking lot, he sure wouldn't have gotten lost in the crowd. So those witnesses--I think they were city workers eating lunch outdoors--would be far less likely to have been mistaken in the time they say they saw Scott.

If the time they testify to doesn't jibe with what Scott has claimed, it will mess up the defense timeline, and Scott will look like a liar. (!)

If, OTOH, all of those 3 sold launch tickets can be accounted for through their purchasers (and none of the purchasers was Scott), then it will look like Scott simply got hold of a ticket and passed it off as his, when it wasn't his. Once again, Scott comes off as lying.

If he lied about one of the above, then we can all say, as Brent Rocha said, "We are only left to wonder what else he may be hiding (lying about)."


43 posted on 06/01/2004 3:01:37 PM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: juzcuz; drjulie

I vaguely remember that in recent months someone quoted Sharon as having said that Laci stopped walking the dog back in November, b/c she was having trouble breathing or something.

Now we see that there is information from the doctor(s) that backs this up.


45 posted on 06/01/2004 3:08:40 PM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: liz44040

Gosh, I don't have any idea.


46 posted on 06/01/2004 3:11:18 PM PDT by sissyjane (You're either with us or against us.)
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To: All

RIGHT NOW!

Dan Abrams, Abrams Report (MSNBC) says, "Coming up, new details of what was in the arrest warrant for Scott Peterson, including a possible motive."

They're having a commercial right now, but that's supposed to be coming up.


47 posted on 06/01/2004 3:11:25 PM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

Yes, according to the LE who arrested him...


48 posted on 06/01/2004 3:19:33 PM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: liz44040

This is going to be great...with the gag we had nothing...now ALL of the details will come out on a daily basis!


49 posted on 06/01/2004 3:21:19 PM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: Devil_Anse
Just saw Wacky Jacky trying to poo-poo the opening. Pathetic.
Yes, Sharon testified in pretrial that Doc told her to stop walking McKenzie...now the confirmation from the Doc to sew it up for the trial. All they needed to do at pretrial is to mention it to bind him over. Now they will probably have Doc say it's so.
50 posted on 06/01/2004 3:26:27 PM PDT by Jackie-O
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