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Distaso focuses on Laci's clothes
San Mateo County Times ^ | June 4th 2004 | Jason Dearen

Posted on 06/04/2004 5:45:45 AM PDT by runningbear

Distaso focuses on Laci's clothes

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Article Last Updated: Friday, June 04, 2004 - 3:17:55 AM PST

Distaso focuses on Laci's clothes

Defense questions accuracy of Modesto Police reports

By Jason Dearen, STAFF WRITER

REDWOOD CITY -- While prosecutors focused Thursday on "Mary Jane" shoes and the color of pants Laci Peterson wore on the day before her murder, the alleged killer's defense attorneys launched their assault on the Modesto Police Department's murder investigation. On the first full day of testimony in the double-murder trial, prosecutor Rick Distaso called six witnesses who either saw or had information about Laci's actions on the last day she was seen alive.

Witnesses testified that, on the day before her disappearance, Laci did some grocery shopping for Christmas dinner

at Trader Joe's, got a facial waxing at a day spa, and accompanied husband Scott Peterson to get his hair cut. .....

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Geragos deconstructs prosecution's case against Peterson

Defense attorney: Fetus was born full-term therefore defendant's not responsible for murders

By Jason Dearen, STAFF WRITER

REDWOOD CITY -- Scott Peterson is a cad not a killer, his defense attorney said Wednesday as he began an assault on the very essence of the evidence against Peterson -- when his wife and child died.

In the scenario cast by attorney Mark Geragos, the child was born alive weeks after Christmas Eve 2002, the date prosecutors say his mother, Laci Peterson, had been killed.

"If this baby was born alive, clearly Scott Peterson had nothing to do with this murder," Geragos explained to the six men and six women of the jury. .......

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Witness testifies that Laci was a 'rare pregnant woman'"

“She was a rare pregnant woman,” said Michelle Buer, whom Peterson saw regularly for day-spa treatments. “She was very happy through her whole pregnancy.”

Testimony from Buer and three others this morning sketched a picture of Laci Peterson going about holiday business and mildly pampering herself Dec. 23, 2002 - the day before she was reported missing, sparking a massive search........

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Peterson hearing keys on clothing

Peterson hearing keys on clothing

BY GARTH STAPLEY
and JOHN COTÉ
BEE STAFF WRITERS

Last Updated: June 4, 2004, 04:43:03 AM PDT

REDWOOD CITY -- A maternity blouse similar to the one Laci Peterson was wearing hours before prosecutors believe she was murdered was found wadded up in a dresser drawer at her home, Peterson's sister testified Thursday.

But prosecutors failed to lay out the significance of that for jurors in a disjointed first full day of testimony that showcased "missed opportunities," one legal observer said. ......

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A great link to read/watch

Feb. 16: Laci Peterson: A Fateful 24 Hours

MODESTO, Calif. -- By all accounts, the Christmas holiday season was one of Laci Peterson's favorite times of the year. She enjoyed creating special desserts and had even taken cooking classes in France.

Her skills had earned her the nickname of 'cake lady' from several of those closest to her. Family and friends waited in anticipation to see what she would whip up for holiday gatherings........

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


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KEYWORDS: avoidingchildsupport; baby; babyunborn; conner; deathpenaltytime; dontubelievemyalibi; getarope; ibefishing; laci; lacipeterson; smallbaby; smallchild; sonkiller; unborn; wifekiller
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more on the murder trial; Scott Peterson, Thursday's hearing......
1 posted on 06/04/2004 5:45:45 AM PDT by runningbear
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To: Rheo; Mystery Y; Searching4Justice; brneyedgirl; Scupoli; sissyjane; TexKat; Lanza; Mrs.Liberty; ...

Pinging ....latest online news from Thursday, Friday's reports


2 posted on 06/04/2004 5:46:39 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Helen; Howlin; fellowpatriot; HollyHock; Joan912; KneelBeforeZod; justshe; Alissa; Tijeras_Slim; ...

Pinging ....latest online news from Thursday, Friday's reports


3 posted on 06/04/2004 5:47:39 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: runningbear

I'll see if I can cruise by RWC today with a camera to catch all the newsmediahype.


4 posted on 06/04/2004 5:48:59 AM PDT by martin_fierro (If I see one more "Help Me With My Homework" thread...)
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To: martin_fierro
Black Pants or beige pants...that is the question.

The answer we know already. Her body was found with beige pants and blouse. Scott said she had on black pants when he left on his fishing trip.

So the black pants and/or blouse should have been in the laundry or ready to go to the cleaners OR in the closet.

5 posted on 06/04/2004 6:06:41 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: All

One lady (I think from the spa) said all the wives complained about their husbands...but not Lacie. Fear and/or shame can do that to you. Experience is the best teacher.


6 posted on 06/04/2004 6:09:14 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Sacajaweau

And the "eyewitness(es)" to Laci sightings also said that she had on black pants and white shirt. This is key, and may go to discredit their testimony.


7 posted on 06/04/2004 6:11:37 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: martin_fierro

cool..but I think court today is not in session for Peterson trial... resumes Monday...


8 posted on 06/04/2004 6:29:15 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Sacajaweau

She had on the waistband and tatters of pants ,same color as last seen in the evening of the 23rd. and a bra..The blouse she wore when last seen at the Salon on the 23rd was photographed first by the police on top of a clothes hamper and then found by Amy,her sister,in a walk through with the police much later "wadded up" in a drawer.. is how I recall it..


9 posted on 06/04/2004 6:40:14 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security)
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To: runningbear; All

I thought you would be interested in this poster's excellent point about MG's reported new assertion that Snotty purchased the boat for Ron. (on yesterday's thread)

To: Rusty Roberts
"IF the boat was for Ron, why was there no mention to anyone else?"

Not only that, but why would you go fishing in someone's "present"?



449 posted on 06/04/2004 6:22:04 AM PDT by gopheraj
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1146763/posts?page=449#449


10 posted on 06/04/2004 6:47:46 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: runningbear

I'm kind of glad this isn't on tv...I'd probably be glued to it again--and I DON'T want to do that in the summer...thanks for the pings RB!


11 posted on 06/04/2004 6:54:50 AM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: MEG33

Thanks for the info.


12 posted on 06/04/2004 7:07:05 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: liz44040; runningbear

Over here is today's thread.

RB, another entry for your ping list!


13 posted on 06/04/2004 7:17:58 AM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: Jackie-O

That IS a good point!


14 posted on 06/04/2004 7:18:47 AM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: runningbear

Okay, so the second-to-last article you posted says that Distaso displayed a photo of a clothes hamper full of men's clothes, and the hamper also showed that shirt of Laci's hanging out of it. That is, the shirt Amy saw her in the evening of the 23rd.

Then, Amy testified that she found that same shirt "wadded up in a dresser drawer" in the bedroom. Amy found it that way during that Feb. search where the police asked her to come in the house--the search from which Amy emerged crying.

And the article criticizes Distaso for not "explaining" this seeming discrepancy. I wonder how he's supposed to explain it, when he is not in the argument stage of the trial? What he needs to do is keep a note of the discrepancy, then offer his own explanation of it when the time finally comes for closing arguments.

My own idea of how the shirt changed from hanging out of the clothes hamper to wadded up in the dresser drawer is: I think that picture of the hamper was maybe taken during the earlier time or times that the police were in the Peterson house. Then, sometime before the last police search in February, SOMEONE (presumably Scott) took that blouse from the hamper and stuffed it in the drawer.


15 posted on 06/04/2004 7:35:35 AM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: gopheraj

Ping


16 posted on 06/04/2004 7:36:47 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: runningbear

Good Morning everyone.
No trial on Fridays.


17 posted on 06/04/2004 8:10:01 AM PDT by sissyjane (You're either with us or against us.)
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To: liz44040; RGSpincich
thanks - do you know when and where the transcripts will become public?

Not a clue...RG do you know if or when???

19 posted on 06/04/2004 8:13:57 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: Devil_Anse
And the article criticizes Distaso for not "explaining" this seeming discrepancy.

Distaso told the judge "I'll get to that later."

20 posted on 06/04/2004 8:37:27 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin

Right. Presumably, Distaso is making a note of it, then, at the end of the trial, when there is no possibility of a witness changing his/her story at the behest of the defense, THEN it will be time for Distaso to tell the incident as he and the prosecution see it.

My guess is that it will be argued as: "Yes, there's the same shirt Amy saw Laci wearing, the last time Laci was reliably seen alive. It's there in this photo, hanging out of the Petersons' clothes hamper. Perhaps one of the last actions Laci did before she died was to put that shirt where you see it in the photo. But someone noticed it was there, and took a picture of it. And Scott realized that someone had seen that shirt there, so he took it and wadded it up and quickly stuck it in the drawer, out of sight. Why? Was he afraid that the presence of that shirt in the hamper might contradict his fabrication that Laci was wearing a white shirt the day he says someone else kidnapped her? Was he afraid that the presence of this shirt in dirty laundry would tell us that Laci really met her death at home--not out in the park or on the street somewhere?"


21 posted on 06/04/2004 9:37:48 AM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: Devil_Anse

A man who's wife is "missing", I would think would have saw to it that the laundry was done and have his lovely wife's clothing clean and hanging in the closet when she returned home. That's a long time to let the dirty laundry go! It being wadded up and stuffed in the drawer is just another bizzare that Snott WOULD do along with all of his other behavior. Trying to sell her car, and the home with the furniture in it!


22 posted on 06/04/2004 10:37:46 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~

I know the feeling. Hubby finally re-connected Direct TV, and he watches more than I do... I have weaned myself off tv alot.... Only really 'want to hear, got to see' stuff would I sit down to the boob tube! ;o)


23 posted on 06/04/2004 10:53:20 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Devil_Anse

added.....


25 posted on 06/04/2004 10:59:07 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Devil_Anse

logical... Yeah, Geragos does give people a run for the money to sharpen skills and become better than he..... ;o)


27 posted on 06/04/2004 11:00:43 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Devil_Anse; runningbear; Howlin; All
Look at an interesting item from someone at CTV boards who looked over Distaso's opening..

"Distaso said to pay attention regarding the corner of Scenic & Coffee. I'm assuming something will be presented later about this area - perhaps McKenzie was dropped off here. ?"

here is a link to map of the area..
http://tinyurl.com/2rh5o

I'm wondering it there may be (would be sweet)a witness to Snotty dropping McKenzie off????
28 posted on 06/04/2004 11:02:34 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: Jackie-O

My husband is a laundry freak. He does it all. However, if I was missing I don't think he would think to do it at all. Laundry would be the last thing on his mind. Remember Scotty was out putting up flyers and such. I don't find the fact that he let the laundry go bizarre at all given the fact that most men don't do the laundry.


29 posted on 06/04/2004 11:07:23 AM PDT by katiebelle
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To: katiebelle

I agree that he was "busy"(and he did quite a bit of golfing during that time), but were talking about 2 months here...and for the blouse to go from the hamper to wadded up and stuffed in a drawer is strange to me.


30 posted on 06/04/2004 11:17:17 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: Motherbear
I think there will be some surprises...with the gag order and the threat of an attack on LE and the Prosecutors by the Defense team...I think the State has kept allot under hat to protect the integrity of the case...they have to...IMO, if this a mostly circumstantial case.
31 posted on 06/04/2004 11:20:56 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: Jackie-O

Agreed Jackie. I am convinced that the Prosecution has kept some "things" ABSOLUTELY QUIET. Rick Distaso was a former Military Prosecutor, he's a disciplined man.


32 posted on 06/04/2004 12:16:00 PM PDT by Canadian Outrage (IAll us Western Canuks belong South!!!)
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To: liz44040

yeah he supposedly washed his fishing clothes and nothing else.!! EVERYTHING this man did was unusual.


34 posted on 06/04/2004 1:15:11 PM PDT by Canadian Outrage (IAll us Western Canuks belong South!!!)
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To: Jackie-O
This is what he said about Scenic & Coffee (Downey Park). He is in the midst of showing a 2001 aerial photo of the neighborhood.

...the park -- actually, this street corner right here, I think that's Scenic and Coffee. That won't mean anything to you, but it will come into perspective later. And then the whole park is five miles long. It goes all the way down here, it goes all the way downtown. And Scott Peterson -- Scott Peterson's home is right here. ...

35 posted on 06/04/2004 1:23:38 PM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: runningbear

Many thanks for the ping, rb! I look for this case to be a back and forth, back and forth in the media for months! Each day we'll get a report that says, "well, this was a good day for the prosecution"; the next day, we'll hear "what a good day for the defense". Maybe we should all just sleep through it.


36 posted on 06/04/2004 2:07:46 PM PDT by Sandylapper
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To: liz44040

The rules are a little stiff but they tell you upfront.


38 posted on 06/04/2004 2:33:03 PM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: runningbear; Motherbear
I'm intrigued by this "bear" business.

Any connection to my wife's bear thing?

She says if there's anything to reincarnation, she wants to come back as a bear. Says, "they sleep all the way through the da@#ned winter and wake up skinny!".

39 posted on 06/04/2004 2:52:13 PM PDT by iconoclast
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To: Jackie-O
OK

Who the he!! is McKenzie?

40 posted on 06/04/2004 2:58:58 PM PDT by iconoclast
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To: iconoclast

Scott and Laci's golden retriever.


41 posted on 06/04/2004 3:03:30 PM PDT by sissyjane (You're either with us or against us.)
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To: iconoclast

Skinny and HUNGRY!! LOL


42 posted on 06/04/2004 3:23:18 PM PDT by Canadian Outrage (IAll us Western Canuks belong South!!!)
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To: liz44040; katiebelle; Canadian Outrage
Yes Liz, you are absolutely correct!! He DID do laundry when he came home and found his wife missing...some of the family members were surprised he used the word "missing" so early in that game of his...why not ask around before he deduced she was missing.
But all in all...there goes the argument that he may have been too concerned or too busy in the two months to do laundry...
And again..he did go golfing quite often.
43 posted on 06/04/2004 4:12:06 PM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: Canadian Outrage; runningbear; Velveeta; Howlin; Devil_Anse; All
I just heard Ambrams say at the end of his show that during one of his commercial breaks yesterday that one of Snott's family members rushed his set to correct one of his guest who said that Snott was still sleeping with Amber after Laci went missing....he did not name the person, but what's the difference?? He was still pursuing the love affair and promising her a future!!! That's STILL CHEATING!!! THAT'S STILL INFIDELITY!!!
Also, one of his e-mails pointed out something we commented here...Female jurors who have had children will find it hard to believe that Laci, being 8 months pregnant might find it hard enough limbing into a car, much less a boat that is up on a trailer in a warehouse!!!
44 posted on 06/04/2004 4:25:20 PM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: Jackie-O

limbing=climbing


45 posted on 06/04/2004 4:26:33 PM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: Jackie-O
and for the blouse to go from the hamper to wadded up and stuffed in a drawer is strange to me.

There is no conceivable normal reason for a blouse to come out of a dirty hamper and end up wadded in a drawer. There is simply no way that Laci did that.

If she had thought that her blouse was actually not that dirty adn she wanted to wear it again tomorrow, wouldn't she have either hung it up carefully or folded it NEATLY in the drawer?

It was definitely Scott. I bet he didn't know whether it had been seen in the hamper or not (since he isn't too bright about any of this stuff already), so thought to himself "Well, I can't throw it in the TRASH; that would be suspicious. If I stuff it into the drawer, they will all think Laci put it there."

46 posted on 06/04/2004 4:48:29 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Jackie-O

One of Scotts family???


47 posted on 06/04/2004 4:56:40 PM PDT by Canadian Outrage (IAll us Western Canuks belong South!!!)
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To: Canadian Outrage; Yaelle; Jackie-O; yall

He says during this fishing trip that he had -- he had taken no food with him and nothing to drink the entire day. He said other than the fact that he got up, he had a bowl of cereal, he hadn't eaten or drank anything the entire day on his -- on his fishing -- he didn't stop for food or anything like that. He says when he gets home he's hungry, he opens up some cold pizza from the night before, and he takes a bite of pizza. He says he takes off the clothes, only the clothes that he wore fishing that day. Takes off those clothes, goes to his washer, takes dirty rags and stuff in the washer out, and he puts those aside and washes only the clothes that he wore fishing. And Detective Brocchini asked him about that, you, know, Why did you wash just your clothes. He says Well, my clothes were wet, so I washed them. He says then he takes a pizza, gets in the shower, takes a shower, and then by this time is when he starts calling Sharon Rocha.


48 posted on 06/04/2004 4:59:31 PM PDT by onyx
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To: Jackie-O

Oh I just got it Jackie. You don't need to explain. Sheesh. I will tell you that this thing with Cement IS important. The Police DID retrieve TWO of the anchors. Now think of (Part chemical and part circumstantial)!! That cement mixture can absolutely be analyzed chemically, each and every ingredient. And the circumstances of where they retrieved them are coming to. These THINGS I am referring to are going to be TESTIFIED to. ALSO, Distaso is coming back to the pants. He has an expert to testify regarding the cut, the fabric, the hem, EVERYTHING you can think of. There really IS more to come guys. There was absolutely NO mix up in regard to the clothing yesterday. Distaso apparently said, "I'll be coming back to that later"!!


49 posted on 06/04/2004 5:03:18 PM PDT by Canadian Outrage (IAll us Western Canuks belong South!!!)
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