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LACI STEPDAD DOUBTED SCOTT'S 'FISHY STORY'
The NY Post ^ | June 8 2004 | Howard Breuer

Posted on 06/09/2004 5:34:54 AM PDT by runningbear

LACI STEPDAD DOUBTED SCOTT'S 'FISHY STORY'

LACI STEPDAD DOUBTED SCOTT'S 'FISHY STORY'

By HOWARD BREUER

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June 9, 2004 -- REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Laci Peterson's stepdad yesterday testified that he was immediately suspicious of his son-in-law after the tragic mom-to-be vanished.

Ron Grantski said that from the start he scoffed at the idea that Scott Peterson had been fishing Christmas Eve 2002, the day the eight-months-pregnant Laci disappeared, and confronted Scott about it that same night.

"I think your Berkeley fishing trip is a fishy story," Grantski recalled telling Peterson that night during a search of a Modesto park for Laci.

"Did you have a girlfriend that you visited? If you did, you better talk now, because it's going to come out," Grantski said he told Peterson.

Grantski said Peterson — who had been having a secret affair with a leggy masseuse at the time — denied the accusation.

Grantski suggested two reasons he doubted Peterson's fish tale.

The stepdad said that for one, Scott didn't .........

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Testimony continues; both sides supported

Testimony continues; both sides supported

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By JOHN COTÉ and GARTH STAPLEY
BEE STAFF WRITERS

Last Updated: June 8, 2004, 05:43:48 PM PDT

5:39 p.m., PDT: REDWOOD CITY - Scott Peterson told his sister-in-law he was “kind of hoping for infertility” when asked about impending fatherhood and told a family friend the night his pregnant wife disappeared that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if police found blood on his truck, witnesses testified this afternoon.

“He put up his hands and said, ‘I wouldn't be surprised if they find blood on my truck because I cut my hands all the time,’” Sandy Rickard testified.

She held up her hands to demonstrate Peterson’s position when the two talked in front of his home the night Laci Peterson was reported missing.

Peterson said he cut his hands ........

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THE PETERSON TRIAL Suspect's behavior described

"Just hours after he reported his wife missing, Scott Peterson told his mother-in-law's best friend that he "wouldn't be surprised" if his blood turned up in his truck during a police search.

"He put up his hands, and he said ... 'I cut my hands all the time,' " Sandy Rickard said in a Redwood City courtroom Tuesday, relating a conversation she had had with Scott Peterson as police scoured his home for clues that might lead them to the whereabouts of his wife.

Rickard was among several family members and close friends who testified Tuesday about what prosecutors are trying to paint as a pattern of strange and unemotional".........

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Stepdad Says He Found Scott Peterson Alibi Fishy
Tue Jun 8, 2004 05:29 PM ET

"REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (Reuters) - Immediately upon hearing of Laci Peterson's disappearance, her stepfather was suspicious of Scott Peterson's alibi that he had been fishing that day, he testified on Tuesday.

Ron Grantski of Modesto, California, who has been with Laci's mother for about 27 years but is not married to her, testified that he was always asking Scott Peterson to go fishing with him. ".........................

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Peterson Trial:

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Laci Peterson's Relatives Tell of Husband's Acts at Time of Death

"By ELIZABETH AHLIN

Published: June 9, 2004

EDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 8 - Relatives of Laci Peterson testified on Tuesday that Ms. Peterson's husband, Scott, acted suspiciously almost immediately after she was reported missing, but they also said they had no reason to believe that the couple had anything but a loving relationship.

Ms. Peterson's brother and stepfather took the stand here in the murder trial of Mr. Peterson, who is charged with killing his wife and her unborn child in December 2002. It was the second day of testimony from Ms. Peterson's family members, but unlike the testimony on Monday, when Ms. Peterson's mother, Sharon Rocha, wept on the stand, the testimony on Tuesday was more detailed than emotional.

In a surprise, Ms. Peterson's".............

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: California
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Trial of Scott Peterson
1 posted on 06/09/2004 5:34:57 AM PDT by runningbear
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To: Rheo; Mystery Y; Searching4Justice; brneyedgirl; Scupoli; sissyjane; TexKat; Lanza; Mrs.Liberty; ...

Pinging.......


2 posted on 06/09/2004 5:35:47 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: uvular; Spunky; sirchtruth; sonserae; melodie; BlondieTx; I. Ben Hurt; Lauratealeaf; ...

Pinging.......


3 posted on 06/09/2004 5:36:27 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'm still seething about the Peterson's mocking Ron's testimony yesterday!
4 posted on 06/09/2004 5:40:39 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: runningbear

Well I heard that Geragos asked this man what he did on Christmas Eve. Answer: I went fishing. Geragos: Did you tell your wife? Answer: No. Geragos: No more questions. Did anyone else hear this? Believe it was Napolitano on Fox with John Gibson.


5 posted on 06/09/2004 5:41:30 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: runningbear

Anybody from the Modesto "police" work this Grantski over?


6 posted on 06/09/2004 5:41:49 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk
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To: sarasota

Yes, I heard it, and I also heard he said on the stand, "but I did not go fishing 90 miles away."
(PS...he also did not have an 8 month pregnant wife at home, or tell anyone he was going golfing....in addition, his wife did not turn up dead where he went fishing!)


7 posted on 06/09/2004 5:45:54 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: Constitution Day

Scotty's big catch ping...

8 posted on 06/09/2004 5:46:03 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (John Kerry - Not the Swiftest Boat in the Delta.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Good morning!LOL


9 posted on 06/09/2004 5:52:09 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security)
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To: Jackie-O

I know. But I think Geragos was going for the "didn't tell my wife" angle and left it at that. Hopefully the prosecution will blow major holes in that statement.


10 posted on 06/09/2004 5:54:36 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: runningbear

Big whoop. How does this help 'prove' how Laci & son were killed & by whom? Nothing probative in a father not liking a son-in-law, or his love for fishing where others fear to tread.


11 posted on 06/09/2004 5:55:06 AM PDT by familyofman (laying in the dark, where the shadows run from themselves)
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To: runningbear
As always, RB, you do an excellent job.

It looks and sounds to me like Scott is headed toward a conviction. Maybe even the needle.

12 posted on 06/09/2004 6:12:00 AM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Maybe he was really working on making one of these...


A garden cement fish, beautifully detailed, with a crack in the base but it is held together by the rod that is original and goes thru the fish, 20thC

13 posted on 06/09/2004 6:18:43 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: familyofman

By itself, it doesn't mean much. But as one attorney put it, think of it as another brick that, with all the other bricks, builds a structure. Circumstantial evidence can be just as damning as, say, a videotape of the actual murder, if put together skillfully.


14 posted on 06/09/2004 7:36:17 AM PDT by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: MizSterious

"...think of it as another brick that, with all the other bricks, builds a structure."

Or they can just as easily remain a 'pile of bricks' due to lack of mortar. My take is that the prosecution is building his house from either straw or sticks, not bricks. When the 'big bad wolf' (Geragos) comes by he will have a good chance of blowing down the house built by the prosecution.


15 posted on 06/09/2004 7:52:33 AM PDT by familyofman (laying in the dark, where the shadows run from themselves)
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To: MizSterious
Personally, I think he did it. I don't think it has been proven though. Lots of trial left, but somewhere along the line, the prosecution is going to have to come up with something better than what I have heard to this point.

Even though I believe him to be guilty, I can see where a reasonable person could argue that he is not. Like it or not, that is the litmus test. Right now I would have to vote not guilty.

16 posted on 06/09/2004 8:00:29 AM PDT by NeonKnight
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To: runningbear; Devil_Anse; drjulie; All

Great recap of yesterday's events here...some interesting new info too....
Wednesday, June 9, 2004


Updated June 9, 2004, 12:20 a.m. ET


Dread of fatherhood could be motive, witnesses suggest

Ron Grantski and Sharon Rocha, Laci Peterson's stepfather and mother, enter the courthouse Tuesday.

By Harriet Ryan
Court TV
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Scott Peterson might have had more motive than a mistress to kill his pregnant wife, prosecution witnesses implied at his capital murder trial Tuesday.

Relatives of Laci Peterson suggested the fertilizer salesman did not want a child and felt trapped and depressed about his life.

His sister-in-law recalled asking him whether he was ready for fatherhood.

"He looked at me and said, 'I was kinda hoping for infertility,'" testified Rosemarie Rocha, prompting several gasps in the courtroom.
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http://www.courttv.com/trials/peterson/060804-pm.html


17 posted on 06/09/2004 8:00:32 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: Jackie-O

As per the article: Geragos went fishing the same day/time as Peterson? What an idiot!


18 posted on 06/09/2004 8:05:05 AM PDT by bonfire
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To: runningbear
Back to the meringue...I noticed this in a recap on the CTV boards and don't know if we all knew this here...

Scott had told police he & Laci were watching Martha Stewart that morning and on the show they were cooking meringue. Police say the show on the 24th wasn't about cooking meringue, but the 23rd show was. Geragos plays a tape where the word meringue is said once on the 24th show. It's reportedly aired at 9:40 a.m.

If the word was only mentioned once at 9:40, how could Snott have heard it if he left at 9:30??

19 posted on 06/09/2004 8:06:16 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: bonfire

Not Geragos...Laci's stepfather, Granski...
I also heard he said on the stand, "but I did not go fishing 90 miles away."
(PS...he also did not have an 8 month pregnant wife at home, or tell anyone he was going golfing....in addition, his wife did not turn up dead where he went fishing!)


20 posted on 06/09/2004 8:15:37 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: sarasota; Kenny Bunk; All

Ron Grantski didn't leave at home a pregnant wife who had been having dizzy spells and shortness of breath. And he was close to home on his own fishing trip.


21 posted on 06/09/2004 8:24:49 AM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: Jackie-O

Thanks, Jackie. You made the point better than I did.


22 posted on 06/09/2004 8:25:29 AM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: familyofman; MizSterious
due to lack of mortar

There's no lack of mortar (cement) in this case.

23 posted on 06/09/2004 8:27:37 AM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: Jackie-O
Aha! So the Dec. 24th "meringue mention" WAS after 9:30!

If you don't mind, I'd like to repeat that question you asked: If the word was only mentioned once at 9:40, how could Snott have heard it if he left at 9:30?

24 posted on 06/09/2004 8:30:11 AM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: Jackie-O

Comprehension problems today! Moving in 3 weeks and trying to get organized AND keep up with the news!


25 posted on 06/09/2004 8:33:41 AM PDT by bonfire
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To: Devil_Anse; Jackie-O
This could get interesting. The friend down the street drove by at 9:39A and saw both cars. This will be used to show that he didn't leave at 9:30A. For reasons that hopefully will become apparent, the prosecution wants to back/slow his time line up. In doing so it may also bolster his story about Laci watching MS.
26 posted on 06/09/2004 8:43:01 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: Jackie-O

What did the Petersons do to mock Ron?
This is unbelievable!


27 posted on 06/09/2004 8:54:10 AM PDT by Velveeta ("Do what's right......because it's right." President Ronald Reagan)
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To: Jackie-O

Now I'm confused. I thought the Dec 23rd meringue segment was at 9:40am???

(Can you tell I'm falling behind? LOL!)


28 posted on 06/09/2004 9:02:43 AM PDT by Velveeta ("Do what's right......because it's right." President Ronald Reagan)
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To: runningbear
Ron Grantski of Modesto, California, who has been with Laci's mother for about 27 years but is not married to her,

I had no idea that they weren't married.

29 posted on 06/09/2004 9:08:05 AM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (I am trying to stop an outbreak here and you're driving the monkey to the airport.)
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To: Velveeta
Meringue "show" was the 23rd...the "word" meringue was mentioned once at 9:40 on the 24th.
30 posted on 06/09/2004 9:27:12 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: RGSpincich; Devil_Anse; runningbear; Velveeta; Canadian Outrage; All

Excellent timetable here...check it out ald let me know what you think.
http://board2.courttv.com/showthread.php?s=79a78e2805b2902c63669add2acb70c5&threadid=131771


31 posted on 06/09/2004 9:38:56 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: Jackie-O
Jackie, I was watching the Today show yesterday and Katie Couric was discussing the case with someone. I don't remember the name. But they said that people had been saying there was no way Laci would have known about the affair with Amber without saying something to her family or friends. Well, it came out in Testimony that Scott had had an affair early on in their marriage and Laci knew about it but had not said a thing to her family or friends until years later.

The impression this person was trying to give is that when Scott said he told Laci about the affair with Amber it could have been true that he did tell her and she just kept it to herself like years ago.

Had you heard any of this?

32 posted on 06/09/2004 10:14:25 AM PDT by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: Spunky

Yes I heard this...but a bit of spin is put on it every time it's reported by the media.
This is what was testified to...by Sharon.
AFTER Laci's disappearance was when Sharon was told that Laci knew of an affair that Snott had early in their marriage.
Laci never told her family or spoke of it to them....
BUT obviously she told someone, that someone told Sharon AFTER Laci went "missing."


33 posted on 06/09/2004 10:26:11 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: bonfire

Moving and organized...I'm impressed!


34 posted on 06/09/2004 10:26:58 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: Spunky; RGSpincich; Devil_Anse; Velveeta; All

Check out THIS update thread...Beth Karras giving update on testimony!
Kempel On Stand: Suspicious For 3 Separate Reasons
http://board2.courttv.com/showthread.php?s=d92518009adccdd93ca91774b077f5a6&threadid=131878


35 posted on 06/09/2004 10:33:47 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs

However, Beth Karas on CourtTV keeps referring to him as her husband and Laci's stepfather. If they are not married, he would not be Laci's stepfather.


36 posted on 06/09/2004 10:33:57 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: Velveeta
Sorry Vel..I got sidetracked looking for updates...
They were leaving court yesterday and in a mocking tone the were saying, "Ron told Scott that it was too late to go fishing...and he went fishing at the same time."
Very bitchy tone, mocking his words...
Jackie forgot to gasp for breath in between words like she usually does!
37 posted on 06/09/2004 10:36:30 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: Dante3
Sharon and Ron have been together since Laci was 2 and she considered/referred to him her stepfather because he raised her and had a wonderful relationship together.
38 posted on 06/09/2004 10:38:05 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: Jackie-O

Grrrr. They're despicable. I thought Ron said that 9:30am is the time he RETURNS from fishing.


39 posted on 06/09/2004 11:21:25 AM PDT by Velveeta ("Do what's right......because it's right." President Ronald Reagan)
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To: RGSpincich; Velveeta; Jackie-O

I think the prosecution, for one thing, just wants to show that Scott was lying b/c Scott is on record as having said he left the house at 9:30.

So, first, his defense says he did see the brief mention of meringue on the Martha show on Dec. 24. That mention was made at 9:40. So he couldn't have seen it AND have left the house at 9:30. So... he has lied.

Second, the neighbor saw his truck still at the house at 9:39. But Scott is on record as saying he left the house at 9:30. So... he has lied.

To lie is to have something to hide. The jury is left to infer WHAT he had to hide.

Finally, the fact that the cell tower which serves his HOME has a record of a call made by him at 10:08 on the 24th, tells us that he had not left home very much b/f 10:08. That's a third thing that shows he lied when he said he left home at 9:30 on the 24th.


40 posted on 06/09/2004 11:22:29 AM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: Jackie-O; RGSpincich

Reading the timeline that Jackie linked, RG, makes it even clearer to me why the prosecution is trying to show that Scott actually did some things later than he said he did them.

I think you know all this already, but I'm writing it anyway just to get it straight in my head:

Scott SAID he left the house at 9:30, but 3 things (the "meringue" mention, Karen Servas' sighting of truck in driveway, and the cellphone call) prove that he had not yet left home at 9:30.

Remember that Scott's story is that Laci was alive and well, at home, when he left.

We know that at 10:18, the dog is found wandering with the leash on. As the timeline says, this knocks out any sighting of Laci-and-her-dog AFTER 10:18. Furthermore, it takes 2 minutes to drive from the Covena house to where Scott was when he made the cell call that is logged at 10:08. This means Scott probably left home at 10:06.

So if Laci was alive and well at 10:06, are we supposed to believe that she went out walking the dog, got abducted, etc., all in a mere 12 minutes at most?


41 posted on 06/09/2004 11:31:20 AM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: runningbear

Thanks for the ping, RB. Does anyone know why Ron Frey has hired his own attorney?


42 posted on 06/09/2004 12:07:57 PM PDT by An American In Dairyland (Have you forgotten?)
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To: Devil_Anse; Jackie-O; Velveeta; Canadian Outrage; All

http://www.ktvu.com/news/3400090/detail.html
The mid-day report.


43 posted on 06/09/2004 12:27:39 PM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: Devil_Anse

The defense, in it's zeal to bring forth the mention of "merangue" on 12/24, has aided in demolishing SP's stated timeline? Darn.

There is still plenty of time in there for SP to have driven McKenzie over to Scenic and Coffee.


44 posted on 06/09/2004 12:37:18 PM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: RGSpincich

Thanks for the update RG!! What's up this afternoon do you know yet


45 posted on 06/09/2004 1:00:06 PM PDT by Canadian Outrage (IAll us Western Canuks belong South!!!)
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To: Jackie-O
On Fox the guy with the low forehead referred to as Judge raved today about Geragos and how bad the state is doing. I think he is out of line. From what I heard heard on Court TV from Beth, Lisa Bloom, Mrs. Newsome, and Nancy Gracy I was under the impression that just the reverse is true.

Scott's parents' snide comments & uttering rehearsed sound-bites are not helping Scott.

46 posted on 06/09/2004 1:25:15 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: Devil_Anse

Don't apologise for writing down your thoughts--reading your post about the small window of time on the 24th helped me to see the absurdity of Laci walking the dog and being abducted in 12 minutes.

Perhaps the prosecution was hoping Geragross would play the tape of Martha on the 24th? A plot that thickens daily!


47 posted on 06/09/2004 1:27:15 PM PDT by kmiller1k (remain calm)
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To: Dante3

A defense attorney - probably to be expected!!


48 posted on 06/09/2004 1:33:23 PM PDT by Canadian Outrage (IAll us Western Canuks belong South!!!)
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To: Velveeta; RGSpincich; All
Vel... here is a link to what the Petersons said as they left the courthouse yesterday...wish they had video so you can witness the nasty, childish tone...better yet..not before dinner.
http://www.ktvu.com/news/3395809/detail.html
The link RG just posted has video of them from today...equally as disgusting and nonsensical.
49 posted on 06/09/2004 1:36:44 PM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: Dante3

Judge Napolitano...Eddie Munster all growed up!!
Me no piash that Italiano...


50 posted on 06/09/2004 1:39:46 PM PDT by Jackie-O
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