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A murder trial is no laughing matter. Is it?
Court TV ^ | June 16 2004 | Harriet Ryan

Posted on 06/17/2004 5:43:09 AM PDT by runningbear

A murder trial is no laughing matter. Is it?

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A murder trial is no laughing matter.

Is it?


Defense lawyer Mark Geragos has cracked up everyone from the jury to prosecution witnesses during the high-profile murder trial. Experts say it could work for him.

By Harriet Ryan
Court TV

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — When it came time to cross-examine the receptionist from Laci Peterson's obstetrician's office, Mark Geragos leaned forward on the defense table and grinned.

The young woman had just testified that no one called the office about the slain mother-to-be Christmas Eve, but she could not be sure about Dec. 26 because she had taken a sick day.

Geragos paused just long enough for every juror to turn toward him and his client, and then deadpanned, "Were you really sick the day after Christmas?"

The courtroom erupted in laughter....

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Officers detail extensive search for Laci Peterson

Officers detail extensive search for Laci Peterson


Police Sgt. Ronald Cloward testifies Wednesday about the "needle in a haystack" search for Laci Peterson.

By Harriet Ryan
Court TV

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Police used helicopters, boats, ATVs, horses, dogs, divers and numerous volunteers in their efforts to find Laci Peterson, two officers testified Wednesday at her husband's capital murder trial.

Modesto police sergeants Ronald Cloward and Timothy Helton detailed the extensive, but ultimately fruitless, search to find the mother-to-be, who vanished Christmas Eve 2002.

Asked by prosecutor Rick Distaso if finding the 27-year-old woman was like "finding a needle in a haystack," Cloward replied, "That was exactly what it was like. It was difficult.".......

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Angry Laci's Mom Scolds Geragos

Angry Laci's Mom Scolds Geragos

POSTED: 10:47 am PDT June 16, 2004
UPDATED: 5:18 pm PDT June 16, 2004

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- Laci Peterson's mother -- Sharon Rocha -- had some harsh words for defense attorney Mark Geragos on Wednesday, telling him to stop making jokes during her late daughter's murder trial.

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Video On Demand: Sharon Rocha Has Harsh Words For Geragos

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Video On Demand: Michael Cardoza On Tuesday's Testimony And Preview Wednesday

Rocha was angered that Geragos has made several comments since the trial began that have elicited laughter from the courtroom gallery and the jury box.

"I think Mr. Geragos need to stop.......

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Defense: Petersons' street dangerous

Article Last Updated: Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 4:18:10 AM PST

Defense: Petersons' street dangerous

Geragos says Laci complained to officials about nearby homeless mission

By Jason Dearen, STAFF WRITER

REDWOOD CITY -- Forty-seven of Modesto's registered sex offenders listed a homeless mission near Scott and Laci Peterson's house as their official residence, a Modesto police sergeant testified Wednesday.

Defense attorney Mark Geragos said Laci Peterson had complained to city officials because the homeless people from the mission often used her residential street to get to a nearby park; she wanted the city to close the Covena Avenue park entrance.

Appearing in full dress uniform, his sunglasses hanging from a strap on his shoulder, Modesto police Sgt. Ron Cloward took the witness stand Wednesday for the prosecution. He confirmed that he had received an e-mail about Laci Peterson's concerns over "transients" on her street, but that none of their efforts to locate the sex offenders led to any evidence of her disappearance........

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Scott Peterson Court Trial
1 posted on 06/17/2004 5:43:10 AM PDT by runningbear
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To: Rheo; Mystery Y; Searching4Justice; brneyedgirl; Scupoli; sissyjane; TexKat; Lanza; Mrs.Liberty; ...

Pinging.....new thread...


2 posted on 06/17/2004 5:43:47 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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Pinging.....new thread...


3 posted on 06/17/2004 5:44:17 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: runningbear

I think Marc Geragos looks like satan.


4 posted on 06/17/2004 5:50:32 AM PDT by buffyt (Clinton has MALIGNANT NARCISSISTIC personality disODER.)
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To: All
The Scott Peterson Trial:
Can the Prosecution Win This Largely Circumstantial Case?

The Scott Peterson Trial: Can the Prosecution Win This Largely Circumstantial Case? By JONNA M. SPILBOR

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Thursday, Jun. 17, 2004

On June 2, the long-awaited trial of 31-year-old Scott Peterson finally got underway. Peterson, as has been widely reported, is accused of capital murder based on allegations that he killed his wife, Laci, and their unborn son on Christmas Eve 2002.

So far, prosecutors haven't exactly come out swinging. And that is largely because, it seems, they don't have much to swing with.

Conspicuously absent from the prosecution's evidence locker so far is any blood or other bodily fluid evidence consistent with a killing. Indeed, prosecutors have failed to offer any physical evidence linking Scott to the crime. Nor have they come forward with a cause of death for either Laci or the couple's son.

Defense attorney Mark Geragos, by contrast, did come out swinging. In his opening statement, he proclaimed that, "The evidence is going to show clearly, beyond any doubt, that not only was Scott not guilty, but stone-cold innocent." This audacious move meant the defense voluntarily shouldered a burden that legally, it never must bear: The burden to prove innocence......

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5 posted on 06/17/2004 5:50:37 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: buffyt

yep, he makes me want to heave!... ;o)


6 posted on 06/17/2004 5:51:28 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Gallows humor, anyone?*

*(Too bad there won't be one used in this case...)

7 posted on 06/17/2004 5:52:04 AM PDT by Constitution Day (I missed the last thread, but I beat ya to this one!)
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To: runningbear

Seemingly in California murder is a laughing matter. As is child molestation and other assorted perversions.


8 posted on 06/17/2004 5:54:45 AM PDT by OldFriend (LOSERS quit when they are tired/WINNERS quit when they have won)
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To: runningbear

I know murder trials are serious but I don't want to hear about them weeks on end when there are other really serious things going on in the world.


9 posted on 06/17/2004 5:56:17 AM PDT by Piquaboy
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To: runningbear

The jury's decision has already been rendered: not guilty. He'll walk away just as fast as OJ did.


10 posted on 06/17/2004 6:03:23 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: Piquaboy
Try CSpan and search out articles in the NYT ,Washington Post...or our sidebar. I'm listening to FAA report on 911 on Fox..hmmmm.

Try to avoid any thread that says Peterson or Rocha on FR..There's usually one a day so you must be vigilant.
11 posted on 06/17/2004 6:04:20 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security)
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To: runningbear
Peterson must be quilty, because he looks guilty. If he were innocent, he would look innocent! A trial is just to establish guilt and since he's guilty, let's just lynch him.

12 posted on 06/17/2004 6:05:46 AM PDT by William Terrell (Individuals can exist without government but government can't exist without individuals.)
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To: William Terrell

Actually he is looking happy go lucky they say and is courting a jail volunteer...This only a time off from his usual interests, women, golf and of course...fishing.


13 posted on 06/17/2004 6:11:22 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security)
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To: sarasota
"The jury's decision has already been rendered: not guilty. He'll walk away just as fast as OJ did.'

With sightly different spin....
When the 'news' becomes concerned with an aside comment about a witnesses time charges [which could address her truthfulness] I have to believe they've decided the prosecution has no case.

14 posted on 06/17/2004 6:12:00 AM PDT by norton
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To: Piquaboy; runningbear

Alright, rb. Trapped another one. These birds can't see the stick and the string.


15 posted on 06/17/2004 6:13:05 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: runningbear

Shades of OJ. Geragos is a slimeball, just like all the OJ lawyers. Peterson is guilty as sin, just like OJ. Will this be another OJ travesty in the end? Could be.


16 posted on 06/17/2004 6:15:06 AM PDT by veronica (Viva la Reagan revolution....)
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To: RGSpincich

#11...;)


17 posted on 06/17/2004 6:15:10 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security)
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To: William Terrell

He does not just look, guilty, HE IS GUILTY. His wife's body shows up where he just happened to be fishing? Coincidence? I don't think so...


18 posted on 06/17/2004 6:16:34 AM PDT by veronica (Viva la Reagan revolution....)
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To: Piquaboy

and murder is not?


19 posted on 06/17/2004 6:20:47 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: RGSpincich

thanks......LOL...


20 posted on 06/17/2004 6:21:20 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: veronica
Yes, this could be another OJ...and another notch in the belt for Geragos. One of the Court TV experts yesterday said jokes, laughter, good humor, "bonds the jury to a lawyer". He said as long as the jokes don't insult the victim, or aren't hurtful. He explained long trials, even murder trials, have necessary moments of levity.
21 posted on 06/17/2004 6:21:38 AM PDT by YaYa123 (@God Blessed America With Ronald Reagan.com)
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To: runningbear
He is up on charges with the Michael Jackson trial. I hope he gets buried with that BEFORE Scott's trial is over.

Wipe that smile off of his ugly face.

Sorry for the rant, but he really rubs my fur the wrong war. He is so arrogant!

22 posted on 06/17/2004 6:23:56 AM PDT by SheLion (Please register to vote! We can't afford to remain silent!!)
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To: buffyt

You hang around with Satan enough to spot the similarities?


23 posted on 06/17/2004 6:26:00 AM PDT by Junior (FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC)
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To: runningbear

Only a lawyer, especially one who defended that floozy Susan Mc Dougal, would crack jokes during the trial of a murderer of a pregnant wife.

This guy is beneath contempt.


24 posted on 06/17/2004 6:32:48 AM PDT by hgro
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To: runningbear

I don't believe I said that murder was not serious. Is this the only murder that has happened in the U.S.? What makes this one so serious and the others not?


25 posted on 06/17/2004 6:40:27 AM PDT by Piquaboy
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To: runningbear

with the absence of any evidence directly related to the killing (if smothered, there wouldn't be any), so all the jury has to consider is his conduct and statements. Being arrested near the border with lots of cash, camping equipment, and a different ID, added to the fact he talked about Laci in the past tense right away, took up a girlfriend, bought the boat the day he told the GF they would be spending a lot more time together, and when followed by a relative he just sat in his truck....paints a picture no evidence MG can dispute.


26 posted on 06/17/2004 6:41:57 AM PDT by Searching4Justice
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To: runningbear

Can you add me to your Ping List for the Peterson Trial? I'd appreciate it.


27 posted on 06/17/2004 6:59:46 AM PDT by dstarr (I'm proud of my husband who was a Viet Nam vet.)
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To: Constitution Day


28 posted on 06/17/2004 7:08:55 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (John Kerry - Not the Swiftest Boat in the Delta.)
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To: Searching4Justice

Murder trials are, of course, very tense for everyone, including the jury. Giving the jury a tension breaker from time to time may endear him to them, plus it may help his client to seem more human if they see him smiling when they are. It could backfire if he goes overboard, though--the jury could see him as uncaring and flip, and by extension believe that his client is callous enough to commit such a horrible crime if he can laugh in court.


29 posted on 06/17/2004 7:08:55 AM PDT by susiek
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To: runningbear

I need to take a shower every time I see Geragos on TV. The man is scum.


By the way, Scott Peterson, if fishing is your alibi, at least know what type of fish can be found in your river/pond/lake/body of water. I'm fairly sure the "I don't know" fish doesn't scream 'INNOCENCE' to the jurors.


30 posted on 06/17/2004 7:09:10 AM PDT by ICX (PANTIES ON HEADS!!! THE OUTRAGE!!!)
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To: SheLion
He is up on charges with the Michael Jackson trial...

I assume you are referring to Geragos. He is no longer MJ's attorney. Hasn't been for a while I believe.

31 posted on 06/17/2004 7:10:04 AM PDT by Jalapeno
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To: Piquaboy

Nobody here has said that this murder is any more important than any other. This one is getting so much more coverage because of when it happened (near Christmas), the fact that Laci was pregnant (and very excited about the baby), and Scott's seeming lack of compassion.

He was having an affair, he lied about going out and helping the search, he changed his appearance. These things tend to move people to action.

Sorry if you don't want to see news about this. But then, nobody put a gun to your head and said you had to read it either!


32 posted on 06/17/2004 7:11:54 AM PDT by trussell (If stupidity was actually painful, some people would be on a permanent lidocane drip.)
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To: runningbear

So, the defense strategy is to just keep everyone laughing? Why not just hire Jay Leno and be done with it?


33 posted on 06/17/2004 7:20:46 AM PDT by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: Piquaboy; runningbear

In addition to trussell's comments, it shows us how sick the husband was/is... (he told his girlfriend that his wife was dead PRIOR to her death)..it's heartbreaking and can be considered representative of murder cases in general. It has shown us the stages of grief that a family is going through. It shows us how victims and their families are treated by the criminal justice system.

In addition, THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE system IS a part of the government. I've said it before, watching a high profile case is GOOD for the public. We can't watch all murder cases....but for those we do become interested in...we can utilize the information. If it comes to the point that we need to over haul the criminal justice system..what better way to do understand it first, but by observing. One of my instructors, who is a judge that handles criminal trials..suggested that we sit through trials..observe our CRJU in action. HE is right..if you have no idea what's going on in the CRJU field..how could you possibly know if it's working well. Do a ride-along with a cop.., sit in on trials...interview captains..., (especially in the vice-unit..) ask them what their complaints are, what they like and don't like about their jobs, the system itself. Take a tour of a prison or a jail) It's all about educating yourself.


34 posted on 06/17/2004 8:05:24 AM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: trussell
Assuming the guy actually is a fisherman, the part that doesn't sit right with me is why would he haul his wifes body all the way to the Bay when there is so many *hidden* spots in the Delta.

I used to fish with my daughters for perch and we would go to quiet spots where there hadn't been a mans footprint in decades. We never saw law enforcement of any kind. Not even a game warden.

Why risk driving on the freeways through some of the most heavily patrolled country in the US when he coud have buried her in the Delta?

Wouldn't he have tried to avoid driving around with a body?

Drop the body off in the Delta, then drive to the Bay? mapquest.com/Delta

35 posted on 06/17/2004 8:10:35 AM PDT by B4Ranch ( GET READY!!..-> http://www.ready.gov/get_a_kit.html)
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To: MizSterious
One thing that makes me sick is to watch Greta for example , and get an explanation by our noble attorneys just how shoddy our "tactics" are, and how our judicial system works.

It is suppose to make me praise a system that tells the viewing public that "all the boys" do this, no matter if the client did it or not? Endear the jury to your sense of humor? Get them on YOUR side because of YOUR cunning good humor? And the result will be more favorable that they will go along with you cause you are such a good hearted guy, and allow the scum of the earth to walk ???

Yep, makes me want to do jury duty. WHAT A SYSTEM !

36 posted on 06/17/2004 8:12:54 AM PDT by Neenah (Kerry is a raspberry seed in a wisdom tooth)
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To: Piquaboy

You don't have to read this thread if you're not interested!!!


37 posted on 06/17/2004 8:30:21 AM PDT by sissyjane (You're either with us or against us.)
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To: B4Ranch
Assuming the guy actually is a fisherman, the part that doesn't sit right with me is why would he haul his wifes body all the way to the Bay when there is so many *hidden* spots in the Delta.

he did it so he could get that launch ticket giving him an alibi so he had the perfect excuse why no one saw or talked to him that day....HE WAS BUSY !!! what perfect proof a machine that can't talk, no eyewitness.

38 posted on 06/17/2004 8:43:36 AM PDT by Searching4Justice
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To: Piquaboy
I know murder trials are serious but I don't want to hear about them weeks on end when there are other really serious things going on in the world.

Like the Victoria Secret panty thief???? ROFL!

39 posted on 06/17/2004 9:14:35 AM PDT by Velveeta ("Do what's right......because it's right." President Ronald Reagan)
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To: B4Ranch
I used to fish with my daughters for perch and we would go to quiet spots where there hadn't been a mans footprint in decades.

Oddly enough, this is the worst place to go if you are looking to avoid detection or hide something. If you did happen to come across someone at one of those "quiet spots," you'd probably remember exactly what he looked like -- even 20 years later.

On the other hand, if you walked down one city block in New York in the middle of the day, you would probably get back to your office and wouldn't remember a single thing about any of the hundreds of people who crossed your path.

40 posted on 06/17/2004 9:36:35 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("Ego numquam pronunciare mendacium . . . sed ego sum homo indomitus")
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To: runningbear

Thanks for the ping, rb!


41 posted on 06/17/2004 10:07:38 AM PDT by Sandylapper
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To: runningbear

sadly, we're at the mercy of talking heads and media reporters.
Talking heads, not present in court, rely on input from news sources who hash over and edit what has actually transpired in the courtroom. They hone in on one or two statements out of a full day of testimony and twist and turn it to their point of view.

Reporters comments outside the courtroom are limited to one to two minute soundbites for live-feed and then the talking head frenzy begins.

Guess the only way to be totally informed is to either attend the trial or somehow read the transcripts.

(stepping down from the soapbox...)


42 posted on 06/17/2004 10:30:28 AM PDT by Diver Dave (Stay Prayed Up)
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To: runningbear
I'll tell you something, Mr. Mark Geragos!!!! Here's someone who in July of last year would have had his first real long giggle but alas could not because YOUR CLIENT KILLED HIM before he ever got to take a breath.

We all remember exactly where we were sitting last summer and what word set off our little Oliver, born the week Connor would have been, and we treasure that memory of the first little innocent peals and that wonderful, happy face.

Take another look at your slides of the little sea-beaten body and think of your own son when he was small. And then SHUT THE HECK UP.

43 posted on 06/17/2004 12:01:33 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: B4Ranch

Possibly because the ocean is deep and he was hoping that the bodies would NEVER surface.


44 posted on 06/17/2004 12:04:37 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Yaelle

bttt


45 posted on 06/17/2004 12:24:29 PM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security)
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To: MEG33

Fox:

Breaking News
Juror #5 speaks to Brent Rocha.
Says: "Your going to lose today" Fox has it on tape.


46 posted on 06/17/2004 12:32:09 PM PDT by juzcuz
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Bump. Ping! Holy smokes!


47 posted on 06/17/2004 12:52:40 PM PDT by Velveeta ("Do what's right......because it's right." President Ronald Reagan)
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To: Velveeta

Waiting for the video!


48 posted on 06/17/2004 12:55:19 PM PDT by pitinkie
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To: pitinkie

Long time no see! Nice to see you.

I guess FOX news is trying to enhance the video. IMO, this juror is a goner.


49 posted on 06/17/2004 1:01:30 PM PDT by Velveeta ("Do what's right......because it's right." President Ronald Reagan)
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To: Velveeta

Hi there!!! Yes I am waiting..Fox said that a while ago...nothing on Court Tv that I can see. I have to go exercise so now I have to wait a couple of hours!!!!


50 posted on 06/17/2004 1:05:15 PM PDT by pitinkie
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