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Laci Peterson family seeks items from home
The Fresno Bee ^ | Published Thursday, May 29, 2003, 4:15 AM | John Cote'

Posted on 05/29/2003 5:34:23 AM PDT by runningbear

Laci Peterson family seeks items from home

Laci Peterson family seeks items from home
Relatives hire lawyers to retrieve wedding dress, baby crib, other personal belongings.

By John Coté
The Modesto Bee

(Published Thursday, May 29, 2003, 4:15 AM)

MODESTO -- Laci Peterson's family has hired attorneys in an attempt to retrieve her wedding dress, a baby crib and other personal items from her Modesto home, according to a statement released Wednesday.

In the murder case against her husband, court documents made available Wednesday assert the defense team's contention that investigators violated the law by monitoring privileged communications and that Deputy District Attorney Rick Distaso "misled" defense attorneys and the judge about it. Scott Peterson, 30, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder in the deaths of his 27-year-old wife and their unborn son, Conner.

Scott Peterson's parents and his attorney have prevented his wife's family from entering the couple's Covena Avenue home and retrieving personal items, according to the statement from attorneys Adam J. Stewart and Albert G. Clark.

The statement came with a 22-point list of items that family members want, including Laci's diplomas and journals, and a watering can that says "Laci's Garden." But family members said that being inside the home that Laci decorated and lived in was more important than retrieving personal items.

According to the statement, lead defense attorney Mark Geragos wrote a letter in response to the request for access. The Laci Peterson family attorneys, in their statement, say that Geragos said it would be "unthinkable to allow anything to be moved or disposed of" until his team had completed its investigation.

Meanwhile, the newly available court documents show that defense attorneys have requested a closed hearing to question prosecutors about wiretaps used to intercept calls between Scott Peterson and his defense team.

The defense drafted the documents before Superior Court Judge Al Girolami on Tuesday ordered prosecutors to turn over "all calls intercepted involving defense counsel or the defense investigator." Also, the defense has asked for a transcript of a Jan. 17 wiretap discussion among Judge Wray Ladine, prosecutors and investigators, the documents reveal.

Defense attorneys have a Friday deadline to file a motion on the wiretap issue.


Laci Peterson's Family Hires Lawyers to Collect Mementos

Laci Peterson's Family Hires Lawyers to Collect Mementos

MODESTO — A Modesto law firm says it has been hired to help Laci Peterson's family visit their daughter's house and collect her wedding dress, jewelry and other mementos.

Lawyers Adam Stewart and Albert Clark say they were hired after Scott Peterson's family prevented his in-laws from entering the house the couple shared before Laci Peterson vanished just before Christmas.

Scott Peterson has pleaded innocent to murdering his wife and unborn son. The remains of the 27-year-old pregnant substitute teacher and the infant they planned to name Conner were found on the shore of San Francisco Bay last month.

Defense lawyer Mark Geragos says he has worked out an agreement to let Laci Peterson's family visit the house and remove her journals, a food processor and a watering can that said "Laci's Garden."

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Last Updated: May 28, 2003




(05-27-2003) - The judge overseeing the murder case of Scott Peterson ordered Tuesday that police records of telephone calls made between Peterson and his lawyer and investigator be turned over to his new defense attorney.

Prosecutors had not contested the release of the conversations, which they said they had not heard or seen and had ordered sealed when they realized police investigators had been listening to or recording calls.

At least two of the 69 calls between Peterson and Modesto attorney Kirk McAllister were included in the widespread monitoring that also taped Peterson's calls with reporters. Police also listened in on a call between Peterson and a private investigator.

Peterson's new attorney, Mark Geragos, said he expected to receive the police records Tuesday afternoon.

"Once we see exactly what was taped, we'll file the appropriate motions," the Los Angeles attorney said.

Peterson, 30, is accused of killing his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson, and unborn son, Conner, last Dec. 23 or 24. Stanislaus County prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty.

Peterson, arrested April 18, maintains his innocence, saying he last saw his wife when he left for a Christmas Eve fishing trip.

Stanislaus County prosecutors this month notified McAllister, private investigator Gary Ermoian and 64 other people that their conversations were intercepted from Jan. 10 to Feb. 4 under a court-ordered wiretap to gather evidence in the Peterson investigation.

Police are not supposed to listen to talks between attorneys and their clients, which are considered privileged conversations. McAllister said earlier this year he was skeptical of claims that police recording equipment was turned off when it became clear that Peterson was talking with his lawyer.

But John Goold, a chief deputy district attorney for Stanislaus County, told reporters Tuesday that prosecutors have never seen or heard anything from the Peterson-McAllister calls monitored by police.

"Our requirement is to not listen in on privileged phone calls," Goold said.

Also Tuesday, Judge Al Girolami said he was also considering a gag order on lawyers in the case to prevent leaks fueling news stories, and indicated he would wait until July to decide whether to unseal court records reporters are seeking.

Girolami said he would rule by the end of the week whether to unseal police reports and arrest warrants, as well as autopsy results of Laci Peterson and her unborn son.

But the Modesto judge told Charity Kenyon, a Sacramento lawyer representing The Modesto Bee and four other California newspapers, that he would most likely order that the documents remain impounded until a July 15 preliminary hearing, held to determine whether Peterson should go to trial.

Girolami wondered aloud, given the great amount of publicity in the case, whether 12 fair jurors could be found anywhere in California if the information was unsealed.


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To: Devil_Anse
Not kidding.
41 posted on 05/29/2003 6:44:28 AM PDT by Velveeta
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To: runningbear
Yep, FOX reported it. Guess for right now it's "gossip". Time will tell....
42 posted on 05/29/2003 6:44:34 AM PDT by bonfire
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To: buffyt
Oh I see the family wants to come into the house and take a few momentos. I thought when I first read it that the cops had taken this stuff.... as evidence... I knew they carried out many big bags of "stuff".
43 posted on 05/29/2003 6:45:00 AM PDT by buffyt (Can you say President Hillary? Me neither!)
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To: Velveeta; Devil_Anse; specter; runningbear; Sandylapper
Runningbear thanks for the ping.

Velveeta your post left me feeling so sad. The idea of Laci and Connor deaths spawning a nude photo contract makes me ill.
44 posted on 05/29/2003 6:46:21 AM PDT by MaggieMay (A blank tag is a terrible thing to waste)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Greta was playing mediator last night between the mothers. Maybe she missed her calling!
45 posted on 05/29/2003 6:47:06 AM PDT by bonfire
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To: Velveeta
I bet that'll make Glorida all red.
46 posted on 05/29/2003 6:47:31 AM PDT by savedbygrace
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To: runningbear
"There is not one thing left of Laci, there (in the house)."

I heard this too last night on Greta when Jackie P called into the show. I wondered about this statement also. I keep seeing that image of Scott throwing out boxes of items into his trash about a month after the disappearance. I wondered then, what he was throwing out. I sure hope the Rocha's are able to get what they want out of the house. How painful for them. By the way, Jackie P also stated that they are not keeping the Rocha's out of the house, so the statement there is nothing left of Laci's in the house could be just another lie from her.

47 posted on 05/29/2003 6:48:45 AM PDT by BonneBlue
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Did you notice how Greta's show went over by about 3-4 minutes because of that phone call? Didn't OJ used to call one of the newscasters on FOX all the time?
48 posted on 05/29/2003 6:49:13 AM PDT by bonfire
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To: buffyt; All
Amber posing nude is really very old news. Seemed to be a goal of hers, albeit not what the girl next door dreams of...snip.

"With Frey in the public eye, the National Enquirer obtained nude and nearly nude professional photos taken of her in a Fresno, CA, studio, reportedly in October 1999. The newspaper published the photos in February, positing that she had a modeling career in mind, although she reportedly never returned to collect the photos or see the proofs."


49 posted on 05/29/2003 6:54:09 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife (Preserve our 22nd Amendment!)
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To: bonfire
FOX quoted the story from "Liz Smith" gossip columnist.

They also discussed the possibility that Amber MAY deny the report, BUT further added that even if she does, Liz Smith's sources are within 30 days of usually being correct.


50 posted on 05/29/2003 6:58:09 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife (Preserve our 22nd Amendment!)
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To: MizSterious
Wonder if there's anything left of value in the Peterson house...

Jackie Peterson called into Greta's show last night and said there was nothing of Laci's left in the house.

Now, I ask you, would the police have taken EVERYTHING? I think not.

51 posted on 05/29/2003 7:00:15 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: The Other Harry
I'll believe that when I heard Gloria Allred say she did; I hardly think Allred would let her do this, while she's on TV saying she's there to protect Amber's reputation.
52 posted on 05/29/2003 7:01:21 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: bonfire
KSFO just broadcasted the Amber news... Hugh Hef honey, Amber is too young for ya!...LOL... just getting giggy with it...
53 posted on 05/29/2003 7:05:46 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: runningbear
Geragos said in an interview: "It's an awful situation, and we're going to work our way through it with as much dignity as we can. There are two families here who have lost a grandson."

Gee, I thought they lost a daughter and daughter in law as well.

54 posted on 05/29/2003 7:06:32 AM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death)
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To: runningbear
Jackie just can't tell the truth about anything, can she?

It's ALL about PR for Scott.
55 posted on 05/29/2003 7:07:14 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: spectre

This is from Page Six of the NYP in the Cindy Adams section.

56 posted on 05/29/2003 7:07:34 AM PDT by pubmom
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To: runningbear; All
There is already a petition online for the Rocha's to gain entry to Laci's home.
57 posted on 05/29/2003 7:07:47 AM PDT by blondatheart (No More Tears.....)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
At times, those petersons just make me feel like I want to heeve... on them!!
58 posted on 05/29/2003 7:08:46 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: savedbygrace
LOL! Good one.
59 posted on 05/29/2003 7:09:39 AM PDT by Velveeta
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To: Howlin
What a sick demented woman... Gads, is there any sympathy left for the Rocha's? Just makes you want to be at the next court date, and snare at them! Might think about that too! (maybe).....;o)
60 posted on 05/29/2003 7:10:29 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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