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Prosecutors want autopsy results unsealed
The Modesto Bee ^ | May 29 2003 | John Cote' and Garth Stapely

Posted on 05/30/2003 5:41:15 AM PDT by runningbear

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For the record, court motion filing on behalf of releasing the autopsy reports

Notice of Motion; Motion to Release Autopsy Reports; Points and Authorities in Support, Order Shortening Time

The latest for those who want to know from yesterday's events... ;o)

1 posted on 05/30/2003 5:41:15 AM PDT by runningbear
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To: Rheo; spectre; Mystery Y; Searching4Justice; brneyedgirl; Scupoli; sissyjane; TexKat; Lanza; ...
pinging the latest on today's news stories of the Laci Peterson case against Scott Peterson.
2 posted on 05/30/2003 5:42:36 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: trussell; Hillary's Lovely Legs; RecentConvert; autobuff52; WellsFargo94; gopwhit; jra; ...
pinging the latest on today's news stories of the Laci Peterson case against Scott Peterson.
3 posted on 05/30/2003 5:43:11 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: runningbear; All
Pending hearing dates:

"Judge Girolami denied a request from the parties to consolidate the June 3, 3002 hearing scheduled in Dept. 5 with the hearing on June 6, 2003 scheduled in Dept. 2. The June 3, 2003 date remains on calendar in Dept. 5.

On June 6, 2003 Judge Girolami will also hear arguments on the wiretap In Camera hearing. The judge set the date of May 30, 2003 for Points and Authorities from the defense and June 4, 2003 for Points and Authorities from the District Attorney.

4 posted on 05/30/2003 5:44:45 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: runningbear
I tried to stay away from these threads, but I can't. Could you please add me to the ping list? Thanks!
5 posted on 05/30/2003 5:49:57 AM PDT by EllaMinnow
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To: All
And this is why during the Chris Matthews, Hardball, that Dan Abrams was hearing so much music in the news break story he was giving.

STREETS CLOSED DURING WEEKEND

FYI

"STREETS CLOSED DURING WEEKEND

MODESTO, Calif. - The weekend, the PT Cruisers "Show and Glow" will have several downtown streets closed during evening and daytime hours.

On Friday, May 30th and Saturday, May 31st from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., J Street from 9th to 11th and 10th Street from I to J Street will be closed for the PT Cruisers "Show and Glow" show.

Then, on Sunday morning June 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., the PT Cruiser Parade will close streets D to J from 10th Street to 16th, 16th Street to I Street, then I Street back to 10th Street. The PT Cruisers will circle around the J and I Street area twice and then on the second lap, the parade of cars will go south on 14th to Tuolumne River Regional Park."

A PSA

And updating the Modesto Bee story

DA: Open autopsy reports

Snip it

DA: Open autopsy reports

By JOHN COTÉ and GARTH STAPLEY
BEE STAFF WRITERS

Published: May 30, 2003, 05:40:19 AM PDT

MORE ON THE PETERSON CASE

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Prosecutors countered Thursday's leak of information about Conner Peterson's dead body by asking a judge to release the full autopsy reports on the baby boy and his mother, Laci.

Thursday night, an official with the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department confirmed that the leaked information came from Conner's autopsy report.

MSNBC reported Thursday morning that it had obtained a "a portion of the coroner's report on the autopsy on the fetus."

The document states that the fetus was found with 11/2 loops of plastic tape around its neck and had a significant cut on its torso, a cut inflicted after death, MSNBC reported.

The details could suggest that Conner died separately from his mother, who was eight months pregnant when family members reported her missing Christmas Eve from her Modesto home. Her husband, Scott, has been charged with two counts of murder.

"The information being leaked has clearly been skewed in favor of the defense," the Stanislaus County district attorney's office declared in a court filing within hours of the leak. "The people cannot see why the autopsy documents should not be released."

District Attorney James Brazelton's position marked a dramatic reversal from his previous opposition, restated earlier this week, to unsealing the reports.

6 posted on 05/30/2003 5:58:12 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: runningbear
Scotty would've been better off with a public defender.
7 posted on 05/30/2003 6:02:53 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: runningbear
One of the early reports published back in April when the bodies were discovered mentioned that the water level had been very low in the bay/shipping channel. The article went on to say that it's possible the bodies could have been hit by ship propellers (the cut on the baby, missing parts on Laci) and the resulting underwater turbulence could have dragged the bodies about, therefore picking up debris and causing further injury. This makes sense to me, but I haven't seen this theory mentioned again in recent reports. I guess the grisly factor wasn't high enough. Anyone else recall reading this?
8 posted on 05/30/2003 6:03:03 AM PDT by fivecatsandadog
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To: All
Peterson autopsy details leaked
Prosectors urge reports be made public to halt rumors

Fresno Bee story.....

9 posted on 05/30/2003 6:11:00 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: redlipstick
LOL... okay...
10 posted on 05/30/2003 6:11:45 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: mewzilla
I think so, but now it is a circus parade with Geragos... (understanding his reasoning, but don't really agree with his tactics at all...;o))
11 posted on 05/30/2003 6:15:23 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: fivecatsandadog
That is my understanding as well, f. Thank you for bringing that up...it's more logical to me than the alternative.

ok...off to begin the day...be back later.

12 posted on 05/30/2003 6:15:24 AM PDT by homeschool mama
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To: fivecatsandadog
yes I do recall that....in April news archives....
13 posted on 05/30/2003 6:19:44 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: runningbear
"The information being leaked has clearly been skewed in favor of the defense," the Stanislaus County district attorney's office declared in a court filing within hours of the leak. "The people cannot see why the autopsy documents should not be released."

Geraldo says, according to other posters, that the defense tactics have worked because now the prosecution is reacting to them? Evidently Geragos was hired to be a public pain in the ass. That still leaves SP without a defense.

By the end of yesterday, experts and reports from "reliable" sources had the bodies being cut up while drifting in the Bay and entangled in existing Bay debris. A far cry from the defense contention of a satanic cult ritual.

Once again the media laps up the defense morning spin only to regurgitate it later in the day as something wholly unpalatable.

14 posted on 05/30/2003 6:27:26 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: runningbear

I'm sorry, but this picture is just a little over the top for me. What's next? St. Laci?

15 posted on 05/30/2003 6:32:49 AM PDT by EggsAckley ( Midnight at the Oasis)
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To: RGSpincich
and it was soooo too much it seems watching what I could of Dan Abrams... When Matthews credited him for the news breaking story, Dan just nodded, like head leaning downward, okay, if you say so look!....;o)

I do believe all the wording of yesterday's news was of artistic compositions from the "Defense" .... Why is Mark all of the sudden, "not commenting"? Seems, when this kind of stuff, close to violating the judges instructions, Geragos won't comment... ummmm, ya think he is going to hear from it from Giromali? I hope so!

16 posted on 05/30/2003 6:35:27 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: EggsAckley
maybe you, St eggsAckley? You'd think? LOL....
17 posted on 05/30/2003 6:36:19 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: runningbear
Morning..rb.

Geraldo started off the day in a "damage control" mode. He seemed to be saying that the autopsy report hysteria that went on yesterday, wasn't anything that would help the Defense. Nothing new, nothings changed, IMO.

He had logical explanations for the "debris" that may have been caught up around the babies neck, etc.

Bo Dityl via Don Imus Show, called in and vented bigtime about yesterdays media feeding frenzy.

He actually called Dan Abrams "A Stooge!"...(Anyone wants to dispute that I HEARD this, can go and pound sand...grins.)..sw

18 posted on 05/30/2003 6:38:26 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife (The only normal people are the ones we don't know)
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To: EggsAckley
I think that picture was taken at the memorial service. As in a funeral or rosary, people file by and "view" the deceased. They often show forms of affection at that time. This touching of picture is an example of what happens when the body is being held elsewhere.
19 posted on 05/30/2003 6:39:53 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: runningbear
Yep, saw the judge's baliff down at Home Depot getting the rags and duct tape.
20 posted on 05/30/2003 6:44:10 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: RGSpincich
Okay. Then I retract my comment. It just struck me that there might be a permanent Laci memorial on Covina Ave. I DO know that people are driving to Modesto from places like Sacramento and the Bay area just to drive by the house.
21 posted on 05/30/2003 6:51:17 AM PDT by EggsAckley ( Midnight at the Oasis)
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To: spectre
LOL... that was good... Thanks for the chuckle here.... ;o)
22 posted on 05/30/2003 6:54:29 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: RGSpincich
LOL....
23 posted on 05/30/2003 6:55:20 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: EggsAckley
driving to Modesto from places like Sacramento and the Bay area just to drive by the house.

Now, that is weird.

24 posted on 05/30/2003 7:00:40 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: runningbear
Normally, I would NOT want to read the autopsy report on a crime - but this time - I DO want to read it. I really think Scott is guilty as sin and I do not want to see him go scott free as did Bill, Hill Clinton, Algore, and OJ. Some of the BIGGEST criminals of my lifetime.
25 posted on 05/30/2003 7:05:15 AM PDT by buffyt (Can you say President Hillary, Mistress of Darkness? Me Neither!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: RGSpincich
Before they tore down OJs house, and while we were living in LA area, we drove past his house on Rockingham one day. It was eerie. God rest Nicole's and Ron's souls.

And may OJ burn in hell.
26 posted on 05/30/2003 7:06:14 AM PDT by buffyt (Can you say President Hillary, Mistress of Darkness? Me Neither!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: spectre
He actually called Dan Abrams "A Stooge!"

Are you sure about this SW? I thought Bo Dityl said that Dan Abrams looked "huge on his luge".

Actually, scratch that...I refused to turn on my TV this morning. No, no...wait...nevermind.....I don't even own 3 TVs.

27 posted on 05/30/2003 7:11:52 AM PDT by Velveeta (Wishing everyone a happy Friday.)
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To: RGSpincich
It's weird, but people do it. It's morbid fascination.

When our neighbor's child was murdered, there was a stream of cars past the house for weeks. They'd slow down, point--and some would get out of their cars to look at the crime scene, walk around the yard, stand in the middle of the street to take pictures, try to engage us in conversation about the murder, you name it. It was creepy.

Of course, nothing was as creepy as the media invasion. That was disgusting.

28 posted on 05/30/2003 7:13:19 AM PDT by Catspaw
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To: runningbear
I hope Dan gets in some sort of trouble over this. In his haste to be the one credited with this 'breaking news', I think he may have put his source, whoever it was, in trouble. And the way he reported it, it really sounded like his source has to be connected to the defense.

Why, for instance, would a transcriber or anyone else who may have had contact with this amendment to the autopsy, conclude as Dan did, that it could possibly be a noose and make it sound like someone had purposely strangled and stabbed Connor? Sheesh!

Good morning all, and as always, thanks rb for your dedication!

29 posted on 05/30/2003 7:16:40 AM PDT by uvular
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To: All
FYI-Feiger now On MSNBC.
30 posted on 05/30/2003 7:18:19 AM PDT by uvular
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To: Velveeta
LOL. YOU should have turned on your TV..it was full of "tap dancing" this morning.

5 TV's...all usually on...bad habit.

sw

31 posted on 05/30/2003 7:21:16 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife (The only normal people are the ones we don't know)
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I can understand it if your "in the neighborhood". Heck, I've done it myself, going to the locations related to this case in Richmond and Berkeley. I'm not driving to Modesto, though. That's what I was commenting on, driving 80 miles to see the house is weird.
32 posted on 05/30/2003 7:21:17 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: RGSpincich
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/919814/posts?page=97#97
33 posted on 05/30/2003 7:34:03 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: RGSpincich
Awriiight!! Tell him to use his handcuffs, too!
34 posted on 05/30/2003 7:34:26 AM PDT by Devil_Anse
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To: runningbear
Ted Rollins on LKL last night said it came from the defense team.

And somebody else -- Dan ? -- said, "All I can say is that it didn't come from Mark Geragos himself."
35 posted on 05/30/2003 7:35:26 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: uvular; runningbear
"Why, for instance, would a transcriber or anyone else who may have had contact with this amendment to the autopsy, conclude as Dan did, that it could possibly be a noose and make it sound like someone had purposely strangled and stabbed Connor?

This really strikes me odd. Why in the world would this information have been an AMENDMENT?

It would seem to me this would have been one of the first things put in an autopsy report.

36 posted on 05/30/2003 7:35:46 AM PDT by Spunky (This little tag just keeps following me where ever I go.)
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To: redlipstick
Come over to the dark side . . . :-)
37 posted on 05/30/2003 7:36:32 AM PDT by Amore (La vita e una cagna . . .)
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To: RGSpincich
By the end of yesterday, experts and reports from "reliable" sources had the bodies being cut up while drifting in the Bay and entangled in existing Bay debris. A far cry from the defense contention of a satanic cult ritual.

Every time I heard someone yesterday who was commenting on the satanic cult angle, it was pointed out that such cults never kill pregnant mothers, and I believe it was said babies would not be strangled or killed in such a fashion.

MG has a lot of nerve trying to pull this, despite his denials that he's the source of the leak.

38 posted on 05/30/2003 7:37:25 AM PDT by texasbluebell
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To: Howlin
Geragos doesn't want to get his hands dirty (though that's really a laughable premise in this situation). I'm sure he has one of his underlings leak all the info that the defense can spin.
39 posted on 05/30/2003 7:39:06 AM PDT by Amore (La vita e una cagna . . .)
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To: uvular
I think he may have put his source, whoever it was, in trouble

I'm praying that that is exactly what happens!

And if you remember from yesterday, almost as soon as Abrams took to the air, he himself used the word "noose" -- and he used it often.

Even later in the day on MSNBC, Lester Holt said, "The word 'noose' is nowhere in this report."

It HAD to come from the defense.

40 posted on 05/30/2003 7:39:19 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Amore
Exactly. And he's counting on US being dumb. Pity.
41 posted on 05/30/2003 7:39:45 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Spunky
Why in the world would this information have been an AMENDMENT?

The Geragos Road Map.

42 posted on 05/30/2003 7:40:28 AM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: runningbear
Thanks for posting all this info. Much appreciated here.
44 posted on 05/30/2003 7:43:30 AM PDT by An American In Dairyland
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To: Velveeta
>> Actually, scratch that...I refused to turn on my TV this morning. No, no...wait...nevermind.....I don't even own 3 TVs. <<

LOL. I'm going to start calling you "Racehorse Velveeta."

45 posted on 05/30/2003 7:47:45 AM PDT by An American In Dairyland
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To: Wheat
>>In L.A., you can hire Graveyard Tours (I think that's the name) to drive you around in a hearse to all the famous crime scenes. <<

I've been to LA twice and wanted to take that tour but ran out of time both times. I understand they take you to the cemeteries, too. I've always been a true crime fan, read lots of the books, watch the movie versions. Perhaps that is ghoulish but there must be a lot of people who do the same or these businesses would have failed long ago.

46 posted on 05/30/2003 7:52:55 AM PDT by An American In Dairyland
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To: Amore
"Dark side?"
47 posted on 05/30/2003 8:13:15 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: redlipstick
:) I think it's hard to stay away not only because of the oddity of the case..but because there are a lot of good people here...
49 posted on 05/30/2003 8:27:33 AM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: Howlin
Just sort of a reference to a couple of things. One, "the dark side" to those posters who look down on those of us who like to post on crime threads and, two, "the dark side" because previous crime threads have often gotten so acrimonious, smoky, dark, and unpleasant.
50 posted on 05/30/2003 8:27:43 AM PDT by Amore (La vita e una cagna . . .)
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