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In memo, mayor says Peterson lacked grief at Jan. 3 meeting
The Modesto Bee ^ | June 20, 2003 | Garth Stapely

Posted on 06/22/2003 8:54:56 AM PDT by runningbear

In memo, mayor says Peterson lacked grief at Jan. 3 meeting


In a memo dated January 3, 2003 to Police Chief Roy Wasden, Modesto Mayor Carmen Sabatino details a meeting with Scott Peterson at a local cafe. View the letter in PDF format. Illustration by Eric Johnston/Modbee.com


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In memo, mayor says Peterson lacked grief at Jan. 3 meeting

By GARTH STAPLEY

BEE STAFF WRITER

Published: June 20, 2003, 11:05:48 AM PDT

Modesto Mayor Carmen Sabatino said this week that he did not detect "much grief" from Scott Peterson when the two met 10 days after Peterson's pregnant wife, Laci, was reported missing.

Sabatino said Peterson showed "anxiety" when they met for about 25 minutes at Starbucks Coffee near Tenth Street Place on Jan. 3.

By then, hundreds of volunteers had joined in the search effort in and around East La Loma Park, and more than 1,000 people had attended a New Year's Eve candlelight vigil for the missing woman.

Recalling his chat with Peterson, Sabatino said: "I guess I was impressed that there wasn't much grief."

But Sabatino said Peterson told him that evenings and mornings were difficult compared to daytime hours, when he busied himself with efforts to find his wife.

Later that day, Sabatino summarized the meeting in a one-page report to Police Chief Roy Wasden. The Bee obtained a copy of the memo this week; Sabatino's signature does not appear on The Bee's copy, but the mayor confirmed that he wrote it.

The mayor was under criminal investigation at that time, and still is. He said he was not asked to write the memo, but volunteered the information "in case anybody ever questioned me about it."

"At no time did I ask, nor did (Peterson) volunteer, his activities on Dec. 24," Sabatino wrote, referring to the day that Laci Peterson's family reported her missing from her Modesto home.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Peterson in the slayings of his wife and unborn son, Conner. Their bodies were recovered along the San Francisco Bay shoreline a few days before Peterson was arrested April 18.

Sabatino said he ran into Peterson at the volunteer search headquarters in the days following his wife's disappearance. Peterson asked if they could meet privately, Sabatino said, and the mayor agreed.

"(Police) kept telling me he wasn't a suspect," Sabatino said this week.

He said Peterson thanked him for the city's efforts to find his wife. He praised "the community" for staging the candlelight vigil, and he praised Wasden, according to Sabatino.

Lee Peterson, Scott Peterson's father, joined the two about halfway into the conversation. The elder Peterson said he wanted to thank Wasden and reached for his cellular phone, but Sabatino suggested waiting, the mayor wrote in the memo.

Sabatino said he and Peterson have not spoken since.

The mayor generated widespread media interest when he said in April that he felt Peterson could not get a fair trial in Modesto.

None of three national television shows that carried his comments......

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In Modesto, it's talk-show season once more

Posted on Sun, Jun. 22, 2003

In Modesto, it's talk-show season once more

By Brian Melley
ASSOCIATED PRESS

MODESTO - When CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin showed up in town to add his voice to the Laci Peterson murder case, he didn't expect he'd be just one of many reporters.

As Toobin reported on a routine hearing -- a judge refused to unseal an autopsy report and considered a gag order and arguments about wiretaps -- he was standing in front of one of 28 TV cameras outside the small courthouse.

"Of the cases that I've covered, only O.J. (Simpson) had more cameras," Toobin said. "And unlike the others, this one is more mystifying in the core of its appeal because no one is a celebrity."

After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks knocked the names of Chandra Levy and Rep. Gary Condit out of the news, some media executives pronounced that an entire summer would never again be devoted to covering the case of one missing woman.

Things have not only not turned out that way, but after a full winter and spring covering the killing of Peterson and her unborn son, reporters have returned to Modesto, Levy and Condit's hometown, in droves for a story that has talk show hosts, tabloids and the national news media hanging on every development, no matter how small.

Barring another national tragedy, there's little question that the case of Scott Peterson, the fertilizer salesman accused of killing his pregnant wife and their unborn son, will dominate broadcasts and headlines this summer.

"The media shows all the symptoms of an addict, all the way down to denial," said Matthew Felling of the Center for Media and Public Affairs, a nonprofit research group. "Despite their protestations and navel gazing, they are and remain scandal-story junkies, waiting for the next fix. They'll swear backward and forward that they're going to get better but restraint is lost with the opportunity to go one more time into the abyss."

Despite the large volume of what he calls very important news, ABC News Vice President Jeffrey Schneider said the Peterson story is one of those that captivates people's attention.

"There will always be room to cover other stories that are gripping the nation," Schneider said. "This is a story that has fascinated the American people."

On days Scott Peterson is in court, the Stanislaus County Courthouse is mobbed with reporters, including cameos by well-known personalities such as Toobin, Greta Van Susteren and Geraldo Rivera.

The street out front is fenced off to traffic and full of TV trucks. Reporters take cover from the sun under tents as photographers jockey for position to capture the players in the case as they emerge from court. Electrical cables and camera cords snake along the hot pavement to trucks that beam audio and video skyward by aerials and satellite dishes.

Coverage that spans the globe has prompted a judge to clamp down in an attempt to protect Peterson's right to a fair trial. Judge Al Girolami has sealed search and arrest warrants, wiretap information and muzzled lawyers, investigators and witnesses with the threat of contempt if they speak publicly.

The case has generated an enormous amount of interest near and far.......

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Media storm over Laci belies promise made following 9/11

Media storm over Laci belies promise made following 9/11

By Associated Press

When CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin showed up in town to add his voice to the Laci Peterson murder case, he didn't expect he'd be just one of many reporters.

As Toobin reported on a routine hearing a judge refused to unseal an autopsy report and considered a gag order and arguments about wiretaps he was standing in front of one of 28 TV cameras outside the small courthouse.

"Of the cases that I've covered, only O.J. (Simpson) had more cameras,' Toobin said. "And unlike the others, this one is more mystifying in the core of its appeal because no one is a celebrity.'

After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks knocked the names of Chandra Levy and Rep. Gary Condit out of the news, some media executives pronounced that an entire summer would never again be devoted to covering the case of one missing woman.

Not only have things not turned out that way, but after a full winter and spring covering the killing of Peterson and her unborn son, reporters have returned to Modesto Levy and Condit's hometown in droves for a story that has talk show hosts, tabloids and the national news media hanging on every development no matter how small.

Barring another national tragedy, there's little question that the case of Scott Peterson, the fertilizer salesman husband accused of killing his pregnant wife and their unborn son, will dominate broadcasts and headlines this summer.

"The media shows all the symptoms of an addict, all the way down to denial,' said Matthew Felling of the Center for Media and Public Affairs, a nonprofit research group. "Despite their protestations and navel gazing they are and remain scandal- story junkies, waiting for the next fix. They'll swear backward and forward that they're going to get better but restraint is lost with the opportunity to go one more time into the abyss.'

Despite the large volume of what he calls very important news, ABC News Vice President Jeffrey Schneider said the Peterson story is one of those that captivates people's attention.

"There will always be room to cover other stories that are gripping the nation,' Schneider said. "This is a story that has fascinated the American people.'

On days when Peterson is in court, the Stanislaus County Courthouse is mobbed with reporters, including cameos by well-known personalities such as Toobin, Greta Van Susteren and Geraldo Rivera.

The street out front is fenced off to traffic and full of TV trucks. Reporters take cover from the sun under tents as photographers jockey for position to capture the players in the case as they emerge from court. Electrical cables and camera cords snake along the hot pavement to trucks that beam audio and video skyward by aerials and satellite dishes.

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Geragos blasts Brazelton

Geragos blasts Brazelton

By GARTH STAPLEY
BEE STAFF WRITER

Published: June 21, 2003, 07:00:21 AM PDT

Scott Peterson's defense camp asked a judge on Friday to punish Stanislaus County District Attorney James Brazelton for allegedly violating a gag order by discussing parts of the case with The Bee. Brazelton should be held in contempt of court for "wantonly and brazenly" ignoring the June 12 order, lead defense counsel Mark Geragos wrote in a court document.

Attached as an exhibit was The Bee's Friday account of Brazelton discussing strategy, including a decision to unveil evidence in an upcoming public hearing, to counter what he called inaccurate reports and wild rumors.

"Brazelton's brazen disregard of this court's order should shock the court's conscience," Geragos wrote. He charged Brazelton's office with "almost pathological trampling of this innocent defendant."

Peterson, 30, faces murder charges in the slayings of his wife, Laci, and their unborn son, Conner. The district attorney's office is seeking the death penalty.

Geragos has pushed for gag-order violation sanctions twice since it was imposed last week.

He wants Gloria Allred, an attorney representing potential witness Amber Frey, to face discipline for talking on television about the case. Frey and Peterson had an affair in the weeks before a pregnant Laci Peterson was reported missing from her Modesto home on Christmas Eve.

Allred contends that she is exempt from the gag order because it names prosecutors, defense attorneys, investigators and witnesses. She said she does not fall into any of those categories.

The Bee's lawyer, who is representing four other newspapers and two television outlets as well, filed court papers on Friday asking Superior Court to reconsider the gag order because it "has already proved unworkable."

Brazelton objected in Friday's Bee to legal analysts guessing at myriad aspects of the case, saying, "95 percent is pure fiction and fabrication." He decried some reports and irresponsible speculation, saying, "We spend all our time running down this phony baloney stuff they throw up."

The district attorney also complained about television "talking heads" who have criticized his strategy, and he said evidence at a preliminary hearing "might open some eyes."

Those comments, Geragos charged in court papers, violate three sections of the gag order imposed by Judge Al Girolami, who has sought to curb publicity as a way to protect Peterson's right to a fair trial.

The gag order directs attorneys and many others connected to the case not to:

"Make any statement for public dissemination" regarding evidence.

"Express outside of court an opinion or make any comment for public dissemination as to the weight, value or effect of any evidence as tending to establish guilt or innocence."

"Make any out-of-court statement as to the nature, source or effect of any purported evidence."

'Disdain' decried

"District Attorney Brazelton is not only a prosecutor involved in this case, he is the district attorney in whose name this death-penalty prosecution has been brought," Geragos wrote.

Brazelton's comments to The Bee show that he "obviously is trying to disseminate the weight of the evidence establishing guilt against Mr. Peterson," Geragos wrote. "This is nothing less than outrageous."

In addition, Geragos charged that Brazelton violated attorneys' Rules of Professional Responsibility, which prevent lawyers from saying things that could taint a jury pool.

"One would be hard-pressed to imagine how much more disdain one could express" for the gag order than Brazelton's "phony baloney" comment, Geragos wrote.

"Apparently, Brazelton believes that being criticized by fellow prosecutors about his legal strategy, in his mind, outweighs this court's orders, the Rules of Professional conduct, and, by the way, Mr. Peterson's right to a fair trial," Geragos wrote.

Citing the gag order, Geragos refused to comment Friday.

The Bee was unable to reach Brazelton or his spokespeople for comment. But in an e-mail to The Bee on Friday, Brazelton decried "the media fiasco that is taking place" and wrote that he expected Geragos to push for a contempt-of-court order.

"This equates to more squandered public resources to fight this unnecessary battle and only throws more confusion in the mix," Brazelton wrote.

Sanctions for contempt of court typically involve fines.

Jeanette Sereno, an attorney and criminal justice professor at California State University, Stanislaus, said Friday that she did not see "specific comments about subject matter" of the case in Brazelton's published comments.

"He did, however, make some strategy comments," Sereno said. "Whether that violates the gag order will depend on what the judge feels about it.

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An UPDATE ON Former Congressman, Gary Condit, and Chaundra Levy

Condit gives up some privacy

Condit gives up some privacy

By MICHAEL DOYLE
BEE WASHINGTON BUREAU

Published: June 22, 2003, 07:01:55 AM PDT

WASHINGTON -- Former Rep. Gary Condit of Ceres is selectively breaking his silence, at least in court. Now a private citizen since his failed bid for an eighth term, Condit has avoided the spotlight that once tracked him. But as he and his wife, Carolyn, pursue three high-dollar defamation lawsuits, they must go on the record.

"I have never ridden a motorcycle in Washington, D.C.," Condit declared. "I have never visited a Middle Eastern embassy in Washington, D.C., or any other location."

Condit's riding and socializing history matter because of the things that author Dominick Dunne, the target of an $11 million defamation lawsuit, said about him.

A federal judge is now weighing whether to let the lawsuit proceed.

Condit claims that Dunne, in interviews and at Hollywood dinner parties where the conversation turned to the disappearance of Chandra Levy, spun stories that blackened the congressman's reputation.

Dunne, a 77-year-old columnist for Vanity Fair magazine and a former Hollywood producer, told several theories about Levy's disappearance.

At one point, Dunne noted that Condit was a known motorcycle aficionado and then speculated that Levy had ridden off on the back of a motorcycle. At other times, Dunne passed on a secondhand yarn involving Levy's supposed kidnapping by a Middle Eastern sex ring.

Dunne further passed along suggestions that Levy's body had been dumped into the Atlantic Ocean after Condit told compatriots that he was weary of her.

Opinion or fact?

Condit has dismissed Dunne's conjectures as injurious and absurd.

"I have never informed any individual that Chandra Levy was 'driving me crazy,' that 'she knew things about (me) and had threatened to go public,' that I had made 'promises to her that (I couldn't) keep,' that 'she was a clinger' or that 'I couldn't get rid of her,'" Condit declared in a recent affidavit responding to Dunne's various comments.

Levy, a 24-year-old Modesto woman, disappeared in spring 2001 in Washington, D.C., where she had just completed an internship with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

Just over a year later, a man walking his dog came across Levy's remains in Washington's Rock Creek Park. A private burial was held late last month at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson, even as lawyers were preparing their latest legal filings.

"If (Dunne's) outrageous and intentional misconduct is (permitted), then the line between legitimate reportage and reckless gossip under the guise of legitimate reportage will become irreparably blurred to the potential detriment of many reputations," Condit's attorney, L. Lin Wood, stated in a recent court filing.

A fundamental legal question is whether listeners understood Dunne's stories as opinion or fact. If opinion, Dunne is probably protected; if listeners understood the stories as fact, Condit could have a case -- by proving any of the statements as false.

That means, in part, that Condit is noting and dismissing the supposed factual assertions within Dunne's yarns. In his May affidavit, Condit addressed some of Dunne's more eye-catching speculations.

"I have no knowledge whatsoever of, or personal involvement whatsoever with, a Middle Eastern prostitution ring, or any woman being allegedly provided for the nocturnal pleasures of high-ranking people in the Middle East or at any Middle Eastern embassy," Condit stated.

Dunne, in turn, is essentially arguing that his audiences on the "Larry King Live" cable television program, the Laura Ingraham radio show and at several dinner parties knew enough to take what he said with a grain of salt. After all, Dunne's own lawyers have said, consider the source.

"(Dunne is) a columnist with a well-known, very personal, pro-victim point of view, a celebrated raconteur who is invited to recount the sometimes fantastic things that happen to him," Dunne's lawyers noted in their most recent court filing.

Attorney Laura Handman went on to note that "everyone and his uncle had offered multiple theories about what happened" to Levy, and that Dunne's accounts were simply "theories, two of hundreds being offered by the more or less uninformed."

Judge asked to dismiss case

Handman is asking U.S. District Judge Peter Leisure to either dismiss Condit's lawsuit or summarily rule on Dunne's behalf. Leisure must decide whether he believes that Dunne's statements were assertions of fact or expressions of opinion.

In doing so, Leisure must examine the language that Dunne used, evaluate whether the statements are capable of being proved false, and study the context in which Dunne was speaking.

Context is key. Courts, for example, have noted in previous libel cases that an audience expects edgy opinion in the context of a book review or theater review.

Dunne has argued that it is the same with "Larry King Live" and the Ingraham show, which encourage "loose, hyperbolic and provocative language" by guests.

"Based on the format, bias, tenor and tone, the audience naturally discounts, at least to some degree, what is said," Handman asserted.

But Condit's attorney, noting Dunne's admission that he "felt like creating some trouble" for Condit, has stressed that Dunne markets himself as someone with the inside scoop about crimes among the rich and famous.

"In any setting (Dunne's), reputation would immediately signal a listener that the statements being made were in likelihood factual and to be taken seriously," Wood stated.

Another crucial decision will be which defamation rules apply.

Though Condit's attorneys filed the case in U.S. District Court in New York City, where Dunne maintains a home, they insist that California libel laws apply. They characterize New York as offering more protection for the expression of opinions.

Condit's assertions in his 2 1/2-page affidavit are not his only court-driven comments on the Levy case, but they are the only ones that are publicly available.

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some updates on the Laci Peterson case, and some Gary Condidit too!
1 posted on 06/22/2003 8:54:57 AM PDT by runningbear
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To: Rheo; Mystery Y; Searching4Justice; brneyedgirl; Scupoli; sissyjane; TexKat; Lanza; Mrs.Liberty; ...
Pinging... (I took a vac day yesterday... ;o)..)
2 posted on 06/22/2003 8:56:03 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: nycgal; crystalk; pbear8; L84AD8; vikingchick; Rheo; Mystery Y; Searching4Justice; brneyedgirl; ...
Pinging... (I took a vac day yesterday... ;o)..)
3 posted on 06/22/2003 8:56:28 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: SandyEgo; shattered; oceanperch; Jackie-O; uvular; Spunky; sirchtruth; sonserae; melodie; ...
Pinging... (I took a vac day yesterday... ;o)..)
4 posted on 06/22/2003 8:57:04 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: All
Some things scaughty might of overlooked, in thinking if Mexico, he would of been home free, maybe not!

Rapist's extradition shows duality of Mexican policy

"Mexican officials say there is an important distinction in the Luster case: He was deported, not extradited, thus skirting a thorny area of U.S.-Mexico relations.

"He came in with a fake name. That is why he was deported so quickly," said Javier Herrera, director of information for the Mexican Attorney General's Office. "It would have been complicated if he had entered with his proper name. In that case, it would have been an extradition, and those take a long time."

Several U.S. officials reacted to the Luster case by saying more such cooperation is badly needed between the two countries so other fugitives can be brought to justice."

Snip It....

5 posted on 06/22/2003 9:06:07 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: runningbear
How interesting.....these "good guys" both had someone on the side, both have been caught in lies. I'd say they ruined their owned reputation. Take the halos off boys, we're not stupid on this side of the fence.
6 posted on 06/22/2003 9:07:20 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: runningbear
You've got a lot of nerve! Slacker! :-)
7 posted on 06/22/2003 9:07:35 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Sacajaweau
Lee Peterson, Scott Peterson's father, joined the two about halfway into the conversation

The clean up batter showed up back then, too!!!!

8 posted on 06/22/2003 9:10:11 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Sacajaweau; runningbear
But Sabatino said Peterson told him that evenings and mornings were difficult compared to daytime hours, when he busied himself with efforts to find his wife.

Wonder what he means by that? If I'm not mistaken, according to the figures you all ran up, how could Scott have been having a "difficult" time when he had to have been on the cell phone 24/7??????? He couldn't have had anytime at all to dwell on what was going on in his life.

9 posted on 06/22/2003 9:11:57 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: All
In case you didn't see the additional docs added Friday:

Pressreleases

Superior Court, Stanislaus County June 20, 2003
Motion for Setting of a Hearing on OCS re Contempt of Court by Stanislaus County District Attorney James Brazelton

D.A.'s Points and Authorities in Support of Sealing Records, and Request for Judicial Notice

News Media's Request for Reconsideration of Protactive "Gag" Order

click the links to view information ...

10 posted on 06/22/2003 9:12:36 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Howlin; Diver Dave
LOL....sorry, it was just too nice out yesterday, and I just......Could of gone fishing. ........ ;o)

Diver Dave, was that you I saw with the "support our troops" yesterday by Vintage Faire Mall; Modesto rally?

I waived at ya all... ;o)

11 posted on 06/22/2003 9:15:49 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: runningbear
I know exactly what you mean. Yesterday and today is our first weekend without rain in FIFTEEN weeks........so we have a LOT to do outside.....and I'm trying to find a way to put it ALL off!
12 posted on 06/22/2003 9:19:49 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
...I wonder if Scott misses his boat on a nice summer day.
13 posted on 06/22/2003 9:22:11 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Bumperootus!)
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To: ErnBatavia
One can only hope.
14 posted on 06/22/2003 9:26:40 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: runningbear
Thanks for all you do regarding this case.
15 posted on 06/22/2003 9:29:44 AM PDT by joyce11111
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To: Howlin
And then the father showed up?? How do you find someone in a restaurant?? Look in the window?? Sounds kinda like a pre-arranged meet.
16 posted on 06/22/2003 9:29:58 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Howlin
wow, sounding like Washington State, mostly rain, hardly sunshine... ;o( Yep, California is getting very golden in the hillsides... Beautful.. Went down to a view some rivers... ;o) Sunday driving on a Sat...
17 posted on 06/22/2003 9:38:26 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: joyce11111
your welcome... ;o)
18 posted on 06/22/2003 9:39:02 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: runningbear
Thank you!Looks like the DA may have to get out the checkbook?
19 posted on 06/22/2003 9:57:01 AM PDT by MEG33
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To: MEG33
Well, see what happens further...June 26th, next hearing....
20 posted on 06/22/2003 10:03:37 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: runningbear
Chandra Levy's murderer will never be brought to justice.
21 posted on 06/22/2003 10:12:53 AM PDT by Lucy Lake
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To: grizzfan
at this point, it looks like as long as DC has the case, then probably not, until further clues come forth...

some day, I believe, it will be known, but when is the issue. ;o(

22 posted on 06/22/2003 10:36:51 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: MEG33
Are you talking about a little fine for Mr. Brazelton??? I don't know if that statement was really a violation. It didn't discuss evidence. But it will depend on what how the Judge views it. I at least now see the reason for the DA going the Prelim route. They intend to cut Geragos and McAllister off at the knees and stop their incessant string of "theories"!! You can bet Geragos didn't like it!! Far as I can see tho, all this indignant bluster by Geragos is going to piss the Judge off at some point and that point may be very soon. Besides he's buring the Judge in an avalanche of paper.!!
23 posted on 06/22/2003 11:33:42 AM PDT by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South)
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To: runningbear
Heh bear, how dare you take a day off??? LOL Hope you enjoyed it.!! Your so good to ping us with current news EVERY day. I kinda missed it yesterday although it did cause me to get some work done around this house.
24 posted on 06/22/2003 11:36:00 AM PDT by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South)
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To: runningbear
was that you I saw with the "support our troops" yesterday by Vintage Faire Mall; Modesto rally?

Yep! Thanks for the wave. 'preciate all we get.

25 posted on 06/22/2003 11:37:35 AM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: Canadian Outrage
Yes,though I have no clue if the judge will see it the way Geragos does.
26 posted on 06/22/2003 11:41:00 AM PDT by MEG33
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To: MEG33
And MG's incessant use of the phrase "grave misconduct" is becoming a little tired also. He's a total arse. I wonder, if deep down, he's almost sorry he took this case. I guess money is money. But from someone who lives with the law and works in that field, I'm thinking that other criminal Attorney's may be about to send a few emails to Geragos. He's becoming an embarassment to the profession. His theory a day and 'gonna get the real perpetrator" is becoming tired.
27 posted on 06/22/2003 11:55:09 AM PDT by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South)
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To: Canadian Outrage
Although I find some defense lawyers antics beyond the pale,I know a good judge and a trial wipes out a lot of foolishness.Many trees must die for before Geragos gets all his motions filed!How would you like to have to read all of them and rule!On second thought ruling might be a pleasure.
28 posted on 06/22/2003 12:07:59 PM PDT by MEG33
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To: MEG33
LOL - I think your right. I too would LOVE to rule on the Geragos bullsheet!!
29 posted on 06/22/2003 12:10:07 PM PDT by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canuks belong South)
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To: runningbear
From the Modesto Bee - Hard Copy - Saturday, June 21, 03...

Setting It Straight
...Corrections to two articles that appeared in the Friday edition of the Modesto Bee.

Published: June 21, 2003, 06:55:23 AM PDT

In a story on Page A-1 Friday, Stanislaus County District Attorney James Brazelton said that results of a nine-month investigation of Modesto Mayor Carmen Sabatino could go before a criminal grand jury in coming weeks.

A separate story, also on Page A-1 Friday, reported that Brazelton said Thursday that he hopes soon to ask a criminal grand jury to indict Sabatino.

Brazelton did not say he hopes to indict the mayor, only that he favors presenting the results to a criminal grand jury and letting that body determine whether Sabatino violated any laws.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A headline on Page A-1 Friday, "In memo, mayor says Peterson lacked grief at Jan. 3 meeting," was incorrect. In an interview with The Bee, Sabatino said he did not detect "much grief" when he met with Scott Peterson; those comments were not in a memo he wrote following the meeting.

30 posted on 06/22/2003 12:14:06 PM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: runningbear
Lack of grief doesn't PROVE guilt - but it does show he didn't care she was dead!
31 posted on 06/22/2003 1:30:32 PM PDT by CyberAnt ( America - You Are The Greatest!!)
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To: CyberAnt
Just because he stayed on the cellphone while Laci's mother was looking in trash cans,just because he can't show his grief,just because he was calling Amber after Laci disappeared(a lot),just because he moved the search to the LA area,just because he went fishing 90 miles from home on Christmas Eve day and really had less than 2 hours to fish,just because the bodies of Laci and Conner washed up on a nearby beach,just because he changed his appearance,carried some one else's ID and 10,000 dollars when arrested near the Mexican border I must withhold judgement and just strongly suspect!
32 posted on 06/22/2003 3:15:59 PM PDT by MEG33
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To: MEG33
Well ... good luck with that one!

I'm predisposed to believe he's guilty because I watch several programs on Court TV. The bests ones are about forensics, plus Cold Case Files and another one with a lady profiler who helps solve strange cases - 99% of dead wives are killed by their husbands.
33 posted on 06/22/2003 3:22:10 PM PDT by CyberAnt ( America - You Are The Greatest!!)
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To: CyberAnt
I have my public posture and my private thoughts!I was being sarcastic but I am anxiously awaiting pretrial hearing.I forgot adding "just because he sold Laci's car and discussed selling the house and just because he told Amber he was a widower" to my list
34 posted on 06/22/2003 3:36:05 PM PDT by MEG33
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To: Canadian Outrage
thank you CO... yes I did for the most part..> I had checked earlier, but thought, Sunday would be better... ;o) Just joy riding... lol...
35 posted on 06/22/2003 5:46:36 PM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Diver Dave
do you recall a red vette?... Me!! ;o)
36 posted on 06/22/2003 5:47:09 PM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Diver Dave
thanks, I try to update myself to check them for mistakes.. 'o)
37 posted on 06/22/2003 5:48:20 PM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: MEG33
LOL....
38 posted on 06/22/2003 5:49:33 PM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: runningbear
Hope I included all the reasons..feel free to add!
39 posted on 06/22/2003 5:57:15 PM PDT by MEG33
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To: runningbear
Thanks for the ping rb! Looks like the pre-lim will be delayed so a vac day or two will be the norm...
Weather is just georgous in Chi-town, too nice to be indoors!
40 posted on 06/22/2003 6:56:23 PM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: runningbear
Thanks for the pings, RB, you really do a fantastic job & hope you know we all appreciate all your "leg" work to get all the news to us daily!! You deserve a day to play "hookey"!! Joy riding in a vette, can't beat that!!
41 posted on 06/22/2003 10:14:08 PM PDT by blondee123
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To: blondee123
;o) thank you....
42 posted on 06/23/2003 2:28:55 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: Jackie-O
yeah, maybe so... Georgous in Chi-town, and your inside? .... ;o)
43 posted on 06/23/2003 2:29:47 AM PDT by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: runningbear
Good for you. You are going to be busy when this comes to trial.

Thanks for keeping us informed.
44 posted on 06/23/2003 2:33:07 AM PDT by oceanperch (Warning: James Carville is showing up again.)
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To: Howlin
LOL
45 posted on 06/23/2003 2:35:34 AM PDT by oceanperch (Warning: James Carville is showing up again.)
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To: ErnBatavia
Hard to say living under florescent lights 24/7.
46 posted on 06/23/2003 2:38:16 AM PDT by oceanperch (Warning: James Carville is showing up again.)
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To: All
There is so much irony in this story. Just imagine the thoughts of "going fishing" 90 miles away from "the scene of the crime", at the same time KNOWING FOR CERTAIN that she was going to walk the dog (in the course of which, she was kidnapped and murdered). Then THEY took the body to where you were fishing, rented a boat and dumped the body. Of course, no one knew you were fishing there except Laci because you told everyone else you were going golfing. You went so far as to save the receipt from the dock and make ONE call home to register your whereabouts.

What you didn't count on was the bodies ever surfacing. You were right Mr. Peterson, you can't be in two places at the same time, AND NEITHER COULD LACI.

The best laid plans of men often go awry!!

47 posted on 06/23/2003 5:03:10 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: runningbear
Only came inside to check in here and hit the sack! ;0)
48 posted on 06/23/2003 5:09:04 AM PDT by Jackie-O
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To: runningbear
Thanks for all the pings. I haven't had much time to be online as of late..but still do check in.
49 posted on 06/23/2003 7:12:21 AM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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