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  • Scott Peterson told his lover in late December to send a Christmas present to his private mailbox, according to well-placed sources.

  • An FBI surveillance camera used to monitor Scott Peterson's Modesto home may have been attached to a utility poll directly across the street in January, neighbors said Friday.

  • Scott Peterson told his lover Dec. 9 he had "lost his wife," then told Modesto police he was not having an affair at the time his pregnant wife disappeared Christmas Eve, a detective testified Thursday.

  • A Modesto police detective says he found a loaded .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun in the glove compartment of Scott Peterson's pickup on Christmas Eve, but prosecutors have not said whether they think the gun was involved in the death of Peterson's wife, Laci.

  • Scott Peterson's preliminary hearing on double-murder charges was postponed Wednesday because defense attorney Mark Geragos remained in Los Angeles to address legal issues in a murder trial there.

  • Curtis, a 35-year-old Modestan, emerged from the Stanislaus County Courthouse and ambled down the stairs on a brilliant, crisp fall morning.

  • A defense expert on Monday blasted a DNA test that the FBI used on a hair found in Scott Peterson's boat, saying the technique can produce false results that are then compared against a flawed database.

  • The mystery surrounding the Peterson case lives on.

  • Scott Peterson's alibi came under fire Friday as witnesses testified that he planned to golf and pick up a Christmas present the day his wife disappeared, rather than go fishing in a boat that family members did not know he owned.

  • A heavy metal door clangs shut in the three-story Stanislaus County Jail. Scott Peterson buries his head in a blanket, afraid to let other inmates see him crying.

  • It was a boring news day in "Camp Peterson." At least that was the buzz inside the white media tents lined up outside the Stanislaus County Courthouse.

  • In the morning shadows of the Stanislaus County Courthouse, the rose garden provided great cover.

  • Wiretaps secretly recording Scott Peterson's telephone conversations while he was under police surveillance will not be used in his double-murder preliminary hearing, prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • As observers across the world earlier this year waited for word on the missing Laci Peterson, secret, emotional bonds apparently developed between her loved ones and her husband's lover.

  • Bones recovered recently near the site where Laci Peterson's remains were found are from an animal, authorities said Thursday.

  • Contra Costa County coroner's officials took possession Wednesday of several bones reportedly found near the spot where Laci Peterson's remains washed ashore in April.

  • Laci Peterson had caffeine in her system when she died, a toxicology report shows, while her unborn son, Conner, did not, a source familiar with the tests said.

  • Modesto police and a dive team returned to the Richmond area of San Francisco Bay on Friday, about five months after the bodies of Laci Peterson and her unborn son came ashore there.

  • FRESNO -- A jail inmate here says Scott Peterson, during a November meeting with two members of a neo-Nazi gang, broached the idea of kidnapping his wife.

  • Scott Peterson's lead attorney, Mark Geragos, faces civil contempt of court charges on suspicion of soliciting and accepting $50,000 from a client whose assets had been frozen by a federal judge in Rhode Island.

  • When authorities recovered Laci Peterson's remains on the shore of San Francisco Bay, they also found tape and clear plastic sheeting nearby.

  • Before Scott and Laci Peterson, Stanislaus County had the Salida massacre.

  • A national debate raging over fetal rights has been influenced by two central California tragedies, more than three decades apart.

  • His wife was pregnant with their first baby, and he was having an affair. He killed her, and their unborn child.

  • A woman who was hypnotized during the police investigation of the disappearance of Laci Peterson last year has raised new questions about the handling of the case, according to a report obtained Thursday.

  • SACRAMENTO -- Concern that a state subsidy for the Modesto Police Department would establish an expensive precedent has doomed legislation this year to help the city pay for the investigation of Laci Peterson's disappearance and homicide.

  • Investigators handling the double-murder case against Scott Peterson used an increasingly rare and legally risky tactic by interviewing a witness using "hypnosis techniques," legal observers said Tuesday.

  • SACRAMENTO -- Legislation to reimburse the Modesto Police Department for its work on the Peterson case survived a key committee vote Friday.

  • The woman who admitted having an affair with Scott Peterson is being protected by private guards and now lives in a gated community with round-the-clock security, her father said Friday.

  • The use of electronic devices by investigators to track Scott Peterson's movements was an unorthodox move, observers said Thursday.

  • Laci Peterson's Modesto obstetrician rebutted widely discussed reports that the pregnant woman had a sonogram Dec. 23, shortly before authorities believe she was killed.

  • A judge on Tuesday delayed Scott Peterson's preliminary hearing until Oct. 20 to give his lawyers more time to prepare.

  • SACRAMENTO -- For nearly four months, police searched on foot and on horseback, in helicopters and in scuba gear, and with bloodhounds and sonar.

  • Tension between the Rocha and Peterson families flared Tuesday over last week's funeral for Laci Peterson and her unborn son.

  • Attorneys in Scott Peterson's double-murder case are set to appear in Stanislaus County Superior Court this morning to discuss evidence that likely will be introduced at Peterson's preliminary hearing, scheduled for next week.

  • "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." Our blessed Lord assures us. We do hope that these rites of Christian burial will be a comfort to Laci's parents, her family, and her friends.

  • ESCALON -- Family and friends laid Laci and Conner Peterson to rest Friday.

  • Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to drop allegations against each other that they violated the gag order imposed in Scott Peterson's double murder case, court documents filed Thursday show.

  • Scott Peterson's much-anticipated preliminary hearing on double-murder charges will remain open to the public and the press, a state appellate court ruled Wednesday.

  • Laci Peterson's family on Monday had not decided on funeral arrangements for her, but had determined that any ceremony will be closed to the public, a family spokeswoman said.

  • Scott Peterson can get a fair trial on double murder charges without closing his preliminary hearing to the public, an attorney for the press argued in documents sent Friday to a state appellate court.

  • The remains of Laci and Conner Peterson are now in Stanislaus County, roughly four months after they were found washed up on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay.

  • Defense attorneys turned to a state appellate court Wednesday in their bid to bar the public from Scott Peterson's preliminary hearing on double murder charges.

  • A prosecution witness who resembled a pregnant Laci Peterson was interviewed using "hypnosis techniques" in a likely attempt to undercut Scott Peterson's defense in the double murder case, according to a source and court documents.

  • SACRAMENTO -- State Sen. Jeff Denham said Tuesday that he will continue pushing for the state to cover Stanislaus County's costs in the investigation and trial of accused murderer Scott Peterson.

  • Professing a reluctance to turn the proceeding into a "reality" television show, Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Al Girolami on Monday banned television and still cameras from the preliminary hearing for accused double-murderer Scott Peterson.

  • Testimony about human scent-tracking dogs and a prosecution witness interviewed using "hypnosis techniques" is expected to play a role in the preliminary hearing for accused double murderer Scott Peterson, newly released court documents show.

  • Subpoena power can order you to come to court, and the same power can keep you out.

  • Scott Peterson's preliminary hearing on double murder charges will be open to the public, Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Al Girolami ruled Thursday.

  • Scott Peterson's preliminary hearing on double murder charges will be open to the public, Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Al Girolami ruled Thursday.

  • Bizarre, violent paintings found near where the bodies of Laci Peterson and her unborn son were recovered do not appear to be the work of Satan worshippers, a law enforcement expert in ritualistic crimes said Wednesday.

  • Adam Stewart, attorney for the Rocha family, sent this letter to various news organizations Thursday:

  • Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Al Girolami called for an inquiry into a possible gag order violation in the Scott Peterson case, one day after The Bee ran a story detailing elements of the defense team's investigation.

  • Scott Peterson's defense team Tuesday briefed two forensic experts on a satanic cult theory, including paintings and artwork near San Francisco Bay and an experiment showing that the pregnant Laci Peterson's body could have been placed in the water at the art site.

  • MARTINEZ -- Scott Peterson's attorneys and a pair of high-profile experts examined the remains of Laci Peterson and her unborn son Monday, looking for evidence to clear their client of double murder charges.

  • Scott Peterson's defense team may send experts as soon as Monday to examine the remains of Laci Peterson and her unborn son, Conner.

  • Prosecutors on Friday asked a judge for permission to survey prospective jurors on whether Scott Peterson can get a fair trial in Stanislaus County.

  • Prosecutors offered Scott Peterson a deal to spare his life within weeks of his wife's disappearance -- if he led them to her body, they would not seek the death penalty against him.

  • Taking the lead from the Scott Peterson case, Colorado court administrators have launched a Web site to meet the intense media demand for legal documents in Kobe Bryant's sexual assault case.

  • A judge Monday denied a defense request to seal new documents that likely outline Scott Peterson's arguments for keeping wiretap evidence out of his double-murder trial.

  • Six months ago, Amber Frey stepped before a phalanx of reporters at the Modesto Police Department and made this plea:

  • Scott Peterson's attorneys claimed in court documents filed Friday that part of California's wiretap law violates the state constitution.

  • A coalition of newspapers urged a judge Thursday to keep open the preliminary hearing for accused double murderer Scott Peterson, saying closing the proceeding would inflict a "loss of public confidence in the criminal justice system."

  • The Postal Service has turned over to prosecutors an application that Scott Peterson filled out in connection with his rental of a private mailbox on Dec. 23, according to a source familiar with the application.

  • Search warrants in the Scott Peterson double murder case will remain sealed indefinitely, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday, saying that releasing the information would trigger a media feeding frenzy and im- peril a fair trial.

  • About 30 journalists had listened as of Tuesday to their tapped phone calls to Scott Peterson, according to prosecutors who are making the recordings available under a court order.

  • The Contra Costa County coroner's office must allow Scott Peterson's defense team to have its own experts examine the bodies of Laci Peterson and her unborn son, Conner, Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Al Girolami ruled Thursday.

  • Scott Peterson's defense attorney wants the public kept out of his preliminary hearing, saying an open proceeding would endanger a fair trial and damage new evidence that points to the "true killers."

  • The makers of one science fiction blockbuster movie apparently wanted to distance themselves even further from reality.

  • A Fresno woman dropped a lawsuit against People magazine over her contention that it published a photo of Scott Peterson and Amber Frey with a picture of her on a wall in the background.

  • Scott Peterson's defense attorneys failed to file legal paperwork in the double murder case before a Monday deadline. Prosecutors said the move likely would have little impact on the case.

  • The next battle pitting Scott Peterson's right to a fair trial against the public's right to information is likely to be waged in front of television cameras.

  • Less than a month after Laci Peterson disappeared, a woman who lived nearby entered Peterson's house and left with several objects, including Laci's wedding dress, according to several sources.

  • The newly released autopsy report for a pregnant woman whose body was found in the San Francisco Bay has few similarities to autopsy information leaked in the Laci Peterson case, an expert said Thursday.

  • Modesto police confiscated shotguns and a handgun from Scott Peterson while investigating the slayings of his wife and unborn son, Peterson's father said Thursday.

  • A judge Wednesday ordered 175 wiretap recordings turned over to prosecutors after hearing that the bulk of the phone calls were from reporters to double-murder suspect Scott Peterson.

  • Las Vegas authorities said Monday they have "not a shred of evidence" linking the dismemberment of a woman there to the slaying of Laci Peterson of Modesto.

  • With prosecutors under fire over wiretaps, a judge Wednesday is scheduled to consider what to do with up to 176 recently discovered wiretap recordings made while authorities intercepted Scott Peterson's calls.

  • Opinions on gag orders in high-profile criminal cases, even among those who have lived through such commands for silence, are about as plentiful as theories on what happened to Laci Peterson.

  • A colorful and prolific New York City playwright and theater professor says he was moved by the tragic demise of pregnant Laci Peterson and other missing women to write a play starring Modesto.

  • NEW YORK -- They are on the same TV networks, hours apart. Yet the ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening news programs take strikingly different approaches to covering the Laci Peterson case.

  • San Francisco police investigators in January gave information to Modesto officers about the unsolved murder of a pregnant woman whose body was found in San Francisco Bay, according to documents filed Thursday by Scott Peterson's defense attorneys.

  • Satellite TV trucks have taken root in front of the Stanislaus County Courthouse.

  • The cases are on opposite sides of the country, and the circumstances surrounding the murder charges are clearly different.

  • Attorneys on either side of Modesto's high-profile double-murder case aren't saying whether they're looking into a serial killer theory. But legal experts say it would be a worthy investigation, given developments in a Nevada slaying.

  • Prosecutors have joined Scott Peterson's defense attorneys in asking an appeals court to keep search warrants in the case sealed and remove the judge who ordered them opened, court documents show.

  • Scott Peterson might have a hard time getting a fair trial anywhere in the United States -- if jurors were chosen from people who participate in online surveys about his double-murder case.

  • The image of Scott Peterson fishing alone in San Francisco Bay on Christmas Eve does not sit well with some longtime sturgeon fishermen.

  • Stanislaus County District Attorney James Brazelton, lining up with Laci Peterson's family, wants television cameras barred from Scott Peterson's Sept. 9 preliminary hearing on double murder charges.

  • A judge refused to lift a controversial gag order Thursday, saying it will help ensure a fair trial for Scott Peterson, who is charged with murdering his wife and unborn son.

  • Scott Peterson's defense team refused to comment on its interest in a woman whose dismembered remains were found in a body of water in Nevada. But attorney Mark Geragos said Thursday he was aware of the case.

  • The manager of a Modesto hotel said he turned away Scott Peterson's parents after his father criticized Laci Peterson's family on a nationally televised talk show.

  • Sept. 9 is the new date for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to try Scott Peterson for the murders of his wife, Laci, and their unborn son, Conner.

  • A judge is not likely to order a contempt of court hearing for Stanislaus County District Attorney James Brazelton this morning, legal experts predict.

  • Police last week contacted two women living in Laci Peterson's neighborhood who also were pregnant with their first babies Christmas Eve.

  • Media lawyers filed two motions Tuesday in an attempt to gain access to records in Scott Peterson's double-murder case.

  • FROM NBC NEWS INTERVIEW, APRIL 18

  • Defense attorney Mark Geragos has a duty to defend clients with zeal, so his aggressive style comes as no surprise to legal experts watching Scott Peterson's double-murder case unfold.

  • A longing to reveal closely guarded evidence against Scott Peterson, and to debunk rumors and wild speculation, helped prosecutors decide to start the case with a public preliminary hearing instead of meeting in secret with a grand jury to ask for an indictment, Stanislaus County District Attorney James Brazelton said Thursday.

  • 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.

  • The San Francisco city attorney is sharply rebuffing a demand from Scott Peterson's lawyer for copies of documents in an unsolved murder.

  • Authorities admitted in court documents Wednesday that they may have unknowingly recorded portions of up to 176 more telephone calls to and from Scott Peterson.

  • Scott Peterson's lawyers and prosecutors want to kick out a judge who ruled against keeping search warrants secret in the double-murder case, according to court documents Peterson's camp filed Tuesday.

  • Scott Peterson whiles away the hours in his cell watching television, playing chess and reading stacks of letters from female admirers, a fellow jail inmate says.

  • Tributes to Laci Peterson and her unborn son continue to flow more than five months after her Christmastime disappearance captured national attention.

  • Scott Peterson's defense attorneys asked a judge Friday to rescind his gag order in the double murder case and to hold a contempt-of-court hearing for attorney Gloria Allred.

  • Two local judges in the Peterson double-murder case came down Thursday on opposite sides of questions on court-imposed secrecy, one issuing a gag order and the other deciding to unseal search warrants.

  • Scott Peterson’s defense attorneys asked a judge Friday to rescind his gag order in the double murder case and to hold a contempt of court hearing for celebrity attorney Gloria Allred.

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