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« Reply #90 on: Dec 13th, 2004, 7:12pm »

I want everybody to cut Strawberry Shortcake a break. I think despite the wild haircolor, she did a great job. wink

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« Reply #91 on: Dec 14th, 2004, 05:47am »

MODESTO, Calif. Dozens of people in Laci Peterson's hometown were donating blood in her memory when they heard a jury's decision to execute Scott Peterson.

Many of them cheered the news. One woman says Peterson shouldn't be able to get three meals a day and have a bed to sleep in while his wife and her son are dead.

But a man at the blood drive in Modesto, California, thought cheering the death penalty was out of place, especially as people were giving "the gift of life."

Outside the home the Petersons once shared, a neighbor gave a thumb's up sign from the window of his pickup truck as the death sentence aired on the radio.

A woman showed up later with three children and a sign reading, "Sweet Laci and innocent Conner may you now rest in peace!" They then joined hands in prayer.

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« Reply #92 on: Dec 14th, 2004, 07:17am »

In light of the jury's findings for the husband and convicted killer of Laci Peterson and her unborn child, I wanted to add this thought. Our whole family, especially me and my mother watched every single day that this trial was on. I even changed my work schedule so I was able to catch the trial on CTV each day during the summer. This is something that bothered my whole family from the beginning. As I ran home yesterday to hear the jury's final decision on Scott's fate, I was thinking about one thing. This woman loved her husband and she wanted this child. It seemed to me that she had full trust in Scott and thought he loved her. He betrayed her and it was not just a convential betrayal. It was the most disgusting one I can imagine. If we cannot put our trust in somebody we love, who can we trust? What examples will this set for other women who try to trust their husbands?
ONce he was setenced to death, I was happy but then sad once again. Not sad for Scott but sad that Laci would never be able to come back and carry on with her life. The baby would never be able to grow up and know how much his mother wanted him and loved him. I want to say to everyone reading this that my thoughts are with that family as the horrible anniversary of Laci's disappearance and murder approaches. This should never happen to anybody or any unborn child. I wish them to have some peace in their hearts as Christmas arrives. I feel in my heart that Laci and the baby are in heaven right now. I know I will be thinking of this all day today and probably many more days to come. May Laci and Conner finally rest in peace. Justice has been found for this aweful act. I feel that Laci's legacy will live on forever. May God bless those who love and helped look for Laci.

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« Reply #93 on: Dec 14th, 2004, 08:56am »

Justice was served for the beautiful Laci and her precious gift from God, Connor. May they rest in peace. Let's remember that they are together in heaven away from that monster!
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« Reply #94 on: Dec 14th, 2004, 08:56am »

Oh and by the way, I like strawberry shortcake! Even her hair!
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« Reply #95 on: Dec 14th, 2004, 09:15am »

on Dec 14th, 2004, 08:56am, klek27 wrote:
Oh and by the way, I like strawberry shortcake! Even her hair!


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I think this poor woman was so tired she was about to fall over. I found a better photo of her. I have to wonder if she knows this is her nickname from Nancy Gracehuh
Anyway, I like Richelle Nice for the simple fact she took the evidence and made the right decision about this monster. I like her!!!

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« Reply #96 on: Dec 15th, 2004, 07:19am »

MODESTO, California A friend says Laci Peterson's family is physically and emotionally exhausted after Scott Peterson's trial.

But Kim Petersen -- no relation to the family -- says the relatives also know that the nearly two-year ordeal isn't over yet. Scott Peterson will be formally sentenced in late February and his lawyers are already planning to appeal his conviction and sentence.

Kim Petersen tells N-B-C the family may have something to say publicly after the first of the year about the jury's recommendation that Scott Peterson be sentenced to death.

She says the family appreciates the jury's commitment to the trial, which lasted more than six months.

The family spokeswoman says the pain will ease for Laci Peterson's mother, Sharon Rocha, but it will never go away entirely.
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« Reply #97 on: Dec 16th, 2004, 07:04am »

This post was originally by OnlyMerk on the CC thread. It was moved here because it's for Laci Peterson

Of the Peterson verdict:

A very dear friend to us all had confided in me that she broke down and cried when she heard Lacis Mom mention that she couldnt even hold Connor at his funeral because he didnt have arms. And its absolutely, appalling, horrifying and unequivocally, disturbing to think that a man could do such a thing to another human being, let alone his own wife and child to be.

We have all had or been around children. Weve all held them and looked into their bright eyes filled with enthusiasm and curiosity towards the world around them. Weve felt the admiration they have had for us . And we realize how important it is to cherish their innocence and protect them from evil. And we would give our own life to save theirs without a second thought.

And we all have married or been in love. We have all felt the comfort of our lovers embrace. Weve felt the world and all of its troubles melt away to the oneness that takes place when two people are committed to loving each other. We all know of the Shangri-La that resides in the words spoken, I love you by a person to whom you feel the same . For these are the essence of life. These are as good as it gets. And they are available to us all.

And then there are those who breach these gifts of life. There are those who in the name of self, violate the very essence of being human. Those people are of a special evil. And its a shame that we, their peers are left to decide their fate. Its a shame that we are given the daunting task of playing God. But who other than their peers are fit for this task? Who other than their peers should be left to decide weather they should remain among us, remain among us in captive, or to cease?

And I have heard and respect the arguments of those who are for and against the death penalty. And if you allow me to put God and Justice aside for the moment and speak personally, I believe that the death penalty is a privilege. Should there ever come the day that I break beyond repair, I ask that you dispose of me. If ever I commit these unforgivable atrocities towards my fellow man, dont keep my broken mind, body and sole in captive. And which is worse for my loved ones to bid me fair well or watch me rot in prison? Would it not be selfish of them to have me suffer for the sake of not having to say goodbye? Would it not be selfish of them to not allow my victims full justice? These are the beliefs and values I ask you to respect should there come a day that you have to judge me. And those are the values I shall impose should the day come that I have to judge my fellow man.
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« Reply #98 on: Dec 16th, 2004, 07:07am »

on Dec 16th, 2004, 07:04am, FindCarrie wrote:
This post was originally by OnlyMerk on the CC thread. It was moved here because it's for Laci Peterson

Of the Peterson verdict:

A very dear friend to us all had confided in me that she broke down and cried when she heard Lacis Mom mention that she couldnt even hold Connor at his funeral because he didnt have arms. And its absolutely, appalling, horrifying and unequivocally, disturbing to think that a man could do such a thing to another human being, let alone his own wife and child to be.

We have all had or been around children. Weve all held them and looked into their bright eyes filled with enthusiasm and curiosity towards the world around them. Weve felt the admiration they have had for us . And we realize how important it is to cherish their innocence and protect them from evil. And we would give our own life to save theirs without a second thought.

And we all have married or been in love. We have all felt the comfort of our lovers embrace. Weve felt the world and all of its troubles melt away to the oneness that takes place when two people are committed to loving each other. We all know of the Shangri-La that resides in the words spoken, I love you by a person to whom you feel the same . For these are the essence of life. These are as good as it gets. And they are available to us all.

And then there are those who breach these gifts of life. There are those who in the name of self, violate the very essence of being human. Those people are of a special evil. And its a shame that we, their peers are left to decide their fate. Its a shame that we are given the daunting task of playing God. But who other than their peers are fit for this task? Who other than their peers should be left to decide weather they should remain among us, remain among us in captive, or to cease?

And I have heard and respect the arguments of those who are for and against the death penalty. And if you allow me to put God and Justice aside for the moment and speak personally, I believe that the death penalty is a privilege. Should there ever come the day that I break beyond repair, I ask that you dispose of me. If ever I commit these unforgivable atrocities towards my fellow man, dont keep my broken mind, body and sole in captive. And which is worse for my loved ones to bid me fair well or watch me rot in prison? Would it not be selfish of them to have me suffer for the sake of not having to say goodbye? Would it not be selfish of them to not allow my victims full justice? These are the beliefs and values I ask you to respect should there come a day that you have to judge me. And those are the values I shall impose should the day come that I have to judge my fellow man.


Merk you say who told you that THe fact that Laci's mother stated that Laci could not even hold the baby in the casket because she had no arms dug down deep into my heart. After several days of processing all of this, I came to one conclusion. Laci had no idea what was going on with her husband. In fact, I have to wonder if she knew what was happening the day she died. This is a heinous crime. There was no reason that justified what Scott did to her and the baby. All of her rights were taken away from her and her dignity. I felt as if our board should recognize those 12 people who sat there this whole six months and were able to make the right decision (in my opinion). Although all their photos are not available, we posted as many as we could. This death and this trial has set an example in the hearts of many people across the globe. That example is that murder is wrong and there is consequences. May all of God's grace shine down on this family during these upcoming anniversaries and holidays. I believe that justice was served.
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« Reply #99 on: Dec 16th, 2004, 07:59am »

The jury that decided Scott Peterson should be executed for the murder of his wife, Laci, and their unborn son also heightened the chance that Peterson could have his conviction overturned on appeal, according to legal experts.
Many of the same experts say they doubt that Peterson will win a new trial. But his efforts to do so will, at minimum, almost certainly delay his execution for many years.

Of 640 defendants in California who have been sentenced to death since 1978, only 10 have been executed. Defense attorney Mark Geragos said Monday he would begin work on an appeal immediately.

The death verdict could work to Peterson's advantage because it means an appellate court will be more likely to scrutinize the case carefully, said Stan Goldman of Loyola Law School.

"I sincerely believe that some court of appeal will choose to look at this case on appeal" if Judge Alfred A. Delucchi ultimately accepts the jury's death penalty recommendation, Goldman said.

And as appeals unfold, "his accommodations will be safer" on death row than if Peterson were housed with the general prison population, Goldman said.

Peterson's most promising argument on appeal probably will be to challenge Delucchi's dismissal of the first jury foreman. Gregory Jackson, a doctor and lawyer, was dismissed about a week into the deliberations during the first phase of the trial when the jury was deciding whether Peterson was guilty.

Jackson asked to be removed, indicating that he was under pressure to convict, Peterson's lawyers say.

"If excusing the juror was wrong, that is automatic reversal," said University of Santa Clara law professor Gerald Uelmen. "It is very rare that a juror actually asks to be excused."

"That could be a very big card," said Peter Keane, a professor at Golden Gate University's law school in San Francisco. "There are some cases that say a juror should not be removed just because the juror said it was really hard and uncomfortable. The whole deliberation is supposed to be difficult and uncomfortable."

The California Supreme Court in the last few years has warned lower courts about the dangers of removing jury holdouts, said Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor.

"It is a very fine line between excusing someone who is not doing their duty on the jury and excusing someone who is not agreeing with the other jurors, which is improper," she added.

Still, Levenson does not see a strong likelihood that the verdict will be overturned.

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The state Supreme Court, which automatically reviews all death sentences, "will be extremely deferential to the calls of the trial judge," she said. "Peterson is facing a very steep uphill battle."

In addition to the issue of the holdout juror, several law professors said an appeals court might decide Delucchi made a serious error when he allowed the jury to learn that Peterson had subscribed to a pornographic cable channel after his wife disappeared. That testimony could inflame a jury, they said.

The legal performance of Geragos, Peterson's highly regarded lead lawyer, also is expected to be scrutinized during appeals. Some analysts faulted Geragos for promising in opening arguments to show that Peterson was innocent, then failing to produce witnesses to back it up.

Geragos initially had the Peterson jury "eating out of his hands," but the jury eventually seemed to tire of his jokes, and the early rapport faded, Loyola's Goldman said.

Keane contrasted Geragos' rapport with the Peterson jury to Johnnie L. Cochran's mesmerizing of the jury during the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial.

"When Johnnie Cochran walked into the courtroom, the jurors couldn't take their eyes off of him. They were like cats watching a bird," said Keane, who observed both trials.

Geragos' "swagger and arrogance worked against him," Keane said.

Simpson trial comparisons

The comparison between the two lawyers was one of several that commentators have drawn between the Peterson and Simpson cases. Both Peterson and Simpson were attractive defendants accused of domestic murders. Both hired high-profile lawyers. Both used the same celebrity consultant to pick the jury, and both argued that there had been a rush to judgment.

But the dramatically different verdicts underscored the unrealistic expectations Simpson raised for high-profile defendants and the aberration the Simpson verdict really represented, scholars said.

Because Peterson was charged with a capital offense, only jurors willing to impose the death penalty could serve on the panel.

So-called death-qualified juries tend to be more prosecution-oriented.

Uelmen, who was on Simpson's legal team, said he had been deeply relieved when Los Angeles prosecutors decided early on not to seek the death penalty against Simpson because a "death-qualified" jury would have given the prosecution an immediate advantage.

Instead, Simpson had a largely black jury from a community where tensions between the police and the black community had been high. Jurors were receptive to his defense that racist police officers had framed him by tampering with the evidence.

By contrast, Levenson said, Peterson "didn't start out with a jury who was inclined to acquit."

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« Reply #100 on: Dec 17th, 2004, 05:29am »

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Scott Peterson remains cheerful despite being sentenced to death just days ago, buoyed in part by the constant flow of fan mail he continues to receive, the San Mateo County sheriff said Thursday.

Peterson's demeanor hasn't changed since he was transferred months ago from Stanislaus County to the San Mateo County Jail, even after jurors found him guilty of two counts of murder, Sheriff Don Horsley said during a news conference. On Monday, the jury recommended he be sent to California's death row.

"He has been his normal self. He is very cheerful. He is very compliant and very helpful," Horsley said, adding that jailers describe him as a model prisoner.

"When we move him from one area to the next, they do have to put restraints on him and he helps them," Horsley said. "He's not suicidal."

He added, however, that Peterson has lost "a lot of weight."

"I told him... 'Scott, you've lost weight. Is the food bad?' " Horsley said. "He said, 'No, it's actually better than in Stanislaus County.' "

Peterson was convicted Nov. 12 of murdering his eight-months-pregnant wife, Laci, and the fetus she was carrying.

Prosecutors said he killed his wife on or around Christmas Eve 2002 and dumped her weighted body into San Francisco Bay. Her remains and those of the fetus were discovered about four months later, not far from where Peterson claims to have gone fishing alone the morning his wife vanished.

His case was moved from Stanislaus County, where the Petersons lived in Laci's hometown of Modesto, after a judge found he couldn't get a fair trial there.

While he awaits formal sentencing in February, Peterson is staying in a 10-foot-by-10-foot cell in the county jail. Guards let him out of his cell twice a day for an hour to exercise alone in the yard, watch television or use a computer without Internet access.

Horsley said Peterson receives visits from family members every three to five days.

"He gets a lot of mail," the sheriff said. "He does have a fan club."

Meanwhile, Regan Books announced Thursday it had signed a deal with Peterson's mistress, Amber Frey. The book is due to go on sale Jan. 4.

"I am very gratified that Regan Books has agreed to publish Amber's story," said Frey's attorney, Gloria Allred. "We think her story of courage in crisis will inspire others who have been betrayed to fight back for truth and justice."

With the publication date less than three weeks away, Frey will either have to write the book in record time or has already been working on it.

Allred declined comment Thursday when asked by The Associated Press how far along Frey was with the manuscript and whether she would receive help writing it.
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« Reply #101 on: Dec 18th, 2004, 07:47am »

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THE TV anchors have packed up their hair gel, the tents are gone in Redwood City and the wall-to-wall coverage of the Scott Peterson murder trial is over, but that hasn't stopped the enterprising from trying to cash in on the tragic affair. Perhaps the biggest name so far to go public is Peterson's mistressAmber Frey, who will publish a memoir on Jan. 4 titled "Witness: For the Prosecution of Scott Peterson." There is also conjecture in Redwood City that one of the news reporters that covered the trial or Aphrodite Jones, the "true crime" writer, will also get a book deal, although nothing has been confirmed. A quick scan of eBay Friday evening showed book deals are hardly the only ones going on. There were 204 items for sale related to Peterson -- some of them downright weird. Someone in Alabama was selling an authentic San Quentin State Prison street sign for $175, while someone else in Albuquerque was taking bids on a 2001 Stanislaus County phone book ($.99) that showed Scott Peterson's address and phone number in Modesto. Other items include missing posters for Laci Peterson ($9) and public seating passes for the trial ($10), but the vast majority of items were newspapers with headlines about the trial blaring such things as "DEATH" or "GUILTY." By the way, a copy of The San Mateo County Times from the day Peterson was found guilty had no bids on it. Fortunately, most of the other items were not selling, either.


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There will be soon be a new face on the Foster City political scene. Samaritan House volunteer and 27-year city resident Pam Frisella will throw her hat into the ring to run for the city council in January.

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"In January, I will come up with something absolutely brilliant," Frisella said with a laugh.

Frisella would be running in November 2005 to replace Marland Townsend or Deborah Wilder, both of whom will be termed off the council.
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« Reply #102 on: Dec 19th, 2004, 09:12am »

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REDWOOD CITY - Of all the questions surrounding the Laci Peterson murder case, the one that may endure the longest is simply this: Why?
"Divorce was always an option," Sharon Rocha said during emotional testimony on the witness stand that was directed at her former son-in-law. "Not murder!"

The heartache in her address underscored the question that has hung over the case since the day Scott Peterson was charged with the murders of his wife and the eight-month-old fetus she was carrying: Why would a man with all the trappings of a happy upbringing and a content adult life murder his wife and the son they were about to have?

If Peterson was unhappy in marriage, he simply could have filed for divorce. Why he would resort to murder, as a jury concluded Nov. 12, remains a mystery to those who thought they knew him best.

"Did he manage to fool all those people?" defense lawyer Pat Harris asked jurors.

Experts in criminal psychology say that is exactly what happens in cases similar to Peterson's.

After he was convicted, Peterson's lawyers called 39 witnesses to attest to his character in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to persuade jurors to spare his life. They described him as a gentle, loving man, an avid golfer who was an excited father-to-be.

The 32-year-old former fertilizer salesman led separate lives that even those closest to him knew nothing about.

He was having an affair with a massage therapist who thought he was single. The relationship with Amber Frey was at least his third affair since getting married to Laci, his lead attorney, Mark Geragos told jurors.

Former FBI profiler Robert Ressler said Peterson exhibits many of the traits of what he called "a psychopathic personality."

"They're manipulators. They tend to con people very well and they wear false faces," he said. "They tend to be able to fool everyone from their families to their friends to society, schools, their community."

Prosecutors portrayed Peterson as a callous liar who continued to carry on his latest affair even as police searched for his wife. They said he killed for freedom, desiring a life as a freewheeling bachelor.

But like everyone else connected to the case, they struggled to understand why he would opt for murder over divorce.

San Diego forensic psychologist Reid Meloy said Laci Peterson's pregnancy could have triggered her husband to ponder, plan and then finally carry out her slaying. Prosecutors said he murdered Laci on or around Christmas Eve 2002, then dumped her body in San Francisco Bay.

"(Pregnancy) represents commitment, fatherhood, another dependent, a lifelong bond and all of those things are strongly despised by the psychopath," Meloy said.

"When you say you're going to get a divorce, everyone knows that it's a long, tedious process. The psychopath wants the short-term solution."
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« Reply #103 on: Dec 20th, 2004, 08:15am »

Scott Peterson's former mistress is going to write a book.

Regan Books has announced that it has signed a deal with Amber Frey. The book is expected to go on sale January fourth.

Frey's attorney says the book will be a "story of courage in crisis" that "will inspire others who have been betrayed to fight back for truth and justice."

The attorney declined to say how far along Frey was with the manuscript - or whether she'd receive help writing it.

Frey is the woman Peterson was romancing on the side while married to his wife, Laci. During his trial, prosecutors portrayed Peterson as a cheating husband who wanted to murder Laci to escape his marriage.

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« Reply #104 on: Dec 21st, 2004, 07:07am »

Scott Peterson's prosecutors deserve at least a month of paid leave for working untold hours and weekends away from home on the "extraordinary case," their boss recommends.
The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote this evening on suggested leave of five weeks for prosecutors Rick Distaso and Dave Harris, and four weeks for Chief Deputy District Attorney Birgit Fladager.

"They deserve every day, and I hope they get it," former San Francisco prosecutor James Hammer said Monday. He received a week's leave after steering a 2002 dog-mauling murder trial, which, like the Peterson case, received intense media coverage.

"Unless you've been through it, you cannot understand the pressure," said Hammer, who observed Peterson's double-murder trial and did media interviews.

Distaso, Harris and Fladager took on one of the country's best-known defense lawyers, Mark Geragos of Los Angeles, in the Peterson trial. It lasted six months. On Nov. 12, the jury declared him guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Laci, and second-degree murder in the death of their unborn son, Conner, around Christmas 2002.

On Dec. 13, the same jury recommended Peterson's execution; the judge has scheduled sentencing for Feb. 25.

The agenda packet for today's Board of Supervisors meeting includes a three-page memo on the prosecutors' leave, with a notation that the county chief executive officer concurs with District Attorney James Brazelton's recommendation.

The report lists the fiscal impact as $28,385, "which is currently available in the district attorney's 2004-05 budget."

The report quotes Phil Trompetter, a Modesto psychologist who specializes in criminal justice psychology:

"Once the trial ends, I anticipate a palpable letdown with profound fatigue and elements of depression. You should ensure that each of them takes at least a few weeks of time off."

Prosecutors on leave right now

Assistant District Attorney Carol Shipley said: "The hours worked, the media hype, the pressure on them daily is just an extraordinary amount of stress that no one bargained for when this started."

Distaso, Harris and Fladager are using "professional leave" for time off this week and next, Shipley said. All deputy district attorneys get 60 hours of such leave per year.

Modesto psychologist Lee Ervin said time off work can help people heal from exhaustion mentally and emotionally as well as physically.

"It's good and normal and probably healthy to take a little break," Ervin said. "None of us can run on empty."

Spending time at home, with family and even by oneself can be hugely beneficial, he added.

"The DAs have been out in the big, bad world dealing with ugly events and death," Ervin said. "Where would they feel safe? In the confines of family and home. That's where we're trusted, loved and accepted the things we don't get all the time in the real world where they beat us up and second-guess everything we do."

Peterson's court proceedings started in Stanislaus County Superior Court. Then, because of massive publicity in and around Modesto, authorities moved the trial to San Mateo County. Distaso and Harris moved with the proceedings, and Fladager joined the team later.

The attorneys' contracts do not provide them with extra pay for working overtime. The demands of the trial prevented them from taking vacation, the recommendation states.

Also, prosecutors stayed in Redwood City to work two of every three weekends, the recommendation states.

Brazelton's office surveyed five other counties Los Angeles, Marin, Mariposa, Santa Clara and Sonoma to see how they compensate prosecutors involved in high-profile cases. Brazelton's office then suggested rewarding his three prosecutors with eight hours of leave for every week worked in Redwood City.

Brazelton's office also recommends that the three be allowed to bank accrued vacation instead of being forced to take it before the end of the year. And, they should be able to take cash instead of losing professional leave by Dec. 31, the report recommends.

In a note posted recently at lacipeterson.com, the victim's mother, Sharon Rocha, extended a "very, very special thank you" to prosecutors as well as Modesto police and the Sheriff's Department.

"You never gave up," Rocha wrote. "Your commitment and dedication and the many long hours you have worked on this case have not gone unnoticed. You deserve your due recognition. You are the very best and I am forever indebted to you. You will always have a special place in my heart."

Bee staff writer Garth Stapley can be reached at 578-2390 or gstapley@modbee.com.



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FINAL MEETING

Today's Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors meeting the last scheduled for this year is set for 6:30 p.m. at Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St., Modesto. Agenda items include:

FIRE DISTRICTS Consider appointing a Fire Service Advisory Committee to review the county's 14 independent fire districts.

TREASURER-TAX COLLECTOR Consider appointing a replacement for Tom Watson, who is stepping down Dec. 31 to become retirement administrator for the Stanislaus County Employees Retirement Association. His term as treasurer-tax collector has two years to run.

PROSECUTORS' LEAVE This item is on the consent calendar, which means that supervisors will not discuss the issue unless someone removes it from the consent calendar.

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