Friday, November 25, 2005

T'is The Season

Mark Geragos and company

Convicted murderer and San Quentin death row inmate, Scott Peterson, is attempting to halt publication of a book written by a lawyer who was kicked off his murder case for violating a judge's gag order.

A Superior Court judge declined to grant a request for emergency relief during a hearing Wednesday, likely pushing the case before an appellate court next week according to Peterson's attorney, Mark Geragos.

The book's author, Matthew Dalton, was employed with Geragos & Geragos during the early stages of the Peterson case. He was removed after violating a judge's order not to speak with the media. In an August 2003 conversation with reporters, Dalton floated a "human sacrifice" theory in the killing of Peterson's pregnant wife, Laci. The book, titled Presumed Guilty, is scheduled for publication Dec. 13 by Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Ironically (or -- maybe not), the book's subtitle is: "What the jury never knew about Laci Peterson's murder and why Scott Peterson should not be on death row."

And for once (horror of horrors) I'd have to say that I agree with *both* Mark Geragos and his "famous" client. Enough already. No more books, reminders, dredging up, or putting this convicted wife and child murderer's name first and foremost -- as well as constantly in the public's eye. ENOUGH.

May the names of Laci and Conner Peterson be the primary names we remember from this horrible American tragedy, and may they continue to rest in safety and eternal peace.

On a lighter note, today marks the official Black Friday opening of the Christmas shopping season. Here in New York, shoppers from as far away as Washington, D.C. stood on line outside of Macy's Herald Square department store to be among the first to enter the world's largest department store's entrances when they opened at 6 AM sharp. However, things got a bit out of hand at a Wal-Mart store down in Orlando, Florida this morning where a man who allegedly cut in line to get a discounted laptop computer was wrestled to the ground, according to a video shown by an ABC affiliate, WFTV-TV. The store's manager referred questions to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., where officials were said to have "no immediate comment."

Yep, t'is the season, all. Have a great shopping weekend, and may you find everything on your list -- at the best bargain prices. Peace.

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