Judge Alfred Delucci reconsidered sending the parents of Scott and Laci Peterson to the back of the court following his unhappiness with their behaviour. This may however be a temporary reprieve if the events of last week continue.
Scott Peterson is of course the former fertiliser salesman on trial for murdering his wife Laci. If convicted he faces the death penalty and some other stuff.
Up to now Scott's parents Jackie and Lee have sat across the aisle directly behind Scott. The gap has been courtesy of the court personel, who understand that to sit right on top of but downwind to a former fertiliser salesman is obscene
On the other side and behind the prosecutor sit Sharon Rocha and stepfather Ron Grantski - who can ski but thanks for asking. As a criminal attorney who runs many trials, I must tell you that there is nothing like having people sitting behind you and kibbitzing the whole trial.
It ranks right up there with having an ingrown toenail removed, burning off a mole or a lumbar punch. Even the judge has had as much of it as he would like for this lifetime.
Anyhow last week (7th September) as Lee Peterson and Grantski (he's shy he can ski) were leaving the court their paths crossed at the top of an escalator. As you know it's bad luck to let a black cat cross your path, apparently a Grantski as well.
Words were exchanged regarding the fishing issue which has been dogging the case. Peterson says he's a keen angler Grantski says that by his mother he's a keen angler.
When Grantski had given evidence he had admitted to a spur of the moment fishing trip on the day concerned. Lee Peterson flippantly asked where he had gone in response to which Grantski threatened him. Seems he grant ski but he can trade punches.
This conduct in the meanwhile is filtering back to the judge who might have to put up with the odd whiff of stale fertiliser but certainly not this.
As the trial moves ahead with the parents still in place evidence will be led on the GPS tracking device used to follow Scott after his wife's disappearence.
Apparently nobody knew how to use it so they got a policeman with a decent sense of smell and told him to "follow that fertiliser".