Inside San Quentin

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In Friday's blog are pictures taken by our show's good friend, Laura Ingle. As you may know from Thursday night's show, Laura recently interviewed one of Scott Peterson's lawyers, Pat Harris. Pat is also a law partner to Mark Geragos. The pictures posted are from Laura's interview with Pat Harris as well as her trip to San Quentin where Scott Peterson sits on death row.

Incidentally, it is unlikely that Peterson will have his first appeal argued for another year or two because justice is very slow in California. I don't know of any state that has such slow appeals. Usually a defendant on death row is content to have the appeal process drag on... but Scott Peterson has at least one strong issue for a new trial and it is possible that his conviction could be reversed. That does not mean that he is not guilty — but rather that his current conviction could be reversed because of a trial error and then he would be retried. It would not mean that he would walk out the door a free man, unless he were found not guilty in the second trial.

In Wednesday's blog I posted an e-mail from my colleague FOX News correspondent Adam Housley. I had asked how he would be spending Christmas and he responded by e-mail. In posting his response, I added that his family has a vineyard and that I often buy their wine online. I received several e-mails asking for their wine Web site. Rather than writing individual e-mails back to each, here is the Web site:

Friday night we have a special show planned for you — I hope you watch. And, of course, Merry Christmas!

Now for some of your e-mails:

E-mail No. 1

I didn't realize that Hillary is 6 foot 4 inches tall. Did the Hillary camp require that she stand on a soapbox before she would do the interview with Greta? It was ridiculously obvious.
Merry Christmas,
Jeff LeCompte

E-mail No. 2

I can't believe our elected political representatives are letting the people who are responsible for protecting our airline from terrorism get away with allowing people to carry on scissors with blades less than 4 inches or pointed objects less than 7 inches in length. They claim this will allow them to concentrate on searches for explosives. Jeez! Doesn't anyone remember that the people who hijacked the airplanes on 9/11 DID NOT have explosives, just box cutters?
Roger E. Busby
Olongapo City, Philippines

E-mail No. 3

Hi again Greta,
I know you are on vacation, but I also know you read your e-mails. In regards to the seaplane crash in Miami, I saw on someone's broadcast (don't remember whose) that one lady missed the flight because she was still shopping. I can't help but wonder if she is the "20th person" they are trying to recover, and perhaps they actually have recovered all who were really on the plane. Just a thought. Can you try to find out about this?

ANSWER: Judy, you might be right about the 20th person. I just don't know.

E-mail No. 4

Hi Greta,
Of course all missing persons are important to the general public as well as the media and local governments. The difference between the United States and Aruba is the size of the countries. In the U.S. a kidnapper can be 700-800 miles away before a person is even reported missing. From most points in the U.S., that person could have gone that distance in any of four different directions (North, South, East, or West). We can easily conduct a thorough search locally to locate the missing person. But, if they are hundreds of miles away, we need some clues to continue the search: i.e. the runaway bride.
Aruba is a small country that can be searched thoroughly and if nothing is found, there is little else to be done in the search. The only other way to find out what happened to Natalee is from the kidnapper(s). The one's involved may be the only ones who can tell us what happened. Natalee's case should have been solved quickly, but since it was not, the public and the media are desperate to get answers. The media must keep us informed!
Keep up the good work and have a Merry Christmas,
Lee Hitchcock
Birmingham, AL

Finally, check out this article that was sent to me last night by one of my producers. Just what do you tell your child if he or she is one of the 750 who witnessed this? See below:

Santa Listed in Critical Condition

HUBBARD, Ohio (AP) — A man who was playing Santa is in critical condition after he collapsed in front of about 750 elementary school children at a Christmas assembly.

John Rappach, 60, clutched his chest and fell near the end of Wednesday's assembly at Roosevelt Elementary in Hubbard, Ohio. His mother said he is doing fine.

Officials at the school have brought in crisis counselors to meet with the children and have notified parents of the situation. They say they assured the children that Santa will be fine and will be able to make his toy run on Christmas Eve.

Officials at St. Elizabeth Health Center in nearby Youngstown said Thursday that they have no update on what caused his collapse. Tests still were being run Wednesday night.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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