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 June 17, 2003
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Two rulings in Laci Peterson case will affect public
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Modesto, California-AP -- Two rulings from separate judges will affect what the public learns about the Laci Peterson case.

One judge issued a gag order, barring parties in the case from talking to reporters. That means police officers, witnesses and the lawyers.

Another judge yesterday ordered search warrant information to be unsealed, but not until July eighth, which allows time for an appeal.

The defense wants the documents kept under seal, but opposes the gag order, saying both actions hinder their ability to clear Peterson and to find the actual killers.

Several newspapers had taken legal steps to have the search warrants released. Police used the warrants to seize Scott Peterson's truck, boat, trailer and items from the couple's home.

Peterson's preliminary hearing on charges of murdering his wife and unborn son is July 16th.

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