Strippers in Ripon?

TV news vans parked out front of the Stockton Courthouse today. The cameras were in Dept. 35, where Judge James Hammerstone presided over the arraignment of Ripon couple John and Janette Freitas, who are charged with stripping their foreclosed $1 million home and selling the valuables to the new owner. Hammerstone called Deputy DA Stephen Taylor to address the bail amount.

Taylor: “This case is about…”

Hammerstone: “I know what this case is about. I read the newspaper today.”

The judge ordered the pair to return to court next on their own recognizance, so he set no bail amount. Their attorney is Modesto’s Kirk McAllister, who briefly represented Scott Peterson.

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