I was standing in the park overlooking the Missisippi river at
Kellogg Avenue and Robert Street in Saint Paul reading a plaque
commemorating the log church that Father Galtier built on this spot
when the town was called Pig's Eye, named after Pierre "Pig's Eye"
Parrant who owned a popular tavern here back in the pioneer days. The
log church was named after Saint Paul and soon the new city changed
it's moniker from Pig's Eye to the more respectable St. Paul.
A stone's throw from rock with the plaque is the Federal Courthouse
where the Trial of Tom Petters continued toady with the testimony of
The gallery was filled with people in suits carrying legal pads.
Petters's attorney Jon Hopeman asked a few questions before turning
over his client to the withering examination of Assistant U.S.
Attorney Joe Dixon.
Dixon read quotes from emails and transcripts of taped conversations
in which Petters admitted having knowledge of the fraud. Petters kept
insisting that his statements were open to interpretation.
Petters insisted he was going to take care of the money problems at
PCI and investigate the fraud. Petters said Deanna Coleman was
"mentally ill" when she was wearing the wire and that she asked him
"prefabricated questions that set me up".
Petters also said the raid on his business "made matters worse".
By ten o'clock, both the defense and the Government rested their cases.
The judge held a few sidebar conferences with the attorneys and
announced that the trial would continue Monday with closing
statements and jury instructions.