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First witnesses testify in Stamos trial

July 12, 2010
By JOHN PEPIN, Journal Staff Writer

MARQUETTE -- Four witnesses tesified this afternoon in the John

Stamos extortion case against Marquette residents Scott Edward Sippola, 31, and

Allison Lenore Coss, 24, who pleaded not guilty in May to a three-count federal

grand jury indictment.

After preliminary jury instructions, attorneys made their opening statements to

the jury, outlining the testimony expected to come.

Witnesses testifying today included two special agents with the FBI and two

Marquette City Police officers.

Earlier in the day, a jury of eight men and four women was selected to hear the

case, along with two men and two women serving as alternates.

Actor John Stamos sat in the courtroom throughout the afternoon, listening to


John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. His e-mail address is



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