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xx The Michael Jackson Trial
« Thread started on: Mar 11th, 2005, 1:03pm »

I have to know what you all think about this circus out in Santa Maria CA with the Jackson trial.
I was trying to watch Greta last night and they were showing Jackson walking real slow into the court room in pjs. I was laughing out loud.

What do you all think about this?
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« Reply #1 on: Mar 22nd, 2005, 10:31am »

by Jenny Booth, Times Online


Fears have been raised about Michael Jackson's health after he again arrived late for his child abuse trial after a hospital visit yesterday.

The 46-year-old singer, who is said to be having back spasms, trembled and wept at the defence table as a doctor who accompanied him to court wearing hospital scrubs conferred in chambers with Judge Rodney S. Melville.

The judge gave no explanation of what was discussed and ordered testimony to resume.

Raymone K. Bain, a spokeswoman for the singer, said in a statement that Jackson was en route to court when he suffered intolerable back pain and was taken to Cottage Hospital in Santa Ynez, about 35 miles from the courthouse - the same hospital where Jackson sought treatment on March 10, prompting the judge to threaten to have him arrested unless he came to court immediately.

The emergency doctor who saw him on Monday "accompanied Mr. Jackson to court because he could best explain the nature of the problem that Mr Jackson is experiencing," the statement said. No further details were released.

This time Mr Jackson arrived fully dressed and only a few minutes late, wearing a black suit, brocade vest and a blue armband, rather than in pyjama bottoms as before, but his hair was untidy and his steps were tentative. He turned weakly to acknowledge fans on the street, then walked unsteadily into the courthouse with his brother Jackie and a security guard holding his arms.

As he left court six hours later, a reporter asked him what had happened in the morning. Jackson looked back and moved his mouth but no words came out. He then said he was "very much hurt" and was on medication "by way of a doctor".

Mr Jackson is accused of abusing a boy at his Neverland ranch in 2003, giving him alcohol and conspiring to hold the boy’s family captive. If found guilty he faces up to 20 years behind bars.

As the prosecution case continued, jurors heard from a child abuse expert who said that young victims frequently wait years before raising the alarm and often change their stories. Jackson’s now 15-year-old accuser has admitted giving contradictory stories about the alleged abuse.

"If there are multiple disclosures they are often not the same," said Anthony Urquiza, a psychologist who has not interviewed Jackson’s accuser.

He said that children "may not be accurate on issues of time". The defence team has pointed to apparent discrepancies over the exact dates on which Jackson allegedly abused the boy two years ago.

The lawyers have also questioned that the boy waited months before making the claims, but Mr Urquiza said that this was not unusual, partly because of the stigma and humiliation sex abuses carry. "Most children do not disclose immediately. It is a hard thing to talk about," he told the court.

He also said that victims often adore their offenders and the "sexual act becomes an unpleasant part of a relationship that is bigger and that they enjoy".

Under questioning from prosecutors, Urquiza said it was not uncommon for alleged abusers to show serve their victims alcohol or show them pornography in order to desensitise the child towards sexuality. The alleged victim and his brother earlier told the court that Jackson showed them sexually explicit magazines and websites, and serhttp://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,19389-1536749,00.htmlved wine to his accuser before abusing him.
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xx Re: The Michael Jackson Trial
« Reply #2 on: Mar 22nd, 2005, 10:50am »

I believe that Michael Jackson is innocent and an easy target for this kind of lawsuit.
I think that the accusers family is just making up the story for money. The boy that Michael "supposedly" molested 10+ years ago's story was widely publicized and everyone knows what kind of settlement he got. From all of the reports that I hear, the new accuser's family struggles. Giving them the perfect motive to accuse Jackson of molestation.
I have also read the court document from this accuser's testimony and I can see the holes in his story. His story changes a lot or he doesn't remember details. It all just sounds very made up to me.
On the other side, Michael lets little boys sleep in his bed? How would his mother allow that? If my 12 year old was sleeping in Michael Jackson's bed that would throw a red flag in the air and I would distance my family from him.
I think that with the first accuser he settled to avoid going to court and being proven guilty. This time I think that he is doing it to defend his reputation.
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xx Re: The Michael Jackson Trial
« Reply #3 on: Mar 22nd, 2005, 1:15pm »

on Mar 22nd, 2005, 10:50am, PINKBEETLE wrote:
I believe that Michael Jackson is innocent and an easy target for this kind of lawsuit.
I think that the accusers family is just making up the story for money. The boy that Michael "supposedly" molested 10+ years ago's story was widely publicized and everyone knows what kind of settlement he got. From all of the reports that I hear, the new accuser's family struggles. Giving them the perfect motive to accuse Jackson of molestation.
I have also read the court document from this accuser's testimony and I can see the holes in his story. His story changes a lot or he doesn't remember details. It all just sounds very made up to me.
On the other side, Michael lets little boys sleep in his bed? How would his mother allow that? If my 12 year old was sleeping in Michael Jackson's bed that would throw a red flag in the air and I would distance my family from him.
I think that with the first accuser he settled to avoid going to court and being proven guilty. This time I think that he is doing it to defend his reputation.


I dont know if Michael is guilty but I will say one thing. He is a strange person. He's acting like a real idiot showing up in pajamas. Also, why would anybody let their kid come to his house if they knew about the past incident? I think this is a way to get the interest back to him like it was back when Thriller came out. That's what I think tongue
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« Reply #4 on: Mar 22nd, 2005, 2:27pm »

He is an extremely strange person. He is a little kid in a man's body. I think that you are right when you say you think he is just trying to get back in the media.
I think that he is doing all of these things like showing up late to court and coming in his pajamas for some sympathy. But, maybe it is to make his trial more interesting. Also, to keep it as a major headline. rolleyes rolleyes
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« Reply #5 on: Mar 23rd, 2005, 05:52am »

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Santa Maria - Michael Jackson arrived on time for his child-molestation trial on Tuesday, smiling, but moving slowly as he did a day earlier when he was late again.

Aides shielded Jackson with umbrellas as rain fell, but his mood appeared far better than on his arrival a few minutes late on Monday.

That caused a 45-minute delay as superior court judge Rodney S Melville conferred in chambers with Jackson's attorneys and doctor.

Jackson had sat trembling and weeping at the counsel table during the conference. The judge then took the Bench and, with no explanation, ordered that testimony resume.

When Jackson was more than an hour late on March 10 because of a trip to a hospital for a back problem, the judge threatened to arrest him and revoke his bail. The singer finally arrived in pyjama bottoms.

Tuesday was to be a half-day session beginning with testimony from Louise Palanker, a comedian who tried to help the accuser and the boy's family as he battled cancer.

Defence claims boy made false claims

On Monday, after the late start, a psychologist testified that children rarely lied about molestation allegations and all but dismissed a defence theory that the singer's accuser may have made false claims.

Jackson is accused of molesting the boy, now 15, at his Neverland ranch, giving him alcohol and conspiring to hold the boy's family captive in 2003.

Prosecution witness Anthony J Urquiza, a child psychologist who has not interviewed Jackson's accuser, said children often delayed reporting abuse.

He also said boys assaulted by men were more hesitant to report abuse because they might be afraid of being labelled homosexual.

During cross-examination, defence attorney Thomas Mesereau jun asked the psychologist whether Jackson's accuser might be lying. The defence has argued the allegations were made to extort money.

Urquiza replied that only 2% to 6% of molestation allegations turned out to be false, according to research he had seen.

He said he knew of no research concerning false molestation claims motivated by money, or in which the target of false allegations was a world-famous celebrity who was known to be wealthy.

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Prosecutors, who claim Jackson served his accuser wine from a soda can during a trip on a private jet, also called Lauren Wallace, a flight attendant for XtraJet of Santa Monica, California.

She said she served Jackson wine in soda cans on several flights and hid alcohol for him in the lavatory "out of children's reach".

But, she said she was never on a flight with the accuser and his family.

Under cross-examination, she said she was told to prepare wine in soda cans for Jackson's flights and hide alcohol because he didn't want children to see him drinking.
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« Reply #6 on: Mar 30th, 2005, 09:25am »

The facts remain, Jackson should never, ever, have underage children in his home. Never. Jackson shows an apparent problems in his life, dangling his own baby from a balcony, facial surgery that has been him look like the Joker on Batman. Never Never Land. These are facts. The only thing I do have to side with Jackson is that the families of these boys should have never let their sons allowed to the Jackson Home because of the previous accusatios of child molestation. They knowing with the knowledge that their child will be alone with this man should have never happened. They are at fault as well.

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« Reply #7 on: Apr 5th, 2005, 10:33pm »

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Jacko could beat it
to Brando paradise




BY GEORGE RUSH
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If Michael Jackson ever left the country, he could live out his days on a tropical island paradise - thanks to his friend Marlon Brando.
A notarized deed obtained by the Daily News shows that on June 5, 2003, Brando granted Jackson sanctuary on one of the Pacific islands he owned "for the rest of [Jackson's] natural life."

According to the deed, Brando transferred use of a half-acre on the islet of Onetahi, in the French Polynesian atoll of Tetiaroa, "in consideration of gratitude and affection."

Brando informed Jackson in a letter thanking the pop star for hosting a birthday party for Brando's daughter, Nina, now 15.

"I can't easily describe the pleasure that has come our way with your invitation to Neverland," wrote Brando, who signed the letter "Love, Dad."

But the deed raises the question of whether Brando, who died last July, may have intended Onetahi as a possible refuge for the embattled singer.

At the time of the property transfer, child welfare groups were pressing Santa Barbara District Attorney Tom Sneddon to investigate Jackson, who had admitted on TV that he shared his bed with a then-12-year-old cancer survivor. Jackson, currently on trial in California, is accused of sexually abusing the boy and plotting to hold his family at his Neverland ranch.

In 1976, Brando arranged for American Indian Movement leader Dennis Banks to fly by private plane to Onetahi after he was indicted for assault and inciting a riot. Brando also spirited his daughter, Cheyenne, to Tahiti after she witnessed his son, Christian, shoot her lover, Dag Drollet, in 1990.

Jackson's spokeswoman Raymone Bain insisted the singer wants to clear his name and "has absolutely no plans to flee the country."

But Judge Rodney Melville regarded Jackson as enough of a flight risk to impose a $3 million bail and demand that he surrender his passport.

Banks told Brando biographer Peter Manso that he also had no passport when he arrived on the island, but that Brando's relationship with Tahitian government officials smoothed his entry.

The Brando-Jackson deed could become significant for former Brando employees who are trying to block a deal to turn the island paradise into a luxury eco-resort.

Jo An Corrales, whom Brando fired as his business manager in March 2004, believes the would-be developer isn't offering to pay enough to cover the estate's debts to her and other would-be creditors. Corrales' lawyer, Joel Pipes, plans to argue in court that the trustees haven't notified Michael Jackson, or anyone else with an interest in Teteiroa, about the pending resort deal.

Bain said she didn't know whether Jackson was aware of the resort proposal, adding, "he's had a lot of other things on his mind."

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xx Judge rejects Jackson prosecutor request
« Reply #8 on: Apr 22nd, 2005, 10:24am »

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SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Prosecutors in the Michael Jackson molestation case lost a key battle when a judge refused their request to allow testimony from a domestic violence expert to explain why the mother of Jackson's accuser lied under oath.

The Jackson trial is not about domestic violence and "it would be a mistake to allow it," Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville said Thursday of the prosecution's attempt to portray her as a battered woman.

Defense attorney Robert Sanger argued the prosecution was trying to give the woman a "pass" for committing perjury under oath. "She has committed perjury in this case from the stand," Sanger said. "This is not because she's a battered woman, it's because she lies for gain."

Sanger said the defense will present evidence of lies she has told in addition to claims made in a lawsuit against a department store. The woman admitted on the stand she lied in depositions for that case.

Melville also refused to allow the prosecution to present a lurid account from a former Jackson employee and excluded testimony from a travel agent about a Jackson plane trip.

Despite the victories, Jackson's defense was unable to block the testimony of a former Jackson security guard who was recently arrested for investigation of robbery in Las Vegas.

Jackson, 46, is accused of molesting a 13-year-old cancer patient in February or March 2003. He also is accused of conspiring to hold the boy's family captive to get them to make a rebuttal video following the airing of a damaging TV documentary in which the boy appeared with Jackson. In the documentary, the singer said he let children sleep in his bed, but that it was non-sexual.

Though excluding salacious details that were to be offered by former Jackson employee Kassim Abdool, the judge did allow other testimony from him in an effort to corroborate former Jackson security guard Ralph Chacon, who claims he saw Jackson commit a sex act on a child in 1992 or 1993.

The judge agreed to allow Abdool to testify about seeing Jackson hug a child and to say that he saw Jackson leaving a shower area on the ranch, carrying a boy piggyback. Prosecutors said Abdool would allege he went to the shower area and saw two pairs of swim trunks.

The testimony ruled out by the judge included Abdool's claim that he saw the star appearing to be in an aroused state.

The boy received a settlement from Jackson in 1994 and subsequently declined to cooperate in a criminal investigation. No charges were filed.

Chacon and Abdool were plaintiffs in a wrongful termination lawsuit against Jackson that they lost and were ordered to pay damages to Jackson.

On another issue, the judge ruled another former Jackson guard, Christopher Carter, can testify - and invoke Fifth Amendment protection if asked about his recent arrest in Las Vegas on charges including robbery and kidnapping.

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« Reply #9 on: Apr 27th, 2005, 06:58am »

More cross-examination Wednesday for the man who was Michael Jackson's personal photographer for seven years.

Hamid Moslehi testified a Jackson aide told him the accuser and his two siblings were not supposed to leave the singer's ranch.

Moslehi says the accuser's mother initially balked at doing a pro-Jackson video, fearing increased news exposure. The photographer didn't mention any complaints by the mother about Jackson's aides. Prosecutors didn't ask Moslehi whether the video was completely scripted, as the mother contends.

Moslehi also taped a pro-Jackson video with the singer's ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, the mother of Jackson's two oldest children. Rowe will testify she did the video based on Jackson's promise of visiting privileges.

A travel agent testified a Jackson aide wanted tickets to Brazil for the accuser's family to be one-way.


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« Reply #10 on: Apr 28th, 2005, 05:29am »

By TIM MOLLOY Associated Press Writer

SANTA MARIA, Calif. Apr 28, 2005 — Coming face-to-face once again with her former husband, Michael Jackson's ex-wife took the witness stand and did something few had predicted: She turned the tables on prosecutors.

Called by the district attorney's office to bolster their argument that she had been pressured to praise Jackson in a videotaped interview, Debbie Rowe instead said she refused to be coached.

"I didn't want anyone to be able to come back to me and say my interview was rehearsed," Rowe said. "As Mr. Jackson knows, no one can tell me what to say."

Jackson is accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy in February or March 2003 and conspiring to hold the accuser's family captive to get them to rebut a damaging TV documentary that showed the singer saying he lets children sleep in his bed.

The prosecution has said Rowe would offer similar testimony that she also was pressured to praise Jackson in a video but her testimony Wednesday did not reflect that.

Rowe reiterated that she had been offered a list of questions by her interviewers but did not look at them before she talked. "It was a cold interview, and I wanted to keep it that way," she said.

In his opening statement two months ago, District Attorney Tom Sneddon told jurors they would hear Rowe tell a story similar to that of the accuser's mother.

"Debbie Rowe will tell you her interview also was completely scripted," Sneddon said on Feb. 28. "They scripted that interview just like they scripted the (accuser's mother's) interview."

Rowe was expected back on the stand Thursday.

Rowe, in a black pantsuit, glanced at Jackson as she testified. The pop star, dressed in a maroon suit, showed no reaction to her testimony.

Rowe had been a nurse for one of Jackson's plastic surgeons when they married in 1996, and they had two children Prince Michael,8, and a 7-year-old daughter, named Paris.

The couple filed for divorce after three years of marriage, and Rowe is currently in a family court dispute over visitation with their children. Jackson has a third child, Prince Michael II, whose mother has not been identified.

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xx Prosecution in Last Stages of Jackson Case
« Reply #11 on: May 2nd, 2005, 05:43am »

[bBy TIM MOLLOY[/b]

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Fresh off a week in court that featured testimony about books with pictures of nude boys, prosecutors in the Michael Jackson appeared close to the final stages of their case.

District Attorney Tom Sneddon said last week that the prosecution would rest its case against the pop singer Tuesday. Sneddon has not said who will testify Monday and Tuesday.

After the prosecution rests, the defense was expected to ask Judge Rodney S. Melville to dismiss the entire case for insufficient evidence. They will argue that the testimony so far has failed to substantiate the charges. Such motions rarely succeed.

On Friday, prosecutors presented two books found in Jackson's home that included pictures of nude boys.

Los Angeles police Detective Rosibel Smith, who found the books in a locked filing cabinet in Jackson's master bedroom during a 1993 search, testified that both books featured boys "playing, swimming, jumping."

One book included an inscription written by Jackson: "Look at the true spirit of happiness and joy in these boys' faces, this is the spirit of boyhood, a life I've never had and will always dream of. This is the life I want for my children."

The books were seized during a molestation investigation involving a boy who received a multimillion-dollar settlement from Jackson in 1994. The investigation never led to criminal charges against Jackson.

Jackson, 46, is accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy in 2003, giving him alcohol and conspiring to hold the accuser's family captive to get them to rebut a damaging documentary, "Living With Michael Jackson."

The documentary, which aired in the United States on Feb. 6, 2003, featured Jackson holding hands with the boy now accusing him of molestation and saying he has allowed children to sleep in his bed, though he said the sleepovers were non-sexual.

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« Reply #12 on: Jun 3rd, 2005, 6:34pm »

If you hoped to avoid jury duty, you’re out of luck, at least when it comes to the Michael Jackson trial. For that one, we’ve all been recruited, whether we like it or not. Whether you go away on a tropical vacation, unplug the phone and the computer, or simply hide in the basement, details of the case will find you. So you might as well stop resisting and pour a cup of coffee, grab a pen, jot down the high points presented by the two sides and take a mock vote among your friends, because you’re officially sequestered.

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The prosecution and defense finished their closing arguments on Friday in Santa Maria, and now the case is in the hands of the jurors (the real ones). Both sides reiterated their positions — prosecutors called Jackson a predator who preyed upon star-struck young boys while the defense lashed out at the accuser and his family, painting them as con artists — but the closing arguments were the equivalent of the end credits on a porn movie: the shocking stuff had already been revealed.

Star power could have an impact
The overriding element of this trial remains Jackson’s celebrity, and although it took a thorough beating, it remains intact. Jurors will not only have to decide if the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, but if Michael “King of Pop” Jackson, he of the Jackson 5 and the moonwalk and the videos from “Thriller,” is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of one of society’s most despicable acts.
A reminder of Jackson’s star power — which may portend well for him during deliberations — came to me a few weeks ago when I shopped at a giant electronics store. One of the big-screen plasma TVs showed Jackson’s legendary performance at the Motown 25th anniversary show. There must have been a good 50 people gathered around the TV, mesmerized. I could read their minds: “Wow. He used to look good, and he used to be a great performer.” If even a hint of that Michael Jackson is still present in the jurors’ minds, it could cause them to give slightly less weight to the actual evidence and testimony.

But that’s a sizeable if, because some of the evidence the prosecutors presented was highly compelling. The topper was the video that was presented to the court at the end of the trial, showing the accuser telling police that he was molested and asking the police not to tell his mother. It has been described as a bombshell, although pundits throw that word around frequently after they’ve been bored stiff by redundant testimony and timeline minutiae over 14 weeks or so.


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The prosecutors also scored when they were allowed to show evidence that Jackson molested boys in the past, suggesting a pattern that led to this current accuser. Prosecutor Ronald Zonen showed the jurors pictures of three of those boys and compared them with a photo of the accuser in this case. The four all bore resemblances to each other, which may have connected the dots for the jurors in terms of a type of boy that Jackson may have preferred.

And don’t forget the Martin Bashir documentary. You might think with all of Jackson’s money, and all the innuendo and past history of surrounding himself with young boys, and the large settlements he had to pay out to two of them after they accused him of molesting them, that someone in his inner circle would have advised him against admitting on camera how much he enjoyed sleepovers with kids. Even the guy who carries Jackson’s parasol should have known that much.

Family of flim-flam artists?
But Jackson paid handsomely for an expert defense, and he got one. Thomas Mesereau didn’t seem to diffuse the impact of the final video the prosecution unveiled, but he tried during closing arguments by emphasizing that the accuser seemed to show no emotion during it and reminding jurors of his overall opinion of he and his family — that they’re flim-flam artists out to bilk Jackson out of his millions.

He did pound away at the fact that a witness testified the boy’s mother had once fabricated evidence to win a settlement from a department store, then committed welfare fraud on top of it by hiding the cash she received.
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« Reply #13 on: Jun 6th, 2005, 04:45am »

SANTA MARIA, California (CNN) -- Michael Jackson visited a hospital for about two hours Sunday afternoon for treatment of a recurring back problem and returned to his nearby Neverland Ranch, his spokeswoman said.

A Santa Barbara County jury is scheduled to resume deliberations Monday on Jackson's fate in his trial on child molestation charges.

Jackson spokeswoman Raymone Bain blamed the stress of the trial for the recurrence of his back problem.

"He's good. He's OK," she said. "He's under stress, and this is a difficult time."

Jackson has complained of back problems before, and it was the second time in four days he visited a hospital. (Full story)

On March 10, Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville threatened to revoke the singer's $3 million bail when Jackson showed up 90 minutes late for court after seeking treatment at a local hospital.

His back continued to bother him during the trial, and he used a cushion and took medication "off and on," Bain said.

She said his back bothered him throughout the past week, when jurors heard closing arguments and Melville's instructions.

The eight women and four men of the jury got the case Friday afternoon and deliberated about two hours before breaking for the weekend.

They will have to wade through 14 weeks of testimony by more than 130 witnesses to determine whether the pop star is a sexual predator of young boys or a victim of a con.

Jermaine Jackson said in an off-camera CNN interview over the weekend that his brother is "one thousand percent innocent."

Asked how his parents, Joseph and Katherine Jackson, have handled the courtroom drama, Jermaine said, "They are our rock."

Katherine Jackson attended every day of the trial, and all eight of Jackson's siblings showed the family flag at some point.

Jermaine Jackson was asked whether his brother would change his ways if he is found not guilty.

"He'll become a complete recluse if found not guilty. He won't be able to deal with anyone because he can't trust anyone," he said, referring to the fact that a number of former Jackson employees and confidants testified against him.

Tito Jackson, another of the pop star's siblings, disputed courtroom descriptions of Jackson's bedroom -- where the alleged molestation took place -- as an intimate setting.

"His room is a huge suite with an arcade," the brother said.

Jackson, accompanied by his parents and five of his siblings, exited the courthouse Friday under an umbrella held by a bodyguard to shield him from the sun. He will await the verdict at his Neverland Ranch, about an hour from Santa Maria.

Showing their support Friday were two of his sisters, Janet and Rebe, who had not been at the trial since testimony began February 28.

Another sister, LaToya, and brothers Jermaine and Randy were on hand, as were his parents.

A grand jury indicted Jackson in April last year on charges of child molestation and other crimes stemming from alleged incidents involving his accuser, then 13, and his family in February and March 2003.

Jackson pleaded not guilty to the charges and did not take the stand during the trial.

During closing arguments Friday, Jackson's lead defense attorney attacked the credibility of the teenage accuser and his family, saying their allegations against the pop star are "the biggest con of their careers."

Projecting transcript excerpts of their testimony onto a large screen, Thomas Mesereau Jr. pointed to "flip flops" in the accuser's various statements to show that "he's not truthful."

And he called the teen's mother "a complete liar and fabricator, a con artist," saying the family wanted to cash in on allegations with a civil suit, as they did four years ago with a lawsuit against J.C. Penney.

Prosecutor Ron Zonen, in his final rebuttal, said the consistency of the family's testimony was "remarkable," given they were on the stand for a collective 12 days.

He also lampooned the idea that the mother, who "frankly can't string two consecutive sentences together that make sense," would be able to mastermind "such a vast fraud." (Closing arguments)

The charges Jackson faces include: four counts of committing a lewd act on a child; one count of conspiracy to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion; one count of attempting to commit a lewd act on a child; and four counts of administering an intoxicating agent to assist in the commission of a felony.

Earlier this week, Melville decided to allow the jury to consider the lesser included charge of furnishing alcohol to a minor, a misdemeanor, on the final four charges.

Prosecutors allege that after a controversial documentary was broadcast, Jackson and five associates plotted to control and intimidate the accuser's family to get them to go along with damage-control efforts, including holding them against their will at Neverland.

Jackson's lawyers have tried to paint his accuser's family as grifters with a habit of wheedling money out of the rich and famous.

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« Reply #14 on: Jun 10th, 2005, 05:30am »


If Michael Jackson is found guilty of any one of the 10 counts against him he will almost certainly be locked up in one of California's most secure prisons.
Judge Rodney Melville has the discretion to remand him immediately into custody if he considers Jackson an increased danger to the community and a flight risk.

When the verdict is delivered he would likely be handcuffed in court and taken to Santa Barbara County Jail.

From there, convicts are generally taken to Wasco State Prison, where they are evaluated physically and mentally to determine their security risk and appropriate requirements.

They are stripped searched, photographed, have their hair cut and a DNA sample taken. Within 45 days they are transferred to a permanent facility. Corcoran State Prison, surrounded by sprawling farmland, is a special unit for high profile prisoners who are not on death row.

Kept in near solitary confinement

It is designed to protect famous convicts and houses the likes of mass murderers Charles Manson and Juan Corona. Senator Robert Kennedy's assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, was one of the first inmates but was transferred last year.

For celebrities, it is considered the safest place within the Californian prison system. A prisoner such as Jackson would be kept in near solitary confinement.

A Corrections Department spokeswoman, Terry Thornton, said the Protective Housing Unit (PHU) was designed for inmates whose notoriety would likely result in great bodily harm if placed in the general population.

"There is no alternative placement, which can ensure the inmate's safety and provide the degree of control required for the inmate," she said.

The PHU opened in 1992 and is currently home to 20 prisoners. The wing can house up to 47 inmates, most in single cells containing a concrete bed, metal sink, desk and toilet.

Required to wear blue

Prisoners are required to wear blue denim jeans, a blue shirt and brown boots. They are given white t-shirts, boxer shorts and a denim jacket.

They are entitled to shower once a day, have access to a law library, and are allowed visitors for four to six hours at weekends.

Exercise is permitted in the morning and afternoon. In the evenings, inmates are allowed to socialise together in the day room.

They play games, chat and watch television before being locked back in their cells at 8.45pm.

"Problems are rare in the PHU," said publicity officer Sabrina Johnson. "It is quiet and the daily regimes generally pass without incident."
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