Michael Jackson has been found not-guilty of all 10 charges brought against him. I persoanlly am Happy with the result despite the fact many arent.
Michael Jackson has been found not-guilty of all 10 charges brought against him. I persoanlly am Happy with the result despite the fact many arent.
mm ok, good for Jackson but i think there is something wrong in this singer... Completly not-guilty? mmm... i don't think. But it's just my opinion.
Jackson found not guilty on all counts
Jun. 13, 2005 03:55 PM
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A jury acquitted Michael Jackson on Monday of molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor at his Neverland ranch - exonerating the pop star who insisted he was the victim of mother-and-son con artists and a prosecutor with a vendetta.
Jurors also acquitted Jackson of getting the boy drunk and of conspiring to imprison his accuser and the boy's family at the storybook estate - a total legal victory but one that may do little to improve his bizarre image. Jackson had faced nearly 20 years in prison.
The courtroom was deathly still as the verdicts were read. Jackson, as motionless as he had been throughout the trial, dabbed at his eyes with a tissue. One of his lawyers burst into tears as the first verdicts were announced, and Jackson later stood and was embraced by his chief lawyer, Thomas Mesereau Jr. Some of the women in the jury also wept and passed around a box of tissues.
As he left court, Jackson, looking drawn, held his hand to his heart and blew kisses to the screaming crowd. He was escorted by his aides into a black SUV, and made no immediate public statement. Jackson later arrived at Neverland, where applauding fans ran after his caravan as it disappeared behind the bunting-decorated gates.
"I would never have married a pedophile. And the system works," Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe said in a statement given to "Entertainment Tonight."
Screams of joy rang out among a throng of fans outside the courthouse. Fans jumped up and down, hugged each other and threw confetti in celebration of the news. A woman in the crowed released one white dove as each acquittal was announced.
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom Sneddon sat with his head in his hands.
"Obviously, we're disappointed in the verdict ... but we believe in the system of justice," Sneddon told reporters. He said he had not yet spoken to the accuser's family about the outcome.
Jurors later held a news conference in which they described how they reached their decision. "I can't really point to one specific item right now. There was tons of evidence to consider, and to pick one item out would be really difficult. I would just say we considered all of the evidence," juror No. 1 said. Jurors were not identified by name.
The verdict - reached after about 30 hours of deliberations over seven days - ended a star-studded, four-month trial that offered a global audience a lurid look into the weird world of Michael Jackson and presented jurors with vastly different portraits of him: a creepy pervert who preyed on little boys, or the victim of a frame-up by mother-and-son shakedown artists.
During the trial, defense lawyers described Jackson as a humanitarian who wanted to protect kids and give them the life he never had while growing up as a child star. The boy had asked to meet the star when he thought he was dying of cancer.
The defense said the family exploited the boy's illness to shake down celebrities, then concocted the charges after realizing Jackson was cutting them off from a jet-set lifestyle that included limo rides and stays at luxurious resorts.
Prosecutors who had been pursuing Jackson for years branded him a deviant who used his playland as the ultimate pervert's lair, plying boys with booze and porn before molesting them.
The acquittals marked a stinging defeat for Sneddon, who displayed open hostility for Jackson and eagerly tried him - an opportunity denied him in 1993 when the star settled another threatened molestation case with a boy for $15 million to $20 million. Later, Jackson derided Sneddon in song as "a cold man."
Jackson was cleared of 10 charges in all, including four counts that he molested the boy in early 2003. Jackson also was charged with providing the boy with wine - "Jesus juice," the pop star called it - and conspiring with members of his inner circle to hold the accuser and his family captive to get them to rebut a damaging documentary.
In the "Living with Michael Jackson" documentary made by a British journalist, Jackson held hands with the boy and acknowledged sharing his bed with children, a practice he described as sweet and not at all sexual.
Jackson agreed to take part in the documentary because he hoped it would help his image after years of eccentric behavior that included transforming his face through plastic surgery.
But the airing of the program in February 2003 triggered intense media scrutiny of Jackson's relationship with the boy, as well as calls for investigations. Authorities interviewed the boy and Jackson was charged before year's end. At the trial, prosecutors would allege that Jackson molested the boy in the weeks after the family helped Jackson record a rebuttal video.
The boy, now 15, testified that Jackson twice masturbated him while they were under the covers in the singer's bedroom. The boy's brother testified he twice witnessed Jackson fondle the boy as he slept.
Prosecutors hauled out bag after bag of adult magazines found in Jackson's home and projected explicit images onto a large screen, saying Jackson showed boys the material to arouse them. Prosecution witnesses described other bizarre behavior by Jackson: They said he licked his accuser's head, simulated a sex act with a mannequin, kept dolls in bondage outfits on his desk.
Prosecutors said kids were allowed the run of Neverland - a fantasy land of amusement park rides, golf carts and exotic animals about 110 miles northwest of Los Angeles - before being molested in Jackson's bedroom.
"They rode rides, went to the zoo, ate whatever they wanted - candy, ice cream, soda pop," prosecutor Ron Zonen said in closing arguments. "And at night they entered into the world of the forbidden."
Under an unusual California law, prosecutors were allowed to introduce evidence of other instances of molestation on Jackson's part that never resulted in any charges, to prove that the alleged crimes were part of a pattern of behavior.
A parade of servants and other Neverland staff members described seeing Jackson grope or otherwise molest boys, with a one-time security guard saying he saw the singer shower with and perform oral sex on a boy who later received a settlement with Jackson. The defense systematically portrayed the household help as disgruntled employees who were angry about being fired and peddled gossip about the pop star to the supermarket tabloids.
The defense also relentlessly attacked the credibility of the accuser and his family, namely by focusing on a $152,000 settlement they received from J.C. Penney after the mother accused store security guards of roughing up the family and groping her.
Jackson's lawyers said it was a trumped-up lawsuit and suggested that the woman's injuries were actually caused by her abusive then-husband. The defense also portrayed the mother as a welfare cheat for obtaining benefits after winning the settlement.
Witnesses for the defense testified that during the weeks the boy and his family were supposedly being held against their will by Jackson's associates, they were taken on shopping sprees, the mother went to a spa for a body wax, and the children had an orthodontist appointment - all paid for by Jackson.
In his closing argument, Mesereau called the family a pack of scam artists trying to pull off the "the biggest con of their careers."
Jackson never took the stand, but spoke on several videos played in court.
The case unfolded at times like a circus. After his arraignment, Jackson jumped atop an SUV and danced for cheering fans. He failed to show up for court one morning and was nearly jailed before he shuffled in wearing pajama bottoms, suffering from what aides said was a back injury. Often, he came to court in dark jackets and a rainbow of vests and matching arm bands.
The jury got a look at the strange world of Michael Jackson when the documentary was played in court. Jackson said he would often hug or play with his chimp Bubbles to relax after a hard day's work. He also said he once considered having a celebrity animal party for Bubbles.
Several celebrities testified for Jackson, including Macaulay Culkin and comedians Jay Leno and Chris Tucker. Tucker said he felt used by the family and warned Jackson to beware. Culkin said he slept in Jackson's bed as a child but nothing improper ever happened, contradicting testmony that Jackson put his hands up the "Home Alone" actor's shorts.
In jumbled and tearful testimony, the accuser's mother claimed that Jackson's associates held her against her will, warning her that killers were after the family and that they might somehow disappear from Neverland in a hot-air balloon.
"Please don't judge me!" the mother implored jurors, holding out her arms. "He's wrong!" she said, pointing at Mesereau, an aggressive defense attorney with a mane of pure white hair and the build of a prize fighter.
The trial seemed to wear Jackson down. He lost weight, and the artist known for his electric, moonwalking performances was rendered motionless, seemingly frozen in his courtroom chair as his private world became utterly public.
Prosecutors portrayed Jackson as being in dire financial straits because of heavy spending. Jackson's "Thriller" album from 1982 is one of the best-selling albums of all time, but his dominance of pop music eroded around the time molestation allegations began to arise in the 1990s.
Although Jackson did not take the stand, the defense used a powerful tape of him shot by his own video cameraman. The jury saw nearly three hours of introspection during which the star talked about his troubled childhood.
"I haven't been betrayed or deceived by children," he said. "Adults have let me down."
gah no liver give us a link. if we want to read it we will click it. dont force it on us..
I think he is guilty personally but I have no proof and I dont think anyone has enough proof
and this radio station was copyin the jury and when they got done with count 10 they were like
"We Find Michael Jackson guilty of Count 11... Freaking Everyooone out"
Im glad he was found innocent cuz he is a great singer and hopefully will continue on with his sucessful career and release more good songs for the public to hear.
I believe he was guilty but then again i could careless about him.But it is quite weird that people in LA seem not to convict people that everyone thinks is guilty.
lol, his singing ability got nothing to do with this. so what if he's a great singer? i believe his singing career would never rise again. his "thing" ain't what the people are looking for these days. obviously music has evolved and more people (right now) rather go for modern songs rather than his songs... it's outdated compared to what's in today.
Yeah! I agree with you gurl!.. no futher comments...
I'm glad Mike was found not guilty and all but he brought all of this on himself. I know he loves kids and there's nothing wrong with that, but he really needs to leave them alone. Even if they are sick, he needs to leave them alone cause something like this could happen again. As long as he does what he does, there's a risk that it could happen. The only kids he needs in his house are his.
It's highly probable that it is conspired on him by con artists. And thus he can't be, in all fairness, be charged "guilty" for any count.
i rekon he was always guilty cause if you read all the papers about previous cases where other pople have tryed the same thing againt Jacko soemtimes its cheaper to offer to pay them so much instead of tkaing them to court the arvizo's in my eyes are money grabbing theives all they are interested is the money not who's lives the ruin
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His careers practically in damage control now. His reputations been shattered and he's severely in debt. What I don't think Michael should of done is describe him being found not guilty to the release of Nelson Mandella. Plus, I think he's guilty anyway but it's probably the media influencing me.
I think he is guilty, not of all the charges, but I think at least 1.
cmon?!!! not guilty???? they found him not guilty just because he is white !!!
he IS guilty of most of charges, and people trying to get money from him are as guilty as he is.
First off....to even hint that it is okay to do what he was accused of to little children and get away with it because of his great singing and song writing ability is just wrong!
I know I don't know all the facts about the case but you can never REALLY know if he got off because of his stature and what his millions of fans think (without knowing the whole truth mind you). Or whether the actual evidence proved otherwise.
Personally....for him to get away ENTIRELY is extremely fishy. I mean....not even indecent behaviour or something.....ANYthing!?!
Just goes to show what money, power and being EXTREMELY famous can do for you....[/quote]
From his first appearence on this trial he showed the world he was a celebrity and he was better than them. And so even on a subliminal level the jurors got the message Next time you gotta go to court go in your pajamas and come late and see what happens to you.
Yes, I understand that he was let scot-free but something isn't just fine with Michael Jackson. I know there will be people who will say, "If the court has freed him from all charges what are you talking about?"
But the fact is that its hard to proof, "trying to seduce, seducing, exploiting" when the victims are minors. This kind of allegations are hard to proof in court but easy to suspect in ones heart. So, I think MJ will live forever with this reputation. Bad guy!
for those who think he is inoscent if u had kids would u let your kids sleep with him? i would die before i did
I agree with someone here on this thread that for MJ to get away with all counts is quite bizarre. I mean there are 10 counts and he is innocent to every of them??? I have a feeling that something like this would happen again in the future. I agree that his singing career will is done. He will never make a comeback. He has too many bad reputations. And to be honest, I listen to one or two of his songs and I didn't like them at all.
Something have actually infinitude meaning.attorney often use it to advocacy in usa. it's funny.
I think he wasn't guilty, the boy's mother only wanted his money.
Serious guilty, read this:
i think he's guilty....and the courts just let him off coz he's famous...and his music is no excuse for what he did to those boys....and moreover, his music sucks too. yeah, he's called "the king of pop", but pop has few takers these days, don't ya think?
I think he was and is guilty...and I would make sure my children came no where near him...