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The Trial of Michael Jackson

Background and Latest Developments


Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

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Pop singer Michael Jackson, 46, faces charges of conspiracy to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion, three counts of committing lewd acts upon a child, attempted lewd acts upon a child, and four counts of administering intoxicating agents to assist in the commission of a felony.

Jackson entered a plea of not guilty to the ten felony counts on April 30, 2004 at Santa Maria, California courthouse. See also: Michael Jackson - The King of Pop or Wacko Jacko?.

Latest Developments

Michael Jackson Not Guilty on All Charges
June 13, 2005
Michael Jackson was found not guilty of all charges today by a jury in San Maria, California. The jury deliberated almost 33 hours from Friday, June 3 until shortly after noon June 13.

Previous Developments

Jackson Jury Deliberates
June 3, 2005
The jury in the Michael Jackson trial began deliberations Friday afternoonn after closing arguments were concluded by the defense and the prosecution.

Michael Jackson Taken to Hospital
June 3, 2005
Michael Jackson was briefly hospitalized after hearing attorneys at his child molestation trial begin their closing arguments to the jury.

Michael Jackson Trial Testimony Ends
May 27, 2005
The child molestation trial of Michael Jackson ended suddenly today when, after the jury watched the "riveting" 68-minute videotape of the intitial police interview with the teenage accuser in the case, the state rested. Remarkably, the defense also rested.

Jackson Jury to Hear Police Interview of Accuser
May 26, 2005
Judge Rodney Melville ruled that prosecutors can show the jury a 2003 videotape of his teenage accuser's original police interview, but also ruled that the jury will not be allowed to see photographs of Jackson's genitalia.

The Defense Rests
May 26, 2005
Now that the show is over, the prosecution is presenting its rebuttal case to bring the jury's focus back to the facts in evidence.

Leno Jokes, Jackson Chokes
May 25, 2005
The defense will rest its case in the Michael Jackson child molestation case today, but the pop singer will not take the stand in his own defense as his attorney hinted in his opening statement.

Witness: Jackson Employees Feared for Safety
May 16, 2005
Michael Jackson's defense team put on a series of witnesses to undermind the testimony of prosecution witnesses, but one of the witnesses backfired on the defense.

Macaulay Culkin: Charges 'Absolutely Ridiculous'
May 11, 2005
Actor Macaulay Culkin of "Home Alone" fame became the latest in a string of defense witnesses to testify that they never saw the singer act inappropriately with young boys. Culkin denied ever being molested by Jackson.

Prosecutors Rest Case Against Michael Jackson
May 4, 2005
After two months, 85 witnesses and 500 pieces of evidence, the prosecution rested its case against Michael Jackson with a final witness who was supposed to bolster its conspiracy case on the charge of false imprisonment.

Jackson Prosecutors Beef Up Conspiracy Case
May 2, 2005
The prosecution put on several witnesses to document a pattern of dozens of frantic telephone calls surrounding the time of the documentary that touched off the investigation into Jackson's relationship with young boys.

Jackson's Ex-Wife to Testify
April 24, 2005
The prosecution plans to end it's case with a bombshell witness -- Debbie Rowe, Jackson's second wife and the mother of his two oldest children.

Prosecution Fights Back in Jackson Trial
April 18, 2005
Prosecutors fought back against the defense attack on the mother of the singer's accuser by showing the jury photographs of the woman with bruises from an incident the defense claimed was a scheme to get money.

Moms Testify at Jackson Trial
April 13, 2005
After a series of witnesses testified to seeing various inappropriate behavior by Michael Jackson with young boys, the prosecution shifted it's case to the false imprisonment charges against the singer.

Jackson Had Oral Sex With 10-Year-Old, Guard Says
April 7, 2005
A former security guard testified that he watched Michael Jackson perform oral sex on the 10-year-old boy who later collected a reported $23 million settlement in 1993.

Tickle Me, Jacko
April 5, 2005
A 24-year-old married salesman, probation service mentor and youth pastor told the jury that Jackson molested him when he was 7 to ten years old while playing "tickle games."

Jackson Trial to Heat Up This Week
Apr. 4, 2005
The trial of Michael Jackson should heat up this week as the jury begins to hear testimony from a series of witnesses who will testify about previous inappropriate behavior by the pop singer.

Judge Allows Evidence of 'Prior Bad Acts'
March 28, 2005
In a stunning blow to the defense, Judge Rodney Melville ruled that evidence of Michael Jackson's "prior bad acts" will be allowed in his child molestation trial, opening up the possibility that details of incidents he paid millions to hush up will now will become public.

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