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Jury Reaches Verdict In Michael Jackson Case

Michael Jackson supporters and detractors clash outside the court where the jury is deliberating the Jackson case in Santa Maria, California June 10, 2005. Jurors in Michael Jackson's sex-abuse trial ended a shortened fifth day of deliberations without reaching a verdict on Thursday, hours after the pop star returned home from his latest trip to the hospital. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

The jury in the Michael Jackson trial has reached a verdict.

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) -- The jury in the Michael Jackson trial reached a verdict Monday in the child molestation and conspiracy case against the pop superstar.

Sheriff's deputies and court officials said the verdict was to be read after attorneys and Jackson reached the courthouse. The singer was told earlier that he would have about an hour to arrive from his Neverland ranch.

The jury, which listened to 14 weeks of testimony and arguments, deliberated over seven days before sending word of a verdict at about 12:30 p.m. PST.

That puts the announcement at about 1:30 p.m. PST.

Time to make your predictions.... My guess is that they find him guilty of the charge of providing alcohol to a minor, but that's it.

Update: The verdict is going to be read at 1:45 p.m. PST because Jackson (as he's done before in this case) is going to be late in arriving. They've got an ambulance standing by just in case...

Update 2: The the jury of 8 women and 4 men have reached verdicts on the 10 counts.

Count 1 (Conspiracy) - not guilty
Count 2 through 6 (Molestation) - not guilty [all counts],
Count 7-10 (Contributing to the delinquency of a minor alcohol) - not guilty [all counts]
Not guilty, all counts.

Update 3: Dan Abrams at MSNBC has a wrap-up.

Thanks to Rusty Shackleford, and others for the tips.


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Comments (52)

I have a weird feeling we a... (Below threshold)
Rusty:

I have a weird feeling we are going to see at least one guilty verdict on a felony molestation charge and the alcohol charges.

GUILTY: Of impersonating a... (Below threshold)

GUILTY: Of impersonating a human, performing inhuman acts on a child, and being dumber than his chimp (plus guilty of 5 of the other 9 counts). School across the street should get Neverland, bankers WILL get the music (Beatles, etc.), the public gets a new version of HBO's prison show OZ in a reality format starring...

I predict one count of cont... (Below threshold)

I predict one count of contributing to the deliquency of a minor and acquitted on all other charges.

I predict that cable news w... (Below threshold)
McÇain:

I predict that cable news will never stop talking about this case, ever, I mean ever, as long we all shall live.

McÇain's right.... (Below threshold)
Paul:

McÇain's right.

Tradesports.com is pretty f... (Below threshold)

Tradesports.com is pretty firm on the providing alcohol to a minor, but only 50-50 on the lewd conduct charges.

I predict high drama: moon... (Below threshold)
Webster:

I predict high drama: moonwalk if innocent, the vapors if guilty

Michael converts to sciento... (Below threshold)
mesablue:

Michael converts to scientology and the aliens rescue him as the verdict is read .... Michael's dream as the caravan nears the courthouse.

Or, he's going down on at least the alcohol charges and one of the molestation conspiracy charges and gets to make a few new 'special' friends who make their own Jesus juice out of coffee grounds and bannana peels.

Here's my prediction just m... (Below threshold)

Here's my prediction just minutes ahead of the verdict being announced: The jury can only acquit this man if they honestly and sincerely still believe in Santa Claus.

The jury can only acquit... (Below threshold)

The jury can only acquit this man if they honestly and sincerely still believe in Santa Claus.

This is an LA jury. Remember OJ?

Ho Ho Ho... (Below threshold)
King Air:

Ho Ho Ho

BS on the verdict... (Below threshold)
zach:

BS on the verdict

Somehow I am not surprised.... (Below threshold)

Somehow I am not surprised.

HE IS FREE. You far-right n... (Below threshold)
LV:

HE IS FREE. You far-right nazis failed again to frame a person of color. Michael Jackson is everything we progressives stand for. This is a great day for liberals and (real) democracy!!!! It's a bad day for Bushco and fascism!!!

www.liberalavenger.com

It's a bad day for Bushco fascism! (boo hoo)

you really are a wack job</... (Below threshold)

you really are a wack job

amusing, but a wack job

Jackson will soon embark on... (Below threshold)
arb:

Jackson will soon embark on a nationwide tour of childrens' bedrooms, in order to find "the real pedophile."

Wow! I really didn't follow... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Wow! I really didn't follow this too closely but I felt that the law nailed lesser folks for child molestation with less evidence than this. But I guess one had to hear the testimony directly. It will be interesting to hear how the jurors rationalized their verdicts.

Wow! I really didn't follow... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Wow! I really didn't follow this too closely but I felt I followed closely enough to figure he would be convicted of at least some of the charges. It seems that the law has nailed lesser folks for child molestation with less convincing testimony from the victim than this. But I guess one had to hear the testimony directly. It will be interesting to hear how the jurors rationalized their verdicts.

un-freakin-believable.... (Below threshold)
kyer:

un-freakin-believable.

but this will at least help with the shock:

http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2672935

un-freakin-believable.... (Below threshold)
kyer:

un-freakin-believable.

But at least this will help deal with the shock:

http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2672935

Pedophile freaks and their ... (Below threshold)
mesablue:

Pedophile freaks and their fans everywhere celebrate.

Disgusting.

Low Voltage,This is ... (Below threshold)
McCain:

Low Voltage,
This is indeed a triumph for the little guy billionaire over the oppressive iron fist of a low-paid county government worker. The Man got his comeuppance, eh?

Arb: I'd be cracking up if ... (Below threshold)

Arb: I'd be cracking up if it weren't so scary.

Gag.

I guess Michael Jackson... ... (Below threshold)

I guess Michael Jackson... Beat It.

I can't believe nobody else has posted that!

I always said that Micheal ... (Below threshold)
Joe L::

I always said that Micheal was no more guilty that O.J. or Robert Blake.

Clancy, SoCal jurors have r... (Below threshold)

Clancy, SoCal jurors have repeatedly shown that they have never grown up. Their sympathy for a guy who literally lives in Neverland is no surprise.

Coming from a non-MJ fan, I... (Below threshold)

Coming from a non-MJ fan, I don't think he molested any kid.

I am just wondering if he w... (Below threshold)
Zsa Zsa:

I am just wondering if he will continue having pajama parties with children?... What parent in there right mind would let their child spend the night with a 40 something year old man? Hmmm...

Note to self -- move from F... (Below threshold)
future pedophile:

Note to self -- move from Florida to California asap.

If Jackson has any sense, a... (Below threshold)
John S.:

If Jackson has any sense, and he has repeatedly proven he does not, he should get the hell out of the country and go someplace where sleeping with boys is repespected -- like France. If he stays here, DA Thomas Sneddon will continue his $100 million life long vendetta against Jackson. I think Snaddon should retire -- or be fired.

But Drudge told us the pros... (Below threshold)
mantis:

But Drudge told us the prosecution was happy at dinner last week. How could this be?

This just in....Celine in t... (Below threshold)

This just in....Celine in tribute to Wacko Jacko - this will give you nightmares -

http://torrez.org/media/movies/bad.mov

Mantis, considering the DA'... (Below threshold)
McCain:

Mantis, considering the DA's silhouette, I would guess he is happy at every dinner.

In a parallel universe...(o... (Below threshold)

In a parallel universe...(one with sanity)....

SANTA MARIA, California (www.independentsources.com) — A jury of eight women and four men returned a verdict of guilty on all counts against former pop star Michael Jackson

A loud gasp was heard across the packed courtroom followed by members of the press corp scrambling to get outside to phone the news of the guilty verdict. Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville twice threatened to clear the courtroom before allowing the jury’s foreman to read the verdicts.

Jackson, 46, was found guilty of all counts against him: 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. The charges stemmed from incidents involving his then 13-year-old accuser in February and March 2003.

Sentencing was scheduled for August 15th where it is likely he will receive a jail term of five or more years.

Last week Judge 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.This had lead some observers to believe that Jackson might be found guilty on those charges but escape the more serious molestation felonies.

Jackson’s spokeswoman Raymone K. Bain, who just Friday was denying that she had been terminated by Jackson, read a prepared statement from Jackson thanking is lawyers, family and fans and once again proclaiming his innocence. His attorneys left the courtroom without releasing a statement or making any comments but it is widely believed they will file an immediate appeal.

The scene outside the courtroom following the verdicts could only be described as mayhem. Over 40 Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies had trouble keeping the Jackson fans from attacking the press, particularly Court TV anchor Diane Dimond who fans believe has been responsible for generating anti-Jackson sentiment. Even as Dimond was escorted out of the melee by the sheriffs, a throng of chanting, sign-waving fans chanting pro-Jackson slogans chased after her.

According to legal experts the guilty verdict showed that the prosecution was able to get the jury to look beyond questions about the motives of the teen’s mother and particularly the claim that Jackson was a victim of a shakedown. Instead, the jury focused on the statements of the accuser.

According to experts, the videotaped police interview conducted with Jackson’s accuser in July 2003 was the key piece of evidence in securing the guilty verdict. In it the victim said he was masturbated by Jackson, who allegedly told him the act was natural. “There was no way this jury was going to acquit Jackson after seeing that. It was truly damning” said one legal observer.

In an interview immediately following the verdict, a triumphant Ron Zonen, prosecutor of the case, said the consistency of the family’s testimony during their 12 days on the stand was the key to his victory.

Zonen promised to ask the judge for maximum prison time when the sentencing arguments are heard.

Some of you may take this c... (Below threshold)

Some of you may take this comment the wrong way, but just have an open mind.

First im gonna quote on this comment

Here's my prediction just minutes ahead of the verdict being announced: The jury can only acquit this man if they honestly and sincerely still believe in Santa Claus.

Posted by: McGehee at June 13, 2005 04:48 PM


What eveidence has been given to the jury besides the fact that the boy was at Michael Jackson's house?? none, no physical evidence, nothing. Just the boy's word, along with the parents.

I have plenty reason to believe this family was in it for the money. The way they present themselves follows that. I would like to point out in To Kill A Mockingbird, how the girl and dad charging the black man acted. It made their story very doubted. The black man was charged, only because times were racist during that story. That was thw whole point. Anyways, back to the way the boy's family presented themselves in court. In it for the money, yes. READ THIS KEY POINT: I don't know if any of you know this, but a little bit ago the mother of one of the boys actually SUED a store because she TRIPPED or something when she was walking in or out. And tell me she's not in it for th money.

Yes, Karine. The MSM, and ... (Below threshold)
BR:

Yes, Karine. The MSM, and this time Fox included, fooled the public again, just like they did on OJ - spinning false stories and opinion to incite the public. Only those who were actually sitting in the courtroom every day of the trial would have heard the facts.

As I said in the first thread on MJ here at wizbang: Innocent until proven guilty. I am relieved to see there is still justice.

While gold has now broken o... (Below threshold)
BR:

While gold has now broken out into its Phase 2 bull where it no longer acts as a mirror image of the dollar, where it rises even if the dollar rises, where gold has just hit an all-time high in Euros, foreshadowing a worldwide collapse of confidence in fiat money and thus hyperinflation... the media feeds the world bread and circuses.

Gee, I guess it's safe to s... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

Gee, I guess it's safe to send my sons down to Neverland for a vacation now. [/heavy sarcasm]

Tomorrow's New York Daily N... (Below threshold)

Tomorrow's New York Daily News Headline:

Jacko Off

I'm in my 40s. If I were sl... (Below threshold)

I'm in my 40s. If I were sleeping with children and tried to claim it was all innocent, I'd be in prison.

That's the rub, McGehee. (o... (Below threshold)

That's the rub, McGehee. (oops, bad choice of words)

Jackson admits to sleeping with little boys. He's found not guilty of molestation. That seems to send a message that what he's admitted to doing is perfectly ok.

If I were to admit on videotape to sharing my bed with a 12 or 13 year old girl, speaking of how loving and beautiful the act was, how many juries would buy that we just "cuddled"?

icrue:Thank you. F... (Below threshold)
fatman:

icrue:

Thank you. From the bottom of my heart.

/sarcasm off

I undertand the not guilty ... (Below threshold)
bullwinkle:

I undertand the not guilty verdict. I remember thing how the prosecution's case and any of Michael Moore's movies were similar, barely entertaining and instantly proven to be pure bullshit 99% of the time. I remember very little of the testimony wasn't torn to pieces on cross examination and how obvious it was that the accuser's family was in it for the money, once again, very similar to a Michael Moore movie. I don't doubt that Jackson is a child molester, but it would be much easier to get a convition with believable witnesses and a little less trashy grade of victim. If there is a guilty party in all this it's the accuser's mother, what kind of parent would allow her child to be in such a situation with someone so strongly suspected of being Chester the Molester's biggest fan in the first place?

I too think that Michael Mo... (Below threshold)
mantis:

I too think that Michael Moore is responsible.

Instead of France I think M... (Below threshold)
Mike:

Instead of France I think Michael Jackson should move to Saudi Arabia with his brother and convert to Islam. They don't seem to have a problem with grown men and little boys. Better yet, maybe he could run a madrassa. All those little heads bobbing up and down should make him feel right at home.

Okay, go ahead - give me hell for being critical of the peaceful religion of Islam.

Instead of France or Saudi ... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Instead of France or Saudi Arabia, I think Jackson should buy an island a la Dr. Moreau, and create genetically altered clones of young boys who are mute and have that long-term memory condition from Memento

Figures that they couldn't ... (Below threshold)
Wendigo:

Figures that they couldn't get Chandler to testify.

Those million dollar settlements seem to do a number on strong evidence of guilt.

Instead of France I think M... (Below threshold)
Karine:

Instead of France I think Michael Jackson should move to Saudi Arabia with his brother and convert to Islam. They don't seem to have a problem with grown men and little boys. Better yet, maybe he could run a madrassa. All those little heads bobbing up and down should make him feel right at home.

Okay, go ahead - give me hell for being critical of the peaceful religion of Islam.

Posted by: Mike at June 14, 2005 08:37 AM

fyi- Michael Jackson was proven NOT guilty

Michael Jackson is one of t... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Michael Jackson is one of the greatest entertainers of our times. His fans would say THE greatest.

He lives in a whirl of excitement and money. But two or so days ago, his whole life hung on the verdict of a jury. He had behaved with the most incredible stupidity. Anyone else who had acted as he did with children would of been vilified and, it must be said, probably convicted of some offence. Yet today Michael Jackson is free to continue his life. Not as before, for nothing can be the same for him again.

But at least he is not beginning 20 years in jail. Which is what he would be doing if the jury had found him guilty of child abuse.

I would say the jury had reached their verdict for two reasons. They did not believe those who accused him, whose stories changed and who had much to gain from a guilty decision. And they will have accepted that Michael Jackson is a tortured genius, deprived of his own childhood, who is able to have a unique relationship with young people.

He has been through a terrible ordeal, though many will say he has only himself to blame. But now Michael Jackson can begin to pick up the pieces of his remarkable and shattered life.

Instead of France I think M... (Below threshold)
Mike:

Instead of France I think Michael Jackson should move to Saudi Arabia with his brother and convert to Islam. They don't seem to have a problem with grown men and little boys. Better yet, maybe he could run a madrassa. All those little heads bobbing up and down should make him feel right at home.

Okay, go ahead - give me hell for being critical of the peaceful religion of Islam.

Posted by: Mike at June 14, 2005 08:37 AM


fyi- Michael Jackson was proven NOT guilty
Posted by: Karine at June 14, 2005 08:05 PM


Karine - no kidding, so was OJ, but in both cases I think that the phrase "found not guilty" would be more accurate than "proven not guilty". Anyway, I never said he was guilty in this case. IMO this was a shakedown by the mother of that kid from the beginning so the verdict of this particular trial does not bother me. However - I also think that Michael Jackson has some problems concerning young boys and that does not go over too well in this country. Guilty or not in this instance maybe he would be better off somewhere more tolerant of this particular perversion.

I still think he's guilty a... (Below threshold)
Lili:

I still think he's guilty as sin, regardless of what those 12 idiots have to say. I think MJ is way smarter than the childlike naive waif image he tries to put across. He is obviously smart enough to target victims who are in precarious financial situations and have little or no credibility to begin with, so that he has already destroyed any remaining bit of credibility they may have had (by paying their bills, getting them used to the high life, then taking it away) by the time things get legal. Then there's the retarded starstruck American populace that can't stand the thought of their saintly celebrities doing time with the dirty common people. I was not overly surprised, as I thought some of the other charges were a bit of a stretch, but I thought for sure even Californians knew a child molesting perv when they saw one. Wonder how many of the jurors let their kids go to the celebratory pajama party at Neverland?

man i love michael jackson ... (Below threshold)
danni:

man i love michael jackson so much! i dont beleive he would touch a kid in the wrong sort of way just because he gets along with children doesnt mean hes a molestera all the old men that are accusing him probably should be learning off him to spend more time with their children! because thata all he is doin!!! oh and i have a question if anyone know the real i mean REAL reason why michael jackson have plastic surgery can they email me!!!thank you so much!
~love danni!~ [email protected]




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