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.

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Thanks to Rusty Shackleford, and others for the tips.

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