Historical moment – Michael Jackson on trial

Posted by Madbot on May 26, 2005 in Human Observation, Madbot Madness |

Well, maybe not exactly historical but still big news.

Michael Jackson on trial

The guy has been booked for a few cases over child molesting in the past but all settled outside of court. This time, however, was more dramatic as he was arrested after getting off a plane from Vegas to LA and the prosecution was allowed by the court to bring up all the evidence from the past cases. The witnesses both sides called up are full of stars and VIPs.

The trial has been going on for quite a while now and today the defence rests. One of the last witness (or maybe the last) the defence called up is Chris Tucker, comedian and also the actor in Rush Hour 1 & 2 with Jacky.

Guilty or not we’ll never know.

From: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=578&e=7&u=/nm/20050525/ts_nm/crime_jackson_dc

Jackson defense rests, comic says mom ‘possessed’

1 hour, 55 minutes ago
SANTA MARIA, Calif. (Reuters) – Michael Jackson’s lawyers rested their defense on Wednesday after comedian Chris Tucker described the mother at the center of the child molestation case as “possessed” and said he warned the pop star about her months before sex abuse accusations surfaced.

“Your Honor, the defense rests,” lead Jackson attorney Tom Mesereau told the judge after calling 50 witnesses over 15 days intended to cast doubt on the motives and background of the young accuser and his family.

Jackson did not testify and despite a star-studded witness list that once included more than 300 people — including film legend Elizabeth Taylor and basketball star Kobe Bryant — the defense sharply curtailed its case over the past two weeks.

But in a surprise move at the end of Wednesday’s court session, Jackson’s lawyers told Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville that they may use their brief “surrebuttal” case to again cross-examine Jackson’s now-15-year-old accuser.

Defense lawyer Robert Sanger said they wanted the boy back if prosecutors were allowed to put on a videotape of his interview with police in which he outlined his accusations against the 46-year-old Jackson.

Prosecutors began a brief rebuttal case on Wednesday, which will be followed by an even shorter defense response. Closing arguments were expected to begin next week.

Tucker, who met Jackson’s accuser at a Los Angeles comedy club in 2000 and supported him through cancer treatments, told the jury that he wanted to help the sick boy but slowly came to suspect that the family was taking advantage of him and that the mother was unhinged.

‘LIKE SHE WAS POSSESSED’

He recalled the woman being “frantic” and sobbing after he offered the family a used truck, saying that with her reaction “I got real scared that I went in too deep.”

When prosecutor Tom Sneddon asked on cross-examination if Tucker meant that the mother was overwhelmed with gratitude, he shot back: “No. Like she was possessed. I know the difference.”

Tucker, who said he was a friend of Jackson’s, testified that he was also put off by the boy’s own wheedling, “cunning” ways, but was willing to overlook them because he had been so ill.

And the “Rush Hour” star contradicted prosecution assertions that Jackson summoned the family to Miami in February of 2003 for the broadcast of a damaging TV documentary about him, the start of a six-week period in which they claim to have been held captive by the pop icon and his associates.

Tucker said the boy called him, anxious to visit Jackson in Miami and elude reporters harassing them in Los Angeles.

Tucker told jurors he chartered a jet and flew the family to Florida. Once there, he said, he pulled Jackson aside to warn him that he no longer trusted the family.

“I told him to watch out for (the mother) because I felt suspicious about her,” he said. “I took him in the room and I was trying to talk to him. …I said, ‘Michael, something ain’t right.”‘

On cross-examination Sneddon tried to establish that Tucker’s friendship with Jackson may have tainted his testimony and suggested that the film star had refused to speak with police. Tucker insisted that he would have granted police an interview, but left the matter in his lawyers’ hands.

Jackson, who has pleaded innocent, is charged with molesting the boy, then 13, at his Neverland Valley Ranch in California in early 2003, plying the youth with alcohol in order to abuse him and conspiring to commit child abduction, extortion and false imprisonment.
He faces more than 20 years in prison if convicted.

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