Troubled singer Michael Jackson's father has hired another lawyer to
represent "family interests" in the THRILLER star's child abuse trial.
Joe Jackson has asked American TV legal analyst DEBRA OPRI - who has also
represented singer JAMES BROWN - to help out his 45-year-old son's defence
Opri says, "I am a person who believes in justice and I believe Michael
Jackson is innocent. I don't believe that he has the capacity to formulate a
"Joseph Jackson loves his son and wants to be kept updated on
Although Michael has pleaded not guilty to 10 child molestation charges,
including a charge of conspiracy to abduct a child, he is hoping to reduce his
$3 million (GBP1.7 million) bail payment.
But the plea is being opposed by prosecutors, who fear he may be planning
to flee the country.
The motion is to be argued at a hearing on Friday (28MAY04).