Troubled singer Michael Jackson's lawyers have asked a Californian judge to throw out a grand jury indictment on child molestation charges.

The self-proclaimed 'King Of Pop' was indicted in a Santa Maria court in April (04) on ten charges, including child molestation, administering an intoxicating agent to a child and false imprisonment.

Jackson's attorney ROBERT SANGER filed a motion on Wednesday (07JUL04), claiming prosecutors bullied witnesses and "ran the proceedings as if they employed the grand jurors".

The motion said, "There is no case in the history of the state of California that has condoned anything like the abuse of power demonstrated in this grand jury proceeding."

Jackson's lawyers accuse the prosecutors who ran the secret grand jury hearings of "by innuendo and sarcasm, impugning Mr Jackson by ridiculing those allegedly associated with him and even those who sought to legally represent him."

One witness whose evidence was quoted at length was clearly identifiable as RUSSELL HALPERN, the lawyer who represented the father of Jackson's teenage accuser in a custody dispute with the boy's mother. The couple are now divorced.

Jackson has pleaded not guilty to all charges, following his arrest in November (03).

08/07/2004 14:02