Jackson's Potential Jurors Have Links To The Star

LATEST: Some potential jurors in MICHAEL JACKSON's child molestation trial have kids who have visited the THRILLER star's Neverland Ranch in California or have friends and family who know the singer.

The 242 people remaining in the jury pool have completed the seven-page questionnaires, which covered a range of issues including personal sex abuse experiences and racial bias, to ensure Jackson has a fair hearing.

But the forms have revealed that one in seven jurors have personal connections to Jackson, who faces 10 felony charges of child molestation, which include administering an intoxicating agent to a minor, child abduction and extortion.

A 47-year-old woman confessed in the questionnaire that one of her sons worked at the Neverland Ranch, while her 15-year-old son visited Jackson to "ride and hang out".

Another potential juror said her disabled daughter visited Neverland with her school, but that the superstar was "not present" at the time. Meanwhile, a 70-year-old wrote: "His uncle is a personal friend."

The trial has been delayed until 14 February (05) following the death of Jackson's lead defence lawyer THOMAS MESEREAU JR's sister.

10/02/2005 14:15

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