Jury Selection Begins In Jackson Case

MICHAEL JACKSON faced prospective jurors this morning (31JAN05) in the first official day of his child-molestation trial.

Wearing white and shielded by an umbrella, the 46-year-old BAD singer waved to a large gathering of supporters as he walked into the courthouse in Santa Maria, California.

Superior Court judge RODNEY MELVILLE informed the prospective panellists they might have to serve for about six months, but that it was an important duty.

About 300 prospective jurors are to be screened for hardship today, and they'll also be expected to fill out questionnaires. Another 300 will be processed tomorrow (01FEB05), followed by 150 more on Wednesday (02FEB05). From that pool, the judge hopes to find 12 jurors and eight alternates, but the process could take a month or more.

Jackson is charged with molesting a teenage cancer patient and plying him with alcohol. Jackson vehemently denies the accusations.

31/01/2005 21:24


Tags: Michael Jackson - Rodney Melville


More Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury Duet To Appear On New Queen Album

Queen Forever, a new album being compiled by Queen’s guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, will feature a previously unreleased duet between frontman Freddie...

Michael Jackson's Legacy And Earning Potential Live On With New Video "A Place With No Name"

It’s about time for another round of Michael Jackson nostalgia, with A Place With No Name, the first single off his posthumous album, released yesterday....

Beyonce To Receive Vanguard Award At The VMAs. But Mostly, YES, She Will Perform!

Umm, Beyonce will be performing at the MTV Video Music Awards... is anyone really , surprised? Bey is everywhere these days. In the wake of...

Could Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch Fetch up To $85m?

We previously thought Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch would cost around $60m, but various reports are suggesting that the 1040-hectare (2,600-acre) estate could fetch anything up...


Michael Jackson's Neverland to be Sold: What Can You Buy For $60m?

What would you do if you won the lottery this weekend? Buy a yacht? A football club? Well, you could also buy Neverland. Michael Jackson’s...

Jackson Family To Star In New Reality Show - But Who Is Alejandra Jackson?

Members of Michael Jackson's extended family are set to star in a new reality series but most people have never heard of the focus of...

Michael Jackson - XSCAPE documentary 2.0 teaser Video

A new teaser has been released for the forthcoming documentary on Michael Jackson's posthumous album 'Xscape'.

Michael Jackson - Love Never Felt So Good (DM CLASSIC RADIO MIX) Audio Video

The DM Classic Radio Mix for Michael Jackson's posthumous hit single 'Love Never Felt So Good' has been released as an audio. The track featured...



Michael Jackson Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Michael Jackson

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All