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Jackson To Get His Belongings Back

MICHAEL JACKSON's trial judge has ordered the prosecution team to return all the singer's seized belongings, following his acquittal on child molestation charges last month (JUN05). Hundreds of items including computers, books and adult...

Jackson Jurors Were Briefly Deadlocked Over Alcohol Charge

The release of six notes from jurors in MICHAEL JACKSON's child molestation case shows the members hit a brief deadlock over finding him guilty of furnishing alcohol to a minor. The jury foreman made...

Jackson Family To Get Items Back

MICHAEL JACKSON's relatives are celebrating after learning a collection of personal items at the centre of a lawsuit will be returned to them. Santa Maria, California, Superior Court Judge RODNEY MELVILLE, who presided over...

Judge In Jackson Case To Unseal Documents

The judge in MICHAEL JACKSON's child molestation case has announced plans to release the documents he ordered sealed when proceedings began. On Monday (13JUN05), the THRILLER singer, 46, won complete acquittal on a 10-count...

Jackson Jurors Offered Lucrative Book Deals

The jurors in the MICHAEL JACKSON child molestation trial are being offered lucrative book deals worth more than $1 million (550,000) to produce the first exclusive inside story of the high-profile court case....

Jackson Rushed To Hospital After Collapse

MICHAEL JACKSON was rushed to hospital yesterday (02JUN05) after collapsing in court during the final stages of his trial. The 46-year-old superstar suddenly fell to the ground when Deputy District Attorney RON ZONEN launched...

Geragos Ordered To Court In Jackson Trial

MICHAEL JACKSON's former lawyer MARK GERAGOS has been ordered to testify in his ex-client's ongoing child molestation case - or risk arrest. Geragos, who was fired by the pop superstar last year (04), angered...

Jackson's Lawyers Seek To Have Charges Dismissed

MICHAEL JACKSON's attorneys have requested the star be acquitted of molestation and conspiracy charges, insisting the prosecution's witnesses had demonstrated "a tendency to self-destruct" on the stand. Judge RODNEY MELVILLE heard arguments on the...

Rowe Can Give 'Limited' Testimony

LATEST: Judge RODNEY MELVILLE has ruled MICHAEL JACKSON's ex-wife DEBBIE ROWE can testify against him in court. Prosecutors are hoping to use Rowe as a key witness to help them in their bid to...

Jackson Loses Fourth Lawyer

MICHAEL JACKSON's lawyer BRIAN OXMAN has become the fourth attorney to retire from the child molestation trial, since the singer was charged in 2003. The THRILLER star's lawyers have told judge RODNEY MELVILLE that...

Jackson Prosecution Expected To End This Week

Prosecutors in MICHAEL JACKSON's child molestation trial are hoping to close their case by the end of this week (ends29APR05) because they are running out of witnesses. Judge RODNEY MELVILLE recently barred the prosecution...

Domestic Violence Expert Barred From Jackson Trial

A domestic abuse expert has been barred from testifying in MICHAEL JACKSON's trial, squashing the prosecution's hopes the testimony would explain much of the accuser's mother's bizarre behaviour. Judge RODNEY MELVILLE, who blocked the...

Judge Orders Calm In Jackson Trial Face-off

The mother of MICHAEL JACKSON's teenage accuser clashed with defence lawyer THOMAS MESEREAU in the singer's child molestation trial on Friday (15APR05) - when he told her she was lying about the alleged abuse....

Mother Of Jackson Accuser Takes Stand

The mother of MICHAEL JACKSON's teen accuser GAVIN ARVIZO took the witness stand this morning (13APR05), following doubts on whether she would testify at all. The judge in the case ruled, over defence objections,...

Brando Granted Jackson Island Sanctuary

Late film legend MARLON BRANDO offered troubled singer MICHAEL JACKSON sanctuary on his Pacific Island before his death last year (JUL04). American newspaper NEW YORK DAILY NEWS has obtained a notarised deed, dated 5...

Jackson's Lawyers Ask Judge For Mistrial

LATEST: MICHAEL JACKSON's lawyers are asking Judge RODNEY MELVILLE to declare a mistrial in the singer's child sex abuse case - because they believe some witnesses have discussed their testimonies outside of court. The...

Culkin On The Jackson Witness Wish List

LATEST: MACAULAY CULKIN will be one of the five witnesses called to testify against MICHAEL JACKSON in court after prosecution lawyers were given permission to present testimony about past child sex allegations against the star....

Past Jackson Allegations Allowed In Trial

MICHAEL JACKSON's prosecutors won a huge victory this morning (28MAR05), when a judge ruled they will be allowed to present testimony about past child sex allegations against the star. In a hearing where Jackson...

Jackson Bodyguard Will Testify Despite Detention

LATEST: MICHAEL JACKSON's former bodyguard CHRISTOPHER ERIC CARTER will be transferred from a Las Vegas, Nevada jail, where he's being held on robbery and kidnap charges, so he can testify at his former boss' child...

Jackson Considers Selling Footage Of Molestation Rebuttals

Troubled singer MICHAEL JACKSON plans to battle his mounting financial woes by selling TV networks footage of himself denying his 10 felony charges of child molestation. The THRILLER star has a growing pile of...

Prosecutors Claim Jackson Is On Brink Of Bankruptcy

MICHAEL JACKSON is more than $300 million (GBP157.8 million) in debt and faces a financial crisis because of his "spendaholic" ways, according to a prosecutor in his child molestation trial. While seeking access to...

Jackson Explains Back Complaint

MICHAEL JACKSON has explained the reason he arrived over an hour late to his child molestation trial yesterday (10MAR05) - he tripped up and injured his back. The THRILLER singer fell over as he...

Jackson Jurors Warned To Remain Silent

Jurors in MICHAEL JACKSON's child abuse trial have been warned to avoid talking to the media about the case or be kicked off the jury. Judge RODNEY MELVILLE has warned the 12 jurors and...

Jackson Jurors Linked To Child Sex Crimes

A juror picked for MICHAEL JACKSON's child molestation case has been exposed as the sister of a paedophile sex crime victim. The woman - named in the line-up of 12 yesterday (23FEB05) - admits...

Jackson Lawyers Call On Positive Footage

MICHAEL JACKSON's lawyers want to screen a video showing off the THRILLER star's caring approach to children in the court room - to counter UK journalist MARTIN BASHIR's infamous footage. The defence team in...

Judge Won't Cite Bashir In Jackson Case

The judge in MICHAEL JACKSON's child molestation trial has denied a request for a contempt citation against British journalist MARTIN BASHIR. Court documents released on Friday (18FEB05) do not give a reason for Judge...

Jury Selection Delayed As Jackson Battles Influenza

LATEST: Jury selection in MICHAEL JACKSON's child molestation trial has been postponed for a week as the star battles influenza. Judge RODNEY MELVILLE told jurors this morning (15FEB05) that the 46-year-old BAD singer had...

Jackson Children To Testify At Molestation Trial

LATEST: MICHAEL JACKSON plans to call up two of his own kids as defence witnesses in his upcoming child molestation trial. The THRILLER star surprised the court in Santa Maria, California, when the names...

Jackson Faces The Jury And Names His Own Court Superstars

LATEST: MICHAEL JACKSON faced his would-be jurors in court in Santa Maria, California, this morning (14FEB05), and served up an impressive star-studded list of witnesses he hopes will help him win his upcoming child molestation...

Jackson 250 Picked In Just Two Days

Jury selection in MICHAEL JACKSON's child molestation trial has ended after just two days - much earlier than expected. Superior Court Judge RODNEY MELVILLE has turned 300 prospective jurors who had been scheduled to...

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