A member of the jury currently deciding Michael Jackson's fate in his child molestation trial has a new project to work on once deliberations are over - a book deal.

Juror number five, a 79-year-old grandmother from Santa Maria, California, has agreed in principle to write a book on her experiences.

The juror's granddaughter, TRACY MONTGOMERY, is making arrangements for the deal and tells ABC NEWS that there is no contract and no money has yet been paid. But an author - ERNIE CARIWEL - and a publisher have been chosen.

Montgomery reveals her grandmother agreed in principle to the deal immediately after being picked for the Jackson jury.

She says, "I called her back and said, 'Grandma, I would love to work with you on this but we can't even talk about it at all, because we don't wanna get you in trouble at all.'"

Cariwel adds that he has already begun writing the book but has yet to speak with the juror.

Jackson has pleaded not guilty to charges of child molestation, administering an intoxicating agent and conspiracy involving allegations of child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion.

07/06/2005 09:11