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Birdman^i^
10-05-2004, 02:55 PM
A movie about lawyers should only cover their slow and painful death.
Yes, put them in a arena with anyone they've ever took a backdoor deal on!

Thomas, is an Attorney with a heart from my study on him and that's a rare
gem...Birdman^i^

Birdman^i^
10-05-2004, 02:59 PM
Well, Gregory Peck and Henry Fonda were the only guys able to play saints and get away with it.
How about Dustin Hoffman?...Birdman^i^

Birdman^i^
10-08-2004, 01:38 PM
Friday, Oct. 8, 2004 Court Asked to Remove Jackson Prosecutor

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutor Tom Sneddon and his entire office
should be removed from the Michael Jackson molestation case because
he ``is motivated by personal animosity'' toward the singer,
according to newly released court papers.


Filed by Jackson's lawyers, the motion claims Sneddon's handling
of the investigation has revealed of conflict of interest that
prevents the singer from obtaining a fair trial.


Sneddon's office on Thursday filed a notice with court saying
that it will seek to delay an Oct. 14 hearing on the matter of
disqualifying the office. The notice said the state attorney
general's office needs more time to respond to the motion by
Jackson's lawyers.


The motion to disqualify Sneddon, district attorney for Santa
Barbara County, and his office was filed under seal Monday by
Jackson attorney Steve Cochran and a redacted version was released
Thursday to the media.


It alleges Sneddon has a vendetta against Jackson dating to a
1993 molestation investigation that did not result in charges being
filed.


``Mr. Sneddon did not hide his anger that he was not able to
charge Mr. Jackson,'' the motion said. ``This failure fueled Mr.
Sneddon's zealousness in this matter.''


The motion also alleges Sneddon in June 2003 personally
conducted part of the investigation into the molestation
allegations against Jackson. Last November, Sneddon traveled alone
from Santa Barbara to Beverly Hills to canvass and photograph the
building of private investigator Bradley Miller, who was working
for Jackson's then-attorney Mark Geragos, the motion said.


Jackson's lawyers also allege Sneddon displayed his bias at
November 2003 news conference announcing that an arrest warrant had
been issued for Jackson.


Sneddon welcomed reporters with a joke and he ``bantered with
reporters and drew chuckles as he poked fun at Mr. Jackson and his
music. He smiled and smirked throughout the conference,'' the
motion said.


The motion also claims Sneddon opted to convene a secret grand
jury, instead of using a preliminary hearing, to obtain an
indictment against Jackson and showed his bias during the grand
jury proceedings.


``The prosecutors not only willfully violated the rules of
evidence and grand jury decorum but also encouraged witnesses to
try to persuade the jurors with impassioned and prejudicial
remarks,'' the motion said.


Jackson's defense team also accuses Sneddon of allowing former
Sheriff Jim Thomas to leak information on the case to the media.


``Any fair interpretation of Mr. Thomas' role in this case is
that he is the unofficial spokesperson for Tom Sneddon,'' the
motion said.


Jackson has pleaded not guilty to child molestation, conspiracy
and administering an intoxicating agent, alcohol.

Birdman^i^
10-11-2004, 08:12 PM
Hollywood Lawyer Works on Bessemer Case
Author: ROBERT K. GORDON, Birmingham News staff writer

http://www.al.com


Los Angeles is a long way from Bessemer, literally and metaphorically.

Criminal defense lawyer Tom Mesereau Jr. walks in both circles.

In Tinseltown, Mesereau represents arguably the most famous man on the planet, the self-proclaimed King of Pop: Michael Jackson.

Jackson, known for his child-like ways, faces child molestation charges. In Bessemer this week, Mesereau will help Birmingham lawyer Charles Salvagio represent Glennis Latham, a Lipscomb man who owns an automobile body shop. Latham is fending off a capital murder charge.

Mesereau is being paid handsomely for defending Michael Jackson. He is defending Latham for free. "Lawyers are blessed to be in this profession, and I think they should give something back," Mesereau said. "So many impoverished people get the least representation."

Mesereau made the four-hour flight from Los Angeles to Alabama Sunday. He is fresh off a court appearance in the Jackson case where on Friday the silver-haired barrister grilled the mother of Michael Jackson's accuser in a pre-trial hearing. Jackson's trial is to start in January.

Citing a gag order, Mesereau said he could not talk about Jackson or Jackson's criminal case. "This is something that both sides support and we respect the judge," Mesereau said. Mesereau did say that he is a longtime friend of Randy Jackson - Michael's brother - and that he is helping organize a march in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts featuring the Jackson siblings. The march is designed to draw attention to gang violence.

Mesereau has represented other high-profile clients, such as Robert Blake of "Baretta" fame, and boxer Mike Tyson. Mesereau said he also could not talk specifically about Blake's case because of his pending murder trial.

Tyson, who was convicted of rape, faced another rape charge in California and Mesereau said he was "part of a team that was successful in getting the prosecutor not to file charges."

In state before:

This is not the first time Mesereau has been in an Alabama courtroom. Salvagio and Mesereau teamed up in 1999 to represent Sarah Crawford of Bessemer, who was charged in the beating death of her toddler daughter. She was convicted of manslaughter, but had been charged with capital murder.

In 2001, Salvagio and Mesereau successfully defended Terry Wayne Bonner, a homeless man, charged with capital murder in the highly publicized 2000 Southside shooting and robbery of Brittney Temples of Trussville. Bonner was acquitted.

In 2003, the team of Salvagio and Mesereau represented Wesley Quick of Trussville, who appealed a 1997 capital murder conviction from Death Row in the deaths of two men at Turkey Creek. He was acquitted.

Mesereau said he gets his sense of justice from his father. "He always taught me to keep an open mind and look for injustice," he said.

"I think highly of Tom," Salvagio said. "As a team, we are undefeated on capital cases. When he first came to Bessemer, I told him he would one day have the biggest case in L.A., and boy was I right."

Birdman^i^
10-12-2004, 04:20 PM
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Statement of Mr. Robert Johnson, Chairman/Founder of BET

Statement Released on Tuesday, October 12, 2004, by Mr. Robert Johnson, Chairman/Founder of BET:

“BET has pulled the video about Michael Jackson by Eminem. BET pulled the video because we feel it is inappropriate to use our network to air a video disparaging Michael’s character, or that of any other celebrity.

“Michael Jackson is a long-time supporter of BET, and a former ‘BET Walk of Fame’ honoree.”

Birdman^i^
10-12-2004, 04:24 PM
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2004

MICHAEL JACKSON SPEAKS PUBLICLY ABOUT EMINEM’S VIDEO

On Tuesday, October 12, 2004, at 8:00AM, P.D.T., Michael Jacksonhttp://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/editor/separator.gif appeared on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” 100.3 / The Beat, a Radio One station, regarding Eminem’s video. In an exclusive interview with Steve Harvey, Michael Jackson made the following statement:

“I would like to thank you, Steve, Radio One, the African-American community, my fans from around the world, and some of the members of the media, for the support that you have given to me. I would also like to thank Mr. Robert Johnson, Chairman and Founder of BET for pulling the Eminem video from BET’s airplay. I appreciate very much the love and support that you all have shown me.

“I am very angry at Eminem’s depiction of me in his video. I feel that it is outrageous and disrespectful. It is one thing to spoof, but it is another to be demeaning and insensitive.

“I’ve admired Eminem as a artist, and was shocked by this. The video was inappropriate and disrespectful to me, my children, my family, and the community at large. It is my hope that the other networks will take BET’s lead and pull it.”


MJJsource

Birdman^i^
10-14-2004, 05:47 PM
Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004 Judge Won't Dismiss Jackson Indictment

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) - A judge Thursday rejected a defense
request to throw out the indictment against Michael Jackson, saying
prosecutors had presented enough evidence of child molestation and
an attempt to silence the alleged victim's family for the case to
go forward.


Judge Rodney S. Melville rejected arguments that the indictment
should be thrown out because of prosecutorial misconduct, improper
legal instruction and insufficient evidence.


The decision came after perhaps the most unusual of a string of
media restrictions in the secrecy-shrouded case against the pop
star: Reporters and other members of the public were prohibited
from talking in court, even before the proceedings.


One fan of Jackson's was tossed by bailiffs for talking to the
person next to her moments after she entered the courtroom.
Reporters silently scribbled notes to each other, like students in
class, as they questioned the legality of the rule.


The bailiffs rescinded the rule after a midmorning break in
Thursday's hearing, saying there had been a misunderstanding. They
did not explain what it was.


The rule was imposed after Santa Maria Times news columnist
Steve Corbett spoke with Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Sgt. Ross
Ruth about a judge's order barring reporters from conducting
interviews during breaks and hearings. Corbett argued that it was
hard to say what constituted an interview, and Ruth responded by
ordering his deputies to keep everyone silent.


Reporters have complained about extraordinary secrecy in the
child molestation case, including lack of access to hearings, the
withholding of the identities of Jackson's alleged conspirators, a
sweeping gag order imposed on lawyers, and the sealing of all case
documents under a judge's order.


Jackson has pleaded not guilty to child molestation, conspiracy
and administering an intoxicating agent, alcohol.


In other rulings Thursday, Melville ordered prosecutors to give
defendants the names of confidential witnesses in the case. The
judge has ordered that the informants' names be kept secret, but
District Attorney Tom Sneddon let one slip. He revealed in court
that the alleged victim's stepfather is one of the witnesses.
Sneddon realized his error and lightly hit a podium in frustration.


Also Thursday, Melville said he would not allow plans to begin
the trial in January to be derailed by defense complaints that
prosecutors are not sharing evidence quickly enough.


``That would be punishing me for your failure. ... It's not in
the interest of anybody to prolong this litigation,'' Melville
said.


The judge also set a Nov. 4 hearing on a defense request to have
Sneddon removed from the case, and a Nov. 5 hearing for a defense
request that Jackson's bail be lowered.

Birdman^i^
10-15-2004, 12:56 PM
MJ Home Movie Hoax

Hackers are pointing users to a phoney video of Michael Jackson to coax them into downloading a Trojan horse. The movie, which hackers posted links to on newsgroups, supposedly displays Jackson performing "un-natural acts" with a boy, reported antivirus firm Sophos. Instead the link opens a Web site that automatically downloads a Trojan horse called hackarmy, which allows hackers to enter a back door to infected computers.

"There´s no real movie, just a Trojan that allows hackers to access your computer," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "It supposedly gives you pictures of Michael Jackson doing bad things. There´s a real danger that people are getting their news from gossip groups like these and not from proper news sites. Unfortunately, the current news media´s bias has forced people to research their own news."

One of the messages that linked to the file read:

"Subject:
Michael Jackson Home Movie Horror
Message body:
Posted here are the pictures that are going to put Michael Jackson behind bars for a very long time. Disturbing stills taken from the home movies shot by Mr Jackson are now circulating the net. In these pictures here, it can be clearly seen that Mr Jackson is performing un-natural acts with the boy in question."

Earlier this week, hackers tried a similar trick with a photo of David Beckham, which downloaded the same Trojan, distributed by the Hackarmy. Hackers have also used photos of Osama bin Laden and Britney Spears to perform similar tricks.




Source: ZDNet

Birdman^i^
10-15-2004, 01:09 PM
Raids Deemed Legal, Jackson To Have His Day In Court

Two paramount rulings in Jackson Case, Melville ruled Thursday that the criminal case against Michael Jackson will proceed and that raids of Neverland Valley Ranch and a private investigator´s office were ´legal.´ Mr. Jackson faces charges of child molestation and conspiracy. His defense team had filed motions to throw out the indictment against the entertainer and additionally, to bar evidence seized in the raids from being presented at trial. Judge Melville´s decisions, are the most significant rulings thus far. His rejection of the defense team´s allegations that the prosecution as well as law enforcement officers acted illegally. The defense made their intentions clear in an earlier hearing, stating that if the judge ruled against them, they planned to challenge his ruling in the Court of Appeal.

Judge Melville ruled that only 16 of more than 150 items seized from the Neverland raid will be barred from trial. Items including notes, photographs and at least one video and one audiotape, most of which the prosecution had already agreed would not be allowed as evidence. He rejected defense arguments that evidence seized from a private investigator´s office was inadmissable. Mr. Jackson´s lawyers had argued that because the investigator worked for Mr. Jackson´s attorney at the time, the evidence was taken in violation of attorney-client privilege. Melville did express concern about some of the issues the defense raised and characterized as "regrettable" the tone Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom Sneddon used when questioning two witnesses -- identified by the News-Press as the accuser´s father and Russell Halperin, his divorce lawyer -- during the grand jury proceedings. But the judge indicated that Mr. Sneddon´s actions did not justify setting aside the indictment.
"There is nothing about the exchanges, unpleasant as they may be, which would appear likely to intimidate the grand jury members themselves or deflect them from a consideration of the large volume of other evidence presented," Judge Melville stated in his 12-page ruling upholding the indictment.

Judge Melville ordered the prosecution to turn over information about informants and other material generated during the investigation to the defense. Arguments on defense motions to remove Mr. Sneddon from the case and to lower Mr. Jackson´s bail were postponed until the next hearing, scheduled for Nov. 4 and 5. Although the judge ruled against them, defense attorneys have made some gains. Through public hearings on the motions, the defense team -- led by Thomas Mesereau -- was able to put Mr. Sneddon and the prosecution´s key witnesses on the stand. They locked prosecution witnesses into their testimony, laying the groundwork to challenge their stories at trial. In the process, defense lawyers presented their client´s side of the story to the public and potential jurors through the intense media coverage. Defense lawyers asserted that Mr. Sneddon abused his power during the grand jury proceedings by threatening witnesses. They also contended that grand jurors were not properly instructed on the law of conspiracy and that no evidence presented linked Mr. Jackson to the alleged conspiracy. For these reasons, the defense said, the indictment should be thrown out.

Judge Melville´s ruling describes the prosecution´s allegations of conspiracy, adding new detail to what has been reported in a case shrouded in such secrecy that the full indictment has never been released. His ruling offers the following account of the prosecution´s accusations:

"The theory of the prosecution seems to be that in the wake of a television documentary in which Mr. Jackson seeks to explain and justify having unrelated children sleep in his bedroom, he and his advisors determined to prepare a rebuttal video in which it was made clear that no appropriate conduct had occurred." They wanted the young cancer patient -- who appeared with him in the British documentary -- to appear in the rebuttal, the judge continued. Mr. Jackson called the boy and his family and invited them to attend a press conference in Miami, telling them travel arrangements had already been worked out, the summary said. "The family arrived in accordance with the plan. No press conference occurred. Mr. Jackson personally explained to the mother that her children were in danger and that to deal with the threats she should cooperate with the filmmakers, who later requested she sign the documents authorizing suit against the (British)." The family was then flown to Neverland where the boys were invited to sleep in Jackson´s bedroom, prosecutors allege. "The family´s movements were arguably constrained," the judge´s summary says. "They were not permitted to see the original documentary when it aired and they understood their phone calls were monitored. The rebuttal video was filmed in West Hills, and passports and visas were obtained for travel to Brazil."

The judge continued: "The family´s apartment was vacated and their belongings put in storage. The family left Neverland, but were encouraged to return. When the mother left again, her children stayed behind. It is reported that a written directive that one of the children should not leave Neverland Ranch was distributed to security personnel."

The judge also pointed out: "None of this testimony suffices to establish conclusively at his stage that crimes actually occurred or that a conspiracy actually existed or that Mr. Jackson had any direct involvement or did anything wrong. Innocent explanations are entirely possible, and controverting evidence may exist. Those issues remain to be resolved at trial."




Source: Newspress

Birdman^i^
10-16-2004, 12:08 AM
In an MJJForum Exclusive, Raymone Bain has sent a message to the fans:

"Michael Jackson would like to thank his fans, from all over the world,for their love and support. He loves you all very much. He and his family are doing fine, and he, and his brother, Randy, wants you to know that they appreciate all of the cards and letters that you have sent.

"In addition, Michael sends a special thank you for all of the support you have given to him regarding the Eminem situation. Eminem is wrong. Eminem owes Mr. Jackson a public apology; and, the video needs to be pulled from MTV, MTV2 and MTVEurope.

"As he´s said, he is not taking this lightly. The video was demeaning and disrespectful to him, his children, his family, and the community at large.

"He appreciates all that you have done as well as Bob Johnson, Chairman/CEO of BET, Comedian Steve Harvey, Radio One, The Source, and many, many others who have either written letters or spoken out on his behalf.

"We are not through in our fight. He is very strong, and we are all going to continue in our efforts to make sure that this video is pulled, and the song is removed from Eminem´s upcoming album."

Thank you all very much!
Raymone K. Bain

Birdman^i^
10-18-2004, 07:20 AM
Enemy Of The State: Michael Jackson
By John Karrys

In his book, Cruel and Unusual (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/index%3Dbooks%26field-author%3DMiller%2C%20Mark%20Crispin/002-5525708-9074450), Mark Crispin Miller, professor of media studies at New York University, explains how right-wing influence has moved the media away from reporting news to designing our consciousness. Now, I have adequate reason to believe that this interesting explanation isn´t just limited to the neoconservatives in politics and media. It covers many other special interest groups, on all sides of the spectrum in any discipline. You can easily spot this phenomenon in Universities, academic think-tanks, the offices of hedge-fund managers, economists, successful advertisers, as well as, Hollywood and law enforcement.

In Universities, this is what you will generally find. A Marxist-Leninist Club, An Environmentalist Club, A Feminist Association, A Young-Republican Club, An Objectivist Club, Any Ethnic or Religious Club or Association, A Keynes or Mises Club. You also have a handful, not the majority, of professors and teacher assistant´s advocating their spin view on the world and, in most cases, most students just regurgitate what the marker wants to see so they can get a decent mark and feel they were able to "get through to these kids".

In brokerage houses, we have different analysts with this "breakthrough system or this "insider" wave formula that they half-truth to their clients as an "almost sure thing" even though they know full well there aren´t any guarantees of what the next day will bring and they don´t admit that part of their reasoning includes pre-meditated blind spots. I´ve spoken to too many CFA´s who have confirmed this.

On television, we have shows like Law and Order, NYPD Blue, CSI, Third Watch, which all are excellent shows, that present law enforcement as we would hope they could be but NOT as they currently are. It´s Shakespeare public relations spin for law-enforcement.

Designers of Consciousness. And it happens, incrementally, half-truth by half-truth. Remember, many of these students will cooperate with this, understood extortion, as they drive towards becoming future journalists, program directors, editors of newspapers, presidents of Board´s of Education, Publishers, doctors, lawyers, judges, as well as, any other profession. Many credible commentators from all sides of the philosophical and political spectrum, and from all over the world agree, one of the main trends in state influenced institutions is to create a populace that is complacent, intellectually apathetic and too mentally and emotionally busy to focus on the world as it is. Notice the 24-hour entertainment and gossip broadcast coverage and why it has merged with the news in the last 11 years. Thus, the subcultures of diversion. And, no, I don´t buy that nonsense that it all has to do with "ratings."

However, there is an intuitive, unexplained, and purposely underdeveloped, spirit and ´Trojan Horse´ force entrenched in the American spirit. Remember, America´s constitutional document is based on the, world changing, premise that the state must be checked and heavily scrutinized at all times in order to insure life, liberty and the pursuit of property. Individual rights are the non-negotiable pillars of America´s constitutional republic. Not voting and elections! Consequently, employees of the state must be held accountable if they criminally infringe on those rights.

When Michael Jackson bought the Beatles catalogue, he began to go in a direction that too many consciousness designers couldn´t handle. He courageously and fundamentally broke the mold. As any good artist should, Michael began quietly, and perhaps unconsciously, raising the consciousness of people, from all over the world, very high. This could be uncomfortable, at first, like breaking in a new muscle, or discovering electricity, but it´s a process of empowerment. Nothing to be afraid of for most.

Thanks to some of the media´s outrageous and unsubstantiated attacks on Michael Jackson, I WILL NEVER just dutifully accept any information into the castle, that is my mind, until I do my own investigative analysis. I strive to look at all sides of the cube of a story. Whether it is stock or options trading, I know what an "expert" really is now. They have Diane Diamond´s and Gloria Allred´s in every industry labelled as "experts". Whether I´m at a bank, insurance company or real estate agency, I make sure now I understand every document and ask those questions that you´re afraid to ask cause you don´t want to appear stupid. My awareness is razor sharp now.

Michael Jackson is another gold-standard personification of the American spirit that certain types of people want to put a ceiling on. Too bad, though, buffets of Pandora’s boxes are now open and the chariots of facts have reached the majority of people who readily acknowledge that the state doesn´t work for the people´s interest. Thus, Michael Jackson is an enemy of the state. In heaven, whom do you think Thomas Jefferson is cheering for?

John Karrys is a High School English teacher and writer. His e-mail is: johnkarrys@hotmail.com

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Birdman^i^
10-30-2004, 11:59 AM
California Attorney General opposes removal of Jackson prosecutor from case


The office of Attorney General Bill Lockyer has opposed a request by Michael Jackson to have the Santa Barbara County District Attorney´s Office removed from the case.

In a motion filed by the defense, they asserted that Thomas Sneddon is "blinded by his zeal to convict Michael Jackson" and that his personal bias and the conflict he has in prosecuting this case is "so grave it is unlikely that Mr. Jackson will receive a fair trial."

However, Lockyer´s office disagreed with their assessment and has requested for a denial of the defense´s motion at Thursday´s upcoming hearing.

According to the Attorney General´s opposition, which was filed on Thursday, defense attorneys failed to demonstrate that Sneddon has acted inappropriately, or that "that any conflict is so grave as to render it unlikely (Jackson) will receive a fair trial."

Additionally, Supervising Deputy Attorney General Steven Matthews stated within the motion: "Besides failing to specifically demonstrate prosecutorial misconduct, (the defense lawyers´) recusal motion has also failed to show generally that the District Attorney´s zeal in prosecuting the case was not born of an objective and impartial consideration of the case."

Matthews also wrote that it is the duty of a prosecutor to "prosecute with ´earnestness and vigor´ and ´to use every legitimate means to bring about a just conviction,´ and that he may accomplish this by striking ´hard blows´ but not ´foul ones.´´"

Should Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville grant the defense request, the prosecution of the case would be taken over by the Attorney General´s Office.

It is unclear how the state´s request will affect Judge Melville´s decision, for the Attorney General´s Office also opposed a defense motion for recusal of the District Attorney´s Office from another local case.

A California penal code states that a request for the disqualification of a district attorney should not be granted unless there exists a conflict that would "render it unlikely the defendant would receive a fair trial."

Jackson´s defense team accuses Sneddon of having a vendetta because he was unable to prosecute Jackson on charges of child molestation levied against the entertainer a decade ago.

The defense "claim the District Attorney has had a nearly decade-long grudge against him because he received ´sharp criticism´ for not filing charges against the defendant resulting from the 1993-1994 investigation," Matthews wrote. "But (Jackson´s attorneys) merely speculate that any of the District Attorney´s ´zeal´ was in fact a long-delayed reaction to any ´sharp criticism´ he may have received. In fact, such zeal is much more likely attributed to the deep and abiding conviction of the District Attorney in the strong evidence supporting defendant´s guilt in this case."

Matthews also elaborated, "A District Attorney´s general feelings of personal antagonism toward a defendant do not necessarily establish a reasonable basis for recusal of a prosecutor. To warrant recusal, the personal feelings of the prosecutor must be so intense and personal that they present a real danger that he is unable to perform his duties effectively in an objective fashion."

The Jackson defense accused Sneddon also of misconduct during the grand jury proceedings, claiming that he "bullied," "threatened" and intimidated witnesses, allegations of which the attorneys listed when asking Judge Melville to set aside the indictment against their client. That request was denied.

Judge Melville called Sneddon´s conduct "regrettable," but anything that rose to the level of prosecutorial misconduct.

Source: Santa Barbara News-Press

Birdman^i^
11-03-2004, 01:08 PM
Jackson Defense Press Claim That Sneddon Holds Vendetta Against Jackson

A request to disqualify Mr. Sneddon and his office from prosecuting Mr. Jackson will be heard before Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville in Santa Maria. Lawyers are expected back in court Thursday to spar as to whether DA Tom Sneddon should prosecute the impending case against Jackson. The Defense is not backing down from their accusations against the DA. Sneddon has been accused of misusing his power. Jackson´s Team is claiming he has a vendetta against their client stemming from the failure of a 1993 child molestation investigation involving Jackson. Their position is that the prosecutor has a conflict "so grave it is unlikely that Mr. Jackson will receive a fair trial." While the prosecution is contending there isn´t "one scrap of evidence" to support the vendetta "theory." Insisting that any "overzealous" actions from the District Attorney is merely Sneddon doing the job he was elected to do.

Judge Melville is expected to hear a defense motion on Friday claiming the law enforcement raid on Mr. Jackson´s personal assistant´s Sherman Oaks home was illegal. Jackson´s lead attorney, Thomas Mesereau, contends the search of Evelyn "Evvy" Tavasci´s residence violated attorney-client privilege because items seized relate to Mr. Jackson´s legal representation, including a list of possible trial witnesses and three folders labeled "Mesereau." This is the latest in a string of defense motions that allege prosecutorial misconduct. One Motion included a request to drop the indictment against Mr. Jackson because Mr. Sneddon allegedly "bullied" witnesses during the grand jury proceeding and presented inadmissible evidence. Even though Judge Melville himself characterized Mr. Sneddon´s conduct during witness questioning as "regrettable," he ruled the indictment still stands and that the case will proceed to trial as scheduled in January. In response to Melville´s ruling, the defense appealed the ruling to the Second District Court of Appeal. On Monday, the appellate justices granted defense requests to exceed the word limit on their challenge, known as a petition for writ, and to submit a CD-ROM in lieu of several hundred pages of grand jury transcripts, both of which are rarely approved.

Last month, Judge Melville also denied defense motions to throw out evidence seized in raids of a private investigator´s office and Mr. Jackson´s Neverland Valley Ranch. Defense lawyers, who claim the raids were illegal, also indicated at a prior hearing that they will likely appeal those rulings within the next couple of weeks.

A representative from Attorney General Bill Lockyer´s office will likely attend the hearing on Thursday because that office would take over prosecution if the judge approved the defense motion to remove Mr. Sneddon from the case. The state office has asked Judge Melville to deny the defense motion. The 35-page document, written by Supervising Deputy Attorney General Steve Matthews, indicates the defense does not demonstrate prosecutorial misconduct and that there is no evidence that Mr. Jackson would get an unfair trial. It is not certain how the state´s request will affect Judge Melville´s decision. Recently, the Attorney General´s Office also opposed a defense request to remove the District Attorney´s Office from another local case -- but a Superior Court judge still appointed the state office to prosecute.

Source: newspress

Birdman^i^
11-06-2004, 11:45 AM
November 4, 2004

To my loyal fans and supporters,

I would like to sincerely thank all those who have spoken out and taken action against the most recent attempt to defame me as a person and an entertainer. My team has told me of the thousands of calls that have been made and the thousands of emails that have been sent by you, on my behalf. I am so grateful and inspired by you all.

To my fans in the UK, I want to you to know how touched I was to hear about the demonstration in London that took place on October 31st and the thousands of people that attended. I am so overwhelmed by these beautiful expressions of love from my fans. Thank you.

Recently, I have been informed that there is an event being planned for me, by the fans, to take place in New York very soon. I wanted take this opportunity to thank these fans from the bottom of my heart for your love and support.

As always, I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH AND THANK YOU FOR NOT BEING AFRAID TO SPEAK OUT.

God Bless,

Michael Jackson

Birdman^i^
11-06-2004, 11:48 AM
Statement of Tom Mesereau Regarding the Latest Suit Filed Against Michael Jackson

“These issues will be litigated fully in a court of law. There will be no further comment.”


Judge Melville Rules That Sneddon Stays

Pop superstar Michael Jackson has not seen the last of nemesis Thomas Sneddon, the Santa Barbara District Attorney overseeing the prosecution.

In a ruling today, Judge Rodney Melville rejected a bid by the singer’s defense team to have Sneddon and his office removed from the case. They are claiming a vindictive Sneddon has been over-zealous in prosecuting the singer, compromising his rights to a fair trial.

In court papers, Defense attorney Thomas Mesereau accused Sneddon of being “motivated by personal animosity” towards Jackson. He further criticised the prosecutor for being “smug” and “jocular” when announcing Jackson’s arrest at a press conference.

Sneddon has denied having any bias towards Jackson and is supported by State Attorney General, Bill Lockyer.

In his ruling today, Melville said "I believe he (Sneddon) has not been excessively zealous and has not threatened the integrity of the case to this point." He went on to say the only way to remove the DA was “if a conflict existed where the defendant could not receive a fair trial."

"I find no disabling conflict,” he continued, “I also find there will be controls in this trial while the jury is present. If he (Sneddon) appears excessively zealous during the trial, I will see that it is taken care of."

Appealing to the judge, Mesereau pointed out that Sneddon’s office had spent more money pursuing Jackson than they had on cases of serial killers. He also claimed the prosecutor had misrepresented to grand jurors the potential motivation of the accuser’s mother.

Mesereau said Sneddon had brought attorney Larry Feldman before the grand jury and had him tell panellists that a criminal prosecution of Jackson would reduce the chances of the boy´s family winning compensation in a civil suit.

"It goes without saying that if you obtain a criminal conviction, that will establish liability," Mesereau said. "Every lawyer here knows that if Mr. Jackson was convicted of these allegations, the alleged victims could walk into civil court and get a judgment."

The defense also noted that Sneddon may be called as a witness during the trial due to his personal involvement with the case.

Deputy District Attorney Ron Zonen and a representative of the state attorney general´s office suggested that this motion was not supported by law and Sneddon would not need to testify.

Jackson did not attend today’s hearings which are expected to continue tomorrow.

Source: AP/MJJForum

Birdman^i^
11-06-2004, 11:52 AM
Seized Files Topic Of Friday´s Pretrial Hearing

The quiet battle continues over what material will be allowed into evidence in the case against Michael Jackson.

Lawyers are still examining files seized by sheriff´s deputies from the Los Angeles home of Jackson´s personal assistant. Defense attorneys contend that at least some are covered by attorney-client confidentiality and cannot be used in the trial. Prosecutors agreed not to use some documents, and briefly joined defense attorneys in the courtroom to inform Judge Melville which ones.

Melville has appointed an independent special master to review files taken from three computers at the assistant´s home, and from another computer seized at the office of an investigator for Jackson´s former attorney. The special master will determine if the computers also contained privileged material.




Source: AP

Birdman^i^
11-06-2004, 11:56 AM
January Trial Starting Date Affirmed

Judge Melville made it clear that Michael Jackson´s trial would begin in January, the attorneys were instructed to prepare for an intense round of hearings in the case. Melville told both sides to have all motions filed by December "if we´re going to go to trial by Jan. 31, and we are."

Jackson´s lead attorney Thomas Mesereau, Jr. said he planned on filing pre-trial motions attacking jury composition in Santa Barbara County, alleged improprieties in the grand-jury proceedings that led to Jackson´s indictment and evidence recently shared by the prosecution. While the prosecution stated it would be filing additional motions dealing with evidence supplied by the defense.

The Judge vowed to devote any time necessary from Nov. 22 until Jan. 31 to the Jackson case. however, Melville will be taking a two week vacation between now and Jan ´05. Attorneys from both sides of the case were interrupted by Melville when they apparently wanted to comment on his scheduling plans.

The judge´s orders came at the end of a hearing in which both sides argued over the admissibility of evidence seized from Jackson´s personal assistant, Evelyn Tavasci. Where Santa Barbara Police obtained Jackson´s phone records, schedule and documents found in files labeled "Mesereau" that the defense claims falls under attorney-client privilege. Santa Barbara County Sheriff´s Department deputies testified about the search on Friday, but the judge made no ruling.

A hearing is set for 2 p.m. on Monday, when Melville will hear arguments regarding the pace at which Jackson´s defense lawyers are sharing evidence with prosecutors.

Michael Jackson has maintained his innocence throughout these allegations. Pleading NOT GUILTY on all counts.




Source: santamariatimes

Birdman^i^
11-06-2004, 12:00 PM
Prosecution VS. Defense, A Battle Of Evidence

Prosecutors contend that the defense organized rallies for the pop star shortly after he was charged with child molestation. Santa Barbara Deputy DA Ron Zonen says that during a raid on the home of Jackson´s personal assistant, authorities found material showing the defense had coordinated the demonstrations in a bid to "generate crowds, publicity and media coverage." "There is some indication that someone in January is planning to come to court and demonstrate in front of Sneddon´s office," Sanger said in reference to Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom Sneddon. Jackson attorney Robert Sanger said that none of the entertainer´s current attorneys had anything to do with such activities and added that it was difficult to tell from the documents what the plans involved. This came as Jackson´s Legal team argued that the documents should be barred from his upcoming trial because they were not properly seized under a search warrant. Judge Melville agreed, saying organizing rallies on behalf of a defendant was not improper.

Friday´s proceedings offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the public relations battle in the Jackson case, which has attracted worldwide media coverage because of the fame and adoration of Mr. Jackson. It is that adoration that sparked the Candle light vigils that took place following his November 2003 arrest.

Jackson is charged in a 10-count indictment with child molestation and conspiracy and is set to stand trial next January.


Source: reuters

Birdman^i^
11-06-2004, 12:12 PM
Code of Dishonor:

Inside the Santa Barbara Police and Sheriff’s Departments

Many outside the purview of Santa Barbara politics have scratched their heads over how the privileged few could dominate practically every scene in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria. The Cutting Edge has decided to shed some light on the situation. In our last issue, we gave readers an introductory inside peak at the political infrastructure of a city that will dominate the news until the Michael Jackson case is history. We thought it important to lay a foundation that would clarify the ideological and socio-political underpinnings of a city ripe with graft and corruption. With that done, let’s take a look at the men (and a few women) who make up the department.



Throughout the Michael Jackson investigation, allegations have flown that the Santa Barbara County law enforcement community as well as the District Attorney’s Office have engaged in abusive, coercive, and downright illegal tactics in putting together their "evidence" against Mr. Jackson surrounding the child molestation allegations against him. But from what we have found, Jackson is not the first (and sadly won’t be the last) victim of such unethical practices.

Police Brutality

We firmly believe that a family of cops that brutalize others together stays together. This troubling maxim is quite apropos when it comes to the Santa Barbara County Police and Sheriff’s Department, departments that have turned police brutality into an art form.

Take, for example the June 2002 incident in which two plain clothes sheriffs allegedly attacked a restaurant owner, his wife, and another male after the two sheriffs were prevented from inappropriately touching some unidentified females. Not only did these bad apples blind the owner in one eye during the altercation but they also had the nerve to file resisting arrest charges against the couple and the gentleman. Though one may be tempted to commend these sheriffs for being professional enough to interrupt their shady activities to execute the "law", their quest for justice was gratefully and rudely interrupted when Santa Barbara officials discovered that the restaurant’s video surveillance cameras had caught the entire incident on tape. Not surprisingly, the charges against the couple were dropped and the county of Santa Barbara settled out of court with the three parties for nearly $1 million.

While some in Northern Santa Barbara would be keen to dismiss the plaintiffs as unintelligent hooligans looking for a quick buck, consider the run-in a UCSB professor had with law enforcement. Here is a letter he wrote to the Daily Nexus concerning the March 10, 2001 incident :

On Saturday, March 10 I walked westward along State Street for a mile or two, then sat down on a concrete block in the driveway of a convenience store to rest up a bit. This location was 4144 State St. and the time was in the 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. range.

Very soon thereafter I was approached by policemen (two to three I think) and forced to take an alcohol breath test and perform various circus tricks for them. I passed a few of them successfully, so they decided to make things more difficult. Before making me perform a particular trick, one of them said something extremely close to, "You´re a professor. You´re so smart. Do you know what 30 seconds is?" The point was that for the next circus trick they weren´t going to tell me when the time was up.

I´d come up zero on their alcohol test (to their visible disappointment), but one budding Sherlock Holmes accused me of somehow causing my breath to go out sideways from the tube in a dastardly attempt to fool them.

Soon another police car arrived and then there were, I´d say, five to six officers surrounding me, badgering me to agree to a body search. I declined and one the officers intervened. He testily warned me that if I didn´t cooperate they´d have to take me in.

In response to their questions, I said that I was a UCSB professor of astronomy in the physics department. I guess that didn´t seem credible to them (even after I showed my UCSB Health Insurance card). One officer, who evidently models himself after the Barney Fife character on the old "Andy Griffith Show," decided to check out my story by testing my astronomical knowledge. He asked what the new discovery was regarding Venus. I could have told him a lot about the recent missions to Venus, but I didn´t think that was what he had in mind, so I basically told them they´d stumped me. Then with a flourish of pride the questioner said, "They are thinking maybe it´s not a planet after all!" The use of the word "they" was endearingly childlike. Soon I realized he´d seen a headline about Pluto, so I tried to explain that he was referring to a different planet, that there are several planets actually - each with its own name. "Venus" doesn´t cover them all automatically.

Since that test was inconclusive, the next Einstein came up with this plan: They´d see if I could give them the room number of my class. I said Broida 1610, at which this questioner triumphantly declared that there is no such room!

I could see things weren´t going well for me. One of the officers said that they were doing it for my own good. I said I thought that at this point they were just doing it for fun. So one particularly ugly one stuck his face in mine, asking "Am I smiling?" The only reason I put this particular exchange in this letter is that it reminded me of a bit of a Jefferson Airplane song:

"Hide Witch Hide! The good folks come to burn thee- Their keen enjoyment hid behind a Gothic mask of duty."

Another officer mentioned that some of the others present were new, and the others were training them in the techniques of modern police work. I got a bit irate, which was a mistake. One of the officers told me I´d been acting like only someone who was drunk or on illegal drugs would act. It wasn´t true - for the record I wasn´t on anything - but I took this as the point: They could say anything they wanted at the station or in court, each affirming the honesty of the others´ testimony. I think this method was used many times in the Ramparts case; I believe it is a staple, for the safety and efficacy of police work.

They badgered me for a half an hour or so, trying to taunt me into doing something really worthy of arrest. They eventually finished playing with me, or I wriggled off the hook. The reason I got off was that I was ultimately able to prove even to those idiots that I´m an "upstanding member of the community."

All I´d done was soberly sit on a curb. Even if someone in my position had had something to drink, we´re not talking about mixing drinking and driving. It would have been a case of drinking and sitting, or at worst drinking and walking.

Here´s what I got out of all this: I believe that anyone who couldn´t have shown that he or she is an "upstanding member of the community," or who otherwise seemed powerless, would have fared a lot worse than I did.

In closing, I will say I do fear reprisals for this letter. They can say anything, and back each other up. Or they can track me down and put some marijuana in my pocket. I hope they don´t send a death squad! If I do suddenly disappear one day, you know what to do. Call the police.

Frightening. Unfortunately, the good professor’s fears have been echoed throughout the Santa Barbara and Santa Maria communities from many others, some too afraid to even complain.

Equal Opportunity Victims

But not to make anyone feel left out, the police and sheriffs of Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, these goons also like to pick on their own. For example, being openly gay and serving as a law enforcement official clearly does not mix in Santa Barbara. Perhaps that is why former Santa Barbara Police officer Ruben Lino filed a lawsuit against them, accusing them of harassment and discrimination. As readers will see in the next round of articles, gay judges are not welcomed either, particularly those who refuse to do the bidding of a crooked government officials. When a number of police officers and sheriffs were not calling gay and lesbians officers out of their name, they also found time to sexually assault, harass, and intimidate female employees on the job (allegedly) in the summer of 2002 :

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- The county agreed to pay two Sheriff´s Department secretaries $325,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit against a deputy. Angela Sanders and Julie Glass alleged in the June 2002 Superior Court suit that Deputy Clayton Turner sexually assaulted, battered and harassed them while on duty in the Lompoc substation and that the department retaliated against them after they filed the complaint. Turner could not be reached for comment. Sheriff Jim Anderson and Chief Assistant County Counsel Steve Underwood said Tuesday´s settlement is not an admission of guilt, but rather a business decision. It would cost significantly less to settle than to go to trial, they said. "There is no question his behavior was inappropriate," Anderson said. Turner was disciplined, but the sheriff said he couldn´t disclose any details about confidential personnel matters.

A few comments must be made about this incident and settlement. First, why is there no mention of Mr. Turner ever being prosecuted? It appears as if once again, another law enforcement official has been free to molest and rape whomever he chooses and count on the good Sheriff Anderson to cover his behind. In addition, one cannot ignore the hypocrisy of both Anderson and Steve Underwood’s statements surrounding the settlement. How can these two numb nuts cry that the settlement is not an admission of guilt when Anderson and his bosses have tried to use the fact that Mr. Jackson settled a lawsuit in 1993 against him in the current case? Are we to assume that Mr. Jackson’s decision to give the lying Chandler family what they wanted was not also deemed a business decision, particularly in light of Sony Records huge investment in Mr. Jackson and their own insistence that he settle to protect their business interests? Any city that "disciplines" an employee for what Turner is alleged to have done should not only be investigated but dissolved. Is anyone safe in Santa Barbara when those who swore to protect you RAPE you, MOLEST you, ASSAULT you, and RAILROAD you?

We think not.

Misuse of Authority

But do not blow the whistle on them or even think of challenging them. Bill Wegener found out the hard way. Wegener, a renegade of sorts in the area, was arrested in Santa Maria for running for violating his probation by running for office. Wegener has long accused a number of officials of corruption (stay tuned for a more in depth discussion of this angle). So when he decided to run for public office, he was arrested and charged with violating his probation. Of course, since he did not win, the charges were dropped but the message sent was clear: do not mess with the powers that be.

Christopher A. Brown could tell you that. In 1997, he found himself embroiled in a custody battle for his children, among other things, found himself locked in a battle with the judges. After taking umbrage with what he perceived to be questionable rulings against him, Brown accused a Santa Barbara District Attorney’s office of C-O-N-SPIRACY!! What a shock. Not. Even more ridiculous was what Brown alleged happened to him after a court proceeding:

Immediately following the hearing I left the court house and drove approximately 2 miles to discover I had been followed by investigators of the District Attorneys Office who asked to see my drivers license as I exited my car. They called the Santa Barbara Police Department who cited me for driving without a valid license and my vehicle was towed. (see included citation). The presence of the investigators indicate that judge had pre-decided my request for review, informed the district attorneys office and coordinated with investigators to enable them to be in position to follow me.

Can you say, "low down dirty rotten shame"?

Frankly, we got tired compiling all of the unethical and illegal activities of the Santa Barbara Police and Sheriff’s departments. >From illegal wiretappings at public universities to menacing everyday citizens, one begins to understand why the voice of protest and confrontation is muted. In addition, it is clear now that Jackson’s claims of being mishandled by the police are far more plausible than alleged Sneddon mattress Diane Dimond would like to believe they are. But there is far more to the corruption in the Twin Terror Towns of Tyranny. Unfortunately.

http://www.geocities.com/thecuttingedge2004/dishonor.pdf

tHe cUttInG eDgE

© 2004 All Rights Reserved

Birdman^i^
11-09-2004, 11:55 AM
Jackson Prosecutors Given A Month To Hand Over Evidence

The judge presiding over the trial of entertainer Michael Jackson is determined to avoid delays and aims to begin jury selection as planned on January 31st.

Lawyers for Jackson had previously noted they would have difficulty preparing for the scheduled trial date as the bulk of evidence had been received from the prosecution in the past three weeks.

In a quiet pre-trial hearing held yesterday, Judge Rodney Melville ordered prosecutor Thomas Sneddon to hand over all remaining evidence to the defense by December 6th. Also to be turned over is a complete witness list as well as any materials that may exonerate the superstar.

On Friday Judge Melville ordered the defense, led by Thomas Mesereau, to hand over any legally required materials to the prosecution by the same date.

Defense co-counsel, Susan Yu, said her team are particularly interested in reports from the Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties’ child protective services. These reports, said Yu, would provide a chronology of the alleged incidents of abuse. Judge Melville said if prosecutors had a chronology that would exonerate Jackson, it should be presented to the defense.

Authorities had originally charged Jackson with seven counts of lewd acts on a child and of giving the boy an intoxicating agent. These incidents were alleged to have taken place between February 7th and March 10th. But these dates were later changed with the April indictment, which alleged only four lewd acts between the dates of February 20th and March 12th.

The original date of the first alleged incident on February 7th corresponds with the screening of the “Living with Michael Jackson” documentary. The amended date of February 20th corresponds with the screening of Jackson’s rebuttal, screened on Fox.

"The chronologies are critical to the defense because the dates of the alleged molestations in the original complaint (in December) are different from the dates in the indictment (in April)," Yu said. "These dates are different because the (accuser´s) family changed their story. They changed their story because they are not telling the truth."

When Los Angeles child protection authorities interviewed the plaintiff and his family in February, they indicated no wrongdoing. The allegations first appeared four months later during therapy with a psychiatrist.

Yu noted the discrepancies in these dates "goes to the credibility" of the accuser´s family and showed "inconsistencies in their stories and could determine the outcome of this case." "This shows the (accuser´s) family lied, that this case has been set up and that Mr. Jackson is innocent," she argued.

Sneddon responded to defense arguments, saying “"they are basically the same --- they are just scoped down within a few days."

He added that a new piece of forensic evidence had come to his attention last week but did not elaborate on the item but discussed this briefly with defense lawyers.

Source: Santa Barbara News-Press

Birdman^i^
11-11-2004, 04:40 PM
Geraldo Rivera Interviews Michael Jackson LIVE on FoxNews

Geraldo: ...I think we may have on the telephone right now, a surprise caller in his first live interview on Network Television in at least a year as far as I know. I believe Michael Jackson is there. Are you there Michael?

Michael: How are you Geraldo... Hello?

Geraldo: Ok buddy, let me ask you.. How do you feel, Michael, about the continuing support you´ve gotten from your fans despite all you´ve gone through.

Michael: Well, Geraldo, its because of my fans that I am calling you today. I mean, I feel they are the best fans in the world and I decided rather than having anyone else speak for me that I would do it myself you know. And I want to thank my fans for their strong support over the years. They could have been anywhere today, you know, and they chose to be in New York in Times Square. And I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart. They have written thousands and thousands of letters, and have made hundreds of calls regarding the Eminem video. And I love them so, so much. In London over 4000 people showed up on my behalf. And I want to thank Reverend Jesse Jackson, Reverend Al Sharpton, Minister Farrakhan [sp], The Source, Steve Harvey, Bob Johnson and BET, Jesse Hughes and Radio One, and all the many others who have supported me. And Geraldo, I want to also thank you for your friendship and everything, all the wonderful things you have been doing. Thank you so, so much. I made my message clear about the Eminem video. I think that its demeaning and disrespectful, but I also want to make it clear that its not just about Michael Jackson.. But a pattern of disrespect that he has shown to our community. He needs to stop it, and he needs to stop it now.

Geraldo: Michael, let me just say that I support you because I believe that you are getting a raw deal. Not just by Eminem, but in a lot of other aspects of life that I don´t need to mention. But let me go on the positive side for a minute. What do you have coming up? Anything that we can announce to these people? Something that can give them some optimism?

Michael: Yes, I´m always working on wonderful music. I´ve been working on several albums right now, I´ve been working on music today. I´m working on something as we speak Geraldo, and I´m in the process of making plans to do some other wonderful things that I´ll be announcing to the fans very, very soon. And I look forward to that Geraldo, you know. And I´ll give you a call too, soon.

Geraldo: I bet you do, I bet you do. Ok, please do. But before I let you go, anything else you want to say?

Michael: I love my fans, I love you and thank you so much for being there on my behalf. And thank you Geraldo again, thank you so so much.

Geraldo: Ok Michael, thank you. Thanks for calling in. Michael Jackson everybody.
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Many thanks to TSColdMan for the transcript.


Source: FoxNews/MJJForum

Birdman^i^
11-11-2004, 10:28 PM
Date: Thursday, November 11, 2004

It's Not Just About Michael Jackson... But About A Pattern of Disrespect
Author: Team MJJsource

NEW YORK - To the surprise of his fans at a demonstration in New York today, Michael Jackson called into Fox News to "thank my fans for their strong support over the years." The phone call with Gerldo Rivera was played for the fans via loudspeakers on the street.

Michael Jackson fans demonstrated today over MTV's refusal to stop airing the Eminem video that demeans Michael Jackson. Unlike MTV, Black Entertainment Television (BET) stopped running it last month, at Mr. Jackson's request.

Mr. Jackson stated regarding Eminem and the video, "It's demeaning and disrespectful," Jackson said. "And I also want to make it clear that it's not just about Michael Jackson but about a pattern of disrespect that he has shown to our community. He needs to stop it, and he needs to stop it now."

Speaking of his deep appreciation for his fans, Michael Jackson said, "Its because of my fans that I am calling in today.... I feel that I have the best fans in the world... I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart.... I love them so so much."

Gerlado Rivera also reiterated his strong support for Mr. Jackson when he said, "Michael, let me just say that I support you because I believe you are getting a raw deal not just by Eminen but in a lot of other aspects of life that I don't need to mention..."

CLICK TO LISTEN: mj_interview_11-11-04.mp3 (http://65.59.168.53/images/uploads/mj_interview_11-11-04.mp3)

Birdman^i^
11-11-2004, 10:33 PM
Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2004

REV. AL SHARPTON SPEAKS OUT SUPPORTING MICHAEL JACKSON IN NYC AT TOMORROW'S RALLY

REV. AL SHARPTON WILL SPEAK PUBLICLY TO SUPPORT MICHAEL JACKSON IN NYC AT TOMORROW’S RALLY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 10, 2004


Rev Al Sharpton Jr, is a political and civil rights activist and the first African American candidate for the New York State Senate. He also ran for President of the United States.

Rev. Al Sharpton is stepping forward to lend his voice and his support for Michael Jackson at the upcoming November 11 Rally in New York City.

Rev. Al Sharpton is best known for his fight against the struggle of injustice for African Americans. He sees the same injustice happening to Michael Jackson and is going to speak on such issues.

The rally will be taking place in New York City, 45th and Broadway at 4:00 PM tomorrow, Thursday, November 11, 2004.

Birdman^i^
11-13-2004, 11:45 AM
Date: Friday, November 12, 2004

At Least 300 Michael Jackson Fans Attend Support Rally in NYC
Source: Team MJJsource

Contrary to many published reports, there were conservatively 300 Michael Jackson fans attending the support rally yesterday. The rally took place at 45th and Broadway in New York City.

After reading these reports, members of the media have conveyed their concern that the reported fan count was highly inaccurate from the actual number of fans that attended. It is unfortunate that the genuine support and dedicated efforts of Michael Jackson's loyal fans have been unacknowledged. It is our hope that the Associated Press and others will correct their error. This would be appropriate, out of respect for the many fans that took the time to organize and attend the event.

Michael Jackson fans demonstrated over MTV's refusal to stop airing the Eminem video that demeans Michael Jackson. Unlike MTV, Black Entertainment Television (BET) stopped running it last month, at Mr. Jackson's request.

In a phone call to Geraldo Rivera at the rally, Mr. Jackson stated regarding Eminem and the video, "It's demeaning and disrespectful," Jackson said. "And I also want to make it clear that it's not just about Michael Jackson... but about a pattern of disrespect that he has shown to our community. He needs to stop it, and he needs to stop it now."

Speaking of his deep appreciation for his fans, Michael Jackson said, "Its because of my fans that I am calling in today.... I feel that I have the best fans in the world... I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart.... I love them so so much."

Geraldo Rivera also reiterated his strong support for Mr. Jackson when he said, "Michael, let me just say that I support you because I believe you are getting a raw deal not just by Eminem but in a lot of other aspects of life that I don't need to mention..."

Today, Rivera stated on-air that he agreed with Jackson about the video and blasted MTV bosses, claiming, "It's an attack on people who allow lazy racism to get on the air."

Birdman^i^
11-13-2004, 11:49 AM
Date: Friday, November 12, 2004

MICHAEL JACKSON INDUCTED INTO THE UK HALL OF FAME
Author: Team MJJsource

LONDON – Thursday, November 11th, 2004, Michael Jackson was among those legendary musicians inducted into the UK’s First Hall of Fame for Music at a star-studded inaugural ceremony last night in London.

The public has chosen one act to represent each decade since the Fifties as part of a new UK television show. Robbie Williams represents the 1990s, Michael Jackson the 1980s, Queen the 1970s, the Rolling Stones the 1960s and Cliff Richard has been chosen as the ambassador for the 1950s.

Leading up to the event at London's Hackney Empire, a national broadcaster aired a series of nominations programs paying homage to selected artists from the '50s to the '90s. Each of the five episodes profiled 10 artists, and the British public was invited to cast votes to select the inductees.

The contest was open to international artists who had the greatest impact on "U.K. Music Culture." Performers are eligible on the basis that their first record was released at least five years prior to nomination.

The UK Hall of Fame also inducted honorary members: Madonna, Bob Marley, Elvis Presley, U2 and the Beatles.

George Martin collected the honorary award on behalf of the Beatles. He said: “After 42 years, the light of their genius still shines as bright as ever.”

Michael Jackson was chosen from a group of nominees including Prince, REM, George Michael and The Smiths to be crowned music ambassador from the 80s.

Birdman^i^
11-13-2004, 11:56 AM
New York Rally Photos

MJ-Upbeat was one of the many groups who had the pleasure of supporting the Rally in New York to protest the Eminem video "Just Lose it". They have generously offered us the opportunity to share their wonderful photos with you.

Please click on the following link to view the pictures:
http://www.mj-upbeat.com/MTVRALLYFeaturingMJ-UpbeatPhotos.htm

Source: Bonnie/MJ-Upbeat

Birdman^i^
11-13-2004, 11:59 AM
Thank You Geraldo ....

It is nice when you have a public figure that acknowledges support for Mr. Michael Jackson. Gerald Rivera has done so in New York at the recent fan sponsored Rally Protest against the airing of Eminem´s Video, "Just Lose It."

Out of kindness, it would be nice to send Mr. Rivera and the camera crew our thanks for "publicly" supporting Michael, and allowing the fans to listen to the phone conversation that Michael addressed to the ´fans´ and Mr. Geraldo Rivera in New York.

Here´s the email address:

Mr. Geraldo Rivera
atlarge@foxnews.com

To Call FOX News Channel:
1-888-369-4762

Lets keep the letters focused and to the point. We know Mr. Rivera is a very busy man. Thank you all.

Source: Eve-TheMusicLady

Birdman^i^
11-14-2004, 11:46 AM
Searching For Michael Jackson’s Jury

By John Karrys


Once it became certain that these alleged molestation and kidnapping charges were to blossom into a trial, one had to imaginatively speculate how long the process of finding a jury of his peers would take place in order to, at least, give the appearance of a fair trial. Furthermore, District Attorney Sneddon knows the community of Santa Barbara very well and I’m sure he has a precise idea of what he wants that jury makeup to be. Michael Jackson is a global reality show. Every person has a firm position, one way or the other, and, just like the previous US election, there are very few undecideds. This a country that jailed Martha Stewart for a crime that has no name and yet if you ask 9 out of 10 people if they know why Martha is serving her sentence, they will say something to the effect, “It has something to do with insider trading.” Be Aware of that Newspeak.

Thus far, the actual case against Michael Jackson has not matched the hype. Ask yourselves America, why, as of mid-November 2004, is it taking so long for the prosecution to hand over the evidence to the defense? When Sneddon was giggling at that press conference, we all remember a year ago, one had to logically assume he had hard evidence to back up his joyful glee. Are they testing existing evidence or are they trying to manufacture evidence or are they hoping to land a plea bargain with one of Michael’s employees, promise him or her immunity and a pipe dream, in the same way Federal prosecutors found a “witness” to plea-bargain against Martha Stewart?

Like it or not, the point is the initial public relations propaganda campaign against Michael Jackson is the main springboard for most people’s opinions against him. Any marketer or social-engineer propagandist knows that people rarely change their minds regardless of the facts that are presented to the naked eye. Many studies have shown this disturbing phenomenon. How many pundits have aggressively challenged that “musical-chair” timeline of the prosecution’s or the appalling changing counts in the charges? Why are the media, minus Geraldo, afraid to check the state’s abuse of power?

I also thought to myself if Winona Ryder can get a jury of her peers for a silly shoplifting charge, shouldn’t Michael Jackson, at the very least, get the same. I do recall the very successful Peter Guber sitting in her jury. Let’s see an Oprah, Bill Cosby, Mike Wallace or a Garth Brooks. Producer John Peters would be good. Bill Gates would be interesting. He knows what it’s like to be targeted with frivolous lawsuits. Let’s face it, the world is Michael Jackson’s jury pool and his jury should be of his peers. Nonetheless, in the end of this drama, the evidence will either definitively point to a very guilty Michael Jackson or a very guilty Tom Sneddon with a meteor of federal indictments showering on the offices of the prosecution and those, in and outside law enforcement, who collaborated with this crime. If it is the latter, the media better report it as such or they will have no audience to sell to their diminishing advertisers.

For the scales of justice in this constitutional republic of America to survive, there must be a strong commitment to the rule of law. There is an unprecedented crisis in the plasticity of our institutions. Whether it is in education, law or business, their frameworks and structures are obsolete from today’s reality and we will be indebted with the consequences. The power of the state must be curbed in order for freedom to mean anything in America. When will the Sneddons and the like be served their papers? There is no place for a Leviathan in our America.


John Karrys is a high-school teacher. He can be contacted at: johnkarrys@hotmail.com


Source: JohnKarrys/MJJForum

Birdman^i^
11-14-2004, 12:51 PM
Geraldo Rivera UNCUT

The ‘UNCUT’ Words Of Geraldo Rivera In The Access Hollywood & Celebrity Justice Interviews November 11, 2004

(MTV Rally)

by MJ-Upbeat

Celebrity JusticeNovember 11, 2004

Geraldo: Ya know people are allowed to think anything they want about him because he’s Michael Jackson. He’s facing potential life imprisonment, “This is just not fair”!


It doesn’t matter that he’s Michael Jackson, if his name was ‘Jackson’ ‘Michael’, believe me, the rights and privileges he has as a citizen of the United States would apply and they ‘should’ apply him too.


Interviewer: Do you believe the allegations are? , (Inaudible)


Geraldo: I think the allegations against him are ‘absolutely’ false! I think that if you examine the facts and circumstances that are alleged in the incitement of Michael Jackson, they are absurd on their face and Tom Sneddon should be ashamed of himself!


Interviewer: And what do you think of Eminem?


Geraldo: Eh, I don’t like his music but he’s got a right to say anything he wants, it’s just that when you cross the lines and you get into something prohibited by the laws of the state and the laws of the country. (Inaudible)

----------------------------------------------------------------


Access Hollywood November 11, 2004

Geraldo: Well Michael and I speak about every week; he’s a great guy ya know ah, I think he’s really being unfairly treated in a lot of ways. A lot of what the District Attorney is doing, from my view, hasn’t happened since the days of Jim Crow.


Ah just because it’s Michael Jackson doesn’t mean the Constitution of the United States doesn’t apply, I mean it has too and to allow this whole Black Sambo stuff ---- just because it’s Michael Jackson is an insult to all of us.


Geraldo: I don’t need Michael’s thanks to support him, I support him regardless. I appreciate it, I consider him a friend of mine, and I’m going to continue to speak out against what I consider to be a railroading out on Santa Barbara.


Geraldo: Well Ya know his whole life ‘is’ his fans, they have been the one constant in his life. He’s had so many up and down’s, he’s had so many people that he thought he could trust that he couldn’t and ya know, when push came to shove, but the fans have been with him throughout.

Ya know my seven year old and I just last week had bought the Thriller album for the first time, it’s new to her, ya know she wasn’t around in 1983 when it was released and the kids think it’s great....(inaudible)

(Access Hollywood question concerning attack on Michael)

Geraldo: I think it’s an attack on people who allow lazy racism to get on the air.

Source: MJ-Upbeat

Birdman^i^
11-15-2004, 11:22 PM
Release of Documents Could End Jackson Conspiracy Charges
by Dr. K. C. Arceneaux
November 13, 2004

The release of redacted documents, on November 12, 2004, that are among the evidence in the child molestation case against Michael Jackson could collapse the case, or at the very least, cast serious doubt on the conspiracy charges against him. The documents include correspondence between then Jackson attorney Mark Geragos and William Dickerman, attorney for "Jane Doe," the mother of Jackson´s accuser. The letters were sent immediately following the period during which Ms. Doe said she was imprisoned by Jackson employees and was fearful for her life. However, the letters are very mundane, if combative, and concern the return of household belongings. There is no mention of events remotely resembling the accusations made in the Grand Jury indictment.

The letters reveal a prolonged and acrimonious exchange between the attorneys, beginning on March 26 and ending on May 17, 2003. The letters concern return of items that had been removed from Ms. Doe´s home and placed in storage. In the letters, there is squabbling about when and where to deliver the belongings, and concern about who would make payments on a storage facility. And yet, this exchange occurs immediately after the period that Ms. Doe claims she and her children were falsely imprisoned by Jackson´s staff. The question here is simple. If Ms. Doe thought she and her children had been imprisoned and her life threatened, as she later claimed, why did she not tell Dickerman, her attorney? Kidnapping is a much more serious issue than who will pay for the storage of furniture.

Ms. Doe´s accusations against Jackson are similar to charges she made against her now-ex husband in a divorce dispute. About the Jackson case, Ms. Doe said in a police interview leaked to the media in September, 2004, that she felt that "Somebody was going to kill the kids and me. Mostly the kids." In the divorce dispute, she accused her husband of molesting their daughter, kidnapping, and threatening her life. In judge´s chambers, the daughter recanted statements she had made earlier, and said that the father did not make death threats. Russell Halpern, attorney for the boy´s father, said that he believes the mother scripted her children. Halpern said the father once showed him a script his wife had allegedly written for their children to use when they were questioned in a civil deposition. "She wrote out all their testimony. I actually saw the script. I remember my client showing me, bringing the paperwork to me."

The charges against Michael Jackson are not the first time Ms.Doe has leveled charges of sexual abuse against someone. It is the third. In addition to the charges made against her husband, Ms. Doe also accused security guards of sexually abusing her by fondling her breasts and crotch in a parking lot. The guards had followed her son and husband from the store and accused them of shoplifting. The boy reportedly was carrying a stack of unpaid-for clothing. Ms. Doe alleged that the abuse went on for seven minutes, as her family apparently looked on helplessly. As in the Jackson case, there was a memory delay before accusations were made. Ms. Doe remembered two years after the parking lot incident that she had been (allegedly) sexually abused; these accusations were added to her three million dollar civil case against J.C. Penney.

Tom Griffen, Penney´s attorney, said in an interview by Mike Taibbi on the Abrams Report, March 4, 2004,"It became readily apparent that this was an incident, in my opinion, a scam to extract money from J. C. Penney." The case was settled out of court, for a reported $137,000. According to Griffen, the settlement was to avoid the risk of losing in a jury trial. One also assumes that the negative publicity would not have been desirable for the company. The psychiatrist retained by Penney to examine Ms. Doe said that he felt she scripted her children´s stories to match hers.

Veracity seems to be a serious problem with this family. In the first indictment Jackson was charged with seven counts of child molestation. In the second indictment, by a grand jury presided over by Santa Barbara prosecutor Tom Sneddon, the instances of molestation had declined from seven to three, with one alleged molestation attempt. Where did the other three molestations go? Did the boy in question, now a mature teenager, testify to seven instances of molestation and then remember that three of them did not happen? Or, now that he is older and wiser, is he less cooperative? Inexplicably, the grand jury indictment added charges not present in the first indictment. Jackson now has been accused of conspiracy to commit twenty-eight felony acts, including conspiring to commit child abduction; false imprisonment; extortion; committing lewd acts upon a child; attempting to commit a lewd act; and administering an intoxicating agent to a child.

The timeframe of the alleged molestations has changed, as well. In the first indictment, the dates were given as from February 7, 2003, to March 10, 2003. These dates were changed in the grand jury indictment, from February 20 to March 12. In a pre-trial hearing on November 8, 2004, Jackson attorney Susan Yu said, "The chronologies are critical to the defense because the dates of the alleged molestations in the original complaint (in December) are different from the dates in the indictment (in April)." Yu said, "These dates are different because the (accuser´s) family changed their story. They changed their story because they are not telling the truth."

Copyright, first American serial rights, Nov. 14, 2004

Source: MJRedemption/MJJForum

Birdman^i^
11-16-2004, 01:55 PM
Date: Monday, November 15, 2004

THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION - IN STORES TOMORROW

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THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION 5-DISC BOX SET SPANS 1969
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57 AUDIO TRACKS INCLUDE 36 MAJOR CHART HITS
AND ALBUM TRACKS, 13 PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED CUTS,
PLUS U.S. AND U.K. ARCHIVAL RARITIES

PREMIERE DVD OF COMPLETE HISTORIC CONCERT IN BUCHAREST, FROM 1992 DANGEROUS TOUR


MICHAEL JACKSON IS A GLOBAL SUPERSTAR, HAVING SOLD OVER 135 MILLION SOLO ALBUMS WORLDWIDE, INCLUDING 47 MILLION ALONE FOR THRILLER, THE BIGGEST SELLING ALBUM OF ALL TIME

Deluxe display book box set contains 64-page booklet with rare photography, personal memorabilia, chronological timeline, complete discography, and newly-commissioned liner note essay by Nelson George

First major historical box set of Michael Jackson’s career arrives in stores November 16th on Epic Records


“The key to re-hearing the music of the biggest album in music history is Michael’s voice. All of the tools that he’d been developing since ‘I Want You Back’ are in full effect. The grace, the aggression, the growling, the natural boyishness, the falsetto, the smoothness - that combination of elements that mark him as a major vocalist are abundantly clear. Just as he learned from Stevie Wonder, Jackie Wilson and James Brown, Michael has educated R. Kelly, Usher, Justin Timberlake and countless others with Thriller as the textbook.”
– from the liner notes written by Nelson George


Three and a half decades after an 11-year old phenomenon from Gary, Indiana and his teenage brothers forever changed the face of popular music, MICHAEL JACKSON – THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION marks the most extensive presentation of his artistry ever assembled in one package.

The deluxe 5-disc display book box set – containing 4 audio CDs (totaling 57 tracks) of hit singles, album tracks, 13 previously unissued recordings, and impossible-to-find rarities from the U.S. and U.K. archives spanning 1969 to 2004, plus a completely unreleased 1992 live concert DVD – will arrive in stores November 16th on Epic Records, a division of Sony Music. The box set was executive produced by Michael Jackson. Project Manager was Al Quaglieri.

For Michael Jackson, whose seven solo albums on Epic Records between 1979 and 2001 (Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous, HIStory: Past, Present and Future - Book 1, Blood On The Dance Floor: History In The Mix and Invincible) and four long-form videos (Video Greatest Hits/HIStory, Dangerous: The Short Films, HIStory On Film, and Number Ones) have sold more than 60-times RIAA platinum in the U.S. alone, THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION is the record of a lifetime. It is, in effect, the ultimate tribute to Michael Jackson’s “vibrant vocal personality,” as characterized in the newly commissioned 4,000 word liner note essay written by author and veteran R&B journalist Nelson George.

From the career-defining string of four #1 Pop/#1 R&B singles of 1969 and 1970 by the Jackson 5 on Motown Records that open this box set (“I Want You Back,” “ABC,” “I’ll Be There,” “Got To Be There” – the first group in history to have their first four internationally-distributed singles all hit #1), to the back-to-back hits that launched his solo career the following year (“Got To Be There,” “I Wanna Be Where You Are”), to the quintet of previously unissued works spanning the ’90s and ’00s that are found on Disc Four (“Fall Again,” “In The Back,” “Beautiful Girl,” “The Way You Love Me,” “We’ve Had Enough”), MICHAEL JACKSON – THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION is truly representative of one of the most legendary careers in American popular music.

Included are 14 more signature hits by Michael Jackson that reached #1 on the U.S. Pop and/or R&B charts between 1971 and 1995, which would be the backbone of any collection on the artist: “Ben,” “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” “Rock With You,” “The Girl Is Mine” (with Paul McCartney), “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” “Bad,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man In The Mirror,” “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” (duet with Siedah Garrett), “Dirty Diana,” “Remember The Time,” “Black Or White,” and “You Are Not Alone.”

In addition, numerous other signature chart hits are included—“Off The Wall,” “She’s Out Of My Life,” “Wanna Be Startin’ Something,” “Thriller,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Jam,” “Blood On The Dance Floor,” and “You Rock My World.”

This ULTIMATE COLLECTION lives up to its title with the inclusion of 13 previously unissued tracks spanning more than a quarter-century of development. Among these are 9 never-before-heard demo recordings that Michael Jackson has decided to unveil on this box set: “Shake A Body” (with The Jacksons, a fascinating glimpse into the creative process that turned into 1978’s “Shake Your Body”), “Sunset Driver” (from the Off The Wall sessions), “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” (from the Thriller sessions), “Scared of the Moon,” “We Are The World” (Michael’s own solo demo of this song he co-wrote with Lionel Richie), “Cheater” (from the Bad sessions), and the aforementioned “Fall Again,” “Beautiful Girl,” and “The Way You Love Me.”

Throughout each of the four CDs, there are rarities to be found that will satisfy the hardest-to-please archivists. On Disc One, Michael Jackson’s starring role alongside Diana Ross in The Wiz (the 1978 film version of the all-black Broadway musical based on The Wizard Of Oz) is celebrated on their thematic duet “Ease On Down the Road.” Jackson turned another song from the production, “You Can’t Win,” into a 7-minute dance opus issued in the U.K. as a 12-inch. Disc Two features “Someone in the Dark,” a song created for The E.T. Storybook in 1982, which was subsequently withdrawn from the market (on MCA Records), but the song was included on the 2001 SACD release, Thriller – Special Edition. ULTIMATE COLLECTION also marks the first commercial appearance of “We Are Here To Change The World,” produced in 1986 for the IMAX 3-D short film Captain Eo, that was shown at Disney theme parks.

Disc three uncovers a CD single remix of “Who Is It” (from the Dangerous album) done by Brothers In Rhythm. There is also an edited version of “Someone Put Your Hand Out,” a collaboration with Teddy Riley that was distributed on cassette as a promotion by the Dangerous tour sponsor Pepsi-Cola. “Childhood,” the evocative theme from 1995’s Free Willie 2 movie soundtrack, surfaces on Disc Four, which also contains “On the Line,” a song recorded for the Spike Lee film “Get On The Bus.”

The fifth disc in MICHAEL JACKSON – THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION is the official commercial debut of a full-length concert DVD (16 selections) from the show that took place in the politically volatile Romanian capital city of Bucharest during the Dangerous tour. The concert was videotaped on September 19, 1992, and premiered October 10th on HBO.

In addition to the hours and hours of audio and video content on this box set, there is also an ample 64-page color booklet to kindle the imagination. Full discographical details of every track (timings, composers, publishers, recording dates, studio personnel and musician rosters, album references and so on) are offset by dozens of rare and never-before-seen photographs and personal memorabilia from Michael Jackson’s archives. A chronological timeline covers the entire story and a complete discography are also included, along with Nelson George’s essay.

“Michael Jackson made his first recordings during the Age of Aquarius,” he writes, “and continues on in the era of downloading. In that respect he has no peers. Not in longevity, overall artistic achievement or plain old record sales over five decades. From The Jackson Five to The Jacksons, from Gary, Indiana to Hollywood, California, from neophyte to master. Is Michael Jackson really the King of Pop? The answer is in your hands.”




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Birdman^i^
11-16-2004, 02:09 PM
Michael Jackson Remixed - Update
16th November 2004

Download Remember The Time (Dangerous Tour Rehearsal)
Download this extremely rare and unique version of "Remember The Time" performed for a rehearsal session for Michael Jackson's Dangerous World Tour! What makes this version so special is the fact that "Remember The Time" was cut from the final listing of songs that were to be performed on the tour. Hear Michael Sing, improvise, talk and joke against a special extended backing track never heard anywhere else before!

New songs in the Jukebox
Listen to 3 classic Teddy Riley and Michael Jackson productions taken from the 1991 album, Dangerous.

Vote for " Cheater" !
"Cheater" is the promotional single used to help raise awareness of Michael Jackson's new Boxed-Set, The Ultimate Collection (already released in some counties). Be sure you vote for the Cheater video on MTV-UK TRL by following the instructions on the Home page. You can vote as many times as you wish. The more votes "Cheater" receives, the higher the chance is that the Video will get played!

Remixes in the Database
New remixes have been added to the database in the Remixes section. Additions include a new remix of "Rock With You" by DJ Rico, which will be released on the DMC DJ series available on vinyl and CD at specialist record and music stores!

Avatars
The first of a series of animated avatars is now available in the Media/Avatars section. Choose from coloured, black and white or animated avatars to jazz up your message board or forum identity!

Voting Booth open
The Voting Booth is now open! Be sure to listen to the conteding remix clips, then simply place your vote for your most favourite remix by using the Voting Booth. The remix with the most votes will be available to download in its entirity in the near future!

Michael Jackson Remixed Prize Draw
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Birdman^i^
11-17-2004, 09:52 AM
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004 Ex-Producer Sues Michael Jackson for $3M

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former producer and business associate of
Michael Jackson is suing the pop star, claiming he hasn't been paid
more than $3 million in loans and producing fees.


The breach-of-contract lawsuit filed Tuesday by J. Marc Schaffel
details numerous loans and payments made on Jackson's behalf, and
claims the singer failed to fully pay Schaffel for his role in
producing two television specials.


The specials aired on Fox early last year were intended to
counter a damaging portrayal in televised interviews with British
journalist Martin Bashir.


Schaffel claims in the Superior Court lawsuit that he is still
owed $800,000 of the $3 million he was entitled to for producing
the specials, and $2.3 million for payments and loans for Jackson
over the past three years.


Schaffel said that since 2001 he made loans or payments for
Jackson totaling $8.6 million, but has been repaid only $6.3
million.


The lawsuit lists Jackson's requests for money, including
$600,000 to buy a piece of jewelry for Elizabeth Taylor and $1
million to pay Marlon Brando for appearing in a Jackson concert and
music video.


Schaffel said he gave Jackson at least $100,000 several times
for shopping sprees, and pitched in on payments for cars, including
a Rolls Royce Phantom and Bentley Arnage.


Jackson also asked for and received a half-million dollars in
``emergency cash'' after the Sept. 11 terror attacks ``in case he
needed to take shelter underground somewhere with his family,''
according to the lawsuit.


Jackson stopped repaying Schaffel in June 2004 when his brother
Randy Jackson became the star's financial adviser, the suit claims.


The suit seeks general, special and compensatory damages
totaling at least $3.1 million.


A message left with Jackson's spokeswoman after business hours
Tuesday was not immediately returned.


In a separate case, Jackson has pleaded not guilty to child
molestation, conspiracy and administering an intoxicating agent,
alcohol, to a boy. His trial is scheduled for Jan. 31.

Birdman^i^
11-17-2004, 09:56 AM
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF STATE OF ALASKA/TERRITORY
9TH CIRCUIT DIVISION

Cause No.: 3858_____

______________________________________________

Kevin Francis, Ramey,Sui Juris,ex rel.,
Private Attorney General.
CASE NO:A04-0215-CV (JWS)


WRIT of MANDAMUS
Plaintiffs-Petitioners, MOTION OF OBJECTION WITH AFFIDAVIT
OF FACT AND TRUTH TO REDIRECT THE
v. COURT TO DUE PROCESS AND ORIGINAL
JURISDICTION.

STATE/TERRITORY OF ALASKA RE: "ORDER REGARDING FEES and PERMITTING
AMENDED COMPLAINT"

Defendant-Respondent.

______________________________________________

OATH and AFFIRMATION

I, Kevin Francis, Ramey, sui juris, ex rel., Private Attorney General, Inhabitant of Togiak, State/Territory of Alaska, hereinafter Affiant/Plaintiff, state under penalty of perjury under the laws of the united states of America that the foregoing is true and correct. (USCA 28 § 1746 (1)).


Jurisdiction

Original Jurisdiction; Judges with Lawful oath to "said, State" of Alaska; "Due Course" of Law Article 1, Sec. 10, as ratified

"In all Cases....and those in which a State shall be a Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction." Art.III, Sec. 2 United States Constitution

Affidavit

STATEMENT OF FACT AND TRUTH.

I Kevin Francis, Ramey Sui Juris, ex rel., Private Attorney General swear to tell the TRUTH, the WHOLE TRUTH, and NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH, SO HELP ME GOD.

Comes now, Plaintiff, Kevin Francis, Ramey, Sui Juris, freeborn natural man, all rights reserved, no rights waived. Plaintiff is expressly not a corporation or fictional entity and claims lawful jurisdiction inside of the judicial due process of the lawful constitutional State of /Territory of Alaska, Article 10, Sec. 1, wherein "due course of law" is as defined in original jurisdiction. Plaintiff moves the court for damages and prosecution upon evidence as presented, Civil in nature with Investigation of criminal wrongdoing pending a full and complete Discovery of all Truth and Fact(s) produced per FOIA request for such purpose pending, by above named Defendants, and Departments, and or, Agencies, engaging in Racketeering and Fraud against Plaintiff, et al, ex rel,. Plaintiff is indigent, and expects waiver of any filing fees in this matter. Plaintiff, stands on constitutional jurisdiction "justice without purchase" and shall be heard accordingly.

(1). Supreme Court Justice Brandeis spoke, in the case of Olmstead v. United States when he said:

"Decency, security and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen. In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the laws scrupulously. Our government is the potent omnipresent teacher. For good or ill, it teaches the whole people by it's example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a law breaker, it breeds contempt for the law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that in the administration of criminal laws the end justifies the means to declare that the government may commit crimes in order to secure the conviction of a private criminal would bring terrible retribution. Against that pernicious doctrine this Court should resolutely set its face. ...And so should every law enforcement student, practitioner, supervisor, and administrator........."

See also, Judiciary Act of September 24, 1789, Section 342, First Congress, Sess. 1, ch. 20, 1789

And

(a) Section 9 of the original Judiciary Act, since carried over in 28 U.S. C. A. 1333, saves to suitors such a common law remedy

(b) For example, the court stated in The "Moses Taylor" v Hammons, 4 Wall. 411, 431 (1867), that a proceeding in rem as used in the admiralty courts, is not a remedy afforded by the common law and that a proceeding in rem is essentially a proceeding possible only in admiralty.

(c) 318 U. S. 133 (1943). In the course of his opinion for the Court which contains a lengthy historical account of Admiralty jurisdiction in this country, chief Justice Stone cited Smith v. Maryland, 18 How. 71 (1855), where the Court without discussion sustained the seizure and forfeiture of a vessel in a judgment in rem of a State court for violation of a Maryland fishing law within the navigable waters of the State.

(2). The U.S. Courts

Article III of the United States Constitution establishes the judicial branch as one of the three separate and distinct branches of the federal government. The other two are the legislative and executive branches.

The federal courts often are called the guardians of the Constitution because their rulings protect rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution. Through fair and impartial judgments, the federal courts interpret and apply the law to resolve disputes. The courts do not make the laws. That is the responsibility of Congress. Nor do the courts have the power to enforce the laws. That is the role of the President and the many executive branch departments and agencies.

The Founding Fathers of the nation considered an independent federal judiciary essential to ensure fairness and equal justice for all citizens of the United States. The Constitution they drafted promotes judicial independence in two major ways. First, federal judges are appointed for life, and they can be removed from office only through impeachment and conviction by Congress of "Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors." Second, the Constitution provides that the compensation of federal judges "shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office," which means that neither the President nor Congress can reduce the salary of a federal judge. These two protections help an independent judiciary to decide cases free from popular passions and political influence.

(3). United States District Courts

The United States district courts are the trial courts of the federal court system. Within limits set by Congress and the Constitution, the district courts have jurisdiction to hear nearly all categories of federal cases, including both civil and criminal matters. There are 94 federal judicial districts, including at least one district in each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Three territories of the United States -- the Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands -- have district courts that hear federal cases, including bankruptcy cases.

There are two special trial courts that have nationwide jurisdiction over certain types of cases. The Court of International Trade addresses cases involving international trade and customs issues. The United States Court of Federal Claims has jurisdiction over most claims for money damages against the United States, disputes over federal contracts, unlawful "takings" of private property by the federal government, and a variety of other claims against the United States.

Marbury v. Madison, 5 US 137
“The Constitution of these United States is the supreme law of the land. Any law that is repugnant to the Constitution is null and void of law.”

Murdock v. Penn., 319 US 105
“No state shall convert a liberty into a privilege, license it, and attach a fee to it.”

Shuttlesworth v. Birmingham, 373 US 262
“If the state converts a liberty into a privilege, the citizen can engage in the right with impunity.”

Owen v. Independence, 100 S.C.T. 1398, 445 US 622
“Officers of the court have no immunity, when violating a Constitutional right, from liability. For they are deemed to know the law.”

Cooper v. Aaron, 358 U.S. 1, 78 S.Ct. 1401 (1958).
“No state legislator or executive or judicial officer can war against the Constitution without violating his undertaking to support it.”

Due Process provides that the "rights of pro se (Sui Juris) litigants are to be construed liberally and held to less stringent standards than formal pleadings drafted by lawyers; if court can reasonably read pleadings to state valid claim on which litigant could prevail, it should do so despite failure to cite proper legal authority, confusion of legal theories, poor syntax and sentence construction, or litigants unfamiliarity with pleading requirements." (Spencer v Doe, 1998; Green v Branson 1997; Boag v McDougall, 1998; Haines v Kerner, 1972)

"Right to proceed pro se (Sui Juris) is fundamental statutory right that is afforded highest degree of protection." (DEVINE V INDIAN RIVER COUNTY SCHOOL BD., 11TH CIR. 1997)

(4). Plaintiff rightfully stated, Plaintiff is both "Divorced (Matrimony, STATES position) and yet is still United in Holy Matrimony (Married) as reflected in Exhibit B, "CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE" and B (1). "DECREE OF DIVORCE" in which the STATE claims it's "forever severing the bonds of matrimony" in which it accepted a fee to empower "TO ANY PERSON AUTHORIZED BY THE LAWS OF THIS STATE TO SOLEMNIZE MARRIAGES." as performed on January 11, 1991 by the STATES own Geoffrey T. Comfort, Magistrate for THE DISTRICT COURT located in the boundaries of THIS STATE/TERRITORY in DILLINGHAM, ALASKA. Plaintiff sought remedy in the STATE courts over this Unconstitutional action with Inherent Right(s), secured in The Bill of Rights, amendments, (1),(4),(5),(6),(7) and (9), and protected as Supreme Law under the constitution of the united states of America, but to no avail as civil officers in both STATE and FEDERAL branches failed to respond to my pleas for help, relief and remedy. In my (Plaintiff) pursuit of Due Process and Justice, I received only silence in this matter except by then, Senator Frank Murkowski, who informed me by letter, Exhibit B (2) (copy attached) that he could not help me in my situation due to his "Federal Jurisdiction" dated Febuary 18, 1998, please review his instruction to me and see also Exhibit B (3) a letter dated January 15, 1998, in which then Senator Murkowski gives receipt of Exhibit B(3a) in regards to a letter I (Plaintiff) wrote to address an agency of the STATE, and woman's shelter, SAFE & FEAR FREE ENVIRONMENT (DIRECTORS) RE: DUE PROCESS & PROPER PROCEDURE, along with other civil officers as shown in "cc;" at the bottom of said letter dated, "DECEMBER 4, 1997"

(5). On 12-12-02 I addressed then and now Governor Frank H. Murkowski , Exhibit C with a copy of his letters above enclosed and an (unanswered) complaint , Exhibit C (1) addressed "TO THE SUPERIOR COURT FOR THE STATE OF ALASKA AT Anchorage 3rd Judicial District, with confirmation Receipt to all parties, Clerk of Court (The Court), Lilly Ann, Ramey, and Governor Frank Murkowski.

(6). Please review all Exhibits as provided and understand I won't "VOLUNTARY" give up any rights to this Action or "DISMISSAL" as presented in your "ORDER". And further understand I will appeal any and all adverse action to my goal of total fair justice in this matter. So I ask you to reconsider and amend your ORDER filed November 2, 2004 to carefully help me correct any imperfections in my prayer for relief and justice in this matter before this court for your review and consideration. I make no claim to "Represent" any party in law as I'm not licensed under the Bar to work in such commercial area. I can act on my own behalf and that of all united states citizens as a Private Attorney General, ex rel., and in my capacity and my own right Sui Juris. I have been searching for any party who qualifies as 6th amendment "Assistance of Council" but can't locate any at this time and perhaps the court might direct me to such council as to help me understand court process in order to speak and plead my case for the record. This in all my movement is the only way and by right to seek remedy, relief and justice in my case. Until such time as I can find correct council, I will do my best to protect these rights we all hold as united states of America citizens to the best of my knowledge and free will and also all Birthrights. If in this course I falter, I ask this and all courts officers to show me real mistakes and allow for time to correct.

(7). If the states act of "forever severing the bonds of matrimony" makes me "Divorced" from my wife, will this also put asunder (sever) Holy Matrimony? Is this court vowed to protect our most sacred and Holy Laws and Constitutions? Or does this court only vow allegiance to commercial gain? Am I in my proper venue? Is Truth and Justice only an American Dream or can it be had and shared by all, rich and poor, young or old, citizen or alien? These are questions I ask of this court in order to fully act in my defense in this matter. There are many other cares and concerns I will add as this finds no place in justice. I ask the court not only to provide answers and full disclosure of process and rights, but also timely justice. Should I concider this position in error?

Further Affiant/Plaintiff Sayeth Naught.

Done this _____ day of the November month in the year of our Lord 2004 .


Affiants Signed____________________________________________ _______

Affiants Printed Signature: Kevin Francis, Ramey Sui Juris ______________

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

I hereby certify that, on thisday of November, 2004, a true and complete copy of the
foregoing Writ of Mandamus of law regarding ORDER REGARDING FEES and PERMITTING,
AMENDED COMPLAINT by depositing the same in the United States mail, postage prepaid,
has been duly served upon the following:


Governor for the STATE/TERRITORY OF ALASKA:
FRANK MURKOWSKI
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
POST OFFICE BOX 110001
JUNEAU, ALASKA 99811-0001

Attorney General for the STATE/TERRITORY OF ALASKA:
GREGG RENKES
OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL
POST OFFICE BOX 110300
JUNEAU, ALASKA 99811-0300


_________________________
Kevin Francis, Ramey Sui Juris, ex rel., Private Attorney General
c/o Post Office Box 223
Togiak, Alaska 99678
(907) 493-5273

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Birdman^i^
11-19-2004, 07:21 PM
Date: Friday, November 19, 2004

MTV FORCES EMINEM TO CHANGE OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCE
Author: Team MJJsource

After witnessing Eminem’s rehearsals for his performance at the MTV EUROPE MUSIC AWARDS on Wednesday, November 18th, 2004, MTV ordered Eminem to drop the derogatory Jackson parody, claiming that it would cause too much offence.

It was reported that Eminem had planned to wear a wig and false nose for his live performance of JUST LOSE IT, mocking Michael Jackson.

A source told Britain's THE SUN newspaper, "Bosses stepped in when it became clear he (Eminem) was going overboard. He wanted to rub Jackson's nose in his child molestation charges in front of a TV audience of millions. But MTV was not happy. They asked Eminem to scale things back and not humiliate Jackson. Eminem eventually agreed."

Regardless of MTV’s warnings, Eminem still managed to succeed in bringing out 40 children with him onstage.

Birdman^i^
11-20-2004, 11:41 AM
Jackson Prosecutors Launch Attack Against Defense Subpoenas

Prosecutors in the case against Michael Jackson claim in a recently filed motion that defense attorneys have "grossly abused the process of the court" when issuing subpoenas and have gone overboard by requesting information the prosecution finds irrelevant to Jackson´s defense.

The information of debate is over confidential records of the accuser and his family, which include psychological, gynecological, and other medical records. Senior Deputy District Attorney Ronald Zonen pointed out within the motion that defense attorneys are demanding records for every member of the accuser´s family, including his months old half-brother, and that no dates were specified to limit what records they could receive.

"The demand is for actual copies of X-rays, lab tests, MRI film, ultrasounds, gynecological records, billing records, examinations, medical diagnosis and history of medications," Mr. Zonen stated. "There is nothing a medical institution can do to a patient or for a patient that is not demanded by the defendant´s subpoena."

In addition to the medical and psychiatric records, the defense also subpoenaed financial documents, including information on bank accounts, deposits, withdrawals, 401(k) accounts, retirement accounts, trusts, corporations and joint ventures.

Lead defense counsel Thomas Mesereau has earlier attacked the credibility of the accuser´s mother in court and has repeated said that the child molestation allegations came about only after her botched attempt to get money from Jackson.

In the motion, Zonen further stated, "I have been asked by Mr. Doe, the victim´s stepfather, to seek the court´s intervention to curb what he rightly believes to be (the defense´s) unlimited and unrestrained access to personal and private records and materials, without judicial review of the documents . . . and without regard to whether such materials are relevant to the defense of the pending charges."

The prosecution is also questioning the legality of the defense instructing persons who have been subpoenaed to not inform prosecutors about it. They want Judge Rodney Melville to review materials subpoenaed to determine their relevance to the defense of Jackson, and for the court to also order defense counsel to end their "everything but the kitchen sink" approach to attaining said materials.

Response to the prosecution motion by the defense has not yet been made available.

The matter will be addressed on November 29 at the next pre-trial hearing.


Source: Santa Barbara News-Press

Birdman^i^
11-21-2004, 02:36 PM
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - The prosecution in Michael
Jackson's child molestation case has accused the defense of abusing
the judicial process with sweeping demands for medical records of
the alleged victim and his family, including gynecological records
for his mother and information on his 3-month-old brother.


In court records unsealed Friday, the Santa Barbara County
district attorney's office blasted subpoenas from Jackson's team
and a court order that bars people who received them from notifying
prosecutors.


The defense ``has grossly abused the process of the court'' by
seeking information that violates privacy rights and ``could not
possibly lead to evidence relevant'' to Jackson's defense,
prosecutors contended in the motion filed Thursday.


A response from the defense was not immediately made public.
Lawyers in the case are under a gag order not to discuss it.


Jackson has pleaded not guilty to child molestation, conspiracy
and administering an intoxicating agent, alcohol, to a boy. His
trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 31 but Superior Court Judge Rodney
Melville has been working through a blizzard of pretrial motions by
both sides.


The prosecution's court filing asks Melville to overturn his
July 9 order prohibiting people from telling the prosecution that
they had been subpoenaed by the defense. The DA's office also asks
the judge to order defense lawyers to stop their
``everything-but-the-kitchen-sink'' approach.


Melville was scheduled to take up the issue at a Nov. 29
hearing.


In a court declaration, prosecutor Ronald Zonen said Jackson's
attorneys have demanded ``copies of X-rays, lab tests, MRI film,
ultrasounds, gynecological records, billing records, examinations,
medical diagnosis and history of medications.''


``There is nothing a medical institution can do to a patient or
for a patient that is not demanded by the defendant's subpoena,''
Zonen said.


The defense also has sought mental health records that the
prosecution and family contend are confidential.


The family is ``convinced that sensitive materials subpoenaed by
Defendant will ultimately end up on NBC or CNN,'' Zonen said.


The prosecution also contended that the defense has sought
information on the family's finances, including records of bank
account deposits and withdrawals, retirement accounts, trusts,
corporations and joint ventures.


Lead defense lawyer Thomas Mesereau Jr. has attacked the
credibility of the boy's mother's in court and repeatedly asserted
that the allegations surfaced only after her failed attempt to get
money from Jackson.


The defense also has accused the prosecution of privacy
breaches. Earlier this month, Mesereau contended that
attorney-client privilege was violated when county sheriff's
deputies seized some items from the home of Jackson's personal
assistant in September.


The items taken included phone records, computer e-mails and
documents showing the Jackson defense team may have orchestrated
demonstrations outside the courthouse at previous hearings.

Birdman^i^
11-24-2004, 10:18 PM
Lawyers for Michael Jackson Request For Psychological Examinations of Accusing Family

(AP)The defense attorneys for Michael Jackson have asked Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville to order mental evaluations for the family that is accusing him of child molestation. In court documents released Wednesday, November 24th, they allege that they could not effectively cross-examine the psychologist, Dr. Stan Katz, if denied access to his own evaluations of the family.

In the motion seeking the psychological evaluations, the defense argued that details of the alleged abuse contained in the complaint filed by the prosecution vastly differ from those contained in the grand jury indictment.



In the original complaint filed in December 2003 by the Santa Barbara County prosecutors, they charged Mr. Jackson with seven counts of lewd acts with a child and two counts of administering an intoxicant to a minor. They also alleged that the abuse occurred between February 7, 2003 and March 10, 2003.
Contrary, the grand jury indictment in April 2004 no longer resembled the first set of charges. The new charges against Michael Jackson were now four counts of lewd acts with a child, one count of attempted lewd acts with a child and four counts of administering an intoxicant in commission of a felony. According to the motion, the timeline of the alleged abuse changed between February 20, 2003 and March 12, 2003.

Therefore, the previous charges of seven counts of lewd acts with a child were reduced to four. One count of attempted lewd act with a child was added to the new set of counts. The previous charge of administering an intoxicant to a minor changed from two counts to four counts. Then the prosecution added another charge that alleged Mr. Jackson and five “unindicted” individuals of conspired to commit a crime. At this time, none of the five “unindicted” co-conspirators have been charged with a crime.



“Somewhere, the perception of the facts in this case was significantly altered, and the indictment no longer followed the details and chronology recounted by" psychologist Stanley Katz, who interviewed the teenage boy and his family and told authorities about the alleged abuse” said the attorneys representing Michael Jackson in court documents.



Mr. Jackson’s attorneys also argued that “the prosecution opened the door to permit a mental examination” of the family, because they allowed Dr. Stan Katz to interview the boy and his family. The motion asks for a psychological evaluation of the boy making the accusation against Mr. Jackson, his brother and their mother.

A hearing involving the motion for the psychological exams was scheduled for Monday in Santa Barbara County Superior Court.



Associated Press

Birdman^i^
11-29-2004, 03:47 PM
Monday, Nov. 29, 2004 No Psychological Exam for Jackson Accuser

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) - The judge in the child-molestation
case against Michael Jackson refused on Monday to order Jackson's
accuser and the boy's family to undergo psychological examinations.


Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville ruled without hearing
arguments in court, and gave no reason for rejecting the request
from Jackson's side.


Attorneys could not comment on the decision because of a gag
order.


The judge did grant a defense request to release transcripts of
the grand jury selection process as long as grand jurors' names
remained confidential. The defense has complained that prosecutors
had too much sway over grand jurors.


The pop star is accused of molesting a boy and plying him with
alcohol. His trial is set to begin Jan. 31.


Attorneys also argued in court over efforts by the defense to
subpoena medical and banking records involving the accuser's
family. Prosecutors said the material is irrelevant.


``There are clearly records that are out of bounds such as the
gynecological records of the victim's sister or mother,''
prosecutor Ron Zonen said.


The prosecutor said the defense had also requested, among other
things, 23 years of military records for the alleged victim's
stepfather.


Defense attorney Robert Sanger said of the gynecological
records: ``There's a very good reason for requesting those, and I
don't want to go into that right now.''



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Birdman^i^
11-30-2004, 11:03 AM
Documents Show Jackson Accusers Unreliable

Lawyers for superstar Michael Jackson are preparing to attack the credibility of his accuser’s mother.

More information has come to light which may cast further doubt over the charges filed against Jackson, indicating the mother had previously used a similar method for financial gain. However, prosecutors have repeatedly denied the family is after money.

During a pre-trial hearing yesterday, Judge Rodney Melville granted a defense request to subpoena psychological, financial, medical and military records relating to the accuser’s family.

The judge also denied a defense request to conduct psychological examinations of the family. Senior Deputy District Attorney Ron Zonen objected to the widening scope of defense subpoenas, labeling these as "undue invasion of privacy, confidentiality and privilege."

Judge Melville, however, said that the prosecution did not represent the family and could not ask that any documents remained confidential.

The documents sought by Mr. Jackson are believed to include psychiatric reports from a civil suit previously filed by the accuser’s mother - against retailer J.C. Penney.

The suit was filed after her son was detained for allegedly shoplifting in 1998. Following charges being laid against her son, she filed a $3 million countersuit, claiming a security guard at the store attacked her and her children and also sexually molested her. The company dropped the shoplifting charges and paid the family $137,000.

The psychiatric reports in question, now obtained by a number of news organizations, were compiled in 2001 by Dr. John Hochman, an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology at UCLA.

The reports describe the mother as delusional and draw the conclusion that she may have fabricated the allegations of abuse. Dr. Hochman, quoting the mother, said that following the J.C. Penney incident she “saw a gynecologist due to irregularities in her menstruating and she was this way because her body was traumatized and ´every hormone in her body was being released.´ There is no evidence confirming [the mother´s] testimony she had to get her hormones straightened out due to the mall episode."

Amongst other records, the defense has requested gynecological records, thought to be from this incident. An attorney for the family filed an objection to the release of medical records. It is not clear if these are the records referred to.

Following the J.C. Penney incident, the family complained of headaches and nightmares. The children were scared that "the bad people from J.C. Penney’s” would hurt them, said Dr. Hochman.

He also noted that the mother frequently claimed memory loss about her life prior to the incident. "She said she didn´t want to remember anything about her prior psychiatric treatment. She didn´t remember where (her son) took dancing lessons.”

Dr. Hochman also reported "she was far more upset talking about the mall episode than about her son´s bout with cancer. Her general demeanor alternated between a blunted state and tearful hysteria."

The boy also indicated that the incident was “more frightening” than his battle with cancer, while his brother described it as “worse.”

The doctor stated that he thought the interviews with the children were rehearsed and pointed out "doubtful aspects" of their testimony, saying it was “impossible” for the whole family to have "identical stories years later."

Following the incident, police and a doctor stated that they saw no injuries and were not told of any sexual molestation - those charges were added two years later.

Dr. Hochman said the mother insisted that "prior to the mall incident she was living an ideal and extraordinarily virtuous life,"

The grand jury process is also expected to suffer an attack from Jackson’s defense team who have claimed the proceedings were flawed and biased.

Granting a defense request, Judge Melville ordered that transcripts of the grand jury selection process as well as written communication between grand jurors and prosecutors be handed to the defense.

Also subpoenaed were materials used by the county jury commissioner to select the jurors. The jury selection process is currently under review by the California Supreme Court.

Source: SBNews-Press/AP/MJJForum

Birdman^i^
12-01-2004, 11:18 PM
Pt 1: Explosive Court Declaration Shows Damning Info – MJEOL Bullet #227
Declaration by Jackson attorney Brian Oxman discusses incredibly damaging info about the accusing family’s credibility and current allegations


Explosive new court documents (docs) were released recently that may have completely obliterated the accusing family’s conspiracy allegations in the Michael Jackson “case”. The info is so damaging that most of the general media has so far stayed away from even reporting in detail what was stated in the redacted defense docs. What are they afraid of?

Jackson attorney Brian Oxman discussed the accusing family’s changing stories and request for psychological examinations. Even though a number of lines are blacked out in the court doc, much more info about the history of the accusing family is revealed.

The history of this family is relevant because what some commentators don’t yet understand is that this is no longer a he-said/he-said “case”. The accusing family—the mother, the sister, and the accuser’s brother—are also leveling specific allegations against Jackson about the way they were treated and what they allegedly suffered at the hands of Jackson or his employees. That makes their history and credibility fair game as well.

Oxman is the attorney who issued a subpoena which sparked the prosecution’s cry-baby motion as discussed in MJEOL Bullet #225: Prosecutors Whining After Obtaining Numerous Search Warrants (http://site.mjeol.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1219).

In his declaration, Oxman states that contrary to what prosecutors are claiming, the subpoena does not violate the privacy of any of the accusing family members. As a matter of fact, Oxman writes, the Court has already endorsed these subpoenas.

The mere fact that prosecutors even know about these subpoenas is a violation of the Court’s order. Whoever is the recipient of these subpoenas is not allowed to even notify prosecutors of what the defense is asking for in any way, shape, or form.

Numerous times the Court’s order has been violated: apparently by Larry Feldman (yeah him), by Stan Katz (Feldman’s favorite psychologist), by the accuser’s stepfather, and possibly by other people that have been subpoenaed by the defense. These people not only notified prosecutors that they were subpoenaed, but also told prosecutors about what the defense requested.

The defense writes that certain subpoenaed witnesses were so compelled by their financial interests that they violated the Court’s order by alerting prosecutors:


4. In direct violation of this Court’s July 9 2004, Order [redacted] have informed the prosecution of the existence of a subpoena. Their disregard for this Court’s orders after being served with a copy of the July 9 2004 Order, demonstrates an overriding bias that is the product of their vested financial interest in this case that is so strong that it compels them to violate Court orders. These individuals have no excuse for their inexcusable flaunting of the July 9 2004 Order.
(see Download Declaration of Brian Oxman in Opposition of Motion to Modify Teal Order (http://site.mjeol.com/modules/wfdownloads/singlefile.php?cid=18&lid=51) | or image files and excepts of the declaration (http://site.mjeol.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1235)) pg 3 of .pdf file


This is not the first time the accusing family has been accused of having a financial interest in this “case”. It’s been long since reported that these allegations only surfaced after these people were ejected from the Jackson gravy train.

The public may also find out about other scams in which the family has been involved as well as other money motives. It has already been reported that the family is receiving money from the Victim’s Compensation Fund and has filed a claim against the Los Angeles Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS).

In his declaration, Oxman writes that the prosecution has already made the family’s medical condition an issue. In a failed attempt to quash a subpoena for the mother to testify at a pre-trial hearing, prosecutors provided the Court with an August 12 2004 medical report. That report claimed she was “physically incapacitated and unable to attend [court].” Now Jackson’s attorneys are trying to verify this info and prosecutors are trying to keep them from doing so. From the motion:
There was no limitation on the August 12 2004 [redacted], and not only did plaintiff open the door to permit Mr. Jackson’s inquiry into the medical representations made in that letter, but also under Evidence Code section 998, there is no physician-patient privilege in criminal proceedings. Evidence Code section 998.

7. The physician-patient privilege did not exist at common law and is strictly controlled by statute. Kramer v Policy Holders Life Ins. Assn 5 Cal. App. 2d 38, 384 (1935). Evidence Code section 998 provides, “There is no privilege under this article in a criminal proceeding.” (see pg 4 of .pdf)



Already some lawyers are claiming that Victim’s Rights Advocates are or should be up in arms about the defense’s request. This is ridiculous and shows that either these said commentators haven’t read Oxman’s declaration or don’t understand what the Court order regarding the Teal motion entails.

What these lawyers fail to realize is that the law is the law and if the mother is shown to have been lying about her condition to the judge and/or to prosecutors, that’s yet another reason why her word cannot be trusted.

This is certainly not a case for Victim’s Rights advocates to be hanging their hats on by any stretch of the imagination…unless they are going to support Jackson as being the victim of false allegations and being prosecuted unjustly by the state.

Again, much of the information is redacted but it appears that further requests for medical records came into play by the mother’s own allegations and testimony.

On the issue of lab tests, the defense the tests are necessary for a number of reasons. Some of the most explosive reasons, of course, were redacted from the motion. What is left in, however, pertains to the mother’s use and non-use of certain medications:
Laboratory tests will reveal her use and non-use of medications, and those tests also reveal the non-existence of various other illnesses and body complaints ___________________. (see pg 5 of .pdf)



Evidently, she may have been lying about medical conditions she claims she had and/or was hospitalized for various mental problems.

As revealed earlier this year from highly explosive documents, at one point the mother admitted to police—in an unrelated incident—that she was hospitalized for mental issues. These damaging docs came to the media’s attention some months ago. The accuser’s father also confirmed that the mother was previously institutionalized.

Celebrity Justice (CJ) posted these documents from October 2001 on their website. In the State of California Health and Welfare Agency Report is the following information:
…During the interviews, mother told the officers that Kobe Bryant, Fritz Coleman, Michael Jackson and other celebrities are helping her. The officers asked mother if she’s ever had psychiatric treatment and she said yes. In the past but not currently. (see State of California Health and Welfare Agency Report (http://celebrityjustice.warnerbros.com/documents/04/01/jacko_state.pdf) pg 1)



Not to mention all of the other half-truths, allegations and lies they were caught in telling during that period. The defense is likely to make an issue of this as well they should. This kind of behavior directly impacts their credibility.


__99 bottles of………what!__
One scandalous allegation leveled by the accusing family was a nonsensical claim that Jackson’s associates threw a bottle of the accuser’s urine out of a vehicle while taking the accuser to the doctor so the urine test wouldn’t detect any alcohol. An ABC report recounted the leaked allegation earlier this year.

First, it’s ridiculous that the accuser would be taken to the doctor while they were supposedly being held/abducted at Neverland. Second, it would be nonsensical to “dispose of” a urine sample by throwing it out of a car on the way to the doctor’s office.

Not one reporter pushing this story asked anyone to explain why this makes any sense because 1) the accuser would have just given another sample once he reached the doctor’s office; and 2) why didn’t they alert the doctor that they were being threatened or held hostage?

The defense speaks to this incredulous allegation in their motion. While some of the info is redacted, the defense manages to insinuate that lab reports confirm there was no alcohol detected in the accuser’s system:
14. Laboratory tests for the complaining witnesses are critical in this case because the prosecution has claimed that Mr. Jackson was part of a vast conspiracy to dump a urine sample jar so that alcohol would not be detected in the older son’s urine [redacted]. There was sufficient urine to test on the occasion in question, and the laboratory reports will demonstrate that fact.

15. The defense believes additional and other urine samples from both the mother and her children will demonstrate [redacted info] is the complaining witnesses who has raised these issue[s] and opened the door to the examination of their medical records. Mr. Jackson is entitled to subpoena those records. (see pg 5-6 of .pdf file)




__Head Injury?__
Apparently, the accuser’s mother claimed she sustained a head injury at some point apparently during a time within the prosecution’s timeline. To that end, the defense wants to confirm or deny this with medical records. In the motion, they say that Jackson is: “entitled to MRI scans that demonstrate the nature and extent of _______ injuries to these complaining witnesses. In addition, MRI films will demonstrate the presence [or] absence of injury. pg 6 of .pdf file

Of course some of the info is redacted concerning this situation, but it is incredibly interesting as to the extent of the allegation they have leveled against Jackson. And it could be incredibly damaging as the accusing family gets caught up in some of these stories.

Unlike the misconceptions by Craig Mitnik, who appeared on Fox News Live Nov 25 2004 to discuss the latest in the “case”, the defense does not seek gynecological records just for the hell of it or just to invade the mother’s privacy. The records will help show what medications she was using and contain a history of…something that is redacted from the court documents. From the motion:
The records are relevant because they disclose other medical information dealing with the truth of her claims and not for the sake of the gynecological portions of the records.

18. The mother testified before the Grand Jury without the benefit of medications, [redacted info]. The complaining mother’s gynecological records will demonstrate the fact she failed to take her medication. (see pg 6 of .pdf file)




__Customer Service, how would you like to be defrauded today?__
There is also an issue as to whether the mother may have defrauded Jackson. Some observers have speculated that this defrauding may have something to do with the mother procuring money from Jackson under false pretenses for things such as medical bills. This is based on the fact that the defense says medical bills from certain health care providers will prove that Jackson was defrauded.

It wouldn’t be the first time this family was accused of defrauding and/lying to someone to try to gain financially. There was a previous case involving department store JC Penneys.

The lawyer representing JC Penneys against the family’s allegation says that allegation turned into a scam to extract money from the store. It all began when the accusing family was stopped by store security for shoplifting merchandise out of the store.

NBC News obtained over 100 pages of documents regarding that case. From the March 4 2004 report:
(voice-over): But NBC News has obtained more than 100 pages of documents not on the public record, including defense deposition excerpts and psychiatric reports and the documents give a far more detailed version of J.C. Penney‘s case. That the psychiatrist hired by Penney‘s found the mother to be schizophrenic and delusional and severely depressed. Sad over being a nobody, she‘d said, a sad housewife getting fat, even though her own therapist found her to be anxious and depressed after the incident, but not delusional.

Penney‘s says that more than two years after the incident, the mother added on the charge that one security guard had also fondled her breasts and pelvic area for up to seven minutes. And that Penney‘s psychiatrist said she rehearsed her two sons to back up her far-fetched story in what sounded like scripted copies of her testimony that they and she had all suffered broken bones, in addition to her sexual assault. Penney‘s insist there was no evidence to back up any of the allegations.
(see 'The Abrams Report' for March 4 2004: JC Penny lawyer speaks out (http://site.mjeol.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1194))



So this wasn’t the first time they leveled sexual allegations against someone. Why security guards would sexually fondle the accusing mother in broad daylight…in a parking lot…in front of family members hasn’t been asked as of yet. It is also interesting that this allegation only surfaced two years after the original allegation.

It is also very telling that one of the psychiatrists revealed that she had rehearsed her children’s testimony so that they could back up her incredulous story. Kinda like what’s going on with the Jackson “case”, say some observers.

Of that JC Penney case, it was reported back on November 25 2003 that the father had actually seen a “script” of lies that the mother had written down for her children to recite under oath. If these children have a history of lying under oath at the mother’s behest, then it is incredibly relevant to this current case. From that Associated Press report:
Halpern said the father once showed him a script his wife had allegedly written for their children to use when they were questioned in a civil deposition.

“She wrote all of their testimony. I actually saw the script,” Halpern said. “I remember my client showing me, bringing the paperwork to me.” .
(see Accuser's Mother Said to Praise Jackson (Nov 25 03) - AP (http://forums.mjeol.com/showthread.php?t=791))



On top of this information was the fact that the mother also previously accused the accuser’s biological father of sexually abusing one of the kids; one report says the mother accused the father of molesting the accuser, while another report says she accused him of molesting the daughter.


__I got’cha ‘privacy’ right heh!__
The defense also says Jackson’s right to a fair trial greatly outweighs the mother’s right to privacy. Since the accusing mother has alleged injuries to her and has previously offered testimony about her medical condition, the door is now opened for the defense to confirm or deny their allegations.

They say the mother used a report from a redacted source claiming she was “physically unable to attend court on September 27 2004.” (pg 7). It is rightly lawful for Jackson’s attorneys to try to confirm that she was being truthful and not lying to the court.

For those lawyers like Mitnik who simply don’t get it, the mother is claiming physical injuries happened as part of her allegation towards Jackson. These are allegations leveled by her against Jackson. That makes her medical history open to scrutiny. For example, if she claimed to have been physically incapacitated or injured, then there should be medical records showing that she was treated for these physical injuries. And the defense points out:
It is improper for anyone to offer a doctor’s report to a court of law [redacted info] and then attempt to hide the medical records. Mr. Jackson has a right to determine the veracity of not only the complaining mother, but also the physicians involved, and the court should compel production of the medical records. (see pg 8 of .pdf file)



The defense has also apparently dug up information concerning a strange financial situation involving the accusing family’s American Express records.

Although an entire section is blacked out in the court doc, the defense attached two exhibits “C” and “D”. The exhibits were redacted as well. But what was revealed is that checks from the County of Los Angeles were cashed in relation to this American Express account.

The defense cited these two checks, each in the amount of $769.00, and both were cashed. The full meaning is yet to be known, and again much of the data is redacted. From the Oxman declaration:
25. Attached as Exhibit “C” and “D” are copies of two (2) checks from the County of Los Angeles made out to _____________. The first check (Exhibit “C”) is dated January 2 2003, in the amount of $769.00, and was cashed _________ on January 2 2003, the same day the check was issue[d]. [redacted info]

26. [mostly redacted] That American Express card is also the means by which the funds collected by Fritz Coleman and others are expended.

27. But the second check (Exhibit “D”) is _______ a check dated February 19 2003, in the amount of $769.00 from the County of Los Angeles ___________. It was ___________ cashed through _________ bank account on February 24 2003, right in the middle of the alleged child abduction, false imprisonment, and extortion. (see pg 8-9 of .pdf file)



The defense revealed in court that that the mother was cashing her state welfare checks through her now-husband’s bank account. So this could be referring to those checks she received. The only problem is that Jay Jackson, according to reports, makes $80,000 a year. One wouldn’t need welfare checks if they had a spouse or living with a mate that makes $80,000 a year.

In MJEOL Bullet #217: No DNA, Lies, Possible Welfare Fraud & A Trip to Australia (http://site.mjeol.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1186), it was discussed whether or not the mother receiving benefits while living with someone making $80,000 a year is welfare fraud. From a Santa Barbara News-Press report dated November 2004:
Mr. Mesereau also said that the accuser's mother deposited her welfare checks into the account of her husband -- who makes more than $80,000 per year. He was attempting to show that prosecutors had failed to look into her background and question her credibility.
(see NO DNA found of the Accuser in Jackson's Bedroom; Mother depositing welfare checks (http://forums.mjeol.com/showthread.php?t=2499))



She was also receiving child support payments from the accuser’s biological father. If you remember, it was reported by Fox News that in March 2003 the mother went to court to get the father’s child support payments increased.

According to online resources, a person is committing welfare fraud if they:
*intentionally fail to report a change in the household composition, income or resources that would affect their eligibility for benefits.

*intentionally fail to report any changes in circumstances that would affect their eligibility for benefits
(see What is Welfare Fraud? (http://forums.mjeol.com/showthread.php?t=2562))



Will this mother be prosecuted or at least investigated for possible welfare fraud? It is unknowable at this time. But the track record of this accusing family is such that everything out of their mouths should definitely be questioned.

Part 2 of this special MJEOL Bullet will discuss fire storms raging around psychologist Stan Katz and civil lawyer Larry Feldman, as well as these people breaking the Court’s order by alerting prosecutors they were subpoenaed.

Stay tuned…

Birdman^i^
12-01-2004, 11:30 PM
Pt. 2: Explosive Court Docs Reveal Accusing Family’s Stormy Past – MJEOL Bullet #227
Allegations from a previous JC Penney civil case appears to be closely related to current Jackson allegations


We pick up with Part Two of this special MJEOL Bullet about explosive new court documents recently released. A court hearing was held November 29 2004 in this “case”. Jackson’s attorneys may have failed, for now, to get their own independent psychological examination of the accuser, but prosecutors also failed to get the defense’s right to subpoena witnesses and records taken way.

Recently released info from local paper Santa Barbara News-Press (SBNP) revealed a reason why the defense may want their hands on the mother’s medical records. She, apparently, has lied about her medical condition—involving gynecological reports--before, coached her children to lie under oath before, and leveled false sex abuse allegations before in a civil case against department store JC Penney.

Since some TV lawyers, like Dan Abrams, seemed to only have glommed onto the defense request for gynecological records, today (Nov 30) brings a bit of possible clarity to the issue.

The SBNP report, “Jackson defense loses bid to conduct mental testing of accuser, family” dated Nov 30 2004, details some of the incredulous allegations level against JC Penney by this family. From the report:



The documents obtained by the News-Press and NBC were compiled by Dr. John Hochman, identified as an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology at UCLA…

Quoting the mother, Dr. Hochman said that after the J.C. Penney incident, she "saw a gynecologist due to irregularities in her menstruating and she was this way because her body was traumatized and 'every hormone in her body was being released.' " There is no evidence confirming (the mother's) testimony she had to get her hormones straightened out due to the mall episode."
(see Jackson defense loses bid to conduct mental testing of accuser, family (http://site.mjeol.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1240))



Some observers speculate that it may be possible she’s claiming similar allegations against Jackson. Whatever the reason, Jackson attorney Robert Sanger didn’t want to get into it in open court as cited here in an AFP report:
In response, defense co-counsel Robert Sanger said, "I don't want to take cheap shots at the sound bites about gynecological records, but there's very good reason for those that I don't want to go into right now."
(see Judge denies Michael Jackson request for psychiatric tests on accuser (Nov 29 2004) (http://forums.mjeol.com/showthread.php?t=3124) )



Also from the JC Penney case, comes news by way of the SBNP of more allegations including the mother claiming injury, memory loss and emotional distress against “the bad people of JC Penneys”:
The family complained to the psychiatrist of headaches and nightmares after the incident. The children were also fearful "the bad people from J.C. Penneys" would come to their house and hurt them, Dr. Hochman said in the report.

Dr. Hochman noted that the mother did not want to answer questions and frequently claimed memory loss about her life before the incident. "She said she didn't want to remember anything about her prior psychiatric treatment." She didn't remember where (her son) took dancing lessons."

She frequently buried her head in her hands. "She was far more upset talking about the mall episode than about her son's bout with cancer. Her general demeanor alternated between a blunted state and tearful hysteria."

The boy indicated the incident was "more frightening" than the year he battled cancer, and his brother said it was "worse," Dr. Hochman's report stated.

The psychiatrist noted that he thought the interviews with the boy and his brother were rehearsed. He also noted "doubtful aspects" of the testimony by the family, including that it was "impossible" for all family members to have "identical stories years later."

The police, the doctor stated, saw no injuries and heard no complaints of sexual abuse. Those charges were added to the complaint two years later.
(see Jackson defense loses bid to conduct mental testing of accuser, family)


This is the first time the public is getting some of the incredibly explosive information about the allegations leveled against JC Penneys by the accusing family. No wonder the attorney representing the department store told NBC: “It became readily apparent that this was an incident and it turned into, in my opinion, a scam to [extract] money from J.C. Penney…She just came up with this fairy tale, not a fairy tale, it‘s a horror story, and just ran with it. (see 'The Abrams Report' for March 4 2004 (http://site.mjeol.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1194))


__Who let the Katz out?__
Another flashpoint in this “case” involves psychologist Stan Katz. Katz has already broken the court’s order because he told prosecutors that he received a subpoena from the defense and told them what the defense was asking for. This alone is in direct violation of the Teal motion order issued by the court. Later, we find out why Katz broke the order. Hint: improper communication.

If you remember, Katz was the psychologist brought in by civil attorney Larry Feldman to confirm/test the claims being made by the accuser. Contrary to what some have reported, Katz’s testimony at a pre-trial hearing confirmed that he was not the first person who heard the allegations.

As a matter of fact, he told Sheriff’s deputies, as well, that he only came into the picture in preparation of a lawsuit Feldman was preparing to launch against Jackson.

In an August 17 2004 article “Lawyer: Psychologist’s patients on both sides of Jackson case” by the Associated Press, Katz’s testimony was discussed. From the article:
Katz said of Feldman, “He asked me to interview the minors (referring to the boy and two siblings) to determine the veracity of the comments they made to him.”
(see Lawyer: Psychologist's patients on both sides of Jackson case (http://site.mjeol.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=955))


The fact is that Katz has already testified under oath that he was specifically brought into this situation by Feldman to test the veracity of the claims. It’s interesting as well considering what prosecutors are now claiming. More on that later.

To piggy-back on that admission, in a story broken by reporter Mike Taibbi in March 2004, Katz also told the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department that Feldman was preparing to file a lawsuit against Jackson before he (Katz) even became involved. From that report:

http://site.mjeol.com/Today_CivilSuitDeal_3-19-04ss1.jpg (http://site.mjeol.com/Today_CivilSuitDeal_3-19-04ss1.jpg) “Mr. Feldman actually referred these kids to me because they had come to him in this lawsuit…Feldman’s going to file.”
(view Today Show: Civil Suit Brought up by Therapist March 19 2004 (http://site.mjeol.com/modules/mydownloads/singlefile.php?cid=17&lid=95))






The public was also made aware that it was Katz who first brought up the issue of money…at least in one meeting with the accuser:
http://site.mjeol.com/Today_CivilSuitDeal_3-19-04ss3.jpg (http://site.mjeol.com/Today_CivilSuitDeal_3-19-04ss3.jpg) Look, if you go ahead with this civil lawsuit, your family will get money if they win…
(view Today Show: Civil Suit Brought up by Therapist March 19 2004)








The civil suit against Jackson didn’t go forward because Sneddon, as reported by the Santa Barbara News-Press, struck a deal with the accusing family’s attorney not to file a civil suit until after any criminal proceedings were done (Sneddon reportedly asked boy’s family not to file civil suit during criminal case (http://forums.mjeol.com/showthread.php?t=2871))

In the Declaration by Brian Oxman, he writes that Katz has already disclosed confidential information by making a public report of the allegations and testifying in front of the grand jury. This in a sense voids the patient-therapist confidentiality under Penal Code Section 11171, say the defense. From the report:
However, under Penal Code section 11171, when Psychologist Katz disclosed, with his patient’s permission, his confidential patient communications by making a public report concerning his allegations of abuse, all privilege was lost.

When Psychologist Katz testified before the Grand Jury, there is no basis for any claim of privilege under section 1014 because the information was disclosed and the privilege lost. pg 9 of .pdf file



And, as throughout the motion, Oxman cites case law to back up his contentions:
<b> 30. Evidence Code section 912(a) provides:
“Except as otherwise provided in this section, the right of any person to claim a privilege provided by Section…994(physician-patient privilege), 1014 (psychotherapist-patient privilege), is waived with respect to a communication protected by the privilege if any holder of the privilege, without coercion, has disclosed a significant part of the communication… </b>pg 9



So at least four times, Katz has broken privilege: (1) when he informed authorities and gave statements to the Sheriff’s department; (2) when he told LA Child Services and (3) when he testified in front of the grand jury; and (4) when he undoubtedly told prosecutors what the accuser and family said. To now be claiming a privilege when the defense wants a chance to question him, is ridiculous.

The defense should have Katz’s records because when Katz testified at a pre-trial hearing August 17 2004, he used them and fully revealed their contents. There’s no reason why the defense shouldn’t be entitled to these records. The declaration states:
http://www.mjeol.com/oxmandeclaration/pg10Declaration_BrianOxman0010.jpg (http://www.mjeol.com/oxmandeclaration/pg10Declaration_BrianOxman0010.jpg) 34. Psychologist Katz made a report under Penal Code section 11165 to the Department of Children and Family Services in June 13 2003, and the Santa Barbara sheriff’s department. By making that report, the psychotherapist privilege is not only lost through disclosure, but also by statute is no longer available. Penal Code section 11171. Mr. Jackson is entitled to all records in Psychologist Katz’s possession. pg 10 of .pdf file





Prosecutors claimed the defense’s subpoena to Katz was not sufficiently restricted to a specific purpose or subject (overbroad). The defense rejects this notion. In fact, the defense cites a comment by prosecutor Ron Zonen. Zonen, by the way, is the same prosecutor who attorney Russ Halpern says interjected himself into the family court case between the accuser’s mother and biological father.

Zonen claimed Katz was worried that the defense’s request for phone records would reveal confidential info about his other patients. The defense says, however, the subpoena to Katz doesn’t request anything regarding his other patients and that Katz was informed to redact info relating to other patients.


__Communication is the key…especially when you’re setting someone up__
The released docs also reveal that “improper communications” between Katz and prosecutors have occurred. The communication is of such import as to make both Katz and prosecutors violate the Court’s Order, say the defense:
Not only does the subpoena to Psychologist Katz not request information regarding other patients, but also improper communications have repeatedly taken place between the prosecution and Psychologist Katz. This court should demand Psychologist Katz produced telephone records that demonstrate the communications with the prosecution that are so compelling that both the prosecution and Psychologist Katz see fit to violate a Court Order dated July 9 2004. pg 12



Interesting. What kind of improper communication did Katz have with prosecutors? Is this one of the reasons why prosecutors are having a conniption over the defense’s subpoenas? It’s an issue sure to be raised at a possible trial. Some case observers aren’t ready to say these “improper communications” involve prosecutorial misconduct just yet.

Attorney Oxman writes that prosecutors can’t point to one instance in the subpoena where the defense is requesting private records of Katz’s other patients, and that the allegation lacks foundation.


__Have a seat on my couch__
Katz is also wrapped up with Bradley Miller somehow. When Katz testified at a pre-trial hearing August 17 2004, Oxman dropped an enormous bombshell that he wasn’t able to fully explore during that limited hearing. It turns out Bradley Miller—the private investigator working for then Jackson attorney Mark Geragos—is a patient of Katz’s.

An August 18 2004 report, “Conflict cited by Jackson defense”, details what happened in court on Aug 17:
Katz testified he had heard Miller's name mentioned twice: once by Feldman in June 2003 when the attorney said Miller had videotaped the boy and his family about Jackson and months later regarding a "break-in" on the news.


Suddenly, Oxman boomed: "Bradley Miller is a very special patient of yours, isn't he Dr. Katz?"

Katz looked taken aback and answered, "If he was my patient, I couldn't discuss him."

Oxman continued: "Bradley Miller is Dr. Katz's patient and he's been so for many years."

Katz said he knew Miller "professionally," from family law cases the two had been involved in.

…During Katz's testimony, the therapist acknowledged he ran into Miller on the street after the search and the investigator asked him, "Dr. Katz, you're not the psychologist on this, are you?"

Katz said he told Miller he couldn't "comment on any of my cases," to which Oxman interjected: "Not even to your own clients?"
(see Conflict cited by Jackson defense (http://site.mjeol.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=957))



With Katz, it would make at least seven people involved from the outset who knew Miller was employed by Geragos before the police raided his offices; the others being: Dickerman (who reportedly testified to the grand jury that he knew only later to change his story), Jay Jackson (the accuser’s now-stepfather), and the accusing family (who were all caught on tape being told, TWICE, that Miller was working for Mark Geragos).

http://site.mjeol.com/Today_CivilSuitDeal_3-19-04ss5.jpg (http://site.mjeol.com/Today_CivilSuitDeal_3-19-04ss5.jpg)Either way Katz is deeply involved in this whole thing. He was also involved in some capacity with the 1993 “case”. Some of the public found out about Katz’s involvement through that March 2004 NBC report. In the sheriff’s notes, he admits his involvement in the ’93 investigation: “I actually do know about that case…I worked on that one too.”

The full extent of his involvement with the ’93 “case” could come out at a possible trail.


__Larry, Larry, Larry__
Civil attorney Larry Feldman is also discussed in this declaration. Feldman, in case you don’t already know, is the attorney who secured a multimillion dollar settlement, paid by Jackson’s insurance company, during the 1993 investigation. Feldman’s favorite shrink is Stan Katz. They’re as thick as thieves, those two.

It came out in court yesterday, as reported by some of those inside during the proceeding, that Feldman is no longer representing the family. Reportedly, the defense attorneys, the accuser's father (via telephone), his attorney, and the judge all met in chambers without prosecutors yesterday for a period of time after the hearing.

Why has Feldman decided to jump ship? Or, a deeper question is did he decided to jump or was he pushed by the current set of circumstances? It remains to be seen.

Revealed in Oxman’s declaration is the fact that Jackson’s attorneys have subpoenaed Larry Feldman as well. There is also a snipped of Feldman’s testimony in front of the grand jury included. During that time, Feldman confirmed that the attorney-client privilege between him and the accusing family has been fully waived.

As such, all communications between Katz, Feldman and the accusing family are obligated to be turned over to the defense:
http://www.mjeol.com/oxmandeclaration/pg12Declaration_BrianOxman0012.jpg (http://www.mjeol.com/oxmandeclaration/pg12Declaration_BrianOxman0012.jpg) 42. Attorney Feldman told the Grand Jury on March 29 2004:
Q. Okay. Did the subject of the conversations concern ________.

A. That was part of the subject. You have a waiver, right?

Q. Yes, I do.

A. Okay. Yes.

Q. _______ has waived the attorney-client privilege?

A. Right. Yes. The answer is yes. (Tr. p. 66, Ins 2-10).

43. This was a full and complete waiver of the privilege without any qualifications. Any communications Attorney Feldman had with _________ along with Psychologist Katz, are no longer privileged, not only because of the waiver, but also because attorney Feldman testified about his communications with his clients to the Grand Jury. Klang v Shell Oil Co., 17 Cal. App. 3d 933, 938 (1971) (privileged information previously disclosed in a public forum may no longer be claimed as privileged).pg 12-13



So not only has the attorney-client privilege been waived, but this makes yet another person involved in this…situation that has broken the Court’s order by alerting prosecutors.

Feldman is not a prosecutor and he has already waved his attorney-client privilege between him and the accusing family so they can pursue this “case”. And he’s already testified as to the specifics of the “case” along with speculation about the 1993 investigation.

Thus, he is most likely going to be a witness at a possible trial and subject to scathing cross-examination by the defense. The only reason he seems to be whining now is because he may be afraid of either what the defense already knows or what they most likely will find out if he is forced to testify.

Some observers think that Feldman may be one of the keys to this case. Other observers, however, say that he is up to his non-existent hairline in this mess. Hence, everybody is in panic-mode and prosecutors are trying their damnedest to thwart the defense’s attempts to find info regarding this case.

While prosecutors may protest over certain subpoenas, the defense explains that the Court has already approved the subpoenas about which prosecutors are now complaining. This is most likely why the judge didn’t grant the prosecution’s motion to totally obliterate the Teal powers previously given to the defense.

From an AFP report dated Nov 29 2004, “Judge denies Michael Jackson request for psychiatric tests on accuser”, Melville is quoted as telling prosecutors:
"You seem to be ignoring the right of the defence to subpoena," Melville told Zonen. "You are not representing all these people, even the victims. You are trying to act as their counsel," he said.
(see Judge denies Michael Jackson request for psychiatric tests on accuser (Nov 29 2004) - AFP (http://forums.mjeol.com/showthread.php?t=3124))



The prosecutors attempting to act like private attorneys is a point that was made by Jackson’s attorneys. And the judge has agreed. Prosecutors have no power to shield these people from defense investigations, regardless of a Freudian slip made by Tom Sneddon at a previous pre-trial hearing where court observers heard him call the accusing family his “clients”.

Part Three will further discuss the Oxman declaration along with the prosecution’s uncalled-for revamping of the Teal motion, as well as another explosive revelation of Jay Jackson being in constant contact with the accusing family while they claim they were being abducted/kidnapped by Jackson’s people.

Stay tuned for Part Three.

Birdman^i^
12-03-2004, 07:56 PM
NEVERLAND RAIDED AGAIN

Santa Barbara County Sheriff´s Department and it´s investigators served yet another search warrant on Neverland Valley Ranch at about 9AM (PST) as part of an ongoing criminal investigation. Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom Sneddon´s spokeswoman stated simply that the search was "authorized by the court." Mr. Jackson´s lead attorney, Thomas Mesereau, and a spokeswoman declined to comment when reached by Reuters.

The "King of Pop" has pleaded innocent to a 10-count Santa Barbara County grand jury indictment handed down in April and has vowed to prove himself innocent in court.

Birdman^i^
12-03-2004, 08:05 PM
Taking over your case, going into court sui juris, learning your
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discovery
How to Respond to Contempt in the courtroom, judicial attack

These articles are written to send to those who contact us, often
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decisions and know what you are doing.... if you go into a court and
dont understand you have these rights you are eaten alive instantly by
the attorneys and judges, whose game it is you are the prey and your
children are the prize.

So, you write your facts out in affidavit form (on our website you can
put affidavit into the search engine or any other terms and learn more
about these points). And you file a paper to everyone who may have
information about you or your minor children, and you find out what
they are using against you. Usually when you start getting your
records you find they are filled with lies and hearsay, but now you
can use that in court to turn your case around.

So if you have not yet been to court, at the beginning like so many
who contact us, then you are in the best position to end their schemes
real quick by demanding the DOCUMENTS that are supposed to be there
BEFORE they take the children. They usually do not charge anyone with
a crime and they usually have NO lawful paperwork, but if you have an
attorney he will allow this and not question it, and allow the court
to proceed instead of standing against it. YOU DEMAND THAT IF NO ONE
IS CHARGED WITH A CRIME THERE IS NO CASE AT ALL AND TO RELEASE THE
CHILD IMMEDIATELY.... that is the REAL bottom line in that courtroom
and recently some parents are learning this and using it and bringing
their children out of the beast clutches by being strong on that ONE
point...

EVERYTHING in the court has to be based in credible evidence that you
did something to the child or someone did something to the child and
there is a crime and charges. Without this, and lawful warrants, they
are outside of the law and they know it if you contfront it OUT LOUD
ON THE RECORD. If you are already being processed in a juvenile case,
then you can write your paper and call it "Affidavit to set aside" or
"Affidavit for Review" or "Affidavit objecting to form of order" or
"Affidavit to rescind all signatures" or "Affidavit to sever all bar
restrictions or claims on your name", all kinds of other things...
the idea being that you get rid of the representative who is on your
name and file your own real paperwork in to the court with real facts.

You make the claim into the court that they are proceeding against you
without having produced all discovery, if that is the case, it usually
is.... These are outlaw things they are doing to you, but it goes
nowhere unless you make the claims in your paperwork and orally on the
record out loud when you are IN court. The record is the key they are
preventing you from using, once you understand your rights you will
make the record in every hearing.

The tool of process that people need to understand that works in the
court is that the most basic court rule is that undisputed testimony
becomes FACT in the record. In other words, when you make the record
of things they are doing to you, and you write it IN your papers and
SAY IT in the court when you are in court, then they KNOW that they
have to dispute your facts or else your facts become the "legal facts"
in the case. The games they play are all centered on the record and
controlling it. So when you get your discovery, the other side of you
making the record of your side, you will see the lies they are
spinning in fabricated documents and reports to use against you to
make money for their agency and to use against you and your children.

This is the most basic of court process but YOU have to do it. It is
simple. If you can tell someone what has happened to you and you can
write or type a paper, you can proceed in court sui juris. We see
remarkable things every day by lay people who never imagined a week
before that they could go into court and handle their case so capably
and lately have been winning as well. The judges KNOW that you have
the absolute right to do the things being outlined here. They cant
stand it when people excercise their sovereign authority over public
servant judges and agency officials, by holding them accountable and
not complying with their outlaw process.

They create secret files, now they call this "legal file" and "social
file". Totally outlaw to have any records in the case that are being
used that are not disclosed to ALL parties EQUALLY. This is one of
the ways they violate your rights the most. YOU have to make an issue
of it, in your papers and in the courtroom out loud when you are in
there, you say how they are hiding records and keeping discovery
undisclosed to you, and that it is in violation of your rights and
malicious prosecution to do this. YOU have to say it or it is not
there..... that goes for every issue that needs to be raised... the
attorneys are the ones who raise the issues and when you are sui juris
you do the things a good attorney WOULD do if there were such a
thing..... they all work for the BAR association, the judges are all
BAR members or structured by statutes to NOT confront another judge or
attorney in a courtroom to defend you and to NEVER confront the outlaw
process going on. This information about process has been the most
privately held secret of the court agents for all time, and people did
not see how to use it or how it was being used against them. For
most normal people words like "process" and "discovery" are foreign
terms and their use is completely unknown. When you must deal with a
court these terms are key to understanding what is happening to you.

Do not engage with them at all, only for necessary appointments, etc.
Learn to say to anyone who tries to talk to you off the record
"anything you have to say to me you have to put in writing to the
court and we will respond there" and hang the phone up. You do NOT
want to talk to them about any court issue off the record and if you
must, then you record your conversation, meeting or if they get nasty
and wont let you record, then you go home and write an affidavit of
the whole conversation that just took place, date that and file that
into the court and serve on the parties.

You stop defending against their accusations and hearsay and learn
that real court is about only what is relevant to a criminal charge,
and usually there is no criminal charge at all. The people get
entangled in all the "he said she said" crap.... we say they "throw a
wad of crap at the people and see what sticks", and when people are
vulnerable and usually poor, they are helpless to the schemes and
exploitation of the agencies robotic "no wrong door" policies and
databases. Once they get ONE encounter with someone and get the info
they "reach out" to the whole extended family, assessing everyone even
the neighborhood !

ALL of this and alot more is on our website, and in the sui juris book
which also contains examples of format to write your own papers.
According to original jurisdiction of First Congress caselaw, your
papers have a standard that "any reasonable people would understand".
Facts are the key. Stating your facts that incriminate the agents of
the state and that they can't dispute is what turns your case around.
They do what they do because they can, and because people are only
now learning of this totally abusive scheme going on in courts in a
public knowledge way.

So there are only two options dealing with this beast.... you decide
that you are going to stand against it and fully defend yourself in
the court all the way through no matter what they do, or decide that
you wont, cant, are not going to and compromise, pay their fees, do
the things they order you to do, let them rape you and your children
and you sit silently with a representative for the state selling you
out, you not standing at all... those are the two dynamics going on in
the process.....

People can only claim their Inherent Rights themselves. These are
your God given rights, you eat your own food, you think your own
thoughts and you bear your own children. Your children are your blood
and offspring in reality, no matter that the judge writes that the
state is the parent or adopts the child out fifty times, your children
are your flesh and blood, your Family Body is where your Inherent
Rights extend. YOU have to claim them. No attorney or representative
can make claims for other people. The attorneys know all this, but
the people until recent years did not understand this process clearly
to use it and not be ground up in this machine.

We say alot "now we see it now we stop it". We restore our
constitutional process in the courts ourselves by going into the court
and BEING the solution, bringing to accountability the ones who are
violating your rights.

SO LEARN your rights, and consider this information seriously. Then
write to us with more questions direct to your case. We are helping
all we can, five new people every day from all over the world living
the same nightmare, identical in process, same no court of remedy and
agression by criminals working for the state, and corrupt courts when
you try to bring redress and get your children/home/lives/finances
back. The way they work their whole world is on judicial orders. You
have to overwhelm the false and unseen record they are building with
the facts that make the record of your defense.

pamela and will gaston
www.avoiceforchildren.com (http://www.avoiceforchildren.com/)


See AFRA famous "Advise", with lot's of links:
http://familyrightsassociation.com/info/help/index.html#advise

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How to Respond to Contempt of Court, Judicial Attack
http://www.avoiceforchildren.com/documents/respond_to_contempt.htm


We cringe for people going into court, dealing with the "sons of
vipers, offspring of serpents" in these outlaw courts today. So many
people write to us and call us, as they are being rendered in the
money machine every day, liquidated to the Funding Streams for the elite.

The rendering is in the PROCESS and most people do not have experience
to understand or recognize corrupt process when they are in the middle
of it. Attorneys do - they created it and don't let everyone in on
the "secret" (wink wink) while you and your children are destroyed.

To help all the people in courts right now who are discovering Sui
Juris process and going in without attorneys, they need to know what
to say when the judge turns into a raging dragon because they dared to
ask a question or try to make the record, and to help keep from being
arrested. These tools in particular are used and shared with many
thanks to our friends Milt and Darlene Mitcheck, who were the
researchers behind the "Vultures" compilations that exposed the false
judicial oaths in Oregon in September 2001, Research that can be also
found at our website
www.avoiceforchildren.com (http://www.avoiceforchildren.com/).

If you know the right words, they back down right now - they may still
have you arrested, but you have said the right words on the record to
discredit him in his contemptuous acts against you, and you will use
this record in any appeal or future hearings as you go. The main
thing is you DISCREDIT HIM and IMPEACH HIM IN HIS OWN COURTROOM if you
say the right things.

This can be used in any court in any setting, at any level, all the
same basic process. I think in any country, with slight variations.
Sui Juris process is simple and common law, as "any reasonable people
would understand" and bridges all forms of courts or dealing with
public authorities.

One of the main TOOLS they use to arrest you in a courtroom is
"CONTEMPT OF COURT". Contempt is an instant six months in jail or a
year sentence, potentially that is what you face. They use this for
any or no reason, mainly for intimidation, and this is where they will
(have already) use a stun belt or gun on a defendant who "irritates"
the court asking for our rights.

When they do this to you, and it happens so fast it makes your head
spin, if you have this written down, and can keep your wits about you
enough to remember to say it, (you should practice it ! It is THAT
important !) here is what you say:

"IS THAT CIVIL CONTEMPT OR CRIMINAL CONTEMPT JUDGE?" (You wait for a
response on the record - do not talk until he answers and if they
pause this LONG pause is on the record that he cannot answer you - the
silence of a witness answering a question is an admission of truth in
a court record and the longer the pause the better. All you want on
the record is to make them COMMIT and then you go on, and now you have
them caught in the permanent record)

If he says "CRIMINAL CONTEMPT" - you say "WHO MAKES THE CLAIM, WHAT
IS THE CRIME AND WHO IS THE INJURED PARTY?" and wait again as long as
it takes for him to say something.

If he says "CIVIL CONTEMPT" you say "WHERE IS THE CONTRACT BETWEEN ME
AND YOU? I DON'T AGREE TO THE TERMS OF THE CONTRACT", JUDGE.

NOW you have him acting CRIMINALLY OUTSIDE OF ANY LAWFUL JURISDICTION
AND OUT OF IMMUNITY in his own courtroom on the record and here's why.
In civil court, EVERYTHING is a CONTRACT and nothing can be done that
is not a form of a contract. And ONLY HUMANS CAN LAWFULLY CONTRACT.
Every citation, money exchange, order, anything at all is an exchange
- a contract - between two humans. The constitution is a contract
with the Children of a Creator with Inherent Rights and the
Constitutionally Sovereign People in the state, bonded by the JUDICIAL
OATH - their contract.

Anyway, when you say to him "I don't agree to the terms of the
contract" he KNOWS he does not have a contract with you and if you
have committed no crime he has no authority to arrest you or even be
conducting the hearing - he is OUT of his lawful jurisdiction and OUT
of his IMMUNITY.

Now, if he says "CRIMINAL CONTEMPT", like one judge did to me, judge
Robert Walberg, with no lawful oath by the way, he made a FOOL of
himself ! He said "IF YOU ASK THAT AGAIN I AM HOLDING YOU IN CONTEMPT
OF COURT" I said "IS THAT CRIMINAL OR CIVIL CONTEMPT WALBERG?" and he
raged and said
"CRIMINAL'.

I said "WHAT CRIME HAVE I COMMITTED AND WHO MAKES THE CLAIM? WHO IS
THE INJURED PARTY?' He went nuts and started yelling "THE STATE OF
OREGON", "THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM", "THE COURT"..... I said "YOU KNOW THAT
ONLY A HUMAN CAN MAKE A CLAIM AND THERE IS NO CRIME AND NO INJURED
PARTY - YOU KNOW THAT THE STATE OF OREGON CANNOT MAKE A CLAIM" he
backed down and sat there red faced (he had already arrested me about
three times for speaking before this contempt attempt) and it shut him
down.

This was on the third day of the battle in his courtroom/sham jury
trial last January - so after this confrontation backed him down he
sat WAY BACK in his chair for three hours and let me make the record,
while the jury waited in the back. MAKING THE RECORD WAS MY ONLY GOAL
ANYWAY TO UPDATE THE RECORD IN OUR CASE. Unfortunately for us, the
juries do not understand anything at all, and these confrontations
scare them, so all the knowledge of court process and higher law goes
right over their heads and they do EXACTLY what the judge LETS them
do by the way he manipulates the instructions. This judge held his
finger to his upper lip and looked like a cadaver for three hours,
listening to the record of the crimes of our evidence against the
state and his own treason as I outlined what has happened.

That is how you make the Record. You have to use another trick called
"OFFER OF PROOF". When they fight you and attack you, and rage, and
say you cant say anything in front of the jury, and the DA interrupt
literally EVERY sentence to stop you from speaking for days (I have
gone through this !)... you tell the judge "I AM GOING TO MAKE AN
OFFER OF PROOF FOR MY APPEAL". He sometimes will go in the back room
altogether and leave the record on, or he will sit way back and listen
while you make the record of your facts without the jury present.
Another trick process word is "OFFER INTO EVIDENCE" they will let you
go around for days and be denied because you don't say it that way
..... they are insane, but if you do use their words they know that
they have to acknowledge that this is their process and they use it so
you have to be able to use it too.

Another important phrase to use is RUSH TO JUDGMENT. After going
around with them to a certain point and being blocked at all points,
you say 'ARE YOU TRYING TO RUSH ME TO JUDGMENT?" WOW - it works - boy
they sit back so fast and shut up you would not believe - you would
think they were shot - supposedly four times in a hearing saying that
gets a reversal, but with us they don't give us anything, so I am not
sure. But it is an important TOOL, you say this and it means they are
preventing you from putting on your evidence as a lawful court and
judicial due process requires, and for you to say this as they are
doing it is like shooting them in their chair.

I hope people will write these things down in front of them when they
are terrified in court - everyone is terrified in the court, even the
attorneys, especially when you are bringing truth of this magnitude in
there - we say where the truth meets the lie there is fallout - like a
neutron bomb, you definitely stir up the hornets nest when you speak
the truth in their courtrooms.

The rest of the Process for the People to Access the Courts is in the
book we wrote. We learned these tools more recently and they are an
"addition" to the information in the Sui Juris Book. This is what
REALLY happens when you are in there, not what we think will happen or
hope will happen. And learning these tools, you are prepared to meet
this present evil face to face.

If you are not in court, save this information and pass it on to
friends who need it ...

pamela gaston

Birdman^i^
12-04-2004, 05:36 PM
Official MJJF Statement

We are not MJJsource, and we are by no means official, however, we have all currently available facts and are issuing our statement on behalf of our forum in order to bring calm and direction to Michael’s fanbase.

On December 3, 2004, Santa Barbara County sheriff´s deputies showed up at Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch at 9 a.m. and began combing for clues for more than eight hours. In a statement, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff´s Department said only that the search was "part of an ongoing criminal investigation."

The raid came just over a year after nearly 70 officers descended on the property and combed through Mr. Jackson´s main residence and detached office, small apartment, video arcade and video library for potential evidence.

At a court hearing last month, Mr. Jackson´s lawyer, Tom Mesereau, dropped a bombshell when he revealed that prosecutors "can´t find the alleged victim´s DNA in Mr. Jackson´s room." That key evidence has not turned up despite a year´s worth of forensic testing on Mr. Jackson’s mattress, bedding and other evidence seized in the first raid of Neverland on Nov. 18, 2003.

The timing is critical in this raid because Monday is a deadline for prosecutors in the case to turn over all of their evidence to the defense – anything not turned over may not be admissible in the trial. For this reason, the raid may have been a last-ditch effort by authorities to get whatever evidence they could. A legal expert said the number of search warrants served in this case is rare.

"The timing in this is very unusual for being almost the eve of trial," said Laurie Levenson, professor at Loyola University School of Law and a former federal prosecutor. "It´s particularly unusual given the exhaustive searches they´ve already done.” If the search yields any physical evidence, it could be of dubious value. “At this stage, if they found anything, if I were Jackson´s folks I´d say it was planted. So I´m not so convinced how valuable this would be," she said.

Jackson fans and those close to Michael stated that they had no idea what authorities were looking for in their renewed search of Neverland, but said the raid was a clear sign that prosecutors lack evidence against Jackson.

Since November 18, 2003, authorities have served more than 100 search warrants. At a pretrial hearing in September, the judge and Dist. Atty. Tom Sneddon had a tense exchange over the issue.

"My fear is that you´re going to dump a huge quantity of material on the defense at the last minute. These charges were filed a long time ago, and I´d think you´d be ready for trial by now." Melville told the lead prosecutor.

Sneddon was unapologetic, stating that "I´m just going to do what I have to do to protect my clients," he said. "I can´t tell you I´m going to stop asking for warrants where it´s appropriate."

It seems Mr. Sneddon is still “confused” over his own role in this case, forgetting that he represents the state in a criminal charge, rather than being the private attorney of the accusing family.

At this point, the majority of media reports and “pundits” do seem to realize the unusual nature of Sneddon’s “investigation”. It has been clear to fans and those most knowledgeable about the facts of this case, that the district attorney is obviously pursuing a vendetta and has amazingly come this far with no actual evidence and with constantly changing witness “accounts”.

Karen Faye, hair and make-up artist to Michael Jackson, has kindly posted in our forum, reassuring us by saying, “I just want everyone to know that Michael and his family are fine....”

Knowing that Michael is just fine and knowing that the district attorney has staged another “exhaustive” yet, we believe, fruitless search, all of us here at MJJForum will continue our unwavering support of Mr. Jackson and will continue to make as clear as possible the facts of this case to all who will listen.


Source: MJJForum

Birdman^i^
12-04-2004, 05:50 PM
Finding America In The U.S.A.

By John Karrys

In this corner, we have the golden concept of "America." It has
energized hundreds of millions of people. Expressions like individual
rights, pursuit of happiness and checks on state power are the axioms
supporting this concept. It serves as a magnanimous magnet to
visionaries from across the globe. It strikes a charming cadence inside
the genius inside all of us. "America" is never to be mistaken with the
concept of utopia and no one who embraces it, or has embraced it,
expects it to be such. People who embrace this concept look forward
towards anticipating that next struggle, that next rite of passage, as a
bridge to credible virtues and the pursuit of dreams.

Look at the trailblazers of history, in any human endeavor. They
personified this individualistic spirit and yet positively touched the
lives of people everywhere. I'm sure you've read about the ones who
stood alone against the current of their time, the ones who added
significant value to the enjoyment of mankind and were viciously scorned
for embracing the human potential. They paved a world with no
limitations and compounded a meaningful hope that there always is a
frontier to overcome and a new reality to discover. Dreams to share and
new inspiration to taste as to get us through the day-to-day grind.

In the other corner, we have the U.S.A. A world where children are
reared to believe that fitting into a group, going with the crowd, is a
safe means of survival. A world where litigation supersedes
entrepreneurialism as means of creating wealth. Redistribution over
production. A world where the role models for the "rule of law" i.e.
bureaucracies from federal, state, city and county governments have
never felt the moral need to justify the crescendo encroachments on
individual rights. Through the prevalent strategy of manufacturing
criminal charges, any series of mobs can lease the justice department
and exercise it by bankrupting any citizen who dares to defy the sheep
breading conveyer-belt that has been the 20th Century.

In this intellectual climate, they have these fraudulent and obsolete
categories of conceptualization. "Left" wing and "right" wing, socialist
and capitalist, and if anyone dares to debate on the margins or outside
the frame, they become blackballed and drowned out by those media
organizations who feel obligated to keep feeding the belly of the beast.
Perhaps the federal government gives them "hush" money so that us sheep
don't pull open the curtain (like the Wizard of OZ) and tar and feather
our local, state and federal swindlers.

America versus the U.S.A is the paradox contest for the 21st Century.
Let me take you to a little place where a pivotal battle is taking
place. It is a perfect snapshot of this grand civil war. No no no! This
is not a black versus white civil war, it is not a north versus south
civil war, it is not a republican versus democrat civil war and all
those other manufactured dichotomies.

The venue is Santa Barbara, California. Tom Sneddon, he's that Richard
The Third prototype for the U.S.A. He's a brilliant law-breaker. This is
what a quintessential mob boss really looks like America. I have learned
through him that it's easy to get a warrant, raid a house, damage it,
steal from it and not have to be held accountable for one's actions. He
does it on a whim and the silence from the "media" continues.
Interesting. Well, the establishment's media. I'm sure the network that
has insured he be re-elected have navigated him and supplied the public
relations support to eliminate one man in that community that doesn't
want to fit in and he won't. People who don't sell out their identity,
or dignity, drive a manic rage, of hatred, into those who have. Michael
Joseph Jackson is such a man.

Take a newfound look at those who violently criticize him as a person
and those who are willing to give him a chance to defend himself. Why?
It's deeper than envy. Look at those who seem to glow when they joke
about these molestation charges with a sarcastic grin. Why? America or
U.S.A.?

U.S.A has taken great liberties towards trying to crush his spirit and
alienate him into an oblivion. There is no precedence for this. Yet
unlike past victims, Michael hasn't bowed down, committed suicide or
joined the club and stagnated. Michael's tough.

The latest raid on Neverland, December 3 2004, didn't have the bravado
that the initial raids had just a year ago.

Michael Jackson has always been America in my eyes. There are many
people like him in history and in the present who nurtured their innate
genius (you have it too) and created wealth and value to as many people
as they possibly can. The United States of Apathy or Amnesia can't
intrinsically understand the juice of that concept of America. To do
that, you must have heart, soul and a flexible mind.
These are the two America's. There are those who live in America, and
those who exist in the U.S.A. Not the blue states and red states!

John Karrys is a high-school English teacher. He can be contacted at:
johnkarrys@hotmail.com <mailto:johnkarrys@hotmail.com>



Source: John Karrys

Birdman^i^
12-21-2004, 10:56 AM
Michael Jackson surprises and greets non-profit organizations visiting Neverland Ranch


Sunday, 19 December 2004
http://www.mjjsource.com/main/images/stories/Stock/nlparty2.gif Santa Ynez, CA - On Friday, December 17, 2004, approximately 200 children, representing several organizations, were surprised when world renowned recording artist, Michael Jackson, greeted them upon their arrival to Neverland.

For many years, Neverland Ranch has opened its grounds to charitable/non-profit organizations, schools and church groups. Mr. Jackson’s Events Staff fields thousands of requests per month, scheduling these visits 2-4 times a month, based on the availability of Neverland. Because this was the last scheduled visit before the holidays, Mr. Jackson decided to surprise the children, and their parents, by wishing them Happy Holidays, and a safe New Year.

Organizations represented today included: Christ Christian Church, Compton, CA; Hold Your Image Youth Organization, South Central, LA; Mt. Calvary Assembly Apostolic Faith Church, Los Angeles, CA; St. Timothy’s Day School, Compton, CA; Canyon Country, affiliated with First AME Church, Los Angeles, CA; and, children
with special needs of Santa Barbara County.

Birdman^i^
12-21-2004, 11:05 AM
eA Dream Come True! Michael Jackson's Gift to the Children - December 17th, 2004


Sunday, 19 December 2004
“To us, Michael Jackson is bigger than Santa Claus.”

“This has made our Christmas.”

“Never in our wildest imaginations did we think that we would get a chance to say hello to Michael Jackson.”

“This is a dream come true.”

http://www.mjjsource.com/main/images/stories/Stock/nlparty3.gifThese are just some of the enthusiastic statements heard from the smiling faces of the children, ages 3 years to 17 years, at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Valley Ranch on Friday, December 17th, 2004.

Over 200 children from various organizations attended the party which included children with special needs from Santa Barbara as well as a group of children affiliated with the First AME Church in Los Angeles. Neverland Valley Ranch, in the scenic Santa Barbara County countryside, is a fairy-tale theme park with streams, waterfalls and a lake.

"I hope you have a wonderful day. Merry Christmas. I love you," Michael called out to the children.

One of the youngsters shouted, "We love you!"

"I love you more," Jackson replied.

Raymone Bain, Michael Jackson’s spokeswoman said that Mr. Jackson chose to make an unusual personal appearance as a surprise for the last group of children touring Neverland before the Christmas holidays.

Ms. Bain said decisively that there was no relationship between the event and Mr. Jackson's upcoming trial. She informed reporters that charitable and civic groups bring children to Neverland at least three times a month to play on the amusement park rides, see its zoo and watch movies.

Those who know Michael well have witnessed first-hand his incredible lifetime of giving. This is just one small example of his life-long commitment to helping others and bringing joy to their lives.



Team MJJsource

Birdman^i^
12-21-2004, 11:33 AM
Mesereau Calls Prosecution "Vindictive"


Tuesday, 21 December 2004
http://www.mjjsource.com/main/images/stories/team/040430mesereau2.gifSANTA MARIA, CA - Today Santa Maria Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville denied bids by Michael Jackson's lawyers to throw out the charges against him or delay his trial by six weeks.

Attorneys for Michael Jackson argued that a grand jury indictment should be dismissed due to "outrageous government conduct" by the chief prosecutor, who they claimed was engaged in a personal witch-hunt against Jackson.

Attorney Tom Mesereau, outlined a series of prosecutorial misconduct ranging from more than one hundred search warrants to the expenditure of county funds greater than any murder, white-collar crime, or criminal case in the history of Santa Barbara County.

Mr. Mesereau pointed out that the prosecution has searched Michael Jackson’s home 5 times in the last 11 years. Recently, 70 sheriffs showed up for the search of Mr. Jackson’s home. “They have invaded every bit of his privacy that they can.” Mr. Mesereau concludes.

He informed the court that District Attorney Tom Sneddon had even traveled to Australia to find victims, without success, and ultimately, chose complaining witnesses who have made similar claims to make money in the past. It was pointed out by Mr. Jackson’s attorneys that the complaining family had engaged in questionable welfare transactions and fundraising to raise money to pay non-existent medical expenses and that the court had in its possession reports from Mr. Jackson’s motion for mental examination that showed the family had engaged in similar schemes to obtain money in the past.

It was noted in today’s court session that the accuser’s father has repeatedly said that the accuser’s mother makes her children say what she wants and scripts their words. It was stated that she has accused an employee of a well-known company of sexually abuse and accused the children’s father of sexually molesting her daughter.

Attorneys for Mr. Jackson added that the complaining family had used Los Angeles Newsman, Fritz Coleman, to assist in fund-raisers where the collected money had then disappeared.

The evidence, thus far disclosed by the defense, shows the accuser’s mother praying to the ceiling when she testified in court, her inability to answer the most simple of questions and an apparent unwillingness to answer most other questions. The defense attorneys informed the court that the accuser’s mother had coached her children to create stories in the past and stated that the prosecution was ignoring the fact that the same thing was happening in this case.

It was again set forth that the dates and times of the alleged offenses have changed between the original complaint and the grand jury indictment.

Mr. Mesereau reminded the prosecution that they will have to explain that discrepancy. He continually noted that the prosecution has major credibility problems stemming from inconsistent and contradictory statements to fraudulent behavior.

Mr. Mesereau showed that the accuser’s mother had previously signed a document where she admitted investigating possible claims against Michael Jackson before she had even met him.

Other statements made by the accuser’s mother that were mentioned in court today include her claim that she was falsely imprisoned at Neverland and then admitted to returning numerous times as well as her assertion that she was falsely imprisoned at the Calabasas Inn where she, apparently, had a body wax and went on a shopping spree, all paid for by Michael Jackson.

Mr. Mesereau expressed that the prosecution does not have a case, which explains why they are using so many resources and people, using sheer aggression to make up for the obvious credibility problems.

"There has never been a child molestation case in this county pursued at this level." Mr. Mesereau said. "This is being done because Mr. Sneddon wants glory and doesn't like Michael Jackson."

The defense called for a dismissal of the charges because of a vindictive and outrageous prosecution, arguing that District Attorney Tom Sneddon had become carried away by his desire to bring down a celebrity.

______________________________


The defense team also argued in a separate motion that they needed more time to go through some 22,000 pages of evidence.

Santa Maria Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville rejected a delay in the trial, scheduled for Jan. 31, saying that it would amount to "a huge step backwards."

"If I continue this case for three months, we'll have 90 more search warrants and 90 more motions," Melville said, adding that the court will begin summoning jurors next week.

The defense has argued that the prosecution had been slow in turning over discovery material that needed analysis, and that its witness list included people who did not exist.

Mr. Jackson was not in court for today's hearings. When the judge refused the bids of the defense, Mr. Sneddon immediately asked when Michael Jackson would first be required to appear in court.

Mr. Jackson will be required to attend when jury selection begins in January.

Birdman^i^
01-04-2005, 01:03 PM
Celebrity Justice Report: Did Jackson Accuser's Mom Falsely Solicit Aid for Son's Treaments?


Monday, 03 January 2005

Source: Celebrity Justice
Celebrity JusticeEven as embattled pop star Michael Jackson continues to offer words of appreciation for the support of his fans, "Celebrity Justice" has exclusively learned that the mother of the boy accusing Jackson of child molestation also went looking for support -- but in a very different way.

In 2000, when Jackson first met his accuser, an article appeared about the boy and his family in Mid Valley News, a community newspaper in the town of El Monte, just outside of Los Angeles. The story was an emotional appeal, detailing the boy's illness, the toll his treatment was taking on the family, and asking for readers' financial charity. "Our car has been repossessed" the mother was quoted as saying. "One chemotherapy injection costs more than $12,000."

Now, Connie Keenan, the editor of Mid Valley News, speaking exclusively to "CJ," has characterized the accuser's mother in a most uncharitable manner. "My gut level: she's a shark. She was after money," Keenan told us. "My readers were used. My staff was used. It's sickening."

In 2000, Keenan told us, the boy's mother approached the Mid Valley news and pitched her story: "She pleaded her case that her son needed all sorts of medical care and they had no financial means to provide it."

Keenan agreed to run the heartfelt story inviting readers to help, but recalled that, almost from the get go, there were red flags, including the fact that, according to Keenan, the mother, "Wanted the money sent to her in her name, at her home address."

And that was just the beginning. Keenan assigned the story to reporter Christie Causer, who was so moved by what she heard that, on Thanksgiving Day, she brought food to the family -- but, according to Keenan, "The mother, instead of being grateful that this woman brought her a complete Thanksgiving dinner, said 'I'd rather have the money. This is nice, but I'd rather have the money.'"

Keenan insisted that her paper would solicit funds only if the mother opened a trust account to receive them. Sources tell "CJ" that, nine days before the article ran, the boy's mother did open an account in her name for the benefit of the boy at a Washington Mutual bank on the Sunset Strip and deposited one cent -- but it was not a trust account.

The article gave readers a roadmap to make donations: the name of the bank, the account number, even the routing number. We've learned that, within the first three weeks after the article ran, $965 was deposited -- and $750 was promptly withdrawn. But Keenan told us that that absolutely wasn't enough for the mother: "She really wanted another story done on her son because they just didn't make enough money on the first article. And I told her -- and I can be a crusty old broad -- 'we're not doing another story on your son.'"

The mother's response? "'Well, I'll take it someplace else,'" Keenan recalled. "I said, 'Fine.'"

And as if all that wasn't enough, it turns out that the boy was being treated at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles, at absolutely no cost to the family. That's right, there were, in fact, no medical bills. All treatments were covered by insurance.

The boy's father was a teamster member who worked at a supermarket facility in the LA area. "CJ" spoke with Paul Kenny, heads of a teamster's union in LA, who confirmed that the teamsters negotiated a sweet deal when it came to health care coverage. "They're covered 100% under HMOs," Kenny stated. "Including Kaiser, which is an HMO."

"There was no cost to [the boy's father] out of pocket, at all," Kenny added. "Everything should be covered 100% under his contract. Everything. There is no exceptions."

When we asked Keenan if it was her impression that the family had to shell out for treatment, she told us, "Of course it was."

Two years after the article ran, when Santa Barbara County DA Tom Sneddon filed child molestation charges against Jackson, Keenan realized that the boy she wrote about was the accuser and made contact with Jackson's lawyer. "I just had this gut feeling that something was wrong here. So I sent a copy of the [Mid Valley News] to Mr. Geragos, who was representing Michael Jackson at the time," Keenan told us. "Because maybe there's a grain of truth to what Michael Jackson is saying -- 'I didn't do it' -- or maybe it's just to stop a shark."

Both Keenan and the article's writer reported they have recently been contacted by Jackson's defense team.

A source close to the mother spoke with "CJ" and insisted that none of the money collected was misspent but wouldn't say how the money was spent.

Birdman^i^
01-04-2005, 01:12 PM
Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005 TV: Mom of Jackson Accuser 'Tricked' Paper

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The mother of a boy accusing Michael Jackson
of child molestation tricked a weekly newspaper into running a
story seeking donations for her son's cancer treatments, according
to a TV show devoted to the legal woes of stars.


In 2000, the woman told a reporter for the Mid Valley News, a
community newspaper that serves Southern California's suburban San
Gabriel Valley, that her son was battling cancer and the editor
agreed to print a story, Celebrity Justice reported Monday.


The medical bills, however, were fully covered by an insurance
policy held by the boy's father through his employer and union,
according to the TV show.


``My readers were used. My staff was used. It's sickening,'' Mid
Valley News Editor Connie Keenan told Celebrity Justice.


An attorney for the accuser's mother, Michael Manning, did not
immediately return a call from The Associated Press late Monday.


After learning of the charges against Jackson in 2003, Keenan
said she sent a copy of the newspaper story to Jackson's former
attorney, Mark Geragos. She also said she was recently contacted by
his defense team.


Jackson, 46, has pleaded not guilty to charges of molesting a
boy, conspiracy and administering an intoxicating agent, alcohol,
to his alleged victim. His trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 31.

Birdman^i^
01-04-2005, 05:49 PM
Statement of Michael Jackson Regarding the Tsunami Disaster


Tuesday, 04 January 2005

http://mjjsource.com/main/images/stories/PressReleases/mj4.gifMy family and I would like to send our prayers and heartfelt sympathy to the families, friends and loved ones of those who recently perished from the horrific earthquake and tsunami, which swept through Indonesia, Asia, India, Somalia and other countries.

Our love is also being sent to those who have miraculously survived this tragedy and to those who are so courageously on-site, helping to spearhead the relief efforts. We pray for your strength, your safety and the success of your life-saving missions of love.

Words cannot adequately express the shock, horror and grief we’ve felt, while watching news reports which have captured the massive devastation and despair. It has been especially painful for me, as I have visited these areas many times and I remember the love, kindness and warmth of the people I met there.

I would like to encourage all of my friends, and fans, to contribute to agencies and organizations assisting in these efforts. In times like these, we need each other... we must bond together in spirit and in service.

God Bless.

Sincerely,

Michael Jackson



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Birdman^i^
01-04-2005, 09:59 PM
Celebrity Justice Report: Comedy Kings Used in Bogus Benefits for Jackson Accuser?


Tuesday, 04 January 2005
Source: Celebrity Justice (http://celebrityjustice.warnerbros.com/news/0501/04a.html)http://mjjsource.com/main/images/stories/articles/cjlogo.gif

George Lopez and Chris Tucker are two of comedy's brightest lights, but now it seems that the funny men may have been used as pawns in a scam involving the family of the boy currently accusing pop singer Michael Jackson of child molestation.

"CJ" recently broke the story that the mother of the accuser got a community newspaper to run an article soliciting funds for the boy's cancer treatments in 2000, even though the family didn't have to pay a penny in medical costs because the father's insurance covered everything.

Lopez has strong ties to Los Angeles' comedy club circuit, including The Laugh Factory on the Sunset Strip, and "CJ" has learned that several non-celebrities have also had strong ties to Lopez and the club, including Jackson's accuser and his family. Lopez met the boy at The Laugh Factory's summer camp for underprivileged kids, and when the boy was diagnosed with cancer in 2000, Lopez joined Chris Tucker and others to raise money for the child.

"CJ" has learned that the family got tens of thousands of dollars from donations and various Laugh Factory fundraisers. In light of the fact that the family's insurance apparently covered the boy's treatments, the question remains: where did the money go?

"CJ" has also learned that the family recruited Fritz Coleman, TV weather personality for LA's KNBC and a stand-up comic in his own right, to do an on-air plug for a charity event for the boy held at The Laugh Factory on October 26, 2000. Though Coleman couldn't be reached for comment, we're told he believed the money was being raised for the boy's medical expenses and that he's extremely upset he may have been misled. We're also told that Jackson's defense team believes Lopez and Tucker were used as well.

Despite the boy's hospital bills being covered by the family's insurance, Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada, who was close to the accuser and his mother, has been quoted as saying, "Anything we raised we gave directly to the hospital, except for a couple of checks I wrote myself, which was for her apartment."

Lopez, Tucker and Fritz Coleman had no comment, but we're told all three have been contacted by Jackson's team. As for Masada, he would not comment on the statement that he gave the money to the hospital.

Birdman^i^
01-12-2005, 06:25 PM
Judge Wants Prosecutors to Stick to the Current Case


Wednesday, 12 January 2005
By Team MJJsource


http://mjjsource.com/main/images/stories/200408/Aug1604prehearing1.gifSANTA MARIA, CA – Today, Santa Maria Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville decided not to rule on the Prosecution's motion to bring in alleged ‘prior acts' of abuse, at this time.



Prosecutors are attempting to present evidence of similar alleged "prior acts," even though Michael Jackson has never actually been tried in a court on those issues.



The defense attorneys petitioned Judge Melville to bar this 'flimsy' evidence. Previous to this case, Michael Jackson has never been arrested or actually charged with a sexual offense.



Exercising caution, the judge cited a case early in his career where the prosecution first presented 'prior acts' of alleged abuse in a similar case. Consequently, the primary case that the prosecution then presented was so weak that the defendant was convicted on the alleged ‘past acts.’ Judge Melville called this a "miscarriage of justice" and stated that he would not allow something like that to happen in this case.



Judge Rodney Melville went on to inform the prosecution that he needs to see their main case first, effectively barring them from bringing in any past accusers or allegations, at this point.



After they have presented their main case and witnesses pertaining to the current case, Judge Melville stated that he may entertain an evidentiary hearing and then possibly consider allowing the motion.



Additionally, in court filings, the defense argued that media coverage of the hearing could prejudice potential jurors. Judge Melville said that under California law, he did not believe he could conduct the hearings behind closed doors.

The judge has scheduled hearings on Jan. 21 and Jan. 27.

Judge Rodney Melville also stated that Michael Jackson will be required to appear in court beginning January 31, 2005.

Birdman^i^
01-13-2005, 06:39 PM
Statement of Attorney Thomas A. Mesereau, Jr. - January 13, 2005


Thursday, 13 January 2005



(Approved by the Court on 1/13/05 at 3:00 p.m.)


Mr. Jackson’s lead Defense Counsel Thomas A. Mesereau, Jr., releases the following statement in response to the leaking of the Grand Jury testimony:



http://mjjsource.com/main/images/stories/team/team3.gifWe strongly object to the "leak" of the Grand Jury testimony in this case. This Grand Jury material had been ordered sealed by Judge Melville in open court.



The witnesses who testified before the Grand Jury were never subjected to cross-examination or impeachment by the defense. By law, no judge or defense lawyer was allowed to be present in the Grand Jury room. Furthermore, the defense had no opportunity to call its own witnesses to refute or criticize this one-sided proceeding.



This case will be won in the courtroom and not through "leaks" in the media. When he has his day in court, Michael Jackson will be acquitted and vindicated.

Birdman^i^
01-13-2005, 06:49 PM
Statement Regarding Accusation that Michael Jackson has Fathered Children by Sholeh Bocchelli


Thursday, 13 January 2005

http://mjjsource.com/main/images/stories/team/bain1.gif"When contacted in July, 2004 regarding this rumor, we issued a statement at that time, indicating that Mr. Jackson was not fathering quadruplets by way of a surrogate mother; and, that we were not going to further comment on stories of this nature.

"In a statement issued on August 16, 2004, and approved by Judge Melville, Mr. Jackson stated that 'I have personally suffered through many hurtful lies and references to me... as well as the latest untruth about me fathering quadruplets. This is intolerable and must stop.'

"We stand by our previous statements. There is no truth to this accusation."

Thank you.
Raymone K. Bain

Birdman^i^
01-13-2005, 07:13 PM
Fans of Michael Jackson Outraged Over Media Irresponsibility. Plans Boycott.


Thursday, 13 January 2005

i-Newswire, 2005-01-13

http://mjjsource.com/main/images/stories/misc/mjjforum_logo.gifThe more than 6,000 members of MJJForum.com (http://www.mjjforum.com/), one of the largest internet discussion forums, expressed shock over what they consider to be the disregard of the judicial process by various media outlets: The Smoking Gun, ABC, Court TV, VH-1, and E! Entertainment Television Network. Michael Jackson fans around the world have also expressed their outrage. It is believed that these outlets are releasing and/or producing inflammatory material aimed at polluting the jury pool in Santa Maria, California, where Michael Jackson will face trial.

On the VH-1.com website, a promotion for a soon-to-be-aired special on Jackson, labeled the entertainer as a "fascinating freak-show," " bizarre, pathetic" and a "self-made mutant." The music channel promises to explore the conditions that "have conspired to make Michael the predatory man-child portrayed in the press."

E! Entertainment Television plans to air reenactments of the trial starting January 31st, 2005. The ABC Network released the leaked Grand Jury Testimony of the current accuser. Court TV recently released the 1993 psychiatric interview of Michael Jackson's first accuser. Court TV also released that the network will air a special on the "psychological state of Michael Jackson."

In response to the onslaught of perceived media bias against the entertainer, Michael Jackson's fans are planning various actions such as boycotting the sponsors of Court TV, VH-1, and E! Entertainment Television.

Jury selection is slated to begin January 31st 2005.

Patricia Brown, President of MJJForum.com states, "Michael Jackson fans are in a state of disbelief at certain media outlet attempts to disrupt the judicial process in the case of People v. Jackson. The Smoking Gun website released their summary of sealed court documents for public dissemination three weeks before jury selection is to begin. This is tantamount to jury tampering, and resembles The Salem Witch Hunt Trials."

Dr. KC Arceneaux, Ph.D., MJ Case Exhibit Researcher for LynchingMJ.com, and leading authority on The Michael Jackson case states, "The leaks and prejudicial "news" coverage of the Michael Jackson case continues unabated, to the extent that anyone who has not realized that this is a high-tech lynching is simply not paying attention. The mainstream media coverage of this case has been so biased that journalistic integrity has set a new, and lower, standard. In my opinion, the leakages and slanted coverage have so tainted this case that it is an embarrassment for the judicial system in this country that the Jackson case is going to trial. A fair trial is no longer possible for Michael Jackson."

Patricia Brown, IMAGE DRIVEN PROMOTIONS

Birdman^i^
01-14-2005, 07:11 AM
Friday, Jan. 14, 2005 Report: Jackson Transcripts Graphic

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Jackson's accuser told a grand jury
that the pop star closed his eyes tightly while molesting him on a
bed, according to an ABC News report that quotes from transcripts
of the testimony.


The boy described Jackson's alleged crimes in graphic detail,
according to the network, which said its ``Primetime Live'' program
reviewed more than 1,900 pages of testimony.


Details on the transcripts, which have not been released, were
reported Thursday on ABC's Web site and quoted on ``Good Morning
America.'' A fuller report was planned Thursday evening on
``Primetime Live.''


The defense initially declined comment, citing a gag order in
the case. But later Jackson attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. said in a
statement that the defense strongly objected to the leak of sealed
grand jury testimony.


``The witnesses who testified before the grand jury were never
subjected to cross-examination or impeachment by the defense,'' he
said. ``By law, no judge or defense lawyer was allowed to be
present in the grand jury room. Furthermore, the defense had no
opportunity to call its own witnesses to refute or criticize this
one-sided proceeding.''


A note on the statement issued by a Jackson spokeswoman noted it
was approved by the court.


The accuser told prosecutors who questioned him before the Santa
Barbara County grand jury that Jackson never spoke to him during
the alleged abuse and the two didn't discuss it later, ABC
reported.


According to transcripts, the boy said that when he was
molested, he looked over at the pop star and ``his eyes were like
squinching really tight.''


Jackson was indicted in April on multiple counts of molestation
and a count of conspiracy involving child abduction, false
imprisonment and extortion.


Some counts accuse him of administering alcohol to further child
molestation. The accuser, who had cancer and lost a kidney when a
surgeon removed a tumor, said he told Jackson he shouldn't drink
alcohol because of his medical condition, according to the
transcripts.


``And so it harms my kidney for I drink that stuff,'' the
accuser was quoted as saying. ``But he would just say, 'It's OK.'
And he would just keep on telling me to drink.''


Normally, grand jury transcripts are made public in California
10 days after they're received by a defendant. But the judge has
kept the Jackson transcripts sealed, along with most other
documents in the case.


Jury selection in the case begins Jan. 31. Pretrial hearings
have been set for Jan. 21 and Jan. 27 to consider issues such as
whether a child-abuse expert can testify and what should be
included on the questionnaire to be given to jurors.

Birdman^i^
01-15-2005, 02:00 PM
District Attorney Upsets Jersey Family


Saturday, 15 January 2005
By Roger Friedman (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,144362,00.html)

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There was yet another leak from Santa Barbara District Attorney Tom Sneddon's office in the Michael Jackson case yesterday.

This time, it was grand jury testimony from the now-almost 15-year-old boy who's accusing the pop singer of molestation.

Isn't there a gag order in this case? Can't Sneddon be sanctioned by Judge Rodney Melville? And why hasn't he been already?

The testimony given by the boy is about Jackson serving wine to minors in his wine cellar.

I can tell you now, through my exclusive sources, that this account will be refuted if it makes it to the stand. That's because Sneddon takes on Jackson's most ardent supporters and surrogate family, the Cascios of Franklin Lakes, N.J.

I've told you about the Cascios before. Dominic Cascio was a banquet manager at the Palace Hotel in New York when he met Jackson some 17 years ago. He was the married father of three, eventually four.

Jackson immediately embraced the Cascios, and vice versa. Sources tell me he appreciated their close-knit, loving family. Over the years Jackson has spent a lot of time at their house and reciprocated by taking them on trips.

The kids, three boys and a girl, have literally grown up at Jackson's Neverland Valley Ranch. They have had free access to all rooms in the house, including Jackson's fabled bedroom and bed, without incident.

The eldest child, Frank, who is now 24 and uses the nom de plume Tyson, has worked for Jackson in various capacities. He is cited as one of the unnamed, unindicted co-conspirators in the current case, accused, unofficially, of holding the California boy's family "hostage."

My sources laughed yesterday when they heard the story of Michael serving wine to Frank's 15-year-old sister, 12-year-old brother and the accuser and his brother.

"The wine cellar, as it's known, is located right behind the game room. The kids break into it all the time. I caught [the accuser and his brother] down there myself once. It's not hard," my source said.

Here's the problem as it's been laid out for me. The Cascios, who operate two family restaurants in northern New Jersey, are Italian-American and have always let their kids have a sip of wine here and there. If they are called to testify in the case, they will explain that it's in their culture.

The daughter, who is a minor nevertheless, will no doubt say that she knew where the wine cellar was and didn't need Jackson's help for access to it. The 12-year-old son does not drink, which has also been verified.

But here's the rub, my sources say: The brother and sister were on the private plane that took Jackson, his kids, his nanny, the accusing family and a doctor back to Neverland Ranch from Miami on Feb. 7, 2003.

This is the flight that also had comedian Chris Tucker aboard and on which, it's been alleged, Jackson licked his accuser's head and drank wine out of Diet Coke cans.

The Cascio kids are likely to say on the stand that none of that happened, or could have happened. And that would open an area that Tom Sneddon might not want to get into.

Curiously, even though Sneddon leaked this information yesterday, he has not subpoenaed any of the Cascios, including Frank Tyson. And the Cascios, I am told, are furious that he involved their minor children in a publicity scheme to promote the prosecution's case.

More to come...

Source: Fox News 411 (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,144362,00.html)

Birdman^i^
01-15-2005, 02:09 PM
Woman Claiming Michael Jackson's Twins Has Long History of Mental Illness



Recently, vital information has been learned about the woman who has been claiming to have given birth to Michael Jackson's 'twin boys.' Court records have revealed that this woman, Sholeh Bocchelli, 36, is an alleged stalker who has previously lied about being pregnant with twins.

Appearing on an entertainment news program, Sholeh Bocchelli alleges that she surrendered these boys to Mr. Jackson shortly after giving birth Nov. 26. In spite of the fact that Mr. Jackson has flatly denied this absurd rumor since it first began in the Fall of 2004, members of the media have continued to carry this story and the baseless statements of this woman and present it to the public as 'fact.'

Santa Monica Superior Court documents uncovered by the New York Daily News reveal that a Beverly Hills chiropractor won a restraining order against Bocchelli, who was then using the name Sholeh Salamipour, after she flipped out when he stopped dating her in 2001.
In a sworn declaration, chiropractor Farzad Rabbany said Bocchelli falsely claimed to be "pregnant with twins" by him, falsely accused him of rape and twice attempted suicide after he broke off their relationship. Rabbany also said someone "slashed open" the top of his convertible car after he'd received a threatening phone call from Bocchelli's cousin.

"During our brief relationship, she showered me with gifts and said, 'I'm trying to buy your love,'" Rabbany wrote. "She drives to my office every night and sleeps in her car out front in order 'to feel close to me,'" the declaration stated.

"The defendant has a long history of mental illness ... . I am concerned for my safety because of the defendant's mental instability and threatening behavior. The defendant informed me she has access to a gun," his declaration said.

The court ordered Bocchelli to stay away from Rabbany on May 15, 2001.

Source: Team MJJsource / New York Daily News

Birdman^i^
01-17-2005, 05:28 PM
6 Million 'Number Ones' And Counting


Sunday, 16 January 2005

By Amit Khanna

http://mjjsource.com/main/images/stories/albums/no1salbum.gifKing Of Pop registers on numerous Year-End Charts as 'Number Ones' album shifts 6 million units worldwide

With 2004 now a wrap, Michael Jackson has a reason to smile as a slew of his music releases (from both past and present) charted so consistently throughout the year that he placed in the Top 10 on numerous Year-End Charts around the world. As an added bonus, the artist's 2003 Epic/Sony release Number Ones hit the 6 million unit mark worldwide giving Jackson his third multi-platinum album of the 00's.

United Kingdom

With cumulative sales of approximately 2 million units (CD and DVD), the success of Michael Jackson's Number Ones project in the UK is nothing short of exemplary. In fact, according to figures released by BPI/Official UK Charts Company, the 5X platinum* Number Ones CD was the UK's fifth best selling album of the year (Oct 2003 to Sept 2004.)

Jackson also received another distinction as (for the second year in a row) he placed the most number of albums on the UK End Of Year Top 200 Album Chart with Number Ones, Thriller, and The Very Best Of The Jacksons all making the cut. It's worth noting that in 2003, Jackson similarly achieved this feat with four entries (more than any other artist) as Number Ones, Greatest Hits - HIStory Volume I, Thriller, and Off The Wall all made the Year End Chart that year as well.

With an impressive six Jackson albums that entered the UK Top 75 Album Chart, 2004 was a year full of chart surprises to say the least:

- Off The Wall re-entered the album chart in July 2004 peaking at #13;

- The Very Best Of The Jacksons peaked at #7 in July 2004 eventually being certified UK Gold by the BPI;

- Thriller spent a cumulative three months inside the Top 75 peaking at #36;

- Bad re-entered the chart in January 2004 peaking at #61;

- The Ultimate Collection (4 CD/1 DVD) boxed set peaked at #10 and #75 on the UK R&B Album Chart and UK Top 75 Album Chart respectively (the only boxed set to crack the Top 75 Album Chart in 2004); and

- Number Ones continued it's lengthy residency on the charts becoming the artist's sixth 5X platinum* album in the UK to date.

With over 1.6 million units sold and counting, the success of the Number Ones CD in the UK shows no signs of abating as just recently, the album kicked off 2005 by re-entering the UK Top 75 Album Chart at #53.

Australia

From the land up top to the land down under, 2004 was also a great year for Michael Jackson in Australia . Not only did the artist's triple platinum* Number Ones album mark it's 58th week on the ARIA Top 40 Urban Album Chart but his Number Ones DVD was also named the #1 Best Selling Music DVD of the Year by the ARIA.

With three Jackson albums hitting the charts in 2004, Jackson's chart performance in Australia looked exactly like this:

- Number Ones enjoyed a lengthy residency on the charts becoming the 53rd Best Selling Album of the Year and 6th Best Selling Urban Album of the Year (an almost identical distinction the album received in 2003 when after only six weeks of release, it was named the 52nd Best Selling Album of the Year and 9th Best Selling Urban Album of the Year by the ARIA);

- Thriller spent a cumulative five months inside the Top 40 of ARIA Urban Album Chart peaking at #22; and

- The Very Best Of The Jacksons peaked at #15 and #3 on the ARIA Top 100 Album Chart and ARIA Urban Album Chart respectively with set notching gold* status.

With the 8X platinum* Number Ones DVD marking it's 55th week on the ARIA Music DVD Chart and the Number Ones and The Very Best Of The Jacksons CD's still holding strong after their 60th and 25th week on the ARIA Top 40 Urban Album Chart, 2005 looks to be another year of solid chart activity for the King Of Pop in Australia.

Not to be overlooked, honorable mentions must go to sister country New Zealand where both Number Ones and The Very Best Of The Jacksons were certified double platinum and gold respectively last year.

USA

In 2004, Michael Jackson was also no stranger to the U.S. music charts as his platinum* Number Ones album and triple platinum* Number Ones DVD were just two of many releases which kept the artist well represented on the charts:

- Number Ones (DVD) hit the #1 position on the Billboard Top Music Video Chart in January 2004 eventually scanning a cumulative 250,000 units by the end of the year;

- Number Ones (CD) hit the #1 position on the Billboard Top Internet Albums Chart in January 2004 with the album scanning over 800,000 units in the USA to date;

- The One (DVD), a commercial release of the artist's Number Ones CBS TV special, peaked at #28 on the Billboard Top Music Video Chart in March 2004;

- Thriller spent a cumulative two months inside the Top 50 of the Billboard Pop Catalog Chart peaking at #22;

- The Ultimate Collection (4CD/DVD) boxed set peaked at #22, #48 and #154 on the Billboard Top Internet Albums Chart, Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart, and Billboard 200 respectively. The five disc collection has scanned over 40,000 units since it's release in November 2004; and

- Greatest Hits: HIStory Volume I spent a cumulative two months inside the Top 50 of the Billboard Pop Catalog Chart peaking at #28.

With over 5 million Epic/Sony era CD's scanned in the United States over the past three years (November 2001 - November 2004) and counting, Jackson's chart activity in his home country is another example of his enduring appeal.

Europe

2004 was also an accomplished year for Michael Jackson across Europe as his triple platinum* Number Ones CD and The Ultimate Collection (4CD/1 DVD) boxed set both made their mark on music charts across the continent:

- In Ireland, the 5X platinum* Number Ones CD accumulated 37 weeks on the Top 50 Album Chart and ended the year as Ireland's 33rd best selling album of the year (a significant achievement considering the CD was Ireland's 9th best selling album of 2003.) Elsewhere on the charts, Off The Wall re-entered the Top 50 Album chart in July 2004 peaking at #12 while The Ultimate Collection (4 CD/1 DVD) rounded out the year peaking at #71;

- In France, Number Ones peaked at #5 on the Top 40 Compilation Album Chart while The Ultimate Collection (4 CD/1 DVD) similarly made an impressive showing peaking at #29;

- In Spain , Number Ones (both the CD and DVD) were certified with a double dose of gold. The Ultimate Collection (4CD/1 DVD), meanwhile, peaked at #57; and

- In Greece, Number Ones spent three months on the album chart peaking at #6 while The Ultimate Collection (4 CD/1 DVD) peaked at #37.

Elsewhere across Europe ( Italy , Austria , Denmark , Switzerland , Belgium , Holland , Norway , The Czech Republic, Germany , and the Netherlands ) Number Ones also made it's mark as the album shifted gold and/or platinum sales in each country.

Japan

According to figures released by ORICON, Michael Jackson's Number Ones was Japan 's 13th Best Selling Album for the first half of 2004. With The Ultimate Collection (4 CD/1 DVD) recently debuting at #47 on the Top 50 Album Chart, Jackson 's Japanese chart action in 2004 was exceptional as the platinum honors continued to grow.

Summary

From Australia (where the triple platinum* Numbers Ones CD and 8X platinum* Number Ones DVD enjoyed a year long stay on the charts) to the UK (where the 5X platinum* Number Ones CD was named the 5th Best Selling Album of 2003/2004 by the Official UK Charts Company) to the United States (where the platinum* Number Ones CD and 3X* platinum Number Ones DVD became the latest additions in a string of the artist's platinum/multi-platinum releases) 2004 was a year brimming with professional accomplishments for the King Of Pop.

With 2005 already in progress, Michael Jackson might be pleased to know that his Number Ones album kicked off the new year by re-entering the UK Top 75 Album Chart at #53 (climbing to #48 this week) while Number Ones moved ahead to #12 on Australia's ARIA Urban Album Chart.

Just a reminder that like the artist on stage, the record continues to spin.

Source: MJJSource

* Certification figure based on shipment information compiled in each respective country/territory.

Birdman^i^
01-20-2005, 11:52 PM
Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005 Jackson Defense: Accusers Are Not Victims

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Attorneys defending Michael Jackson in his

child molestation case want the accuser and his family referred to

in court by their names or as ``complaining witnesses'' - not as

``victims.''



Jackson himself is getting a chance to respond in a TV interview

to leaked grand jury transcripts in which the boy describes how the

entertainer allegedly molested him.



In a motion released Wednesday, the pop star's attorneys ask

that the judge bar the district attorney from saying he represents

``'the people' in a manner that implies that he represents the jury

against the defendant.'' It also requests that the accuser not be

called a ``victim'' in court; a similar motion was filed by Kobe

Bryant's lawyers in his sexual assault case in Colorado.



``This is not a case where the only issue is the identity and

the complaining witnesses are victims regardless of the identity of

the perpetrator,'' the Jackson defense motion said. ``Here, the

jury is being asked to decide whether or not the events alleged by

the complaining witnesses occurred at all.''



The motion will be considered at a Jan. 28 hearing



Also Wednesday, Fox News confirmed that Jackson has taped an

interview with talk-show host Geraldo Rivera during which he read a

statement, approved by Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville,

about leaked grand jury transcripts. The statement was included in

a larger interview unrelated to Jackson's Jan. 31 trial, and it was

not known when the interview would air, the network said.



ABC News quoted from the transcripts last week in reports on its

Web site, ``Good Morning America'' and ``Primetime Live.''

According to the network, the accuser told the grand jury graphic

details, including that Jackson closed his eyes tightly while

molesting him.



Jackson, 46, was indicted in April on multiple counts of

molestation and a count of conspiracy involving child abduction,

false imprisonment and extortion. He has pleaded not guilty and is

scheduled to stand trial Jan. 31.



His attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. said in a court-approved

statement last week that the defense strongly objected to the leak

of sealed testimony before the grand jury, which he called a

``one-sided proceeding.''



``The witnesses who testified before the grand jury were never

subjected to cross-examination or impeachment by the defense,'' he

said.



Grand jury transcripts normally are made public in California 10

days after they're received by a defendant. Melville, however, has

kept the Jackson transcripts sealed, along with most other

documents in the case.

Birdman^i^
01-21-2005, 08:23 PM
Friday, Jan. 21, 2005 Jackson Judge Allows Expert Testimony

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) - The judge in the Michael Jackson case
Friday gave prosecutors permission to introduce expert testimony on
misperceptions and myths about child molestation during the pop
star's trial.


Prosecutors said at a hearing that they want an expert to
testify about why victims sometimes wait to report molestation,
give incomplete accounts, avoid telling close relatives and retain
affection for their abusers.


Jackson's attorneys argued against allowing such testimony,
telling Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville that it could be
used to buttress unreliable testimony from the alleged victim and
his family.


Defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. said such testimony should
not be allowed if he can prove the boy and his family ``aren't
victims at all, they're flat-out liars.''


Jackson, 46, is set to go on trial Jan. 31 on charges of
molesting the boy and plying him with alcohol.


Mesereau said the family has made inconsistent statements to
police, social workers, Jackson and Jackson's employees. He also
said the defense would show the family had lied repeatedly.


Also Friday, a legal motion filed by Jackson's lawyers was
released with words from U.S. Supreme Court decisions blacked out
by the judge. The redacted words, which included ``obscenity,''
``pornographic'' and ``sexual conduct,'' come from some of the high
court's landmark - and widely available - decisions on obscenity.


The point of the Jackson motion was that magazines and books
seized by authorities in their searches of the Neverland ranch
should not be described to the jury as obscene or pornographic
because that would be a legal judgment.



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Birdman^i^
01-22-2005, 03:11 PM
THE CASE: What Happened This Week (January 17-21, 2005)

Saturday, 22 January 2005
http://mjjsource.com/main/images/stories/team/mes_yu_1_250px.gifTHE HIGHLIGHTS:

January 19, 2005 - British TV journalist Martin Bashir asks a judge to reject prosecutor’s bid to have him testify.

January 20, 2005 - Prosecutors want to bar the public from the courtroom during the testimony of the teenagers in the upcoming trial.

January 20, 2005 – Defense Attorneys ask that the accuser and his family not be called 'victims', citing the fact that this has not yet been determined and that ultimately, they will prove it to be inaccurate.

January 20, 2005 – Judge Melville has reportedly given Michael Jackson permission to make a televised statement refuting ‘leaks’ of secret grand jury testimony given by his accuser.

January 21, 2005 - The Defense requests that potential jurors be questioned one at a time.

January 21, 2005 - Prosecutors requested that any accusations, by the defense, about the complaining witnesses and complaining witness’ family be cleared with the judge first.

January 21, 2005 - Prosecutors asked for defense lawyers to stop mentioning the enormous cost of this investigation to the taxpayers, and implying that District Attorney Tom Sneddon has a vendetta against Jackson.

January 21, 2005 - Judge Rodney Melville gave prosecutors permission to introduce expert testimony about molestation during the trial.

January 21, 2005 – Details were established as to how a 12-person jury panel would be selected for the trial.

January 21, 2005 - Judge Melville said he will not release a DVD of a search of Michael Jackson's home but will make arrangements for the news media to view it in the courtroom.

January 21, 2005 – Judge Melville censored landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

THE DETAILS:

January 19, 2005 – British TV journalist Martin Bashir asks a judge to reject the prosecutor’s bid to have him testify in the trial, citing the ‘Shield Law’.

Bashir maintains that his 2003 documentary, "Living With Michael Jackson," speaks for itself. Bashir's motion also stated that ABC-TV, which aired it in the United States, can verify any part of it that is used as evidence in court. But prosecutors suggested that they wanted much more.

Bashir, who is now employed by ABC News with plans to cover the Jackson Trial, contends that under California's shield law, reporters cannot be forced to testify about the things they observe in the course of doing a story. As a testifying witness, Bashir’s ability to report in the media on trial matters would be restricted.

If the Judge does force him to testify, Bashir asked that the judge exempt him from a gag order that is placed on all attorneys and witnesses, calling it a violation of his 1st Amendment rights.

Bashir's motion is to be considered at a Jan. 28 hearing.


January 20, 2005 - Prosecutors want to bar the public from the courtroom during the testimony of the teenagers in the upcoming trial.

Mr. Jackson’s accuser and his brother, who are now 15 and 14 years of age, respectively, are expected to take the witness stand. However, the prosecution wants this to happen behind closed doors.

Legal experts have expressed their concern that such a move would raise questions about the public's right to an open judicial system.

According to a report by the LA Times, Robert Pugsley, a professor at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles says, "The only reason for it that I can imagine is that somehow the children would be intimidated or distracted by the large group of adults in the courtroom. But it seems to me that if they're competent to give testimony in a matter with this degree of seriousness, then the courtroom should be opened."

January 20, 2005 – Defense Attorneys ask that the accuser and his family not be called 'victims', citing the fact that this is has not yet been determined and that ultimately, they will prove it to be inaccurate.

Attorneys defending Michael Jackson ask that the accuser and his family be referred to in court by their names or as "complaining witnesses" not as "victims."

Additionally, in a motion released Wednesday, Mr. Jackson’s attorneys asked that the judge bar the district attorney from saying that he represents ‘the people' in a manner that implies that he represents the jury against the defendant, Mr. Jackson.

"This is not a case where the only issue is the identity, and the complaining witnesses are victims regardless of the identity of the perpetrator," the Jackson defense motion stated. "Here, the jury is being asked to decide whether or not the events alleged by the complaining witnesses occurred at all."

The motion will be considered at a Jan. 28 hearing

January 20, 2005 – Judge Melville has reportedly given Michael Jackson permission to make a televised statement to refute ‘leaks’ of secret grand jury testimony given by his accuser.

This 1900+ page ‘leak’, whose source has curiously still not been identified, nor any party held accountable, contained the grand jury testimony of the complaining witnesses.

According to Attorney Tom Mesereau’s January 13, 2005 statement, “The witnesses who testified before the Grand Jury were never subjected to cross-examination or impeachment by the defense. By law, no judge or defense lawyer was allowed to be present in the Grand Jury room. Furthermore, the defense had no opportunity to call its own witnesses to refute or criticize this one-sided proceeding. This case will be won in the courtroom and not through "leaks" in the media. When he has his day in court, Michael Jackson will be acquitted and vindicated.”

Another Defense attorney, Bob Sanger explained, "Whether they (the transcripts) were actually released by the prosecutor or law enforcement or, even if they were purloined by those who support the prosecution, the impact is devastating," Sanger wrote. "Prior to the leaks, it would have been hard enough to obtain a fair and impartial jury. Now the attainability of that goal, under any circumstances, may be impossible."

Jackson has taped a statement and an interview with Fox News reporter Geraldo Rivera that could be broadcast sometime prior to January 31, a spokeswoman said.

January 21, 2005 – The Defense requests that potential jurors be questioned one at a time to find out what they know about the one-sided grand jury transcripts that were “leaked” to the press last week and aired on ABC Television’s “Primetime Live”.

"The grand jury transcripts have been leaked to the media, and, as a result, the jury pool has been prejudiced," defense attorney Robert Sanger wrote in the motion.

"Whether they were actually released by the prosecutor or law enforcement or, even if they were purloined by those who support the prosecution, the impact is devastating," Sanger wrote. "Prior to the leaks, it would have been hard enough to obtain a fair and impartial jury. Now the attainability of that goal, under any circumstances, may be impossible."

January 21, 2005 – Prosecutors requested that any accusations, by the defense, about the complaining witnesses and complaining witness’ family be cleared with the judge first.

January 21, 2005 – Prosecutors asked for defense lawyers to stop mentioning the enormous cost of this investigation to the taxpayers, and implying that District Attorney Tom Sneddon has a vendetta against Jackson.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Gordon Auchincloss wrote in the motion "Jackson has been brought to trial after a grand jury indicted him. The prosecution's personal motives are completely immaterial."

It is important to note, as Mr. Mesereau stated, that the witnesses who testified before the Grand Jury were never subjected to cross-examination or impeachment by the defense. By law, no judge or defense lawyer is allowed to be present in the Grand Jury room. Furthermore, the defense had no opportunity to call its own witnesses to refute or criticize this one-sided proceeding.

January 21, 2005 – Judge Rodney Melville gave prosecutors permission, Friday, to introduce expert testimony about molestation during the trial.

The specialist is expected to help prosecutors explain why the now 15-year-old complaining witness waited months to tell his family or any authorities about his ‘claims’ that he had been molested.

Defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. said the expert testimony should not be allowed if the defense can prove the complaining witness and his family "aren't victims at all.”

"What if they are flat out liars?" Mesereau offered referring to the accusers. "What if they have a history of lying? What if the boy lied in the past to help his mother obtain money through the legal process?"

The mother of the complaining witness in this case, Mesereau said, had not mentioned molestation until she contacted an attorney who had sued Jackson in the past. He said allowing such expert testimony would only be "an attempt to bolster a hopeless case."

"We're quite confident of what they're going to look like after they're subjected finally to cross-examination," Mesereau said.

He also said the family had made inconsistent statements to police, social workers, Jackson and Jackson's employees. Mesereau added that the defense would show that the family had lied "in their community, in their school, in their acting school."

January 21, 2005 – Details were established as to how a 12-person jury panel would be selected for the trial, which is expected to start with jury selection on January 31 and last around six months, according to court officials.

Judge Melville said he had reviewed a proposed questionnaire for prospective jurors that prosecutors and defense lawyers submitted. "Quite frankly," Melville told the attorneys of the questionnaire, contents of which will remain secret, "I gutted it."

The process will begin on January 31 and last until February 8 when they will turn up at the Santa Barbara Superior Court in Santa Maria in waves of 150, and will be led into the court in groups of 18 to be questioned by both the defense and the prosecution. The selection process will continue until 20 suitable candidates are accepted by the prosecution, the defense and the judge.

January 21, 2005 – Judge Melville said he will not release a DVD of a search of Michael Jackson's home but will make arrangements for the news media to view it in the courtroom.

January 21, 2005 – Judge Melville censored landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions, b lacking out the words "obscenity," "pornographic" and "sexual conduct" from the text of landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions before releasing a legal motion filed by the Defense.

According to the Associate Press, Professor Laurie Levenson states, "I thought we had seen it all in this case, but this is absurd. We have now begun censoring Supreme Court decisions. It is absolutely unprecedented."

Judge Rodney Melville has imposed extreme measures of secrecy in this case seeking to protect all involved, yet extensive leaks of information levied against Mr. Jackson have continued.

In the motion, Defense Attorney Brian Oxman, explains that the magazines and books that were seized at Mr. Jackson’s ranch, should not be described to the jury as obscene or pornographic because that would clearly be a legal judgement. “The suggestion these materials, which can be purchased on any corner drug store, are illegal is prejudicial to the jury because the inference is false."

He continues, "The books, magazines, and photographs do not depict any crime, let alone the alleged crime in this case, nor do they establish the participation of any person in any of the acts alleged to be part of this proceeding."

The motion said that this would be "a blatant appeal to the jury's emotions” by prosecutors.

By Team MJJsource

Birdman^i^
01-24-2005, 07:11 PM
http://www.freedomnetwork.com/birdman385_sui_juris/

Birdman^i^
01-24-2005, 10:27 PM
USATODAY.com - Authorities probe leaks in Jackson case (http://www.emailthis.clickability.com/et/emailThis?clickMap=viewThis&etMailToID=1836757662)*

uthorities probe leaks in Jackson case SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities said Monday they are investigating leaks about the child molestation case against Michael Jackson that appeared in news reports.
Santa Barbara County sheriff's officials said information about the case has been released in defiance of a judge's gag order imposed on both sides.

"We consider the release of these materials to be a violation of the law," according to a statement posted on the department's Web site. "Some media commentators have alleged that we are responsible for these leaks. We are not. These accusations are irresponsible, unfounded and untrue."

Sheriff's Sgt. Chris Pappas declined to elaborate, citing the gag order.

The online statement was, in part, a response to the recent ABC News report that quoted from transcripts of grand jury testimony given in the molestation case.

In that testimony, Jackson's accuser described the pop singer's alleged crimes in graphic detail, including an incident in which Jackson allegedly molested him on a bed.

ABC has not revealed how it received more than 1,900 pages of grand jury testimony.

Grand jury transcripts normally are made public in California 10 days after a defendant receives them. But the judge in the Jackson case has kept the transcripts sealed, along with most other documents.

Jackson, 46, was indicted in April on multiple counts of molestation and a count of conspiracy involving child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. He has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to stand trial Jan. 31

Birdman^i^
01-25-2005, 12:52 PM
Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005 Sheriff Investigators Deny Jackson Leaks

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Sheriff's investigators denied they
are the source of recent leaks to the media in the Michael Jackson
child molestation case and added an investigation has been started
to find who might be responsible.


A posting on the sheriff's Web site Monday said the information
that has been released is covered by Superior Court Judge Rodney
Melville's sweeping gag order in the case.


``We consider the release of the these materials to be a
violation of the law,'' the online statement said. ``Some media
commentators have alleged that we are responsible for these leaks.
We are not. These accusations are irresponsible, unfounded and
untrue.''


Sgt. Chris Pappas declined to comment further about the details,
citing the judge's gag order.


The statement is, in part, a response to the recent ABC News
report that quotes from transcripts of grand jury testimony given
in the molestation case. Jackson's accuser described Jackson's
alleged crimes in graphic detail, including an incident when the
pop star allegedly molested him on a bed.


ABC has not revealed how it received more than 1,900 pages of
grand jury testimony.


Grand jury transcripts normally are made public in California 10
days after a defendant receives them. The judge, however, has kept
the Jackson transcripts sealed, along with most other documents in
the case.


Jackson, 46, was indicted in April on multiple counts of
molestation and a count of conspiracy involving child abduction,
false imprisonment and extortion. He has pleaded not guilty and is
scheduled to stand trial Jan. 31.


Also Monday, attorneys representing a group of media
organizations filed a motion seeking to keep the testimony of child
witnesses in the case open to the public.


Last week, prosecutors asked that testimony from Jackson's
accuser and his brother be conducted in secret. They argued that
the media and the public could listen to the testimony by an
audio-only feed.


Attorney Theodore Boutrous argued in his motion Monday that the
identities of the brothers were made public when they appeared in a
documentary in February 2003 that was aired in the United Kingdom
and the United States, and thus ``there are no benefits created by
eliminating the public's ability to observe the proceedings.


``The ability to observe, not merely to listen or read,
testimony is a fundamental aspect of the public's First Amendment
right to attend a criminal trial,'' Boutrous wrote in the brief.


Melville will consider the motion Friday.

Birdman^i^
01-27-2005, 12:45 AM
Geraldo Rivera Says Michael Jackson is Stone Cold Innocent, Case Will Fall Apart


Wednesday, 26 January 2005
Los Angeles - On KFI Radio's 'John Ziegler Show' today, Geraldo Rivera, via phone from Iraq, stated to the Los Angeles broadcaster that he believes firmly that Michael Jackson is "stone cold innocent."

"Generally, Michael Jackson is being railroaded," Rivera told John Ziegler of KFI. "The case against him will be revealed, as you go forward in the days and weeks to come, to be so fatally flawed that you'll wonder why a sitting district attorney decided to even bring this case based on the evidence and the motivation of the complainant. Wait until you see the case against Jackson fall apart in the coming days and weeks..."

John Ziegler went on to ask him whether the case is poor or if Michael Jackson is innocent or both. Rivera replied: "I don't know Michael Jackson. I've spent some time with him recently.. he seems much more normal than anything I've ever read about him. But about this particular case, he is innocent. He is stone cold innocent. He never... Let me be unequivocal so there is no doubt about where I stand on this. After my own investigation and spending time with him, reviewing the state's case to the extent that it's available... and when you see the grand jury transcripts, you know that I know everything that Tom Sneddon, who's nickname is 'Mad Dog' up there there in Santa Barbara, has presented to that grand jury.

"Michael Jackson did not molest this kid. Period. The charges against him are fake. They have been created by grifters to cash in on a beleaguered, besieged guy who, because he is so unusual, is vulnerable to these kinds of charges.Team MJJsource / KFI Radio Los Angeles
"I predict in the coming days that Michael Jackson will say as much... that he will never again, ever ever, in his life allow himself to be vulnerable to these kinds of accusations again.

"He is being railroaded here by a District Attorney who is out of control, who is about to retire, who stayed to even a score, had a chip on his shoulder (and is) using the whole power of his office to try and sink this guy."

Geraldo Rivera recently interviewed Mr. Jackson after the recent secret grand testimony "leaks." He encouraged listeners to watch Fox on Friday Morning for big news in the Michael Jackson case.

Team MJJsource / KFI Radio Los Angeles

MJJsource Articles may be reprinted and reproduced with credit to MJJsource.com

Birdman^i^
01-27-2005, 12:58 AM
Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005 Lawyers Want to Show Jackson Documentary

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The prosecution wants jurors in Michael
Jackson's molestation trial to have their own screening of a
British television documentary about the pop star, a show that the
defense denounced as ``heavily edited in the most sensational
fashion possible.''


Broadcast in February 2003, ``Living With Michael Jackson'' was
the trigger for an investigation leading to Jackson's child
molestation case. It contains footage of Jackson holding hands with
the child who has alleged he was molested by the entertainer. It
also shows Jackson, in his own words, defending his practice of
letting young boys sleep with him.


In their motion to use the tape, prosecutors said its broadcast
prompted Jackson and unindicted co-conspirators to abduct and
imprison the accuser and his family, and to ``extort'' from them an
agreement to appear in a ``rebuttal'' video.


``The jury cannot truly appreciate the strength of the
motivation for the desperate actions undertaken by defendant and
his co-conspirators in response to 'Living with Michael Jackson''
without seeing what inspired that reaction,'' according to a motion
by District Attorney Tom Sneddon.


The motion called the TV broadcast ``a public relations
catastrophe for Michael Jackson'' and said jurors could not grasp
its impact on him without seeing it in its entirety, including
comments from reporter Martin Bashir and commentator Barbara
Walters on the version broadcast in the United States.


Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville blacked out several pages
of the Sneddon's motion before releasing it Wednesday.


In their response, the defense said the documentary constituted
inadmissible hearsay and is a ``theatrical'' production that
exploits Jackson to attract TV viewers.


``It is heavily edited in the most sensational fashion
possible,'' said the defense motion, ``and contains highly
inflammatory material regarding matters such as Mr. Jackson's care
of his own children, plastic surgery, Mr. Jackson's financial
affairs and other prejudicial matters.''


``Hollywood techniques were used to make the video more
dramatic,'' said the motion by defense attorney Robert Sanger.
``Scenes are juxtaposed. The pace of the program is edited to build
drama. It is not the kind of reliable evidence that should be
presented to a jury.''


The defense accused the prosecution of trying to taint the jury
with ``a slickly produced Hollywood hit piece.''


Jackson, 46, was indicted in April on multiple counts of
molestation and a count of conspiracy involving child abduction,
false imprisonment and extortion. He has pleaded not guilty and is
scheduled to stand trial beginning Monday.


In a separate motion, prosecutors said Bashir should be required
to testify about the making of the documentary. His lawyers argue
that he is covered by California's reporters' shield law and the
First Amendment and can't be forced to testify.


The prosecutors say they want him to tell jurors whether any of
the incidents on the video were ``staged'' or whether everything
was spontaneous. They offer a long list of questions they would ask
him including how he formed the opinions he expressed about Jackson
on the video.


In another motion released Wednesday, defense attorneys
advocated individual questioning of each prospective juror out of
the presence of others in the jury pool. They said that the recent
leak of grand jury transcripts in the case ``created the maximum
potential for prejudice to Mr. Jackson's ... right to a fair
trial.''


The judge is expected to rule on the motions at a hearing
Friday.

Lion in Winter
01-27-2005, 01:01 AM
...

I'm cold and there are wolves after me.

Birdman^i^
01-27-2005, 03:05 PM
Geraldo Rivera Says Michael Jackson is Stone Cold Innocent, Case Will Fall Apart


Thursday, 27 January 2005
http://mjjsource.com/main/images/stories/misc/geraldo.gifLos Angeles - On KFI Radio's 'John Ziegler Show' today, Geraldo Rivera, via phone from Iraq, stated to the Los Angeles broadcaster that he believes firmly that Michael Jackson is "stone cold innocent."

"Generally, Michael Jackson is being railroaded," Rivera told John Ziegler of KFI. "The case against him will be revealed, as you go forward in the days and weeks to come, to be so fatally flawed that you'll wonder why a sitting district attorney decided to even bring this case based on the evidence and the motivation of the complainant. Wait until you see the case against Jackson fall apart in the coming days and weeks..."

John Ziegler went on to ask him whether the case is poor or if Michael Jackson is innocent or both. Rivera replied: "I don't know Michael Jackson. I've spent some time with him recently.. he seems much more normal than anything I've ever read about him. But about this particular case, he is innocent. He is stone cold innocent. He never... Let me be unequivocal so there is no doubt about where I stand on this. After my own investigation and spending time with him, reviewing the state's case to the extent that it's available... and when you see the grand jury transcripts, you know that I know everything that Tom Sneddon, who's nickname is 'Mad Dog' up there there in Santa Barbara, has presented to that grand jury.

"Michael Jackson did not molest this kid. Period. The charges against him are fake. They have been created by grifters to cash in on a beleaguered, besieged guy who, because he is so unusual, is vulnerable to these kinds of charges.
"I predict in the coming days that Michael Jackson will say as much... that he will never again, ever ever, in his life allow himself to be vulnerable to these kinds of accusations again.

"He is being railroaded here by a District Attorney who is out of control, who is about to retire, who stayed to even a score, had a chip on his shoulder (and is) using the whole power of his office to try and sink this guy."

Geraldo Rivera recently interviewed Mr. Jackson after the recent secret grand testimony "leaks." He encouraged listeners to watch Fox on Friday Morning for big news in the Michael Jackson case.

Team MJJsource / KFI Radio Los Angeles

MJJsource Articles may be reprinted and reproduced with credit to MJJsource.com


CLICK HERE (http://www.kfi640.com/johnziegler.html) TO LISTEN TO KFI RADIO INTERVIEW WITH GERALDO RIVERA.

Birdman^i^
01-28-2005, 11:05 AM
Friday, Jan. 28, 2005 Judge Considers if Jackson Should Testify

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) - With jury selection set to begin
Monday, the judge in Michael Jackson's child-molestation case is
still considering whether the entertainer's accuser should testify
in public and whether jurors should see a British documentary about
the pop star.


Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville scheduled a pretrial
hearing for Friday to address those and other questions related to
witnesses and evidence.


Jackson, 46, has pleaded not guilty to charges of molesting a
13-year-old boy and plying him with alcohol.


Jury selection could last as long as a month, with the judge and
attorneys for both sides expected to screen as many as 750
prospective jurors.


Prosecutors want to close the courtroom to the media and public
when the boy, now 15, and his 14-year-old brother testify.
Reporters would be allowed to hear their voices through an audio
feed.


Jackson's accuser already has been seen in the documentary,
which aired on ABC-TV in 2003 and contains footage of the two
holding hands and Jackson defending his practice of sleeping in the
same bed with children.


Prosecutors want the jury to see the documentary. Defense
lawyers object, denouncing it as ``heavily edited in the most
sensational fashion possible.''


Prosecutors have also subpoenaed Martin Bashir to testify about
the making of the documentary, titled ``Living With Michael
Jackson.'' Bashir, who now works for ABC News, is fighting the
subpoena, arguing that under both California law and the U.S.
Constitution, he cannot be forced to testify.


A coalition of media covering the high-profile case, including
The Associated Press, is arguing that the boys' testimony should
not be closed.


``A cloud of doubt will hang over any verdict'' unless the
public gets to see them as well, argued attorney Theodore Boutrous.


``The ability to observe, not merely to listen or read,
testimony is a fundamental aspect of the public's First Amendment
right to attend a criminal trial,'' Boutrous wrote in a brief.

Birdman^i^
01-28-2005, 11:09 AM
Friday, Jan. 28, 2005 Janet Jackson to Attend Super Bowl Event

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A year after her Super Bowl wardrobe
``malfunction'' shocked the world, Janet Jackson is headed to
another Super Bowl event.


Attorney Willie Gary announced that Jackson will attend his
celebrity scholarship party in Jacksonville on Feb. 5, the eve of
the Super Bowl. The Black Family Channel is sponsoring the party.


During a halftime performance at the Super Bowl in Houston last
year, Jackson's breast was exposed on national television while
dancing and singing with Justin Timberlake. She said it was an
accident.


The game was seen by 90 million viewers and CBS was fined a
record $550,000 by the Federal Communications Commission.


Gary did not return phone calls seeking comment on Jackson's
appearance. The event is open to the public by pre-sale tickets
only.

Birdman^i^
01-28-2005, 05:28 PM
January 28, 2005
Judge: Jackson Accuser Faces Open Court
Judge in Michael Jackson Case Rejects Request to Close Courtroom When Teen Accuser Takes Stand


SANTA MARIA, Calif. Jan 28, 2005 — The judge in the Michael Jackson molestation case on Friday rejected a prosecution request to close the courtroom when the teenage accuser takes the stand at the pop star's trial.

The defense and a coalition of media covering the case, including The Associated Press, had argued that the testimony should be open. Prosecutors wanted it closed to protect the child from the intense media coverage in the case, proposing that reporters be allowed to hear the testimony through an audio feed.

Judge Rodney Melville also ruled that dozens of adult-oriented books, magazines and DVDs seized at Jackson's Neverland ranch one with the fingerprints of Jackson and the accuser can be used as evidence in the trial. Jury selection begins Monday.

The judge permitted most of the proposed evidence to be used at trial but said the prosecution could not refer to the material as pornography, obscenity or erotic. Instead, the words "adult" or "sexually explicit" can be used, he said.

Prosecutor Ron Zonen said the 50 print and video items that were seized in 2003 included graphic sexual material that was both heterosexual and homosexual in nature. The material also included nude photos of models who may have been 18 but looked much younger, he said.

The items will show Jackson had a "prurient interest" in boys or was intended for use to as "grooming material" to make children more accommodating to sexual advances, Zonen said.

Defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. countered that all the materials seized were legal. In the case of the magazine with the prints, he said evidence will show Jackson took it away from his accuser and locked it up.

Melville ruled that several items could not be used as evidence, including three books seized in 1993 that allegedly show pictures of nude adolescents.

Jackson, 46, has pleaded not guilty to charges of molesting a 13-year-old boy and plying him with alcohol. The boy is now 15.

Jury selection could last as long as a month, with the judge and attorneys for both sides expected to screen as many as 750 prospective jurors.

On another matter, the judge ruled that jurors will be allowed to see a British documentary broadcast on ABC in 2003 that contains footage of Jackson and his accuser holding hands and Jackson defending his practice of sleeping in the same bed with children.

At one point during the hearing, Melville advised both sides to adhere to proper procedures during the trial.

"I expect and know that you will, all, on both sides, carry the burden of showing the world what a fine system we have and that does not include name-calling or personal attacks," Melville said.

Birdman^i^
01-29-2005, 02:50 PM
Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005 Leaks Thwart Secrecy in Jackson Case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Jackson's child molestation trial
begins this week with participants and observers sharply divided
over whether there has been too much secrecy imposed by the judge -
or not enough secrecy because of media leaks.


Graphic details of the testimony that led a grand jury to indict
the entertainer leaked in mid-January, months later than the same
information might have become public in a less sensational case.


Some legal experts say the exceptional secrecy imposed by
Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville to try to ensure a fair
trial may have backfired by fueling demand for the material.


To the dismay of news reporters and advocates of the public's
right to know, Melville sealed many documents in the case,
including dozens of search warrants and even portions of the
indictment - items that normally would have been made public even
in high-profile trials. Materials that were released had been
heavily censored.


Melville also refused to release the grand jury transcript,
which normally is allowed in California, but extensive excerpts
were posted on a Web site and a full report on the 1,900 pages of
testimony aired on ABC's ``Primetime Live.''


The source of the leaks remains the subject of speculation.
Jackson's attorney was quick to condemn the leak.


Court employees can be tempted by money or the love of telling
juicy details, and even if TV news directors and newspaper editors
choose not to use the documents a keystroke can release them
worldwide on the Internet, said Justin Brooks, a professor at the
California Western School of Law in San Diego.


``In any high-profile case, it's becoming nearly impossible to
get a totally fair trial,'' Brooks said.


Advocates for press access said it would have been better to
have an official release so the public would know the source and
accuracy of the information.


University of Santa Clara law professor Gerald Uelman said
courts have safeguards against publicity influencing potential
jurors, such as questioning them intensely about what they have
heard.


He said the leaks might not have all that much effect.


``We're learning that jurors are not idiots who believe
everything they see in the media,'' said Uelman, who was part of
O.J. Simpson's defense team.


``What the media does with this material in advance of the
trial, I think, seldom illuminates any issues and ultimately it
will make the trial of the case more difficult,'' Uelman added.


Jackson attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr., whose ability to comment
is restricted by a gag order, got court approval to issue a
statement noting that the transcript basically told only the
prosecution's side of the story.


``By law, no judge or defense lawyer was allowed to be present
in the grand jury room,'' Mesereau said. ``Furthermore, the defense
had no opportunity to call its own witnesses to refute or criticize
this one-sided proceeding.''


The judge also permitted Jackson to comment on the release. Fox
News confirmed that Jackson taped an interview, unrelated to the
trial, with talk-show host Geraldo Rivera during which he read a
statement about the leaks. The interview has not yet been
broadcast.


The prosecution has not commented on the leaks but Santa Barbara
County sheriff's investigators have denied they were the source and
said they were investigating them as a violation of law.


In California, the rule is that grand jury transcripts become
public 10 days after a defendant is served with a copy. In rare
cases, the defense moves to seal the transcript, but usually only
for a certain period of time.


In Jackson's case, however, the judge sealed them without a time
limit.


By comparison, more than 1,000 pages of transcripts of grand
jury hearings in the Phil Spector murder case were made public even
thought the defense argued that the documents were ``full of
lies.'' Spector, a rock music producer, is charged with murdering
an actress in 2003.


Jeffrey W. Schneider, vice president of ABC News, issued a
statement supporting the broadcast of the Jackson transcript
excerpts, saying producers verified their authenticity.


``We reviewed and reported on this testimony because of its
inherent news value. Our job is to report the facts, in a balanced
manner and in proper context,'' he said.

Birdman^i^
01-29-2005, 03:05 PM
MICHAEL JACKSON ISSUES STATEMENT ON GRAND JURY LEAKS


Friday, 28 January 2005


Washington, D.C. - Mr. Michael Jackson will be issuing a video statement, via hiswebsite, www.MJJsource.com (http://mjjsource.com/), which has been approved by Judge Rodney Melville, on Sunday, January 30, 2005.



Media will be able to download the video, at no charge, beginning at 10:00A.M.,E.S.T., 7:00A.M., P.S.T.



Raymone Bain

Birdman^i^
01-31-2005, 01:38 AM
January 30, 2005

Statement of Mr. Michael Jackson:

In the last few weeks, a large amount of ugly, malicious information has been released into the media about me.

Apparently, this information was leaked through transcripts in a grand jury proceeding where neither my lawyers, nor I, ever appeared. The information is disgusting and false.

Years ago, I allowed a family to visit and spend some time at Neverland.

Neverland is my home. I allowed this family into my home because they told me their son was ill with cancer and needed my help. Through the years, I have helped thousands of children who were ill or in distress.

These events have caused a nightmare for my family, my children and me. I never intend to place myself in so vulnerable a position again.

I love my community and I have great faith in our justice system. Please keep an open mind and let me have my day in court. I deserve a fair trial like every other American citizen. I will be acquitted and vindicated when the truth is told.

Michael Jackson

It is permissible to download and use this video, in its entirety, for television or web broadcast.

Audio/Video at: http://www.mjjsource.com

Birdman^i^
01-31-2005, 01:42 AM
TV ALERT: Raymone Bain on CBS and CNN Monday January 31, 2005


Sunday, 30 January 2005
On Monday, January 31, 2005...


Raymone Bain, Michael Jackson's publicist will appear on the CBS Morning News show as well as on 'Larry King' on CNN.


Please check your local listings for exact times.