Michael Jackson: Not Guilty on all charges
Oh show me the way to the next whiskey bar....
Michael Jackson Acquitted of All Charges
By LINDA DEUTSCH, AP Special Correspondent 1 minute ago
SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A jury acquitted Michael Jackson on Monday of molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor at his Neverland ranch, vindicating the pop star who insisted he was the victim of mother-and-son con artists and a prosecutor with a vendetta.
Jurors also acquitted him of conspiring to imprison his accuser and the boy's family at the storybook estate — a huge legal victory but one that may do little to improve his bizarre image.
A caravan of black SUVs delivered Jackson, wearing a black suit and flanked by family members, to the courthouse. Jackson was greeted by "Michael, innocent" chants as he walked into the courthouse.
The jury, which listened to 14 weeks of testimony and arguments, deliberated over seven days before sending word of a verdict at about 12:30 p.m.
And thus ended another SoCal trial, with the rich walking away where they had strong evidence against them. The jury freed Jackson, but I doubt most Americans will see him as anything but a child molester in the same way they see OJ as a murderer.
If you ask me if I think he's a child molester, my answer would be yes. His behavior reeks of it. But there is a large gap between that and proving Jackson rapes children. But people will believe almost anything else about a person. So many people denied his behavior was pedophilic, they refused to see it, because it would have meant admitting something horrible, that a man with a professed love of children, was in reality, a twisted predator willing to deceive parents to rape their kids.
I think the prosecution needed an ironclad case to win against such a famous and popular man. And they didn't have it.
When I said to Jen that I thought the jury didn't want to drive him to suicide with a conviction, she said "You say that like it's a bad thing."
With someone as famous as Jackson, with a crime so heinous, the prosecution didn't have the kind of victim or the kind of evidence to ensure him a jail sentence. If there was ANY question, any doubt, he would slide through. This may upset Nancy "Crow Eater" Grace, but come on, this is America, the rich are rarely convicted.
I hardly think that his career will be revived in the way his management thinks. Just because he isn't in jail, too much was discussed about his life and habits for it to be accepted. I think he will be under suspicion for the rest of his life.
I always said it was going to be hard for a jury to look at Jackson and convict him. But that doesn't mean people will want him around their kids, either. If anyone says his behavior is innocent, I would just laugh. It wasn't. It's just that you needed a better case to throw someone this rich in jail. A guilty verdict was pretty much a death sentence and people knew it.
The next time, and there will be one, because if he is a predator, and I think he is, he can never stop until he gets treatment. And after his clean sweep, why would he bother?
posted by Steve @ 5:48:00 PM