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Judge in Jackson Case to Release Statement
Associate Press ^ | 8 June 2005 | LINDA DEUTSCH

Posted on 06/08/2005 3:14:42 PM PDT by SkyPilot

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - In an unusual development with jury deliberations under way, the judge in the Michael Jackson case planned to release a statement Wednesday. The subject of the statement and the timing of its release were not immediately known.

The jury in Jackson's child molestation case ended deliberations for the day around 2:30 p.m. They finished and left the courthouse minutes after the plan to issue a statement was announced.

Word that the statement was planned came after attorneys on both sides met in chambers with Judge Rodney S. Melville, said Peter Shaplen, the news media pool coordinator for the trial.

The jury has now finished three full days of deliberations on the child molestation charges that could send the pop star to prison. The panel meets daily from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with three 10-minute breaks.

The defendant remained away from the courthouse Wednesday but his longtime friend, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, came by to advocate on his behalf before the news media.

Rev. Jackson charged that the jury was being subjected to "psychological warfare" because of a television report in which a former Santa Barbara County sheriff showed a jail where the singer might go if convicted and immediately ordered into custody.

"One might call it a kind of psychological warfare," Rev. Jackson said. "With an unsequestered jury, they are saying here is where he will stay."

In the Tuesday report, former sheriff Jim Thomas, a consultant for NBC, appeared at the main jail in Santa Barbara with MSNBC host Dan Abrams. Thomas showed Abrams the outside of the jail and talked about what would happen if Jackson is convicted and taken there. Pool video footage of the inside of the jail was shown.

Asked if the defendant was upset by the visuals of the jail, Rev. Jackson said, "He's not watching television."

Thomas responded to the Rev. Jackson's statements Wednesday, saying, "I think the jurors are quite capable of figuring out where he'll go, if he's convicted, without my help." The jury has been ordered to avoid all news reports on the trial.

Rev. Jackson said he spent four hours with the pop star Tuesday. He said the singer's parents, brothers and sisters were with him at his Neverland ranch.

"I came here as his friend and minister," he said. "I've known Michael since he was 8 years old. When people's backs are against the wall they turn to God."

The 46-year-old Jackson is charged with molesting a 13-year-old boy in 2003, giving him wine, and conspiracy involving an effort to hold the boy and his family against their will to get them to rebut a damaging documentary about Jackson.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: childabuser; jackson; pedophile; trial
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Hung jury?
1 posted on 06/08/2005 3:14:42 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

The judge has determined that Michael Jackson will not have to be present for the reading of the verdict due to medical issues, I'm guessing.


2 posted on 06/08/2005 3:15:42 PM PDT by kingu
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To: SkyPilot

Court TV just announced there will be no statement from the court today.


3 posted on 06/08/2005 3:15:48 PM PDT by Peach
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To: SkyPilot

Plea deal?


4 posted on 06/08/2005 3:17:00 PM PDT by SoDak (I'm just having one of those life's)
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To: SkyPilot

2:30pm, why does the jury end deliberations so early?


5 posted on 06/08/2005 3:17:28 PM PDT by RushCrush (Never give in! Never, never, never, never! Never yield in any way great or small.)
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To: Peach

Mind games. They are playing with the networks. I had heard that Jackson's family was on their way to the courthouse to speak which turned out to be not the case.

Strange................

I would love to see him without the wigs and makeup, though.


6 posted on 06/08/2005 3:17:53 PM PDT by hsmomx3 (Steelers in '06)
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To: RushCrush
2:30pm, why does the jury end deliberations so early?

So that the commentators can prepare their make-up for the evening TV news and talk shows?

7 posted on 06/08/2005 3:18:55 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: Peach

"Court TV just announced there will be no statement from the court today."

LOL!

The announcement could be some mundane matter, but tonight t.v. will speculate endlessly.


8 posted on 06/08/2005 3:18:55 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: hsmomx3
I would love to see him without the wigs and makeup, though.

I don't know if I want that image scorched in my memory....;^)

9 posted on 06/08/2005 3:19:05 PM PDT by randog (What the....?!)
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To: SkyPilot

No. The statement came out. Turned out it was about nothing.

Tom Mesereau put out a statement saying that the Jackson family spokesperson ( a woman whose name is something like Ramone Bain) is not speaking for Mesereau. Apparently she gave a press conference this afternoon saying that Mesereau authorized her to speak. But in the statement Mesereau said she wasn't and that there was a gag order.


10 posted on 06/08/2005 3:19:27 PM PDT by somerville
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To: hsmomx3
I would love to see him without the wigs and makeup, though

I sure wouldn't!

11 posted on 06/08/2005 3:19:31 PM PDT by Fudd Fan (McCain is scum)
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To: CedarDave
So that the commentators can prepare their make-up for the evening TV news and talk shows?

That's what I was thinking--east coast news.

12 posted on 06/08/2005 3:19:47 PM PDT by randog (What the....?!)
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To: somerville

There is definitely some wierdness between Messereau and Ray-Moan!


13 posted on 06/08/2005 3:20:35 PM PDT by Fudd Fan (McCain is scum)
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To: SkyPilot

It's probably an announcement that the jury won't convene tomorrow because of some type of family or medical emergency of one of the jurors. No big deal....


14 posted on 06/08/2005 3:20:35 PM PDT by demkicker (It's clear that Frist cannot heard those Senate cats!)
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To: RushCrush

They deliberate six hours a day. That's pretty exhausting. Probably more than most juries deliberate.


15 posted on 06/08/2005 3:20:37 PM PDT by somerville
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To: hsmomx3

Remember Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi?? : )


16 posted on 06/08/2005 3:21:18 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Just one more reason to hate the government....)
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To: Peach
Court TV just announced there will be no statement from the court today.

Thanks--that's strange. Fox News just reported a statement is imminent.

If there isn't a statement, perhaps the judge convinced the jury to go back into deliberations instead of being hung. Who knows right now.

17 posted on 06/08/2005 3:21:22 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

See post #10


18 posted on 06/08/2005 3:22:15 PM PDT by somerville
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To: somerville

Man--if that is true it just shows how springloaded the media is. I posted this because it is the Breaking News headline on Drudge, FOX, and Yahoo.


19 posted on 06/08/2005 3:22:52 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: RushCrush
2:30pm, why does the jury end deliberations so early?

If the judge is smart enough, he knows that hotel check-in time is usually 3pm......because this jury should be sequestered.

20 posted on 06/08/2005 3:23:44 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (I don't drink and FReep...it just looks that way)
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To: SkyPilot
but his longtime friend, the Rev. Jesse Jackson,

That's Jesse "where 'da camra" Jackson. Right?

21 posted on 06/08/2005 3:23:51 PM PDT by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing and become a Monthly Donor!)
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To: SkyPilot

Yes, it's true. Dan Abrams on MSNBC read the statement about ten minutes ago. A lot of silliness.


22 posted on 06/08/2005 3:24:08 PM PDT by somerville
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To: SkyPilot
Rev. Jackson charged that the jury was being subjected to "psychological warfare" because of a television report in which a former Santa Barbara County sheriff showed a jail where the singer might go if convicted and immediately ordered into custody.

"One might call it a kind of psychological warfare," Rev. Jackson said. "With an unsequestered jury, they are saying here is where he will stay."

Seeing the prison cell might make the jury more inclined to acquit (to avoid hurting poor Michael). What say you then, Revvvvrend Jackson?

23 posted on 06/08/2005 3:27:39 PM PDT by Jess Kitting
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To: kingu
If they do say that, what are the chances that MJ will flee the country. somewhere with no extradition laws and the pheasants all are still wearing "Thriller" t-shirts?

/tin foil hat off

24 posted on 06/08/2005 3:33:56 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (If Islam is a religion of peace, they should fire their P.R. guy!)
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To: Jess Kitting

Je$$e i$n't a$$ociating with and lending hi$ good name to an accu$ed homo$exual pedophile for free, i$ he? Doe$n't make $en$e.....


25 posted on 06/08/2005 3:34:51 PM PDT by eureka! (It will not be safe to vote Democrat for a long, long, time...)
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To: RushCrush
2:30pm, why does the jury end deliberations so early?

I was wondering the same thing

When I was on a jury .. we couldn' leave to the court house closed at 5 pm

26 posted on 06/08/2005 3:39:18 PM PDT by Mo1 (Democrats = The Socialist Party)
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To: SkyPilot
Jesse Jackson "I came here as his friend and minister," he said. "I've known Michael since he was 8 years old. When people's backs are against the wall they turn to God."

If I was anywhere near Jacko I would have my back against the wall.

27 posted on 06/08/2005 3:39:38 PM PDT by boothead
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To: SkyPilot

I think Jackson is gone...there are no photos of him since deliberations began last Thursday


28 posted on 06/08/2005 3:39:47 PM PDT by Republicus2001
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To: Mo1

When I was on a jury in NYC, we got started around 10:30,breaked for lunch at noon til one, and then probably deliberated til 3:30.

These jurors at least start at 8:30 am. No way would the courts here have their act together to get started that early.


29 posted on 06/08/2005 3:42:38 PM PDT by somerville
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To: somerville

http://mjjsource.com/main/index.php?option=com_frontpage&id=1&Itemid=32

I have not authorized anyone to speak or hold any press conferences on behalf of Michael Jackson or his family.

A gag order is in effect which the defense team will continue to honor.

Thomas Mesereau









The efforts of Michael Jackson's friends and supporters are noticed and very much appreciated at this time. However, only Michael Jackson's attorneys of record have been authorized to speak on his behalf.



Source: MJJsource


30 posted on 06/08/2005 3:42:44 PM PDT by Howlin (Up or down on Janice Brown!)
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To: SkyPilot

here's my legal question: if jackson had testified, could the judge have ordered him to use his real voice?


31 posted on 06/08/2005 3:43:13 PM PDT by isom35
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To: Republicus2001
I think Jackson is gone

He's still around. I heard on the news on the radio this morning that police are constantly tailing him and keeping an eye on his plane (just in case). They also said it's not looking good for Jackson, if he was to be acquitted, they thought the jury would have decided by now.

I'm guessing it's either a hung jury or guilty and I'm leaning to a hung jury. I certainly hope not! Make a decision, one way or the other.

32 posted on 06/08/2005 3:43:18 PM PDT by ozarkgirl
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To: somerville; RushCrush; CedarDave

There is no money to pay the overtime for the bayliffs; that's why the jury isn't sequestered.


33 posted on 06/08/2005 3:43:52 PM PDT by Howlin (Up or down on Janice Brown!)
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To: Howlin

I keep wondering if the jurors are watching TV and reading about the Jackson case. My guess is they are.


34 posted on 06/08/2005 3:45:51 PM PDT by somerville
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To: randog

The Picture of Dorian Jackson would be interesting to see.


35 posted on 06/08/2005 3:47:17 PM PDT by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: somerville
"They deliberate six hours a day. That's pretty exhausting. Probably more than most juries deliberate."

From what I've heard,during the trial, some jurors came in wearing sandals, kicked 'em off, and rested their bare feet up on the rail. You try that around here and you'll be sitting in a holding cell faster than you can say Birkenstock. I can only imagine how laid back the deliberations are. I'm having a hard time finding a "12 Angry Men" situation here. But I've been wrong MANY times before!LOL!
36 posted on 06/08/2005 3:47:18 PM PDT by zygoat
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To: ozarkgirl

I imagine he must still be there however there have numerous decoy caravans in the past few days and who knows how many exits and/or "camo" cars there are at Neverland? Remember last Thursday was the last day he was REQUIRED to be in court. I don't think I've seen any photos of him since then.


37 posted on 06/08/2005 3:47:42 PM PDT by Republicus2001
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To: somerville

Just a minute ago, someone reported that Jay Leno did a skit about the judge losing his gavel and the next day in court, the judge said, "Has anybody see my gavel," and some of the jurors laughed.

Hmm...


38 posted on 06/08/2005 3:48:29 PM PDT by Howlin (Up or down on Janice Brown!)
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To: zygoat
Well, I can certainly tell you that Texas juries don't head home at 2:30 pm and call it a full day.

Generally, though, we'll get an hour off for lunch.

39 posted on 06/08/2005 3:51:30 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Howlin

I don't know. The whole situation is so tense . I'd probably cracking a joke or two out of nerves.

The fact that they are still deliberating says to me they are taking this seriously.

Didn't the OJ jury return a verdict in less than an hour ?


40 posted on 06/08/2005 3:51:47 PM PDT by somerville
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To: somerville
These jurors at least start at 8:30 am. No way would the courts here have their act together to get started that early.

Oh the courts in my area don't get their act together either .. but they jurors still had to be there at 8:30am

There were a few days we sat around till 11:00

41 posted on 06/08/2005 3:55:11 PM PDT by Mo1 (Democrats = The Socialist Party)
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To: K4Harty

"what are the chances that MJ will flee the country. somewhere with no extradition laws and the pheasants all are still wearing "Thriller" t-shirts?"



Pheasants are mighty good eatin', almost as good as quail.

Peasants, on the other hand . . . : )


42 posted on 06/08/2005 3:55:27 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: boothead
If I was anywhere near Jacko I would have my back against the wall.

LOL!

43 posted on 06/08/2005 3:57:25 PM PDT by silent_jonny (texasflower is a babe!)
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To: hsmomx3

"I would love to see him without the wigs and makeup, though."

Please be our friend. Don't put us through that.


44 posted on 06/08/2005 3:57:29 PM PDT by righttackle44 (The most dangerous weapon in the world is a Marine with his rifle and the American people behind him)
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To: Republicus2001
He'll be here until the verdict (or mistrial) is announced but if he's convicted I can guarantee you that there are plans for his immediate flight to a non-extradition country of his choice.

Michael won't commit suicide...noooo. All the vanity that went into carving up that face...no way. He will run though. He has had plenty of time to stash the cash and make the plans. If he is convicted the lawyers will make a deal with the count that he will surrender to authorites on a certain day and he will disappear that night. I'm telling you the plans have been in effect since the beginning of this trial, maybe before.

That being said, I don't think he will be convicted. Remember OJ, we thought that there wasn't any doubt in that. Well, the defense has produced plenty of doubt in this one. I think the jury is mulling over the alcohol charges and some other minor things. He won't do a day in the slammer. He'll 'moonwalk' out of that courtroom.

45 posted on 06/08/2005 3:58:04 PM PDT by timydnuc (I'll die on my feet before I'll live on my knees.)
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To: ozarkgirl
He's still around. I heard on the news on the radio this morning that police are constantly tailing him and keeping an eye on his plane (just in case).

Actually, they're trailing Latoya. They did a switcheroo.

46 posted on 06/08/2005 3:58:45 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Howlin

By LINDA DEUTSCH

(AP) Pop star Michael Jackson leaves the Santa Barbara County Courthouse on May 12, 2005 in Santa Maria,...
Full Image



SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) - A controversy over the gag order in the Michael Jackson case erupted Wednesday when Jackson's spokeswoman held a press conference and said it had been approved by his attorney. The attorney quickly responded, saying no one had been authorized to hold news conferences on Jackson's behalf.

The development came as the jurors in Jackson's molestation trial wrapped up their third full day of deliberations. The statement from attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. appeared aimed at assuring the court that his defense team had not violated the gag order.


47 posted on 06/08/2005 4:01:09 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: RushCrush

2:30pm, why does the jury end deliberations so early?



That was the court schedule wasn't it?..... Six hours with three 10 minute breaks and then go home.


48 posted on 06/08/2005 4:01:23 PM PDT by deport (Women always get the last say in an argument.. anything after that is the start of a new argument)
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To: Howlin
Surely you're not suggesting that the jurors watched television? No, you can't possbily be suggesting that!
49 posted on 06/08/2005 4:01:24 PM PDT by silent_jonny (texasflower is a babe!)
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To: timydnuc

"I think the jury is mulling over the alcohol charges and some other minor things."

Actually I think they have already gotten the alcohol charges over with and are focusing on the major things -molestation charges and conspiracy. I say he is convicted on the molestation charges. Not sure about conspiracy. They may shock everyone and convict him on that too.


50 posted on 06/08/2005 4:02:15 PM PDT by somerville
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