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Blogcritics On Michael Jackson – After the Verdict

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Michael Jackson was found not guilty on all counts (see coverage of the trial here).

Is he redeemed? Does his career have a future? Does “not guilty” mean “innocent”? Is he a victim or a predator? And what role did the media play in this appassionata? All this and more discussed below:

Roberts made fun of Jacko in 80’s memo
John Roberts’ legal resume is so impeccable that it is almost superhuman. He went to college at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude, and stayed for law school, graduating magna cum laude. After law school, he clerked for…
Posted to Politics by Thad Anderson on August 16, 2005 03:19 PM

Jackson Jurors Recant – Mesereau Retorts
Three of the jurors who found Michael Jackson not guilty on all charges brought against him in a dramatic June 13 verdict have now stated they believe the erstwhile King of Pop molested Gavin Arviso, his accuser in the case….
Posted to Culture by Eric Olsen on August 10, 2005 08:57 AM

Jackson Jurors Should Be Jailed
I am outraged at the unethical, lying and scheming jurors Eleanor Cook who…
Posted to Culture by Stacy L Harp on August 9, 2005 11:56 PM

True Crime Update: Missing Cruise Ship Passenger, Gricar and That Wacky Jackson Jury
The Jackson Jury, George Smith IV and the most heinous crime of the week.
Posted to Culture by Patfish on August 9, 2005 06:25 AM

Cal Supreme Court Upholds Secrecy in Michael Jackson Trial
Our judicial system is a delicate balancing act between the rights of the defendant (with an eye toward protecting the innocent accused), the victim (justice), and society as a whole (sequestering and/or rehabilitating the dangerous, letting it be known that…
Posted to Culture by Eric Olsen on August 2, 2005 12:47 PM

Michael Jackson: The Public Has, Um, Spoken
The sense I get is that the general public is okay with the Michael Jackson “not guilty” verdict, not necessarily because they don’t think he did anything wrong, but because our system favors the accused and given the demonstrably variable…
Posted to Music by Eric Olsen on July 30, 2005 11:09 AM

The Fly on the Wall Lands at a Jackson Family Confab
The Fly on the Wall Lands in the Middle of a Jackson Family Planning Meeting. The Victory Tour Begins.
Posted to Culture by Patfish on June 29, 2005 05:36 AM

Michael Jackson Speaks
Well, Jackson types anyway, with his first public message since his acquittal on child molestation and conspiracy charges June 13: “Without God, my children, my family and you, my fans, I could not have made…
Posted to Culture by Eric Olsen on June 28, 2005 03:22 PM

Bordering on the Bizarre: Watching the Jackson Verdict from Afar
The strangest, most postmodern thing happened recently. And it’s not the fact that I’ve just posted my innermost thoughts to a weblog. I’m in the pseudo-rustic lounge of Washington State University’s student-run bookstore, sipping on a soy latte and…
Posted to Culture by Raúl Moreno on June 19, 2005 03:45 PM

Jacksons to Celebrate Verdict With Fans
The Jackson family plan an invitation-only bash as a thank you for loyal supporters, fans and friends of Michael Saturday night at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, near Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. The chosen will receive word of their invitations…
Posted to Culture by Eric Olsen on June 17, 2005 02:11 PM

Guilty By Opinion
After obsessively watching the Michael Jackson trial, it’s coverage and the aftermath, I find it interesting how it seems that, despite being found not guilty, the general public opinion is that Michael is a molester. (I’m fishing for a…
Posted to Culture by Hardy on June 16, 2005 09:39 PM

Jermaine Jackson Speaks With Larry King About Michael
Michael Jackson’s brother Jermaine, with nothing much else to do, spoke with Larry King about his brother’s condition, frame of mind, future, the trial, the possibility of a Jackson family musical reunion, and lots of other things last night.
Posted to Video by Eric Olsen on June 16, 2005 10:50 AM

The Crime of Michael Jackson vs. the Crime of Catholic Priests
This post might get me into trouble, but it’s been on my mind this morning. Please don’t read this if descriptions of sexual acts freak you out. I don’t want to put you off your lunch, or horrify you unnecessarily….
Posted to Culture by Adam Ash on June 16, 2005 10:08 AM

A Culture Of Idols
There was an interesting question posed in today’s Toronto Globe and Mail by their Television critic John Doyle. In his analysis of the media coverage of the Michael Jackson trial he said that the real story had been missed. The…
Posted to Culture by gypsyman on June 16, 2005 06:45 AM

Michael Jackson: sympathy for the devil, but not the celeb
Michael Jackson makes me think of Elvis and Brando. These are people who reached the top of their professions in the “entertainment” business, but somehow failed in being people. They strike me as solipsistic in their lives, without true friends…
Posted to Culture by Adam Ash on June 15, 2005 06:07 PM

Man In The Mirror
Watching Michael Jackson Moonwalk to freedom from the Santa Maria courtroom gave me pause to reflect on this once enigmatic, and revered, pop icon. Where does he go from here? Second acts are rare and Michael Jackson’s altered popular music forever…
Posted to Culture by John Hood on June 15, 2005 05:49 PM

Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 At Motown: A Long Long Time Ago
With a resolution of the Michael Jackson trial in his favor, the speculators are speculating on how he might revive his once majestic career, which began as a tyke performing with his brothers in the Jackson 5. There are even…
Posted to Music by Eric Olsen on June 15, 2005 04:48 PM

Blame America First
For the past few days I’ve been cut off from civilization, and I seemed to have missed Michael Jackson’s acquittal. Actually, I wouldn’t say I missed it; I didn’t really follow the trial at all when it was going on….
Posted to Culture by Elyas Bakhtiari on June 15, 2005 04:13 PM

Thoughts on Michael Jackson
Would I push past it to remain in healthy contact with the real world?
Posted to Music by Mark Saleski on June 15, 2005 10:36 AM

Michael Jackson and The American Dream
Not since Howard Hughes has America had a stranger celebrity millionaire.
Posted to Culture by gypsyman on June 15, 2005 06:17 AM

Michael Jackson – Guilty Until Proven Innocent
FLAME WARNING. What the hell country is this? Should we just get rid of the court system and go back to public lynching? What is the standard for this crap now? Does it mean that if the MSM convicts you of…
Posted to Culture by Jeremy H. Bol on June 15, 2005 02:19 AM

Michael Jackson Did His Part, Now Who Will Step Up Next?
Michael Jackson took one for the team. And by team, I mean the military-industrial-media-infotainment complex, the sinister (but entertaining!) organization that aims to infiltrate the brains of the Western World with images so delightful and fluffy and exuberant and wonderful that…
Posted to Culture by Eric Berlin on June 14, 2005 06:57 PM

Michael Jackson After the Verdict: Monumental Self-Regard and Indirect Reassurances
Once the dramatic moment passed when the jury announced that Michael Jackson was not guilty of the charges against him, the curious — I among them — have been waiting to see what clues he and his would be…
Posted to Culture by Eric Olsen on June 14, 2005 02:09 PM

What price: Wealth
Compare the case of Michael Jackson, just acquitted on charges of child molesting with the many Catholic priests who molested children in their charge. I have paid as little attention to this case as is possible in a world where…
Posted to Culture by Barbara Payne on June 14, 2005 07:18 AM

Jackson Not Guilty, but News Media Sure Is
I made the mistake of turning on my television this afternoon, to find the news networks had pre-empted regularly scheduled programming to bring us a “breaking news” story. Michael Jackson was found Not Guilty on all charges. We saw a stiff-limbed Jackson…
Posted to Culture by Pete Petrisko on June 13, 2005 11:29 PM

MICHAEL JACKSON FOUND NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS!
In a late verdict today Michael Jackson, the King of Pop has been found innocent of all charges in his case dealing with child molestation and providing alcohol to minors with the intention of molesting them. He has been found…
Posted to Culture by Jeremy H. Bol on June 13, 2005 07:13 PM

Michael Jackson: Still and Always a Freak
Michael Jackson goes free, at least under the law. But he’ll bear the brand of freakdom forever.
Posted to Culture by Dave Nalle on June 13, 2005 06:37 PM

Michael Jackson Trial: NOT GUILTY
Count 1 – not guilty Count 2 – not guilty Count 3 – not guilty Count 4 – not guilty Count 5 – not guilty Count 6 – not guilty Count 7 – not guilty lesser offense – not guilty Count 8 – not guilty lesser offense – not…
Posted to Culture by Eric Olsen on June 13, 2005 05:28 PM

Michael Jackson Nevermore
Not bloody guilty! That’s the verdict from the jury on Michael Jackson. If there was ever a story I wished would go away, it’s Michael Jackson. From his burning hair to allegations of child molestation, I’m tired of him. Tired of the…
Posted to Culture by Mark Adams on June 13, 2005 05:26 PM

Michael Jackson Trial: Jury Reaches Verdict
UPDATE Count 1 – not guilty Count 2 – not guilty Count 3 – not guilty Count 4 – not guilty Count 5 – not guilty Count 6 – not guilty Count 7 – not guilty lesser offense – not guilty Count 8 – not guilty lesser offense – not…
Posted to Culture by Eric Olsen on June 13, 2005 04:13 PM

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  • q

    I find it interesting that his innocence relys completely on the fact that the Arvisos were only there to rake in as much cash from him as they could get. Yet, they have repeatedly stated that there was no motivation for his money.
    MJ would most likely be found guilty in a civil case as the burdon of proof is far less, the jury only needs to have 3/4 members agree (or 9 of 12) and MJ would be forced to the stand in which the prosecution would tear him up and spit him out. – – take heed fans, remember OJ? – –
    So here’s the kicker! If there is no civil case, this means that the MJ defense was all smoke and mirrors about a greedy family that really had only one objective….to expose MJ for the acts of molestation that really WERE committed.
    If there is a civil case MJ will most likely be found at some degree of guilt. It’s a no win for wacko!!

    something to ponder

  • Eric Olsen

    interesting points q – but what about the mother swearing there wouldn’t be a suit? She would have to come up with a “reason” for her change of heart.

  • q

    Yes, this is where the confusion lies.
    If the mom really was this so-called “grifter” then she would never have made the statement about not wanting “the devils money” and a civil case would have been filed before the criminal case was finished. I really don’t think it was ever about the moms fabricated, quick, get-rich devised plan at all. Otherwise, the money would be right there for the taking.
    Sneddon knew MJ’s history and was frustrated at how he paid a huge (25 million) get out of jail – free settlement in ’93 and figured this would be his only shot at a redeemed conviction. He felt that Jackson had continually molested young boys and it was his duty to prosecute. Sneddon has only lost 5 cases in 37 years, which clearly shows that as the District Attorney, he only seeks justice when there is due cause.

  • q

    The mother could always use for a “reason” is that her family were accused to be “liars” and the only way to prove that they were telling the truth would be in a civil case. She could even state that before any judgement is awarded, that all of the amount after legal fees would be donated to a charity for cancer research. Like the OJ case, this would also be the only way for MJ to “pay” (literally) for the crimes committed.

  • Eric Olsen

    q, more good points – the more Mesereau brags about showing them to be liars, the more justification she has, to “protect the family name” or whatever

  • me

    dat crazy niggaz nose gon fall

  • Mihos

    Janet A. was likely paid a large sum of money to help plant evidence in Neverland.
    She didn’t need Jackson’s money, she needed
    the instigators.

  • Eric Olsen

    paid by whom?

  • Timo

    Well Janet.A is fucked!!!!!!!

    what’s she doing now?……oh yeah shes on trial for fraud,i don’t no the exact charges but its all down to one thing again……..MONEY!!!!