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Michael Jackson Trial: Jury Reaches Verdict

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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 guilty
Count 9 – not guilty
lesser offense – not guilty
Count 10 – not guilty
less offense – not guilty

At 12:30pm PT the jury for the Michael Jackson child molestation and conspiracy trial announced it had reached a verdict after 14 weeks of testimony on 10 charges.

Judge Rodney S. Melville also issued a statement saying that the jury asked and withdrew a question Monday morning, and confirmed that on Friday the jury had a read-back of testimony and there were four meetings in chambers with attorneys.

The verdict will be announced at 1:30 PT, 4:30 ET, giving Jackson and his attorneys time to get to the court house in Santa Maria.

Jackson is charged with molesting a 13 year-old boy in February or March of 2003, plying him with alcohol in order to abuse him, and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. The jury has been given permission to reduce the alcohol charges to misdemeanors if it feels Jackson did not molest the alleged victim.

Our extensive and ongoing coverage of the case can be found here.

UPDATE
MSNBC is showing the Jackson motorcade live as it drives from Neverland to the court house – shades of OJ.

UPDATE
Jackson is running late, will be in court by 1:45pm PT

UPDATE
MSNBC is saying an ambulance will be on hand in case Jackson is convicted and responds “poorly.”

UPDATE
Five more minutes.

UPDATE

MJ and entourage have arrived – much speculation as to the possibility of misdemeanor-only convictions on the alcohol charges, likely no jail time.

UPDATE
Jackophiles on the scene expected to freak either way – may attempt to lynch media members if guilty verdict.

UPDATE
They keep saying over and over again: no one knows what’s going to happen: “Usually reporters covering a big trial like this have a sense of how it will go – this time they don’t.”

UPDATE
Security is tight, inside and outside of the court.

UPDATE 2:05 PT
All parties are in the court – the calm before the storm.

UPDATE
The judge is reviewing the verdict on all ten charges – they will be read at any moment live on TV.

UPDATE
There 25 pages worth of material to get through, we are told.

UPDATE
The mike is on:
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 guilty
Count 9 – not guilty
lesser offense – not guilty
Count 10 – not guilty
less offense – not guilty

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  • HW Saxton

    It’s TOO quiet around here.Where’s all
    the hoopla? Fans and haters etc.??? This
    is big! And also thankfully over almost.

  • http://www.thebmrant.com Matt

    I hope he responds poorly, when they throw the book at him. Jacko being carried out on a stretcher would make my week, on a Monday no less!!

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    Welcome to earth, commenter #3. We hope you come in peace, because you clearly don’t come in coherence!

  • http://www.markiscranky.org Mark Saleski

    i’m watching a live feed right now…he’s just pulled up to the courthouse.

    gees, i’ve never experienced the jackson fan-screaming weirdness before. bizarre.

  • http://kabbalah4women.blogspot.com/ Josia

    You Americans really know how to put on a show!

    Interesting how we all enjoy someone else’s pain so much – teaches us something about our true nature.

    J.

  • Eric Olsen

    we eat pain

  • http://kabbalah4women.blogspot.com/ Josia

    How long is this going to take? It’s midnight here in Israel …

  • peter

    And I need to go to the pub here in uk

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    A reading of the verdict is imminent. What that means is anybody’s guess.

  • http://www.landofthefreehomeofthebrave.org/wp/ Margaret Romao Toigo

    Wolf Blitzer is trying to pass the time on CNN.

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    There are ten counts on four charges, right?

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    I’d take the pub over the verdict, myself. :-)

  • Bennett

    Ahhhhhggggg! The tension is killing me. It’s the lead story on VPR…

    Time for a beer, mate.

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    Apparently it’s a matter of moments now.

  • http://kabbalah4women.blogspot.com/ Josia

    25 pages?? ok – I’ll hear it when I wake up. I doubt he’ll walk away from this – we’re all getting pretty tired of finding such big flaws in our larger than life icons.

  • Eric Olsen

    not guilty on every count

  • http://www.landofthefreehomeofthebrave.org/wp/ Margaret Romao Toigo

    Not Guilty on all 10 counts.

  • http://www.markiscranky.org Mark Saleski

    NOT GUILTY

  • HW Saxton

    The ugly little freak is walking on all
    charges. What does Nancy Grace do now?

  • Dawn

    Unbelievable – Just WOW!!

  • http://tejas.in TJ

    this is builshit – send the jacko wacko to the prison…

  • http://www.andrewiandodge.com Andrew Ian Dodge

    Its astonishing he is found not guilty on all accounts. Nice to see that celebrities get away with things mere mortals would get serious time for…

  • carmie

    Hmm… first OJ, now Michael… Yet Winona Rider got shit for stealing a dress…

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    Wow. I’m glad I spent no time at all watching the trial.

    Wow.

  • Katy

    Where was O.J.

  • Bennett

    I got called for jury duty last week. The judge was very clear that it is the job of the prosecution to PROVE, beyond ANY doubt, that the defendant was guilty of the crime he is charged with.

    He repeated that several times, along with “The defendent doesn’t have to prove a thing! He doesn’t even have to show up in court. He has NO BURDEN in this trial.”

    So, it’s not that MJ is “getting away” with anything, it’s that the prosecution did not PROVE that MJ was guilty of anything.

    Ergo, still innocent, just like he started out in the beginning of this trial.

  • http://www.thebmrant.com Matt

    Proof positive that you can get away with everything and anything in LA. The Rodney Kind cops, OJ, Baretta. Somewhere, Phil Spector is simling.

  • http://w6daily.winn.com/ Phillip Winn

    Bennett — the missing word is “presumed.”

  • Mickey

    Justice has been done. MJ is a retard , but certainly not a criminal. But I do hope he spends the rest of his life in a psychiatric ward.

  • Bennett

    Phillip – Yeah, but you know what they say about presumed…

    Makes a Pres out of U and Med.

    Whatever that means.

    Not that MJ isn’t bizzare beyond belief, but the prosecutor didn’t convince the jury. All else is meaningless.

    Unless MJ invites your kid to Neverland of course.

    ;-]

  • Eric Olsen

    I’ll be on BBC Five Live talking about Jackson in about five minutes (8:15 ET US time) if anyone wants to check it out

  • http://selfaudit.blogspot.com Aaman

    That’s radio only, then? – We’re listening, via the link

  • http://www.mondoirlando.com Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    me too

  • http://www.mondoirlando.com Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    paul morley! whatever happens in the world, we can count on Morley giving his opinion over the airwaves.

  • http://www.mondoirlando.com Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    great stuff so far. why ain’t you podcastin, man?

  • http://www.mondoirlando.com Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    that Britt fella being interviewed just now sounded EXACTLY like Eric Berlin

  • http://www.mondoirlando.com Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    congrats eric, fine fine job right there.

  • Eric Olsen

    thanks Duke, a long break between blabs, but you never know how they’re going to put these things together.

    I’ll actually be on their “blog show” to blab further tomorrow night

  • http://www.mondoirlando.com Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    brilliant. il be listenin to that. you were funny, too man. all that malarkey about being too old for music makin

  • Bennett

    EO, got here too late to catch the show. But you made my day with “we eat pain”

    You are by far the best at dropping short bits into threads that just crack me up.

    Some great ones on that thread about the gang leader/social activist that pops up now and again…

    Thanks for the chucks!

  • nick

    Told me that you’re doin’ wrong
    Word out shockin’ all alone
    Cryin’ wolf ain’t like a man
    Throwin’ rocks to hide your hands
    You ain’t done enough for me
    You ain’t done enough for me
    You are disgustin’ me
    You’re aiming just for me
    You are disgustin’ me
    Just want your cut from me
    But too bad, too bad
    Look who just walked in the place
    Dead and stuffy in the face
    Look who’s standing if you please
    Though you tried to bring me to my knees
    Too bad too bad about it
    Why don’t you scream and shout it
    Too bad too bad about it
    Why don’t you just scream and shout it
    Too bad too bad about it
    Why don’t you scream and shout it
    Too bad too bad about it
    Why don’t you just scream and shout it

  • sandra smallson

    I told you so, Eric! I am extremely satisfied. I am also delighted. I can not abide wasting emotion but I have to say I was hyperventilating yesterday as I waited for the verdict. Having a panic attack almost and I haven’t had that in months. I was terrified because let’s face it.. America did everything to put MJ in jail.

    The jury was not sequestered in such a high profile case where even going in it was almost impossible to believe that any of the jurors had no pre-conceived belief about MJ as a person. The jury was all white and conservative white to boot. The Judge as I stated numerous times was biased. He allowed in all sorts of things and I hear was visibly disappointed when he said to MJ, you are free, your bail is exonerated..apparently he said it as he was standing to leave. THAT is not common practice. The Judge often looks at the defendant to pass on the instructions. He never spared MJ even one glance. We had a Prosecution team who refused to look at the case before them but chose to use their own beliefs about weirdness of MJ to prosecute a case that no discerning Prosecutor would have brought to Trial. Not with the witnesses they had and especially not with THOSE witnesses when you have no physical evidence.

    I was certain from the start and the mind boggled that others seemed to think otherwise. MJ had this boy to himself for a while and did nothing. When was he supposed to do something? After he had sent them away and only called them back for the documentary because they had told him that he was a big part of Gavin’s cancer being in remission. MJ being as naïve as possible brought them back cos he thought it would be good publicity and show how he truly loved children. Little did he know that by this time, the family were bitter at having been discarded and plotted their revenge.

    It has come to nothing now. The media tried, the prosecution tried, the judge tried, BUT the TRUTH prevailed in the end. NOT GUILTY. GUILTLESS which means he is innocent. You can all argue about this does not mean he is innocent but if that is the case then nobody since the beginning of the criminal justice system who has ever been fopund not guilty is innocent. We can not make the difference in the verdict only for MJ. The opposite of guilt is innocence so if you are not guilty, then on the basis of the facts before 12 jurors, he has been found innocent. He is not a child molester, or kidnapper or whatever else. The Jurors have impressed me immensely. I worried if they would LISTEN and apply the facts of THIS case, but they showed me that they can.

    Jordan chandler’s case was never brought to trial. It would have been pretty daft to convict him of a case that never stood up to cross examination. Expect gavin to quarrel with his mother now just like Jordan hasn’t spoken to his mother for 11 years. MJ is weird, strange and does inappropriate things BUT he is not a pedophile and unless you can prove otherwise, let the man be. The one case that has come to court, MJ has won.

    Jordan clearly didn’t feel that violated to bring his own case to Court. I can not imagine if I was raped or indecently assaulted that there is any amount of money in this world that can prevent me from wanting to see the rapist punished. NO AMOUNT OF MONEY ON EARTH. Perhaps after the rapist is in jail, I might go for the civil case if I am destitute but tio say I would take money as a settlement? NEVER! Which is why I have doubts about chandler as well. Especially about his mother too. Taking money from the man who has molested your young son. She could have got that money after a criminal trial too but they took the money and ran. MJ paid them off because he could..the so called victims have no excuse for taking the money.

    I am ecstatic with this verdict and I know it will not change the narrow minds of those of you who feel weird equals pedophile but make no mistake about it, Justice has been served.

  • Eric Olsen

    thanks Duke and Bennett, and I sure can’t enough of those MJ lyrics!

    You sure did tell me Sandra – in fact, I can’t think of anyone else on the planet who opined that it was likely Jackson would be found “not guilty” on all counts. That is one big-ass feather in your cap! Wear it proudly.

  • sandra smallson

    I couldn’t be prouder and happier and more satisfied and gratified and……

  • JR

    obnoxious.

  • nick

    bitter

  • http://www.vacuity.de Michelle Mauriere

    Ah, come on, Eric, you thought Michael Jackson is guilty in the beginning, and I had to take all that crap in my entries posted my loads of people when I said this family is a lie itself, not only does it lie. I’m happy it turned out like this – in everyone’s idiotic faces.

  • Eric Olsen

    Why so bitter Michelle? Is that why you went away?

    what I thought was that he did it, as in improper conduct with Gavin Arviso. I still think so. “Not guilty” just means the prosecution didn’t prove its case within reasonable doubt, and I have no problem with the jury making that decision based upon the evidence at hand.

  • James Williams

    How did we let the press have so much power in our opinions. Even the juror who thinks Michael may be innocent of these charges but has probably molested young boys before, thinks this because of the perception pushed on him by the press. I have personally never seen the accounts of the other two boys who came to court and said Jackson never molested them. I’ve never seen the Chandler boy. And after reading testimony I saw that the current accuser helped win $150,000.00 by taking ating classes and lying. I have to ask now, where does all the molestation smoke come from? Jackson has had more than 6 boys as close friends in his bedroom but only six are supposed to have been molested? And three say nothing happened. One was not believed by the jury and another would not testify and the sixth is a proven liar. So really folks, what is the source of the belief that Michael is a child molester? It has to be a biased press. If they had reported everything fairly then I say we would have come to the same conclusion as the jury. The press needs to wake up and start doing th right thing before they really cause something bad to happen to someone who is innocent. Being fair in reporting is not that difficult. Report what one side says and then report what the other side says and let us see the raw information for ourselves.

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