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Jurors reach verdict in Jackson trial

Monday, June 13, 2005 Posted: 3:43 PM EDT (1943 GMT)


SANTA MARIA, California (CNN) -- Jurors in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial told the trial judge Monday that they have reached a verdict.

The announcement came after about 32 hours of deliberations.

Earlier Monday jurors requested the continuation of the reading of the teen accuser's lengthy testimony, sources close to the case said. The accuser was on the stand for four days in March.

Meanwhile, attorneys for media outlets, including CNN, filed another motion with the court Monday, demanding access to hearings where the court is answering jurors' questions and requests to listen to the reading of previous testimony.

"Barring the public from these final, pivotal stages of this case is, from a constitutional standpoint, simply intolerable," the media attorneys argued in their motion.

Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville has set a hearing for Thursday on a previous request to disclose jury questions and release transcripts of hearings.

Media attorneys have been pressing the judge to move up the hearing's date, arguing that their request will be moot if the jury reaches a verdict first.

Jackson's attorneys have filed a motion opposing the media's request, arguing that providing public access to the jury's questions, and hearings related to them, "would invade the confidentiality of the jury deliberation process and would threaten Mr. Jackson's right to a fair trial."

Sources said Melville and attorneys in the case have met at least three times as jurors deliberated.

The jurors adjourned Friday afternoon, ending six days of discussion on the 10 accusations against the pop star.

Spokeswoman dismissed

Jackson's Web site said Friday night that the singer had fired his spokeswoman, Raymone Bain, who has been with him throughout the trial.

"MJJ Productions regretfully announces the termination of Raymone Bain and Davis, Bain & Associates. We thank you for your services," said the complete text of the statement at www.mjjsource.com.

Lead defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. visited Neverland ranch Wednesday after a flap arose over who should speak for Jackson.

Mesereau received court permission to release a statement saying that he had "not authorized anyone to speak or hold press conferences on behalf of Michael Jackson or his family."

Jackson and his family posted a similar statement on his Web site.


Jackson fans and supporters have joined the media from around the world outside the Santa Maria courthouse each day for news of a verdict.

Jackson, who is not required to be on hand for deliberations, has been awaiting the jury's decision at Neverland with his family.

The 46-year-old pop star is facing judgment on 10 counts, stemming from events that allegedly took place with a 13-year-old boy two years ago: four counts of lewd conduct with a child younger than 14; one count of attempted lewd conduct; four counts of administering alcohol to facilitate child molestation; and one count of conspiracy to commit child abduction, false imprisonment or extortion.

Jackson has denied the charges and pleaded not guilty



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The verdict will be read at 4:35 EST. Apparently right before the verdict they asked to hear the accuser's testimony again. I say he goes free and vows not to molest anyone for at least a few weeks

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They have a countdown timer and everything on sky news :p


And I thought American news was bad! :rofl:

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uh... is he guilty or what?


convicted of all counts = guilty

I don't think the guy that started the thread was done posting and forgot to include what the actual verdict was in his post.

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CNN News on TV says he has been convicted, and the judge has ordered him to be remanded because he is a flight risk and is a danger to the community.

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it's to be heard before 21:30 british time...They have a countdown timer and everything on sky news :p


its quite handy though :D

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SORRY, I've read it wrong. He wasn't found guilty.

Verdict to be read at about 3:30PM Eastern Time

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