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How do you feel about Michael Jackson? Got any info you want to share?

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Post by Pokey » Fri Apr 01, 2005 2:46 pm

Police: No trace of accuser found in Jackson's bed linen
Friday, April 1, 2005 Posted: 1902 GMT (0302 HKT)

http://edition.cnn.com/2005/LAW/04/01/jackson.trial/

SANTA MARIA, California (CNN) -- Linens seized by police from Michael Jackson's bed failed to yield hair, fibers or DNA linked to the teen-ager accusing him of child molestation or the accuser's brother, an investigator testified Friday.

"We took all bedding," said Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Sgt. Jeff Klapakis, who oversaw the November 18, 2003, search of Jackson's Neverland Ranch. No trace of the boy or his brother was found, Klapakis said..

The boy, now 15, and his brother have both claimed they frequently slept in Jackson's bed, and alleges that is where the molestation took place.

On cross-examination, Klapakis said authorities did not test bottles and glasses containing alcohol -- found in Jackson's bedroom as well as the home's wine cellar and kitchen -- for fingerprints. Nor did investigators test furniture, boxes, mannequin toys and rails along Jackson's stairwell or his bedroom doors for fingerprints.

Klapakis told defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr., that investigators did test pornographic magazines. The boy's brother testified Jackson showed them the magazines. A fingerprint analyst has testified the prints of Jackson and his accuser were recovered from the same sexually explicit magazine.

Asked on redirect by prosecutors why the glasses and bottles were not tested for prints, Klapakis said, "It didn't enter in the investigation at the time."

Jack Green, president of Affordable Telephone Systems, followed Klapakis to the stand. Green inspected Neverland's telephone system, and testified that Jackson's private telephone line was able to join in with or listen to conversations on any other line throughout the ranch.

Under cross-examination, Green conceded there was nothing unusual about the system, and said that anyone could dial out or call 911 on it.

Attorney Larry Feldman followed Green to the stand. In 1993, Feldman represented the family of another teenage boy who said Jackson molested him. Without admitting guilt, Jackson agreed to a multimillion-dollar settlement to end a civil suit over those charges.

On Wednesday, psychologist Dr. Stan Katz testified about the interviews he conducted in May and June 2003 with the accuser and his mother, brother and sister. He did not provide details of what they told him.

Katz also testified about the frequency of false allegations of sexual abuse, saying very few are made by children over the age of 5 and saying it would be "extremely rare" for pre-adolescent boys, like Jackson's accuser, to make a false claim because they are "hyper-sensitive" about their sexuality. (Wednesday's testimony)

Jackson was indicted last April by a state grand jury on 10 felony counts for incidents that allegedly occurred in February and March 2003.

The 46-year-old singer is accused of molesting the boy, now 15, at Neverland, giving him alcohol and conspiring to hold the boy's family captive in 2003.

Jackson has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

CNN's Stan Wilson contributed to this report.

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Post by Pokey » Fri Apr 01, 2005 2:56 pm

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An investigator in the Michael Jackson case testified Friday that dozens of sheriff's deputies were involved in a search of the singer's ranch because they had only one day to carry it out.

Under prosecution questioning, Santa Barbara County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Klapackis said 69 investigators were needed because District Attorney Tom Sneddon told them to conduct the search in one day, ``so as not to burden the ranch and its employees with our presence longer than that.''

The search of the 2,800-acre Neverland ranch on Nov. 18, 2003, was not typical because the investigators had to look through several large buildings, he said.

Klapackis was back on the stand Friday after a one-day break in the trial because of a state holiday.

He had acknowledged Wednesday that the number of investigators involved was greater than would typically be involved even in a search involving a murder investigation. Defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. had tried to suggest they went overboard because Jackson is a celebrity.

Klapackis also said Friday that no one in the Sheriff's Department tipped off news media to the search. Mesereau had questioned him Wednesday about whether news organizations were given notice.

Klapackis said his instruction to deputies was: ``Do not talk to the press.''

Asked why no fingerprints were taken from alcohol bottles or furniture within the ranch, Klapackis said he didn't think the prints would be valuable because the accuser and his family had left the ranch eight months earlier. But he acknowledged prints could last up to a year.

Jackson was greeted by about 50 anti-war protesters when he arrived at court Friday, who took advantage of television coverage to display such signs as ``Honk if you hate war.''

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Post by DarkChild » Fri Apr 01, 2005 3:15 pm

Originally posted by aaliyah
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Michael Jackson supporter Tracee Reynaud and a group of children from The Spirit of Love Group sing a song in support of Jackson after he arrived at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse for his child molestation trial April 1, 2005 in Santa Maria, California.
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Post by Tamiele » Fri Apr 01, 2005 3:20 pm

Originally posted by Pokey
http://channels.netscape.com/ns/new...wp_news_jackson
Jackson was greeted by about 50 anti-war protesters when he arrived at court Friday, who took advantage of television coverage to display such signs as ``Honk if you hate war.''
Nothing at all against people protesting whatever they feel passionate about, but another example of people using Michael Jackson as a spring board to further their cause (gain).

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Post by wacky_sis » Fri Apr 01, 2005 3:36 pm

Originally posted by Tabloid Junkie
He does seem sad today.
Probably because of the Pope :idontknow
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Post by IrishFaery » Fri Apr 01, 2005 3:39 pm

Originally posted by Tamiele
Nothing at all against people protesting whatever they feel passionate about, but another example of people using Michael Jackson as a spring board to further their cause (gain).
Good point.
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Post by IrishFaery » Fri Apr 01, 2005 3:41 pm

Wacky_sis...

I am all over that signature of yours. Good Lord that's a smokin' hot picture of him! Hubba, Hubba!!!
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Post by MJISHOT » Fri Apr 01, 2005 4:04 pm

mike does look sad today :( but its so great that found f*ck all on the bed linnen! :)
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Post by Pokey » Fri Apr 01, 2005 4:24 pm

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,152010,00.html
Jacko Prosecution Witness May Have Flipped

The conspiracy part of the Michael Jackson case may be over before it starts. It's become apparent to trial watchers that prosecutors are backing off from a big piece of their original indictment – the one that included five unnamed co-conspirators who they said held Jackson's accuser's family hostage and planned to take them to Brazil.

One big reason the conspiracy part of the case may be dead in the water: I am told that one of the five, Vincent Amen, recently met with prosecutors secretly. Without an indictment or subpoena hanging over his head, Amen was apparently persuaded by his attorneys to meet the prosecutors in the case and answer questions about the so-called conspiracy to harass and intimidate the family.

This might seem like a betrayal of Amen's friend, Frank Tyson, the Jackson intimate who brought Amen to California in February 1993 to work on various projects.

Tyson and Amen, who are both 24, were quickly assigned the task of watching over the accuser's family. Their duties included shopping, chauffeuring and babysitting. After about six weeks, however, the pair had enough and went back to other projects when a proposed trip to Brazil, among other plans, fizzled.

After the latest Jackson scandal broke, the pair seemed to be on the same page for a while. They even shared an attorney. But in the last few months, Amen – who did not have the family connection to Jackson that Tyson did – is said to have panicked because he might have big legal problems facing him thanks to the scandal. He changed attorneys and started making his own plans.

It didn't help that Jackson's team did nothing to reach out to Amen, my sources said. This was probably a huge strategic mistake, but one that is in line with other decisions. The Jackson team has not done much to reward loyalty at a time when the pop singer needs all the friends he can get.

Nevertheless, sources say that Amen's visit with prosecutors may have had an unintentional effect. At the meeting, Amen finally was able to explain many of the episodes recounted in grand jury testimony and in this column.

For example, Amen told the district attorneys how the accusing boy's urine sample was ruined on a drive to the medical lab. The boy's mother said Amen dumped it out, but Amen claims it fell over in his car. I'm told the prosecutors were persuaded that his stories were truthful. That causes a problem for them, however.

In associated testimony, the conspiracy part has taken a beating thus far. Tyson and Amen were said to have held the family for a week in a hotel in Calabasas, Calif. But this column reported exclusively that the family went on wild shopping sprees, to the movies and to many local restaurants. The mother even had a full body wax and a manicure. None of this is considered standard fare during a kidnapping. The family also made dozens of phone calls to friends and family, never mentioning once that they were in any peril.

The family's attorney, William Dickerman, dealt the conspiracy part of the trial a fatal blow when he was cross-examined by defense attorney Thomas Mesereau yesterday. He admitted to writing several letters to Michael Jackson's then-attorney Mark Geragos after the family left Neverland for good on March 11, 2003.

The letters, which concerned the return of the family's meager possessions from a storage vault, were called a "series" by Dickerman. But the lawyer never mentioned in any of them that the family had been "held hostage" or made to do anything they didn't want to do. At the same time, Dickerman indicated that during his many meetings with the family, none of them mentioned their "kidnapping" either.

In fact, Dickerman revealed that his first two meetings with the family were on Feb. 21 and 25, 2003. Amen drove the mother to the meeting on the latter date. On the same day, he and Tyson took the family on their seven-day shopping trip in Calabasas.

At no time during the meetings with Dickerman did the mother or her three kids indicate there was any trouble at all. They were simply there, Dickerman recalled, to see if they had any rights for appearing in the Martin Bashir documentary "Living with Michael Jackson." They did not.

Jacko's Fly Girl, Boy's Shrink Take Stand

Two other witnesses made a big splash yesterday in the Michael Jackson trial. Cynthia Ann Bell, the flight attendant for XtraJet, continued the testimony she began on Tuesday. Bell, an endearingly kooky woman, often had the jury and the trial observers in stitches when, among other things, she accidentally slipped out of her chair on the witness stand.

Bell, who was unfailingly polite and seemingly without guile, said she was simply there to tell the truth. But it was clear she did not care for the accusing boy who, she said, was rude and obnoxious when he was a passenger on a plane she served on Feb. 7, 2003.

According to Bell, the boy threw mashed potatoes at Jackson's sleeping doctor, tossed his backpack at her and complained endlessly about his food.

On the other hand, Bell found Jackson's two toddlers, Prince and Paris, "lovely" and well-disciplined. She said Jackson did prefer to have wine served to him in a Diet Coke can, but that many of her adult passengers routinely hid their drinking from their children. Bell also insisted that Jackson was never drunk on the flight, although he was "intoxicated." She explained this meant that Jackson, a nervous flier, was calm.

Bell did recall that she served liquor to the accuser's sister, who used a fake ID (she was 16). Bell said that at one point the accusing boy, who was belligerent from the moment he stepped on the plane, sat with his sister and her teenage friend, who was also drinking. The intent, it appeared, was to suggest that if the boy had any liquor, he got it from them and not from Jackson.

Bell, who's got kind of a Suzanne Somers thing going on, cracked up the court when she said she would have to show the prosecutor what she meant by "cuddling" – her word for what Jackson was doing on the plane with the accusing boy.

District Attorney Gordon Auchincloss, whom Bell called "Mr. Gordon," asked the judge jokingly if he could approach the witness.

"Between the comedians and the lawyers in this court, I have to say I prefer the comedians," Judge Rodney Melville said later.

After her second session of grilling, Bell finally left the stand to near applause.

"I feel like I won the lottery," she said as she strode out of the room

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Post by IrishFaery » Fri Apr 01, 2005 4:47 pm

:lol: Anyone have a photo of Cynthia Ann Bell? What a lady!
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Post by Pokey » Fri Apr 01, 2005 4:48 pm

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Post by HeavenSent » Fri Apr 01, 2005 4:50 pm

Originally posted by Pokey
Under prosecution questioning, Santa Barbara County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Klapackis said 69 investigators were needed because District Attorney Tom Sneddon told them to conduct the search in one day, ``so as not to burden the ranch and its employees with our presence longer than that.''

Bull shit. I love how they try and paint themselves so honorably...but erm. If you know you're there to conduct a serious investigation of a very serious crime, F*ck the employees! Sneddon didn't want to burden them my ass.

C'mon. If you're law enforcement, those employees are there to accomodate you, not the other way around. So he had all those investigators as a publicity ploy. I supposed Sneddon is going to say the reason why there was a 2nd raid was because that one day wasn't enough.

Nice try guys.
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Post by IrishFaery » Fri Apr 01, 2005 5:04 pm

Originally posted by Pokey
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Thanks Pokey! I'm getting the visual now. I bet she was fun!
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Post by Purdy Young Thang » Fri Apr 01, 2005 5:05 pm

C-corrrr.. Michael looks so amazing... I don't know why but I can see him just glowing today...but he DOES look a little sad. :( C'mon, Michael, show me a smile!


ps: Cynthia Bell cracks me up XD I think she really made an arse out of the prosecution.
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Post by IrishFaery » Fri Apr 01, 2005 5:05 pm

Originally posted by HeavenSent
Bull shit. I love how they try and paint themselves so honorably...but erm. If you know you're there to conduct a serious investigation of a very serious crime, F*ck the employees! Sneddon didn't want to burden them my ass.

C'mon. If you're law enforcement, those employees are there to accomodate you, not the other way around. So he had all those investigators as a publicity ploy. I supposed Sneddon is going to say the reason why there was a 2nd raid was because that one day wasn't enough.

Nice try guys.
You read my mind. Somebody put Dimond on the stand and see how long that peice of shit excuse lasts.
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