CNN legal analyst Chris Darden was on ‘American Morning’ on Wednesday to comment on the memo done by the L.A. Department of Children and Family Services, who conducted their own investigation of Michael Jackson on charges of child molestation against his current accuser last February, and used the word specifically “unfounded” when it comes to this specific case of molestation. Darden said, “You know, I’d certainly have to agree with those who think that this is quite a bombshell, and quite a coup for the defense in this case. We’ve all been led to believe that the molestations occurred around February, or around the time that the Martin Brashear interview was aired. This memo seems to address directly those same allegations during that same period of time. And not only do you have the mother’s statements, but apparently the children were interviewed and they also said that no molestation occurred during that time period. So that is a huge, huge, I think piece of information for the defense. Now, can the prosecution get beyond it? well, yes, they can. Children or child victims of child abuse often refuse to admit that they’ve been abused initially. And that’s not uncommon. But I would think that given the stature of Michael Jackson, and the fact that a lot of people are very, very suspect and suspicious about these allegations, will seem to me that the prosecution is going to need some corroboration, some physical corroboration. They’re going to need tapes, photographs, letters or writings of Michael Jackson’s own hand, some kind of an admission. It will not be enough, in my opinion, to convict Michael Jackson solely on the basis of the testimony of this child victim or alleged victim, and his brother.” Read more.
Ed Bradley To Interview Michael Jackson
December 9, 2003 – Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com reports CBS has made a tentative offer to Michael for a special that would include the one that didn’t air, plus an interview with Ed Bradley. The respected ’60 Minutes’ correspondent would not pull any punches getting to the bottom of Jackson’s child molestation charges. CBS, sources tell Friedman, has even set aside December 17th for the air date. Read more.
Michael Jackson Can’t Get A Fair Trial
December 9, 2003 – Popdirt.com’s latest survey asked visitors if they thought Michael could get a fair trial on pending child molestation charges. 81.8% said no, while only 18.2% believed the King of Pop could be treated fairly.
Michael Jackson’s Parents To Sing His Praises
December 9, 2003 – The New York Daily News reports Joe and Katherine Jackson will be interviewed by a London-based news crew that has struck a deal to have the piece shown Friday on ABC’s ’20/20.’ The couple will be on to defend their son, Michael Jackson, following his arrest on child molestation charges.
Michael Jackson Defended By His Brother Jermaine
December 8, 2003 – Jermaine Jackson shared his feelings on the charges brought against his brother Michael in an interview with Fox News Channel’s Rita Cosby. Jermaine talked about what his brother feels about the charges, what he’s doing right now under all the scrutiny, the reaction to the Santa Barbara D.A., the racial element in the case, and more. The interview has since been removed at FoxNews.com.