Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com reports that the judge in the Michael Jackson child molestation case ruled that Jason Francia, the son of Jacko’s former Neverland maid Blanca Francia, can take the stand in the current trial. The prosecution also may present testimony about past allegations against the pop star involving four other boys. But Friedman says Blanca Francia, who said in 1994 that she saw Jackson engage in inappropriate activity with her son and other children, has a fuzzy and questionable history to her allegations. Read more.
Big Day In Jackson Case
March 27, 2005 – On Monday, the judge in the Michael Jackson molestation case will hear arguments about whether the jury can hear details of past allegations against the pop star. Watch a report from CBS News correspondent Vince Gonzales below.
Jesse Jackson Hosts Michael On ‘Keep Hope Alive’
March 26, 2005 – The Chicago Sun-Times reports Rev. Jesse Jackson will interview Michael Jackson for one hour on this weekend’s Easter Sunday edition of “Keep Hope Alive with Rev. Jesse Jackson.” The syndicated talk show, airing in 28 markets nationwide and online at KeepHopeAliveRadio.com, originates from the studios of Clear Channel Radio’s gospel WGRB-AM (1390), where it is heard live from 7 to 8 a.m. Sundays.
Jackson Prosecutors’ Fingerprint Evidence
March 26, 2005 – Prosecutors in Michael Jackson’s child molestation trial began showing the jury fingerprints that they said were left on sexually explicit magazines. Watch coverage of Friday’s trial proceedings from CBS News’ Vince Gonzales below.
Jackson Lining Up Las Vegas Deal
March 26, 2005 – Conan O’Brien joked during his Late Night monologue on Friday night, “Another strange development in the Michael Jackson trial. It’s been reported that, if Michael Jackson is acquitted, he may sign a deal to perform at a casino in Las Vegas. Apparently, Michael is interested because, unlike the Neverland Ranch, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.”
Jackson’s Magician In Court
March 26, 2005 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Friday night, “I guess you know by now, Michael Jackson brought his personal magician with him to court this week. I believe his name is ‘Molesto The Magnificent’. … This guy is quite good. He’s the same magician that was able to hypnotize the Robert Blake jury into thinking Blake was innocent.”