Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Monday night, “Prosecutors say they want to ban Michael Jackson from wearing sunglasses in the courtroom. But Jackson says he can’t take them off, because they hold his nose in place. His glasses and nose are one piece.”
Jackson’s Rep Defends Him
February 1, 2005 – Michael Jackson’s representative Raymone Bain spoke with ‘The Early Show’ about his video plea for a fair trial and why she expected the pop star to be acquitted. Watch the interview via CBSNews.com below the cut.
DA Spotted Shopping In BevHills With Jacko’s Accuser
February 1, 2005 – Lawyers for Michael Jackson claimed to The Drudge Report on Monday the teen accusing Michael Jackson of molestation has recently been spotted shopping with his brother in Beverly Hills — with Santa Barbara District Attorney Tom Sneddon.
Jacko Jury Makeup Seems To Favor Prosecution
January 31, 2005 – Approximately 170 potential jurors were screened all day Monday in the first part of the Michael Jackson child molestation case, which could last as long as a month. Of the individuals questioned, only a handful were Asian- or Africa-American. The majority were Caucasian and there were several dozen Hispanic people. “You want conservative people, you want people with roots in the community,” ‘Entertainment Tonight’ legal correspondent Marcia Clark said. “This particular jury looks very good for the prosecution.”
With Trial, FM Finds Jacko ‘Dangerous’
January 31, 2005 – The New York Daily News spoke with local radio programmers to ask if they are having second thoughts about playing Michael Jackson’s music now that his child molestation trial is gearing up. “There are people who think it’s a sensitive issue,” said Rick Martini, program director of WNEW-FM Mix 102.7. “We play a Jackson song pretty much every day. There is only one song we have taken out, called ‘PYT (Pretty Young Thing).’ Some people feel Michael Jackson has tarnished his image. But I have found those people to be a minority. The bottom line is, if you like the music, you like the music.”
Michael Jackson To Attend Court Tomorrow
January 30, 2005 – The New York Daily News reports Michael is set to be in the courtroom on Monday when a judge begins grilling a huge pool of 750 potential jurors for the singer’s child-molestation trial. “Michael is ready for this, and he wants his family to be there, too. They are solidly behind him,” a Jackson family source said.But that’s not going to happen. “No, no,” Judge Rodney Melville said Friday – there just won’t be available space in the court.
Jackson To Be Introduced To Jurors
January 30, 2005 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Friday night, “On Monday, a judge will introduce Michael Jackson to 300 prospective jurors. Does anyone need to be introduced to Michael Jackson? Are the jurors sitting there going, ‘Now which one is Michael? Is it the guy in the drum major outfit with half a nose?'”