Wendy Murphy, a former federal prosecutor in Boston and Jane Weintraub, a criminal defense attorney in Miami were on CNN on Monday to discuss Michael Jackson’s interview with Ed Bradley on ’60 Minutes’. Asked if it hurt Jacko’s child molestation case, Murphy responded, “That’s an understatement if ever I’ve heard one. I think the intention was clear to help his case by making him look pathetic and there were times he certainly did seem pathetic, perhaps even sympathetic in the minds of some. Look, Miles, he did four things that were very bad for him. No. 1, he reminded us and reiterated for the world and all his potential jurors that he thinks it’s just dandy for him to sleep in bed with little boys. We didn’t need to be reminded of that, he tried to back off a little by saying, I didn’t sleep with this particular child, but even if I did we did — you know, don’t need to hear that he thinks that fine. That killed him. He also lied three times. He lied about his dislocated shoulders as we heard in the package. There’s no question if he had dislocated both his arms he wouldn’t be waving his arms to his fans when he came out of the police station. There is no question that is not a dislocated shoulder we’re looking at right there. He lied about being locked in the bathroom 45 minutes. It was widely reported at the time that the whole process took about 30 minutes. You cannot sit in a bathroom for 45 minutes when you had to be finger printed and booked and the paperwork and so on. And the other really big lie was this bruise on his arm that he claims came from handcuffs. No way is that handcuff injury. Think about where the handcuffs were. His hands are behind his back. The handcuffs are down at his wrists. There is no way you get an injury midway up your forearm, on the front from handcuffs. That is another lie. This killed the guy’s credibility. Mark Geragos has taken leave of his senses letting him do that interview.” Check out the entire interview transcript here.
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