Michael Jackson's Trials

Michael Jackson's Trials


The Ongoing Trials of The Late Michael Jackson

Saturday, June 05, 2004

Candy and Roses

Despite the way the Michael Jackson trial is portrayed in the media, there are other parties involved aside from Jackson, his legal team and DA Tom Sneddon.

There is of course the alleged victim and his family.

Reports indicate that they have significant troubles of their own, outside of the Jackson trial.

I understand that the court hearing of a request by the estranged father of Michael Jackson's accuser to visit his leukemia suffering son, and his two other children, was put off on Thursday.

The father claims he is concerned about the health of his son, and about allegations that he was molested by Michael Jackson.

The boy's father wishes the restraining order to be lifted. He has put forward the argument that, despite pleading no contest to child cruelty and abusing his wife, he has now completed the various forms of counseling and courses deemed appropriate.

No new date has been set for a hearing.

The world is not all candy and roses.

Friday, June 04, 2004

The Old Curiosity Shop

It seems that Michael Jackson and his lawyers have got their collective "knickers in a twist", over the plans of Henry Vaccaro (an entrepreneur) to sell various items of Michael Jackson memorabilia.

Henry Vaccaro obtained these items; costumes, letters, legal documents etc via a bankruptcy case involving Jackson's parents and his brothers, Tito and Jermaine.

Vaccaro then offered the items for display on a pay to view website, michaeljacksoncircus.com. It is understood that he has found a buyer in Europe for these knicknacks.

Jackson has filed a legal action trying to prevent the sale of these items by Vaccaro, and a judge has ruled that the sale cannot take place until the outcome of Jackson's law suit is decided.

Additionally, Jackson's lawyers are trying to get Vaccaro's website shut down.

In addition to Michael Jackson seeking to reclaim these items, the prosecution in his forthcoming trial in Santa Barbara are also rumoured to be interested in the stuff.

The lesson to be learnt here, for all aspiring celebrities, is not to leave your personal knicknacks in the hands of your family for safekeeping.

You never know what the future may have in store!

Thursday, June 03, 2004

The Poisonous Boil Has been Lanced

I am pleased to see that the LA Police have given short shrift to the fabricated tale of abuse, made by an 18 year old; who claimed that Michael Jackson abused him as a boy in the 1980's.

The lie, which I have commented on over the last couple of days, was perpetrated by an 18 year old who is receiving therapy from Carole Lieberman ("analist" to the stars, and other disfunctional individuals).

Whatever the veracity of the charges being brought in Santa Barbara, I have nothing but contempt for those who leap on the media/money bandwagon and cry "abuse"; in the hope of milking Jackson for a few million dollars.

These people are SCUM!

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Build a Swamp, and Watch The Poisons Hatch Out

The emperor Claudius has been attributed with saying the above. I think he would find that his phrase would be entirely apposite today, in respect of the goings on in the periphery of the Michael Jackson trial.

Yesterday, I noted that another person had come forward claiming abuse by Jackson some years earlier. The credibility of this person's story is, to put it mildly, somewhat suspect.

The individual is, by all accounts, undergoing psychiatric treatment in the hands of Carole Lieberman. Her website can be viewed here Carole Lieberman.

I understand that she has worked on Jackson related "tabloid" issues before. She has also raised a complaint with Child Protective Services about Michael Jackson dangling his baby outside of a hotel window.

I wonder what these people would do without the celebrities they seem to feed off?

Monday, May 31, 2004

Creeping Out of The Woodwork

It seems that there is another allegation of abuse by Michael Jackson involving a minor, circulating in the press and on the net.

Another person, now 18 years old, has accused Michael Jackson of abuse; he also alleges that Jackson filmed him whilst he was doing it.

The individual claims that the abuse started when he was 3 years old.

I understand that the accusations are on a video, which is being looked at by the Los Angeles Police Department.

The accusations include lurid stories of drugging and pain being inflicted.

District Attorney Tom Sneddon has talked to the man, and has passed a file to the police.

I wonder how many other stories (true or false) will creep out of the woodwork?

When It Rains, It Pours

It seems that Michael Jackson has more than just his forthcoming trial in Santa Maria to worry about.

I understand that Twentieth Century Fox has requested that a comedy called "Miss Cast Away", that contains a 10 minute appearance by Michael Jackson, be stopped. They allege that it parodies their own movie "Cast Away".

The director of "Miss Cast Away" and friend of Jackson, Bryan Michael Stoller, is reported to believe that the real reason for putting the "mockers on" his film is to avoid any association with Michael Jackson.

Fox deny this.

Whatever the reason, this brings home a salient point. In the entertainment business brand value, and image are everything. Without these assets you are worth "squat".

Sunday, May 30, 2004

Over Egging The Pudding

It seems that the defence team in the Michael Jackson case have been pulling out all the stops, to try to convince the judge to reduce the bail from $3M to $70K.

The team cite numerous examples of Michael Jackson's "Worldwide Community and Business Activities" for 2001-2003.

These include: a cameo in the movie "Men in Black II," being best man at the wedding of Liza Minnelli and David Gest (how does that contribute to the community?), and autographing a teddy bear dressed in his likeness for a charity fund raising event.

Other examples listed included; being named "third Best Looking Singer" by the 1997 Bravo Magazine Awards (highly relevant I don't think), and receiving the key last year to the city of his hometown, Gary, Ind.

Now call me a cynic, but don't you think that is "over egging the pudding" somewhat?

In my view this approach will backfire, as it trivialises the issues and makes Jackson look foolish.