Michael Jackson's Trials

Michael Jackson's Trials


The Ongoing Trials of The Late Michael Jackson

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Teenager and Adult Material to Appear in Trial

Judge Rodney Melville ruled, on Friday, that the teenager who has accused Michael Jackson of molestation must face him in open court.

He dismissed prosecutors' calls for the 15 year old alleged victim, and his 14 year old brother, to testify behind closed doors.

However, he warned that he would not tolerate any intimidation of the children:

"Whether I keep an open courtroom will depend on what happens during their testimony..".

Additionally, Judge Melville ruled that the jury will be allowed to see the dozens of sexually explicit books and magazines seized from Neverland; also that the Martin Bashir documentary, "Living with Michael Jackson", would be shown.

Melville has banned the use of the terms "pornography, obscene or erotica" in front of the jury, ordering the prosecutors to refer to "books, magazines, adult material or sexually explicit" items; lest it prejudice the jury, one man's pornography is another's art.

Bashir will be made to come to court, to testify; despite his attempts to avoid appearing.

Jackson must be present in court for every day of his trial, as from Tuesday. However, Melville warned Jackson not to clutter the court up with members of his entourage.

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