Michael Jackson's Trials

Michael Jackson's Trials


The Ongoing Trials of The Late Michael Jackson

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Spies Like Us

Once the histrionics of the 45 minute delay in yesterday's trial schedule were out of the way, it was business as usual for the defence team in Michael Jackson's trial.

Tom Mesereau resumed his cross examination of a detective, Konn Able, who was involved in a search of Jackson's Neverland Ranch.

Mesereau questioned Able about the surveillance equipment that was seized at Neverland. It is the defence's contention that this equipment was part of the ranch's general security arrangements. The prosecution, on the other hand, suggest that Jackson used it to spy on his guests.

The court also heard from Anthony Urquiza, a psychologist.

Mr Urquiza described "child sexual assault accommodation syndrome", in which youngsters become secretive, feel helpless and trapped and delay reporting acts of abuse.

He said changing stories and unclear details were consistent with the way young victims behaved.

Mr Urquiza also said few child sex abuse allegations turn out to be false.

However, under cross-examination by Tom Mesereau, he said he had not studied false allegations as he usually evaluated a victim only after criminal charged had been filed.

The trial continues.

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