Michael Jackson's Trials

Michael Jackson's Trials


The Ongoing Trials of The Late Michael Jackson

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Janet Jackson In Court

Janet Jackson (nee Arvizo) went to court again yesterday.

This time, instead of being a witness for the prosecution, she was appearing on her own behalf to enter not guilty pleas to charges of welfare fraud.

You will doubtless recall that she is the mother of Gavin Arvizo who unsuccessfully accused Michael Jackson of molestation.

Arvizo was arrested on August 23, and was arraigned a day ahead of schedule.

She pleaded innocent to five felony charges, one count of aid by misrepresentation and four for committing perjury by false application of aid. The charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in state prison.

She was released on her own recognisance, and ordered to return to court on October 28.

She is accused of defrauding the state of $19K in welfare payments, from 2001 to 2003. Prosecutors allege that she failed to report a six-figure lawsuit settlement, as well as rent assistance from her future second husband, then her boyfriend.

Doubtless Michael Jackson and his fans will be hoping that justice will be done.

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