Michael Jackson's Trials

Michael Jackson's Trials


The Ongoing Trials of The Late Michael Jackson

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Raising The Veil

The media are getting pretty "pissed off" with the secrecy surrounding the forthcoming Michael Jackson trial.

After all, celebrity and the media go hand in hand; without a story to publish the media and the celebrity cease to exist, as they disappear from the public consciousness.

Normally this Faustian pact works well, for both celebrity and media alike, as each feed off each other.

However, Michael Jackson and his defence team are currently "not playing the game"; and are trying to seek anonymity by sealing all documents, relating to his trial for alleged child molestation.

On Friday the media counter-attacked, Theodore Boutros (acting for the media) filed a 50 page appeal to "lift the veil" of secrecy. The rationale being that celebrity status is not enough reason to give you rights of secrecy. He must have been reading my earlier comments on this site!

The First Amendment found itself quoted liberally.

I have to admire Boutrous's pluck; he is opposed not only by Jackson's defence team, but also by Judge Rodney Melville and Tom Sneddon for the prosecution.

As I have already noted in earlier posts, Boutrous reasoned that the "gagging order" would create special rules for celebrities. He also noted that the public should be able to "serve its traditional role as a vigilant guardian of fairness in the criminal justice system".

Now I am sure that he is reading this site!

Judge Melville did release some documents on Friday. However, with echoes of Nixonian paranoia, there were many sections that had been heavily "blacked out".

I have said it before, and I will say it again, the US legal system is beginning to resemble the British one more and more.

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Friday, July 23, 2004

Jackson's Lawyer to Quit

It seems that one of Michael Jackson's lawyers, involved in the myriad of legal cases that ebb and flow around Jackson like tides lapping on the beach, has threatened to quit.

The lawyer in question is Lance Spiegel, who has been acting for Jackson in the custody battle with Debbie Rowe (one of Jackson's ex wives).

Apparently, Spiegel feels that Jackson is just not as co-operative as he should be; in fighting Rowe's attempts to see Paris (the child, not the city) and Prince (Jackson's son, not the pop star or the future king of England).

It is reported that Jackson has gone into "silent running" mode, with regard to talking to Rowe; and does not return her phone calls.

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Slowing Things Down

There is something of a battle of wits going on between Theodore Boutrous, the media lawyer in the Michael Jackson trial, and the defence team.

Yesterday Boutrous opposed efforts by Michael Jackson's defence team and Judge Melville to slow down and stop a review of the secrecy rulings made by Judge Melville.

Judge Melville is of the opinion that to review his rulings now would take up too much time, and that the secrecy rulings have been put in place to give Jackson a fair trial.

Boutrous has countered this noting that it breaches the First Amendment, and that the actions themselves may well prejudice the case.

One thing is for sure, the legal teams on this case are going to do very well out this financially.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

No More Jacksons

In a follow up to the report that an "actress" is carrying four of Michael Jackson's embryos, his official website has issued a denial.

The denial has been denied by the paper that broke the story.

I guess that if the lady is carrying four wee Jackson's, it will become reasonably evident in the next few months.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

All Superstars Are Created Equal, Except Some Are More Equal Than Others

In an argument worthy of Orwell's Animal Farm; Michael Jackson's lawyers argued, on Monday, that papers relating to the forthcoming child molestation trial should remain sealed until after the trial.

It seems that they are of the belief that because Michael Jackson is a "superstar", he should be treated differently from others (I am sure Martha Stewart must be wishing the same).

When the First Amendment was written it did not, if Jackson's lawyers are to be believed, take into account the concept and burdens of "superstar" status.

Robert Sanger, one of Michael Jackson's defence team, is reported to have noted that the case in not important enough to merit special attention; the only interest in the case seemingly comes from voyeurs.

To my view many, if not all, trials attract voyeurs; were that not the case newspapers around the world would not have daily columns reporting the latest cases, ranging from sensational murders to mundane disputes between neighbours.

The public's right of unfettered access to open court is essential to maintain confidence, and trust in the justice system. Remove that access, by conducting trials in secret, and you are one step closer to dictatorship.

The question must now be, what information is in the files that the defence team are so desperate to hide?

Monday, July 19, 2004

Virgin Birth

It seems that Michael Jackson is happily living his life as "normal", despite the upcoming trial for alleged child molestation.

It is reported that he is to become a father again. It seems that an unknown "actress" has consented to be artificially inseminated with Jackson sperm, and carry the singer's child.

In choosing whose DNA should be mixed with his, Jackson based his decision on the fact that this "actress" wrote to him; expressing support for him in the upcoming trial.

It seems to me that given the amount of fans who have written similar letters, there could be quite a large gene pool for him to select from (assuming that this is his normal mating selection procedure).

By the way, the reports indicate that she could be carrying four embryos.

Call me old fashioned, but don't celebrities do it the "old fashioned way" anymore?

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Clash of The Titans

Those of you who feared that the trials of Robert Blake and Michael Jackson would clash, need fear no longer.

It is reported that the murder trial of actor Robert Blake has been postponed to November.

This allows the media to concentrate their resources on the start of Jackson's trial first, scheduled to commence on the 13th of September, enabling the public to "get their money's worth".

Sordid, isn't it?