Judge Rodney Melville yesterday excluded the possibility of a jury visit to the Neverland Ranch. Jackson's lawyers had argued that this was crucial to rebutting an image of the estate as a "magnet for criminal activity".
Judge Melville vetoed the bid, noting that they had already seen extensive video footage of the ranch.
"I think we have a more than adequate notion of what Neverland is like,"
Jackson's lawyer, Thomas Mesereau, said that Neverland was unique and extraordinary, in his view the jury needed to have a better idea of it.
"The prosecution has constantly referred to Neverland in negative terms which we strongly dispute.." he added that there had been an "unfair portrayal of Neverland as a magnet for criminal activity".
Mr Mesereau noted that the ranch has a petting zoo, amusement park, mini-train and amusement arcade; he said this contrasted with the image portrayed by the prosecution of it being a "criminal centre, a criminal location from A to Z".
"So much of this case involves what the nature of Neverland is ... and whether or not these people were held against their will and imprisoned...I don't think there's ever been a crime scene that cries out for a jury view more than this,".
Intriguingly the prosecution did not object to a jury visit.
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