Jackson Faces The Jury And Names His Own Court Superstars

Subscribe to Michael Jackson alerts

LATEST: Michael Jackson faced his would-be jurors in court in Santa Maria, California, this morning (14FEB05), and served up an impressive star-studded list of witnesses he hopes will help him win his upcoming child molestation trial.

Wearing a dark suit, Jackson attended the resumed court proceedings, which were halted last week (ends11FEB05) when his attorney THOMAS MESEREAU suffered a death in his family.

In the courthouse, Judge Rodney Melville ordered the pop superstar to stand and face prospective jurors as he joked the trial would help everyone lose weight.

Melville quipped, "We'll all weigh about 30 pounds less when this is over, we'll all be happy and we'll be calling it The Melville Diet."

Then Jackson's defence team announced their list of potential jurors, which would include BACKSTREET BOY NICK CARTER and his brother AARON, basketball star Kobe Bryant, Larry King, Quincy Jones, Barry Gibb, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and Elizabeth Taylor.

The defence team has also called on Jackson's former attorney MARK GERAGOS and TOM SNEDDON - the man behind his latest child molestation charges - to testify in court.

Both the defence and prosecution will now work with jury consultants to select a 12 person jury with eight alternates for the trial.

Jackson has pleaded not guilty to plying a boy, then 13, with alcohol, molesting him and conspiring to hold his family captive. He is free on $3 million (GBP1.58 million) bail but must attend the court hearings daily.

14/02/2005 21:42


Tags: Michael Jackson - Rodney Melville - Kobe Bryant - Larry King - Quincy Jones - Barry Gibb - Diana Ross - Stevie Wonder - Elizabeth Taylor - MARK GERAGOS

Subscribe to Michael Jackson alerts

More Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury Duet To Appear On New Queen Album

Queen Forever, a new album being compiled by Queen’s guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, will feature a previously unreleased duet between frontman Freddie...

Michael Jackson's Legacy And Earning Potential Live On With New Video "A Place With No Name"

It’s about time for another round of Michael Jackson nostalgia, with A Place With No Name, the first single off his posthumous album, released yesterday....

Beyonce To Receive Vanguard Award At The VMAs. But Mostly, YES, She Will Perform!

Umm, Beyonce will be performing at the MTV Video Music Awards... is anyone really , surprised? Bey is everywhere these days. In the wake of...

Could Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch Fetch up To $85m?

We previously thought Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch would cost around $60m, but various reports are suggesting that the 1040-hectare (2,600-acre) estate could fetch anything up...


Michael Jackson's Neverland to be Sold: What Can You Buy For $60m?

What would you do if you won the lottery this weekend? Buy a yacht? A football club? Well, you could also buy Neverland. Michael Jackson’s...

Jackson Family To Star In New Reality Show - But Who Is Alejandra Jackson?

Members of Michael Jackson's extended family are set to star in a new reality series but most people have never heard of the focus of...

Michael Jackson - XSCAPE documentary 2.0 teaser Video

A new teaser has been released for the forthcoming documentary on Michael Jackson's posthumous album 'Xscape'.

Michael Jackson - Love Never Felt So Good (DM CLASSIC RADIO MIX) Audio Video

The DM Classic Radio Mix for Michael Jackson's posthumous hit single 'Love Never Felt So Good' has been released as an audio. The track featured...



Michael Jackson Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Michael Jackson

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All