- Michael Jackson’s exclusive webcast interview (MJJSource, 02-11-2005)
- Michael Jackson: Innocent until proven guilty (FCN, 12-04-2004)
- Michael Jackson: Friend of Africa (FCN, 04-13-2004)
- Supporters show love, support at Michael Jackson’s arraignment (FCN, 01-27-2004)
(FinalCall.com) – Innocent until proven guilty is the way pop star Michael Jackson says that people should view his trial.
“I love my community and I have great faith in our justice system. Please keep an open mind and let me have my day in court. I deserve a fair trial like every other American citizen. I will be acquitted and vindicated when the truth is told,” Mr. Jackson said in a recorded statement on his website. The tape was also played on major news stations.
Jury selection for his trial began Jan. 30 and has been narrowed to more than 250 potential jurors. Selection has been delayed due to the death of the sister of Mr. Jackson’s attorney, Thomas Mesereau Jr.
Mr. Jackson is asking the public to reserve judgment because of the numerous stories that have been written about this case from the beginning.
“In the last few weeks, a large amount of ugly, malicious information has been released into the media about me. Apparently, this information was leaked through transcripts in a grand jury proceeding where neither my lawyers, nor I, ever appeared. The information is disgusting and false,” Mr. Jackson’s statement continued.
The pop star has proclaimed his innocence of child molestation charges and charges that he gave alcohol to a minor. Fans have come from around the country committed to the man they say is innocent and just being targeted because of his celebrity.
Mr. Jackson agrees and told Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera in an interview Feb. 6 that, “The bigger the star, the bigger the target.”
“But truth always prevails. I believe in that,” Mr. Jackson also said.
The case has raised various questions about the veracity of Mr. Jackson’s accuser. The incidents allegedly occurred in February and March of 2004, according to Santa Barbara District Attorney Tom Sneddon.
However, his accuser said that, in early February 2003 during a police investigation, the singer had never molested him. That investigation found no evidence to justify charges at the time.
Mr. Jackson explains the situation: “Years ago, I allowed a family to visit and spend some time at Neverland. Neverland is my home. I allowed this family into my home because they told me their son was ill with cancer and needed my help. Through the years, I have helped thousands of children who were ill or in distress.”
“These events have caused a nightmare for my family, my children and me. I never intend to place myself in so vulnerable a position again,” he maintained.