Thursday, February 17, 2005

The Evidence We Might Not See

If you haven't read the grand jury testimony yet for the Michael Jackson case, it's worth your time, especially if there's any doubt in your mind about his involvement with this crime. In today's world of the celebrity witch hunt, this case has been largely free from commentary by the doubters except for die-hard Jackson fans. The grand jury testimony alone is pretty damning on all counts -- the imprisonment, the serving of alcohol to a child, and the molestation.

While this case is every bit as freakish as the recent Scott Peterson trial, it's freakish in a completely different way. The judge on the case has gone out of his way to clear the courtroom of distractions as well as anything that could contribute to a circus-like atmosphere. He also seems to have little patience for delay most of which is coming from the defense. (Certainly Mesereau's sister didn't die to help their case, but Jackson's "illness" and the latest motion by his team to spend more time questioning each juror haven't helped. The judge denied their motion and has made it clear he expects Jackson back on Tuesday.)

Whether or not the prosecution is successful in making their case and whether or not the defense is able to take advantage of doubt, the grand jury had a very clear cut reason to send this case to trial. And if a tenth of the information heard by the grand jury and used to make their decisions is heard by the court, I suspect Jackson is going to be facing some tough legal problems. Ultimately, based on more solid evidence than "he said/he said", Jackson may be caught by the alcohol and imprisonment charges. Some of the evidence is pretty damning.

In this particular case, I join with many people in thinking it's high time to shut down the child machine at Neverland ranch. And hopefully, the system will work and Jackson's career as a "friend to children" will be over.

4 Comments:

At Fri Feb 18, 12:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like that...the child machine. The Jackson case, like the Simpson case, will have very little to do with jurisprudence. In fact, the concept of blind justice won't play into the affair in the least bit. In our minds he is already guilty so the entire mechanism of the court system is dysfunctional from the beginning. That being said, I plan to auction my Jackson Five underoos on Ebay once the trial is over...whatever the outcome.

 
At Fri Feb 18, 12:23:00 PM, Blogger Aga said...

I like that...the child machine. The Jackson case, like the Simpson case, will have very little to do with jurisprudence. In fact, the concept of blind justice won't play into the affair in the least bit. In our minds he is already guilty so the entire mechanism of the court system is dysfunctional from the beginning. That being said, I plan to auction my Jackson Five underoos on Ebay once the trial is over...whatever the outcome.

 
At Fri Feb 18, 07:27:00 PM, Anonymous Dave Taylor said...

I dunno. I'm firmly convinced that Michael Jackson was replaced by aliens about a decade ago, so it's just as likely that this case will involve Area 51 as anything else. So the case itself might well be shut down due to matters of National Security. Perfect!

 
At Fri Feb 18, 07:34:00 PM, Blogger braingirl said...

If Mesereau could use that as a legitimate reason to delay the trial he *so* would.

 

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