Prosecutors Still Fishing for Evidence in Jackson Case

Posted on Fri, Mar. 26, 2004 [b]Documents show searches continue in Michael Jackson case[/b] LINDA DEUTSCH Associated Press LOS ANGELES – The judge in Michael Jackson’s child molestation case released carefully edited search warrants Friday that show authorities continue to search bank accounts, storage lockers, computers and cellular phone records for evidence against the singer. The warrants were released in “redacted” form by Superior Court Judge Rodney J. Melville in response to motions from numerous news media organizations, including The Associated Press. The 31 pages released included authorizations to search accounts at US Bank, Verizon and Cingular Wireless and at a Shurgard Storage in the San Fernando Valley. The search warrant affidavit for the storage facility said authorities were seeking “evidence related to our investigation, specifically notes, diaries, documents, photographs, audiotapes and videotapes tending to show a relationship between Michael Jackson …” with the rest of the line blacked out. (Continue…)

Kevin Smith says ‘Car-movie’ story is not true

Kevin Smith, the director who was allegedly approached by Michael Jackson to make a movie where Jackson is suppose to turn into a car and have a little boy drive him, appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann (March 25). Smith says the story isn’t true. In fact, he says that he’s never even met Jackson. This rumor started in 1994, according to the official transcript of the show. Smith says he was approached by someone pitching this idea and using Michael Jackson’s name as a part of this idea. Smith also says he can only guess it had something to do with Jackson and he doesn’t even know for sure if Jackson knows about this story. Click ‘Read More’ to read the transcript of the show.

MJ’s Grand Jury: Videographer Called In

[b]MJ’s Grand Jury: Videographer Called In[/b] by Roger Friedman The grand jury in Santa Barbara has already successfully subpoenaed one witness: Christopher Robinson, the videographer who worked for Michael Jackson’s video producer, Marc Schaffel. But Schaffel, I am told, is nervous that the Santa Barbra District Attorney has other plans for him, like possibly an indictment for violating the rights of the family involved in the case. The mother in the family has told the D.A. that Jackson — through Schaffel and his intermediaries — held them hostage and kept them from leaving Neverland. In the last week, Schaffel also received some kind of mysterious visit, he has told friends, from the Internal Revenue Service. But District Attorney Tom Sneddon’s efforts to prove this part of his case may bear no fruit. Schaffel has witnesses — including actor Chris Tucker and a woman identified as Tucker’s girlfriend — that the family was free to come and go and do whatever they wanted. Schaffel will also be able to count on testimony from two Jackson aides, Frank Tyson (Cascio) and Vinnie Amen, who will recount in detail their activities concerning the “minding” of the family for Schaffel. Both Tyson and Amen are said to have taken copious notes and kept lots of detailed records to prove that the mother of Jackson’s 13-year-old accuser was an opportunist who didn’t want to leave Jackson’s world, rather than other way around. So far, subpoenas have not reached Schaffel, Tyson, or Amen. Yet another witness in this part of the case would be Jackson’s former manager, Dieter Wiesner, who dealt with the family at Neverland before Schaffel, Tyson, and Amen took over. Wiesner, who is German and can’t be compelled to answer a subpoena, had a contentious relationship with the mother for about 10 days after she and her family were exposed to the world on the TV special “Living with Michael Jackson.” The details of their conflict — during which time Jackson was absent — could be more interesting than the rest of the case. (Continue…)