Fmr. Sheriff Allowed to Taint Jury Pool by Judge? MJEOL Bullet #195 In late news yesterday (September 10 2004), the judge in the Michael Jackson case has essentially allowed the former sheriff of Santa Barbara, Jim Thomas, to continue to taint the potential jury pool by refusing to hold a hearing to decide whether he should fall under the gag order in the case.
Thomas, who is currently an analyst for NBC, recently appeared on a defamatory Dateline NBC report in which he claimed there was evidence against Jackson in 1993. He, however, provided zero evidence or documentation speaking to the allegation. He is also a source regarding an alleged $2M settlement in 1990. Again, he provided zero documentation or other evidence speaking to that allegation either.
Thomas was the sheriff in 1993 and is a crony of Tom Sneddon, according to sources. While he clearly should fall under the gag order, the judge has refused to hold a hearing on the matter.