[b]#239 Preview: [/b]More whining came yesterday (Jan 21 2005) from TV lawyer Dan Abrams and Anderson Cooper as they talked about what they considered to be a major “blow” for the defense. What amounted to a standard issue in the Michael Jackson “case” was elevated to a significant enough level to warrant about a two-segment discussion on Abrams and an overly-dramatic statement of events from Cooper. The defense did not want the prosecution to try to introduce “expert” testimony to attempt to explain away why the accuser gave numerous inconsistent statements and why the accuser didn’t act as if he were threatened or molested. It seems prosecutors and defense attorneys will get to call their own experts and it is in the defense’s best interest to fight any attempts by prosecutors to stack the deck in this “case”. Period. Of course, this isn’t what Abrams sees when he processes this information. There does seem to be a disconnect with the way print journalists–who provide more details–reported this latest development, and the way ratings-conscious broadcast media reported it. What is reported as just one of many rulings handed by down the judge since it’s inception, suddenly transformed into a “major blow” for the defense once it hopped onto certain cable news shows. What’s worse for prosecutors is that even with this expert testimony, it does not explain why the brother, the mother or the sister said nothing when asked if anything was happening; even after they allegedly “escaped” from Neverland. Full info coming soon. -MJEOL

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