March 23 2005 Trial Update #2

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[b]Jackson Attorneys Minimize Adult Material[/b] By TIM MOLLOY, Associated Press Writer SANTA MARIA, Calif. – Michael Jackson (news)’s attorneys asked Wednesday that prosecutors are stopped from using adult material found on computers as evidence in his child molestation trial because it is not relevant. The judge indicated he will likely agree with the request. “I have some severe reservations about allowing you to put this on,” Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville told prosecutors, though he did not immediately issue a ruling. The issue was taken up without the jury present, following Jackson’s arrival well ahead of the trial start time. Jackson, who has been late to court previously while being treated for what has been described as back pain, arrived about 20 minutes early. He acknowledged a “We love you, Michael” shout from a fan by waving, and walked slowly inside without leaning on others as he has at times. His attorney Robert Sanger told the judge that prosecutors provided the defense with the computer evidence Tuesday and none of it was relevant because it has not been directly linked to Jackson or to the period in which he spent time with the boy who has accused him of molestation. … [b]Sanger said the materials date to 1998 or late 2003 and were automatically cached by the computers. That means the images were automatically saved by the computers but that the user did not deliberately download or save them. They could have been saved when the user visited a Web site or opened e-mails, Sanger said. “It’s heterosexual material and it is not directly related to the case,” Sanger said. “The issue of who accessed the material is totally unresolved.”[/b] Prosecutors contend Jackson showed adult material to his accuser and the boy’s brother. They said the dates on the material could be wrong and that it establishes a pattern. One of the online names was “Marcel Jackson,” which prosecutors suggested was an alias of Jackson. Sanger noted that Jackson has a cousin who sometimes goes by the name Marcel, although the attorney noted that he wasn’t saying the cousin downloaded the material. … Source: [url=][/url]

MARCH 23 2005 (2:44 PM) — Prosecutors are calling police to the stand to talk about Jackson’s heterosexual adult material, none of which is illegal to own. I guess Sneddon seems more obsessed with looking at Jackson’s stash than anything else right now. The jury has yet to hear from Stan Katz, Larry Feldman, Janet Arvizo, or Cynthia Bell.

MARCH 23 2005 (1:00 PM) — The prosecution in the Michael Jackson “case” has been fumbling around trying to scare up another witness. Reports say that they wanted to just show more of Jackson’s adult material not specifically related to anything other than to show….Jackson’s adult material stash. Jackson attorney Robert Sanger, of course, pointed out that none of this is illegal to have on a computer. As ridiculous as it sounds that prosecutors would want to spend an entire court day looking at Jackson’s porn stash, it got even worse when the judge found out that the information they wanted to present was dated 1998 and earlier, which is YEARS before Jackson even met this current accuser. Sanger pointed out the availability of this computer, that anyone with access to Jackson’s bedroom — and obviously there was a lot of people including employees, visitors, and relatives of Jackson — would have had access to it. One of the prosecutors actually tried to make an excuse for this by saying that the computer clock was wrong. No, I’m not kidding. Reports say the judge had “severe reservations” about allowing the information into this trial and, at last check, had not allowed prosecutors to show it to the jury. And if that wasn’t bad enough, Melville wanted to go on with the presentation of the “case” until he looked into whether or not to allow in that info from 1998. But prosecutors had no other witnesses ready to testify today. Some observers think the judge may have lost his patience with the prosecution and their lack of preparation today. Stay tuned to all of the latest up-to-the-minute info in this topic:

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