MJEOL Bullet Preview – Loiuse Palanker

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Every so often, I like to post information about what we’re working on to let you know some of the topics which will be covered in future MJEOL Bullets. Louise Palanker seems to have a problem with Tom Mesereau. Palanker was called out repeatedly about the prior insulting and inconsistent statements she made about the family. Apparently, through the testimony of Jamie Masada, the owner of the Laugh Factory –who claims to have “introduced” the accuser to Jackson — Palanker had the gall to claim Mesereau was making this “case” into another OJ Simpson or Robert Blake. No, I’m not kidding. Masada admitted to talking to Palanker about her testimony on the stand after she testied and before his testimony on March 29 2005. Palanker seems to have a problem with being caught either lying on the stand or lying to police during an interview she didn’t know was being taped by the police. An Associated Press (AP) report by Linda Deutsch titled “Witness Lashes Out at Jackson’s Attorney” dated March 29 2005 details Masada’s testimony about the apparently unfunny Palanker:

The tone changed when Masada, who owns the Laugh Factory club in Hollywood, was asked by Mesereau about comedian Louise Palanker, who testified last week. “She wants to be a comic,” he said. “We help them. Sometimes you have to give them bad news.” “You’ve told her she’s not funny?” asked Mesereau. “Let me tell you,” Masada said. “I find you more funny than she is.” Masada said Palanker had been in touch with him since she testified and that she once referred to O.J. Simpson’s acquittal in the 1994 killings of his ex-wife and her friend and Blake’s recent acquittal in the 2003 slaying of his wife. “She said that you have made this court like O.J.’s court or Robert Blake’s court, and you lied and changed the words around,” Masada said. (see Witness Lashes Out at Jackson’s Attorney)

Besides Palanker’s characterization being totally asinine, her big-ass mouth is what has gotten her into trouble, and Mesereau only repeated her own previous police statements back to her on the stand when she was called by the prosecution. Mesereau asked the alleged “comedian” about her transcribed and recorded statements to the police. We’re still in the process of going through Palanker’s cross-examination via the transcripts and she came up with some doozies. She was caught on tape by police — again, she didn’t know the police were taping that interview — insulting the mother and the family; calling the mother bipolar, saying the family is “as wacky as they wanna be” and she even called Masada a “pathological liar”. Now THAT’S comedy! All this will be discussed in an upcoming MJEOL Bullet, but not before we talk about the explosive bombshells and great points made by the defense during the 1108 hearing. But until we get to that, here’s something from Palanker’s testimony on March 22 to hold you over. When asked about a situation between Jamie Masada and David Arvizo (the accuser’s biological father) :

Q. And the officer said, “Who do you believe to be the truth?” And your response was, “I think Jamie Masada is a pathological liar,” right? A. Well it’s difficult to say in that situation. I still don’t know the truth, so it’s difficult to say. Q. Well, let me ask you this, if you recall the conversation. I know you didn’t know they were recording you. You could have responded, “I think David is a pathological liar,” but you didn’t. You said “I think Jamie’s a pathological liar,” right? A. Right. Q. And then the officer said, “Jamie is?” And you said, “Yes.” Now, that’s not just hyperbole, is it? A. Sometimes he confuses incidents. (see March 22 2005: Direct of Palanker + Cross-Examination | p3075-3076, lines 25-13)

Again, the words out of her own mouth is what has gotten her into this. Stay tuned.