Jackson: Trial Coverage Flawed

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[b]Jackson: Trial Coverage Flawed[/b] (CBS) Saying it’s “very disconcerting to sit in court and be vilified,” Michael Jackson’s publicist and personal spokesperson adds that’s far from the only thing disturbing the pope star about his ongoing child molestation trial. Raymone Bain tells The Early Show co-anchor Julie Chen the Jackson camp is also worried about “all the information being disseminated properly. We’re just asking that people are fair and balanced. “Sometimes I’ve been sitting in court, as well as Michael, and we come out later and hear the summaries and we wonder whether or not we were sitting in the same courtroom. “That’s the problem, because we have not only got to win this in court, but in the court of public opinion as well. And sometimes, we have to question what is wrong with some of the pundits who are out here who just can’t seem to disseminate the facts properly.” What’s more, she says, the string of witnesses testifying about alleged past sex abuse by Jackson has created a “trial within a trial. The actual case has been put on hold, and…they are allowing people to come in from 10, 15 years ago, on charges that Michael Jackson has never been convicted of. And they are parading in and out and…you have to wonder about the credibility of some of these people.” Bain says, “What I’m hearing out of the court is totally different than what’s being reported. What I’m hearing is that (Jackson attorney) Tom Mesereau is decimating some of these witnesses” who, she charges, can “remember a lot when the prosecution is examining or asking questions” but who, under cross-examination, are “getting selective amnesia. And I don’t think that’s being reported the way it should be.” Bain says Jackson’s back occasionally stiffens up from the air conditioning in the courtroom, but overall, his health has been improving. Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/04/11/earlyshow/leisure/celebspot/main687139.shtml

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