[b]Judge OKs Testimony by Jackson’s Ex-Wife[/b] .. Under defense questioning, Abdool said he participated in an interview for a tabloid for which they received $15,000 and that he spent the money to fund the lawsuit. .. Source: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=492&ncid=762&e=2&u=/ap/20050425/ap_en_ce/michael_jackson


Judge: Mother of Jackson Kids Can Testify By LINDA DEUTSCH, AP Special Correspondent … The defense objected on grounds that the testimony was part of a prosecution “desperation” tactic at the end of its case and had no relevance to the charges against Jackson. In addition, the defense said that if Rowe testified they would seek to present the entire three hours of her video interview with Jackson associates as well as a tape recording she made secretly. Defense attorney Robert Sanger denied there were any threats to her during what he called “a tremendous amount of taped material.” “I just plain don’t see the relevance to these proceedings,” he said. … Source: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=487&ncid=762&e=2&u=/ap/20050425/ap_en_ot/michael_jackson


[b]Attorneys argue over testimony by mom of Jackson’s children[/b] By TIM MOLLOY, Associated Press Writer .. Jackson defense attorney Robert Sanger said the videos were not scripted and testimony last week from the mother of Jackson’s’ accuser that her remarks were not spontaneous was “preposterous.” “We keep hearing ‘scripted performances’ and there are no scripts,” Sanger said. He said interviewers prepared questions but there were no prepared responses. He also noted that at one point in Rowe’s interview she used salty language that would not be allowed on television, suggesting her remarks were spontaneous. … On other motions, Melville ruled that prosecutors may not call a man who was to testify that his young son once disappeared at Neverland for 90 minutes until he was found in Jackson’s bedroom. Sanger said the plan to call the man suggested “sort of a desperation” on the part of prosecutors. He also argued that the man’s son has denied that anything improper happened with Jackson. Prosecutors also told they court they were offering immunity to Cynthia Montgomery, a travel agent who booked flights for Jackson, including a Nov. 20, 2003, flight in which Jackson was allegedly secretly videotaped as he traveled to Santa Barbara to surrender on the child molestation charges. Montgomery told the court last week she would refuse to testify about anything that happened on that flight. Sanger said Jackson was a victim of criminal activity involving the taping but did not say what Montgomery’s alleged role in the taping was. Sanger said the FBI is investigating the taping. An attorney for Montgomery argued that she should not be required to testify because prosecutors in Santa Barbara County cannot guarantee her immunity in a case that could bring charges under federal law or in Nevada. … Source: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2005/04/25/state/n094857D56.DTL

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