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[b]Jackson prosecutors present phone, bank records[/b] Detective acknowledges singer did not participate in calls Monday, May 2, 2005 Posted: 2105 GMT (0505 HKT) SANTA MARIA, California (CNN) — Prosecutors used telephone records Monday in hopes of bolstering their contention that Michael Jackson’s associates tried to intimidate and control the family of his accuser, but a detective said the pop star did not take part in those calls. The introduction of telephone and banking records Monday came as prosecutors neared the end of their case in the trial, more than two months old. Sgt. Craig Bonner, a Santa Barbara County sheriff’s investigator, used a chart in court to outline a series of more than 40 calls among several of Jackson’s business associates, some of whom have been named as unindicted co-conspirators in the case. The calls were placed from hotel rooms in Florida and California and a chartered jet in the days surrounding the broadcast of a February 2003 documentary by British filmmaker Martin Bashir. The mother of Jackson’s accuser testified last month that Jackson and his entourage detained her family in Miami by telling them they were in danger after the documentary was aired. She detailed what she said was an elaborate damage-control scheme by Jackson’s associates after her son appeared holding hands with the pop star in that film. [b]None of the calls Bonner outlined were made from a phone that expressly belonged to Jackson. “Was Michael Jackson ever on a single call?” defense attorney Robert Sanger asked Bonner. “No,” Bonner said. Bonner said the calls were made to: The accuser’s grandparents in California; The accuser’s father; Several members of Jackson’s entourage; Jackson videographer Hamid Moslehi, who shot a rebuttal video after the Bashir documentary aired; Jackson’s ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, whose testimony for the prosecution last week was a source of unexpected good fortune for the defense. (Full story)[/b] … CNN’s Dree De Clamecy contributed to this report. Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2005/LAW/05/02/jackson.trial/index.html

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