Howard King Determined to Try Weak Case in the Media? MB #287 UPDATE #2 Another lawyer getting his face on television while using Jackson to do so NOVEMBER 23 2005 — Surprise, surprise. Another civil attorney chasing after Michael Jacksons pockets decides to attempt to try Jackson in the court of public opinion. Weve seen this before. Five Neverland employees once sued Jackson claiming they were wrongfully terminated and wanted $16 million. He countersued. They lost their suit and lost the countersuit against them. They ended up owing Jackson over a million dollars in legal fees and compensation from the theft and sale of his property. They also had to file for bankruptcy because they couldnt pay the judgment. King is representing former outed pornographer Marc Schaffel. Now another ex-leech who was tossed from the Jackson gravy train has hooked up with the same lawyer in an effort to extract money from Jackson: the alleged crook, Dieter Wiesner Instead of King trying his case in court, it appears he is trying it in the media. He released what some have called heavily edited and incomplete tapes of what seem on the surface to be private Jackson phone messages.
[b]Mesereau’s Fame Doesn’t Alter Focus[/b] The attorney who won Michael Jackson’s acquittal sees himself as an advocate for the mistreated, especially in the black community. By Carla Hall, [LA] Times Staff Writer It’s hard to miss a 6-foot-2 white man in a black church especially a man with a shoulder-length mane of white hair. But on a Sunday at West Angeles Church of God in Christ, Thomas A. Mesereau Jr. was doing more than just getting noticed. The criminal defense attorney was causing a bit of a stir. “Let me shake this hand!” said churchgoer Wayne Boylan, reaching out to him. “Thank you for helping Michael!” gushed Valata Williams as she approached. During the five months that Michael Jackson was on trial on child molestation charges, Mesereau was a fixture of daily TV footage, shown walking into and out of the courthouse. He rarely spoke or waved, his big, broad-shouldered frame encased in double-breasted suits, his layered hair flowing in the breeze. Jackson’s acquittal in June catapulted Mesereau from familiar face to legal star, the country’s newest celebrity lawyer. It is a designation he detests. “I have no desire to be Mr. Hollywood,” he says.