Judge to Decide Award in Secret Taping in Michael Jackson Case LOS ANGELES (AP) — Talk about throwing yourself on the mercy of the court. The owner of a charter jet company says he’d like a judge to decide how much he should have to pay Michael Jackson in connection with an incident during the pop star’s arrest on child molestation charges. The owner of the jet set up videotaping equipment to record Jackson and his lawyers during the flight from Las Vegas to his surrender in Santa Barbara, California. The matter ended up in court and the jet’s owner is now the target of a civil lawsuit. The jet company wants the judge to set punitive damages without hearing from witnesses who would have testified about his financial worth. The judge has heard testimony in the two million dollar invasion-of-privacy suit, but hasn’t ruled on it yet.