Fox: Janet Arvizo charged with Welfare Fraud?

[b]Fraud charges filed against mother of Michael Jackson’s accuser[/b] LINDA DEUTSCH Associated Press LOS ANGELES – The woman whose son accused Michael Jackson of child molestation in a trial that led to Jackson’s acquittal was charged with welfare fraud Tuesday in a five-count complaint alleging she collected $18,782 in payments while making false claims she was indigent. At Jackson’s trial, the woman invoked her Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination and refused to testify about the welfare matter. But Jackson’s lawyers presented evidence that she and her family had received a $150,000 settlement in a 2001 lawsuit against a department store at a time when she was claiming to be indigent. They also showed the woman was receiving money from her boyfriend to pay the rent on her apartment. The Associated Press is withholding the name of the woman to protect the identity of her son. The five-count complaint filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Bureau of Fraud and Corruption Prosecutions alleged that the woman hid from authorities the fact that she had received the settlement and also failed to report the receipt of $637 for payment of her rent in January 2003.

Jackson Jury Selected – No blacks Update #2

Breaking News: Jackson Jury Selected, Not one African American on the Panel Update #2 Feb 23 2005 — The jury in the Michael Jackson “case” has been selected in less than 3 full days. There is not a single African American person on the jury. There are 8 women and 4 men: 1 Asian, 3 Hispanic, 8 Whites. Some reports say that there are: 1 Asian, 4 Hispanics, 7 Whites. Apparently news from Court TV says that the judge has set opening statements to begin Monday, Feb 28 2005. On the panel is one disabled man who visted Neverland with his Cerebal Palsy group when he was in the 6th grade. Also on the jury is one woman with a history of abuse in her family. A rundown of the jurors were compiled by indy research ‘TSColdman’ and posted at MJJF: