Jackson Estate Lawyer To Sue Mann?

A lawyer representing MICHAEL JACKSON’s estate has threatened legal action against KATHERINE JACKSON’s new business partner, alleging he has no right to make money from the late singer’s legacy.

The Jackson matriarch has teamed up with businessman Howard Mann to publish a picture book called Never Can Say Goodbye: The Katherine Jackson Archives.

The book hits stores this week (begs21Jun10) to mark the first anniversary of the superstar’s death, and the pair is said to be negotiating record deals to release 273 unheard Michael Jackson songs.


Donations for the forum upgrade

Hello MJEOL’ers!

This is to announce that the first few donations towards getting stable, commercial (not free) software for your MJEOL forum have come in. Thanks to the members who have done so.

Any donations are greatly appreciated, but the forum software we’re reaching towards is $149.99. Believe it or not, it is the cheapest of the best and most stable forum software. We’re not a 1/4th of the way there yet. You may get bored reading this long post (haha!) but I wanted to really let you guys know. :apple

EDIT: Ah! To those who visit sister-site DONGBANGER.COM, for fans of TVXQ, thank you so much for your interest as well!

Why should you care? ….read on

Michael Jackson Memorial Forest in Turkey?

A Living Monument For Michael Jackson : Memorial Forest in Turkey

The sign, which stands with pride in front of the young saplings, proclaims a cause to acquire a monumental status of Michael Jackson’s memorial, under the light of his ‘healing the world’ ideal to which he dedicated his life.


FBI: LAPD Attempted to Prosecute Jackson with Racist Law in 1993

FBI File Reveals Attempt to Convict Jackson with Racist Law

Documents contained in Michael Jackson’s FBI file show that the LAPD tried to prosecute the star under the same legislation used in the past to smear black luminaries such as Jack Johnson and Chuck Berry.

Records show that the LAPD contacted the FBI on 7th September 1993 to ask whether the bureau would assist in the prosecution of Michael Jackson under the Mann Act.

The Mann Act, also known as the ‘White Slavery Act’, was introduced in 1910. Allowing officers to make arrests on the vague premise of ‘immoral behaviour’, the law was frequently used to smear black men, particularly those who consorted with white women.

Jack Johnson, the world’s first black Heavyweight Boxing Champion, was the first person to be prosecuted under the act. In fact, Geoffrey C Ward writes in his book ‘Unforgivable Blackness’ that the potential to smear Johnson had been one of the primary motivating factors behind the introduction of the law.


Mesereau Interviewed about Michael Jackson

The Trial…Words From Michael’s Lawyer

Attorney Tom Mesereau, Jr, is highly respected in his field. Widely recognized as one of the best trial lawyers in the country, Mr. Mesereau has been selected by his peers as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” and has been listed as one of the “One Hundred Most Influential Attorneys in California” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. These are just a couple of his accolades.
Mr. Mesereau represented Michael Jackson in his 2005 child molestation trial (he replaced attorneys Mark Geragos and Benjamin Brafman), and has very poignant insight on Michael, and the trial.

DK: Deborah Kunesh
TM: Tom Mesereau

DK: What kind of client was Michael? What was it like working with him?

TM: He was a very delightful client to work with. He was very cooperative, he listened, he was very respectful of me, and attorney Susan Yu and our staff. The worst thing I can say about him is that sometimes he was inaccessible. Sometimes he was difficult to find, and I think part of it was he was so terrified and fearful of this process, but he was a delightful person to work with.

Michael Jackson mj_008

Thomas Mesereau: Defending Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson mj_008

by Thomas A Mesereau Jr.
Forum Column, Los Angeles Daily Journal, July 1st, 2009

The Michael Jackson trial was unique. More accredited media covered these proceedings than the O.J. Simpson and Scott Peterson trials combined. When the verdicts were reached, people in every capital around the world were riveted to their radios, computers and televisions. The “King of Pop” was more popular than anyone, including Elvis Presley.

Jay Leno, Chris Tucker, Macaulay Culkin, George Lopez and lesser-known celebrities testified. Larry King testified outside the presence of the jury. The trial lasted five months with more than 140 witnesses appearing. Twenty-four-hour coverage, including actors re-enacting the proceedings, emphasized the trial’s popularity.