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Sitting at the defense table, Murray seemed to actively avoid the gaze of Joe and Katherine Jackson, Michael's parents, who were also present. The hearing lasted a mere 20 minutes.
A late October status hearing was also set in anticipation of Murray's preliminary hearing. The January preliminary hearing is a virtual mini-trial to determine whether there's enough evidence to move forward.
As they’ve done in the past, a large contingent of Michael’s admirers -- easily in the hundreds -- and followers showed up at the downtown courthouse, including some who said they came from as far as Russia. They’ll have plenty of chances to air their grievances next year, as the actual trial is expected to stretch deep into 2011.
Murray pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter back in February. If found guilty, he could face up to four years in prison.
At that Feb. hearing, Judge Keith Schwartz stopped Murray's ability to administer certain sedatives like Propofol directly to patients in the states of California, Texas and Nevada. Propofol has been cited as the principal cause of Jackson’s death last June, though a number of medications were found at his rented Los Angeles home.
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Saturday, August 07, 2010
Jackson brother to attend tribute gala for King of Pop - The Saratogian Entertainment: Serving the Saratoga Springs, N.Y. region (Saratogian.com)
This week, Riggi, who is chairing the event, leaked a few “surprises” for the Aug. 14 gala and the induction ceremony at the museum Aug. 15.
She confirmed that Marlon Jackson, one of Michael’s brothers, will attend to accept the honor on behalf of the late pop star. Brother Tito is a maybe.
An A-list of guests and performers promise an elegant event, though most details have been kept secret for the museum’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Even the décor is a mystery. “I want it to be a surprise,” Riggi said.
Among the celebrity guests saluting Jackson’s amazing career are The Lombard twins from Buenos Aries, longtime friends of the King of Pop, will dance to some of Michael’s hit songs; and Ricardo Sopin and Iraida Volodina from “Dancing with the Stars” will perform a montage of his songs. Thirty-two local kids will dance a “Billie Jean” tribute, Riggi said.
John James, who played Jeff Colby on the popular TV series “Dynasty,” will be master of ceremonies, and Riggi’s son, Christopher, who is in the vamp movie spoof, “Vampire Sucks,” will charm “Twilight” fans. Best-selling author Laura Morton, who wrote the Elizabeth Smart story, is on the A-list of distinguished guests.
There are still about 30 tickets available for this “most exciting gala of the summer,” according to Riggi. Tickets are $300 per person. Ticketholders will also be entitled to attend the induction ceremonies at 5 p.m. Aug. 15. Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson, longtime dance museum benefactors, are honorary co-chairs.
This year’s fundraiser will not feature an auction. “In lieu of gifts, we are asking for monetary donations to keep the museum doors open and to continue work on its beautiful exhibits,” Riggi said.
The huge dance floor will invite guests to get up and get down with the T.S. Ensemble playing Jackson dance favorites.
Michael Panza is handling decorations and the Glen Sanders Mansion has planned a sumptuous dinner.
“This gala is a big party,” Riggi said. “Everyone is welcome.”
For tickets to this black-tie affair, call 583-4935.