Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Dr. Murray Charged in Michael Jackson's Death Back in Court Today

Dr Murray was scheduled for a status hearing Tuesday afternoon  before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor.  Murray, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's 2009 death, is expected to attend the hearing

Todays hearing is scheduled to receive updates on the attorneys' preparations for Murray's preliminary hearing, which is scheduled to begin in January. During The upcoming Preliminary hearing in January, the judge will determine if  there is enough evidence for the Murray to stand trial.

Update on Todays Status Hearing

After emerging from a 45 minute in chambers meeting with Judge Pastor and Dr. Murray's attorneys, the District Attorney, David Walgren, said he expected the hearing would last for about 10-15 days.

"This is a must go counsel on January 4th," Judge Pastor said.

Judge Pastor also asked for "counsel to submit a stipulation by November 4th, 2010 about the handling of certain forensic evidence."

It wasn't specified what the evidence was or which lawyers would be submitting the documentation.

Dr. Murray submitted to a waiver that would allow his preliminary hearing to be interrupted once it began.

Judge Pastor said, "Dr. Murray has an interest in the preliminary hearing. The Jackson family has an interest in it, as others do."

Saturday, October 16, 2010


Elementary School’s Most Famous Alum Recognized for His Musical Legacy
Los Angeles Unified School District Press Release

October 15, 2010

Los Angeles — The silver, foot-high letters gleam once again, proclaiming The Michael Jackson Auditorium at Gardner Street Elementary School in Hollywood.  It is the last public school attended by Jackson—then an 11-year-old sixth grader — who was the lead in a singing group with his brothers.  Three months after school started, Motown released their debut album “Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5.”  And, the young entertainer was on his way to becoming an international star. 

“It’s important for the District to value the artistic impact and humanitarian contribution that will be the lasting legacy of Michael Jackson,” said Los Angeles School Board member Steven Zimmer. I’m happy that we will be recognizing and appreciating Michael’s LAUSD moment.”  

The sign was originally unveiled at the then newly-refurbished auditorium in 1989.  However, when the King of Pop was charged with child molestation, the sign was covered with layered board.  For the record, the entertainer was never convicted.  After his death last year fans began a campaign to have his name revealed. 

At the direction of Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines, the tribute was uncovered today.  

“In recognition of Michael Jackson’s musical legacy and contribution to modern culture I have directed our maintenance and operations department to remove the layered board covering the tribute to Mr. Jackson at Gardner Street Elementary School in Hollywood,” said LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines. 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Not Guilty Verdicts in the Michael Jackson Case:

Was Justice Served, or Thwarted?
Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2005

The jury in the Michael Jackson child molestation case has spoken, acquitting the pop star on charges that the star molested a teenage cancer survivor who briefly resided with him between 2002 and 2003.

Jackson was cleared of ten charges in all. They included four counts alleging he molested, or attempted to molest, the then 13-year-old accuser; four counts alleging he'd plied the boy with alcohol; and one count alleging he'd conspired to hold the boy and his family hostage at Jackson's sprawling Neverland Ranch.

The case began with a confident forty-six-year old Jackson dancing for fans on the roof of an SUV. But it concluded with a sullen slip of a man shuffling slowly away from the courthouse; Jackson seemed not jubilant to have won his freedom, but exhausted and spent.

So what happened? Is Jackson a wealthy celebrity defendant who was able to buy freedom for a price? Or is he a product of a justice system that, on occasion, actually works?

In this column, I will discuss how the case against Michael Jackson may indeed go down in history -- not as a case that went wrong, but one that went right.

The verdict essentially vindicates the King of Pop, ending what has been described as a long-standing vendetta between Tom Sneddon, the Santa Barbara District Attorney, and Jackson himself. And it resolved this vendetta the right way: In Jackson's favor.

When It Comes to Evidence, Quantity Can't Make Up for Lack of Quality
The evidence against Jackson was copious in quantity, but very poor in quality, and that's what led to the jury's acquittal.

There was virtually no physical evidence. There was no chilling confession. So the prosecution based its case on testimony - calling eighty-five witnesses, and dragging in allegations of molestation that were nowhere to be found in its indictment.