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Analyzing the Media’s Hypocrisy in Reporting on Michael Jackson’s Settlements vs. The Settlements of Other Celebrities, Part 1 of 2

September 20, 2010

Hey guys, how may times have you heard someone say that Michael Jackson must have been guilty in 1993 because he paid $20 million in “hush money”?  I’ve heard it so many times that I decided to write an article refuting that argument ONCE AND FOR ALL! I had so much information that I wanted to include that I was forced to divide this post into two parts!  In part 1, I discuss the difference between civil and criminal law, and thoroughly examine the civil suits that the Chandlers and Francias brought against Michael Jackson.  Enjoy! —  D. E.

Analyzing the Media’s Hypocrisy in Reporting on Michael Jackson’s Settlements vs. The Settlements of Other Celebrities, Part 1

As we all know, years of biased media coverage is the number one reason why so many people have a negative opinion of Michael Jackson. The media built him up in the 1980’s, and then tore him down without apology from 1993 through his death (and even after his death!).  There have been so many lies peddled about MJ throughout the years in regards to skin bleaching, plastic surgery, the paternity of his kids, his health issues, his sexuality, and his drug use, among other things.  But the most damaging lie that has been deliberately disseminated to the public is that MJ “paid hush money” to the Chandlers in 1993 (and the Francias in 1996) in order to prevent them from testifying in criminal court.  How many times have you heard someone say the following: “MJ must have been guilty because there is no way an innocent man would choose to settle a lawsuit!” I will use this column to totally debunk that myth, and compare MJ’s settlement to the settlements of other celebrities and point out the media’s hypocrisy in the way that they cover them.

First, let’s look at the biggest misconceptions that the general public has about the 1993 case.  They think that the following events happened in this order:

1. Jordie Chandler willingly confessed to his father Evan that he was molested by Michael Jackson.

2. Evan Chandler immediately called the police in a pursuit of justice.

3. The police began their investigation, and obtained a description of MJ’s penis from Jordie that matched.

4. MJ panicked when he realized that the description matched and decided to pay $20 million in “hush money” to silence them in criminal court.

5. The hush money prevented them from testifying, which shut down the criminal investigation, thus allowing MJ to “get away with it”.

6. The Chandlers went on to live happily ever after. Everyone is still alive, living together under one roof, and is on speaking terms. The Chandlers wanted to testify against MJ in 2005, but were afraid that they would have to pay back MJ’s hush money.

Those assumptions are totally false!  This is what happened:

1. MJ had a falling out with Evan, probably over MJ’s refusal to hire him or finance his screen plays.

2. Evan concocts a plan to extort money from MJ by threatening to accuse him of molesting Jordie.

3. Evan and Dr. Mark Torbiner give Jordie a drug (possibly sodium amytal) during a dental procedure, after which Jordie is coerced into claiming molestation.

4. Evan meets with MJ and demands a $20 million film deal, and is flatly denied.

5. June Chandler wins a court order to regain custody of Jordie, and SOLELY AS A RESULT OF THIS COURT ORDER Evan calls a psychiatrist (instead of reporting it to the judge who ordered the transfer) and reports MJ’s molestation, who then subsequently reports this to the police

6. In Sept. 1993, Evan hires Larry Feldman and files a civil lawsuit against MJ, and they successfully argue that it should go to court before the criminal trial. MJ’s request to have the civil case delayed until after the criminal case is denied.

7. MJ is strip searched, and the description does NOT match, and as a result MJ is NOT arrested.

8. Subsequently, Evan’s attorney Larry Feldman unsuccessfully tries to have the photos barred from the civil trial so that MJ cannot use them to help clear his name.

9. MJ’s insurance carrier settles the civil suit WITHOUT his consent, and the Chandlers sign a confidentiality agreement that EXPLICITLY states that they can testify in criminal court if they so desire. All of the Chandlers refuse to cooperate with the criminal investigation after receiving their settlement money, this perpetuating the myth that they were “paid off”.  Ray Chandler is unable to secure a book deal to publish “All That Glitters”, which was ghost-written by Evan Chandler and describes their decision to choose money over justice!

10. In Sept. 1994 the criminal investigation ends after two grand juries refuse to indict MJ, but Sneddon stubbornly allows the case to remain “open, but inactive”, instead of closing it altogether.

11. In the years after the settlement:

  • Jordie legally emancipated himself from his parents (most likely in 1996)
  • Evan sued MJ again for $60 million and the right to record a “rebuttal album”  in 1996 and lost
  • Ray Chandler self-published “All That Glitters” in 2004
  • Geraldine Hughes, the sole legal secretary for Evan’s lawyer Barry Rothman, published “Redemption” (which reveals previously unknown exculpatory evidence about the 1993 case) in 2004
  • All of the Chandlers (except June) either threatened or actually took legal action to avoid testifying against MJ in 2005
  • Evan tried to murder Jordie after the trial in August 2005
  • Evan eventually committed suicide in November 2009

The media has been very clever in distorting the truth about the settlement by intentionally omitting the fact that MJ settled a CIVIL LAWSUIT, and that the Chandlers could have still testified.  By omitting those facts, the general public – the overwhelming majority not knowing a clue about civil law — believes that MJ “bought” his way out of the criminal case, and somehow he had some sort of legal recourse against the Chandlers if they would have testified against him. What’s truly disappointing is the fact that it’s not only phony baloney journalists like Diane Dimond and Maureen Orth that promote this garbage, but legal analysts like Nancy Grace, Sunny Hostin, Gloria Allred, and Geoffrey Fieger as well! (I’ll introduce you to Fieger later on in this article!). Not only have adults been duped into believing that the settlement was a sign of guilt, but even fifth graders have been fooled!

What if a chemist with a Ph.D. from Harvard lied to you and said that water is composed of H3O?  His colleagues would consider him a quack, but he’d probably convince people who aren’t familiar with chemistry that he’s telling the truth, based on his education and his expertise.  Everyone knows that the chemical makeup of water is H2O (two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom), and that is one of the basic fundamentals of chemistry.  Similarly, settling a civil lawsuit out of court is not an admission of guilt, and that is one of the basic fundamentals of civil law, yet time and time again these legal quacks have deliberately LIED to the general public in order to convict MJ in the court of public opinion. So I will spend the next few pages explaining the core principles of criminal and civil law, and pointing out the differences between the two.

Civil Law vs. Criminal Law

Let’s start with the biggest distinction between a criminal and civil case. This is basic law school 101! In a criminal case, the state brings charges against the defendant, and he has no choice but to stand trial if the state decides to prosecute. (For example, MJ’s 2005 trial was known as “The People of the State of California v. Michael Joseph Jackson”). A criminal case CANNOT be settled out of court!

In a civil case, the plaintiff sues the defendant, and the case can be settled out of court by both parties, or dismissed without trial by a judge. The vast majority of civil lawsuits are frivolous. In fact, 97% of all civil lawsuits are either settled or dismissed!! (The lawsuit filed against MJ by the Chandlers was titled “J. Chandler v. Michael Joseph Jackson and John Does 1 through 100“)

Here are some basic differences between the punishment meted out, and the burden of proof required to get a conviction in criminal and civil court, respectively:

1. Punishment

Criminal law

In criminal law, a guilty defendant is punished by either (1) incarceration in a jail or prison, (2) fine paid to the government, or, in exceptional cases, (3) execution of the defendant: the death penalty. Crimes are divided into two broad classes: felonies have a maximum possible sentence of more than one year incarceration; misdemeanors have a maximum possible sentence of less than one year incarceration.

 

Civil law

In contrast, a defendant in civil litigation is never incarcerated and never executed. In general, a losing defendant in civil litigation only reimburses the plaintiff for losses caused by the defendant’s behavior.

So-called punitive damages are never awarded in a civil case under contract law. In a civil case under tort law, there is a possibility of punitive damages,  if the defendant’s conduct is egregious and had either (1) a malicious intent (i.e., desire to cause harm), (2) gross negligence (i.e., conscious indifference), or(3) a willful disregard for the rights of others. The use of punitive damages makes a public example of the defendant and supposedly deters future wrongful conduct by others. Punitive damages are particularly important in torts involving dignitary harms (e.g., invasion of privacy) and civil rights, where the actual monetary injury to plaintiff(s) may be small.

One can purchase insurance that will pay damages and attorney’s fees for tort claims. Such insurance coverage is a standard part of homeowner’s insurance policies, automobile insurance, and insurance for businesses. In contrast, it is not possible for a defendant to purchase insurance to pay for his/her criminal acts.

While a court can order a defendant to pay damages, the plaintiff may receive nothing if the defendant has no assets and no insurance, or if the defendant is skillful in concealing assets. In this way, large awards for plaintiffs in tort cases are often an illusion.

Notice how civil (and not criminal!) defendants can purchase insurance to pay for legal fees and any damages that are subsequently awarded to the plaintiff in the event of a conviction. That is EXACTLY the type of insurance that MJ had, and in fact he’s probably had that type of insurance since he was a member of the Jackson 5.  Being a celebrity in the public spotlight, it was only inevitable that MJ would sue and be sued throughout his career (and boy did that ever come to fruition later on in his life!).  So those insurance premiums were a smart investment, as opposed to being uninsured and having to pay all of the legal fees and damages himself.

2. Burden of Proof

Criminal law

In criminal litigation, the burden of proof is always on the state. The state must prove that the defendant is guilty. The defendant is assumed to be innocent; the defendant needs to prove nothing. (There are exceptions. If the defendant wishes to claim that he/she is insane, and therefore not guilty, the defendant bears the burden of proving his/her insanity. Other exceptions include defendants who claim self-defense or duress.)

In criminal litigation, the state must prove that the defendant satisfied each element of the statutory definition of the crime, and the defendant’s participation, “beyond a reasonable doubt.” It is difficult to put a valid numerical value on the probability that a guilty person really committed the crime, but legal authorities who do assign a numerical value generally say “at least 98% or 99%” certainty of guilt.

Civil law

In civil litigation, the burden of proof is initially on the plaintiff. However, there are a number of technical situations in which the burden shifts to the defendant. For example, when the plaintiff has made a prima facie case, the burden shifts to the defendant to refute or rebut the plaintiff’s evidence.

In civil litigation, the plaintiff wins if the preponderance of the evidence favors the plaintiff. For example, if the jury believes that there is more than a 50%probability that the defendant was negligent in causing the plaintiff’s injury, the plaintiff wins. This is a very low standard, compared to criminal law. In my personal view, it is too low a standard, especially considering that the defendant could be ordered to pay millions of dollars to the plaintiff(s).

 

Another distinction between criminal and civil trials are the number of Constitutional Rights that are afforded to defendants in criminal trials, but don’t apply to civil trials.  For example, the Fourth Amendment protects against illegal search and seizure, the Fifth Amendment guarantees criminal defendants the right to not self incriminate (i.e. “pleading the Fifth”), and the Sixth Amendment guarantees a right to a speedy trial. Here are some examples of how these three amendments differ between criminal and civil trials:

A.) In criminal law, police generally must first obtain a search warrant in a proceeding showing a “neutral and detached” magistrate that there is “probable cause”, before searching or seizing items from a person’s houseSpinelli v. U.S., 393 U.S. 410 (1969); Aguilar v. Texas, 378 U.S. 108 (1964); Johnson v. U.S., 333 U.S. 10 (1946). (For example, Sneddon had to get a search warrant before he was able to perform the strip search on MJ.)

In civil law, an attorney may request documents or a visit inside a building. (Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 34). In civil law, an attorney may demand information from the opposing party about any matter that is relevant to the case, provided that information is not privileged. In civil law, an attorney may properly demand information that would be inadmissible at trial, if such demand “appears reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence”. Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(1). An attorney may even take the deposition of nonparties in a civil case, and require them to bring documents with them. Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 30, 34(c).

B.) In a criminal case, the suspect or defendant has the right to remain silent during questioning by police and prosecuting attorneys. In a criminal case, the defendant may choose to refuse to be a witness, and the jury may infernothingfrom the defendant’s choice not to testify. However, in a civil case, the defendant must be available and cooperative for depositions and testimony as a witness in the trial. In fact, the defendant in a civil case in Federal court must voluntarily provide his/her opponent with a copy of documents “in the possession, custody, or control of the party that are relevant to disputed facts alleged with particularity in the pleadings.” [Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(1)(B)] Further, the defendant in a civil case must voluntarily provide names of people who are “likely to have discoverable information relevant to disputed facts alleged with particularity in the pleadings.” [FRCP 26(a)(1)(A)] In other words, the defendant in a civil case must help his/her opponent collect evidence that will defeat the defendant. And, at trial, if a party invokes their fifth amendment privilege against self-incrimination, then the judge will instruct the jury that they may make an adverse inference against the party who refused to testify.

C.) There are often several years between the filing of a complaint in a civil case and the trial. (So much for  the notion of having a “speedy trial”! For example, Evan Chandler sued MJ for $60 million in 1996 for violating the Confidentiality Agreement, but the case wasn’t thrown out until 2000).

Let’s look closely at the Fifth Amendment for a moment.  In a criminal case, a defendant can refuse to testify entirely, or refuse to answer certain questions, and it CANNOT be used against him in determining his guilt. (For example, MJ did not testify in his 2005 criminal trial, and we all know the outcome of that case!)  However, in civil trials the defendant MUST testify, or else it will be used against him.  Now let’s say that MJ had a civil trial in 1994.  If he would have plead the fifth (either on the witness stand, or in a deposition), which is what his lawyers wanted him to do, the jury could have legally perceived it as a sign of guilt.  Combine that with the lower burden of proof, and the chances of MJ being found liable would have increased exponentially. Conversely, if he would have testified in civil court, then his defense strategy would have been exposed to Sneddon and Garcetti before the criminal trial. This is exactly why Larry Feldman and Robert Shapiro wanted to sue MJ before the criminal trial, so that it would put him in a position where his best option would be to settle, which is what they wanted in the first place! Here is Shapiro’s advice to Evan Chandler about suing MJ first instead of prosecuting him, from “All That Glitters”, pages 160-161:

“If there’s a hung jury, sure, it could be retried, but time goes on.  The real risk is if there’s an acquittal.  In that case, prevailing at a civil suit afterwards becomes a real uphill battle.

 

Now the alternative is for you to bring a civil suit first.  And the first thing we would do is schedule a deposition of Michel Jackson, placing him in an extremely uncomfortable position because everything he says could be used against him in a criminal case.  And if he takes the Fifth Amendment to avoid that, it can be used against him in your civil case. So immediately, he’s in a real bad spot.

 

But there’s a third alternative.  If we went to the other side and said, ‘Listen, a trial for Michael Jackson is a disaster, he can’t win.  Because even if he’s acquitted, when the public hears what this boy has to say, you will have no endorsements, you will have no contracts, you are virtually finished.’  If we say that, it is my belief we have control of the situation, we have power.

 

However, if this matter is pushed too far and somebody starts screaming there should be a grand jury or the DA is not handling this correctly, then we lose all control. Garcetti will have to go to the Grand Jury, even if he doesn’t want to.  And if the Grand Jury returns and indictment on a case the DA can’t win, especially against a superstar, then you’re all screwed.”

As you can see from Shapiro’s analysis, MJ was in a lose-lose-lose situation! 1.) If he submits to a deposition, it will be used against him in the criminal trial.  2.) If he takes the Fifth, it can be used against him in civil trial. And 3.) if he’s acquitted in criminal court, his image will be forever tarnished from the salacious headlines that the media is going to exploit for ratings (which is what they did in 2005).  The media would say that his “celebrity status” got him off, or that the jurors were “too star-struck to convict”, or “he got off on a technicality”, or some other nonsense in order to undermine the verdict. (This conversation between Shapiro and Evan Chandler took place before MJ’s failed attempt to get the criminal trial scheduled before the civil trial, so that’s why the third alternative is listed as a possibility.)

For those of you who may say, “Well, if he’s that innocent, then why should it matter if the DA’s know his defense strategy? He should have just told the truth and he would’ve been acquitted, right?” This is what MJ (and many of us) would have naively thought, but as we all know the justice system is not perfect, and MJ couldn’t afford to have his defense strategy exposed to Sneddon or Garcetti!  Guilty people get acquitted every day, and innocent people get convicted every day! The reasons are because defense lawyers can raise enough reasonable doubt to get an acquittal (such as in the OJ Simpson case), and prosecutors can prejudice the jury to convict an innocent man by using irrelevant, inflammatory evidence. They also engage in prosecutorial misconduct as well!

Here’s an example: what if I told you that a prosecutor used a famous celebrity’s tattoo as a sign of his guilt, and as a result that celebrity was sentenced to jail? That would sound crazy, right? Well, it happened!

The celebrity who was literally sentenced to jail based on the fears and prejudices of the jury was the late, great Tupac Shakur, the top selling rapper of all time.  In addition to his amazing musical career, he also starred in several movies, including 1993’s “Poetic Justice”, alongside Janet Jackson. He and a few members of his entourage were arrested and charged with sexual assault and possession of illegal firearms in November 1993 after a female groupie had a falling out with him in his hotel room.  On November 30th, 1994 Shakur gave an interview outside of the courthouse where he was on trial. (Ironically, his friends never stood trial. Could it be because Shakur was a victim of malicious prosecution due to his fame?)

Here is a breakdown of his interview:

  1. After listening to the prosecutors’ closing arguments, Tupac admits to feeling drained after hearing the prosecutor twist the truth around.  He states how the trial is about peoples’ “innermost fears” about “loud, rap music, tattoo having thugs”, and “anyone with a Thug Life tattoo is guilty”. This is similar to Sneddon (and the media’s) attempts to try to prejudice the jury by making the trial about MJ’s weirdness, bizarreness, creepiness, plastic surgery, hyperbaric chambers, skin bleaching, and implying that “any grown man who shares a bed with children is guilty!”
  2. Tupac blasts the media for their biased, pro-prosecution coverage.  They don’t’ report the exculpatory evidence (for example, the lack of any DNA, semen, or fingerprints found on the crime scene), and they always use the prosecution’s quotes in their coverage in order to convict him in the court of public opinion. He asks for the media to “PRINT THE FACTS” and says that his life is RUINED by the bad press and he lists some of the business opportunities that he has lost.
  3. Tupac then goes on to once again blast the media for “building him up and then tearing him down”, and claims that the whole trial is just about his image.  This is EXACTLY what the media did to MJ: they built him up in the 80’s, and tore him down from 1993 until his death using his “Wacko Jacko” image!

As you can see, the media’s treatment of Tupac in 1994 was only a prelude to what they would do to MJ in 2005! Unfortunately, due to Shakur’s thug image, violent lyrics, baggy pants, and the “Thug Life” tattoo on his stomach, the jury’s prejudices outweighed their common sense, and this is why an innocent man was sentenced to jail!

Sneddon knew that the only way he could convict MJ was to prejudice the jury, the same way that Tupac’s prosecutor knew that was his/her only shot at a conviction. (And it worked!)  This is why Sneddon and Garcetti helped enact California Penal Code 288a, which does not require the alleged victim to be present or corroborating evidence to be provided. It only requires that an accusation be made and that the jury decides whether or not to believe the accusation, thus capitalizing on prejudices against MJ. (If the page asks you to log in, just keep pressing cancel until box disappears, and then do a search of “288”).

Sneddon and Garcetti knew that MJ had a habit of not only letting children sleep in his bed, but that he often slept in bed with them (with their parents’ full consent and knowledge), and if a child could level an accusation that MJ molested him/her while they slept in the same bed, then that would severely prejudice the jury against MJ.  Can you imagine if Congressman Peter King was on the jury? (He defended his vicious statements by saying that even if MJ didn’t physically molest any children, that he “molested their psyche” by convincing them that sharing beds is acceptable behavior.) In fact, after the trial, juror (and eventual traitor) Ray Hultman said that he believed that MJ molested children in 1993, and that he has a hard time respecting someone who admits to sleeping with young boys.  That prejudice against MJ may have influenced him to flip flop and accept the blood money he was offered by that sleazy book publisher.

Sneddon had the same intentions when he tried get the details of the 1994 settlement admissible in court as evidence, and when he enacted California Evidence Code §1108 in the 1990’s, hoping to prejudice the jury with the testimony of June Chandler, the Francias, and the “Neverland 5” (the former employees who owed MJ millions in legal fees). Mesereau tried to have their testimony excluded because he thought they would jeopardize MJ’s presumption of innocence in the current trial (and not because he thought MJ was guilty in 1993! In fact, Mesereau subpoenaed Raymond Chandler,  so that shows how much faith he had in MJ’s innocence. The link is found later in this article.) Legal analyst Jonna Spilbor thoroughly criticizes this unfair and prejudicial evidence in this article. It is also discussed in this article as well.

The reason that sleazy prosecutors like Sneddon and Garcetti oftentimes maliciously prosecute high-profile defendants is because, as a district attorney, you occupy two of the three most dishonest jobs known to mankind: a lawyer and a politician!!  (The third most dishonest job is a used car salesman!) District attorneys are ELECTED by their constituents, and if they can get a high profile conviction, then their popularity in the community will skyrocket, and a thriving political career can be launched on a “tough on crime” platform. Many DA’s run for multiple terms UNOPPOSED, which is dangerous because they develop a sense of entitlement! Sneddon was elected to 5 terms without any challengers, so he practically had a monopoly on the DA’s office, and thus he was able to establish a “good ole’ boys” network with the rest of his cronies! His vendetta against MJ was (in my humble opinion) fueled in part by his desire to use a conviction as a launching pad into political office, such as running for Governor of California, or Attorney General.

Another scumbag DA who maliciously prosecuted innocent people is former DA Mike Nifong, who almost railroadedthe three Duke Lacrosse players to jail on a phony rape charge.  He knew they were innocent, but he saw a conviction as a political weapon, and he engaged in prosecutorial misconduct that was so egregious that even Sneddon would be proud! For example, investigators found no DNA evidence, but Nifong “misled the public by suggesting condoms were used by the alleged attackers and that there was no DNA evidence discovered for comparison purposes”.  The reason this is so flagrant is because the accuser claimed that her attackers did not wear any condoms!  So Nifong enabled and encouraged her lies by covering up for her! (The same way Sneddon enabled and encouraged the Arvizos by changing the molestation dates to get an indictment.) Fortunately, the Attorney General of North Carolina investigated him, and his misconduct was punished with disbarment, and the three players filed a $30 million dollar civil lawsuit, claiming that Nifong’s sole motive was to “win support for his reelection bid”, and that Nifong told his campaign manager that the case would provide “millions of dollars’ in free advertising” for his campaign. The icing on the cake is when Nifong lost the suit and had to file bankruptcy!

Now, back to MJ: any defense lawyer who is willing to expose their client’s defense strategy, especially with charges as serious as molestation, should have their law licenses revoked!  What if the Superbowl Champion New Orleans Saints played the St. Louis Rams (who went 1-15 last year), and the Saints players felt so confident that they faxed the Rams players a copy of their playbook before the game.  Just imagine how Saints coaches would feel if they found out? They would accuse the Saints players of underestimating their opponent by revealing their strategy! That analogy applies to MJ’s defense lawyers.  In fact, MJ’s first attorney, Mark Geragos, publicly stated MJ’s defense strategy by declaring that he had a “concrete, iron clad alibi”, and as a result Sneddon altered the dates of the molestation in 2005 after he realized that, according to the original timeline, MJ started molesting Gavin while he was being investigated by the DCFS. When MJ was indicted, the timeline changed, and MJ started molesting Gavin after he was cleared by the DCFS! This just goes to show that no matter how innocent your client is, you never expose your strategy to the prosecution!

Jordie Chandler Civil Suit

 

Larry Feldman filed the civil suit on September 13th, 1993 (after he and Evan Chandler fired Gloria Allred for wanting to seek justice instead of money, which is discussed later in greater detail). MJ’s legal team then filed a motion to have the civil case delayed until after the statute of limitations in the criminal case expired in 1999. This is considered a legal blunder by many experts because in a child molestation case, the victim’s memory tends to fade over time, so the judge felt that a six year wait was too long, and thus denied their request. They should have merely asked that the civil trial be delayed until after the criminal trial. But I think their rationale for asking for the civil trial to be delayed until after the statute of limitations expired is that they felt there was a possibility that the Chandlers would refuse to testify in court (since MJ’s legal team knew they were extorting MJ anyway), and they wanted to be sure that in case they changed their mind or were forced to testify in criminal court (this possibility is discussed later on), that MJ’s civil case testimony couldn’t be used against him. They used the case of Pacers, Inc. v. Superior Court to make this point, In this case, “the Court of Appeal directed the trial court to stay the proceedings in the civil action until after the expiration of the statute of limitations in the criminal action”.  (Please read section IV for an explanation for this rationale.)  Here is a brief excerpt:

“An order staying discovery until expiration of the criminal statute of limitations would allow real parties to prepare their lawsuit while alleviating petitioners’ difficult choice between defending either the civil or criminal case.”

 

“This remedy is in accord with federal practice where it has been consistently held that when both civil and criminal proceedings arise out of the same or related transactions, an objecting party is generally entitled to a stay of discovery in the civil action until disposition of the criminal matter.”

Now, after their request was denied, MJ’s legal team had no choice but to prepare for the civil trial.  MJ was determined to clear his name in court, but his legal insurance carrier forced him to settle the case.  Now, you may say to yourself “Why would the insurance carrier even want to settle, and how were they able to make MJ settle against his wishes?” The insurance carrier settled because, in addition to not wanting to expose MJ’s defense strategy before his criminal trial, they were also concerned about the negative media coverage of having back to back civil and criminal trials, airing MJ’s “dirty laundry” in public (i.e., imagine Sneddon asking the following: “Mr. Jackson, do you think it’s appropriate for a 35 year old man to share a bed with other people’s kids?”), and they were concerned about MJ’s health as well (remember, he had just come out of rehab for pain killers).

Another theory as to why the insurance company settled is because they may have been pressured by Sony Records, and other entities that depended on MJ to make them millions in profits, based on record sales, concerts, etc.  On September 17th, 2004 Mesereau issued a statement in response to numerous lies that were being peddled by the media about the number of settlements that MJ had in the 90’s, and that they were not an admission of guilt. Here is an excerpt (and here is the actual video of the press conference):

Mr. Jackson has been repeatedly advised by those who stood to make fortunes in his business affairs to pay money, rather than face certain false allegations. As a result, many years ago, he did pay money, rather than litigate, two false allegations that he had harmed children. People who intended to earn millions of dollars from his record and music promotions did not want negative publicity from these lawsuits interfering with their profits.

 

Michael Jackson also expressed his regret over settling those false claims out of court when he issued his own press releases in June and September 2004.

The reason that they were able to pay the settlement without his consent is because insurance companies always do a cost-benefit analysis before going to trial.  If they feel that it is cheaper and more expedient to settle, then they have every right to do so without the consent of the insured, and the settlement cannot be used as evidence of guilt in either criminal or civil court.  This right has been upheld by the numerous court cases that are listed in Mesereau’s objection to Sneddon’s request to use the settlement as evidence of guilt in the 2005 trial.  Here is an excerpt from that document:

Page 2, Lines 20-27

Mr. Jackson was not liable for any of the claims compromised by the settlement agreement, and plaintiff cannot present evidence of the nature, source, individuals, or companies who actually paid the settlement amounts evidenced by the settlement agreement.  Because insurance companies were the source of the settlement amounts, and the insurance companies make the payments based on their contractual rights to settle the proceeding without Mr. Jackson’s permission, the settlement does not constitute an admission (of guilt) and cannot be used to create such an impermissible inference to the jury.  Introduction of the document would be improper because the settlement payment from a third party with the contractual right to make the settlement regardless of Mr. Jackson’s wishes is irrelevant to any issue of this proceeding.

Here are some excerpts from Ian Halperin’s “Unmasked” that include an interview with an insurance lawyer who further explains how settlements work.  (And yes, I know you guys are rolling your eyes at the thought of actually reading “Unmasked”, but this excerpt shows what MJ fans can learn when we read tabloid trash like this!) From page 100:

Even if Jackson’s insurance company forced the settlement, doesn’t it mean that they thought Jackson would lose?

 

“Not at all,” explains insurance lawyer Lewis Kaplan.  “Insurance companies almost always settle.  That’s what they do.  It’s not an admission of guilt. It’s an attempt to avoid a long, costly legal process and one where there’s always a risk.  You never know what a jury might do. In this case, with the defendant worth hundreds of millions of dollars, settling is a no-brainer.  Of course they would settle.”

And before I forget, let me quote the Confidentiality Agreement between MJ and the Chandlers, which explicitly states that this settlement does not preclude them from testifying in court:

“In the event the Minor, the Minor’s Legal Guardians, the Minor’s Guardian ad Litem, the Minor’s attorneys, Evan Chandler or June Chandler… receive any subpoena or request for information from any person or entity who has asserted, or is investigating, any claim against Jackson or the Jackson Releases or the Action or the Claims, they agree to give notice in writing to Jackson’s attorneys regarding the nature and scope of any such subpoena request for information, to the extent permitted by law.”

If there was any “hush money” paid out, then Sneddon would have immediately charged MJ with obstruction of justice, which is defined as “all unlawful acts that people partake in to obstruct, hinder, or delay the administration of justice.” It includes, but is not limited to, the following acts:  bribing witnesses, threatening or intimidating jurors, resisting arrest, and aiding & abetting a criminal.

So Sneddon could have subpoenaed Ray, Evan, and Jordie in 2005 (in fact, he subpoenaed June Chandler), but chose not to.  Gee, I wonder why? Could it be that he didn’t trust their testimony?

Now, let’s look at an even better source who will confirm that the settlement wasn’t “hush money”: Larry Feldman! Here’s his statement on the settlement:

Larry R. Feldman, the boy’s lawyer, has not said whether his client would be willing to testify in a criminal case. Although he has said that “nobody bought anybody’s silence” with the civil settlement, he also repeatedly has stressed that psychologists believe the best thing for the boy would be to get on with his life rather than to keep dealing with the allegations.

So Feldman says that the psychologists believe that it would be best for Jordie not to testify in criminal court, but they had absolutely no problem with Jordie testifying in civil court or giving a deposition (which is what he would have had to do if MJ’s insurance had not settled).

Here’s another excerpt from “Unmasked” that debunks the “MJ paid him off” myth. From pages 101-104:

In the fifteen years since Michael Jackson settled the civil suit with Jordan Chandler, a dangerous myth has grown – the myth that the settlement prevented Jordan Chandler from testifying against Jackson in a potential criminal case.  In fact, there is not a word in the settlement documents that precludes Chandler from giving testimony against Jackson. Jordan’s own lawyer, Larry Feldman, made that clear following the settlement.

 

“The plaintiff has agreed the lawsuit should be resolved,” Feldman declared.  “Nobody has bought anyone’s silence. He is allowed to testify against Mr. Jackson in a criminal proceeding.”

 

Yet there have been literally tens of thousands of media accounts implying that it was the settlement that prevented a criminal prosecution. Among the worst offenders in this regard is Diane Dimond, whose reporting encouraged this myth.

 

“It soon grew increasingly clear to both Los Angeles District Attorney Gil Garcetti and Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom Sneddon that without the testimony of Jordan Chandler, or some other complainant, they could not win a case against Michael Jackson,” she writes.

 

Either district attorney could have subpoenaed Jordan to testify.  Jordan had already signed a lengthy affidavit detailing the abuse that had occurred.  But the fact is that if Jordan had appeared in a criminal trial, he could have been cross-examined under oath, under threat of perjury. If justice was the object, and not money, why not testify?

 

It is a question that would arise again a decade later when another boy would level similar abuse charges against Michael Jackson.  Sneddon and Garcetti badly needed Jordan Chandler to establish a pattern.

 

For now, Sneddon and Garcetti were getting increasingly desperate. Each had convened his own separate grand jury to hear evidence.  But that evidence was getting sparse.  They had both conducted their own thorough investigations into most of the so-called witnesses who claimed they could corroborate stories of Jackson’s abuse.  Although the ragtag assortment of disgruntled former employees made sensational guests on Hard Copy, the district attorneys had evidently discovered that their testimony and credibility were next to worthless.

 

For another five months after Jordan settled, two grand juries – one in Los Angeles, one in Santa Barbara – continued to hear evidence, sparse thought it may have been.

 

For Garcetti’s jury, that evidence was slim pickings.  Grand jury testimony is secret, but among the witnesses called was Jackson’s mother, Katherine, who presumable offered nothing of substance. Sneddon called the former maid, Blanca Francia, some parents of Jackon’s former “special friends,” and Janet Jackson’s former husband, James DeBarge.

 

Besides Francia, the only grand jury witnesses with the potential to inflict real damage were a group of security guards that had once worked for Jackson – later knows as the Neverland Five.  The five claimed to have damning information that could corroborate many of Jordan Chandler’s claims. It’s impossible to know what his group told the grand jury, but in later years, when the five former employees filed a lawsuit against Jackson, their credibility would be so tarnished that it’s hardly surprising their stories made little impression on the jurors.

 

After another eight months and countless millions of dollars spent attempting to solidify the case against Jackson, Garcetti and Sneddon held a joint news conference on September 21, 1994.  They announced that they wouldn’t be filing criminal charges against the singer.  In announcing the conclusion of the investigation, they failed to mention that they hadn’t found a single piece of supporting evidence or credible witness to secure an indictment.  Instead, Garcetti would once again perpetuate the myth that the case had stalled because Jordan wouldn’t cooperate.

 

“After about thirteen or fourteen months of investigation, this is our conclusion,” he told the assembled media.  “We have a very important witness who has told us ‘I’m sorry. I do not want to and will not testify.’ And I’m telling you that if he steps forward a month from not, two months from now, and says ‘Now I want to testify,’ we would reevaluate our case at that time.”

 

Later the same day, Jackson issued his own statement: “I am thankful that the investigation has reached a conclusion.  I’ve continually maintained my innocence.  I am grateful to all of my family, friends, and fans who have stood by me and also believe in my innocence.”

What the media and MJ haters don’t seem to understand is this:  If MJ was truly guilty and wanted to “pay off” the Chandlers, then why didn’t he pay them before he was forced to undergo that embarrassing strip search? Why didn’t he pay them in August 1993 before the scandal went public?  In “All That Glitters”, Ray Chandler admits to you, in no uncertain terms, that Evan would have swept everything under the rug had he been given the $20 million dollar film deal that he demanded from MJ!!! From page 128:

 

“Had Michael paid the twenty million dollars demanded of him in August, rather than the following January, he might have spent the next ten years as the world’s most famous entertainer, instead of the world’s most infamous child molester.”

Here’s another excerpt that confirms that they never wanted to prosecute MJ at all; they only wanted money! From page 167:

“By the conclusion of the meeting, June and Dave, like Evan before them, had no doubts about switching from Gloria Allred to Larry Feldman.  The choice came down to either waging an all-out media campaign to pressure the DA to seek a Grand Jury indictment, or conducting subtle, behind-the-scenes negotiations toward a quick, quiet and highly profitable settlement.  Avoiding the trauma that a lengthy criminal or civil lawsuit would bring to the entire family, especially Jordie, was a no-brainier.

Now, here’s a bombshell development that I recently discovered while researching this article.  Los Angeles District Attorney Gil Garcetti was so desperate to get the Chandlers to testify in criminal court that he tried to get the law amended so that he would IMMEDIATELY be able to FORCE them to testify!  If your son was molested, would the cops have to “force” you to testify? Of course not!

Unfortunately his attempt was unsuccessful, and the Chandlers were able to take the money and run!  This story totally obliterates that lie that Ray Chandler spewed about the Chandlers not testifying because they wouldn’t be put in the witness protection program. If the Chandlers had truly needed protection, Sneddon and Garcetti would have hired the Secret Service to protect them!  Read the “Officials Desperate to Nail Jackson” article for more info. Here’s an excerpt:

The child sex abuse case against Michael Jackson has taken a new – and ugly – turn.

Prosecutors in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties are scrambling to salvage what’s left of their criminal investigations into sex abuse allegations against the pop music star.

Los Angeles District Attorney Gil Garcetti urged state legislators last week to amend a law that now prohibits forcing people who say they have been sexually assaulted to testify in criminal proceedings.

If passed, the change would take effect immediately and allow Garcetti to compel the 14-year-old boy with whom Jackson reached an out-of-court settlement last month to testify in any criminal trials growing out of his widely reported charge that the superstar sexually abused him.

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So if the confidentiality agreement explicitly states that the Chandlers’ could testify in court if they wanted to, and if Larry Feldman explicitly stated that “nobody bought anybody’s silence”, then you would think that the media would report that it was the Chandlers who CHOSE not to testify, right? WRONG!

Let’s look at what that Maureen Orth had to say about the settlement in her June 2005 Vanity Fair column, C.S.I. Neverland:

Michael Jackson has finally wound up in a courtroom facing charges of pedophilia, a disaster people had warned him for years was coming. In 1993, police in California investigated claims that he had molested a 13-year-old boy, whose silence Jackson bought for $25 million. Another boy, the son of one of his former maids, has now testified that Jackson started groping him when he was seven. The boy’s mother received $2.4 million for their silence.

Maureen Orth just contradicted herself! How can she say that MJ bought the silence of Blanca and Jason Francia, when they both testified in court?! Well, maybe it’s because she’s not a lawyer with years of experience, right? She’s just some hack journalist writing a poorly researched article that is literally filled with information derived from tabloids and other untrustworthy sources, right? Surely, a lawyer would never say that a defendant “bought the silence” of an accuser, right? Wrong! I’ll give you a few examples later on in this article!

Another example of a hack journalist who has tried to insinuate that MJ “got away with it” in 1993 is Martin Bashir, someone so despised in his home country that he was voted the 5th worst Briton of all time in a 2003 poll.   During his infamous crock-umentary “Living With Michael Jackson”, he stated the following to MJ:  “The reason that’s been given as to why you didn’t go to jail is because you reached a financial settlement with the family.” Let’s analyze that statement for a moment:

Bashir is insinuating that MJ “bought his freedom” by settling the civil lawsuit.  But, as I’ve stated earlier while discussing the differences between criminal and civil law, you CANNOT be sentenced to prison if found liable in civil court!  You can only be ordered to pay monetary damages! And as I’ve also stated earlier, the Chandlers had no desire to testify in criminal court, so Bashir and the rest of the lamestream media should be blaming The Chandlers for MJ not going to jail if they really feel he’s guilty!  I don’t think I’ve EVER heard any MJ hater criticize the Chandlers!!

(Bashir’s settlement interrogation begins at 3:48)

This is what MJ should have done as soon as Bashir started interrogating him about the settlement, as well as the plastic surgery, sleeping arrangements of children, et cetera!!!

Here is so-called comedienne Joan Rivers’ take on the settlement!  In this audio clip, she claims that she and MJ shared the same manager, and he showed her a check for $35 million dollars that was paid to the Chandlers.  This is wrong on so many levels that I won’t even try to address such an outrageous claim.  It’s one thing to say this in her lame standup comedy routine, but another thing to say it in an interview, and expect to be taken seriously!  I guess MJ must be the most irresponsible celebrity ever when it comes to managing his “hush money” checks, because his sister Latoya also claimed to have seen his checks as well!

In this video, beginning at 1:50, Latoya recanted what she said at the press conference, claiming that she was threatened into reading what was put in front of her, and having to “act” like she believed what she was saying to avoid getting beat by her abusing ex-husband.

But this article from Time magazine is probably the most egregious example of the media’s distortion of the settlement. It explicitly states that there was an “unwritten agreement” between MJ and the Chandlers that Jordie wouldn’t testify, which implies that had it not been for the settlement, they would have testified in criminal court. If the Chandlers truly wanted to testify in criminal court, then they would not have sued MJ in the first place! Here’s an excerpt:

The other glove finally dropped. Last week representatives of Michael Jackson and the 14-year-old boy who accused him of sexual molestation agreed to settle the boy’s civil suit. No promises were put in writing — and no judge would tolerate such promises — but it was understood that the boy will not testify in pending criminal investigations of Jackson being pursued by the Los Angeles and Santa Barbara district attorneys. Meanwhile, the star gets to maintain his innocence. The price tag was estimated between $15 million and $50 million — part paid in cash, part to be fed into a trust fund for the boy.

And one last thing to think about regarding this “hush money” nonsense:  why would MJ, or any other defendant for that matter, pay millions in hush money when there is NO INCENTIVE WHATSOEVER for the accuser to remain silent?  If MJ’s settlement really was “hush money”, and the Chandlers accepted it, and then had a change of heart and testified anyway, what legal recourse would MJ have against them? Could he sue them for breaking their word? Of course not! It is illegal to bribe someone to not testify, and MJ would have been completely out of luck. Not only would the Chandlers testify against him, but they could say “Hey, he paid me all this money to be quiet! Look at my bank statements!”  If MJ was guilty, and wanted to silence the Chandlers, then instead of offering money, he would have THREATENED THEM!!!  Think about this: do drug dealers and gang bangers “pay off” witnesses to their crimes to keep them silent! NO!!!  They threaten to kill them, and that’s the number one reason why so many inner-city murders go unsolved.  And if the Chandlers truly wanted to testify, but were threatened by MJ’s entourage, then they would have asked for and receive all the protection that they needed, and Sneddon would have gleefully announced to the world that MJ was threatening them. Hopefully that scenario should put an end to this “hush money” garbage once and for all!

Now, here is another example of an insurance carrier settling lawsuits without the consent of the insured. You guys are going to laugh out loud, because the person who was forced to settle was none other than Evan Chandler!  Not only was he frivolously sued for medical malpractice by several former patients after he received the settlement, but he was also falsely accused of molesting one of them too! Oh, the irony! From “All That Glitters”, page 226:

“After the media announced that Evan controlled his son’s fortune, several of Evan’s patients all of a sudden threatened malpractice suits against him. Most of these claims were so frivolous they died a quick death. One or two were paid because the amount was so small it was more costly for the insurance company to defend than to fight. And one went to trial, but was dismissed when the plaintiff, knowing she was losing, attempted, in the middle of the case, to admit new evidence that a repressed memory had surfaced of her being sexually molested while under sedation in the dental chair.”

I wonder if MJ haters would assume that Evan was guilty of medical malpractice, based on the settlement with his former patients? Or if he was guilty of molestation, but “bought his way out of it” with the money that he extorted from MJ?

Blanca & Jason Francia Civil Suit

Now, let’s discuss the other “victim” of MJ, Jason Francia.  He is the son of Blanca Francia, who worked as a maid atNeverland until she was fired in 1991 for trying to steal a watch, rifling through MJ’s wallet, and for tardiness.  After the 1993 scandal hit the airwaves, Blanca was courted by Diane Dimond to do an exclusive, “tell-all” interview about her experiences at Neverland. She lied and said that she witnessed MJ showering naked with young boys on a number of occasions, and as a result she “quit in disgust”. She was paid $20k by Hard Copy for her salacious lies, but she was forced to recant them while under deposition by MJ’s defense team. Blanca admitted she never saw Jackson shower with anyone nor had she seen him naked with boys in his Jacuzzi. They always had their swimming trunks on, she acknowledged.

Blanca’s son, Jason, often accompanied her to work at both Neverland Ranch, and at MJ’s “Hideout” condo in Century City.  Oftentimes, he and MJ would engage in tickling games, and other forms of innocent horseplay.  This horseplay would be exploited by aggressive police looking to force Jason into making an accusation.  He was interrogated by cops after the scandal broke, and he initially denied any wrongdoing by MJ, and Blanca was very uncomfortable with the way he was being interviewed.  He had been lied to by police to solicit an allegation against Jackson. They told him that Jackson was “molesting Macaulay Culkin, and that Corey Feldman was a drug-head who would probably die early because he hung out with Jackson”. They wanted Francia to “help them” help the kid who was being abused (Jordie Chandler).  Here is a brief transcript of the police interview:

Det. Neglia: I realize how hard this is. I realize how painful it is to think of these things you tried so hard not to think about but you are doing fine. And you are also helping the kid that he is bothering now.

Jason Francia: What do you mean he’s bothering?

Det. Birchim: He’s doing the same thing.

Jason Francia: Macauly Culkin.

Det. Neglia: Only he’s getting a lot more into it. Like your mother pulled you out of there. Macaulay’s mother is not going to pull him out of there. They are feeding him.

Det. Birchim: He’s doing worse stuff.

Det. Neglia: It’s much worse with him.

Though he denied any abuse, he was pressured to make up allegations that he was touched inappropriately during the tickling games. Diane Dimond stayed in touch with Blanca, and when she decided to pursue a settlement just as Chandler did (after the criminal case was closed in September 1994), Dimond was there to offer her “assistance”. When MJ’s lawyers objected to any form of settlement, Diane Dimond aired a special report about the demands made by Blanca’s lawyers in December 1994 on Hard Copy in order to pressure MJ’s team with negative publicity. Sony, which was about to release MJ’s new “HIStory” album, intervened and compelled his lawyers to settle for a mere $2 million so as not to sabotage their multi-million dollar marketing campaign for “HIStory” with negative publicity, irrespective of the facts.

This settlement was not an admission of guilt, but was meant to avoid negative publicity. Period. The MJ haters who try to use this as a sign of guilt would have said “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire” if the allegations had gone public. If he had gone to civil court and was acquitted, they would have called it “celebrity justice”, so MJ took Sony’s advice and just chose the lesser of two evils.

When Mesereau cross-examined Jason in 2005, he asked him if he remembered how he initially denied to police that he had been molested.  Here is a brief transcript of the cross-examination:

Q. Do you remember stating in that interview,They made me come out with a lot more stuff I didn’t want to say. They kept pushing. I wanted to get up and hit them in the head”? Do you remember that?

A. No.

Q. Would it refresh your recollection if I show you the transcript of that?

A. Probably not. But you can show it to me anyway.

Q. Do you remember anything you said in that interview at the moment?

A. Not really. (4908-4909 (20-15))

In this excerpt, Jason is asked if he remembers making up a story for the police, and of course he all of a sudden became a victim of amnesia! Even after he was given official transcripts of his interview, he refused to acknowledge what he said!

Q. — that was recorded – all right? – when asked if Mr. Jackson said anything to you about whether you should discuss what happened, do you remember telling the interviewers, “No, but I’m working on that”?

A. I do not remember that.

Q. Would it refresh your recollection if I show you the transcript?

A. No. But — you could bring it over.

Q. Well, I can’t unless you’re willing to see if it refreshes your recollection.

A. Okay. Bring it over. I’ll give it a shot. I’ll read it just to see if it refreshes my memory.

Q. BY MR. MESEREAU: Have you had a chance to

23 review those pages —

24 A. I have.

25 Q. — of your transcript?

26 Do they refresh your recollection about what

27 you said on that subject?

28 A. No, it does not. 4942

1 Q. It doesn’t.

2 A. Sorry.

Jason’s testimony was so awful under cross-examination that some of the jurors actually LAUGHED at him during a break! Their laughter was overheard by some members of the media who subsequently reported their behavior to Judge Melville, hoping to get them kicked off of the jury for misconduct. Here is some analysis of the story by MSNBC’s Dan AbramsAnd here is analysis of Jason’s laughable testimony by Mike Taibbi, one of the few journalists who was actually fair to MJ throughout the trial. How he was able to keep his job at MSNBC is beyond me! He must have tenure! Also, in that video they show Blanca Francia’s ugly face!

Here is an interview that William Wagener did with Tom Mesereau in December 2010, and Wagener described a chance encounter that he had with Jason Francia. Jason denied any wrongdoing by Michael, but of course he flip-flopped right on the witness stand!  Wagener’s recollection of his encounter with Jason starts at 5:48:

Here’s another example of finding a diamond ring in a pile of feces! This excerpt from “Unmasked” includes the interview of two former Neverland housekeepers who blasted Blanca Francia for lying, and vehemently defended MJ.  Halperin’s analysis of their interview is dead on! I couldn’t have said it better myself! From pages 71-72:

Meanwhile, two other former Neverland housekeepers came forward to discredit Francia’s allegations, telling CNN that the stories were made up.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” declared Shanda Lujan, who worked at Neverland for almost a year. “I mean, there’s just no way that Michael could do that. Michael’s just not that type of person.”

Francin Orosco worked for Jackson for two years and also said Jackson was incapable of the kind of behavior he was being accused of.  “I think it’s pure lies. I think it’s just pure lies. It’s disgusting what they – what they could accuse somebody of for, and I think it’s just all for money.  Michael could never do something like that. Never, ever.”

Both Orosco and Lujan claimed that Francia had actually been fired because of a bad attitude and was obsessed with the pop superstar.

“You could tell a lot that she had a little crush on him.  And very jealous of the other housekeepers and didn’t want no one close to Michael.  There was….there’s a lot of jealousy there,” said Orosco.

“He was great with kids,” added Lujan.  “I mean, you know, if….I think he would be a very good father.  I mean, he’s just wonderful with them.”  The former maids said their ranch chores involved entering Jackson’s room at times, but that they had never seen anything suspicious.

Most notable about their statements was that at the time of their interviews, each of the two women were no longer on Jackson’s payroll and were not paid for their interviews, and therefore had no incentive to lie.

Finally! There really are Neverland employees who are actually honest and have integrity!  I almost thought that the term “honest Neverland employee” was an oxymoron, until I read that interview!

Here is the testimony of attorney Kris Kallman, who represented Blanca & Jason Francia during their settlement negotiations against MJ in 1995. (When you open the link, scroll down and open the link in his name to see his testimony.) He confirms that the settlement was NOT an admission of guilt, it did NOT prevent the Francias from testifying in court (obviously!), and that there was unique language added to it to reinforce MJ’s innocence.

 

(I know that this testimony is long and monotonous, but bear with me! I wanted to include it to give readers the complete scope of Kallman’s explanation of the Francia settlement.)

Sneddon’s Direct Examination of Kris Kallman

Q. BY MR. SNEDDON: Who was the individual that

12 the Complaint was directed towards?

13 A. Mr. Jackson.

14 Q. At some point in time, did you have contact

15 with individuals who were representing Mr. Jackson

16 over the proposed filing of the criminal — of the

17 civil complaint?

18 A. Yes.

19 Q. And who did you make contact with?

20 A. Initially our contacts were with Johnnie

21 Cochran and his associate, Carl Douglas.

22 Q. Do you recall approximately when it was when

23 you first made contact with Mr. — or when contact

24 was made between you and Mr. Cochran and Mr.

25 Douglas?

26 A. It was either late ‘94 or early ‘95.

27 Q. Did you, after your conversations with those

28 individuals, file the civil lawsuit? 4953

1 A. No.

2 Q. At some point in time later, were you then

3 dealing with other lawyers with regard to the

4 proposed filing of that civil lawsuit?

5 A. Yes. At some point, Mr. Jackson’s

6 representation was assumed by a lawyer named Zia

7 Modabber, and a lawyer named Howard Weitzman.

8 Q. And do you recall approximately when it was

9 that you then began contact with those particular

10 individuals?

11 A. I believe it was in mid 1995.

12 Q. And the purpose of those contacts?

13 A. Well, the —

14 MR. MESEREAU: Objection. Vague;

15 foundation.

16 THE COURT: Overruled.

17 You may answer.

18 THE WITNESS: The purpose of the contacts

19 was that they knew that we had a Complaint that we

20 were about to file in Santa Barbara County Superior

21 Court, and they didn’t want us to do that.

22 MR. MESEREAU: Objection. Hearsay;

23 foundation.

24 THE COURT: The answer is stricken.

25 Sustained.

26 Q. BY MR. SNEDDON: As a result of the

27 conversations between these individuals, did you

28 pursue your lawsuit? 4954

1 A. Well, we never filed the lawsuit.

2 Q. Did you reach an agreement, a settlement

3 agreement?

4 A. Yes, we did.

5 Q. Did you reach a settlement agreement in

6 which Jason Francia received monetary compensation

 

7 from Mr. Jackson?

8 A. Yes, sir.

9 Q. Did you receive — did you reach an

10 agreement in which Blanca Francia received monetary

 

11 compensation from Mr. Jackson?

 

12 A. Yes, we did.

13 Q. During the time that you were

14 representing — during the time that you had

15 prepared a Complaint ready to be filed and you were

16 in contact with attorneys representing Mr. Jackson,

17 can you give the ladies and gentlemen of the jury an

18 idea of how old Jason Francia was at that particular

19 point in time?

20 A. Well, he was about 14 years old. He’s 24

21 now, as I understand it, and we’re talking about

22 things that happened just about exactly ten years

23 ago.

24 Q. And in your position as a civil litigator,

25 at the time that an individual is of minority, at

26 the age of 14, how do you deal with representing a

27 person like that?

28 A. Well, a child – 4955

1 MR. MESEREAU: Objection. Vague;

2 foundation; relevance.

3 THE COURT: Overruled.

4 You may complete your answer.

5 THE WITNESS: A child, under California law,

6 under the age of 18, is not permitted to enter into

7 a contract. I suppose he or she could, but it

8 wouldn’t be enforceable. So the only way a child

9 can act legally is through a guardian ad litem. And

10 it’s normally the parent and normally the mother.

11 Q. BY MR. SNEDDON: Was that the case in this

12 particular instance?

13 A. Yes.

14 Q. Now, during the course of the time that you

15 were involved in obtaining a settlement from Mr.

16 Jackson on behalf of the Francias, did you deal

17 personally with Jason at any time?

18 A. Yeah. Sure.

19 Q. In what respect?

20 A. Well, I knew who he was, I met with him. I

21 met with he and his mom. He was a teenaged boy, and

22 a nice young man.

23 Q. Now, at some point in time was Jason

24 required to sign some kind of documents in

25 conjunction with the settlement?

26 A. Yes. When he turned 18, part of the

27 condition was that he sign a confidentiality

28 agreement. 4956

1 Q. Now, with regard to the confidentiality —

2 and to your knowledge, did he sign that?

3 A. Yes.

4 Q. And with regard to the confidentiality

5 agreement, did it have a provision that required

 

6 notice to Mr. Jackson in the event that Jason

 

7 Francia talked to anybody?

8 MR. MESEREAU: Objection. Leading; move to

9 strike.

10 THE COURT: Overruled.

11 You may answer.

12 THE WITNESS: I believe so, yes.

13 Q. BY MR. SNEDDON: And what was the

 

14 requirement notice in the confidentiality agreement

 

15 with regard to notice to the defense?

 

16 A. I believe it’s five days.

17 Q. And were you at some point contacted by Mr.

18 Zonen of our department with regard to interviewing

19 your — Jason Francia?

20 A. Yes.

21 Q. And in that particular case, did you

22 indicate to Mr. Zonen that you would have to do

23 something before you could agree with that?

24 A. Yes.

25 Q. And what was that?

26 A. Well, I’d have to notify somebody on Mr.

 

27 Jackson’s legal staff that they wanted to talk to

 

28 him. 4957

 

1 Q. And did you do that?

 

2 A. Yeah. Yes. Excuse me.

3 Q. And did you then grant permission for Mr.

 

4 Zonen to have a conversation with your — with Jason

 

5 Francia?

 

6 A. Yes.

7 Q. Now, were you present during the

8 conversations between Jason Francia and Mr. Zonen?

9 A. I don’t think so. I think I was there, and

10 then I think I had to go to another court or

11 something like that. I don’t remember being an

12 integral part of any of those — if there was more

13 than one, I don’t even know.

14 Q. And I’m talking about the conversations that

15 occurred after you gave notice to the defense in

16 this case, or gave notice to Mr. Jackson. To your

17 knowledge, was Mr. Cannon present?

18 A. I believe so. At least for part of it.

19 Again, I’m not certain.

20 Q. Do you remember when it was that you

21 finally — the year that you finally reached a

22 settlement agreement with Mr. Jackson?

23 A. Yes. It’s been a long time. But it was a

24 big deal. And I do remember —

25 MR. MESEREAU: Objection. Nonresponsive;

26 move to strike.

27 THE COURT: The answer is stricken.

28 Nonresponsive. 4958

1 Q. BY MR. SNEDDON: Just —

2 A. Yes.

3 Q. And what year was that, approximately?

4 A. It was either ‘95 or ‘96, I believe.

Mesereau’s Cross Examination of Kris Kallman:

 

Q. Yes. Okay. Now, the prosecutor asked you

13 some questions about provisions in the settlement

14 agreement, okay? And one of the issues that was

 

15 carefully negotiated by the people representing Mr.

 

16 Jackson was that he deny any wrongdoing in that

 

17 agreement, right?

18 A. Again, the best evidence of that would be

19 what’s in the agreement. I don’t remember what’s in

20 there.

21 Q. Okay. Well, let me — the prosecutor read

22 you a provision, asked you about it.

23 Let me ask you about this: There was

24 language in that agreement that said, “The parties

 

25 acknowledge that Jackson has elected to settle the

 

26 claims solely in view of the potential impact any

 

27 litigation could have in the future on his

 

28 reputation, earnings and potential income, and not 4968

 

1 because of any alleged wrongful conduct on his

 

2 part,” right?

3 A. If you’re asking me if that’s in the

4 document, I’ll have to take your word for it. You

5 don’t need to show it to me. It sounds pretty

6 standard to me.

7 Q. The agreement further said — excuse me, let

8 me rephrase that.

9 Both agreements, the one involving Jason and

10 the one involving Blanca, his mother, both had

11 language which said, “This agreement shall not, in

 

12 any manner, be construed as an admission by Jackson

 

13 that he has acted wrongfully with respect to

 

14 Francia, Blanca, or any other person, or at all, or

 

15 that Francia or Blanca have any rights whatsoever

 

16 against Jackson or Jackson’s releasees.” Sound

17 familiar to you?

18 A. It sounds like standard language in

19 virtually every release that I deal with. But, yes,

20 it does sound familiar.

21 Q. Actually, there’s a whole separate paragraph

22 entitled, “Denial of Claims by Mr. Jackson,”

23 correct?

24 A. Don’t know.

25 Q. Would it refresh your recollection if I show

26 you a copy?

27 A. It would.

28 MR. MESEREAU: May I approach, Your Honor? 4969

1 THE COURT: Yes.

2 THE WITNESS: It does refresh my

3 recollection.

4 Q. BY MR. MESEREAU: Okay. And do you recall

5 that language being in both agreements?

6 A. I believe so, yes, sir.

7 Q. Okay. In addition to the language that I

8 have read, there’s further language which says,

9 “Jackson specifically disclaims any liability to,

 

10 and denies any wrongful acts against, Francia,

 

11 Blanca or any other person and may continue to do so

 

12 publicly, to the extent reasonably necessary, to

 

13 respond to any inquiries in this regard.” Right?

14 A. Correct.

15 Q. It said further, “The parties acknowledge

 

16 that Jackson is a public figure, and that his name,

 

17 image and likeness have commercial value and are an

 

18 important element of his earning capacity.” Right?

19 A. That’s true.

20 Q. And that language was in both settlement

21 agreements, the one involving Blanca Francia and the

22 one involving Jason Francia, correct?

23 A. I don’t remember that. I will take your

24 word for it. You don’t need to refresh my

25 recollection. It sounds like it should be or would

26 be.

27 Q. Now, Mr. Kallman, provisions in which a

28 settling party denies liability are fairly standard 4970

1 in settlement agreements, right?

2 A. True.

3 Q. But the language that I just read to the

4 jury is not standard language in a settlement

5 agreement, is it?

6 A. This is not a standard case, or was not.

7 And no, you’re right. These were carefully drafted

8 by a team of lawyers, and we agreed to the terms.

9 Q. And the reason those terms are different is

10 because Mr. Jackson is an unusual individual in

 

11 terms of his need to preserve his reputation and

 

12 public image so he can earn a living, right?

13 MR. SNEDDON: Calls for speculation on this.

14 It wasn’t drafted by him. No foundation.

15 MR. MESEREAU: I think it was drafted by

16 this witness.

17 THE COURT: All right. I’ll sustain a

18 foundation.

19 MR. MESEREAU: Okay.

20 Q. When you settled these matters – and I’m

21 talking about matters involving Michael Jackson,

22 Blanca Francia, and Jason Francia – you put in

 

23 language involving denial of claims by Mr. Jackson

 

24 that was not standard language in a typical

 

25 settlement agreement, right?

26 MR. SNEDDON: Your Honor, I’m going to

27 object to the question as lack of foundation; that

28 he put the language in there. 4971

1 THE COURT: Well, that was the foundation I

2 was looking for.

3 So I’ll allow you to answer the question as

4 long as you understand the limitations of your

5 answer.

6 THE WITNESS: Well —

7 THE COURT: If you put the language in.

8 THE WITNESS: I didn’t draft that agreement.

9 THE COURT: Okay.

10 Q. BY MR. MESEREAU: Did lawyers from your

11 office draft the agreement?

12 A. No.

13 Q. Who drafted the agreement?

14 A. Somebody in Mr. Modabber’s office, the

15 Katten, Muchin, Zavis & Weitzman firm in Century

16 City.

17 Q. Did you have any input into the language in

18 the agreement?

19 A. Only to review it. And if there was

 

20 language we found objectionable, we could strike it,

21 I suppose.

22 Q. Okay.

23 A. But they wanted that in there, and I didn’t

 

24 find it objectionable.

25 Q. Okay. Now, you made a statement, I believe,

26 in response to the prosecutor’s questions, that if

 

27 someone from law enforcement wanted to speak to your

 

28 client, you had to first notify representatives of 4972

 

1 Mr. Jackson, true?

 

2 A. True.

3 Q. That — really, that language is not in that

4 agreement, is it?

5 A. I don’t know.

6 Q. Then why would you say it?

7 A. Because that’s part — in one of the

8 agreements, I have to give notice to the defense

9 team. And I’ve given notice once to Mr. Sanger.

10 And then when I got subpoenaed on Friday, I gave

11 notice to Mr. Modabber down in Los Angeles.

12 Q. But the notice you’re supposed to give to

 

13 the defense team does not involve requests by law

 

14 enforcement to speak to your client, does it?

 

15 A. I assume that anybody from law enforcement

 

16 that wants to talk to my client, there was a

 

17 requirement to notify somebody from the defense

 

18 team.

19 Q. Nowhere in those settlement agreements is

20 there language to that effect, is there?

21 A. I have no idea.

22 MR. SNEDDON: Object as immaterial;

23 irrelevant.

24 MR. MESEREAU: The prosecutor brought it up

25 on direct, Your Honor.

26 THE COURT: The objection is overruled. And

27 the answer came in as, “I have no idea.”

28 Q. BY MR. MESEREAU: It would be against public 4973

 

1 policy for a civil litigator to put language in a

 

2 settlement agreement precluding anyone from

 

3 cooperating with law enforcement, wouldn’t it?

4 A. In my opinion, yes.

5 Q. Lawyers are not allowed to have language

6 like that in settlement agreements, right?

7 A. Wrong.

8 Q. Pardon me?

9 A. No. It’s a notice requirement. It’s not a

 

10 preclusion requirement.

In Part 2, I will discuss other athletes and entertainers who have been extorted with civil lawsuits, and analyze the media’s hypocrisy in NOT treating their settlements as signs of guilt!  I will also thoroughly discuss Janet Arvizo’s shakedown of JC Penney!

Stay Tuned!

UPDATE October 8th, 2010

Here is a story from September 1993, when MJ visited Russia for his first concert there.  It gives a timeline of events up through September 1993.  Even in the early stages of the scandal, the media was reporting that “hush money” could be paid to Evan Chandler, and this was mentioned @ 4:14.

@ 4:45 you hear Pellicano playing a tape of Rothman saying that he would be “amazed” if MJ didn’t “take this deal” because it would be a “great move” for him.

@ 5:12 you see LaToya giving a less than supportive statement about MJ’s innocence, which as we all know was only a prelude of things to come! I wonder if Jack Gordon “forced” her to say this too?

And for pure comic releif, at 5:21 you see Gloria Allred (BEFORE she cut her hair! LOL!) stating that Jordie is “ready, willing, and able” to testify, yet a few days later she was FIRED!!! (Which I described in the article.)

Finally, @ 7:30 the reporter quoted the LAPD as saying that they “won’t be bullied into prosecuting Jackson!!”.  We all know that was a total farce, especially with the desperate attempt that Garcetti made to have the law changed so that he could FORCE Jordie to testify!  He was so desperate to prosecute Jackson that he didn’t HAVE to be bullied!




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  1. November 6, 2015 3:26 pm

    Reblogged this on teammichaeljackson.

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  2. Dialdancer permalink
    May 6, 2011 5:23 am

    You cannot have it both ways. When something is going on the Fans scream when the family says nothing and when they do and the interview is a setup or is manipulated later to make them look bad the Fans says they should be quiet. Katherine Jackson is Michael’s mother, not me nor you, she has the right if she chose to express her feelings of loss over her child. I bet the family is more aware of what we are doing for Michael than we are the things they do to defend him. You really only have to pay attention to the articles written on Michael’s interviews to see what most journalist and commentators are going to do to him. If Michael with 40 years in the spotlight could not get a break what makes you think his mother who until recently was seen, but rarely heard is going to get one?

    The resulting RadarOnLine article was decent, but did anyone notice there were only 2 or 3 pages of comments and most were the usual spew. I tried make an online comment to praise the writer and correct an offender, but there wasn’t place for making a comment.

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  3. ares permalink
    May 5, 2011 12:07 pm

    @Shelly
    -I don’t believe Mesereau lied, I just like to know what they really had to say.-

    Well because that is slightly impossible you either going to take T.Mez word or continue to have doubts about the relationship between Mike and Jordan. No one can assure you about everything in the 1993 case exept if you track down those people and ask them one by one.

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  4. shelly permalink
    May 5, 2011 5:41 am

    I don’t believe Mesereau lied, I just like to know what they really had to say.

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  5. lcpledwards permalink
    May 5, 2011 4:43 am

    Shelly, here is a quote from Mesereau at the Frozen In Time seminar last September regarding Jordan Chandler:

    The fourth one never showed up, and if he had, I think we were armed pretty well to deal with him. And that’s Larry Feldman’s client. There are lot of other issues that go into that case that I don’t have time to talk about. But let’s just say that I had a lot of information to go after him on, not to mention the profit motive: “Why do you take money and not go to the police and prosecute? Particularly, if you’re a family member, do you prefer to take money instead of having police and prosecutors go after you criminally?” What does that tell you about the situation?”

    You can read it here https://vindicatemj.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/transcript-of-“frozen-in-time-a-riveting-behind-the-scenes-view-of-the-michael-jackson-cases”-part-5/, or you can just download the video from the blogroll and watch it, if you haven’t done so already.

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  6. May 5, 2011 4:14 am

    It isn’t fair to say it’s a “rumour,” a rumour would be someone like me online randomly telling people that these people were prepared to do that. TMez said it and we know of Zohny. And I know people don’t believe her, but Geraldine Hughes also said it back then too, before anyone else did.

    In the context of all of Jordan’s actions, from the FBI report in October 2004 saying he wouldn’t testify “against” MJ to Ray saying he was out of the country and then Jordan showing up grinning on the slopes of Nevada during the trial to Evan trying to kill him within a couple of months after the trial to Evan killing himself after MJ died and nobody showing up, I believe it’s safe to assume that this is true.

    A rumour I’ll attach on to this which I cannot prove – I heard MJ knew about Jordie recanting.

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  7. Teva permalink
    May 5, 2011 3:22 am

    I don’t believe Mez is lying after all he had his own private investigators who probably found these people.

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  8. shelly permalink
    May 5, 2011 3:17 am

    @lcpledwards

    I know there were several people who were ready to testify against Jordan but we don’t know what they had to say and wha would have been the result of their cross examination by Sneddon.

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  9. May 5, 2011 2:44 am

    @ Shelly,

    Tom Mesereau stated at the Harvard Law seminar that he had witnesses who went to college with Jordan Chandler that would’ve testified that Jordan admitted that the allegations were false. And that he hated his parents, and would never speak to them again.

    Do you think Thomas Mesereau was lying?

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  10. lcpledwards permalink
    May 5, 2011 2:16 am

    @ Shelly
    There were NUMEROUS people who were willing to testify against Jordan if he had testified against MJ. Many of them were people who knew him at college, where he played MJ’s music at his parties and danced like him. It wasn’t just Josie Zohnie; there were many others, and this isn’t just some “rumor”.

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  11. Anna permalink
    May 5, 2011 1:24 am

    @lcpledwards

    Thank you for addressing this interview with Katherine. I respect Katherine dearly as a mother who is still grieving over his son’s death and the awful things done to him while he was alive. However, the way she defends him is ineffective. At the very least she is a mother who will defend her son no matter what. I only wish she realized the inaccurate info hurts the vindication efforts more than it does help. To make myself clear I’m not judging her for it or criticizing her, I know she has a lot on her plate. I’m just acknowledging the situation for what it is and I must say God bless her for trying.

    I commend you for pointing out her errors in her well intentioned defense of Michael. I think it’s important for everyone involved in vindication efforts to be able to point out when something is inaccurate regardless of where the information is coming from. Whether it’s from Michael’s mother, family or friends.

    I discussed this concept with fans at another forum and they didn’t seem to see the harm in what she was doing. I tried to point out that I wasn’t criticizing her but merely pointing out that her information was inaccurate. They all said of course she should say he’s innocent and they all thought it was fine with what she said to prove that. I argued (civilly of course) that while I think her intentions were good the inaccurate info could give the false impression that the argument to prove Michael’s innocence is weak, based on emotion and inaccurate info when in actuality there is much stronger more reliable info based on facts revealed in court and other reliable sources.

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  12. ares permalink
    May 5, 2011 12:18 am

    Thank you David. My first impression on the comment was somewhat different. By the way I have heard too that Jordan was defending MJ and that he spend time on MJ board discussing about him. And we know that there were people in 2005 ready to defend him on the court and say that Jordan had told them that Mike never touched him.

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  13. shelly permalink
    May 5, 2011 12:04 am

    @lcpledward

    How do we know Jordan defended MJ, I think it’s just a rumor. We don’t even know what Josie Zohnie really had to say about that.

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  14. lcpledwards permalink
    May 4, 2011 11:48 pm

    @ Chris
    Yes, the lawyers might have “advised” him to settle, but ultimately the insurance carrier had the final say in the settlement (since they would be paying), and he was forced to settle. However, I believe he paid the Francia settlement himself, since they never filed a lawsuit (they only threatened to), and MJ chose the lesser of 2 evils by settling. If he fought that in civil court, everyone would say “Here we go again! Where there’s smoke, there’s fire!” and it would have ruined the sales of HIStory, which is when they were threatening to file the lawsuit (early 1995).

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  15. Teva permalink
    May 4, 2011 11:47 pm

    @Gigi,

    “I don’t understand. Is it maybe because this horrible ordeal was so close to the family emotionally that they don’t know/see all of the intricate details of what was/is really going on?”

    I think it is more primal than that, MJ was blood. He was son and brother maybe they just know he could never be guilty.

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  16. Chris permalink
    May 4, 2011 10:40 pm

    @ David
    Your 2nd point is concerning although I do think in part she is right about lawyers telling MJ to settle. Why on earth LMP and Elizabeth Taylor and Sony all decided to get THEIR lawyers involved is beyond my understanding far to many cooks.

    On your 1st point there was a rumour that J Chandler had met MJ’s family and confessed to them. I heard it ages ago long before back checking sources.
    However if she said an article that is a big mistake. I remember seeing it and it is so fake!

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  17. May 4, 2011 10:16 pm

    The family should really take the time to read the information about these cases so they are equipped. They are able to have a platform through the media quicker than anyone else. They need to be able to state the facts of what happened and how all the players who falsely accused MJ are interconnected.

    I don’t understand. Is it maybe because this horrible ordeal was so close to the family emotionally that they don’t know/see all of the intricate details of what was/is really going on?

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  18. lcpledwards permalink
    May 4, 2011 9:14 pm

    @ ares
    I think the person who wrote that is trying to say that Katherine deserves the dignity and respect of a mother who is mourning, and shouldn’t be “judged” by people who haven’t walked a mile in her shoes. The people who will watch that interview and inevitably say things like “Oh, she’s such a bad mother! How can she raise her son to be so weird and bizarre? Why didn’t she make him get psychiatric counseling? Why did she let Joe abuse him? Why didn’t she tell him to stop getting plastic surgery and bleaching his skin? Why didn’t she do this? Why didn’t she do that?

    People love to judge her like that, especially here in America.

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  19. ares permalink
    May 4, 2011 9:01 pm

    The title of this post says it all : Media hypocricy. How can they pick on Katherine’s interview or judge her respond on the matter when they are equally clueless, if not more, on the subject of the allegations,when they have lied and continue to do so for profits ?

    -Whatever her mistakes, however wrong she might be at any given moment, Katherine Jackson is a mother who lost her son. – I didn’t understand this. Can someone explain to me what it means.

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  20. May 4, 2011 6:37 pm

    VIDEO: Katherine Jackson Cites Unconfirmed Article Exonerating Michael Jackson’s Molestation Charges

    May 4, 2011 02:07 PM ET
    by Rich Juzwiak

    Katherine Jackson, the matriarch of the Jackson family, appeared on Wednesday’s Today show to discuss her daily attendance of the preliminary hearing for Dr. Conrad Murray’s upcoming manslaughter trial over the death of Michael Jackson.
    At around the 3:20 mark of the video below, she discusses the molestation allegations her son faced, deeming them “the biggest lie that’s ever been told.” She claims that the first accuser, Jordan Chandler, eventually confessed that he lied about the molestation for his father’s financial gain. She seems to cite an article that circulated a few years ago in the wake of Michael’s death, in which Chandler is quoted as having said, “I can’t bare [sic] to lie anymore. Michael Jackson didn’t do anything to me, all was my father’s lies to escape from being poor.” Because the sole source of this article was a virtually unknown website that no longer exists, it is widely regarded as false.

    Her clinging on to a document of questionable veracity, though, is a symbol of her motherly unconditional love. If her talking about the molestation is the newsiest bit of this interview, the most human is what happens directly afterward when Matt Lauer asks what she misses about Michael. “I just miss him period,” she explains. “I miss his voice. I miss his singing. Sometimes when we were around, he’d start to sing and he’d end the song and I want to ask him sometimes to sing it again, because I just loved his voice.” That is such a mom thing to say. Whatever her mistakes, however wrong she might be at any given moment, Katherine Jackson is a mother who lost her son. Try arguing with that.

    http://www.tvguide.com/News/Katherine-Jackson-Michael-Molestation-1032677.aspx

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  21. Suzy permalink
    May 4, 2011 6:28 pm

    @ David

    It saddens me how little Michael’s own family knows about the cases and how misinformed they are! Now wonder they aren’t effective in defending him.

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  22. May 4, 2011 6:14 pm

    David, I have already sent Matt Lauer my 1993 so he won’t ask stupid questions again

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  23. lcpledwards permalink
    May 4, 2011 6:04 pm

    Katherine Jackson recently granted an interview to Matt Lauer of The Today Show, and while it was a good interivew overall, she made a major error that she’s lucky that Lauer didn’t challenge her on.

    At the 3:10 mark, she spoke about how the molestation claims were the biggest lies ever told against MJ, and then she went on to mention an “article” written about Jordan’s “retraction” of his claims. This is obviously a reference to those internet hoax articles that were written shortly after MJ died where Jordan allegedly “apologized” to MJ and blamed his father.

    While Jordan has certainly defended MJ in private to his friends for many years, until he publiclly announces his retraction in a major TV interview, and writes a book about it, any “retractions” he gives are irrelevant and worthless. And please don’t EVER use those articles as a sign of “proof” that MJ was innocent, as Katherine naively did in this interview. I know she means well, and wants to defend her son, but she doesn’t realize how much she undermines our hard work and exposes herself to serious challenges when she mentions those fake confession articles.

    For example, Lauer could have asked Katherine if she heard directly from Jordan, and she would have said “no”, and then he could have asked her how can she be so sure that he really confessed to lying if she didn’t hear it directly from him? He could have said “You of all people should know that you can’t believe everything you read about someone on the internet, especially after all of the things written about MJ“.

    Lauer then went on to ask why a settlement was made if MJ was innocent (which is a fair question from someone who has never studied the case, but NOT from a seasoned journalist who should have researched the question himself before the interview!). Katherine made the biggest mistake any person could make when answering: she said that MJ was told by his lawyers to pay because he was on tour, and he should just “SHUT THE PEOPLE UP“!! Oh my gosh, I almost fell out of my seat when she said that! Haters are gonna pounce on that and say that it is “proof” that the settlement was “hush money”!

    One of the biggest misconceptions about settlement is that MJ 1) offered the money, 2) paid the money, and 3) the money “bought” the silence of the Chandlers. I wrote this 2 part series in order to dispel those 3 myths, so if you haven’t done so already, please read both parts and gain a thorough understanding of the settlement. You can also read this post from MJJ Justice Project as well for more info: http://mjjjusticeproject.wordpress.com/2011/02/13/1993-payout-plain-and-simple/

    Here is the link to Katherine’s interview:
    http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/42894699

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  24. Dialdancer permalink
    February 27, 2011 3:51 am

    In case I did not say it on this site Orth is a joke. No really she is. That article? was the poorest I’ve seen in a very long time. It is so obvious until I doubt even her usual readers will take note. She might as well have started with Michael Jackson….Michael Jackson…..Michael Jackson…..look…..look Look at me, pay attention to me I have to do something to get attention so I am using Michael Jackson to get it. If she worked in the Peace Corps ever I feel for those to whom she was to bring aid and understanding. There is always a racial undertone to her stories on Blacks of note that is and has always been a part of her personality. I am sure with that attribute she was a terrific representative for the Corps.

    There is a certain desperation setting in with the female scavengers from the past and it is showing.

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  25. Susan permalink
    February 27, 2011 12:53 am

    Hi again David:

    Your`e welcome. No rush! Please take your time.

    I look forward to all your amazing reporting. Thank you!

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  26. lcpledwards permalink
    February 27, 2011 12:35 am

    @ Susan
    Thanks! I do indeed plan to rebut all of her Vanity Fair articles in due time, but I’m so backlogged with other, more important MJ projects that I had to but it on the backburner. Most of her trash has already been refuted, such as Jordan’s description matching, and MJ “paying off” the Chandlers and Francias. But I will get to her eventually!

    For her to mention MJ and Arianna Huffington in a self-aggrandizing article about her charitable work is a sign of her class, or lack therof!

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  27. Susan permalink
    February 27, 2011 12:23 am

    Hi David:

    I believe you said that at some point you will be publishing some information on Maureen Orth.

    Here is an op-ed piece she did for the LA Times on February 25, 2011 about her experience in the Peace Corps; yet, she still has to insert Michael’s name in a very negative manner when it is totally irrelevant to her topic (about the 5th paragraph down). I truly think that many of these so-called “journalists” are either mentally disturbed or they are infested with so much hate that they cannot see or think straight.

    The comments are great though.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-orth-peacecorps-20110225,0,3388477.story

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  28. lcpledwards permalink
    February 26, 2011 2:59 pm

    Here is the video of Mesereau’s Sept. 2004 press conference on MJ’s settlements! I added it to the article as well!

    http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/attorney-jackosn-is-innocent/6rngefg

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  29. lcpledwards permalink
    February 7, 2011 7:59 am

    Update! NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin recently settled the frivolous $100 million dollar sexual assault lawsuit that was filed against him in Feb. 2010. He also agreed to drop his defamation counter suit against his accuser. Gee, I guess that means he was guilty of sexual assault, right? LOL!

    Here’s a quick recap of the accuser’s story, straight from this article:

    The woman filed a lawsuit Feb. 4 in Broward County Circuit Court seeking unspecified damages for a sexual assault that allegedly occurred July 4 or 5, 2007, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. The Broward State Attorney’s office reported almost a year ago that it would not file charges.

    The incident was reported to Seminole tribal police on July 20, 2007, but the woman later signed a waiver of prosecution, according to tribe officials.

    The Broward State Attorney’s office had been investigating the claims, but a spokesman said there was no physical evidence because the woman waited more than two weeks to report the incident.

    Irvin’s attorney, Larry Friedman of Dallas, said last year that Irvin was approached by the woman’s lawyer shortly before Irvin was to appear on last season’s “Dancing With The Stars” competition. Irvin was told he must pay the woman $1 million, according to Friedman, or a lawsuit would be filed to coincide with the Super Bowl, which was being played Feb. 7, 2010 in Miami.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/dallas/nfl/news/story?id=6069382

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  30. October 27, 2010 4:10 pm

    “It will be interesting to see if Dr. Murray’s civil lawsuits are delayed until after the criminal trial is over.”

    David, I think that even Dr. Murrey should not be put to the terrible disadvantage they subjected Michael to by allowing a civil case come before the criminal one.

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  31. lcpledwards permalink
    October 24, 2010 4:43 am

    Guess what guys? Dr. Conrad Murray’s insurance carrier is trying to avoid having to pay the legal fees of his civil lawsuits because they involved alleged criminal wrongdoing, and the policy doesn’t cover incidents involving general anesthesia!

    Ironically, Dr. Murray is in the same position that MJ was in, because he is facing simultaneous criminal and civil trials! So his attorneys are trying to have the civil cases delayed until AFTER the criminal trail is finished so that his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination!

    “We believe Medicus is wrong on the facts and wrong on the law,” Murray’s attorney, Charles Peckham, said Wednesday. “We believe there should be coverage.”

    Peckham asked the judge in a court filing Monday to delay the case until after the criminal matter is decided, arguing that defending it would violate the doctor’s Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.

    “He simply can’t engage in this kind of case,” Peckham said, adding that coverage Murray applied for, and the insurer initially accepted, would have covered all the claims.

    Insurance companies don’t settle for criminal claims, so the fact that they are trying to avoid insuring Dr. Murray means that they believe he was innocent. Conversley, they paid out MJ’s settlement based on “global claims of negligence”, and allowed MJ to insert language that emphatically denied any criminal wrongdoing, so they obviously believed in his innocence.

    It will be interesting to see if Dr. Murray’s civil lawsuits are delayed until after the criminal trial is over.

    http://www.pollstar.com/blogs/news/archive/2010/10/21/744736.aspx

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  32. Dialdancer permalink
    October 21, 2010 1:31 am

    ““Well, if he’s that innocent, then why should it matter if the DA’s know his defense strategy? He should have just told the truth and he would’ve been acquitted, right?” This is what MJ (and many of us) would have naively thought, but as we all know the justice system is not perfect, and MJ couldn’t afford to have his defense strategy exposed to Sneddon or Garcetti! ‘

    The reason Sneddon changed the dates of the alleged molestion of Gavin is because they gave away a key piece of information before it could be properly used. They told Sneddon that the initial molestation could not have taken place when alleged and that Michael had an ironclad alibi for that time. SO HE CHANGED THE DATES.!!!!!!!

    Who know if they had waited and used that information at the right time and publicly there may have not been a case.

    If you’ve read any of the trial documents or even sat in during the planning of legal strategy then you have an idea how important it is to keep how you are going to approach the case and by what means you intend to show the Defendent is either innocent or guilty quiet. This is from William Wagners takes from the LACBS seminar on the 2005. It briefly talks about T. Mes strategy for witnesses.

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  33. Olga permalink
    October 20, 2010 7:43 pm

    David, is there any direct link for the CNN transcripts about the 2 former Neverland maids?

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  34. October 15, 2010 3:22 pm

    Lynette, thank you for the article about Latoya – it is clearing up a few things about her. The Phillipino couple who worked for Michael (and later accused him) said that all the members of the Jackson family were welcome at Neverland except LaToya – she was never invited there – and that was even before any allegations started. Michael evidently knew his sister too well.

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  35. anonymous permalink
    October 15, 2010 11:53 am

    And Part Three.

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  36. anonymous permalink
    October 15, 2010 11:52 am

    Here is Part Two

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  37. anonymous permalink
    October 15, 2010 11:51 am

    I don’t know if you have heard this. It’s an interview with Charles Thomson. Is very interesting and he talks about the things that the media won’t.

    Part One

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  38. lynande51 permalink
    October 15, 2010 12:08 am

    I thought I might clear up a little business for Latoya. Here is an article that explains why she might have said what she did in 1993.it is not at all what you think:
    Michael Jackson’s parents Joseph and Katherine say: ‘Latoya is still lying – there are people trying to destroy our son … we love him.’ (Cover Story)
    Date: January 10, 1994 Publication: Jet Author: Johnson, Robert E.
    Although lies may harm the reputation, they cannot hurt the character. Lies are opinions–what others think of you. Character is a fact–what you are.
    Michael Jackson’s parents Joseph and Katherine Jackson understand the difference. That is why they are seething with anger as they watch TV and personalities of the press prod people–many of them pretenders–to come forward and say anything that purports to support charges that their megastar son sexually molested a 13-ear-old boy as alleged in a lawsuit filed by the boy’s father.
    “We’re out here fighting them!” the father of the “King of Rock, Pop and Soul” said upon answering JET’s recent long distance conference call to the family’s mansion in Encino, CA.
    He said, “There are people trying to destroy our son … We love him and we support him.”
    Echoes of recent angry accusations by LaToya, the daughter whose career as a recording artist was launched by Joseph and her first album, LaToya, produced by Michael (JET, July 31, 1980), still reverberated in the mind of her mother.
    Tempering her remarks that ranged from rage to resentment to compassion, Mrs. Jackson said: “I’m going to tell you something which was never brought out and all these people know it–especially these White people. That’s not LaToya talking. That is Jack Gordon (LaToya’s husband) … I think he has brainwashed LaToya and when LaToya gets up there (on TV) she is like a crazy person. She is not the same girl.”
    Her husband agreed and allowed: “He’s manipulating her and he’s doing everything he possibly can to get into her family and keep the family all messed up… All these accusations she’s making never happened. None of this. That’s why we didn’t understand it … It’s like a different LaToya,” he said in referring to the TV interviews she gave in Israel and in a TV interview with “Today” co-host Katie Couric.
    With apparent sadness but with conviction, Mrs. Jackson asserted: “What that I think is this. He has brainwashed LaToya because I know what she is saying is not true. Other people out there don’t know this, but I know.” She continues: “It’s just hard to take when you got a daughter out there saying these things. People will say, ~Well, she is part of the family and she’s not going to lie on the family.’ But my daughter is out there lying. I think that she thinks she is telling the truth because she has been so manipulated and brainwashed.”
    Joseph hastily stated that he has good reasons to agree with his wife’s assessment of the man they tried to persuade LaToya not to marry. “This guy has got a record a mile long,” he said referring to law enforcement reports of Gordon’s criminal activities. Even when he beat LaToya (JET, May 10, 1993) and made headlines, she refused to press charges against him. Instead, she continued her verbal assault against her family, accusing Mrs. Jackson of remaining silent about her (LaToya’s) claims that both Joseph and Michael are child abusers.
    Neither abused children, Mrs. Jackson emphasized. “And for LaToya to get out there and say that I called him (Michael) a faggot was ridiculous. That made me so upset, I told Joseph if I could have gotten to her I would have slapped her down for telling a lie like that on me … Michael is not gay and she knows that, too!”
    Mrs. Jackson recalled: “Latoya was 32 years old when she left home, and if things were going on like that why didn’t she leave? She could have left when she got 17 or 18 years old.”
    It still bothers Mrs. Jackson when she thinks of, perhaps, LaToya’s unkindest accusation. In a recent interview, LaToya insists that if her mother “were to tell the truth, Michael would drop everything and she would probably be out on the street.” (JET, Dec. 27-Jan. 3, 1994).
    The truth is that the mansion is a gift from Michael to his mother, but it almost became the property of LaToya. Mrs. Jackson explains:
    Although the deed to the mansion was in her name, she was advised that a lawsuit against Joseph could put the property in jeopardy if he lost the court action. Under California property laws, he would be considered owner of half of the property. So Mrs. Jackson quitclaimed the deed to LaToya with an understanding that she would quitclaim the property back to her when the case was settled.
    “She never gave it back,” Mrs. Jackson confided. “And when I asked her about it, she stated that she wouldn’t return it because “you all aren’t treating Jack right. The man can’t even walk down the street. He’s looking back thinking that you all are trying to kill him.”
    However, when the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently placed a lien against the deed to collect $473,000, neither LaToya nor her husband Jack could pay the bill. “Michael bailed her out of trouble. He paid the taxes and took back the deed,” Mrs. Jackson said.
    The fact that Michael had returned the property to his mother as a gift caused her to wonder why LaToya told the media that she was only defending Michael–along with Joseph and their son, Jermaine–because they feared that he was “going to throw us in the streets.”
    While that accusation hurt, it was nothing like the pain Mrs. Jackson said she suffered once in a telephone call from LaToya. “She called me up one day and she was screaming and hollering,” Mrs. Jackson recalled. LaToya had never done me like this because I taught my children (Maureen, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, LaToya, Michael, Janet and Randy) to respect us, not to talk back or nothing.” She yelled, ~This is the most low-down, dirty family that I have ever seen in my life. As far as I am concerned, I have no family. I’m sick of you. I’m sick of Joseph. I’m sick of Janet and Michael. And as far as I am concerned nobody cares nothing about me but Jack.’ And then she hung up.”
    That call came before LaToya’s husband Jack was charged with two counts of second-degree assault after allegedly hitting her with a dining room chair in New York City. He was released on his own recognizance after telling the court he undergoes cancer treatment at Mount Sinai Hospital five days a week (JET, May 10).
    “I’m going to tell you the truth,” Mrs. Jackson declared. “My daughter has gotten so ridiculous, I don’t even want to look at her anymore. I cry every time I see her because she has no life now. He (Jack) has taken everything away from her. It is not her and I know it is not her. And it hurts me to see her out there doing this. I excuse her for everything she has done and said because it is not her. This man has taken her mind, taken her life, she is crazy. Excuse me, I can’t talk about it any more.” There was a short pause.
    The moment that she regained her composure, Mrs. Jackson bared other grievances. She resents published reports that actress Elizabeth Taylor replaces her as Michael’s mother. “It seems like it. Don’t it? She comes out on television all the time saying things and at the same time, Michael’s entourage is telling me not to say anything,” Mrs. Jackson revealed.
    She said that she, too, was overseas during her son’s darkest hours and greatest pain before he recently abandoned his worldwide concert tour to check into a treatment center for abusing pain killer drugs. He attributed the drug abuse to the stress of a claim that he sexually molested a 13-year-old boy.
    “Michael is not guilty,” she said of the charge which has brought out a barrage of bashers in both print and broadcast media. “All those people coming forward to accuse Michael of abusing children are being paid off,” she said with certainty.
    “I talked with Michael,” she said. “And you know what, Michael was more concerned about me than himself. And he said, ~Mother, I am not worried because I didn’t do that.’ He told me, ~I don’t want you to worry because I need you around…'”
    Mrs. Jackson said she was more concerned about her son’s career than the abuse charges. “It seems to me that the attacks were planned, she insists. “They waited until he got out of town (as the concert kicked off). And then people started the attacks … These people are trying to destroy our son … I don’t mean murder.” She was talking about character assassination.
    Michael’s father Joseph also wonders out loud why did the media “start tripping” on Michael as the concert was drawing record-breaking crowds and preparing his fans to go out and buy his just-released, 112-minute video, Michael Jackson Dangerous: The Short Films.
    Joseph, like many of his son’s supporters from every walk of life, suspects that the abuse charges were timed to overshadow the messages from Michael about healing the world and saving the children.
    West Coast Regional Director of the NAACP Shannon F. Reeves called a press conference in Los Angeles to voice the organization’s support of Jackson.
    Reeves said: “Mr. Jackson is being tried and convicted in the press. In the United States, a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty … If Mr. Jackson is convicted, it should be in the courtroom, not the newsroom.” Some Los Angeles TV stations, he pointed out, have given the first 10 minutes of the half-hour newscast to reports on Michael Jackson.

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  39. October 14, 2010 10:09 am

    “at the end all the prosecution could do was showing him porn magazines and art books and ask him what he thinks of those.”

    And let me point out too that all the three witnesses – Wade Robson, Macualey Culkin and Brett Barnes – were amazed to find out during their testimonies in 2005 that Michael had any porn magazines (though they didn’t think anything bad about it). They simply had never seen these magazines in Michael’s home when they were children! Which makes all these stories about “grooming” them or anyone at all absolutely ridiculous.

    See the transcripts of their testimonies – such an amazement cannot be feigned…

    P.S. The link to the transcripts is in the blogroll, in the ‘deargavinarvizo site’: http://deargavinarvizo.com/2009/11/the-transcripts/

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  40. Suzy permalink
    October 14, 2010 9:15 am

    BTW, Sneddon even wanted to introduce the lyrics to “Morphine” as evidence. No joke! To prove that Michael was a drug addict. Whether he was or wasn’t, what does that have to do with anything? He wasn’t on trial for drugs.

    It was clearly just a lame attempt to prejudice the jury into thinking MJ was a low-life druggie and as such we can imagine anything else of him as well. But drug addiction or problems have nothing to do with p-lia. Most p-les will look like respectable, “good citizens” from the outside – many of them are even high profile professors, as we know.

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  41. Suzy permalink
    October 14, 2010 9:01 am

    @ Dialdancer

    “A parade of witnesses testified they saw the singer putting his hands in inappropriate places on the bodies of five different boys, actor Macaulay Culkin among them, but jurors heard nothing about two of the boys. Prosecutors say Jackson “groomed” the two with special attention, but the judge denied the evidence because no witnesses actually saw Jackson touch them.”

    Which “two boys”? The only one who didn’t show up of that five was Jordan Chandler. Three testified for the defense (of course they don’t mention this) and the fourth was Jason Francia.

    “But the judge ruled that the dollar amounts the boys and their families received, about $20 million and $2.4 million, respectively, would not be divulged.”

    Keep up the lying. It was 15 million. Ask Diane!

    “Celebrity character witnesses
    The defense’s star-studded witness list promised appearances from such Jackson pals as Elizabeth Taylor, Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross. But prosecutors threatened to conduct the same kind of pornography showdown with these celebs that choreographer Wade Robson endured.”

    Wade did well and yeah, at the end all the prosecution could do was showing him porn magazines and art books and ask him what he thinks of those. LOL. Are CNN saying that’s all the prosecution would have had against the testimonies of Taylor, Wonder and Ross as well? Wouldn’t surprise me. LOL. But I doubt the defense felt “threatened” by it. (Why would they feel threatened by the prosecution showing porn magazines and art books those the jury have already seen all over again?) Probably they just didn’t feel those testimonies important as the case progressed.

    “They also threatened to introduce evidence that Jackson shared his bed with children while addicted to Demerol”

    Well, they found Michael’s underwear with a drop of blood which contained Demerol. How on Earth does that have to do with anything, I don’t know. First off, how would they prove from one drop of blood that Michael was addicted to Demerol? Second, how would they prove that he ha had kids in his room while being under the influence? And lastly, how would they prove that being under influence means he molested them? Whether Michael had a problem with Demerol or anything was simply irrelevant in this case, that’s why the judge didn’t allow in that evidence. The case was not about to determine whether Michael had a problem with drugs or not.

    “and that LaToya Jackson once stated she saw a $1 million payment in hush money to one boy’s family. The defense opted to pare down its list.”

    Oh, again I can see how threatened the defense must have felt by that! LOL. They simply would have called LaToya on the stand who would had told the whole story now about Jack Gordon and all.

    You are right, Dialdancer, this is ALL the media and haters have! Pathetic.

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  42. Dialdancer permalink
    October 14, 2010 6:34 am

    While searching for household items this dropped into my lap. CNN was running a series of articles and stories which came from their competitor Court TV. It seems this particular story ran just after the trial and then ran again on 31 Dec 2007!!!!!!! I will have to check MJ’s timeline to see if this republished article coincides with any major he had planned.

    It is called “What the jury did not hear” Should have read “All the Media had to say”

    http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2008/court.tv/

    It think some will find the subsequent pages interesting.

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  43. Suzy permalink
    October 11, 2010 5:49 am

    Thanks, Beatriz.

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  44. Beatriz permalink
    October 11, 2010 5:36 am

    @Suzy, the article you mention at Smoking Gun is back there.🙂

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  45. Beatriz permalink
    October 11, 2010 5:35 am

    @Suzy, the article you mention about the Smoking Gun is there. I just saw it.🙂

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  46. lcpledwards permalink
    October 8, 2010 8:22 pm

    Hey guys, this is URGENT! I found a video interview of Latoya on the Today Show with Katie Couric, shot a day or two after her infamous press conference! This should put to end the nonsense that she “didn’t know what she was doing” and only “read the script that was given to her”!! She continually DEFENDED everything she said at the press conference, and attacked the family as leeches who supported MJ in order to stay in his good graces!

    She kept referring to the “hush money checks” from 1984 that she claimed that Katherine showed to her, and that Katherine called MJ a gay slur on numerous occasions! And she actually says it in the interview too!

    I never believed Latoya’s excuse about being completely ignorant of what she would say at that press conference, but I also have another video of her in Sept. 1993 doubting MJ’s innocence (which I added to the settlements article). She should have just been honest and said that she did it to get money from the tabloids! I guess we’re supposed to believe that Jack Gordon had armed thugs pointing AK-47s at her while she did this interview!

    But as I said before, MJ and the family forgave her, it’s dead and buried, and that’s all that matters. But still, if she was my sister, me and her would have to have a looooooonnngggg talk……………………

    BTW, the user who posted this video has a lot of MJ news clips from 1993, so I’ll go through them and let you know what I found!

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  47. lcpledwards permalink
    October 8, 2010 7:30 pm

    Hey guys, I added an update to both part 1 and part 2 with new videos from September 1993 that give a timeline of events, and also illustrate how celebrities are targets of extortion all of the time!

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  48. jess permalink
    September 26, 2010 12:04 am

    I saw a hilariously hypocritical interview with one of the many Michael detractors Sonny Hostin on HLN last year. She was covering one of Dr. Murray’s hearings and the show anchor asked her if she was surprised by the protesting fans outside of the court room. Sonny replied saying something to the effect of “I was. Clearly this was someone who was loved *pauses* loved by the world.

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  49. Suzy permalink
    September 25, 2010 8:35 pm

    Strange how documents regarding the allegations (both cases) against Michael keep disappearing from The Smoking Gun. I wonder what’s going on.

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  50. visitor permalink
    September 25, 2010 8:23 pm

    I have posted the link of Wich Hunt under another thread and I have seen it. It’s a great documentary. All the grand jury transcripts are no longer in smoking gun but they were there last time I checked which was July this year. Thank God I had already saved Arvizos’ ridiculus testimonies and some others but a few people are missing from my archive. Does anyone have them all?

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  51. pez permalink
    September 25, 2010 7:01 pm

    GREAT post!! I really learn a lot from reading this blog.

    Off topic: Demon Dimond was on The View on June 25.2010 spreading more of her poison. Does she ever get tired of her own lies. She always referring to her “sources in the Jackson family”. What sources is she talking about. There are NONE. Michael is DEAD, yet these people refuse to stop their filthy slanderous muck-raking. When will it end. It’s especially disgusting when they fain sympathy “poor Katherine bless her heart” YUCK. NO GOOD will come to these people for what they did to Michael. They all will suffer in the end.

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  52. September 25, 2010 5:21 pm

    Suzy and Visitor

    I just watched the trailer for “Witch Hunt” it is interesting and very familiar. When they showed a clip of the DA speaking to the reporter at the end of the trailer. He had a creepy smirk on his face.

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  53. Suzy permalink
    September 25, 2010 3:20 pm

    This looks like an interesting new movie by Sean Penn: http://witchhuntmovie.com/about.html

    And familiar to all of us here…..

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  54. Suzy permalink
    September 25, 2010 1:28 pm

    I wanted to read Janet Arvizo’s grand jury testimony and followed a ling to the Smoking Gun website for it: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/inside-michael-jackson-grand-jury

    When you click on the actual testimony, it says “page not found”. Hm.

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  55. lynande51 permalink
    September 24, 2010 4:46 pm

    I think it is time for me to clear up a couple of things. When The Truth posted yes another piece of information from Ray Chandlers original ATG site it sitmulated me into action. There seems to be so many descrepencies about what is what legally, let me answer a few questions. Stockholm Syndrome is found in anyone who is held captive for extended periods of time, that would include battered wives and victims of child abuse, regardless of whether or not the abuse was sexual, physical or emotional. What happens is they begin to feel empathy for their captors. That said one more thing that needs to be cleared up more quickly than I thought. Michael Jackson’s lawsuit against Victor Gutierrez was for slander, liable and defamation. When Michael won his liable case against Victor what he won was the fact that it could be proven or was considered to be by a judge and jury that Victor had lied about Michael Jackson. It did not matter what means he used to do it whether it was the radio, television or a book, this man could not write or say certain things about Michael Jackson that were proven to be false. This would be anything he said or wrote in regard to knowledge that Michael Jackson had committed a crime against a child. In other words Victor Gutierrez could not prove it with a tape because the tape did not exist,he could not write it in a book because his source did not exist i.e. the diary of Jordan Chandler. So if Victor wrote the book saying that something was fact that could not be proven he was again liable for his writing the liablity covered Victor not a tape or book those were just evidence of his liablity/slander/defamation. Bottom line is the judge and jury both found that Victor lied about Michael in a way that could damage him personally and professionally so he was awarded 2.7 million dollars in a settlement. Though it is not “banned” in the US for sale it is not copyrighted in the US and the US and Chile do not have a copyright agreement. However a publisher that prints and distributes the book in the US could also found to be liable because Victor was found liable because they would be disseminating proven false information t o the public. You see, he also writes in his book about Margaret Maldono and her and Jermain Jacksons son Jeremy. That is why it was not published in the US in regard to Michael. Other reasons IMO are that the writing may be questionable because it has veryexplicit sexual scenes that include a child which may have it as a challenged book though not banned. Writing sexually explicit scenes including a child may be considered child pornography.

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  56. visitor permalink
    September 24, 2010 2:20 pm

    @Suzy thanks for the info. I am not surprised at all, as I said he is projecting like crazy. He is a proven liar and a fan from Canada long time ago told me that psychiatrists were talking about his lies suggesting he has a disorder and that he or his father have a police record for prostitution.

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  57. September 24, 2010 1:04 pm

    Thank you very much my friend, you are very kind in sharing this useful information with? others…. he details were such a blessing, thanks.

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  58. Suzy permalink
    September 24, 2010 11:17 am

    I think this quote or article is from that Ray Chandler website. I start to wonder if The Lie, excuse me “The Truth” is Ray Chandler or just a simple troll.

    BTW, what about the “lying for money” syndrome?

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  59. ares permalink
    September 24, 2010 10:53 am

    @ The Truth
    You haters never cease to surprise me. You want so desperately to prove that MJ was guilty that you would use the most ludicrous theories in order to do so. You are just pathetic. By the way there other well know syndroms and theories . I bet you can find a way to use them in order to prove that Michael may have done something wrong. Here, i have a task for you.Use the alien abduction theory.Try to prove that MJ was guilty by using this theory.Come on you can do it. I have faith in you.

    ps. I think that the name “The Lie” would be more appropriate for you.

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  60. Suzy permalink
    September 24, 2010 6:04 am

    @ Visitor

    I have once went to Halperin’s website to check what he is all about and IMO he is a gay activist whose mission is to paint as many celebrities gay as he possibly can. (He calls Hollywood “gay Hollywood”.) To “out” celebrities as gay is the main theme of his website. Interestingly enough all his gay stories of celebrities look frighteningly similar to each other: he, as an “undercover journalist” goes into the camp of XY celebrity, only to find out XY is gay (how convenient). XY has a habit of sneaking out in disguise in the middle of the night to meet his/her gay lovers. Probably it doesn’t surprise you that Halperin is gay….

    I don’t know if he is paid by someone, a gay organization or something, to do this, I can imagine him doing it for his own pleasure. I mean gay stories sell anyway. His book would have been a flop if he had just written MJ was innocent in child molestation (ask Aphrodite Jones). He knew how to sell it.

    As far as I know Halperin also has a history of questionable journalism.

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  61. Dialdancer permalink
    September 24, 2010 5:10 am

    @ Visitor,

    That is a good question. There seemed to be quite a few who in their own way were being used. Michael stated several times that Sneddon big stories or leaks occurred when his album was coming out or he was obligated to make a personal appearance somewhere. Since the trial was about showing Michael who had the power and disrupting Michael’s business dealings, and financially draining Michael it made sense. It is like Sneddon’s reminder that was supposedly still under investigation the same night Michael was performing his “What more can I give performance in DC”.

    T. Mes even took Melville to task for allowing Sneddon to make a fifth and totally unnecessary raid on Neverland and coming up with the “Battered Woman’s Syndrome” just before Christmas and the Defense’s attempt to prepare for the trial which was originally suppose to happen Jan 2005. It was all about dragging out the trial, separating Michael from his work products and keep him paying for 3 of the best and most expensive legal teams in town. For Sneddon like the Chandlers, like the Arivzo and that other unknown entity it was always about stripping Michael of his money.

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  62. visitor permalink
    September 23, 2010 11:20 pm

    @Suzy it’s clear that someone put that idiot Halperin out there to hurt the comeback with his BS. He had started a propaganda of O2 concerts and that’s not a coincidence. After June 25th he was so rushed to put out his trash that he copied others people’s work, he projected his own personal life and problems to the book to make headlines and that moron forgot that a….”biography” begins when someone is born. With all the trash he had in his mind he forgot the previous years. That compulsive liar was used. The question is from who

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  63. Dialdancer permalink
    September 23, 2010 8:38 am

    It always come back to the Media, what they did or did not know, how much energy was put into investigating a story, checking out leads, correcting previous askew reports and just telling the truth when it becomes known. Judge Anderson allowed specific Media outlets access to court records beginning Mar 04 and then on Dec 30, 2004 he opened the newly established Remote Electronic Access database to select outlets.

    http://www.sbcourts.org/041230orderrule2073.pdf

    There were documents which were not immediately accessed by the Media, especially those which were embarrassing to the DA’s office, but eventually the Mainstream had the information concerning the case and trial, they just chose not to publish it.

    My repost from another site;

    Sneddon’s personal Memo on locating and performing surveillance on Defense Attorney’s PI Brad Miller, Nov 10, 2003. 8 Days before raiding Miller’s office and violating client privilege, and committing perjury.

    http://www.sbscpublicaccess.org/docs/ctdocs/101204orderreleaseredacteddocuments.pdf

    Illegal search and seizure: Statement from Beverly Hills Police Officer confirming SB Officers raiding Miller’s Office knew who he was.

    http://www.sbscpublicaccess.org/docs/ctdocs/111704orderreldocs.pdf

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  64. Beatriz permalink
    September 23, 2010 5:17 am

    Amazing job!! congratulations!!

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  65. lynande51 permalink
    September 23, 2010 2:47 am

    I think Ursula sounds an awful lot like Desiree (especially since she provided a link to her blog) I think we should just try to get over what this MJ fan has to say. Most MJ fans know he was innocent they don’t continue to try to prove his guilt with the same old blah blah blah. Besides she had the same IP address as Dez coincidentally. I know, I know Dez, I need better software or maybe you do, mine is approved by the US government how about yours? I just have one question for you Dez how do you get to where you are from reality? Do you take a left at the stop sign or what?

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  66. shelly permalink
    September 22, 2010 11:38 pm

    “Like, are there any solid reports and tangible evidence that Jordan was given the truth drug? It seems like it’s tossed around but outside of the GQ article (that’s where I read about it first), there doesn’t seem to be anything that corroborates that story. I mean, is it possible that Chandler didn’t use it?”

    He was under drugs when he said that, it’s in the Gardner interview. The question is not really whether he was given sodium amytal but what is the value of an allegation made under drugs.

    “I guess that’s what it seemed like to me. if my perception can be upheld for a bit of speculation, someone could say Jordan didn’t want to testify because, given the way the confidentiality agreement was written, he could have been torn to pieces since MJ’s side already knew what he’d say, etc”

    What do you mean by that. Every defense lawyers know what a prosecution witness is going to testify. They always had the police interview way before the trial and they had to have it because otherwise they no possibility to defend their case. It’s the same for the DA, he knows what a defense witness is going to say way before the trial. Every witness can be torn to pieces by a DA or a defense lawyer and it has nothing to with a confidential agreement.

    “You mention the insurance company but MJ’s own words said he and his lawyers had decided to just settle. What T-Mez says just seems like good spin from a lawyer.”

    They both said very clearly that they had no right to speak about the settlement, and the term of the settlement and no it’s not a spin, it’s perjury. No serious lawyer would perjure themself in front of the world, specially when the lawyer from the previous allegation is going to testify.

    “About Blanca: I’ve read her testimony on the stand in 2005 and she stuck to her story of having seen MJ’s silhouette in the shower and hearing two voices, regardless if she said it had been wade. She seemed confused in terms of language. “

    She did change her story and that was in 1994. She said to MJ’s lawyer that she never saw him took a shower

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  67. lcpledwards permalink
    September 22, 2010 11:28 pm

    @ Ursula
    It’s OK if you’re unsure about certain things. The whole point of this site is to debunk the myths associated with the allegations. I’ll try to answer your questions:

    1. Regarding whether or not Jordie was given sodium amytal, that was something that was suggested by Dr. Mark Torbiner, who didn’t explicitly confirm or deny it to Mary Fischer, who wrote the 1994 GQ article. A TV reporter broke the story in May 1994, although we don’t know if he spoke to Evan Chandler or not (probably not.). Jordie did admit that he wasn’t asked about any molestation until after his tooth was pulled, and Evan Chandler said he & Dr. Torbiner used a basic dental drug on Jordie. There is no way to prove 100% that it was used, but it really doesn’t matter because we know that Evan tried to extort MJ in August 1993, Jordie’s description of MJ’s penis was WOEFULLY MISMATCHED, and they refused to testify in both 1994 and 2005. The following post address the issue of Jordie’s description and his declaration against MJ:
    https://vindicatemj.wordpress.com/2010/09/01/was-it-match-or-mismatch/
    https://vindicatemj.wordpress.com/2010/08/21/the-story-of-one-telltale-splotch-missing-from-the-smokin-gunpublic-eye/
    https://vindicatemj.wordpress.com/2010/04/19/all-you-wanted-to-know-about-it-but-were-always-afraid-to-ask-part-1/
    https://vindicatemj.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/proud-to-be-on-michael’s-side-and-the-insurance-company/
    https://vindicatemj.wordpress.com/2010/08/22/did-jordan-chandler-make-a-deposition/

    2. The Chandlers had NO INTENTION WHATSOEVER of testifying in court. In fact, Jordie threatened legal action in 2004 against to fight any subpoena, and Ray Chandler successfully took legal action to avoid testifying in court. If they wanted justice, then they never would have sued MJ in the first place! They would have immediately have notified the cops in July 1993, and would have fought for a criminal conviction, and THEN they would have sued him. That clause in the confidentiality agreement did NOT intimidate them at all into not testifying, and personally I think the reason that it’s there is because MJ is a entertainer who is constantly engaged in projects such as recording music, shooting videos, going on tour, etc. He wanted to be given AMPLE NOTICE if there is any pending criminal litigation against him so that he can adjust his schedule accordingly and notify his business partners in advance. It wouldn’t be fair if right before he is scheduled perform a concert that he is hit with criminal litigation out of nowhere. That’s just my theory as to why it was included, but either way it’s irrelevant because the Chandlers had every opportunity to testify in 1994 and 2005 and REFUSED.

    3. About Evan accusing MJ of molestation, remember he NEVER wanted the scandal to go public. He used the molestation as a way to extort a $20 million dollar film deal from him, hoping that MJ would give in and avoid negative publicity. His plans fell through when he lost custody of Jordie to June, and even then he could have protested the court’s decision by telling the judge about the so-called molestation, but instead he took Jordie to see a shrink and let him report it. Go figure!

    4. MJ was highly pressured to settle the civil case, the same way that Evan Chandler was highly pressured to settle those medical malpractice claims. They didn’t put a gun to his head and force him to settle, but I’m sure they threatened to drop him from their coverage if he didn’t settle. But he didn’t settle as a sign of guilt, because if he was guilty he would have gave Evan Chandler the $20 million dollar film deal that he requested in August 1993, and would have avoided the public scandal and the strip search. T-Mez would NEVER risk his career to commit perjury by lying about MJ’s settlement. The reason MJ didn’t tell anyone that the insurance carrier paid the settlement is because IT WOULD HAVE INVITED MORE QUESTIONS! It’s nobody’s business who paid the settlement money. The only thing that matters is that the settlement was NOT hush money, and since Evan Chandler committed suicide last November, obviously that blood money didn’t buy happiness!

    5. Jason Francia didn’t believe that he was molested until he was “convinced” that he was molested by the overly aggressive cops who coerced him into believe it. Read his cross examination by T-Mez, and see how his amnesia set in as soon as he was asked about his initial denials. As far as Blanca “sticking to her story”, well, EVERYONE stuck to their stories! But that doesn’t mean they were telling the truth! Gavin, his mom and siblings, the “Neverland 5”, etc. They were all lying! And Blanca doesn’t have any credibilty! Remember she said she “quit in disgust” after seeing MJ with boys in the shower, when in fact she was FIRED FOR THEFT! I know it’s very frustrating when haters use MJ’s settlement as a sign of guilt, and that’s why I wrote this post. Hopefully it will change some minds for haters who are open-minded enough to read it!

    6. We have a copy of V. Guiterrez’ book “Michael Jackson Was My Lover”, and in a few weeks we’ll have a post fully discrediting it. In the meantime, I would suggest that you read “The Veritas Project” (the link is located at the top of this page), read through some more posts (they are categorized at the right hand side), and check out the links located on the blogroll on the right. Many of your questions will be answered as you browse through this site and others.

    Hope that I have answered your questions!

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  68. lynande51 permalink
    September 22, 2010 7:40 pm

    I agree it was a shock to find out that MJ’s very own attorney’s had their own interests and not their clients best interest in mind when they settled that case. I wonder if Michael was aware of any of those behind the scenes discussions as to his well being? I was also not surprised to here that Larry Feldman said during those talks ” let’s not figure out what the case is worth let’s figure out what Michael Jackson is worth”. And this guy is considered a lawyer’s lawyer? No wonder they have so many lawyer jokes those guys are primarily a bunch of low life ambulance chasers. At least we have Tom Mesereau who still represents the practice of law as an honorable profession,

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  69. September 22, 2010 7:29 pm

    “It’s crazy how all of MJ’s enemies are part of one big happy family! We seriously need to add Palanker, Zonen, Stacy Brown, Bob Jones, and Martin Bashir to the flowchart listed in the Veritas Project! Carl Douglass also needs to be added!”

    David, it’s a great find and yes, we should add them. I also love you calling MJ’s enemies a big happy family. The surely are.

    Am I right that at least part of this happy family is revolving around NBC with its Maureen Orth, DD, Victor Gutierrez and Martin Bashir now too? I don’t know a thing about this NBC but so many villains coming from that one source cannot be a mere coincidence. They must be nurturing Michael’s enemies within NBC.

    As to a connection between Jonnie Cochran and Larry Feldman Aphrodite Jones wrote in her ‘Conspiracy’ book that “Feldman testified that he represented Johnnie Cochran in a legal matter for ten years – from the day Johnnie became involved in the O.J.Simpson trial until January of 2004.”

    And though I understand that O.J.Simpson trial was after the 1993 Chandler case the fact that Johnnie approached Feldman to represent him legally shows the appreciation he had for Feldman’s abilities or probably even admiration for the way he handled the 1993 case. Frankly I was shocked to see that connection.

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  70. lcpledwards permalink
    September 22, 2010 5:09 pm

    @ Lynette
    Believe it or not, Janet was offered a $100k book deal before the trial, according to her ex-husband David. Of course, she lost it once MJ was acquitted! Any chance of Janet recanting her story before the trial was LOST once she was offered this book deal, because that $100k gave her an extra incentive to continue with her lies and hope for a conviction!! This is why legal analyst Jonna Spilbor wrote that article about why book deals should NOT be offered in high profile cases. I referenced it in the “Refuting the Legal Analysts” post, and here it is: http://writ.lp.findlaw.com/commentary/20050117_spilbor.html

    David mentioned this in his interview with Mesereau’s P.I., among MANY OTHER THINGS about Janet. Her background is completely disgusting, and when you read that document (which I use as a source in Part 2, coming soon!), you’ll see exactly what I mean! There is no doubt in my mind that Sneddon and his goons malicously enabled and encouraged her lies. No police department can be that INCOMPETENT to actually believe her story at face value! They completely OVERLOOKED her background and REFUSED to scrutinize and fact check her story.

    And yes, it wouldn’t surprise me if Diane Dimond and Louise Palanker were friends prior to the Bashir documentary, and Dimond used her friendship with Palanker to get access to Janet and get her to “flip-flop” on MJ after they were kicked out of Neverland. It’s crazy how all of MJ’s enemies are part of one big happy family! We seriously need to add Palanker, Zonen, Stacy Brown, Bob Jones, and Martin Bashir to the flowchart listed in the Veritas Project!

    Carl Douglass also needs to be added! I can’t believe that he and Johnnie Cochran didn’t recuse themselves from the 1993 case due to their “friendship” with Larry Feldman, which created a HUGE conflict of interest! How could he possibly look out for MJ’s best interest when he was anticipating the money he would earn from representing him? He bragged about the new luxury car that he was able to buy after the case was settled! How unprofessional!

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  71. lynande51 permalink
    September 22, 2010 4:45 pm

    You know who I think should write a book about the 2005 case? I think Janet Arvizo should write one. Of course if she did tell the truth about TS and DD and LP and others they would just go back to saying she was a crazy lady and no one should believe her.
    Last summer just after Michael died I saw a video of Janet Arvizo- Jackson leaving the courthouse after her sentencing on welfare fraud. She said something very criptic to the camera she said ” I’m just a small fraud”. I don’t know about anyone else but I think there was a message in that statement. She may have come across as loonie on the stand but that lady was just as cunning as her children because after all they had to learn it from someone. I think it could be done because the bottom line is Janet is a lady with a price tag.

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  72. Suzy permalink
    September 22, 2010 11:00 am

    Halperin’s book could have been a good one – though basically only summerizing what we already know from other people’s (Fischer, Jones, Hughes) research and other sources -, if he hadn’t given in the temptation to also include tabloid trash and lies in it. It started out well, but I think he didn’t want to be another Aphrodite Jones whose book has been sidelined by the mainstraim media because it hasn’t thrown any dirt on MJ and didn’t contain sensationalist claims.

    Michael Jackson’s ex bodyguards are currently working on a book on MJ and said on their Facebook that publishers don’t want to touch their book unless they put some dirt in it also. They offered them a lot of money to do so. They are not willing, so they are having a hard time publishing the book. And they are not the only source from which I have heard this is how it works when you want to publish a book on MJ. So in my opinion this is why Halperin included the ridiculous tabloid trash. Otherwise his book would have gone down completely unnoticed and swept under the carpet, just like Jones’s. Not that I want to excuse him, on the contrary. In fact I have seen haters referring to his book when trying to establish a case against MJ, quoting Halperin’s claim that MJ was gay and liked young guys “just above the legal limit”. So Halperin might seem like a good source, but I don’t think he is. He saw the light regarding the allegations, bravo to him for that, not every journalist gets even there. But he ruined everything with his own tabloid inventions.

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  73. lcpledwards permalink
    September 22, 2010 10:18 am

    Hey everyone, one thing that I have learned in the process of writing articles like this is that there is NO SUCH THING as a “final version”! LOL!

    I have added additional information about insurance settlements, Diane Dimond’s shoddy reporting, and Sneddon & Garcetti scapegoating Jordie as their reason for not getting an indictment! It’s listed under the “Jordie Chandler Civil Suit”.

    Believe it or not, I found this info in “Unmasked” by Ian Halperin. Finding this info was like finding a diamond in a pile of feces!

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  74. September 21, 2010 7:05 pm

    David, I’ve skipped the earlier posts and comments and went immediately to your article. The analysis is superb.

    Even though you gave me a chance to look at it in advance I find the article is worth reading again and again – with such things like the difference between the civil and criminal law to be learned practically by heart. Your article makes it clear even to a foreigner that filing a civil case and placing it before the criminal trial (especially if it is never meant to take place) was a very cunning move on the part of the Chandlers and an all-around win-win situation for them and an all-around lose-lose situation for Michael.

    There are a few things about the civil law which are completely amazing, for example:

    – the lower burden of proof on the plaintiff and the need for the defendant to voluntarily collect all the information ‘to convict himself of a crime’ ,
    – easy access to all defendant’s documentation and testimonies by the other side,
    – the defendant’s inability to invoke those Amendments (not to testify, etc.) without looking guilty in the eyes of the jury,
    – very little certainty (just over 50%) that a misdeed did take place for a person to be found guilty of it,
    – the fact that an insurance can be and is bought against tort claims,
    – that large awards for plaintiffs in tort cases are often an illusion (like those $2,7mln. won by Michael against Victor Gutierrez who never paid him, so Michael could have done the same if he wanted to),
    – that the defendant is obliged to be always available for the other side and ‘be cooperative’,
    – that he can never go to prison as a result of a civil trial,
    – that it is only money which is being discussed in civil suits
    – etc.

    So a civil suit is all about money from the very start and it is only the amount which is in dispute? No punishment, no nothing? And if a plaintiff is not going to police from the very beginning it means he doesn’t want the defendant to go to prison at all?

    And even if the defendant refuses to settle out of court, the case goes to a civil (not to a criminal) court – just to discuss the money issue further? Only now it takes a lengthy trial lasting several years and costing lots of publicity to do the same?

    And all this time the defendant should be ‘available for the plaintiff”, testify at his first notice and provide all ‘relevant’ documents instead of giving concerts and fulfilling his commitments in the music industry?

    And it is only money (not freedom) which is at stake? And the money is to be paid not by the defendant, but by the insurance company at that?

    And the only other possible alternative is that the defendant will probably win if he is able to withstand several years of non-stop depositions and testimony (not having a chance to invoke those amendments), if he cancels all his contracts and tours and relies on the luck of not having another 1% over half the jury thinking he should pay?

    And isn’t it a cruel joke for a civil trial to come before a criminal one – with all that mammoth information willingly provided by the defendant about relevant (and irrelevant) issues, out of which the criminal investigators will later hand pick what they need and twist it the way they like it knowing what Michael’s defendants have already said to refute this ‘evidence’?

    May that judge who denied the motion to postpone the civil trial until after the criminal one be subjected himself to a similar injustice!

    Frankly if I found myself in such circumstances I would have settled the case without thinking twice (especially if it is the insurance company who pays). Michael must have been fighting it so long because all this time he was hoping for justice …

    David, I think we should start a legal page in this blog and place your article there as the first contribution – it is a very eye-opening experience.

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  75. Suzy permalink
    September 21, 2010 5:45 pm

    David,

    Thanks for the videos also.

    Funny how Jim Thomas said at the end that he is certain if his source said this then he really heard this, but then in the next breath he says maybe he didn’t hear it well and they were joking about somebody or something else. LOL. Seems like a desperate attempt of prosecution fans to undermine the jury. Probably they already started to feel this case didn’t go well for them.

    And it’s just a short clip but even there there’s a lot of bias. How they call Francia “victim” and not accuser. I guess the very same people wouldn’t care less if somebody had overheard the jury to mock MJ. Then they’d probably join in the mockings….

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  76. lcpledwards permalink
    September 21, 2010 4:49 pm

    Hey guys, I updated the post with additional information about how some of the jurors LAUGHED at Jason Francia’s testimony!

    I included 2 new videos regarding his testimony, and it’s included in the new paragraph following the transcript of his testimony, near the end.

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  77. shelly permalink
    September 21, 2010 4:35 pm

    Yes but even though it was not 15 millions, it was probably still millions of dollars, and his father got access to it. If you look at the old articles, Evan had no money at the time, he had to pay his lawyer and he had to close his dental practice.

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  78. lynande51 permalink
    September 21, 2010 3:47 pm

    He got the total of what was in the trust at the time plus any income that the first installment had made. It was made in payments and the last one was in 1999 that much is what is known by the public. Not even emanicipation could change those terms.

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  79. Suzy permalink
    September 21, 2010 3:47 pm

    Great job again, David! Thank you.

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  80. visitor permalink
    September 21, 2010 2:22 pm

    This is an interesting admission of Zonen regarding 2005 trial

    and here is some inside information on what happened to that meeting

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  81. shelly permalink
    September 21, 2010 12:43 pm

    @lynande

    I think Evan did have the money when Jordan emancipated. I remember reading that he asked for the totality of his trust when he emancipated. I don’t know but I have never seen a teenager able to control 15 millions dollars.

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  82. lynande51 permalink
    September 21, 2010 5:06 am

    David this is great. I Have been working on something also that will corraborate your piece. As you can read a 14 year old can not legally be held to or sign a civil suit. Jordan Chandler Petitioned the court for a Guardian Ad Litem on January 11th when he turned 14. Before that he could not pettition for one but on his 14th birthday he could. Once he was assigned a Guardian Ad Litem the matter was taken out of Evans hands completely because the Guardian Ad Litem works in the best interest of the child in this case a settlement and the only thing Michael would give them: dropping the charges against Evan for Extortion. Evan and June had to resign as guardians. The settlement was turned over to a lawfirm by his guardian ad litem to handle the trust. The only money Evan ever got from the settlement was the 1.5 million dollars and he had no control over his sons finances ever Michael insisted on it. All of this came after the photos and their side was very concerned that all the other boys he had named were adamently denying that anything had happened. They only had Jordans word and not one shread of evidence that substatiated his claim. When you know that Evan wasn’t allowed near that money and Michael actually insisted on it you could say Michael won the case by settling because Evan Chandler NEVER GOT A DIME from Michael it came from insurance and was not his own money. All he got from Michael was a stay out of jail free card.Michael could move on to what ANyone in their right mind would consider a much more pressing matter. THE CRIMINAL CASE.

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  83. Susan permalink
    September 21, 2010 2:08 am

    Hi David:

    May I just say that your writing is amazing. The research and analysis you provide is priceless. Everything is so concise and easy to follow.

    You know it’s really shocking to read that a once credible magazine like “Time” could be so sloppy in their reporting, as well as the rest of what used to be respectable news organizations. It really seems that when it came to Michael, they put blinders on and forgot about common sense and actual factual reporting, and who paid the consequences – not only us, but the biggest victim, Michael.

    Really looking forward to Part 2 plus all your future articles. Thank you for your hard work.

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  84. September 21, 2010 12:29 am

    This is awesome David. Anybody who thinks the settlement was “hush money” obviously doesn’t know the facts.

    I wonder why the media conveniently forgets the fact that JORDAN CHANDLER was the first one to mention Evan demanded money from MJ BEFORE the allegations went public.

    They don’t even seem to realize how the facts contradict that “hush money” statement. If you follow the hater logic, MJ must be innocent based solely on the fact that he refused to give Evan $20 million dollars when he asked for it on August 4, 1993. If given Evan money means he’s guilty, then not given him money must mean he’s innocent. Their logic is full of holes and contradictions.

    And thank you for given info on Blanca and Jason Francia. There are people out there who think his allegations could be true because there is not a lot of info on them.

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  85. gigi permalink
    September 20, 2010 11:28 pm

    “You guys are going to laugh out loud, because the person who was forced to settle was none other than Evan Chandler!”

    Great work David. You were right I seriously laughed out loud when I saw EC’s name at the end of that sentence.

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