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10 Years Since Michael Jackson’s Full Acquittal only Roger Friedman and Fans Recall It

June 15, 2015

The way the media reacts to the 10th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s full court acquittal is disgusting.

You will ask what their reaction is?

Their reaction is that there is no reaction. They simply pretend that it never happened and there is much more important news to report – for example, which stars spent millions on their wedding rings this year.

In 2010 Charles Thomson wrote a brilliant article about the shameful media coverage of Michael Jackson’s trial where he analyzed piece by piece both the trial and the industry-wide magnitude of the media failings in reporting it. He also reflected on how all of it would be remembered in the future:

It is difficult to know how history will remember the Michael Jackson trial. Perhaps as the epitome of western celebrity obsession. Perhaps as a 21st century lynching. Personally, I think it will be remembered as one of the most shameful episodes in journalistic history.

Charles Thomson thought that it would be remembered.

But only five years later, on the 10th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s acquittal, the whole thing is already forgotten or is thoroughly ignored. My recent web search for at least some comments from the media people brought a nearly zero result – with one exception though.

Showbiz411 rightfully called the trial of Michael Jackson OUTRAGEOUS RAILROADING

Showbiz411 rightfully called the trial of Michael Jackson OUTRAGEOUS RAILROADING. All honest people will agree

It was only Roger Friedman who commemorated the event by calling it “outrageous railroading” (a description all honest people will agree with) and writing an article that spoke of Michael Jackson’s malicious prosecution and said that it was the trial that eventually killed him.

All the rest of the media fully ignored the tenth anniversary of Michael’s acquittal and their totally disgraceful behavior before, during and after the trial.

In case you forgot it here are some excerpts from Charles Thomson’s article to remind you what it was like:

Newspapers reacted just as hysterically as TV stations. ‘Sicko!’ shrieked the New York Daily News. ‘Jacko: Now Get Out Of This One’ goaded the New York Post.

The Sun – Britain’s biggest newspaper – ran an article titled ‘He’s Bad, He’s Dangerous, He’s History’. The piece branded Jackson an ‘ex-black ex-superstar’, a ‘freak’ and a ‘twisted individual’ and called for his children to be taken into care.

….While the media was busy badgering a host of quacks and distant acquaintances for their views on the scandal, the team of prosecutors behind the latest Jackson case was engaging in some highly questionable behavior – but the media didn’t seem to care.

For instance, when the DA found out about two taped interviews in which the entire Arvizo family sang Jackson’s praises and denied any abuse, he introduced a conspiracy charge and claimed they’d been forced to lie against their will.

In a similar instance, Jackson’s lawyer Mark Geragos appeared on NBC in January 2004 and announced that the singer had a ‘concrete, iron-clad alibi’ for the dates on the charge sheet. By the time Jackson was re-arraigned in April for the conspiracy charge, the molestation dates on the rap sheet had been shifted by almost two weeks.

Sneddon was later caught seemingly trying to plant fingerprint evidence against Jackson, allowing accuser Gavin Arvizo to handle adult magazines during the grand jury hearings, then bagging them up and sending them away for fingerprint analysis.

….Instead of stories about Gavin Arvizo’s lies and the two brothers’ contradictory allegations, newspaper pages were filled with snarky opinion pieces about Jackson’s pajamas, even though ‘pajama day’ had been days previously. Thousands of words were dedicated to whether or not Jackson wore a wig and the Sun even ran an article attacking Jackson for the accessories he pinned to his waistcoats every day. It seemed like the press would write anything to avoid discussing the boy’s cross examination, which severely undermined the prosecution’s case.

This habit of reporting lurid allegations but ignoring the cross examination which discredited them became a distinct trend throughout Jackson’s trial.

….When the prosecution rested, the media seemed to lose interest in the trial. The defense case was given comparatively little newspaper space and air time. The Hollywood Reporter, which had been diligently reporting on the Jackson trial, missed out two whole weeks of the defense case. The attitude seemed to be that unless the testimony was graphic and salacious – unless it made a good soundbite – it wasn’t worth reporting.

…Thomas Mesereau commented retrospectively that the media had been “almost salivating about having [Jackson] hauled off to jail.”

When the jury delivered 14 ‘not guilty’ verdicts, the media was ‘humiliated’, Mesereau said in a subsequent interview. Media analyst Tim Rutten later commented, “So what happened when Jackson was acquitted on all counts? Red faces? Second thoughts? A little soul-searching, perhaps? Maybe one expression of regret for the rush to judgment? Naaawww. The reaction, instead, was rage liberally laced with contempt and the odd puzzled expression. Its targets were the jurors… Hell hath no fury like a cable anchor held up for scorn.”

In a post-verdict news conference Sneddon continued to refer to Gavin Arvizo as a ‘victim’ and said he suspected that the ‘celebrity factor’ had impeded the jury’s judgment – a line many media pundits swiftly appropriated as they set about undermining the jurors and their verdicts.

….The following day on Good Morning America, Diane Sawyer upheld the notion that the verdict had been influenced by Jackson’s celebrity status. “Are you sure?” she pleaded. “Are you sure that this gigantically renowned guy walking into the room had no influence at all?”

The Washington Post commented, “An acquittal doesn’t clear his name, it only muddies the water.” Both the New York Post and the New York Daily News ran with the snide headline ‘Boy, Oh, Boy!’

….The story was over. There were no apologies and no retractions. There was no scrutiny – no inquiries or investigations. Nobody was held to account for what was done to Michael Jackson. The media was content to let people go on believing their heavily skewed and borderline fictitious account of the trial. That was that.

….The media did a number on its audience and it did a number on Jackson. After battling his way through an exhausting and horrifying trial, riddled with hideous accusations and character assassinations, Michael Jackson should have felt vindicated when the jury delivered 14 unanimous not guilty verdicts. But the media’s irresponsible coverage of the trial made it impossible for Jackson to ever feel truly vindicated. The legal system may have declared him innocent but the public, on the whole, still thought otherwise. Allegations which were disproven in court went unchallenged in the press. Shaky testimony was presented as fact. The defense’s case was all but ignored.

When asked about those who doubted the verdicts, the jury replied, “They didn’t see what we saw.”

They’re right. We didn’t. But we should have done. And those who refused to tell us remain in their jobs unchecked, unpunished and free to do exactly the same thing to anybody they desire.

Now that’s what I call injustice.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-thomson/one-of-the-most-shameful_b_610258.html

One could imagine that the media are now keeping silence about that disgraceful “episode” because they are ashamed of what they did to Jackson and prefer not to recall their own painful downfall.

Shame? But there is no shame.

Do you know what results I get if I search the browser for the media take on the acquittal by typing “ten years ago Michael Jackson…”? With the exception of some articles by Michael’s fans the results I get from the media are as follows:

  • “January 31: 10 years ago Michael Jackson’s molestation trial began”
  • “March 12: 10 years ago Michael Jackson’s friends said he was on the brink of suicide”.

These example come from a Daily Express page which is specially dedicated to “looking back at the last 100 years, 50 years and 25 years and bringing you what happened on this day in history”. The UK Daily Express evidently thinks that the above are the only two newsworthy events concerning Jackson that took place ten years ago and should go down into history now.

And no matter how hard you try to find a similar reminder from them about June 13 being the day when 10 years ago Michael Jackson was acquitted on all fourteen counts, you won’t get any trace of it. At least I wasn’t able to find it.

If you read the media history records of this type you will never know how and when the trial ended or whether it ended at all.

Actually the above is a reflection of a true situation around Michael Jackson. His fans still remember and rejoice that ten years ago the justice system and 12 honest people fully acquitted him, and that the team of lawyers led by a man of great integrity Thomas Mesereau saved Michael from an imminent death in prison (and prolonged his life by four more years), but as regards the media they hardly remember it, and it even looks like for them the trial has not ended.

The trial is indeed going on – at least for the media and those standing behind this never-ending anti-MJ campaign as all its key players, except Sneddon who left us for natural reasons, are still doing their customary job of smearing Michael’s name and destroying his legacy on a regular basis.

Now these people are busy spreading new fabricated stories about Jackson and same as the previous time (with the Arvizos) they never check them – they simply repeat what some scumbags say savoring every detail of their lurid tales.

These days it is called reporting.

This is why Roger Friedman’s lonely article remembering Michael’s acquittal in this desert of media oblivion is so valuable to us – it is not free from some misconceptions but at least he remembers it, and remembers it right.

Michael Jackson: 10 Years Since The Court Acquittal That Eventually Killed Him

by Roger Friedman – June 12, 2015 1:28 pm

Ten years ago tomorrow a jury in Santa Maria, California acquitted mega pop star  Michael Jackson of child molestation and conspiracy. Santa Barbara District Attorney Tom Sneddon charged Michael with molesting Garvin Arvizo and then kidnapping Gavin’s family– his mother, brother, and sister. Attorney Thomas Mesereau mounted a brilliant defense and Michael, after four months, was acquitted.

But the damage was done. Michael had sat through weeks and weeks of crazy testimony and accusations. His entire life was laid open– his finances, his personal peccadilloes, relationships with every single person he ever knew, descriptions of his body parts. His mother and sometimes his father, or a sibling, sat in the row behind him. They heard it all. Everything was on the record for his child one day to read.

By the time the jury reached their verdict, Jackson was destroyed. There was no jubilant celebration. He was done. He took his kids and left California. Mesereau advised him, “Leave here now.” Why? He knew, as did I, and every reasonable person who’d watched this circus since Jackson’s arrest in November 2003, that Sneddon had it in for him. Sneddon was not going to stop until he somehow put Michael Jackson in jail. If Michael stayed at Neverland, in Santa Barbara County, he would always be a target.

Sneddon’s vendetta against Jackson reached back a decade, to when Michael agreed to a financial settlement with the family of another boy, Jordan Chandler. It was the worst decision that Michael ever made. It created an aura around him of a pedophile, one that he couldn’t shake. It made him a target for more extortion. It turned him into a real drug addict who couldn’t always make other, clear decisions. Eventually, it would kill him.

What was the upside of the Chandler settlement? To the lawyers and advisers, it kept Michael out of jail and court in 1994. Sneddon couldn’t prosecute Michael without the Chandlers. Sneddon was defeated before he could make his case. Jackson, Sneddon felt, danced away. Instead of leaving it alone, Jackson mocked Sneddon publicly in song, taunted him. And Sneddon vowed revenge.

There are just a couple of things you need to know about that trial. Gavin Arvizo’s mother, proved in court to be a scammer and a schemer, was crazy. Sneddon found in her a perfect collaborator. She said and did whatever he wanted. It didn’t matter that her so called “kidnappers” had a full record of their time with her including receipts for spa treatments, movie dates, fast food restaurant meals and shopping safaris. When those guys — Frank Cascio and Vinnie Amen– came to me in 2004 with a huge metal briefcase filled with records of what had gone on, the first thing I remember saying to them was, “Are you sure the Arvizos didn’t kidnap you?”

I was joking, but that’s really what had happened. Gavin Arvizo had cancer. His mother, Janet, used the cancer as leverage to worm her way into Michael’s life. Michael Jackson was naive about one thing since his “We are the World” hit project– that he could save the world, and “save the children who are destined to die,” as Marvin Gaye once sang. Michael, after selling 100 million records, and being dubbed the “King of Pop,” saw himself as a savior. Saving Gavin was just part of his duties.

And that’s what blew him up. He allowed Martin Bashir to come to his house and make a documentary that showed Michael embracing the Arvizos. It was appalling. The worst part of Bashir’ heavily slanted film, called “Living with Michael Jackson,” was a segment in which Gavin– who Michael had brought to Neverland for the filming to show that he was a savior– talked about sleeping in Michael’s bed. When the documentary ran on ABC at the end of January 2003, this moment set off alarms. I wrote at the time that it was possible Michael would wind up in jail. The internet blew up.

Sneddon immediately sent his people to the Arvizos’ apartment in Los Angeles. They left his card under their door. And when Michael realized what had happened, he kicked the freeloading Arvizo’s out of Neverland. They had to return to their real life– no more spa treatments and gifts. And that’s when Sneddon found a conspirator in Janet Arvizo. The only thing was, he didn’t do due diligence. He was so excited to have someone who could help him realize his goal of putting Michael Jackson in jail, he never investigated Janet Arvizo’s background.

My favorite moment sitting in that Santa Maria courthouse? When Tom Mesereau got Janet Arvizo to testify she thought Michael Jackson was going to steal her children by taking them away in a hot air balloon. The courtroom howled. Judge Melville banged his gavel. It was the culmination of a devastating testimony skillfully delived by Mesereau. Everyone knew at that moment the jury was not going to buy Sneddon’s prosecution. Everyone, that is, except Sneddon.

There were good prosecutors on Sneddon’s team. Ron Zonen was and is respected. So is Gordon Auchincloss. They had some great dramatic moments in court. But they never questioned Sneddon’s motives. They followed him right off the bridge into the ocean.

The prosecutors were so out of touch with what was happening that on the eve of the verdict, they threw themselves a congratulatory party. In a public restaurant. A woman I knew stumbled upon them and called me immediately. This is what I wrote on June 10, 2005:

The prosecutors in Michael Jackson’s child molestation and conspiracy trial apparently feel they’ve already won their case.

On Wednesday night [June 8], the whole lot of them — DA Tom Sneddon, Ron Zonen, Gordon Auchincloss, their wives and families — all celebrated at the Hitching Post restaurant in Casmalia.

The Hitching Post, cousin of the Buellton restaurant featured in the movie “Sideways,” is considered the best restaurant in the greater Santa Maria area.

Sneddon was so happy that he actually embraced celebrity crime reporter Aphrodite Jones. She told me he was in a jubilant mood, and the most outgoing of all the people on hand.

Said one observer, “This group was happy. There was definitely a celebratory mood.”

The prosecutor’s team was first spotted making merry at the bar, and then retreated to a private dining room behind the bar that has no door.

“They could be heard laughing and carrying on,” said a source.

Also present at what could only be termed a party were several of the police investigators involved in the case, including Sgts. Steve Robel and Jeff Klapakis.

By contrast, little has been seen around town of defense attorney Tom Mesereau, who’s kept a low profile since the jury began deliberations a week ago.

It was two weeks since the defense had rested. It would be five more days before the jury would come back with their stunning verdict that rebuked Sneddon’s entire case. But there they were, so full of hubris, certain that they’d prevailed.

In a way they had. Tom Sneddon essentially killed Michael Jackson. If Sneddon had really been objective and had investigated the Arvizo’s properly, the case would not have come to trial. But he turned it into a circus from day 1–staging a surprise raid of Neverland, conspiring with tabloid reporter Diane Dimond (whose entire career is built on her obsession with being Jackson’s snarling enemy)– to make it a big media splash. Nothing was done by the book. It was all done to ruin Michael Jackson and it worked.

The Arvizos– we’ve never heard from them again, not a peep (except for Diane Dimond’s report about his 2013 wedding where — unbelievably– at least one Michael Jackson was played by the deejay). Jordan Chandler? His father, after turning his son into a recluse and destroying Jackson’s reputation, committed suicide five months after Michael’s death at the hands of Dr. Conrad Murray. In 1996, a journalist named Mary Fisher wrote a seminal piece in GQ proving Evan Chandler and his ex-wife’s new husband had brainwashed Jordy into thinking he’d been molested. They got $20 million for their hard work. Thirteen years later Michael Jackson was dead.

The jury in the trial thought that once they’d acquitted Michael, the solid gold gates to Neverland would swing open and Jackson would thank each of them individually. They were so wrong. The gates snapped shut. Jackson was never seen again in the town of Los Olivos. Two weeks later he and his children were gone, kicking off four years of homelessness that would end in death. Neverland fell silent. Unlike with the prosecutors, there was no celebration of this bitter victory.

http://www.showbiz411.com/2015/06/12/michael-jackson-10-years-since-the-court-acquittal-that-eventually-killed-him

26 Comments leave one →
  1. August 13, 2015 1:37 am

    @appleh: As far as I remember from the testimony of the 2005 trial, Louise Palanker gave the Arvizos 10,000 $ twice for a room in the house of Janet Arvizo’s parents which had to be prepared for Gavin after he was treated for cancer in hospital. Gavin was living at his grandparents’ house after the hospital because he needed a special environment which was not possible with his parents, and a clean room had to be equipped with special things. Palanker helped them to finance this, but as I remember there was some trouble between them because the Arvizos used the money otherwise than Palanker expected them to.
    This should be found in the testimony of Louise Palanker in 2005.

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  2. appleh permalink
    August 12, 2015 3:05 pm

    Has anyone further information that Louise Palanker met the Arvizos in 1999 and gave 10000 $ each to David and Janet Arvizo within 5 days in 2000 ?

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  3. t (@wkatriina22) permalink
    June 26, 2015 5:04 pm

    I am happy to report full program on tv on Michael Jackson. The focus was on his early productions ,breaking in to MTV.His genius and creativity. All positive. I did not know that his “Billlie Jean” was not allowed to be played or shown on MTV as the artist was black !! This was not a story of his life or other achievements, but as not a single negetive re MJ was ment ioned I hope more will be shown later.–Now he is dead and just see what is going on.

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  4. susannerb permalink*
    June 25, 2015 4:15 pm

    @29mj: Thank you very much for your words of remembrance on this day of sadness.
    Unfortunately our plans to get a post ready for this day didn’t work out, but I would like to repeat these wonderful words of you:

    “Michael Jackson created a real paradise of music, arts for us humans on this planet!”

    Yes, very true, and despite the efforts of all kinds of mean people to destroy this paradise, we won’t allow this to happen. This paradise Michael created is an island in a cruel and hostile world where people fight against each other, but it’s a privilege to be part of this paradise and do everything to keep this island alive and safe. And we will continue to work for it and protect it against lies and slander.

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  5. 29mj permalink
    June 25, 2015 3:00 pm

    ❀ ❀ WE”LL Always MISS, LOVE YOU ♛MICHAEL J!!!❀ ❀
    25/06/2015 at commemorate 6th years from the MJ’s death 25/06/2009 we remembered with more love The King of Music, of Love Michael Jackson today and forever!
    Musical genius ♥Michael Jackson created a real paradise of music, arts for us humans on this planet! We will don’t forget our King of artistry of musical arts ever! We love, thank you wholeheartedly ♥MJ for your wonderful, matchless legacy, a treasure trove of art, delight and beauty in our lives! All over where we look, listen to MJ’s amazing music, dance, masterpieces of our King we’re overwhelmed by longing, more & more love, miss for you our sweetheart Michael!
    God rest your noble, diamond spirit in His Peace! I’ll love and miss you ♥Michael Jackson every time and beyond..!
    CRY.. CRY.. Brilliant Michael Jackson I want you back, miss you so much… Barbra ROMANIA
    It’s All For L♥O♥V♥E!

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  6. Jolie permalink
    June 21, 2015 5:32 pm

    @susannerb: I always wanted to write a post with the most important quotes from these interviews of people like Tom Mesereau and Kerry Anderson who tell us what happened behind the scenes, because all of it is more proof for the whole set-up of this trial and the plan to ruin Michael. I hope one day I can make some transcripts of these important statements and write a post on them.

    Dear susannerb: I seriously encourage you to do this. Of course the eyewitness accounts are the most important. I think what happened to Michael is highly complex and it takes those who are gifted to connect all the dots. Helena is one of the few who is superb at this task! Thank you so much Helena for stellar research when it comes to Michael Jackson! I really do not know how you do it Helena. May God continue to bless your work! And may God continue to bless all the other gifted MJ researchers in this important task.

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  7. paul permalink
    June 21, 2015 12:19 pm

    The prosecution wanted the jury to believe that during the time when MJ was under severe scrutiny and facing multiple investigations for the Bashir documentary which pretty much accuses him of being a child molester and molesting Gavin, that he all of a sudden started giving Gavin alcohol and molesting him. MJ knew he was being investigated and that anything could happen, which is why he hired Mark Geragos. He was not expecting Bashir to produce the film that he produced and was shocked and devastated when he saw it for the first time. The film is very biased and gives credence to the 1993 allegations and so MJ took precaution cause he knew that something negative could happen. If Sneddon had been objective and wasn’t so obsessed with trying to get a celebrity, and had actually taken the time to investigate the Arvizos and their allegations, then he probably would have saved himself the embarrassment as well as the state of california over $5 million.

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  8. June 21, 2015 12:10 pm

    Thanks for yet another thought provoking write up Helena. Even after 10 years of the verdict, there still exists the need to exonerate Michael’s name. That itself spells out the wide spread ignorance about Michael’s proven innocence. What most people seem to remember is the so called “settlement” of the Chandler case which very often overrides the details of the 2005 trial. Hence we as Michael’s fans need to carry forth the task of his vindication.

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  9. susannerb permalink*
    June 21, 2015 3:08 am

    Jolie, thank you for these links. It’s always very interesting and informative to listen to the stories and testimonies of those who were there, who were witnesses of these important events. I always wanted to write a post with the most important quotes from these interviews of people like Tom Mesereau and Kerry Anderson who tell us what happened behind the scenes, because all of it is more proof for the whole set-up of this trial and the plan to ruin Michael. I hope one day I can make some transcripts of these important statements and write a post on them.

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  10. Jolie permalink
    June 20, 2015 9:42 pm

    Correction: Kerry Anderson was a policeman for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for 20 years (retired) – NOT L A County Sheriff.

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  11. Jolie permalink
    June 20, 2015 9:37 pm

    Final Video – Three of Three – King Jordan With Tom Mesereau. TM speaks of :
    1) The Media was against TM…
    2) Prosecution played games during jury selection…
    3) So many powerful forces against them…
    4) TM was concerned he was going to be set up…

    KJR with special guests for the 10th anniversary of 10 years NOT GUILTY Verdict MJ! (Pt THREE) [of Three – with Tom Mesereau at 7:00]

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  12. Jolie permalink
    June 20, 2015 7:23 pm

    Kerry Anderson continues speaking about the day of the June 13, 2005 verdict. He was bodyguard to Michael Jackson. He also speaks about Debbie Rowe’s previous testimony. Others on panel: William Wagener & Geraldine Hughes:

    KJR with special guests for the 10th anniversary of 10 years NOT GUILTY Verdict MJ! (Pt TWO) (of THREE – Part 1 below)

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  13. 29mj permalink
    June 20, 2015 4:25 pm

    Hello everybody.
    Love you all guys! Please, vote our King MJ on
    http://www.persoonvanhetjaar.nl/
    http://www.persoonvanhetjaar.nl/Michael_Jackson-28374.htm
    MJ is on 3 place. Please, please do it for keep our genius in the top. Thank you. God bless you all. It’s all for LOVE! I love you Michael J!

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  14. Jolie permalink
    June 19, 2015 9:03 pm

    Sorry I forgot the LINK!!! (see explanation of this on my comment below!!!)

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  15. Jolie permalink
    June 19, 2015 9:02 pm

    (echo on only King Jordan’s microphone is fixed at 26:45 minutes. Otherwise the guests microphones are clear throughout)

    Very important eyewitness account by Kerry Anderson who was head of Michael Jackson’s security team during 2005 trial – 2007 Middle East. Kerry was Los Angeles County Sheriff for 20 years prior.

    Kerry gives heartbreaking details of Michael’s condition on verdict day, death threat to Michael on verdict day, the misuse of authority by prosecution team AND judge.

    YouTube Video by lunajo67 of King Jordan Radio – Part 1
    Panel: Geraldine Hughes, Kerry Anderson, William Wagener, Tom Mesereau.

    KJR with special guests for the 10th anniversary of 10 years NOT GUILTY Verdict MJ! (Pt 1)

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  16. Ryan permalink
    June 18, 2015 11:14 pm

    From Diane Dimond’s article regarding Arvizo’s wedding:

    ‘At the reception, the unknowing DJ played, “The Way You Make Me Feel,” by Michael Jackson. I caught Gavin’s eye as he sat on the dais with bride, Shelby. He just smiled, grandly shrugged his shoulders and went back to living his life as anonymously as possible.’

    Diane seemingly blind to the irony of smiling at your supposed molester’s song being played. And Diane attending the wedding just adds to the irony.

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  17. June 18, 2015 3:47 am

    “We can’t let the bitterness cloud our minds or evil wins. Love is stronger and more powerful than hate.” – Suzie

    Suzie, love is indeed the driving force of all creation and hate is nothing but destruction. But bitterness is not the same as hate. You can be bitter (and realistic) but still be devoid of any hate.

    Michael was also extremely sad after 1993 and especially after 2005 when he could no longer even smile, but he was still full of love and light.

    I wrote this piece on the spur of the moment, with a feeling of someone who always hopes that people will understand their mistakes and apologize, or at least express sympathy for the one who was treated wrongly – and despite all hopes again sees people turning out worse than expected.

    No one, except Roger Friedman, thought it necessary to simply be fair to Michael and state things as they are, and just admit – yes, we made a mistake and are sorry about it.

    In 2010 it was Charles Thomson who said it, in 2015 it is Roger Friedman – just one journalist per every 5 years. Not many, but this is all we have. And this is a big reason for sadness.

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  18. June 18, 2015 3:41 am

    “Let’s face it: this massive lynching couldn’t have and wouldn’t have happened in any other civilized country. Only in America. Only in America.”- Vulcan

    Vulcan, I agree that the horrible harassment of Michael in the US is extremely disappointing for anyone who thought that this was a country of equal opportunities, free and unbiased press, and prevalence of law over injustice. Michael’s case opens your eyes to a lot of unsavory things taking place there.

    But as to “other countries” I know one more which is a much worse case – it’s my own country. Human life costs nothing here and as to the prevalence of injustice it by far surpasses the example of the US. I am saying it for those who may still have their illusions.

    However I agree with you that what they did to Michael could not have happened in any other civilized country.

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  19. t (@wkatriina22) permalink
    June 17, 2015 4:25 pm

    Thank you Helena for keeping this blog alive and interesting for the good or bad that happened to Michael Jackson. It is a treasure grove in itself and should be preserved in its entirety, ,articles and post too. . Michael belongs to history.Sometime in the future there will be a talented writer aware of this blog and will write the real story. There are all the ingredients for a historic novel of our time. Just now is too early, maybe a decade or several into the future that will happen. It will show the society, people ,individuals and in mass of our time.There are some decent books about MJ and articles already, but his story is so extraordinary that it merits a whole book, somehow incorporating all.Not an easy task.
    However the material for such is collected in VMJ.It may happen during our lifetime or later.
    Just preserve and save all the material of VMJ

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  20. June 17, 2015 3:15 pm

    None of them were neutral, judges, prosecutors, police, media or politicians; as has been said, it was America. So heart breaking. God bless and R.I.P. Michael Jackson.

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  21. June 16, 2015 8:37 am

    It was at the judge’s discretion whether or not to allow “evidence of prior bad acts”, and he did allow Sneddon to use “it”; which was nothing more than claims by former fired employees and others looking for a payout. I was so glad to hear Mesereau finally specifically mention this judge as being pro-prosecution who abused his discretion in permitting bogus discredited information to be heard by the jury. And while we are discussing pro-prosecution judges, let’s not forget the “jurist” from 1993 who permitted that heinous strip search. Michael never stood a chance once Sneddon, the “justice” system and worldwide media got their hooks into him.

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  22. Suzie permalink
    June 15, 2015 8:21 pm

    As much as we feel anger or disappointment. Always know that the energy- (both good or bad) that you put out into the world will come back to you. We can’t let the bitterness cloud our minds or evil wins. Love is stronger and more powerful than hate. “Love is the most important thing in the world. It’s all for love. L-O-V-E.” Michael Jackson

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  23. vulcan permalink
    June 15, 2015 8:00 pm

    Let’s face it: this massive lynching couldn’t have and wouldn’t have happened in any other civilized country.

    This was so typically American.
    Where else would you find families like the Chandlers and the Arvizos who think it’s OK to ruin a man for millions?
    Where else would you find zealots like Sneddon, Zonen, Jim Thomas, Bill Drovin, Steve Robel, Paul Zelis, Deborah Linden who enjoyed humiliating, tormenting MJ as much as possible?
    Where else would you find a collection of liars like Dimond, Nancy Grace, Wendy Murphy, Maureen Orth having a megaphone through major national TV networks?

    Only in America. Only in America.

    MJ should have left that sick country at least after 1993.

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  24. June 15, 2015 5:15 pm

    “Helena I find it: http://www.themjcast.com/episode-010-vindication-day-10th-anniversary-special-with-tom-mesereau/ – there is a exceptional Episode 010 – Vindication Day 10th Anniversary Special with Tom Mesereau.” – 29mj

    29mj, thank you. Jolie has also given us the Youtube version of that conversation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcRS6SlNdEg
    I’ve listened to a small part of it, but even that had a lot of fresh information for us. For example, Thomas Mesereau openly says that the judge was pro-prosecution – he added four misdemeanor charges to the case himself, without anyone asking him to do it. It is amazing. I thought that judges were supposed to be neutral.

    I’ll listen to the rest of it tomorrow as now it is too late here – past 1 am already.

    P.S. And my big thanks to you and other people for your blessings and prayers for me. Without your help none of this work would be possible.

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  25. 29mj permalink
    June 15, 2015 3:53 pm

    Helena I find it: http://www.themjcast.com/episode-010-vindication-day-10th-anniversary-special-with-tom-mesereau/ – there is a exceptional Episode 010 – Vindication Day 10th Anniversary Special with Tom Mesereau. Thank you again. Down conspiracy!
    My heart aches when I think of how powerful and worthy of Michael and how much suffering was endured in his life caused by a conspiratorial media that speculated every moment of his life and his days have shortened to live. Pain, tears just thinking about this horrible crime .. I have no words … oh sigh.. I love you Michael J & Helena!
    God bless all MJ’s loving family!

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  26. June 15, 2015 12:00 pm

    There are a lot of guilty people around, and all of them have blood on there hands. It was nothing but shameful, what they did to Michael.

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