Ressner, Jeffrey; Kettmann, Matt
February 2005
Time;2/14/2005, Vol. 165 Issue 7, p15
This article looks at the beginning of the Michael Jackson child-molestation trial in Santa Maria, California. If convicted on all 10 counts, the Gloved One faces up to 24 years in prison. Can he beat it? Here's a Notebook rundown of what to expect. The accuser, 15, will testify that Jackson groped him. Jackson's lawyers will grill the boy's mom, whose first call after the alleged abuse was to a lawyer who had wrung a big settlement from Jacko over similar charges in 1993. Whether or not he will take the stand in his own defense cannot be answered yet. It would be risky but not impossible. The singer has taken the stand before in civil cases (with mixed results). Says former prosecutor Anne Bremner: "If the state's case is really strong, he may have no choice" but to testify.


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