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Monday, June 13, 2005

Smooth Criminal??

This just in: Michael Jackson acquitted on all counts. The King of Unnecessary Plastic Surgery King of Pop is now a free man.

I didn't follow this spectacle of a trial, but what little I did observe suggests that much of the acquittal - just like in the O.J. Simpson trial - turned on the fact that the accusers weren't especially credible or sympathetic in the eyes of the jury.
Jackson's lawyers were successfully able to paint the parents of the alleged molestation victims as grifters out to make a buck. Not to mention that the historical record makes clear that it's very difficult to convict someone who's rich or famous for much of anything.

I had a feeling that Jackson most likely did at least some of the things of which he was accused, but that's rightfully not the standard we use when the question is whether to deprive someone of their liberty. I do feel bad for him in the sense that he seems to be a few bricks short of a load but doesn't have anyone around him that seems to be willing to tell him so.

Hopefully Jackson will not celebrate by having children sleep in his bed with him.

UPDATE: According to MSNBC, the Jackson Web site featured graphics declaring “Innocent” and showing a hand giving a victory sign as a fanfare plays. A scrolling calendar highlights historic events such as “Martin Luther King is born,” “The Berlin Wall falls,” “Nelson Mandela is freed,” and finally, “June 13, 2005, Remember this date for it is a part of HIStory.” The reference was to Jackson’s 1995 album “HIStory: Past, Present, and Future Book I.”Read all about it here. Glad to know that some people haven't totally lost perspective.


At 3:00 PM, Anonymous Josh Levy said...

He did not molest those children.. he made love to them.

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