In the finale of the current series of hearings, sheriff’s deputies who participated in the huge search last November are likely today to challenge the accounts of Jackson’s long-time employees who said they co-operated with the search until deputies began moving into areas not specified on search warrants, including Jackson’s office.
Loyola University Professor Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor, questioned the prosecution strategy of putting more officers on the stand months before the January 31 trial is scheduled.
"It’s always dangerous for prosecutors to put more witnesses up there than they need at a pre-trial hearing," she said. "Every second a cop is on the stand in pre-trial is ammunition for the defence in trial.", reports Scotsman.
According to CBS News, the stepfather of the boy who accused Michael Jackson of molestation testified Thursday that he asked for payment for the family's participation in a video interview intended to restore Jackson's reputation.
"I said, 'This family has nothing and you're making millions from this and what are you going to do for this little family,"' the witness said of a conversation he had with someone he identified only as the "gentleman from Neverland," a reference to Jackson's ranch.
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