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Just In Time To Bury Protest Headlines: Michael Jackson Arrest Warrant

With world attention and global headlines turned towards the protests in the United Kingdom and the FTAA in Miami, suddenly a new scandal erupts for Amerikan corporate media to waste the public's time with: "authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Michael Jackson on multiple counts of child molestation." What amazing timing...meanwhile, the world awaits the arrest of war criminals Bush and Blair.
D.A.: Jackson to be charged with child molestation
Bail set at $3 million

Wednesday, November 19, 2003 Posted: 2:42 PM EST (1942 GMT)

From the California Penal Code Section 288(a):
Any person who willfully and lewdly commits any lewd or lascivious act, including any of the acts constituting other crimes provided for in Part 1, upon or with the body, or any part or member thereof, of a child who is under the age of 14 years, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust, passions, or sexual desires of that person or the child, is guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for three, six, or eight years.

LOS OLIVOS, California (CNN) -- Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Michael Jackson on multiple counts of child molestation and have directed him to surrender and turn in his passport, Santa Barbara County authorities said Wednesday.

"The bail amount on the warrant has been set at $3 million," Sheriff Jim Anderson said.

District Attorney Tom Sneddon said Jackson faces multiple counts of lewd or lascivious contact with a child younger than 14-years-old. He could face a minimum of three years and a maximum of eight years in prison on each count if convicted.

Sneddon said child molestation charges will be filed in a "very short" period of time. No civil suit has been filed in the case and no civil suit is expected, he said.

"We have a cooperative victim in this particular proceeding," Sneddon said.

Jackson's Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, was searched Tuesday as part of the investigation, and two other search warrants were issued in Southern California, Anderson said.

Jackson's spokesman Stuart Backerman said the singer has been in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the past two-and-a-half weeks, shooting a video for the song "One More Chance." That single is on his "Number Ones" album, a greatest-hits collection released Tuesday by Epic Records.

Earlier, Backerman told CNN that Jackson's legal team was in talks with Santa Barbara authorities to arrange for Jackson to be taken into custody.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said Santa Barbara police have not asked permission to arrest Jackson in Las Vegas, which they would do if they wanted to arrest him immediately rather than allowing him to return to Santa Barbara and turn himself in.

Attorney Mark Geragos -- who has been representing Scott Peterson in a high-profile California trial -- is a paid consultant on the legal team, but has not been determined to be Jackson's lead attorney, Backerman said.

About 70 officials from the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department and the district attorney's office searched the home for about 13 hours. There was no official word on what they were searching for or may have found.

Jackson's mansion is on a 2,600-acre estate about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Santa Barbara, and features amusement park rides, a petting zoo and statues of children.

According to Backerman, Jackson said: "I've seen lawyers who do not represent me and spokespeople who do not know me speaking for me. These characters always seem to surface with a dreadful allegation just as another project, an album, a video, is being released."

The allegations come almost a decade after Jackson settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of a boy who had slept over at Neverland Ranch when he was 13 and accused Jackson of molesting him. No criminal charges were filed in that case.

Attorney Larry R. Feldman, who represented the alleged victim in the 1993 child molestation lawsuit against Jackson, told CNN on Tuesday that he would "not confirm or deny" that he is representing anyone in a civil or criminal investigation pertaining to Jackson because of possible "violation of attorney-client privilege."

Brian Oxman, an attorney for the Jackson family, said on CNN's "Larry King Live" that he believes the investigation stems from someone else seeking financial gain from Jackson.

"It is a case of excitement and hysteria because we have the same accusations that we had 10 years ago," he said. "It's like playing the playoffs all over again."

Michael Jackson is seen here on stage at the Aladdin Hotel on October 27 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Johnnie Cochran, Jackson's attorney in the case 10 years ago, said it's odd the search warrant was served the day the singer's latest album was released.

"I think it's more than coincidence. I think it was planned," he said on "Larry King Live."

Cochran said he's tried to counsel Jackson "not to ever put yourself in that position" of being alone with young children.

"But that's who Michael Jackson is, he's a very, very naive person in many respects, and there's no question about that. Yeah, he does wear a bull's eye," Cochran said.

Backerman criticized what he called "the malignant horde of media hounds claiming to speak for Michael on this and many other issues.

"A rogues' gallery of hucksters and self-styled 'inside sources' have dominated the airwaves since reports of a search of Neverland broke, speculating, guessing and fabricating information about an investigation they couldn't possibly know about," he said.

Terms of the settlement of the lawsuit -- filed in 1993 and settled in '94 -- were confidential, though the boy's attorney -- Feldman -- said at the time they were happy to resolve the matter.

Cochran said at the time that Jackson maintained his innocence and that the settlement was in no way an admission of guilt.

Criminal investigators stopped pursuing their case after the lawsuit was settled and the young boy -- by then 14 -- made clear he did not want to participate in any prosecution of the singer.

CNN correspondents Frank Buckley and Charles Feldman and producer Stan Wilson contributed to this report.

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What a Surprise 19.Nov.2003 12:42

Thriller

They'll never catch him . . . he's shopping at K-Mart . . . he heard boys pants were half off.

But that would contend that powers of the elite control the media. 19.Nov.2003 14:15

Seeker

It's called a marketing tool.
It's what the have on their minds 24/7.

Sell a new product to the people, and when the focus is getting too dangerous for the powers that be.
Call on the media hounds to get the focus off of what scares the hell out of them.

The truth about the resistance to the war.

But that would contend that powers of the elite control the media.
And we all know that they have the the best intensions in mind.
After selling poisons to people and then trying too coverup any negitive publicity, that would not mean that they are not concerned with the health of people.

That would be collateral damage.
And we all know they would not want that.
They prove it around the world every day.

A new war here, a new war there.
And when it gets out of control, we can say that they are evil and must be destroyed in order to justify the actions.

Watch, listen and learn!
Then teach!

The Spin Cycle Begins 19.Nov.2003 19:39

here we go again

In a brief mention of the FTAA meeting sqeezed between 10 minutes of coverage of conveniently-timed Fed raids on traders and this Micheal Jackson crap, NBC news reported this morning:
About 150 demonstrators, mainly from unions, are protesting the FTAA because they are afraid the plan will flood the U.S. with cheap products.

Surprise, surprise! They seemed to have forgotten to mention just a few issues, quoted a rediculously deflated number of demonstrators, while conveniently framing the protests in a way that all good consumer-driven Americans would disagree with.

Silly protesters! Don't they know that cheap products are the only reason for living? Good thing the trade reps at the FTAA don't listen to common people, so they can do whatever they think is best for us! Thank goodness we don't live in a world where we have to actually think about this stuff...it might distract me from work, shopping, and the next episode of Friends.

shut the fuck up, hypocrite 19.Nov.2003 23:53

AJ tattoo_garnett@hotmail.com

Thriller, you need to shut up. You know nothing about the Michael Jackson case. You ppl here at Indymedia know FULL WELL how the press twists things up ALL THE TIME. Have you ever seen a report about Jackson that has not called him JACKO?? That is so disrespectful. Or repeated the same bullshit over and over with NO real NEWS? They do the same thing with Jackson as they do with the support for BUSH. Try to slant everything. The press has made him guilty without knowing jack shit about it. So I suggest you shut up and do some damn research before coming and saying stupid "jokes" about something this serious. Child molestation is NOT FUNNY.

Michael Jackson... no way 20.Nov.2003 00:26

relyte

i agree that it's very convenient timing of this Jackson story to break... not only did he bring an album out the same day, but it was almost a year to the day since the balcony incident in Berlin, and it's 10 years to the season since the last time this kinda thing happened... and when the DA said that they were gonna act weeks ago but didn't cause of some fans being at the ranch on Halloween, that just sounds insane... it's like saying "we'll just let the abuse happen a few more weeks, then swoop in when he's outta town"

please don't jump to any conclusions tho people, Michael's hasn't had a chance to say his side of the story yet!

Typical 20.Nov.2003 11:21

White People

There you go again. Just because a strong black man is successful you need to tear him down. The brother might be in to alternative loving, so what.

Alternative loving? 20.Nov.2003 13:23

*

Give me a break-- child molestation is not acceptable regardless of Michael Jackson's personal preferences. Not to mention that it seems a little hard to see him as a black hero, since he's bleached white.

I don't go in for theories that this came up just so people wouldn't hear about the FTAA protests. Maybe the warrant was issued the day before Jackson's album came out on purpose but let's be realistic here-- even without this story, if the corporate media doesn't want to report on the FTAA protests, they just won't do it.

Finally, I really doubt this whole thing is about tearing down Jackson's image, etc, etc. It's about the fact that he's sick, perverted, and a child molester. Here's hoping he winds up spending some time where he's on the receiving end...

It has nothing to do with color. 20.Nov.2003 13:42

Seeker

It is all about controlling information in order to further their cause.

That is global power.
They don't care about the collateral damage.
Have they not proved it in the past.
As long as the profit margin is good and the manipulation of the truth is working.
All is ok with them.

* 21.Nov.2003 00:10

AJ tattoo_garnett@hotmail.com

* You know just as much as the corporate media will tell you about Jacksons case. NOTHING. All speculation and sensationalism. BS. We'll all see in January when this goes to court. Michael, good luck getting a fair trial. They've already made him guilty. We ALL know that if MJ was any other person in the world, nobody would give a shit. This would have never happened because he wouldnt be so rich that ppl try and extort money from him on a regular basis. Tom Snedden has been out for his blood for over a decade. That disgusts me. *vomit*

PS 21.Nov.2003 00:14

AJ

FOX "news" is bullshit. They can all lick my ass crack.

Who gives a fuck about Michael Jackson!? 21.Nov.2003 05:45

Awake

I'm sorry, but I think people are missing the point. The fact that people on indymedia are getting worked up about the guilt or innocence of Michael Jackson is just fucking sad. That's exactly the whole purpose of the Corporate Media's brainjunk news distractions. Our country is turning into an insane fucking police state as we speak. People can no longer speak in this country without being shot at and gassed. Miami is just another example of how seriously the crisis of repression is escalating. If we allow ourselves to become complicit in the corporate media's distractions, one day soon those bullets and gas will not be the so-called "non-lethal" kind. And we'll wonder how we came to this.
Please link to these pictures from Miami posted on the UK site, as well as news from the indymedia FTAA website - both listed below.

 http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2003/11/281420.html
 http://www.ftaaimc.org/en/index.shtml

This is what people need to be fucking worked up about...and that's putting it very mildly!
I can't look at these pictures without getting sick to my stomach!