The birth of a pop icon

How Bad is Michael

April 26, 2004

On April 21, 2004, Larry King broke the news that a grand jury had indicted Michael Jackson, proving once and for all, that if you cannot survive the public airing of a preliminary inquiry, a grand jury is a safe way to spearhead an inquisition.

KING: We've just received this release from Michael Jackson's attorneys, Mark Geragos, Benjamin Brafman, Steve Cochran and Robert Sanger, saying if an indictment is returned and Mr. Jackson is required to appear in court on April 30, and that is now a fact, he will appear and enter a plea of not guilty. Mr. Jackson and his attorneys are confident that after a trial on these charges, Mr. Jackson will be fully exonerated, and that the allegations contained in the indictment will be shown to be patently false.

Mr. Jackson and his attorneys remind the public that an indictment is merely a formal accusation. We also remind the public that Michael Jackson, like any other person accused of a crime, is presumed to be innocent.

In this case, Mr. Jackson is not just presumed to be innocent, but is in fact innocent. Michael is looking forward to his day in court and wishes to thank the millions of fans throughout the world who continue to support him during this difficult period.

I know you know him, Donald. Any reaction to this?

TRUMP: Well, I know him very well. He's lived in my buildings. He's lived in Trump Tower, and I know him very well. And I don't believe it. I'm going to stick up for him, because nobody else is. But I don't believe it.

And if you look at the mother of this young man, she has had plenty of experience at going after people. And she goes after them viciously and violently, and I saw a story and I read another story about some of the things she's done.

And I don't believe it. He lived in Trump Tower. I knew what was happening with Michael Jackson. You know what was happening? Absolutely nothing. I had many people that worked for me in the building, and believe me, they would tell me if anything was wrong.

And after many years, he didn't do a damn thing wrong in the building. So I really believe it's this mother, and I think it's somebody out there that wants to get a lot of publicity for himself by indicting Michael Jackson.

KING: You know what it's like when an indictment comes down.

TRUMP: It's tough.

KING: And its presumption.

TRUMP: It's tough. It's tough to win. But I have a feeling he is going to win, Larry.

Donald Trump is an intelligent, well educated man who does not defend pedophiles, and his feeling that Michael Jackson is going to win is grounded in fact because Michael Jackson has already won. This Inquisition has been publicly aired before, by demamgogues like Nancy Grace, and this latest indictment is merely another chapter of the same old story.

Regardless, every assault has failed to lay a glove on the genius of Michael Jackson, and the obsessions of a hyper-wacko, demogogues like Diane Dimond and Nancy Grace may be promoted on national television but who is dumb enough to take them seriously? Have you heard of Tom Sneddon? I wonder what his problem is.

Attorney Mark Geragos, forbidden from commenting due to a gag order, is watching his client being lynched by the cloak-and-dagger atmosphere created by authorities who are intimidating witnesses and grand jurors. CNN graphically depicted the bizarre process in the following paragraphs:

Authorities blocked sidewalks, hid witnesses and delivered grand jurors to secret locations in buses with blacked-out windows to keep the proceedings secret. In one case, a photographer outside the building where grand jurors were meeting was ordered to delete photos from his digital camera because they revealed too much of the people entering.

On some days, witnesses were required to report to remote locations where they were picked up by authorities and transported to a sheriff's training center for their testimony.

If this does not make people who believe in freedom and justice gag, nothing ever will

What is going on? Geragos's other client, Scott Peterson, came home to find that his wife was kidnapped while she was walking her golden retriever on Christmas Eve when her abandoned dog returned home alone, and Scott Peterson, who has an airtight alibi was arrested. Strange justice system, don't you think?

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