As the world continues to grapple with the death of Michael Jackson, questions to the legitimacy of the allegations against Michael Jackson arose throughout the proceedings and remained relevant up to—and may remain well after—his recent death.
The most common and unanswered question is, if the allegations were true, why did only one of the alleged victims testify?
The judge presiding over the 2005 case, Judge Rodney Melville, said he would allow prosecutors to present to the jury testimony concerning the five boys whom they allege Jackson molested when the boys were between the ages of 10 and 13.
However, of the alleged victims, only one testified.
The remainder of those who testified for the prosecution were individuals who avowed they observed the molestation.
If these alleged victims were still minors at the time of the trial, then there is obvious reasoning for the avoidance of any public trial, which would conjure up latent emotions or memories. But this was not necessarily the case.
In point of fact, some—such as actor Macaulay Caulkin—were in their mid-twenties at the time of the trial. Underscoring this point is the fact that Caulkin testified for the defense that he was never molested.
The Extent of the Jackson Case
The 2005 trial of Michael Jackson began as a trial of
Did Michael Jackson molest the sole accuser? but became more of a case of
Is Michael Jackson a child molester?
Speculators to this paradigm shift comment that this was a sly maneuver by the prosecution in the case to evade the more arduous burden of proof ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ needed for a just and constitutional trial.
Moreover, none of the other allegations ever led to a criminal trial—let alone a criminal conviction—for Jackson.
The most apparent and protruding irony in this case is the claim by prosecutors that Jackson was so covert in his alleged acts that he actually had a bell in his bedroom to make sure no one entering the room would happen upon an alleged act of molestation.
They also make claims that his molestation was so blatant that eight people ‘witnessed’ these events, and they left such a strong impression on them that they could remember the details a decade or more later at the time of the trial.
The basic tenants of logic should prove these two allegations erroneous and mutually exclusive.
The jury in the case, for its part, should be commended for upholding Jackson’s trial rights and judging only the evidence in the case, and not allowing hearsay and speculation to be enough for a conviction.
Because the waters of the Michael Jackson case were so murky, we may never know the truth. Even in hindsight, all that can be ascertained is a timeline of events, which seem to provide the summary for this period in the King of Pop’s life.
Michael Jackson’s Criminal Defense Timeline
12/04: Michael Jackson voluntarily submits a DNA sample to authorities.
01/05: Jackson is charged by a Santa Barbara County grand jury, and pleads innocent to, molesting a 13-year old boy, conspiring to commit extortion, false imprisonment, and child abduction.
2/24/05: After a brief delay, jury is selected: eight women, four men, ranging in age from 20 to 79. It is widely reported, the racial/ethnic diversity is seven whites, four Hispanics and one Asian. The jurors occupations range from head cashier, army widow, computer programmer, civil engineer, and a horse trainer.
4/25/05: Michael Jackson’s former wife, Debbie Rowe, is set to be testified against him. She is expected to speak about being pressured into giving a scripted videotaped interview. Doing so, she is alleged promised she would then have visits with her two children.
4/27/05: Debbie Rowe testified at the Michael Jackson trial.
4/28/05: Debbie Rowe defended Michael Jackson as a “good father” who was “great with kids.” She also described him as a victim of aides who were “vultures” who exploited Michael.
6/13/05: After a four-month trial, and about 30 hours of deliberations over a seven day period, jurors acquitted Michael Jackson of all charges.