December 14th, 2003

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WILL THERE BE CHARGES ??
Legal experts insist that prosecutors will need hard physical evidence to over shadow question’s regarding the accuser’s credibility in the Michael Jackson child abuse allegations. It has been just under a month since the allegations first surfaced and formal charges have yet to be filed. Scheduled to be charged Monday the 15th, it appears the charges will be delayed a few more days.

Since Jackson turned himself in on the 20th of last month, Law enforcement officials have not discussed their evidence. Former Santa Barbara County Sheriff Jim Thomas, has discussed the case with DA Thomas Sneddon, Mr. Thomas expects the charges to allege that Jackson molested one child repeatedly, probably over a period of more than a month. "You will see allegations of multiple counts of child molestation on this particular child," Thomas said.

Details have emerged that raise questions about the credibility of the accuser and his family. A confidential memo was leaked last week from Los Angeles County child welfare; it stated that LA County officials determined in February that there was no basis for allegations that Jackson had molested the boy. Jackson´s accuser, his brother and his mother all denied the boy had been molested in the memo.

After it was leaked to the press, the DA shot back in a statement saying that he was aware of the memo when he sought the arrest warrant and did not expect it to affect his case.

In 1998, the child´s family also filed a lawsuit in which they alleged mall security guards beat them, and the mother said she was sexually assaulted during the incident. The family eventually received a $137,500 settlement.

The accuser’s mother is said to have a "Svengali-like ability" to make her children lie in testimony, this coming from the accuser’s father.

Leonard Levine, a defense attorney who specializes in sexual assault cases, said Sneddon´s decision to press ahead suggests the district attorney has strong evidence he has not yet released. "I would be very surprised if the sole evidence that they had is simply the complaint of the alleged victim," Levine said. Sneddon declined to comment on the case he is building against Jackson. But Thomas and a Southern California district attorney who is in close contact with Sneddon told The Associated Press the prosecutor is confident he has a strong case. Tony Rackauckas the Orange County District Attorney also believes prosecutors will need physical evidence or an additional witness because of the credibility questions. He said Sneddon seems certain he can prove Jackson guilty. "He was very confident about the evidence in the case and very confident that he´s bringing a proper case, and that it would result in a conviction," said Rackauckas.

Sneddon did not immediately file a formal complaint after Jackson´s Nov. 20 booking. He said officials needed until this week to set up a Web site they would use to distribute the charging documents to hundreds of news organizations following the case. Criminal charges are usually announced soon after an arrest.

Source: Foxnews/MJJF
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