Jackson's attorney says indictment names five co-conspirators
May 25, 2004
LOS ANGELES — The grand jury indictment against singer Michael Jackson names
five people allegedly involved in a criminal conspiracy with the
singer, according to a court document released by the pop star's
Michael Jackson and his mother Katherine Jackson (R) outside the courtroom after his arraignment April, 2004|
Photo - AFP
It was previously unknown how many other people were included in
the indictment, which accuses Jackson of child molestation and a
conspiracy count involving allegations of child abduction, false
imprisonment and extortion.
"The indictment imagines an elaborate conspiracy among Mr.
Jackson, five identified persons and unidentified others," wrote
defense attorney Steve Cochran.
The filing was a response from Jackson's team to media requests
that the grand jury indictment and other documents be unsealed by
the court. The names of the five alleged coconspirators weren't
included in the document the defense released.
The defense attorneys on Friday decried the "media frenzy" that
has surrounded the case and said that the grand jury indictment
reflects a "one-sided, prosecution theory" of the proceedings.
"It is plainly unfair to Mr. Jackson to saturate the media,
again, with only the prosecution's view of this case, particularly
while Mr. Jackson is subject to the constraints of the protective
order," Cochran wrote.
The California Supreme Court said earlier this week that it will
not consider arguments from news organizations trying to end the
gag order, including The Associated Press.
Jackson has pleaded not guilty to child molestation,
administering an intoxicating agent and conspiracy. – Sapa-AP
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