How Strong Is Jackson Case? Formal Charge Delayed


Is the Michael Jackson child-molestation case bogging down? The New York Times says that Santa Barbara County, Ca., prosecutor Thomas W. Sneddon Jr., has twice delayed filing formal charges against Jackson was arrested and set free on $3 million bail on Nov. 20. Sneddon says the charges will be made public the week of Dec. 15.

The Times says the tip line to field calls from anyone with information about the current case or similar ones has yielded little.

The delay in releasing details and the lack of new complaints have prompted some Jackson backers to say that Sneddon “is playing a weak hand based on a single child’s shaky testimony,” the Times says. Jackson attorney Mark Geragons has called the accusation a “big lie.”

Sneddon told CNN that, “It just doesn’t make any sense that the sheriff and I would do something that is doomed in the long run to fail. We have a responsibility. We didn’t go looking for this case. It came to us.”

Roseanne Froeberg, head of the sex crimes unit of the Orange County, Ca., district attorney’s office, said a case that turns on the testimony of one child, especially one with health problems and a complicated relationship with the defendant, can be tough to prove. “A lot can change between the filing of the charge and presentation to a jury,” she said.


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