Jury deliberations in Michael Jackson’s child-molestation trial may have been tainted by smuggling in videotaped Court TV shows and secretly communicating with the pop star’s mother, reports the New York Daily News. Author Stacy Brown says he heard the details from two jurors who consulted him for help with tell-all books they plan to write. “From what I’ve heard, the whole trial was a waste of taxpayers’ money and time. That jury would have acquitted him even if they had a videotape [of the alleged crime],” said Brown.
A juror reportedly snuck a forbidden video of Court TV broadcasts featuring the prosecution-friendly Diane Dimond and Nancy Grace into the jury room, but a faulty VCR prevented a sneak peek. Juror Eleanor Cook says she smuggled a medical text into deliberations to show “Jackson fit the book’s definition of a pedophile to a T.” Cook admits she frequently winked at Jackson’s mother Katherine in court and “exchanged wardrobe tips” with the entertainer’s mom, which resulted in them wearing the same colors on certain days. Three female jurors supposedly were such rabid Jackson fans hat they cooed, “Not my Michael” when the panel discussed the felony charges against the pop idol. Both Cook and juror Ray Hultman “said these three women formed a bond, and their minds were made up about one-third of the way through the trial,” Brown said. Both Cook, 79, and Hultman, 62, say they now believe Jackson was guilty.