Jury Ponders on Jackson's Fate

Society | June 4, 2005, Saturday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
Jury Ponders on Jackson's Fate Jurors have been sent home for the weekend, after starting to consider their verdict in the child abuse trial of American pop star Michael Jackson. The jury was sent out after rival lawyers finished closing statements. Photo by as.wn.com

Jurors have been sent home for the weekend, after starting to consider their verdict in the child abuse trial of American pop star Michael Jackson.

The jury was sent out after rival lawyers finished closing statements. Jackson's lawyer tried to discredit his accusers and dismiss their claims.

Michael Jackson denies all 10 charges against him, including giving alcohol to a boy of 13 and abusing him.

He could be jailed for 20 years if convicted on all charges.
The jury of eight women and four men deliberated for two hours on Friday, before going home for the weekend.

They will return on Monday, and are expected to deliberate for about six hours a day until they either reach verdicts or announce a deadlock.

In his closing arguments, Jackson's lawyer told jurors that the abuse allegations by Gavin Arvizo were the work of a family intent on capitalising on his client's fame and wealth.

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