Seized Jacko Evidence to Appear at Trial
Computers, cameras, documents and tapes will likely be used at the singer's trial
The judge in the Michael Jackson child molestation case has tentatively ruled that more than three dozen items of evidence seized at the star’s Neverland Ranch and at a private investigator’s office could be admitted at trial.
Most of the evidence in question remains sealed, pending the ongoing gag order in the case from Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville, though Reuters reports that authorities are known to have seized computers, cameras, documents and video and audio tapes from Neverland.
In its raid of private investigator Brad Miller’s office, police retrieved videotaped interviews of Jackson’s young accuser and his family in which they praise the entertainer and deny that he acted inappropriately with the boy. Prosecutors claim that Jackson bullied the family into making those videos.
Melville’s final determination about admitting the evidence at trial will come next month, after attorneys file written arguments.
Jackson, 45, is scheduled to stand trial on Jan. 31 on a 10-count indictment that charges him with child molestation and conspiracy. He has pleaded not guilty and remains free on $3 million bail.