How bad is it to be Tom Sneddon now? For the second time in 12 years, Michael Jackson has gotten away from him. Anyone who sat in that courtroom in Santa Maria saw that Sneddon could be cranky and, perhaps worse for such a high-profile trial, bland.
You can be certain that when the nation's two most prominent tabloids come up with exactly the same headline, the ever-elusive zeitgeist has been pinned down, butterfly style, for a moment.
Jury of eight women and four men concluded that the evidence was not sufficient beyond a reasonable doubt that pop star is a predatory child molester. The jurors found him not guilty on all 10 counts.
In the end, the jurors said, it came down to four words: Beyond a reasonable doubt. The prosecution in Michael Jackson's molestation trial just never got there for them.
More Michael Jackson News and Features
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One Strange Case: The Real Michael Jackson Remains at Large (Post, June 14, 2005; Page C01)
The Once and Future King of Pop? Not Likely. (Post, June 14, 2005; Page C01)
From Legal Analysts, a Mixed Verdict on the Trial (Post, June 14, 2005; Page A08)
Crystal Balls Go Foggy (By Lisa de Moraes, June 14, 2005; Page C07)
Throughout Trial, A More Subdued Jackson (Post, June 13, 2005; 5:33 PM)
At Jackson Trial, the Jury Is Out: As Deliberations Begin, Analysts Speculate on the Pop Star's Fate (Post, June 4, 2005; Page A01)
Jackson Case Goes to Jury (Post, June 3, 2005; 4:33 PM)
Lawyers Dazzle In Summations (Post, June 3, 2005; Page C01)
The Plots Thicken: At the Michael Jackson Trial, a Confusion of Conspiracies (Post, May 26, 2005; Page C01)
Accuser's Celebrity Circle: Final Defense Witness Chris Tucker Was 'Suspicious' of Mother (Post, May 26, 2005; Page C01)
Defense Not Laughing Over Leno's Testimony (Post, May 25, 2005; Page C01)
Mother Of Accuser Portrayed as Greedy and Grasping (Post, May 24, 2005; Page C02)
Kingdom of Pop: At Neverland Ranch, Light and Shadow Play All Day (Post, May 22, 2005; Page D01)
Boy Said Jackson 'Never Touched Me,' Social Worker Testifies (Post, May 18, 2005; Page C03)
Geragos Ordered Monitoring Of Accuser (Post, May 14, 2005; Page C03)
Culkin Shared Jackson's Bed But Says He Wasn't Molested (Post, May 12, 2005; Page A01)
Neverland Ranch Overseer Comes to His Boss's Defense (Post, May 11, 2005; Page C01)
Neverland Staffers Testify for the Defense (Post, May 10, 2005; Page C07)
Jackson Defense Spotlights Two of Pop Singer's 'Special Friends' (Post, May 7, 2005; Page C01)
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