Michael Jackson on Trial: Day One
January 31, 2005
are one step closer to presenting their case against
Michael Jackson today, and "Extra" is teaming
up with "Celebrity Justice" for day one of
the new trial of the century.
Dressed in his customary courtroom whites, a confident
Michael Jackson was greeted by hundreds of cheering
fans Monday morning. After a simple wave, Jackson strutted
briskly into the courtroom, ready to begin his fight
Inside, the first order of business was picking a jury.
Here's what we've learned: there were 750 people in
the initial jury pool and it could take up to one month
to choose a jury. One of the biggest challenges could
be finding people who can stay the length of the trial,
which some estimate could take six months.
Meanwhile, away from court, the Michael Jackson camp
is fighting another war -- over public opinion. Jackson
released a videotaped message on the Internet, saying
he believed he could get a fair trial and predicting
he would be acquitted. "I have great faith in our
justice system," Jackson said in the video.
Jackson's parents, Katherine and Joe, gave an exclusive
interview, which aired on CBS's "Early Show,"
and the sparks flew when Joe was asked why Michael is
more popular overseas than in America. "You don't
want me to answer that, do you?" Joe said to his
wife. "No, Joe, just shut up," Katherine responded.
But that didn't stop Joe: "I'm going to cut to
the chase on this one, it is racism."
Michael Jackson will now spend the next half a year
trying to convince 12 strangers that he doesn't deserve
a life behind bars. Stay with "Extra" for
breaking news in the new trial of the century, as we
harness the resources of two shows for one powerful
punch inside the Michael Jackson trial.