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Jun 17th, 2005, 01:42 AM
Michael Jackson trial over but lawyers battle on

By Dan WhitcombThu Jun 16, 2:51 PM ET

Three days after Michael Jackson won a full acquittal on sex-abuse charges, a judge on Thursday ordered the pop star's passport returned and defense attorneys sought the rest of his belongings seized by police in a 2003 raid.

"Mr. Jackson wants his stuff," defense attorney Robert Sanger said after a post-trial hearing at the Santa Maria courthouse where the 46-year-old singer was cleared by an eight-woman, four-man jury on Monday.

Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville ordered that Jackson's passport, which was confiscated by authorities after his 2003 arrest, be returned -- though the judge said it was not immediately clear where it had gone.

Jackson's lawyers had come to court seeking a return of everything taken from him in the course of the case, but prosecutors said they had to further consider their legal position on that issue and Melville deferred a ruling.

Among the items they are seeking are pictures taken of Jackson's genitals during a separate 1993 investigation involving a boy who ultimately settled with the singer out of court, but Sanger did not mention those photographs in court and declined to discuss them with reporters.

"Everybody should get all of their property back," he said. "Mr. Jackson was acquitted, was exonerated and he should be allowed to go on with his life."

Missing from the hearing was Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom Sneddon, who has been forced to defend his prosecution in the face of Jackson's full acquittal on all 10 counts of a grand jury indictment.

Melville also granted a request by news organizations to unseal the dozens of legal motions, and other documents kept secret since the case began with a raid on Jackson's Neverland Valley Ranch on Nov. 18, 2003.

The judge also said that a New Jersey memorabilia dealer could reclaim a storage unit full of material that he obtained through a bankruptcy action involving Jackson's parents which was seized as potential evidence but never used in court.

With Jackson's sensational four-month trial over, the hearing was attended by only about 10 reporters, in contrast to the more than 1,000 journalists who descended on Santa Maria for the verdict.

Outside the courthouse, crews began clearing away the mess of tangled cables and broken fencing left behind, and a coffee shop across the street, which had served as a makeshift office for reporters for months, was shuttered and empty, bearing only the hand-lettered sign: "We will miss you."

Jun 17th, 2005, 01:43 AM
let the wrangling begin. :boxing:

although if I was Michael I'd want pictures back of my privates as well. :tape:

Jun 17th, 2005, 03:05 AM
let the wrangling begin. :boxing:

although if I was Michael I'd want pictures back of my privates as well. :tape::haha: I hear ya.
Michael has smart attorneys. Those could wind up on the internet. ;)