After a week in court that featured testimony about books with pictures of nude boys, prosecutors in the Michael Jackson appeared close to the final stages of their case.
District Attorney Tom Sneddon said last week the prosecution would rest its case against the singer on Tuesday. Sneddon has not said who would testify today and on Tuesday.
After the prosecution rests, the defence was expected to ask Judge Rodney S. Melville to dismiss the entire case for insufficient evidence. They will argue the testimony so far has failed to substantiate the charges. Such motions rarely succeed.
On Friday, prosecutors presented two books found in Jackson’s home that included pictures of nude boys.
Los Angeles police Detective Rosibel Smith, who found the books in a locked filing cabinet in Jackson’s master bedroom during a 1993 search, testified that both books featured boys “playing, swimming, jumping”.
One book included an inscription written by Jackson: “Look at the true spirit of happiness and joy in these boys’ faces, this is the spirit of boyhood, a life I’ve never had and will always dream of. This is the life I want for my children.”
The books were seized during a molestation investigation involving a boy who received a multi-million dollar settlement from Jackson in 1994. The investigation never led to criminal charges against Jackson.
Jackson, 46, is accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy in 2003, giving him alcohol and conspiring to hold the accuser’s family captive to get them to rebut a damaging documentary, “Living With Michael Jackson.”
The documentary, which aired in the US on February 6, 2003, featured Jackson holding hands with his accuser and saying he has allowed children to sleep in his bed, though he said the sleepovers were non-sexual.
Much of the speculation is now about whether Jackson himself will take the stand.
Lead defence lawyer Thomas Mesereau Jr.’s close friend and associate, attorney Dana Cole, said Mesereau is leaning toward putting him on.
“Tom feels Michael would make a very good witness,” Cole said. “He feels it’s important for the client to look at the jury and say: ’I did not commit this crime'.”
Jackson denies all the charges against him.