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Before the deluge: MJ's trial bigger than OJ's?

post #1 of 17
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All I heard at school today was "Michael Jackson's trial starts today", and it seems as if there are reports on every TV channel in Germany this evening. Are you ready for the onslaught? OJ Simpson was basically unknown outside North America until the low-speed chase and trial, but there are few parts of the world where "Michael Jackson" doesn't ring a bell with most of the population.
Are you interested in following the case, or will you resent being force-fed every little detail by the media? Should it be televised?
post #2 of 17
I wasn't really old enough to care about OJ but Michael Jackson is interesting to me... just because he seems like such a strange person who COULD seem to have done what he's accused of doing... but then again not. You know? If I didn't work for the news I probably wouldn't care.. since I do I'm probably going to get tired of it very quickly! As for it being televised... I don't know. I think televising trials just to begin with is a bad idea but I don't have any proof to back up my reasoning.
post #3 of 17
I wouldn't mind being in the courtroom to hear the "whole" truth instead of reading whats true and whats not true in the papers, because by being there at least everything will be out in the open, or it should be?!.
post #4 of 17
I find it interesting that even though a gag order has been issued to all parties, MJ still manages to place his plea of innocence on a video off his website
post #5 of 17
Ugh, I am going to try and keep away from this untli they say the verdict - same with the Robert Blake trial. I just hope that, if they indeed did commit the crimes that they are accused of, then justice is served.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by hissy
I find it interesting that even though a gag order has been issued to all parties, MJ still manages to place his plea of innocence on a video off his website
The judge allowed it, because of the leaked grand jury testimony.

According to MSNBC, there were approximately 1000 journalists (mostly foreign) and about 200 MJ supporters, at the courthouse today. I also saw advocates for child abuse victims, holding up signs.

I'm waiting for MJ's nose to fall off, during testimony.
post #7 of 17
I don't really care one way or another about this trial.
post #8 of 17
He's the fodder of every comedian from Chris Rock to Richard Jeni. He has about zero credibility left anymore. It'll be tough to follow the trial, as everything about it has been sealed by the judge. One thing is certain: he is one messed-up individual.
post #9 of 17
I'm interested, but I won't be glued (unlike his nose.)
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by katl8e
I'm waiting for MJ's nose to fall off, during testimony.
That would be priceless!

I'm indifferent to the whole thing. However, I do not think trials should be televised in big cases, becuase it turns the whole thing into a media frenzy and publicity show, rather than a trial.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by hissy
I find it interesting that even though a gag order has been issued to all parties, MJ still manages to place his plea of innocence on a video off his website
I believe I read that he got the courts permission to air his, IMO, pack of lies. For me I can't imagine it being bigger than OJ...that case and it's awful decision still weighs heavily on my heart. I remember the day the verdict came in. I happened to have a therapy appointment that day, I cryed all through my session.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by mrsd
I'm interested, but I won't be glued (unlike his nose.)
Mrsd, you always crack me up...what do you do for a living? And when I are getting your own sitcom?
post #13 of 17
Mom of Franz,
I raise children.
post #14 of 17
I'm waiting for MJ's nose to fall off, during testimony.[/quote]

post #15 of 17
I think Micheal Jacksonis bigger... He has been accused of this type of thing before. I know he "innocent until proven guilty" But come on, if you're acussed once and that's it, I can say maybe he didn't do it, but twice, I'm more inclined to believe the victums.
post #16 of 17
I live in Los Angeles. During the OJ trial, we didn't have regular TV all day long. They pre-empted everything on all of our local stations each and every day of that trial. I don't know if they did that in other places, but here they did. Now, I honestly HOPE they don't do that with MJJ. Today TV is normal. So, maybe they won't. If they don't turn all of our lives all around because of MJJ, then maybe it won't be as big as OJ.
post #17 of 17
The dean of my sisters law school was on the OJ panel so I had to watch the whole damn thing (I was living with her at the time) I really found it depressing to come home and hear it. I know with MJ I won't pay close attention but of course be curious how things unfold. It's very creepy though, even if he is innocent he isn't really innocent. It's so lose lose really.
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