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Jackson Innocent on All Counts

JUNE 13, 2005 - Posted at 4:26 p.m. CDT

 

SANTA MARIA, CA - Michael Jackson is innocent on all charges.

A California jury deliberated that verdict today, on the seventh day of deliberations.  It found Jackson innocent on all counts in his molestation and conspiracy trial, setting off screams and cheers among fans gathered outside the Santa Maria, California, courthouse.

Jackson faced ten charges of molesting a teenage boy, plying him with alcohol and conspiring to hold him and his family hostage.

The jury reached the verdict after a 14-week trial in which the accuser took the stand but Jackson didn't.

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