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Jackson gets jury summons



…"I’m sure he’d receive a warm welcome from the District Attorney’s Office," joked Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola School of Law who monitored Mr. Jackson’s 4½-month trial in Santa Maria which ended in June with a full acquittal.

"This would give a new meaning to the phrase ‘a jury of your peers,’ " Ms. Levenson said. Ms. Levenson noted: "It’s just one of those ironies of life that he’d be called as a juror. But on a more serious note, if I were a criminal defendant, I’d welcome him with open arms.

"He’s been through the system, and I’m sure he appreciates the presumption of innocence more than any other person who might be called for jury service." …


Thu Oct 20, 2005 3:47 PM ET

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Michael Jackson has been summoned for jury duty in California but won’t be serving because he no longer considers Neverland Valley Ranch his home, court officials said on Thursday.

It was not immediately clear where the pop star would be hanging his famous black hat, although he has been in Bahrain for much of the past few months…

…court spokesman Gary Blair said Jackson attorney Robert Sanger called court officials to notify them that the 47-year-old entertainer would not be able to serve because he would no longer be living at Neverland full time.

"Our jury services supervisor spoke with (Sanger) a couple of days ago and he notified her that Mr. Jackson was in Bahrain and that he would be changing his permanent address to somewhere other than the ranch," Blair said.

Blair said Jackson was issued a 90-day deferral on his jury service while he completed paperwork notifying the court of his move.

Blair said Sanger did not tell the court where Jackson would be living…

California authorities want Michael Jackson back in court

Jackson received a jury summons at his Neverland Valley Ranch, four months after he was acquitted of child molestation charges.

"It’s just one of those ironies of life that he’d be called as a juror," said Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola School of Law who monitored Jackson’s trial.

It is unlikely that Jackson will show up for jury selection.

His lawyers have filed paperwork for a deferral based on the fact that he now lives in Bahrain.

"He is permanently living outside of the United States," said Thomas Mesereau, who defended Jackson against the child molestation charges.

Jury Commissioner Gary Blair said Jackson would likely be excused from serving.

"All he has to do is show he has legal residency somewhere else and he’ll be exempted," Blair said.

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