Millions of fans of Michael Jackson are marking the 15th anniversary of the day the King of Pop was found not guilty in an infamous child abuse case.
#MichaelJacksonVindicated became one of the top hashtag trends on Twitter as his fans paid tribute to the singer.
Users were posting pictures and videos of Michael as they expressed their love for the late singer who died in 2009.
He was found not guilty of all counts in the trial that pushed him to his physical and mental limits.
The singer was required to prove that the allegations levelled against him were totally false.
During the 2005 trial, a grand total of zero corroborating evidence was able to back up the claims from the Arvizo family. All evidence pointed at an extortion attempt that resulted in a criminal indictment by a Prosecutor with a vendetta against Mr. Jackson.
Pathology, and jury consulting, the trial ended up costing America $2.7 million.
“Jurors found the prosecution’s case weak and the timeline of accusations problematic, because they had claimed the molestation occurred after the broadcast of the documentary when the world’s attention was on Jackson and Gavin. One juror believed the mother was a scam artist. In a news conference held after the trial a juror said, “We expected better evidence, something that was a little more convincing. It just wasn’t there.” FBI files released after Jackson’s death also noted that there are no outstanding leads or evidence item.”- Wikipedia
“Mr. Jackson, your bail is exonerated and you are released,” Judge Rodney S. Melville said after the string of not-guilty verdicts were read.
The pop star was the true victim of the 2005 trial of Michael Jackson. “A man broken by the greed of others. Innocent then, innocent now, innocent forever”.- Fan
“Lies run sprints, but The Truth runs Marathons.”
“A lot of people are going to be surprised, and you don’t need a law degree to understand this verdict. It is an absolute and complete victory for Michael Jackson, utter humiliation and defeat for Thomas Sneddon, the district attorney who has been pursuing Michael Jackson for more than a decade, who brought a case that was not one that this jury bought at all. This one’s over.”
— CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin
“MJ’s prosecution was a travesty of justice and one of the most mean-spirited attacks on an innocent person, in legal history “- Tom Mesereau, American Attorney.
Compiled by The Loyal Nigerian Lawyer correspondent