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Jackson probe 'should be public'
Michael Jackson
The singer has denied all the charges
Santa Barbara's sheriff has asked a judge if the results of an inquiry into whether Michael Jackson was manhandled by police can be made public.

The singer claimed he was mistreated by police after his arrest on allegations of child molestation last year.

Judge Rodney Melville initially ordered that Sheriff Jim Anderson's request remain secret - but it was released along with other documents on Friday.

Mr Jackson has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

He claimed in a TV interview that he had been locked in a faeces-smeared toilet for 45 minutes after he had asked to use the facilities after being arrested in November 2003.

He also showed what he said was a bruise on his right arm, and claimed his shoulder had been dislocated.

However, when he was led out of jail, he was filmed waving with both arms to fans waiting outside.

An inquiry into the allegations was carried out by California's attorney general, Bill Lockyer, but so far the findings have been kept secret.

The sherrif's request was released with several parts blacked out, continuing a pattern of secrecy set by the judge.

Sneddon evidence

The court is due to reconvene on Monday, when District Attorney Tom Sneddon is expected to testify about surveillance he personally conducted at the office of a private investigator who was working for Jackson's former lawyer, Mark Geragos.

Mr Jackson is expected in court to hear Mr Sneddon give evidnece, reports say.

The investigator, Bradley Miller, was not in his Beverly Hills office when Mr Sneddon went there and took photographs of the building and its roster of occupants.

Santa Barbara County sheriff's officials have already said they searched Mr Miller's office and seized documents - adding they did not know he was working for Mr Geragos.

Mr Jackson's current lawyer, Thomas Mesereau Jr, maintains that the sheriff's department and Mr Sneddon violated the attorney-client privilege of confidentiality by raiding Mr Miller's office.

Mr Mesereau contends that everything seized from the office should be suppressed and not allowed in evidence at Jackson's trial.

Mr Jackson has denied charges of committing a lewd act upon a child, administering an intoxicating agent and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. He has pleaded not guilty and is free on $3 million bail.

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