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Jackson jury's requests revealed
Michael Jackson leaving court
Michael Jackson has not been seen in public since his acquittal
Before they acquitted Michael Jackson, jurors in his trial asked to hear the full testimony of the boy who accused the singer of molestation.

It was one of six requests the jury made to Judge Rodney Melville in making its decision, court documents revealed.

Jurors were briefly deadlocked on two lesser charges accusing Jackson of giving alcohol to a minor.

The judge said he intended to release virtually every document used in the trial and return Mr Jackson's passport.

Home on film

"I have no intention to keep anything sealed except something that might involve privacy matters of a juror," Judge Melville said.

Material that was sealed included search warrants, sections of motions that were blacked out and transcripts of hearings in the judge's chambers.

Defence lawyer Robert Sanger
Robert Sanger said videos shown at the trial raised privacy issues
Judge Melville said there was so much material that it probably could not be released for about a month.

However, Mr Jackson's defence lawyer Robert Sanger said reporters had no legal right to broadcast video footage shown to the jury during the trial.

The footage included pictures of Mr Jackson's home, which Mr Sanger said had privacy interests. Judge Melville deferred a ruling on the matter.

Documents released on Thursday revealed that the jury foreman submitted a handwritten note to Judge Melville asking to hear all the testimony from Jackson's teenage accuser, Gavin Arvizo. The request was granted.

Trial site deserted

On the day they returned their verdicts, jurors were briefly unable to reach a decision on two alcohol charges.

"We cannot agree on the lesser counts of seven and eight," said a note to the judge, which was quickly superseded by another note saying: "Please disregard our prior request with counts 7 and 8."

A short time later, jurors acquitted Mr Jackson of all 10 charges.

Thursday's Santa Barbara Superior Court hearing was attended by 10 reporters, in contrast to more than 1,000 journalists who descended on the California court for the verdict.

A nearby coffee shop, which had served as a makeshift office for reporters for the past four months, was shuttered and empty, bearing the sign: "We will miss you."


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