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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 February, 2005, 21:42 GMT
Jackson jury pool narrowed to 250
Michael Jackson arrives in court for the second day of jury selection
Michael Jackson's trial could last up to six months
The trial of pop star Michael Jackson in California on charges of child molestation has been adjourned until next Monday.

The decision was taken after a pool of 4,000 potential jurors for the case in Santa Maria was narrowed down to 250.

The process of selecting the final 12 jurors and eight stand-by jurors will continue next week.

Mr Jackson denies plying a boy with alcohol and molesting him. The trial could last up to six months.

The trial started on Monday.

On the first day, the singer turned up dressed all in white with a jewel-encrusted belt and waved at about 200 fans who gathered to show their support.

Some have been camping overnight, while 1,000 media workers from around the world are in town to report on the case, already called "the trial of the century".

'Day in court'

The remaining 250 potential jurors have been asked to fill in questionnaires and will be questioned by lawyers for both sides next week.

Michael Jackson with entourage

The legal teams have employed professional jury consultants, who specialise in assessing the personalities of potential jurors and their likely opinions about the case.

The entire process could take up to a month.

Mr Jackson is facing four charges of lewd acts involving a minor, one count involving an attempted lewd act upon a child and four counts of administering alcohol.

He also faces one charge of conspiracy allegedly involving child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. All allegations relate to the same child.

The singer released a statement on Sunday saying: "I will be acquitted and vindicated when the truth is told.

"Please keep an open mind and let me have my day in court. I deserve a fair trial like every other American citizen."


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