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Jackson defence to call on stars
Michael Jackson arrives in court with lawyer Thomas Mesereau
Two of Michael Jackson's children may be called in his defence
A parade of stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder could be called as witnesses in Michael Jackson's defence, his lawyers say.

The celebrities' names were read out as the lengthy process of jury selection in the child abuse trial resumed.

Also on the list were illusionist David Blaine, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, US talk show hosts Larry King and Jay Leno and two of Mr Jackson's own children.

Prosecutors may call Debbie Rowe, their mother. Mr Jackson denies the charges.

Other star defence witnesses could include US basketball player Kobe Bryant, himself the subject of a rape case that collapsed last year after criminal charges against him were dropped.

Bee Gee singer Barry Gibb, actor Chris Tucker and illusionist Uri Geller may also be called to the stand in Mr Jackson's defence.

Jury selection

Potential prosecution witnesses include former US child star Corey Feldman and British journalist Martin Bashir, whose 2003 documentary Living With Michael Jackson will be shown to jurors during the trial.

As jury selection resumed, defence and prosecution lawyers began the process of whittling down some 240 possible jurors to a panel of 12, with eight substitutes.

The potential jurors will be questioned about their values and ability to give Mr Jackson a fair trial.

Corey Feldman
Former child star Corey Feldman is a potential prosecution witness

Each has filled out a seven-page questionnaire, with judge Rodney Melville revealing the answers to the media despite protestations from the defence.

Jurors were also asked if they had followed other child molestation allegations made against the singer in 1993 which never reached court.

Both legal teams will be allowed to question the potential jurors on their views on a host of topics including race, child abuse and celebrity.

The US system of picking a jury allows the defence and prosecution an unlimited veto on anyone they believe to have a bias.

They are also allowed 10 "peremptory" challenges each, removing a juror without offering an explanation.

The trial, which began on 31 January, is expected to last up to six months. Mr Jackson, 46, denies 10 counts of child abuse and conspiracy.

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