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Jackson trial: Week four
A day-by-day account of the Michael Jackson trial, with all the key evidence, quotes and witnesses.


Key witness: Fingerprint expert Robert Spinner, of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department.

Key points: Mr Spinner said fingerprints matching those of Mr Jackson and his accuser were found together on a single pornographic magazine.

Mr Jackson's left thumbprint and three fingerprints from Gavin Arvizo were found on a copy of Hustler Barely Legal Hardcore, he told the court. Mr Spinner said 19 fingerprints were found on that and other magazines seized at Neverland.

Mr Spinner was one of six witnesses who discussed the procedures police used to process fingerprint evidence in the case.

Judge Rodney Melville ended the day of highly technical evidence 15 minutes early, joking: "I can't take any more."

Outside court: Asked by reporters how he planned to spend the weekend, Mr Jackson replied: "Just to relax with my children."


Key witness: Technician Lisa Hemman, who analysed fingerprints on explicit magazines found at Mr Jackson's Neverland ranch.

Key points: Ms Hemman said one of the prints had been made by the brother of accuser Gavin Arvizo.

Ms Hemman and a colleague first tested the prints in the autumn and their findings were inconclusive, but a subsequent test in January resulted in a positive identification.

Mr Jackson's lawyers said the evidence was unreliable because the magazines were shown at grand jury hearings and could have been handled by the accuser's brother then.

Ms Hemman said technicians always erred on the side of caution, which led to the initial inconclusive findings.

She added that DNA testing was carried out first, resulting in delays to fingerprinting.

Outside court: Michael Jackson said he was still "very much in pain - my back and my side".


Key witnesses: Detectives who took part in the search of Mr Jackson's Neverland ranch were called to the stand.

Key points: A judge ruled the prosecution could not submit as evidence material taken from a computer from Mr Jackson's Neverland ranch that contained alleged pornographic images. Judge Rodney Melville said the images did not relate to the case and there was no proof of who accessed them.

Instead the jury were shown pornographic magazines taken from Mr Jackson's ranch with titles such as Girlfriends, Finally Legal, Girls of Barely Legal. The defence said it offered "powerful corroboration" as the accuser Gavin Arvizo alleges Mr Jackson showed him and his younger brother pornography.

Under questioning sheriff's Detective Craig Bonner said no DNA from accuser or his family was found on the items.

Outside court: Defence lawyer Brian Oxman was taken to hospital after falling ill in the courtroom. Later his wife said he had "a touch of pneumonia".


Witness: Comedian Louise Palanker, who gave the family of accuser Gavin Arvizo $20,000 as he underwent cancer treatment.

Key quotes: "I felt that they were being held against their will," Ms Palanker answered to questioning about a phone call Ms Arvizo made to her from Mr Jackson's Neverland ranch.

"She was extremely agitated. She was almost whispering. She may have been crying at some points in the conversation. She was very frightened," said Ms Palanker.

Ms Palanker said Ms Arvizo told her: "Don't call me back here. They're listening to everything I say. These people are evil."

She also admitted that comedian George Lopez had pulled out of a fundraising event after Gavin's family accused him and his wife of stealing $300 from the boy's wallet, saying they "were irate" at the false allegation.

Outside court: Mr Jackson arrived at court on time but still appeared in pain from his back problem. As he left court, he told waiting reporters: "I'm doing better".

A female fan fainted inside the court building. As she came round she was heard yelling "Michael, Michael". An ambulance was called and she was taken away on a stretcher.


Witnesses: Anthony Urquiza, psychologist; Lauren Wallace, flight attendant.

Key points: Mr Urquiza said that the behaviour of children who have suffered abuse usually changes, including "becoming defiant and name-calling".

The psychologist - who has not worked with accuser Gavin Arvizo - added that false reports of molestation were rare.

He said that he knew of no research that revealed cases of abuse reported for financial gain.

Flight attendant Lauren Wallace told the court she had orders to serve Mr Jackson wine in a soft drink can, and concealed alcohol in the toilet out of the children's reach.

She said she did not see the musician drunk and had not been on duty during a flight with Jackson, Gavin Arvizo and his family.

Outside court: The singer, still said to be suffering from a bad back, arrived late and looked frail. He told reporters as he left court that he was "very much hurt" and taking medication "by way of a doctor", adding: "I'm in pain, I'm in pain."

Defence lawyer Brian Oxman refused to tell reporters about Jackson's illness, saying he would only do so if asked by his client.

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