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Last Updated: Monday, 13 June, 2005, 16:11 GMT 17:11 UK
Jackson jury enters second week
Raymone Bain
Publicist Raymone Bain has parted company with the Jackson camp
The 12 jurors in Michael Jackson's child abuse trial have entered their second week of deliberations without reaching a verdict.

The jury, which has spent more than 28 hours in discussion since entering the jury room on 3 June, returned to consider the case on Monday.

Mr Jackson, 46, faces 10 charges, including allegedly molesting a 13-year-old boy two years ago.

The singer, who denies all the charges, faces up to 20 years in jail.

Publicist split

Other charges include giving the boy alcohol and conspiracy to kidnap him and his family. The jury's verdict must be unanimous.

If the jury cannot arrive at a verdict within a reasonable time, they tell the judge they cannot reach a verdict and the judge can dismiss them.

This would result in a mistrial, and according to Californian law, it may mean the case goes to trial again with a new jury.

Mr Jackson has remained at his Neverland ranch in California since the jury retired.

He will be given one hour to travel to Santa Barbara Superior Court when the jury returns to announce its verdict.

News conference

On Friday, the singer parted company with publicist Raymone Bain following an apparent disagreement with Mr Jackson's attorney, Thomas Mesereau, over whether she was entitled to hold press conferences on behalf of the singer.

The defence team have been barred from talking about the case by the trial judge, but Ms Bain held a news conference in which she indicated her comments had been approved by Mr Mesereau.

A statement on Mr Jackson's website reads: "MJJ Productions regretfully announces the termination of Raymone Bain and Davis, Bain and Associates. We thank you for your services."

Ms Bain has denied to reporters that she was fired.

Lesser charge

Before retiring, jurors were told they may consider a lesser alcohol charge against the singer if they were unable to reach a conclusion on charges that Mr Jackson gave a child alcohol in order to molest him.

Jurors were given 98 pages of instructions on how to deliberate on the case and have so far asked lawyers just one question.

The number of police officers outside the court has been doubled in recent days.

The news of the verdict was expected to spark such mobile phone activity that several television networks have installed landlines on site in case telephone signals go down.


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