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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 June, 2005, 09:05 GMT 10:05 UK
In pictures: Jackson judgement
Michael Jackson leaves court after being cleared
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Michael Jackson left the court a free man after being found not guilty of child abuse in Santa Maria, California, on Monday. He was accompanied by his mother Katherine, left, and other family members.
Fans outside the courthouse
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The star was cheered on by fans who had travelled to the town to support their idol.
A court artist's sketch of Michael Jackson as the verdicts are being read
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Inside court, Jackson showed "muted emotion" and one of his legal team burst into tears.
Fans react to the verdicts
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Some fans had secured places in the public gallery, and streamed out jubilantly after the verdicts had been returned.
Fans punch the air as the verdicts are read out
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The crowd of fans screamed in delight as verdicts were relayed on loudspeakers.
A woman releases doves outside the courthouse
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One woman released doves as the verdicts were read out.
Fans cry as the verdicts are read out
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Some were overcome by emotion.
Staff at the Neverland ranch wave to fans
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Fans outside the star's ranch were greeted by relieved Neverland staff.
Fans read newspapers outside Neverland ranch
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They sang some of his songs, cheered and read a special edition of a local newspaper.
Man holding poster saying world is sorry
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Fans hope it will be the end of a 12-year ordeal during which Jackson has been plagued by child abuse allegations.
Santa Barbara district attorney Tom Sneddon
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Santa Barbara district attorney Tom Sneddon, who has pursued Jackson since the 1990s, told a press conference he "did the right thing for the right reasons".


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