Jackson Accuser "Gravely Ill"
The cancer-stricken child at the centre of the Michael Jackson molestation allegations is in very poor health, according to a former lawyer for his mother.
William Dickerman also claims to have insider knowledge of some of the evidence and believes the Santa Barbara County district attorney's office has a strong case. There is "plenty of persuasive oral evidence", he says, including findings by "a very conservative psychologist who is inclined not to find molestation". As for the existence of any physical evidence, he replied: "it certainly wouldn't surprise me."
Mr Dickerman described himself not as a legal representative but as a "family friend", saying he stopped representing the family last year when it became apparent Jackson would be criminally charged.
Meanwhile, other legal experts have been giving their opinion on the potential case against Jackson. Michael Coard, a well-known Pennsylvania defence lawyer, addressed some of the issues surrounding the high-profile case in an interview with the Philadelphia Tribune, saying he believed Michael had a 95-100% chance of winning.
Coard put the prosecutor Tom Sneddons case down to what he called an apparent "personal vendetta" ever since failing in 1993 to get similar allegations against Jackson to court. "It looks to me that what [Sneddon] wants before his planned retirement is a Michael Jackson trophy on his wall", he said.
In other news, Jacksons current troubles are having knock-on effects for an Arizona auction company. Barrett-Jackson auctioneers have vowed to sell Michael's autographed Bentley car this week despite the singer failing to return calls about where the proceeds should go.
The Bentley has been signed on its roof by Jackson and a host of other celebrities.