In the courtroom, during a 40 minute hearing, Jackson softly answered "not guilty" to the charges. Minutes later his voice was a lot stronger, making a short statement to reporters, in which he thanked his fans and spoke of his ties to the community. His attorney, Tom Mesereau, was more direct: angrily proclaiming Jackson's innocence.
It was months before the trial finally started, and a verdict wasn't rendered until June the following year. After seven days of deliberations the jury found Jackson not guilty on all counts. Later, some of the jurors expressed regret about their decision. It wasn't the first or the last time Jackson would deal with charges or accusations like the ones in this case.
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