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Criminal Defense history: Jackson daces molestation charges

This week marks the 11th anniversary of Michael Jackson being accused of child molestation in criminal court on Nov. 19, 2003. It was not the first time Jackson faced molestation charges, either. Jackson was accused of child molestation in a 1993 civil case as well -- a matter that he successfully settled out of court.

Unlike the civil child molestation case in 1993, though, the 2003 child molestation charges were of a criminal nature and the two-year-long case went all the way to trial. According to court documents, Jackson was accused of heinous acts against his child victim and charged with 10 criminal counts in total. Among them were counts of sexually molesting a minor, abduction, intoxicating a minor and conspiracy to hold the minor and his parents hostage at the pop star's famed Neverland Ranch.

Oddly, Nov. 19, 2003, was not the only difficult Nov. 19 for pop star Michael Jackson. On Nov. 19, 2002, he incited intense public outcry after a news camera filmed him holding his baby son off the edge of a hotel balcony in Germany. This video footage and the multiple molestation accusations served to negatively transform Jackson's public image over the years and his formerly squeaky-clean image would never regain its purity again.

As for the results of his child molestation trial proceedings, in June 2005, Jackson was able to successfully defend himself against the allegations at trial. He was ultimately acquitted of all the criminal charges, and he walked away free and clear of the crimes.

New Hampshire residents who are accused of child molestation and other crimes are not necessarily facing the end of the world. Although, even if one's criminal defense is successful and no conviction occurs, such accusations can be extremely damaging to one's career and reputation. As such, these matters are best handled with extreme tactfulness in dealing with the media, in dealing with the accusers and in dealing with the court system.

Source: history.com, "An arrest warrant is issued for Michael Jackson" Nov. 20, 2014

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