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1 SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
2 IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA
3 SANTA MARIA BRANCH; COOK STREET DIVISION
4 DEPARTMENT SM-2 HON. RODNEY S. MELVILLE, JUDGE
7 THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF )
8 CALIFORNIA, )
9 Plaintiff, )
10 -vs- ) No. 1133603
11 MICHAEL JOE JACKSON, )
12 Defendant. )
16 REPORTER’S TRANSCRIPT OF PROCEEDINGS
18 FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2005
20 8:30 A.M.
22 (PAGES 2709 THROUGH 2800)
27 REPORTED MICHELE MATTSON McNEIL, RPR, CRR, CSR #3304
28 BY: Official Court Reporter 2709
1 APPEARANCES OF COUNSEL:
3 For Plaintiff: THOMAS W. SNEDDON, JR.,
4 District Attorney -and-
5 RONALD J. ZONEN, Sr. Deputy District Attorney
6 -and- GORDON AUCHINCLOSS,
7 Sr. Deputy District Attorney -and-
8 MAG NICOLA, Deputy District Attorney
9 1112 Santa Barbara Street Santa Barbara, California 93101
13 For Defendant: COLLINS, MESEREAU, REDDOCK & YU
14 BY: THOMAS A. MESEREAU, JR., ESQ. -and-
15 SUSAN C. YU, ESQ.
1875 Century Park East, Suite 700
16 Los Angeles, California 90067
18 SANGER & SWYSEN BY: ROBERT M. SANGER, ESQ.
19 233 East Carrillo Street, Suite C Santa Barbara, California 93101
21 OXMAN and JAROSCAK
22 BY: R. BRIAN OXMAN, ESQ. 14126 East Rosecrans Boulevard
23 Santa Fe Springs, California 90670 (Not present)
1 Santa Maria, California
2 Friday, March 18, 2005
3 8:30 a.m.
5 (The following proceedings were held in
6 open court outside the presence and hearing of the
9 THE COURT: Good morning.
10 MR. SNEDDON: Good morning.
11 MR. MESEREAU: Good morning.
12 THE COURT: All right. The first item on the
13 calendar is the scheduling of a motion for admission
14 of evidence of defendant’s alleged prior sexual
15 offenses. This was put on the calendar because the
16 District Attorney has asked that the hearing be
17 sooner than later, I guess.
18 MR. SNEDDON: That’s correct, Your Honor.
19 We placed the motion on, in light of the Court’s
20 earlier decision, which we wholeheartedly agreed in,
21 that we should have testimony before the jury
22 establishing the offenses that were committed by the
23 victims themselves -- on the victims themselves
24 prior to the time of the hearing. And we believe
25 that we have complied with what the Court wished.
26 And I think the Court gave a perfect example of your
27 experience of what happened to you before where
28 promises were made and promises weren’t kept. 2711
1 I believe that we have at this point
2 established sufficient information before this Court
3 and before this jury to now go forward with the 1108
4 hearing. We would indicate to the Court that this
5 would be the appropriate time.
6 I’m not suggesting that the Court -- we
7 recess the trial at this moment. I want to make
8 that clear. And I think I did in my moving papers.
9 That we intend to move forward with probably
10 evidence through -- my guess is, if not through
11 Thursday, probably into Friday of next week, based
12 on the lineup that we have. We’ll finish those
13 parts of the case that are relevant to the
14 allegations set forth against Mr. Jackson in all
15 counts except for Count 1.
16 At that point, we will then be transitioning
17 into that part of the case that deals with the
18 conspiracy count. It seems to me that it is not
19 only right and proper, but logical for the jury that
20 this would be the appropriate time for us to be able
21 to put on the 1108 evidence insofar as it relates
22 and bears on the testimony of the credibility and
23 the actions of the defendant in this case. And so
24 we would request that at that point in time, that we
25 then take up the 1108 hearings.
26 So unless the Court has any further
27 questions, that’s why we filed the motion now.
28 I wanted to give the Court sufficient heads-up about 2712
1 it for scheduling for the jury, as well as the fact
2 that we’ll need to bring people in from out of
3 county, and out of state in some instances, so we
4 need some lead time for that. And clearly that
5 whatever decision the Court makes, we would have
6 enough lead time for that. If we started next
7 Friday, we could begin, and we’d be ready to begin.
8 And if it was the following Monday -- but you get
9 the picture. It’s at the point where we finish most
10 of the testimony relevant to the charges against Mr.
11 Jackson on the molestation.
12 THE COURT: All right.
13 MR. SNEDDON: Do you have any other
14 questions, Your Honor.
15 THE COURT: I do, but I want to hear from the
16 other side first, and then I’ll ask my questions.
17 MR. SNEDDON: All right. Thank you.
18 MR. SANGER: Good morning.
19 THE COURT: Good morning.
20 MR. SANGER: The timing of the motion, we
21 want to have adequate time to have the motion heard
22 and be prepared for it. I don’t concede at this
23 point, by any means, that there’s been a showing
24 sufficient for the Court to go ahead and make a
25 ruling right now. And if the Court were to make a
26 ruling right now, I think it would be to deny the
28 But having said all of that, the People I 2713
1 think are saying that they feel that they’re going
2 to be in their strongest position to make their 1108
3 motion by the end of next week, and I don’t see any
4 reason why we can’t schedule a date to do that.
5 We have two issues: One is whether or not
6 they have presented sufficient credible evidence of
7 the sexual offense crimes. And then the second
8 issue, which would be taken up in the actual motion,
9 would be what kind of evidence would come in, and
10 whether or not the kind of evidence that’s proffered
11 is going to be -- is going to have sufficient
12 probative value to outweigh the prejudicial effect
13 and consumption of time, and so on.
14 Having said that, if that’s the Court’s
15 understanding, I think we’re talking about just
16 picking a date now. And I don’t see any problem
17 with picking a date -- you know, a week from Monday,
18 for instance, would seem to be a good time.
19 Do you think so.
20 MR. MESEREAU: (Nods head up and down.)
21 MR. SANGER: Thank you.
22 THE COURT: All right. Here’s my question
23 to both sides. Mr. Mesereau got me thinking about
24 this from a request that he made earlier.
25 And the issue -- I guess the question is,
26 should the Court hear the evidence outside the
27 presence of the jury, or should I just hear
28 arguments on the evidence, as represented to the 2714
1 Court that it will be, as to whether or not the 1108
2 evidence should come in.
3 And the thing that got me thinking about it
4 was that Mr. Mesereau had suggested that they be
5 allowed to put on testimony to attack, as I
6 understood what he was saying, the credibility of
7 the witnesses that would be called under the 1108,
8 so that the Court could make a determination, I
9 think, based on credibility, as to whether or not
10 the Court would allow the witnesses to be called.
11 And that was a unique suggestion to me,
12 because I’ve had a lot of hearings under Evidence
13 Code 401, 402, 403, preliminary fact, and I don’t
14 recall that -- I laugh because there’s a lot of
15 things I don’t recall, but I don’t recall ever
16 having that evidence put in at a 402 hearing.
17 So, having that dilemma and working on it,
18 one of the cases that we found was Vorse v. Sarasy,
19 S-a-r-a-s-y, “Vorse” being V-o-r-s-e, 53 Cal.App.4th
20 998. It’s a 1997 case. And it suggests that the
21 Court is not to make credibility issue
22 determinations. That -- you know, that my taking of
23 evidence may not be proper on either side on this
24 issue. It may be just that I am to decide whether
25 or not it’s admissible with an analysis of what
26 you’re offering, whether that would, in fact, be
27 1108, and then make the weighing under 352 for all
28 the reasons that 352 has the Court make those -- 2715
1 weighing those issues.
2 It’s interesting that the Vorse case cites
3 another case, People v. Jackson. No relationship.
4 But you can pick that citation out of the Vorse
6 So I’m willing to let either of you respond
7 to that at this time.
8 MR. SANGER: I would like to, although Mr.
9 Sneddon’s standing at the podium.
10 MR. SNEDDON: It’s our motion, that’s why.
11 I figured you’d want to. No, after me.
12 MR. SANGER: Oh, after you. Okay. Well, as
13 they say, “After you.”
14 THE COURT: After you. After you.
15 MR. SNEDDON: Abbott and Costello. I hope
16 we’re not that bad.
17 Judge, I think the simple answer to this is
18 the Evidence Code provides your discretion to do it
19 either way you feel comfortable with it.
20 I think that the issue on the credibility --
21 let me make sure I’m talking about precisely what
22 the Court asked. In terms of whether you wanted to
23 have a 403 hearing outside the presence of the jury
24 that did not involve the issues of credibility -
25 okay. --
26 THE COURT: Right.
27 MR. SNEDDON: -- or whether you wanted to do
28 it on the offers of proof, I believe that the 2716
1 Evidence Code clearly provides that you have the
2 discretion to do that whichever way you want to do
3 it. So, that’s your decision, and....
4 But with regard to the credibility issue, I
5 believe we cited the Jackson case to you in earlier
6 motions. We were aware of that. And not only in
7 connection with the 1108 hearing, but in connection
8 with some of the other pre-trial hearings that
9 involved witnesses’ statements, that we brought that
10 case to the Court’s attention. If not that one,
11 certainly there’s another one that we did.
12 So we were certainly aware of the fact that
13 we believe that the credibility issues are those for
14 the ultimate trier of fact, which is the jury.
15 So I would say to the Court that we are
16 prepared to accommodate the Court in either way in
17 which you would like to do it. Obviously the most
18 efficient would be for you simply -- and with the
19 ability of the defense to file, as you suggested to
20 Mr. Mesereau I think a couple of days ago, their
21 pro-offered -- although I don’t know, since you
22 can’t weigh the credibility, what effect that could
23 have on you. But in any case, we’re prepared to do
24 it either way that the Court wants.
25 And I frankly think that, given the way that
26 this case is going, that probably the best case is
27 simply to put these people on. And we’ll put them
28 on on direct and they put them on on cross and we 2717
1 keep the trial moving in front of the jury. But, of
2 course, as always, we’ll do what the Court suggests.
3 That would be my recommendation.
4 And I do not believe the credibility issues,
5 as you cited the case, are something that is really
6 an issue in the 403 hearing.
7 THE COURT: All right. Counsel. Mr. Sanger.
8 MR. SANGER: Yes, sir.
9 The case law that I’m familiar with -- and I
10 won’t claim to be specifically familiar with the
11 Vorse case without looking it up.
12 THE COURT: Yes.
13 MR. SANGER: But just in general, it is true
14 that the Court’s ruling on a 402-, 403-type hearing
15 for any kind of a determination, and under 1108 as
16 well, is whether or not - there is a threshold - the
17 threshold has been met. And the threshold doesn’t
18 involve the determination of credibility in the
19 sense that the Court is saying, “Well, you know, I
20 just don’t really believe these witnesses, so I’m
21 not going to let the jury hear it,” and usurping the
22 jury’s function, the ultimate function. But there
23 still is a threshold level where credibility is one
24 of the issues that the Court is taking into account,
25 and the Court’s taking it into account under 352.
26 For instance, let’s take an example, just a
27 hypothetical example. Let’s assume that one of the
28 witnesses, a key witness that’s proffered by the 2718
1 prosecution under 1108, is a witness who is going to
2 say that she saw various things that were
3 circumstantial evidence of some kind of activity,
4 and that’s their main witness. Let’s just assume
5 this. I don’t want to argue about the facts of this
6 case, but let’s assume that that’s the case. And it
7 turns out that that witness made several prior
8 inconsistent statements on television and eventually
9 in a sworn deposition.
10 It’s not so much a weighing of credibility.
11 It’s not usurping the function of the jury to hear
12 that evidence. But I think the Court would want to
13 hear that evidence, because under the three prongs
14 of 352, number one, you’re looking to see whether or
15 not the evidence is so inflammatory that it’s going
16 to be prejudicial to the defendant such that the
17 probative value is outweighed by the prejudicial
19 Well, you have to figure out what the
20 probative value is going to be before you can
21 determine whether the prejudicial effect is going to
22 outweigh it.
23 And so therefore, you have to say, “Well,
24 look, we’ve got a witness,” for instance, “who made
25 a number of prior inconsistent statements on
26 television, for money, and eventually under an oath
27 in a deposition, and now this witness is being
28 offered up.” The prejudicial effect of just having 2719
1 this person come and say things may, in fact, be
2 quite substantial in the Court’s mind when it’s
3 heard the evidence.
4 And on the other hand, the probative value
5 the Court would have to find is probably fairly
6 minimal, given the scenario I just gave.
7 It would also go to the question the Court
8 has to address, the second problem, which is undue
9 consumption of time. Are we going to have a hearing
10 about this witness. And taking one of the
11 witnesses, again, hypothetically, are we going to
12 have a hearing that necessarily involves allowing
13 the defense to fully -- to fully defend it.
14 As the Court knows, and we’ve cited cases in
15 our main pleadings on this, that we’re entitled, and
16 not only entitled, but we’re required, it’s
17 ineffective assistance of counsel to fail to do a
18 full of defense of 1108 evidence --
19 THE COURT: Right.
20 MR. SANGER: -- as if it were an independent
22 THE COURT: Right.
23 MR. SANGER: So we’re not only entitled to,
24 but we’re obligated to. We’re going to have to
25 bring in all of those statements on television, for
26 money, and before a deposition.
27 And I’m saying that in a concise fashion,
28 but Your Honor knows that’s going to take time to 2720
1 bring all that out. So I think the Court has to
2 consider that.
3 And then the third prong of 352 is confusion
4 to the jury -- or, I’m sorry, is undue consumption
5 of time. I may have gotten those two confused, but
6 thereby illustrating my point, I suppose.
7 And so to take more time to further
8 illustrate my point, you have confusion of the jury
9 and you have undue consumption of time. And both of
10 those -- without restating the point, both of those
11 are determined only after the Court has a full
12 opportunity to figure out what the heck is going to
13 go on in front of the jury.
14 All right. So I think all three prongs --
15 it’s not a matter the Court usurps the function of
16 the jury by determining credibility. It’s a
17 threshold call, like many things are, and
18 particularly things under 352. The Court has to
19 determine how this is going to play out in front of
20 the jury.
21 So you’re not per se determining
22 credibility, but you are saying, look, the
23 credibility is going to be attacked substantially,
24 let us say, after the Court hears the evidence, and
25 therefore the prejudicial effect is going to be
26 great, but there’s a little probative value;
27 therefore, there’s an undue consumption of time; and
28 therefore, there’s the potential for confusing the 2721
2 So I do think that we should be able to
3 present to the Court concisely, but I think with
4 some live testimony, as needed from both sides, the
5 evidence that the jury is going to see. And I think
6 that just submitting it on paper would not
7 adequately address the issue, particularly in a
8 criminal case with the constitutional rights that
9 are involved.
10 Does that answer the Court’s question.
11 THE COURT: Yes. Thank you.
12 MR. SNEDDON: Judge, could I address one
13 other aspect of this motion that we haven’t
15 THE COURT: Yes.
16 MR. SNEDDON: I will do it just briefly.
17 But I wanted to remind the Court that as
18 part of this 1101 -- or 1108/1101 motion, that we
19 had filed an earlier motion with regard to the
20 admissibility of the civil settlements, so we had
21 deferred that until this hearing process also. So I
22 wanted to just make sure that the Court did that.
23 THE COURT: Thank you.
24 MR. SNEDDON: And I think that’s part of
25 this process. And also, you know, the guidelines
26 with regard to what can and won’t be asked I think
27 is important. And there will be two separate -- I
28 believe with two witnesses, probably two separate 2722
1 civil suits involved, and so I wanted to alert you
2 to that also.
3 THE COURT: Thank you. Those will be set at
4 the same time.
5 MR. SNEDDON: Yes, sir.
6 THE COURT: If I don’t say it, I intended to
7 have those heard at the same time as this motion.
8 MR. SNEDDON: I don’t know if you wanted me
9 to address anything Mr. Sanger said. If you do,
10 I’ll answer the question. Otherwise, I’ll just
11 submit it to the Court.
12 THE COURT: No, you don’t need to.
13 MR. SNEDDON: Thank you.
14 THE COURT: Without ruling on that, because
15 I’m not quite ready -- I haven’t quite made up my
16 mind. But rather than spend the time now thinking
17 about it, let’s hear some argument on the other
19 Let’s see, the objection to calling the
20 grand jury witness.
21 MR. SANGER: Your Honor, we’ve briefed the
22 matter and so I don’t want to go over --
23 THE COURT: Yes, I read that again this
25 MR. SANGER: -- each one of the points.
26 But what I did want to do is briefly augment
27 it with reference to the grand jury transcript. And
28 we did cite the transcript in our papers in an 2723
1 effort to keep things short. You know, we didn’t
2 quote things at length and make a big deal out of
3 it. We tried to follow the concept that this was a
4 brief and, for a change, make it brief.
5 THE COURT: I appreciate that.
6 MR. SANGER: Okay. But looking at the
7 actual transcripts of the grand jury, our position,
8 as you know, is that if it’s not in the transcript,
9 that’s too bad. The People are there to make their
10 record and they know how to make a record. And
11 we’re not there. There’s nobody there to object.
12 If they wanted to have somebody put on gloves and
13 look at things, they could say, “We’re putting on
14 gloves,” and so on.
15 And, in fact, as the record shows, when you
16 look at the actual transcript of the grand jury, and
17 you look at the testimony of Timothy Sutcliffe, he
18 talks about having gloves on. There’s a question as
19 to whether or not he had gloves on, and he had
20 gloves on at one point when he was handling some
21 moldy -- what appeared to be moldy schoolbooks.
22 When it comes to the end of the -- of his
23 testimony, and you look at page 1245 -- and I have a
24 clean copy. I’m sure the Court has the whole
25 transcript, but I have a clean copy, if it would
27 THE COURT: They’re here. 1245.
28 MR. SANGER: 1245. 2724
1 THE COURT: What volume would that be.
2 MR. SANGER: That’s a good question. I’m
3 sorry, Your Honor, I just have the excerpt here.
4 THE COURT: I can find it. That’s all
6 MR. SANGER: OKAY.
7 THE COURT: Volume 5, I think.
8 1245 did you say.
9 MR. SANGER: Yes, sir, 1245.
10 THE COURT: Yes. Okay.
11 MR. SANGER: Okay. I just realized I didn’t
12 turn my cell phone off, so I’m going to do that real
13 quick. It didn’t ring, but --
14 THE COURT: I’ve done that. It’s been
15 embarrassing. I’ve been sitting in court and my
16 cell phone has gone off, and I have to act like,
17 “Whose cell phone is that.”
18 MR. SANGER: “Get that cell phone.”
19 MR. MESEREAU: Must be Mr. Sneddon, Your
21 THE COURT: Yeah.
22 MR. SANGER: If you look at 1245, this is
23 sort of our smoking gun conversation here. And I
24 know that the prosecution has some other version of
25 it. But starting at line 14 -- does the Court have
26 that in front of you.
27 THE COURT: Yes, I do.
28 MR. SANGER: Since you have it in front of 2725
1 you, I’ll just paraphrase and quote from the
2 relevant source. But it’s a grand juror who asked
3 about the black suitcase, which was Item 317. And
4 it was admitted in evidence here as some other
5 exhibit number, which I don’t remember right now,
6 but the black briefcase. And it had all the
7 materials inside. And the picture, you recall, had
8 the magazine on the top that had a date later than
9 the relevant time period.
10 And Mr. Auchincloss asked a question that
11 the grand juror had proposed and said, “Did some --
12 a forensic examination of some pornography in this
13 case” -- I’m sorry, “You did some -- a forensic
14 examination of some pornography in this case,
16 He says, “Correct.”
17 Now the question is, “Did you find any --
18 did you find any fingerprints on that
19 pornography, usable fingerprints.”
20 Now, that’s not a question asked by a
21 District Attorney who knows that there was no
22 fingerprint analysis done. That’s a question of a
23 District Attorney who is asking a witness, “Well,
24 did you find any fingerprints, usable fingerprints.
25 And the answer is, “Well, we’re doing all
26 this stuff” - I’m paraphrasing - “We used an ALS,”
27 alternate light source. They did a fluorescent
28 check to see if there was any stains, and then they 2726
1 could do DNA, and they found no stains and no DNA.
2 So the question is, “So they haven’t been
3 examined for fingerprints.”
4 “A. No, not at this time.”
5 And then they go on to explain the
6 alternative light source thing.
7 Now, at the end of the grand jury
8 proceeding, there is a -- when the jurors are about
9 to deliberate, there’s a part of the transcript
10 where they show Detective, I believe it was Zelis,
11 has been instructed to wear gloves, and, “You’re not
12 to deliberate while he’s in there, but he’s going to
13 take these things out and show them to you.” Okay.
14 So by the end of the grand jury, clearly
15 someone’s wearing gloves and showing the grand
17 Now, that doesn’t -- and I’ll represent to
18 the Court, we have a witness from the clerk’s office
19 who says that after the grand jury returned the
20 exhibits, they went through without gloves and they
21 were tabulating and making sure all the pages were
22 there, and they didn’t know there was a problem.
23 But, aside from that, the most important
24 thing here is that if you then go back to page
25 421 -- and I’m guessing that would be in Volume 2.
27 THE COURT: Uh-huh.
28 MR. SANGER: I’m sorry, I’ll get the volume 2727
1 number next time I quote the transcript.
2 But if you go to 421, starting at line 23 --
3 I’m sorry, line 25, you have the questioner, one of
4 the district attorneys saying, “Now, I want you
5 to -- I broke -- we’re going to break the seal on
6 this exhibit.”
7 And they’re talking at this point about the
8 black briefcase.
9 “I’m going to ask you to look very briefly,
10 young man, at the stuff that’s in there. All
11 right. Take a look at the stuff.
12 “Now, there’s some magazines, correct.
14 “Then there’s some sheets that are
15 individual and not in magazines as if they’ve
16 been torn out, correct.
18 “Now, can you tell me whether or not that
19 was the kind of materials that was in the
20 suitcase that was shown to you.
21 “A. Yes, that was the kind of materials.
22 “Q. Does that look like some of the stuff
23 that was shown to you.
25 And it goes on beyond that.
26 The point is, if -- realistically, if this
27 was a point in the proceedings where somebody was
28 wearing gloves and saying, “Don’t touch it, I’m 2728
1 going to show it to you,” that would be on the
3 What’s on the record is, “We’re breaking the
4 seal. We’re opening it. Now, young man, look at
6 And as you saw from the exhibit, the
7 photograph, the way it was seized and the way it was
8 sealed, all these things are stacked up. So the
9 only way to see if there’s other magazines and to
10 see if there’s separate pages is for somebody to
11 look through them, for a person to look through
12 them. There’s no evidence that the District
13 Attorney is looking through them. There’s no
14 evidence anybody put on gloves.
15 And so the clear record on this appears to
16 be that the District Attorney at that time,
17 remembering this occurred on 3-30, and the Sutcliffe
18 occurred on 4-8. In other words, it wasn’t until
19 4-8, it appears, that somebody said, “You mean you
20 didn’t even look for fingerprints. We knew you
21 didn’t get any usable prints, but you didn’t look
22 for them.” And then they go in and make a big deal
23 about gloves in the deliberations.
24 So on 3-30, when they’re showing it to Gavin
25 Arvizo, it looks, to me, from the record, pretty
26 clearly that nobody was wearing gloves, and there
27 was no effort to do anything to avoid contaminating
28 this evidence by the fingerprints of Gavin Arvizo. 2729
1 Okay. So, having said that, that’s our
3 Now, does that give the District Attorney
4 the right to call a grand juror. And we take the
5 position, no, because the code says you can only
6 call them with regard to testimony. And as we
7 pointed out, that’s pretty much obsolete these days
8 because the recent case law -- I cited Cummiskey,
9 but I believe there’s other ones, like Moucharaub
10 also talked about it. The courts have said we’re
11 entitled to a full transcript of the testimony, so
12 it should pretty much negate the need to call in a
13 grand juror. There may be other ways to do it. A
14 District Attorney could take the stand and say what
15 he wants to say.
16 But we have the further problem that we were
17 given the name of the foreperson of the grand jury
18 for the first time two days ago. No address, no
19 phone number.
20 The prosecutor had a proceeding in which
21 they had full access to these people. They know all
22 their names. We’ve never been allowed to know their
23 names. There was an objection when we asked to get
24 their names. The Court ordered that numbers be used
25 instead of names. That was done in the transcripts.
26 They come up and say, “Well, here, we have a name.
27 No statement. Except we’re going to tell you this
28 witness is going to come and say we did everything 2730
2 Furthermore, there were 18 other grand
3 jurors there. We’ve never been given their names.
4 We have no ability to interview them. So we have
5 that major problem with calling grand jurors.
6 And do we really think it’s appropriate to
7 disclose all the names of all the grand jurors and
8 have them all interviewed with regard to whether
9 there were gloves or not, or whatever, about
10 something in the middle of the process.
11 And that leads me backwards to the first
12 point I made - or the first or second in writing -
13 and I’ll conclude with this - is that this whole
14 thing, even if the Court were to say, “Well, okay,
15 we’ll even the playing field. We’ll give you all
16 the names and addresses and phone numbers. You can
17 have your investigators go talk to all of them, and
18 then you all can call in competing grand jurors,”
20 Even if we did that, and even if that
21 survived a 352 analysis on consumption of time and
22 undue confusion to the jury, the prejudicial effect
23 of bringing in people from a body that made a
24 determination -- a quasi-judicial determination
25 under California law and an administrative
26 determination under U.S. Supreme Court precedent, in
27 other words, part of the prosecution, if that -- if
28 they’re allowed to do that, that is going be 2731
1 extremely prejudicial, because you’ve got jurors who
2 are trying to hear the case. They’re now listening
3 to a juror who has a vested interest in upholding
4 the process that they went through, the best they
5 could as laypeople, to return an Indictment. That
6 kind of evidence to this jury is going to be -- is
7 going to be very prejudicial.
8 THE COURT: You know, the interesting thing
9 in your argument, though, is that, through excellent
10 cross-examining skills, you, the defense, have put
11 into issue whether or not the children touched the
12 magazines during the grand jury proceeding.
13 So at this point, the state of the evidence
14 is most favorable to you that the inference is
15 strong that they must have touched those magazines.
16 Now, having skillfully done that -- and this
17 is not meant to be anything but a compliment.
18 MR. SANGER: I’m always worried when I get
19 complimented by the Court.
20 THE COURT: Yeah, I can see you starting to
21 worry. No, I really mean that. Credit where
22 credit’s due.
23 But then you say, having skillfully raised
24 this inference, “The District Attorney should be
25 barred from rebutting that, and that’s it.” And
26 that’s -- that’s what I find interesting about your
27 argument, is that.
28 Now, let me ask you a question. 2732
1 MR. SANGER: Yes.
2 THE COURT: You don’t have to defend your
3 excellent skills at getting to this position.
4 MR. SANGER: I do have an answer to that,
5 but --
6 THE COURT: You have an answer to that.
7 And I would say, if you had been doing the
8 grand jury, I think that that would have been
9 covered, but the transcript would have been 4600
10 pages instead of 1800, which I found overwhelming.
11 MR. SANGER: The trial would be shorter.
13 THE COURT: I doubt that.
14 What was I saying. How can I lose it like
16 MR. SANGER: Could I respond a little bit.
17 And I’m sure that will cause the Court to remember.
18 THE COURT: Yes.
19 MR. SANGER: I appreciate what the Court
20 said and -- but I think the --
21 THE COURT: Oh, I know. I know what I was
22 going to say.
23 MR. SANGER: I knew if I started talking,
24 that would help.
25 THE COURT: You did it. You helped me.
26 There’s a couple of possibilities that I see
27 here. One is that you’re only asking -- as well as
28 you did, you know, it’s just an inference that they 2733
1 touched. There is no evidence that they touched.
2 We don’t know if they touched or didn’t touch at
3 this point. But the inference is strong by your
4 examination, the defense examination, that they did.
5 There’s a couple of ways we could handle
6 that. One is you could stipulate that they didn’t
7 touch it. That would get rid of any prejudice of
8 calling a grand juror, foreperson of the grand jury
9 to -- and any resulting prejudice.
10 You know, I can see from the look on your
11 face, that’s not going to happen.
12 MR. SANGER: Right.
13 THE COURT: But -- is that right.
14 MR. SANGER: That’s correct.
15 THE COURT: You’re not willing to stipulate
16 to that.
17 MR. SANGER: We actually believe he touched
18 it. I honestly believe that, for what it’s worth.
19 THE COURT: That being the case, the question
20 then becomes, you know, what is a fair way, if there
21 are witnesses in -- that saw this.
22 And one of the things that we could do would
23 be to call that witness, but not identify them as a
24 grand juror or foreperson of the grand jury, but
25 simply say they were in the grand jury room and they
26 observed whatever they observed, so that you don’t
27 have the prejudice that you’re so much afraid of,
28 you know, this formidable person being called. 2734
1 What do you think of that.
2 MR. SANGER: Well, I think there’s yet
3 another possibility. So in answer to the Court’s
4 question what I think about that, I think this:
5 Another possibility is there are other people in the
6 grand jury room: The prosecution; I believe there
7 was a police officer there, or a sheriff there most
8 of the time.
9 Did I just hear somebody say no, there
10 wasn’t. I don’t want to waste time talking about it
11 if there wasn’t a police officer in the room at that
13 But that would be a possibility. Certainly
14 the District Attorney, whoever -- whichever one or
15 two or three were there at the time, could testify.
16 I would assume if they’re taking the position that
17 something else happened, we’re going to hear that.
18 The third possibility is to allow us to have
19 the names and addresses of all the grand jurors. It
20 seems clear -- and the reason I say this -- well,
21 there’s the obvious reason, but there’s a more
22 subtle reason as well.
23 It seems clear from the transcript of the
24 grand jury that there was -- there were several
25 grand jurors who asked a lot of questions. There
26 was one grand juror, for instance, who was
27 particularly interested in this fingerprint issue.
28 I don’t know who it is, because we only have a 2735
1 number. The prosecution knows who it is, so we’re
2 not on even ground here.
3 But one way to do this would be to allow us
4 to have the names of the grand jurors so that we can
5 adequately investigate this and see what they all
6 have to say.
7 In other words, in response to the Court’s
8 question, I certainly wouldn’t want to stipulate the
9 foreperson can just come up here and not be
10 identified and say, “I was in the room when I saw
11 this,” because that’s just the problem. The
12 foreperson has -- and I don’t mean to fault him or
14 THE COURT: I think you made a very good
15 point; that other people may have seen something the
16 foreperson didn’t, or -- you know, it’s a good
18 MR. SANGER: But my first position on this,
19 again, is that the government should be, in a way,
20 bound by the transcript, because they’re the ones
21 that are making it. That’s what the Supreme Court
22 has been saying over the last few years. Last, you
23 know, 25, 30 years, it’s been increasingly adamant
24 about the fact that there’s -- there’s a record
25 before the grand jury. The prosecution is the only
26 side in there. They’re the only lawyers in there.
27 They have the obligation to make sure that that
28 transcript is complete so it can be reviewed. 2736
1 And if we’re going to have a grand jury
2 process where things can be done in secret, where
3 the defense can’t be there, the accused isn’t there,
4 there’s -- there’s not a Judge, if we’re going to do
5 this, the only protection is to make sure that the
6 prosecution makes a complete record. So the -- the
7 original position that we’re taking -- I’m going
8 full circle on all this.
9 THE COURT: No, I understand.
10 MR. SANGER: -- is that when you look at it,
11 the transcript is the transcript. And the inference
12 from the transcript, as I just read it to the Court,
13 is an inference, and the jury should be allowed to
14 hear this testimony or have this read to them.
15 They can consider that along with what other
16 evidence has been put on to determine whether or not
17 the chain of custody on this material was such that
18 when fingerprint analysis was later done after it
19 was released and they allegedly find a fingerprint
20 of Gavin Arvizo, that the jury can say, “Yeah, we’re
21 sure that fingerprint came from February or March of
23 THE COURT: I guess I have -- you have an
24 advantage that I don’t have, too. And maybe you can
25 help me. I haven’t heard the evidence on the
26 fingerprint on the magazine or more than one
27 magazine. I don’t know. You know, I know from
28 points and authorities something, but I don’t know 2737
1 the picture. I don’t know if there’s a palm print
2 or a --
3 MR. SANGER: There’s a fingerprint.
4 THE COURT: Just one fingerprint.
5 MR. SANGER: Well, here’s the problem right
6 now. And before we discuss this and go into too
7 much detail, I’m always conscious that whatever
8 we’re going to say is just going to be in the press.
9 THE COURT: You can be circumspect. You
10 don’t even have to answer that. I was just going to
11 say that I don’t know that information.
12 MR. SANGER: Let me tell the Court this in
13 general terms, is that we don’t know that
14 information either, because there have been reports
15 that were given to us showing that there was a
16 fingerprint. Well, showing that there was, in this
17 context, a fingerprint, one fingerprint that we’re
18 concerned about.
19 THE COURT: Okay.
20 MR. SANGER: There were others that were
21 determined not to have sufficient data to make --
22 make a positive identification. There are others
23 where they’re absolutely negative. They were
24 excluded. Okay.
25 THE COURT: All right.
26 MR. SANGER: What has happened very
27 recently, in the last couple, three weeks, is we’ve
28 gotten reports that there have been a meeting of 2738
1 various fingerprint people who have now decided that
2 some of these determinations should be changed.
3 And they go both ways. They go -- they
4 go -- in the sense that they had a fingerprint they
5 positively identified, they’re saying, “No, we don’t
6 think we can say that.” And then they said, “We’ve
7 found some others that we said were not conclusive
8 and now we think are conclusive.” So we’re in flux
9 on this.
10 But the essence of it is that, if this is
11 true, that Gavin Arvizo had a chance to go through
12 these papers so he could see the sheets and he could
13 see the magazines, and he picked them up to do that,
14 if that’s true, this would be a very significant
15 piece of evidence with regard -- this inference that
16 we have is very significant with regard to
17 fingerprints that are done later.
18 And understand, and I’m sure that -- and I
19 don’t mean to just offend the government here, but
20 it is --
21 THE COURT: Do you mean you intend to offend
22 more than just the government.
23 MR. SANGER: No. Whenever anybody says
24 that, that means we’re really going to offend the
26 But -- I really don’t want to be rude, but,
27 I mean, the fact is, if you look at any case that
28 you have in the ordinary course of criminal law, 2739
1 when do you have a situation where something is
2 referred for forensic analysis very shortly -- I
3 don’t have the exact dates here, but very shortly
4 after it is seized it’s sent over for forensic
5 analysis - it was seized November 18th, and I think
6 it was sent for forensic analysis in November - and
7 they do their analysis. They do an alternate light
9 And we will show from -- we started to get
10 into it, and then the officer wasn’t clear on what
11 317 was. But the officer on the stand wrote a
12 report saying, “Please” -- and these were the words:
13 “Please do a fingerprint analysis.” And he sent the
14 material back with the reports saying, “Please do a
15 fingerprint analysis.” And it sat there until March
16 and April of 2004.
17 In March of 2004, now, whatever that is, six
18 months after it was seized, it’s opened, it’s shown
19 to the grand jury, it’s booked into evidence, it’s
20 handled by the clerk.
21 And then sometime in the summer of 2004, it
22 is taken out of the grand jury, and then it’s sent
23 for fingerprint analysis.
24 Now, that isn’t the way it should have gone.
25 And I don’t know if anybody’s going to argue, “This
26 is the way we do things,” but I’ve never seen it. I
27 mean, if there’s going to be fingerprints, you take
28 them before you book it into evidence. 2740
1 THE COURT: Let’s let the District Attorney
3 MR. SANGER: Okay. Thank you.
4 MR. ZONEN: After we seized the magazines
5 from Neverland - and there were many, many, many
6 magazines that were seized at that time - there were
7 lengthy discussions about how to handle this, these
8 magazines, and how to process them.
9 It was exactly the opposite of what Mr.
10 Sanger said, that we were suddenly in the middle of
11 the grand jury hearing and we’re embarrassed because
12 somebody thought for the first time to do
14 The reality was quite the opposite of that.
15 The question was, do we proceed with fingerprinting
16 first, or do we proceed with a search for biological
18 The problem is, is that the process that you
19 use for either the search for fingerprinting or the
20 search for biological evidence could have the
21 consequence of negating our ability to find the
22 opposite. Whichever you go first with could have
23 the problem of destroying the evidence as to the
25 We had a lot of deliberations, a lot of
26 discussions over many weeks, with a number of
27 people, from the Department of Justice as to how to
28 proceed on these issues, and very cautiously 2741
1 proceeded with each individual magazine and each
2 individual page by initially using alternative light
3 sources that would suggest the presence of
4 biological material, either semen or perspiration or
5 some form of human contact with it that would leave
6 biological evidence behind.
7 There were some cuttings that were then
8 taken, in an effort to minimize the destruction to
9 the magazines, and as a consequence be able to
10 preserve the possibility of finding fingerprints.
11 The actual fingerprint process didn’t begin
12 until after the grand jury hearings, partly because
13 the evidence was before the grand jury, at least
14 that portion of it. The evidence that was
15 introduced were the magazines only in that one
16 suitcase. It was not as to the balance of the
17 magazines that came through.
18 There were 19 prints that we were able to
19 identify as belonging to the victims and to -- to
20 Star and to Gavin, and to the defendant. At the
21 moment, I can’t tell you over how many magazines.
22 I don’t have that information right in front of us.
23 Counsel was wrong, of course. There are no
24 police officers who are in the grand jury room
25 unless they’re giving testimony. The rules are
26 different from a regular court. We’re not entitled
27 to have an investigating officer present.
28 So when counsel asked Detective Zelis, 2742
1 “Isn’t it true you handed those magazines to Gavin
2 Arvizo.” the answer is, he wasn’t in the room when
3 Gavin Arvizo was on the witness stand. We’re not
4 allowed to do that.
5 The only time that we had an officer in the
6 room with the evidence was at the time that the
7 jurors were allowed to view the actual magazines.
8 And that was Detective Zelis. And he -- he was the
9 one who handled the magazines and showed them to the
10 jurors. They didn’t touch them. And he, of course,
11 wore gloves, as was consistent with his testimony.
12 During the presentation of evidence of the
13 two boys, yes, we did not put on the record that
14 nobody was going to be touching the magazines,
15 although there’s plenty of references to the fact
16 that we were maintaining strict control,
17 specifically at the time that the jury viewed the
18 material. You’ll see that in the record, that they
19 weren’t allowed to touch the magazines at that time.
20 We have asked the foreperson of the jury to
21 come forward and testify to this, because she was
22 the person sitting closest to the witness. And she
23 was the person responsible for taking control of the
24 proceedings and making sure that the secretary had
25 each of the items and that they were marked
26 appropriately, that the witness is admonished, and
27 of course she was in the best position to be able to
28 see what was going on. 2743
1 And she is prepared to come in and testify
2 that the children never touched any of those
3 magazines; that they stayed in the suitcase. And of
4 course if you look to other references to other
5 material being handed witnesses throughout the
6 course of the 12 days that we were in session and
7 the 45-plus witnesses who testified, when they were
8 handed an item, we said so. “I’m now handing you
9 exhibit number so and so.”
10 So it’s pretty clear that the descriptives
11 that are being used in the presentation of this
12 suitcase is very different from how we presented
13 other evidence where we really did hand it to them
14 and they were able to take it.
15 But the question is, are we bound by a
16 transcript as to this particular issue. We’re not
17 talking about legal matters presented before the
18 grand jury. We’re talking about an accusation by
19 the defense that we handed material to a witness,
20 and that that witness then put their fingerprints on
21 it, and that we then presented the fingerprints that
22 we found as having come from Neverland as opposed to
23 from a grand jury.
24 Now, that’s an accusation that was raised
25 first by the defense, and in his opening statement,
26 Mr. Mesereau, and then by Mr. Sanger specifically in
27 his questioning of Detective Zelis.
28 “You did hand this magazine to Gavin, didn’t 2744
2 And he said, “No.”
3 In fact, he wasn’t even in the room when it
4 was handed. It was not he who presented that
5 information. It was, in fact, Mr. Sneddon who
6 showed the material, and it was in the presence of
7 19 grand jurors, myself, and Mr. Auchincloss.
8 We believe that it’s appropriate for that
9 witness to testify. And we believe it’s appropriate
10 for that witness to identify herself as the
11 foreperson, because that is, in fact, the piece of
12 information that makes her the most observant.
13 It is her responsibility, above and beyond
14 the other 18 members of that grand jury, to be
15 attentive to what’s going on and attentive to
16 protocol and making sure that these exhibits get to
17 the secretary and get marked properly, and get
18 stored appropriately as well.
19 And I think that extra responsibility on her
20 part, which she took very seriously, which you’ll
21 see if and when she testifies, is the indicia of
22 credibility that is necessary to be able to resolve
23 this issue. It’s an important issue. And we
24 need --
25 THE COURT: What about the request that you
26 reveal the names of the other grand jurors so that
27 they can see if any of the other grand jurors saw
28 something different. 2745
1 MR. ZONEN: Well, they are percipient
2 witnesses to this event. And if the Court feels
3 that’s appropriate, do it. But our position is it’s
4 overkill. That’s why she is the foreperson of the
5 grand jury. But again, that’s for the Court to
7 THE COURT: So you think in this courtroom
8 that the Judge is a better witness of what’s
9 happening at the witness stand than the jurors.
10 MR. ZONEN: I think that -- I would always
11 think that the Judge is a better witness than
12 anybody else in the courtroom as to what’s happening
13 in the courtroom.
14 THE COURT: The reason I raise that is that,
15 you know, I’m looking at -- I’m doing all sorts of
16 things. And I see a lot. I hope I see a lot. But
17 I know at times I don’t. I mean, I’m distracted by
18 this or that.
19 MR. ZONEN: Well, it may be appropriate to
20 do an in-camera examination of other jurors, if the
21 Court feels that’s appropriate, rather than reveal
22 all of their identities publicly. That certainly is
23 an option as well.
24 Ultimately, I think it’s the Court’s call on
25 this matter. But I don’t believe that we should be
26 barred from being able to present evidence to
27 contradict an event that they say took place that
28 didn’t take place for which we do have witnesses. 2746
1 And we are witnesses, for that matter. It’s a
2 suggestion for which they have no basis of belief
3 and have no basis of belief now.
4 THE COURT: Anything else.
5 MR. ZONEN: No. Thank you.
6 MR. SANGER: Your Honor, the -- let’s put it
7 this way: It may be a multi-stage process. It
8 seems to me that, for whatever reason, the state of
9 the record is the state of the record because it was
10 handled the way it was handled.
11 We didn’t have anything to do with that. We
12 made representations based on our analysis of the
13 grand jury transcript, which we made, I believe,
14 early on as part of the 995, and there’s certainly
15 no secret it was made as a part of Mr. Mesereau’s
16 opening statement. There’s no secret that we had a
17 concern about these items being handled in the grand
18 jury. And I think when Mr. Zonen says there’s no
19 good-faith basis, if you read the transcript, I
20 mean, how much more clear could it be.
21 Now, that’s that part. And I think we’re
22 entitled to go ahead with whatever inference we23 have.
24 We strongly disagree with the calling of the
25 foreperson of the grand jury. If the Court is
26 thinking about doing that, we would like to have the
27 opportunity to interview the other witnesses. I
28 think that’s only fair. 2747
1 Particularly, but -- not limited to, but
2 particularly the person that asks these questions
3 about fingerprints, because obviously he or she was
4 very concerned.
5 So I think it’s a process that if the
6 Court -- and the Court could say -- or it’s a
7 multi-step process. The Court could say, “I agree,
8 they’re stuck with the record. Let’s move on,” and
9 that would take care of it.
10 The Court could say, “Well, I may let you
11 call Mr. Sneddon to the stand, and we can
12 cross-examine him about it, and we’ll move on.”
13 The Court could say, “Well, I’ll let you --
14 we’ll consider whether or not you can call a grand
15 juror,” which we strongly object to for other
16 reasons, but if the Court were going to go there,
17 then we’d want to have a chance to interview
18 everybody. And then, after we interview everybody,
19 have a chance to come back to the Court before they
20 call a grand juror, because we can see that it’s a
21 very prejudicial, very difficult matter.
22 I mean, you have people -- I’m sure the
23 Court’s been aware that when trial jurors, for
24 instance, are interviewed after a verdict, there’s a
25 strong inclination on the part of jurors to argue
26 that what they did was fair. And of course they
27 want to be fair. Most people want to believe that
28 they’re fair. 2748
1 THE COURT: I understand that feeling.
2 MR. SANGER: Yes. Judges as well, I’m sure.
3 But with jurors who are laypeople, quite
4 often when they’re interviewed, you know, will say,
5 “Well, yes” -- the first thing they’ll say, “We were
6 very fair. We evaluated the evidence. We followed
7 the Judge’s instruction.” Of course, like anybody
8 else, they have a vested interest in what they did.
9 And I think there’s a real danger of putting
10 somebody up here who’s a layperson who will have a
11 vested interest.
12 So, what I’m saying is, if you get past
13 stage one, stage one, we eliminate -- that’s it.
14 The record is the record. The inference is an
15 inference. And we can argue it.
16 Stage two, a witness such as Mr. Sneddon, if
17 he wants to testify he was there, we’ll
18 cross-examine him.
19 Stage three, if you’re considering jurors,
20 let us interview first and determine where we are,
21 because we may say, after that, that it is so
22 prejudicial to put anybody on, that we just -- we
23 want to forego that, forego the calling of a grand
24 juror at all.
25 But we’d like to at least have an
26 opportunity to talk to the others, if the Court’s
27 going to get to that level.
28 Does that make sense. 2749
1 THE COURT: Yeah, I understand your argument,
2 your approach.
3 MR. SANGER: Okay. Thank you, Your Honor.
4 THE COURT: I don’t think that the law is at
5 the state that the record is the only evidence of
6 what happened at the grand jury proceeding. I mean,
7 I could picture a situation where the -- somebody
8 challenged the reporter’s transcript of what was
9 said and the Court had to have a hearing as to the
10 accuracy of the transcript. And the Court would
11 have to take testimony from people in the grand jury
12 room of what was said.
13 That doesn’t happen very often, but it’s --
14 in my career it happened at least once, that -- you
15 know, and it turned out that the Court ruled that
16 the transcript was not accurate on that point.
17 So you can’t say that the transcript is the
18 only way that anyone can ever determine what happens
19 in a courtroom or a grand jury room.
20 The next thing that the Court considers is
21 the -- it’s certainly not fair to allow the District
22 Attorney to choose one grand juror, albeit, the
23 foreperson, and have that person be the only one
24 that testifies.
25 I don’t think that the Court should be
26 involved in investigating the case. In some
27 countries, that’s what happens. The Judge
28 investigates the case, brings the Indictment, and -- 2750
1 not here. That’s not what we do here. I don’t
2 investigate. So the only time we have in-camera
3 hearings is when there’s issues of privacy or
4 privilege at stake that have to be predetermined
5 before, to determine whether or not they outweigh
6 the other interests.
7 So I’m not interested in myself conducting
8 an in-camera hearing trying to examine witnesses.
9 Not only that, you know, I think that that would be
10 your job.
11 The only thing that I can really see as a
12 fair situation here would be to order that the names
13 of the grand jurors be given to the defense, and
14 with a protective order that they cannot reveal the
15 grand jurors’ names to anyone other than their
16 investigator, who would be bound by the same
17 protective order, and that they be allowed to
18 question those -- or to approach them.
19 I mean, it’s up to the jurors whether they
20 talk to them or not. It’s -- it’s not ordering
21 people to talk to them, but they need to have that
23 It seems also that I would -- well, I don’t
24 think I should make -- I have some other orders that
25 I might make, but I think -- I probably shouldn’t
26 make those until we find out where we are after that
28 MR. SANGER: I understand. Could I -- with 2751
1 regard to the protective order, we were given the
2 name of the foreperson by the prosecution two days
3 ago. We weren’t given an address, but we did locate
4 the foreperson.
5 And my understanding is that the foreperson
6 said, “I’ve” -- “I’ve talked to the District
7 Attorney, and I’m not going to talk to you,” in
8 essence. I don’t -- that’s not a quote, but
9 that’s --
10 THE COURT: They didn’t want to talk to you.
11 MR. SANGER: They didn’t want to talk to us.
12 And they made it clear that they had talked to the
13 District Attorney. So there seems to be some
14 allegiance there, which one can understand for
15 someone being in the room with the District Attorney
16 for however long that was.
17 THE COURT: You think that causes allegiance.
18 MR. SANGER: It could cause allegiance or
19 could cause irritation.
20 THE COURT: But that’s the problem that you
21 have with all witnesses. It depends on how things
23 MR. SANGER: I think more so here, simply
24 because -- because you do have this -- you know,
25 there -- as we outlined in the grand jury, we had
26 Lieutenant Klapakis apparently marshaling grand
27 jurors around, and he was a witness. And you had
28 the district attorneys in there. And there was a 2752
1 lot of camaraderie, and -- you know, that happens.
2 Anyway -- and they came to a conclusion, and
3 they’re in the international spotlight for having
4 come to that conclusion, I suppose.
5 I would just ask in the protective order
6 that -- that perhaps it could be phrased in a way,
7 and perhaps we could submit a proposed order to the
8 Court, a written order, that would allow us -- that
9 would indicate that the Court is specifically
10 authorizing our representative to talk to them about
11 this particular subject matter, the handling of
12 evidence, something general so we don’t prejudice
13 the viewpoint. And that they’re not -- they’re not
14 obligated to talk to anybody, but the Court would
15 appreciate their cooperation with both sides.
16 And we would like to have an opportunity
17 to -- I don’t know how many grand jurors have been
18 interviewed by the prosecution so far. We haven’t
19 gotten reports. And I think that we’d be entitled
20 to them, quite frankly.
21 But if they haven’t interviewed grand
22 jurors, to at least give us the first shot at this
23 point so we have a fair chance to really find out
24 what happened. We just want to know what happened.
25 So I’d request those additions to the
26 protective order. And then depending on what
27 happens, we can come back and address the Court as
28 to what should happen with regard to actually 2753
1 calling witnesses.
2 THE COURT: Do you want to respond to that.
3 And you can also respond to what I was saying, if
4 you want.
5 MR. ZONEN: Our response is that -- our
6 preference is that each of the grand jurors be
7 interviewed in the presence of both sides at the
8 same time to avoid needless inconvenience to them
9 and needless intrusion into their time; that there
10 certainly be a protective order that keeps their
11 identity secret and not public; and that there be a
12 restriction on the extent of the examination of the
13 witnesses, and limited only to the issue of whether
14 or not these boys touched the magazines, and not any
15 other issue that may have come up in the 12 days of
16 grand jury testimony.
17 THE COURT: Yeah, I definitely would put that
18 restriction on. I don’t want the grand jurors
19 examined on any issue other than this issue.
20 MR. SANGER: Could we though -- could we,
21 say, limit it to, say, handling of evidence. I just
22 worry about telegraphing this particular issue.
23 It’s probably going to be telegraphed in the press
24 anyway. But we really should have an opportunity to
25 just talk in general about handling of evidence, and
26 obviously this is the focus of it.
27 THE COURT: Well, I think we could, as long
28 as you understand - and you understand - that while 2754
1 the statement is rather broad, that the mission is
3 MR. SANGER: Yes, sir. Believe me, we have
4 enough to do. We’re not looking for wild goose
5 chases here. We’re trying to focus on this issue,
6 so --
7 MR. ZONEN: You’re still looking at me. Is
8 there something you wish me to add or answer.
9 THE COURT: No, I’m just trying to think.
10 It’s a difficult problem.
11 MR. ZONEN: It is.
12 THE COURT: I was reflecting, actually, on a
13 statement I made yesterday, I think, that we just
14 had a couple of simple things to look at. I took it
15 back right away, but what was I thinking.
16 Let me -- let me -- I want to sit down with
17 my research team and see if we can ourselves
18 structure an order that will be appropriate as
19 opposed to asking for one from either of you. So
20 I’ll -- let me do that.
21 MR. SANGER: Thank you, Your Honor.
22 THE COURT: Then the next item -- is it
23 break time yet.
24 The next item --
25 MR. SANGER: No, Your Honor, you have three
27 THE COURT: I’ll use it, too.
28 Motions to quash subpoena duces tecum on the 2755
1 financial issues.
2 This is -- this is what I’m going to do
3 here, is I’m going to deny the motion to quash.
4 Did you have something you wanted to say.
5 MR. SANGER: I suppose, but Your Honor’s
6 already indicated you’re going to deny it. I don’t
7 want to argue it if that’s the ruling.
8 THE COURT: We’ve been through this and
9 through this, you know. So what I thought I would
10 do is to deny the motion to quash, limit the period
11 of time. The subpoenas are too broad. We need to
12 address some limitations on the subpoenas. And
13 indicate that I’m not making any ruling on the
14 admissibility of the records at trial, and I’m not
15 releasing them for their experts to examine.
16 This is not a part of the discovery process.
17 This is a subpoena duces tecum for trial. And --
18 but I think they should have the records here to the
19 extent that they might be used in trial.
20 It’s like a lot of other records that have
21 been subpoenaed. They are not necessarily
22 admissible records. That would depend on how they
23 come, what the issue is at the time they’re asked to
24 be introduced, and what the records are.
25 But anyway, that’s my proposed order on
27 MR. AUCHINCLOSS: May I just make one
28 inquiry, Your Honor. 2756
1 THE COURT: Yeah.
2 MR. AUCHINCLOSS: Some of these records will
3 be voluminous. And I’m happy to try and narrow the
4 scope of the request, but there’s no way around
5 getting to the issue of the examiner having to see
6 the exhibit and look at it.
7 THE COURT: See, that’s the whole problem
8 here, is that this is not a subpoena for your expert
9 to prepare himself to testify. That is not what a
10 subpoena duces tecum is, and that’s not what I’m
12 MR. AUCHINCLOSS: So I guess I’m asking the
13 Court, what are you proposing in terms of how --
14 when the expert can look at the documents and --
15 THE COURT: Absent a stipulation from the
16 other side, you would open the documents here in
17 open court.
18 MR. AUCHINCLOSS: It will -- it will
19 obviously be time-consuming.
20 THE COURT: Well, it may not be, because
21 you’ll have to tell me why you want to open them.
22 And they won’t be opened so you can spend hours
23 thumbing through them and looking at them. And --
24 MR. AUCHINCLOSS: If I -- may I have
25 permission to file some authority for the opening of
26 the documents prior to their examination on the
28 THE COURT: Yes. 2757
1 MR. AUCHINCLOSS: All right. Thank you.
2 MR. SANGER: And --
3 THE COURT: The point is, that the -- you
4 have subpoenaed the records for trial. That’s
5 legitimate to subpoena the financial records,
6 because I’ve already ruled that the -- that under
7 your theory, his general financial statement --
8 “his,” Mr. Jackson’s, general financial statement,
9 can be raised as a motive, as you requested. I
10 agree with you, that that’s appropriate. And I’ve
11 ruled that.
12 I have ruled - if it’s not clear, I’ll make
13 it clear now - that under 352, I am -- I do not --
14 I find that the amount of time that would be
15 involved in proving and disproving his true
16 financial worth outweighs the probative value of
17 doing that. And under 352, I’m not going to allow a
18 detail-by-detail examination of Mr. Jackson’s
20 MR. AUCHINCLOSS: And I do appreciate that,
21 and that’s why I submitted Exhibit A with our
22 papers. And that really is the substance of the
23 testimony we’re seeking to adduce. One page.
24 THE COURT: Just so you see maybe what --
25 both sides see what I’m thinking is, the reason the
26 subpoenas are valid is that his finances are at
27 issue in this general sense.
28 Let’s suppose you have somebody testify -- 2758
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1 I think somebody already has said that his finances
2 were at issue; that that was part of the public
3 relations effort that should be taken care of,
4 because people were saying that he had bad finance
5 -- his finances were not in good shape.
6 But let’s say a little further, you had
7 someone testify that, in fact, their belief, you
8 know, based on something legitimate, but not much,
9 that he didn’t have good financial standing at the
10 moment, poor cash flow or whatever they say. Then,
11 now, that’s all I allow.
12 See, then let’s say that the defense calls
13 their accountant, and then he says, “Well, they’re
14 absolutely wrong,” you know. “He’s worth eight
15 times as much as anyone thought before, and here it
17 Now you’ve got the records in court, and you
18 say, “Oh, let me look at the records.”
19 Now we have a situation where perhaps
20 looking at the records would be appropriate to
21 cross-examine this accountant.
22 MR. AUCHINCLOSS: All right.
23 THE COURT: So the other way, it doesn’t
24 quite work for me, that you call your expert and
25 say, “You think he’s in bad financial shape.”
26 And he says “Yes,” and he says, “Let me show
27 you all his records,” and see if that substantiates
28 what you’re saying. We sit here for four days while 2759
1 he goes through them.
2 No, that’s not going to happen.
3 MR. AUCHINCLOSS: I understand. Your Honor.
4 Thank you.
5 THE COURT: All right. Let’s take our break.
6 (Recess taken.)
7 MR. SANGER: Your Honor, I have one, and
8 just one, it’s a technical question, because -- and
9 I’m not arguing with the Court.
10 THE COURT: You wouldn’t do that.
11 MR. SANGER: Not that I -- I’m just not.
12 But a technical request.
13 I’m hearing what the Court has ordered is
14 that the general financial -- I think you said the
15 general financial statement of the defendant can be
16 gone into, or status.
17 THE COURT: No, a statement of general
19 MR. SANGER: That’s the Court’s ruling on
20 that issue.
21 THE COURT: Yes.
22 MR. SANGER: I’m not sure that we had that
23 on the record. That’s why -- I think we may have
24 discussed that. It may have been on the record, but
25 I just want to make sure on the record we have
26 whatever the Court’s ruling is.
27 THE COURT: I think that was the ruling, and
28 I reiterated it just before the break. 2760
1 Were you writing down what I was saying.
2 THE REPORTER: Yes, sir.
3 THE COURT: It was on the record.
4 MR. SANGER: Okay. That’s fine. Thank you.
5 MR. ZONEN: Might I be heard on one matter,
6 as well, before -- let me offer one alternative
7 solution to another problem.
8 THE COURT: All right.
9 MR. ZONEN: With regard to the issues of the
10 grand jurors being individually interviewed by all
11 of us, both sides, I assume there’s 19 grand jurors,
12 but there was a court reporter who was present as
13 well, and presumably she’s a witness to that as
15 We would accept the defense’s suggestion to
16 the alternative resolution, based on your call
17 entirely. This would be your choice entirely. But
18 we would offer as an alternative, if the Court’s
19 willing to do so, and we’ll accept it, that one of
20 the three prosecutors present would be made
21 available as a witness in this case in lieu of the
22 grand jury.
23 This is done for purposes of protecting
24 their identity, as we had represented to them we
25 would during the course of those grand jury
26 presentations, and the concern that the Court has
27 about keeping this matter moving. We’re talking
28 about 20 potential witnesses. 2761
1 So we would offer that as an alternative, if
2 that’s acceptable to the defense, and if that’s
3 acceptable to the Court. And the Court would make
4 the determination as to whether you prefer to do it
5 that way or prefer to proceed by way of interview of
6 each of the 19 grand jurors, and the court reporter
7 as well.
8 MR. SANGER: May I have just a second.
9 (Off-the-record discussion held at counsel
11 MR. SANGER: Okay. I think that -- I
12 understand that the District Attorney is saying they
13 would pick one of the people. I don’t know that all
14 three of them were in the room at all times, but
15 they would pick one of the three of them to testify.
16 We’ve already heard what they’re going to testify
18 I think that under the circumstances,
19 particularly in light of the fact that there’s that
20 one grand juror that’s asking questions about
21 fingerprints, I just have a feeling it would be
22 appropriate for us to interview the rest of the
23 grand jurors and find out what everybody says
24 happened. And we can still decide, when it’s all
25 done. We may end up with a stipulation with the
26 prosecution once we’ve had a chance to investigate.
27 But I think it’s gone -- the ball’s rolled too far
28 in that regard. 2762
1 If the record is -- and I’m not arguing with
2 the Court on that. The record is the record. But
3 if we can go behind it, then we should be allowed to
4 talk to the other people in the room.
5 THE COURT: Well, I would -- you know, I
6 would consider -- this is a difficult problem. It’s
7 not an easy problem. And the grand jury, when they
8 come to serve, you know, expect their identities to
9 be protected and not to be exposed to
10 cross-examination. That’s not something that’s
12 If the prosecution is withdrawing their
13 request to call the grand jury foreperson and
14 intends to try to prove their -- the way that --
15 that the records were not touched by the child
16 during the proceedings, then the Court would accept
17 that withdrawal of the request to call the grand
18 jury foreperson. I don’t see any particular
20 Who would be the District Attorney
22 MR. ZONEN: Your Honor, it would probably be
23 Mr. Auchincloss. There were three of us present at
24 the time that the boys testified initially. They
25 were recalled at the end of the proceeding.
26 Mr. Sneddon at the time was involved in a
27 separate trial in Santa Barbara. He was trying the
28 Harms case at the time. He was not present during 2763
1 the second time.
2 But we would -- it would be Mr. Auchincloss
3 who would be testifying. He certainly witnessed all
4 the events.
5 MR. SANGER: And so we’ll have Mr.
6 Auchincloss’s statement and his criminal history
7 records and all that so we can evaluate him as a
9 I’m saying that to be funny. I’m sure he
10 doesn’t have a criminal history. But we do want to
11 have a statement of the witness, if they call him as
12 a witness.
13 MR. AUCHINCLOSS: Is that a sound bite.
14 MR. SANGER: It was a kind sound bite.
15 But as far as the statement is concerned,
16 the witnesses -- we’re allowed to have -- we are
17 supposed to have the information about the witness
18 and their statement, and that’s --
19 THE COURT: That’s true.
20 MR. SANGER: That’s part of discovery. So
21 I’m asking for proper witness discovery, which, you
22 know, would include all those things.
23 THE COURT: That’s fine. That’s what he’s
24 asking for.
25 But I just want to make clear that I’m not
26 bargaining with you. If he wants to call the other
27 two district attorneys that were present, that
28 wasn’t -- I’m not bargaining with you. You know, 2764
1 you are offering one for one. That wasn’t what I
2 was suggesting. I was saying if you want to
3 withdraw the calling of the grand jury foreperson
4 and submit yourself, or that you may, and if he
5 wanted to, you know, talk to the other District
6 Attorney that was present, you know, it’s the same
7 problem, isn’t it.
8 But I do think that the correct -- you know,
9 I do appreciate and think the right choice is to not
10 call the foreperson and involve the grand jury in
11 this hearing. So I appreciate that.
12 So that being the case, I’ll vacate the
13 order that I was either going to make or did make
14 about interviewing all the grand jurors, and that
15 won’t come into effect unless you -- unless we get
16 back to calling a grand juror.
17 All right.
18 MR. SANGER: Could I ask, just -- since the
19 District Attorney actually raised it, the court
20 reporter is under certain statutory obligations of
21 confidentiality as are the grand jurors.
22 Could the court reporter be relieved from
23 those obligations, to the extent that we could
24 inquire of her of the circumstances in which she
25 recalls the evidence was handled. I mean, we know
26 who she was. Her name is on the -- I won’t repeat
27 it, but her name is on the transcripts.
28 THE COURT: Yeah. 2765
1 MR. SANGER: And I don’t see why that would
2 be a problem.
3 THE COURT: Let me consider that.
4 MR. SANGER: Okay.
5 THE COURT: I’ll need to look at what
6 restrictions they have. You don’t think they
7 actually watch what’s going on, do you.
8 MR. SANGER: There’s a possibility.
9 THE COURT: Okay. Let me look at that.
10 Do you know what code sections. I’ll have to find
11 them. What protections they have.
12 MR. SANGER: I did cite code sections. I
13 just closed it. But I did cite the code section,
14 the general area that talks about grand jury. It’s
15 9-something. Let me just see if I can find it here
16 real quickly.
17 924.1 is the grand jurors, and it’s right
18 around that same area.
19 THE COURT: It talks about the court
21 MR. SANGER: Yeah. Somewhere in that same
22 series of code sections.
23 THE COURT: Okay. Thank you. I’ll let
24 you -- I’ll look at that this weekend and tell you
25 Monday, and --
26 MR. SANGER: Okay. Would the Court like me
27 to get the exact code section and send it, or --
28 THE COURT: I think we can find it. 2766
1 MR. SANGER: I’m sure.
2 THE COURT: If it’s in this area, don’t
4 MR. SANGER: Yes. Thank you.
5 THE COURT: If you find it’s some other area,
6 some other code or something, I’d appreciate if
7 you’d just --
8 MR. SANGER: Yes, sir.
9 THE COURT: -- phone Carrie or something.
10 Nothing formal.
11 MR. SANGER: Yes, sir, I will.
12 THE COURT: Let the other side know.
13 Then we have -- the next item is the
14 defendant’s motion re admissibility of evidence
15 related to George Lopez.
16 MR. SANGER: Again, we briefed it.
17 I guess the main point that I want to make
18 orally here before the Court is that in a criminal
19 case, the defendant has the constitutional right to
20 confront and cross-examine. And generally, if you
21 have a good-faith belief that something is true,
22 you’re entitled to ask questions on
23 cross-examination to test the recollection and test
24 the credibility of a witness.
25 And I think that the Court’s pre-trial
26 rulings on this were based on information the Court
27 had at the time.
28 But I think it’s very clear at this point 2767
1 that we have a good-faith belief that Gavin Arvizo
2 was involved in this wallet incident with Lopez,
3 with George Lopez. And the prosecution has already
4 raised -- in their own testimony on direct, they
5 raised the issue that there was a falling out with
6 George Lopez.
7 I think that just stepping back from the
8 fact that this is the Michael Jackson case and that
9 it’s George Lopez, who is an actor, ordinarily,
10 fine, we’d be able to say, “We’ll just find out what
11 it was about and get to the bottom of it.”
12 And we understand the Court’s ruling. We’ve
13 all tried to abide by it. But it seems to me that
14 at this point there’s more than enough evidence to
15 suggest that we should be allowed to vigorously
16 cross-examine and find out.
17 As you know, from what we have from the
18 various interviews, there is -- there is clearly
19 some incident that involved David Arvizo and George
20 Lopez that apparently involve the wallet and the
21 accusation that the $300 was taken out of Gavin’s
22 wallet. So it’s Gavin’s wallet that Gavin claimed
23 he left there and claimed he had $300 in it, which
24 is -- David claimed he had $300 in it, which is
25 inherently strange to start with.
26 Secondly, we have information from Louise
27 Palanker that it was Gavin who was brought into it
28 reluctantly by his father to say how much money was 2768
1 in the wallet, and he didn’t say, “No, there was no
2 money in the wallet,” he said, “Oh, I can’t
3 remember, I can’t remember,” based on her version of
5 That is enough of a good-faith belief that
6 there’s something going on here with Gavin
7 specifically that is part of the same pattern that
8 occurs throughout, and we’ve shown that there’s
9 parallel patterns. Once there’s a falling-out,
10 there’s an accusation, and the accusations often
12 What we have at the moment -- you know, as
13 defense lawyers, we have to defend. What we have at
14 the moment is we have the prosecution putting the
15 witness on the stand and saying, “Well, was there a
16 falling out with George Lopez.” “Yes, there was,”
17 and we can’t go into it.
18 So I think we have a good-faith basis, and
19 they’ve brought the subject up. Even if they
20 didn’t, I think we could go into it, but they
21 certainly brought the subject up. We should be
22 allowed to freely cross-examine and really test the
23 recollection and the credibility of the witnesses in
24 what is a particularly critical area and an area
25 that even the prosecution felt was warranted to
26 bring up to this jury.
27 MR. SNEDDON: Judge, let me -- if I could go
28 back and put this in perspective as to the way I 2769
1 recall this issue coming up.
2 I recall being part of a discussion with the
3 Court and counsel and the attorney for Mr. Lopez,
4 and I recall that the motion was to quash the
5 subpoena. And as I recall it, the decision that was
6 made ultimately, at the completion of the day, was
7 that the Court indicated that you would not release
8 Mr. Lopez from the subpoena, but that you asked the
9 lawyers specifically to file information to you with
10 regard to the incident involving the wallet, so you
11 would be in a better position to evaluate whether
12 Mr. Lopez would be a witness or whether it would
13 qualify for some motion under 403.
14 To my -- to my knowledge only - I can only
15 speak for myself - I’ve never seen anything filed by
16 the lawyer in response to the Court’s request as to
17 what I understood was going to be the next step.
18 And let me tell you, from our perspective, how we
19 feel about it.
20 Our recollection, and from a review of the
21 transcript of the defense’s opening statement, Mr.
22 Mesereau said that it was Janet Arvizo, not David
23 Arvizo, who was involved in this wallet incident.
24 And the purpose for us asking questions of
25 people who knew about the incident was to show that
26 it was, in fact, David Arvizo and not Janet Arvizo,
27 because the defense had made a representation to
28 this jury that it was Janet Arvizo who was involved 2770
1 in that incident, and she was not, to the best of
2 our knowledge.
3 So with regard to the good-faith belief, now
4 the defense says it was David, but that wasn’t what
5 they said, I believe the transcript will bear out,
6 in the opening statement. And it was for that
7 reason that we asked the questions of the witness
8 that was on the stand.
9 Putting aside the change in position by the
10 defense, we believe further that the information is
11 that the father, David, tried to induce the child to
12 claim that there was $300 in a wallet, and the child
13 refused to do so and was reluctant to do so.
14 So, I guess our position is, we would like
15 the Court’s order that Mr. Lopez be a witness in
16 this case to stay in effect pending the fact that
17 the lawyer file some kind of declaration or
18 pro-offer proof to the Court, and then at that point
19 either side could make whatever motions that they
20 feel is appropriate in light of the information
21 provided to the Court.
22 We would not want him released. And it
23 could be very well that we want him to testify,
24 because it was, in fact, David, and not Janet
25 Arvizo, who was involved in this incident, and the
26 son, the victim in this case, was not -- was not
27 buying what the father was trying to get him to do.
28 So that, in essence, is our position on 2771
1 this, Your Honor.
2 MR. SANGER: May I respond briefly.
3 THE COURT: Just a moment.
4 Here’s the question I have: I can’t tell
5 from the declaration of Mr. Sanger, or from the
6 attached reports, if Gavin, when he called Mr. and
7 Mrs. Lopez seeking the return of his wallet, claimed
8 at that time that there was several hundred dollars
9 in the wallet. I can’t tell if that’s your
10 proffered --
11 MR. SANGER: Here’s -- the state of that
12 situation is this, as I understand it: Louise
13 Palanker says that she was advised of this wallet
14 incident because it was a big topic of discussion --
15 THE COURT: But can you answer my question.
16 MR. SANGER: Yes. And when she was told
17 about the incident - which is double hearsay, or
18 hearsay at the very least - when she was told, she
19 was told that Gavin made the call, and that later,
20 when David Arvizo tried to get him to stand there in
21 the office and say there was $300, he said, “Well, I
22 can’t remember how much was in there.”
23 THE COURT: Right.
24 MR. SANGER: Okay. Jamie Masada could not
25 remember the incident until he was prompted, and
26 then he remembered it. Then he couldn’t remember
27 all of it. So he went through several stages, but
28 through the course of his statement, he eventually 2772
1 says, “Well, I don’t really remember” -- as I
2 recall, he says, “I don’t really remember what Gavin
4 So we have -- we don’t have a clear
5 understanding, or a witness who is going to clearly
6 say they heard what he said. Hence --
7 THE COURT: To the Lopezes when he called
9 MR. SANGER: That’s right. Other than Mr.
10 Lopez, Mr. and Mrs. Lopez.
11 THE COURT: So the statement under your
12 declaration on line 21, 20 and 21 -- are you there.
13 MR. SANGER: Yes.
14 THE COURT: “Gavin later called Mr. and Mrs.
15 Lopez seeking return of his wallet. He claimed that
16 it contained several hundred dollars.”
17 MR. SANGER: That’s my understanding of
18 Louise Palanker’s claim. That’s why we detailed it
19 to show the Court. I mean --
20 THE COURT: So we don’t know that.
21 MR. SANGER: We don’t know that for sure,
22 but we’ve got enough. And as I say, there’s a
23 distinction here. And I think I answered the
24 Court’s question.
25 Okay. There’s a distinction here between
26 what Mr. Sneddon is proposing and what we’re talking
27 about at the moment, I think.
28 Mr. Blancarte, who’s representing Mr. Lopez, 2773
1 did say he would file a supplemental declaration
2 addressing the wallet issue.
3 THE COURT: Well, here’s what I recall. And
4 since I’m in the best position to --
5 MR. SANGER: Yes, evidently.
6 THE COURT: What I recall is that I overruled
7 the objection to the subpoena and said that Mr.
8 Lopez had to attend. And we agreed we wouldn’t call
9 him until April because of his business schedule.
10 The attorney for Mr. Lopez then indicated he
11 was going to file a motion to quash the subpoena,
12 which is different than the objection that he filed.
13 And I told him that if he was going to file
14 a motion to quash the subpoena, I would require a
15 detailed statement from Mr. Lopez as to this wallet
16 incident so I would know what he did or did not have
17 to offer the jury in the way of evidence on the
19 He has not filed a motion to quash the
20 subpoena, so the subpoena is still in effect. And
21 he’s under no duty to file any declaration absent --
22 only if he files a motion to quash, and that would
23 be in an accompanying declaration.
24 MR. SANGER: That’s absolutely correct, from
25 my point of view, proving that the Court is a very
26 percipient witness on a --
27 THE COURT: Okay.
28 MR. SANGER: Now, I was -- in fact, was just 2774
1 shortcutting that, because I didn’t want to go
2 through a long explanation, but the Court very
3 concisely did say what happened.
4 The point of the story is precisely what I
5 was getting at. Whether or not Mr. Lopez is called
6 as a witness is not Mr. Sneddon’s issue right now or
7 my issue right now. The issue right now is whether
8 or not we can confront and cross-examine the
9 witnesses with this incident.
10 THE COURT: I agree.
11 MR. SANGER: And I think --
12 THE COURT: And I think you can.
13 MR. SANGER: Okay. Thank you.
14 THE COURT: The difference we have is -- and
15 there’s been some -- maybe some misunderstanding
16 from the District Attorney, judging from their
17 objections, that on the 403 hearings, when I said
18 that certain things couldn’t be proved, I also said
19 that that did not bar cross-examination of certain
20 witnesses on those items, you know. It’s -- and
21 that’s -- that’s what was going on on some of the
22 ones earlier this week where you seemed to be
23 surprised that I was overruling your objection to
24 cross-examination on some of those issues.
25 So I agree with you, that cross-examination
26 of witnesses that have knowledge of this would not
27 be inappropriate. You know, there’s limits on that,
28 of course. 2775
1 MR. SANGER: Well, I understand. The Court
2 makes rulings as you go along, obviously.
3 Okay. Thank you. I believe that resolves
4 that issue.
5 We did have one more matter that we had.
6 It’s not on the agenda.
7 THE COURT: Yes, we’ll take that up now. A
8 motion for a mistrial.
9 MR. SANGER: That’s right. And just --
10 THE COURT: Let me just -- let me rule on the
11 first motion first, because it’s connected, in a
13 MR. SANGER: Okay.
14 THE COURT: And you connected it.
15 What I’m going to rule on the motion for
16 admission of evidence on the alleged prior sexual
17 offenses under Evidence Code Section 1108 is that we
18 will hear argument on the -- on Monday, the -- what
19 date would that be. Would that be the 28th.
20 THE CLERK: Yes.
21 THE COURT: On Monday the 28th.
22 The way I think I would like to do this is
23 to have -- not to call witnesses unless I get to the
24 point where I want to have a witness.
25 So I’ll have the prosecution make their
26 arguments as to why they believe particular
27 witnesses should be called as to particular items,
28 what they’re going to say. And I’ll allow the 2776
1 defense to say -- they can do this in advance. I
2 would encourage some written material if you have
3 time to do it, but not requiring it, as to why -- in
4 a particular case, what you would be doing and why
5 you think it would -- should be excluded under 352,
6 and let you argue those things, and then I may or
7 may not ask for a witness in any particular
8 situation. It will depend on how I hear what you
9 have to say, what my opinion is then.
10 MR. SANGER: And if you were going to
11 request a witness, would it be on a different day,
12 or should we have people lined up outside the
14 THE COURT: Well, let’s make it a different
15 day so that we don’t have to inconvenience all sorts
16 of people.
17 MR. SANGER: Okay.
18 THE COURT: But I’m pretty much of the
19 opinion now, having read the cases on this, that the
20 likelihood of having any witnesses is not great.
21 MR. ZONEN: It’s not what.
22 MR. SNEDDON: Not great.
23 THE COURT: Now, on your motion for a
25 MR. SANGER: Yes, sir.
26 First of all, a motion for mistrial is
27 generally made orally. And it was made orally in
28 this case, just so the record’s clear, by Mr. 2777
1 Mesereau when he said, “I have a motion.”
2 THE COURT: He did. I understood what he was
3 saying. And I asked him to wait, and he did. And
4 the record was made timely, if that was an issue at
6 MR. SANGER: I just wanted to -- we have to
7 connect the dots on the record, you know, so I just
8 wanted to make sure we did that.
9 THE COURT: Yeah. That is your right.
10 MR. SANGER: Thank you.
11 And I understand that we’re not supposed to
12 say the word “mistrial” in front of the jury, and
13 therefore we don’t.
14 THE COURT: That’s correct.
15 MR. SANGER: We filed a memorandum of points
16 and authorities in support of the motion for
17 mistrial this morning, hand-delivered it to the
18 District Attorney.
19 A mistrial, though, is generally -- a
20 motion for mistrial is generally made orally, and I
21 intend to make this orally. The points and
22 authorities just support what we said. And I’d
23 incorporate the points and authorities in my oral
24 presentation so that I don’t have to repeat
26 Having said that, the basis for the motion
27 for mistrial is that the Court made a ruling,
28 whether the Court intends -- or, I shouldn’t say 2778
1 “intends,” whether history bears out later that the
2 Court either grants or denies the 1108 motion, the
3 prosecution was under a clear duty not to go into
4 ‘93, ‘94 matters.
5 And what they did, what Mr. Auchincloss did
6 specifically, was not only ask a question that -- to
7 which a witness responded out of the blue, “Oh,” and
8 named names. And I’ll just avoid saying the names
9 right now, but it’s already in the record, and
10 everybody will see it, I’m sure. But, you know,
11 that can happen. You tell your witness there are
12 certain rules, and the witness gets up on the stand
13 and they’re nervous, and all of a sudden you ask a
14 question, and they blurt out things that they’re not
15 supposed to say.
16 That’s not what happened here. What
17 happened here was that the witness came up with one
18 name, which was Macaulay Culkin, and Mr.
19 Auchincloss, not being satisfied with that, went
20 back directly to the very list of names that he has
21 in his 1108 motion, that he’s been asking the Court
22 to be allowed to go into, and the Court said, “No,
23 not until we rule on it.” And he asked leading
24 questions. “What about so and so.” And then they
25 said, “Yes.” “What about the next person.” She
26 said, “Yes.”
27 It’s in the record and I’ve cited it. I
28 just don’t want to repeat it unless the Court wants 2779
1 me to.
2 THE COURT: No, based on your written
3 material, I read that record this morning.
4 MR. SANGER: And when you compare that to
5 the 1108 motion, there’s nothing accidental about
7 Now, the issue or the problem that I see
8 here is that, number one, the Court’s order has been
9 blatantly disregarded. I’m not saying that from the
10 standpoint of being punitive. I’m just saying, as a
11 practical matter, that’s exactly what happened. It
12 couldn’t have been any more blatant and it couldn’t
13 have been any more intentional. It was clearly done
14 with leading questions. So as I said, there’s
15 nothing accidental about this. And it goes right
16 down the list of the people that the prosecution
17 wants to talk about.
18 If you look -- if you compare the 1108
19 motion to the transcript, it’s exactly what he’s
20 doing. He’s getting in the information that the
21 Court had said don’t get into until we have a chance
22 to do it.
23 So I think that the only remedy at this
24 point is a mistrial.
25 Now, the prosecution could argue, “Well, you
26 should grant our 1108 motion anyway, so there will
27 be no harm, no foul,” which means they can then put
28 the Court in this difficult position, deliberately 2780
1 violate the Court’s order, and then get the benefit
2 of all worlds on this.
3 That can’t be right. There’s got to be a
4 sanction. And the only appropriate sanction,
5 reluctantly - I say this reluctantly - is a motion
6 for a mistrial. And I say it reluctantly because I
7 think that when you look at the cases such as
8 Oregon vs. Kennedy, the United States Supreme Court
9 case that we cited, and the People vs. Batts, which
10 is a California case, the case law says that if a
11 mistrial is granted based on prosecutorial
12 misconduct, and it’s granted not at the request of
13 the defense, then jeopardy may have attached and the
14 case is over.
15 On the other hand, we’re in that position
16 where we have that choice. Do we stand here and
17 just say, “Well, we’re going to take it, because if
18 we request a mistrial and the Court grants it, they
19 can just start all over again and prosecute again.”
20 After considering this, we’ve decided that
21 our -- the only thing we can do, as a practical
22 matter, is ask for a mistrial as the first remedy.
23 If that’s denied, there may be other remedies. But
24 I think we have to -- in good conscience, given what
25 happened, and the blatant nature of the violation, I
26 think we have to request a mistrial.
27 Now, the prosecution can come back and say,
28 “Oh, well,” you know, “what’s a little violation of 2781
1 the court order here. I mean, we’ve spent a lot of
2 time and money, the Court’s spent a lot of time and
3 money, look at all these sheriffs are here helping
4 us get to our cars and do things, and the press.”
5 That can’t -- that can’t be a reason to
6 overlook something that in any other case would be
7 just an absolutely intolerable violation of a court
9 He went down with leading questions, went
10 down the list of people that the Court has already
11 indicated you can’t get into until we -- until we
12 have a hearing on it.
13 So what do we do. As my former colleague in
14 this case used to say, “We have to do something more
15 than nothing.” And I think that that’s -- that’s
16 precisely what we have to do in this case. And I
17 think the only proper remedy is to grant a mistrial.
18 None of us, believe me, wants to sit here
19 and start this case over again. But what -- you
20 can’t unring the bell. They’ve gotten into specific
21 names and specific allegations that they were told
22 not to get into, and here we are.
23 Now, if the Court decides for some reason
24 that a mistrial should not be granted, then we’ve
25 suggested another possible sanction. But only if
26 the Court denies that motion for a mistrial.
27 We’ve also indicated that we believe, and
28 I’m saying it up front and I’ve said it in the 2782
1 papers, that this -- even though we have requested a
2 mistrial, this still may come within the exception
3 under the Kennedy vs. Oregon or the People vs. Batts
4 cases, in that this appears to be such deliberate
5 misconduct, where the very names are read in leading
6 questions that are in the motion, that it -- it
7 would be viewed as a case in which jeopardy is
8 attached and mistrial is deliberately caused, and
9 there may not be a retrial.
10 But whether that’s the case or not, those
11 consequences are not for the Court to weigh at this
12 point. The Court has to weigh whether or not there
13 was just a blatant disregard of the Court’s order,
14 and if, based on that violation, a mistrial should
15 be granted.
16 And we respectfully submit that that is the
17 proper remedy. And then, as I say, if the Court
18 disagrees and doesn’t grant a mistrial, then we’ve
19 suggested, among other things, as a sanction, the
20 1108 motion should just be summarily denied, the
21 People’s motion on that, because that would -- that
22 would at least be a sanction to deal with this.
23 The Court could then issue an admonition
24 that these -- that, “The reference to people prior
25 to the 2003 time period will be stricken. You’re
26 not to regard them,” and we could go from there.
27 Thank you, Your Honor.
28 THE COURT: Counsel. 2783
1 MR. SNEDDON: My first comment is that
2 Mr. Sanger points out one of the anomalies of the
3 law that we face when we try criminal cases, and
4 that is when there’s an allegation that someone on
5 the prosecution side steps over the boundary, all of
6 a sudden the defense can get up and make mistrials
7 and characterize it in a certain fashion.
8 But on the other hand, when we sit here and
9 watch defense counsel continuously step over the
10 boundaries and get admonished as violating the
11 Court’s 403 rules, the prosecution’s basically at
12 the mercy of the Court, because the law does not
13 allow us to make any kind of motion to rein in or
14 bring under control somebody who just consistently
15 violates the Court’s orders.
16 Having said that, two wrongs never make a
17 right, so I’d like to address the correctness of why
18 we believe that this motion should be denied, there
19 should be no sanctions, and why the Court should
20 ignore this, in the sense that it was not deliberate
21 and not intentional.
22 First of all, the Court’s 1108 motion dealt
23 with specific allegations of misconduct on the part
24 of the defendant involving other young boys. There
25 was no attempt to elicit that information from these
26 witnesses. There was no intent to infer that there
27 was any improper conduct on the part of Mr. Jackson
28 with the individuals. The questions were directed 2784
1 totally at the witness with regard to who were
2 people who came to the ranch and visited Mr. Jackson
3 on certain occasions.
4 And frankly, given the Court’s ruling on
5 staying away from the 1108 areas of misconduct, I
6 can’t see how, frankly, it comes within the purview
7 of just simply asking whether these were individuals
8 who came to the ranch during a particular point in
9 time involving the period of time in which this
10 person was an employee at the ranch.
11 In fact, the Court sustained some
12 objections, but most of the objections you sustained
13 were on the basis of foundation. And it was at that
14 point when Mr. Auchincloss went back and went
15 through them serially, individually, you did not
16 overrule -- in fact, you overruled objections on the
17 part of the defense as to some of those questions.
18 Now, I think it’s pretty hard to stretch
19 that kind of questions and those kind of answers in
20 the kind of context that they were presented as
21 being prosecutorial, deliberate misconduct on the
22 part of somebody, when it was clear that there was
23 nothing inferred with regard to the conduct of these
24 people at the time, and the conduct of the defendant
25 in relationship to these people.
26 And so I just submit to the Court that,
27 given the whole series of questions and answers and
28 the sustaining of objections, that there was nothing 2785
1 really improper that happened in the first place;
2 that this is part of the give and take at trial.
3 And some of the boundaries, I think the Court would
4 probably -- you won’t take judicial notice of it,
5 but the Court has tried to guide us generally
6 through some of these landmines in this case, and
7 it’s not altogether sometimes clear just how far one
8 can go and one can’t go. And I think that’s been a
9 problem on both sides of this case.
10 But to say that something is deliberate and
11 something rises to the magnitude of some kind of a
12 mistrial declaration in this particular case, I
13 think is a very, very big stretch in light of what
14 happened in the total context of this trial and in
15 the total context of the examination of this
16 witness, Your Honor.
17 THE COURT: Any rebuttal.
18 MR. SANGER: Yes. First of all, I’d feel a
19 lot more comfortable, rather than bringing up other
20 things and then saying two rights don’t make a
21 wrong, if we just address the issue. And also, I’d
22 feel a lot more comfortable if the prosecution
23 indicated that they were wrong.
24 However, what’s happened here is we’re
25 saying there was no intent to infer. And as we
26 cited in our papers on page two, and including the
27 footnote on page two, that it was Mr. Auchincloss,
28 not Miss Fournier, who said things like “special 2786
1 relationship” and “special friends.” It was Mr.
2 Auchincloss who was trying to make this relevant to
3 his 1108 motion. It was Mr. Auchincloss who brought
4 out the ages of the children. It was Mr.
5 Auchincloss who asked questions only about boys and
6 not about girls.
7 He chose to do that, why. Not because it
8 was a random discussion of Miss Fournier and what
9 she’d been doing on the ranch for 10 or 12 years.
10 This is directed specifically to the inference. And
11 Mr. Sneddon just got up and said there was no
12 intention of bringing out. You know, I’m just taken
13 aback by that. Of course there was an intention to
14 infer something by this testimony. I can’t believe
15 we’re in the same courtroom.
16 And if you look at that, when Mr.
17 Auchincloss goes on about special relationships,
18 special friend, ages, boys, he’s clearly tying it in
19 to his 1108 argument. And if he wasn’t doing that,
20 the relevance objections would have been sustained,
21 I’m sure.
22 It was -- it was offered as relevant
23 evidence. It wasn’t offered for some background of
24 Miss Fournier. And the Court ruled earlier that
25 that evidence would not be admissible until the
26 Court had a hearing on it.
27 So, you know, it clearly was improper, and
28 it clearly was for a purpose. I just can’t believe 2787
1 I heard to the contrary.
2 The question is, you know, what does the
3 Court do about it. And in saying that somebody on
4 the defense team overstepped boundaries from time to
5 time makes this right, it just doesn’t. And the
6 defendant does have a constitutional right to a fair
7 trial and to have the Court -- the Court’s orders
8 followed by the prosecution.
9 This is a bell that cannot be unrung. And I
10 just think under the circumstances, there’s no
11 choice but to grant a mistrial. As, you know,
12 remarkable as that might seem to the public or
13 somebody else, the fact is, as lawyers and as a
14 Judge, we all know that there are legal rules.
15 These legal rules, in this case that the
16 prosecution follow the court orders, were not
17 followed, and the consequence of those breaches of
18 legal rules is that the Court has to declare a
19 mistrial, and I believe that that’s the appropriate
21 Thank you, Your Honor.
22 MR. SNEDDON: Judge, I promise it will be
23 less than a minute, but I wrote something down that
24 I didn’t tell you that I think is relevant to this
26 THE COURT: No, we have --
27 MR. SNEDDON: All right.
28 THE COURT: We have opening, response and 2788
2 Well, let me tell you how I was looking at
3 it when I was making the rulings, which is there was
4 some evidence by the District Attorney where -- from
5 which he would like to prove or have the jury infer
6 that when children go to Michael Jackson’s ranch,
7 that they are unsupervised, they become wild and
8 crazy kids, you know. There was a lot of -- the
9 inference they wanted to be drawn, I think, was that
10 that is a situation that Mr. Jackson wanted; that he
11 didn’t supervise them; he wanted them to become
12 uncontrolled children.
13 Then Mr. Mesereau, in cross-examination,
14 spent a good deal of time trying to establish --
15 that’s not a good word, “trying.” I should say
16 working to establishing that, in fact, many
17 truckloads, busloads -- not “truckloads,” busloads
18 of children, carloads of children, appeared at the
19 ranch when he was there, and -- when Michael Jackson
20 was there, and when Michael Jackson wasn’t there.
21 And there was an ongoing entertainment of children,
22 and that -- excuse me, that the children acted as
23 children do when they’re taken to any amusement
24 park. And that, in fact, Mr. Jackson wasn’t there a
25 lot, and wasn’t out watching them a lot and really
26 didn’t have much contact at all with all of these
27 children who took advantage of the rides and zoo and
28 everything. 2789
1 And then the District Attorney came back
2 and, in my acceptance of that evidence at that time,
3 was to try to reestablish or to establish the
4 contact that Mr. Jackson did have with the children.
5 And that, in fact, there were certain children that
6 he had a great deal of contact with, and that this
7 was the balancing of the evidence that I was
8 watching from this position.
9 And so when the District Attorney asked if
10 there weren’t certain children that he had
11 established good, strong relationships with - and
12 she confirmed, the witness confirmed that that was a
13 fact, and started naming them - I didn’t feel that
14 that violated the 1108 order. I didn’t see -- from
15 my standpoint, I didn’t see that it was either
16 harmful or helpful to either the defense or the
18 I mean, some of the children that were named
19 were relatives of Mr. Jackson. And I did
20 specifically limit that testimony to that area
21 purposefully. And I thought the District Attorney
22 recognized it when he said he intended to go no
23 further than that, and I said I would hold him to
25 And then when the -- when he did mention
26 Jordie Chandler, he said -- he was the one that
27 raised it, not the witness.
28 “How about Jordie Chandler.” 2790
1 And she said, “Yes.”
2 And Mr. Mesereau said, “Your Honor, I’m
3 going to object based on the Court’s ruling on
5 “The Court: Sustained.
6 And Mr. Mesereau said, “Move to strike.”
7 And the Court struck the testimony.
8 And it was after that, of course, that Mr.
9 Mesereau moved for a mistrial. But I felt that that
10 cured the situation.
11 And one has to keep in mind that this isn’t
12 the first that the jury’s heard that name. And even
13 one of the questionnaires for service of jury was to
14 ask the jurors what they knew about the alleged
15 1993 -- or the 1993 alleged incident. And it’s come
16 up -- 1993 has been mentioned by other witnesses.
17 So it’s not like this is the first, nor will it
18 probably be the last time, it’s mentioned.
19 So I’ll deny the motion for a mistrial and
20 any request for sanctions.
21 Let’s see. Is there anything else before
23 MR. SNEDDON: Judge, may I ask a question
24 about the procedure on the 28th, in terms of what
25 the expectations are, us moving forward with our
26 case. And then I have one minor thing that I’d like
27 to discuss.
28 THE COURT: Yes. 2791
1 MR. SANGER: Before you change the subject,
2 though, could I just ask one clarification question
3 on that ruling.
4 THE COURT: Yes.
5 MR. SANGER: Just so we don’t have a
6 problem -- I mean, the Court is going to rule
7 however it’s going to rule.
8 THE COURT: The Court ruled however it did
10 MR. SANGER: That’s true. I’m speaking
11 about prospectively on other -- if this comes up
12 again. It would be our position that mentioning the
13 names of children who are in the 1108 motion,
14 whether they’re there because -- well, for whatever
15 reason, mentioning those names from ‘93, ‘94, or
16 prior to that should not occur, it would be our
17 position, unless counsel approaches and asks for
18 permission. Because I still believe that that comes
19 within the 1108.
20 I understand what Your Honor said. I’m not
21 arguing with the ruling. But prospectively, until
22 the Court rules on the 1108, that would be my belief
23 and understanding. And I’d ask if we could follow
24 that procedure; that if there is an intention to do
25 something like that, that we have an opportunity to
26 be heard on it.
27 THE COURT: I think that’s only fair. There
28 could be other situations where that testimony is 2792
1 admissible before we get to 1108. It’s not
2 admissible under 1108 or -- so it would have to be
3 some limited purpose. But to prevent the need for
4 further hearings like this, I think you should
5 advise them if you’re going to go through that
6 list --
7 MR. SNEDDON: Okay.
8 THE COURT: -- before then.
9 MR. SANGER: Thank you, Your Honor.
10 MR. SNEDDON: Judge, on the 28th, when you
11 said we were going to have argument, should we
12 anticipate that that will take the day, and we
13 shouldn’t be required to have witnesses standing by.
14 I don’t even mean in connection with the 1108. I
15 mean just --
16 THE COURT: Yeah.
17 MR. SNEDDON: -- to carry on that day.
18 Do you envision that would take the whole
19 day or part of the morning. I just want to get
20 direction so --
21 THE COURT: Well, how long do you think your
22 argument will take.
23 MR. SNEDDON: Depends on whether it’s --
24 who’s arguing it. But -- and depends on how much
25 leeway the Court gives.
26 THE COURT: How much --
27 MR. SNEDDON: Based on our experience, I
28 would expect it would probably take a couple of 2793
1 hours, I guess.
2 THE COURT: I think at least.
3 What do you think. Who’s arguing that here.
4 MR. SANGER: I believe I am, Your Honor.
5 I would say it’s liable to take a couple
6 hours. We could intend to take an hour, but we’ll
7 probably take a couple by the time we’re through
8 THE COURT: So are we talking two hours.
9 Are you each saying two hours total, or are you
10 saying two hours --
11 MR. SNEDDON: I would --
12 THE COURT: -- each.
13 MR. SNEDDON: No, I would anticipate that I
14 would be able to address the Court’s concerns in my
15 opening remarks. And since it’s our motion, we
16 carry the pail on this one, that probably I could do
17 that in a half hour easily, because you already have
18 our declarations.
19 THE COURT: I already have your written
21 MR. SNEDDON: So I’ll just highlight things
22 and we’ll go from there. So I would expect that
23 mine -- my opening would take less than a half hour.
24 MR. SANGER: And by the time I get through
25 going back and forth, I think total, the whole thing
26 will probably take a couple hours. And we’ll
27 probably have a break, so --
28 THE COURT: So if we had the jury come in on 2794
1 Monday at 11:30 and did the 11:30 to 2:30, that
2 would work.
3 MR. SANGER: I think that would be fine. If
4 the Court needed more time, we could do the jury and
5 take more time on another day.
6 MR. SNEDDON: So 11:30.
7 THE COURT: So we’ll -- we’re going to
8 argue -- the arguments will start at 8:30.
9 MR. SNEDDON: Yes, sir.
10 THE COURT: But you’ll need to have witnesses
11 commencing at 11:30.
12 MR. SNEDDON: Is it the Court’s intention to
13 rule that day.
14 THE COURT: Unless -- yes, unless I need to
15 call a witness.
16 MR. SNEDDON: Okay. So if the Court rules
17 in our favor on one or more witnesses, we could go
18 ahead and put them on right away, then.
19 THE COURT: Yes.
20 MR. SNEDDON: All right.
21 The second thing is kind of a personal
22 thing, and it involves the Court also. You
23 indicated we would not be in session Tuesday
24 afternoon, and the reason is the dedication at the
25 Juvenile Hall. And I know they’re dedicating it to
26 Sue Gionfriddo, who is a close personal friend of
27 mine, and we’ve been colleagues for over 30 years
28 together, and I was very close to her and her 2795
1 deceased husband.
2 I had intended to attend that service, but
3 then you invited all the jury, and I’m a little
4 squeally about going over there, because I don’t
5 want to run into a juror, and I don’t want to get
6 accused of any improper conduct. So I guess what
7 I’m asking the Court is --
8 THE COURT: I would expect you to attend, and
9 I don’t expect any of the jurors to attend. Did
10 you notice the laughter when I --
11 MR. SNEDDON: I know, Judge. But I just
12 want to make sure that I’ve addressed -- I’ve
13 consulted with you about that.
14 THE COURT: I’ll address that with them
15 Monday and tell them I really don’t expect them to
16 attend. I think they’re in tune with my humor.
17 MR. SNEDDON: I don’t want to get accused of
18 showing up if you said they were going to be there,
19 or something like that.
20 THE COURT: No, I understand. I think
21 everybody -- Mr. Sanger might even want to be there.
22 MR. SANGER: I was going to say, Sue
23 Gionfriddo has been a good friend of mine for a long
24 time, too, and I intend to attend. And I assume if
25 we saw a juror, we would go in a different
27 THE COURT: Yes. I’d require them to wear
28 their badges if they went. I don’t think they’re 2796
1 going to go. They’re really looking forward to the
3 MR. SNEDDON: Last thing: Do we have an
4 update on the computer. We’re in the middle of
5 trial here. We’d like to get some of that
7 Are we done with at least one of the
8 computers with regard to the --
9 THE COURT: I’ll have to defer to Jed.
10 MR. BEEBE: The last word I heard was that
11 the -- that there was -- that the disk, based on the
12 new list, was in the mail yesterday. And so as soon
13 as the special master makes a ruling, that material
14 will be available.
15 MR. SNEDDON: It’s -- can I ask a clarifying
17 My understanding was that the Brad Miller
18 computer was completed and that the scoping down of
19 the inquiries was on the Evvy Tavasci computers. Am
20 I mistaken about that.
21 MR. BEEBE: It’s the other way around.
22 MR. SNEDDON: The other way around.
23 MR. BEEBE: Yes.
24 MR. SNEDDON: Oh, but -- the Evvy Tavasci is
25 completed, but Brad Miller’s is the one that we’re
27 MR. BEEBE: Yes.
28 MR. SNEDDON: I’m sorry, Your Honor, I was 2797
1 trying to get to the point.
2 THE COURT: Go ahead and address him. He
3 knows. Go ahead.
4 MR. SNEDDON: Is it -- have the Evvy Tavasci
5 materials been given to the special master.
6 MR. BEEBE: Yes.
7 MR. SNEDDON: And then the next process is
8 it goes to the Judge. Judge Melville will make a
9 ruling from there.
10 MR. BEEBE: Yes.
11 MR. SNEDDON: I’m just trying to get an
12 update, Judge.
13 THE COURT: I agree.
14 MR. SNEDDON: We’re in the middle of trial
15 and --
16 THE COURT: It’s just something that I’m
17 as -- didn’t know any more than you did. So we both
18 now know where it is.
19 MR. SNEDDON: Perfect. Thank you very much.
20 Thank you for your indulgence.
21 THE COURT: All right. Is there anything
23 MR. SANGER: I don’t think so, Your Honor.
24 Thank you.
25 THE COURT: All right. Court’s in recess.
26 Have a good weekend.
27 MR. AUCHINCLOSS: Thank you, Your Honor.
28 MR. ZONEN: You too. 2798
1 MR. MESEREAU: Have a good weekend, Your
3 (The proceedings adjourned at 11:05 a.m.)
1 REPORTER’S CERTIFICATE
4 THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE )
5 OF CALIFORNIA, )
6 Plaintiff, )
7 -vs- ) No. 1133603
8 MICHAEL JOE JACKSON, )
9 Defendant. )
12 I, MICHELE MATTSON McNEIL, RPR, CRR,
13 CSR #3304, Official Court Reporter, do hereby
15 That the foregoing pages 2711 through 2799
16 contain a true and correct transcript of the
17 proceedings had in the within and above-entitled
18 matter as by me taken down in shorthand writing at
19 said proceedings on March 18, 2005, and thereafter
20 reduced to typewriting by computer-aided
21 transcription under my direction.
22 DATED: Santa Maria, California,
23 March 18, 2005.
27 MICHELE MATTSON McNEIL, RPR, CRR, CSR #3304
March 18, 2005