Let The Lawyering Begin

The first glimpse of the legal teams in Michael Jackson's trial

Michael Jackson's trial began last week with testimony from the accuser's sister and others, who launched the prosecution's case that Jackson molested a 13-year-old boy at his Neverland Ranch. And courtroom watchers got their first good look at the legal teams that are set to clash.

Lead prosecutor Tom (Mad Dog) Sneddon, for 22 years district attorney of California's Santa Barbara County, tried to take command of the case early, with forceful but empathic questioning. Legal analysts have scoffed that he is a relative bumpkin next to the slicker, more experienced defense team, but this deeply religious father of nine has...

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