JACKO TRIAL ADJOURNED

Decision is taken after 4,000 potential jurors are narrowed down to 250…

Michael Jackson’s trial on charges of child molestation has been adjourned until next Monday (February 7).

The decision was taken after a potential 4,000 jurors were narrowed down to 250 for the case in California’s Santa Maria.

Next week will see the process continue to select the final 12 jurors and eight stand-by jurors, according to BBC News.

Lawyers for both the prosecution and defence will question the remaining 250 potential jurors next week and meanwhile the candidates have been asked to fill in questionnaires.

Professional jury consultants have been employed by the legal teams. They specialise in assessing the personalities of potential jurors and their likely opinions about the case.

The jury selection process could take up to a month.

As previously reported on NME.COM, Michael Jackson’s trial began on Monday (January 31).

Just hours before his trial on ten counts of child molestation and conspiracy, the singer issued a video online appealing for a fair trial.

He said: “I love my community and have great faith in our justice system. Please keep an open mind and let me have my day in court. I deserve a fair trial like every other American citizen.”

The trial is estimated to last in the region of six months. If found guilty, Michael Jackson faces up to 21 years behind bars.