In this excerpt, Provencio testified about his conversations with Cindy Montgomery about the surreptitiously recorded video of Jackson and his attorney Mark Geragos on their flight from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara, where he was to be arrested and formerly charged:
Mesereau segued into the topic of Provencio’s recollection of the events just prior to and just after the airing of the Bashir documentary in the USA. Pay attention to Provencio’s statement about how Schaffel was the “kingpin” behind all of the behind the scenes maneuvering in the aftermath of the documentary, and that Jackson “had no idea what he was up to”, which contradicts the prosecution’s assertion that Jackson was behind it all:
After returning from recess, Zonen wanted to show the jury that Jackson and Schaffel’s relationship was much closer than what the defense says it was during that time period by having Provenicio testify about the dedication to Schaffel that Jackson included in the liner notes to his 2001 album “Invincible”: Read more…
Before the jury was seated, Judge Melville issued rulings on certain statements that were told by others to Rudy Provencio that the prosecution wanted admitted as evidence against Jackson:
May 3rd, 2005 Trial Analysis: David Saunders, Jeff Klapakis, Craig Bonner, Paul Zelis, Steve Robel, John O’Bryan, John Duross, Rudy Provencio, Part 4 of 4
Under recross-examination, Mesereau grilled Duross about his assessment of Jackson’s financial position:
May 3rd, 2005 Trial Analysis: David Saunders, Jeff Klapakis, Craig Bonner, Paul Zelis, Steve Robel, John O’Bryan, John Duross, Rudy Provencio, Part 3 of 4
Under cross examination, Duross testified that –surprise, surprise – there were many financial documents that he requested from the prosecution that were not made available to him. What a shock, huh? I wonder why they weren’t made available to Duross? Could it be because they would make Jackson’s financial condition look better than what they were asserting to the jury?
Much to the chagrin of the prosecution and media, Duross stated that the documents he received from the prosecution put the Sony/ATV catalog’s worth at over one billion dollars!
May 3rd, 2005 Trial Analysis: David Saunders, Jeff Klapakis, Craig Bonner, Paul Zelis, Steve Robel, John O’Bryan, John Duross, Rudy Provencio, Part 2 of 4
Before ending his direct examination, Sneddon questioned Robel about the Neverland gate logs that were seized 3 or 4 months before the start of the trial. You would think that such important evidence would have been seized much sooner in the investigation, but then again this is the Santa Barbara County Police Department that we’re talking about here! Read more…