May 9th, 2005 Trial Analysis: Francin Contreras, Gayle Goforth, Violet Silva, Ramon Velasco, Joseph Marcus, Part 4 of 4
Silva was asked to further clarify the directive from ranch manager Joe Marcus to refer to the Cascio family as “Tyson”:
May 9th, 2005 Trial Analysis: Francin Contreras, Gayle Goforth, Violet Silva, Ramon Velasco, Joseph Marcus, Part 3 of 4
Next, Sneddon repeatedly questioned Silva about Frank Cascio, his professional and personal associations with Jackson, the time period that he started using the alias “Tyson” (insinuating that Frank had a nefarious motive for using the alias), etc.:
May 9th, 2005 Trial Analysis: Francin Contreras, Gayle Goforth, Violet Silva, Ramon Velasco, Joseph Marcus, Part 2 of 4
After returning from recess, Sanger questioned Silva several security scares at Neverland, including an incident where a crazed fan was caught trespassing, and made it past all of the elaborate security measures! This fan was ultimately found on the top floor of the main house!
May 9th, 2005 Trial Analysis: Francin Contreras, Gayle Goforth, Violet Silva, Ramon Velasco, Joseph Marcus, Part 1 of 4
The next defense witness was Francin Contreras, a former Neverland employee who worked at the ranch from 1991 through 1993. She was subpoenaed to testify in order to refute the testimony of Adrian McManus, who claimed to have witnessed Jackson abusing Macaulay Culkin in 1993.
Contreras testified that McManus always spoke good about Jackson, and never confided in her that she witnessed any inappropriate sexual contact by Jackson towards any child. She also testified that she observed several stolen items from Neverland at McManus’s home, including watches, clothes, and toys that were meant for underprivileged children.
May 6th, 2005 Trial Analysis: Joy Robson, Chantal Robson, Marie Lisbeth Barnes, and Karlee Barnes, Part 2 of 2
The next defense witness was Karlee Barnes, Brett’s sister. She began by describing how her family met Jackson for the first time; just imagine if the world’s biggest superstar called you on the phone out of the blue!
But before I get to her testimony, here’s a summary of her interview with Jackson’s private investigator S. Ross on April 30th, 2005:
Karlee described how Jackson and her family sparked a friendship through a series of phone calls over several years, and they gleefully accepted his invitation to spend Christmas at Neverland in 1991. During their first night at Neverland, she and Brett stayed up all night in Jackson’s bedroom suite, watching movies and playing games, while their mother slept in a guest unit. Karlee slept in Jackson’s bedroom suite numerous times throughout the years, although she never shared a bed with Jackson. She denied the possibility that Jackson could have molested Brett because he wouldn’t want to return to Neverland if he had been molested. Overall, she and her family were happy to be friends with Jackson, and were more than willing to defend him in court. (You can read a more detailed summary of her interview in this document, which the prosecution filed in order to prevent her and Chantal Robson from testifying due to their “lack of knowledge” of the alleged molestation of their brothers: http://www.sbscpublicaccess.org/docs/ctdocs/050505motexcllmttest.pdf)
Here’s the beginning of her direct examination by Mesereau: Read more…
May 6th, 2005 Trial Analysis: Joy Robson, Chantal Robson, Marie Lisbeth Barnes, and Karlee Barnes, Part 1 of 2
Wade Robson’s mother and sister, Joy and Chantal Robson, respectively, testified for Jackson’s defense, and vehemently denied having any suspicions about Jackson’s behavior with Wade, or any other child. A summary and analysis of their testimonies can be found in this post, and this post.
The next defense witness called to the stand was Marie Lisbeth Barnes, the mother of Brett Barnes. Here are her recollections of how and when her family met Jackson, and the nights her children spent in Jackson’s bedroom during their first visit to Neverland. In fact, Lisbeth was invited by Jackson to stay in his bedroom suite, and initially stayed there, but went back to her guest room after a while. Jackson’s invitation to Lisbeth to sleep in his bedroom suite with her children was antithetical to the prosecution’s assertion that he always tried to separate parents from their children:
The next defense witness was Jackson’s former friend Wade Robson. He testified on Jackson’s behalf and vehemently denied being abused by the superstar, and his testimony was instrumental in Jackson’s acquittal. However, on May 1st, 2013 Robson filed a lawsuit against the Estate of Michael Jackson, recanting his 2005 testimony and claiming to have been sexually abused by Jackson.
A summary and analysis of Robson’s testimony can be found in this post, and I have also refuted and debunked his outrageous claims. As of this writing, Robson and his attorneys are still seeking their day in court, and the Estate of Michael Jackson is vigorously trying to have his frivolous lawsuit dismissed. For more information, you can follow updates on this website: http://www.dailymichael.com/
The next defense witness was Brett Barnes, another alleged “victim” of Jackson, according to prosecution witnesses Adrian McManus and Ralph Chacon, who both testified earlier in the trial. This is an excerpt of Sneddon’s description of what Chacon claimed to have seen in 1993 (which is from the PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR ADMISSION OF EVIDENCE OF DEFENDANT’S PRIOR SEXUAL OFFENSES):