This just in... - Jackson not guilty - Jun 13, 2005:
SANTA MARIA, California (CNN) -- A California jury found pop superstar Michael Jackson not guilty Monday of all charges in his child-molestation trial.

The jury deliberated about 32 hours before reaching its decision.

The verdicts were read in a packed courtroom, where a large crowd of supporters gathered outside the courthouse cheered, wept and hugged upon hearing the verdict.

Courtroom observers reported that Jackson dabbed his eyes with a tissue after his acquittal.

I'm glad. I was hoping for a not guilty verdict. Not because I'm a Michael Jackson fan, mind you, because I'm not. I think he's a stupid freak, a weirdo who is (paradoxically) incredibly self-absorbed yet filled with self-loathing.

I wanted a not guilty verdict to stick it to the prosecutors, who all along seemed as if they only pursued this case with such vigor because the defendant was an uber-celebrity, to stick it to the obviously gold-digging grifters who accused him in the first place, and to the media, which turned this whole thing into a giant three-ring bloody circus.

Not Guilty. Good!