Entertainment US Jackson Fans
Fans await first court appearence by Michael Jackson
Story No.: 440705
Dateline: Santa Maria - 31 Jan 2005
Date: 01/31/2005 10:18 PM
1. Wide shot pan of Michael Jackson supporters standing across the street from the courthouse
2. Jackson look-a-like holding a sign
3. Various shots of supporters holding signs
4. Tilt down of supporters jacket reading Michael
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Liddy Champo, British Michael Jackson Fan:
"I've been a fan since childhood, he's always impacted my life in some way. Yeah, from a child it was just like the general, he's the structure of your whole moral status. He teaches you the right things to do in life, the right path to take and he's basically the foundation of who I am today. It's all based on Michael."
6. Police officers walking by
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ann Scott, British Michael Jackson Fan:
"All I can say is innocent until proven guilty. And we love his music. And it was well worth all the money...we travelled to San Francisco and then to here, hopefully for my granddaughter to see him personally."
8. Close shot of sign reading "England supports you Michael"
9. Wide shot of Ann Scott and granddaughter holding sign
10. Japanese fans standing together
11. Pan of crowd of Jackson supporters
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Elise Andani, American Michael Jackson Fan:
"I don't think he's gonna get a fair trial because the media is filming and all that. Hopefully he does but I don't think he will."
13. Reporter interviewing Debra Opri
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Debra Opri, Attorney Representing Jackson Family:
"I have faith in the citizens of Santa Maria, I have faith in the citizens of Santa Barbara county. I believe they will do the right thing and they will properly evaluate the evidence and in the end, I think it's going to look good for Michael Jackson. People should wait until everything is presented."
15. Media satellite trucks outside courthouse
16. Shot of press gathered outside courthouse
17. Shot of woman holding a sign and chanting, pull out to wide shot of Jackson supporters behind fence
Dozens of dancing, screaming fans gathered outside a California courthouse Monday, as pop icon Michael Jackson's child molestation trial is set to begin.
Many supporters camped out all night. Some came from as far away as Europe and Japan.
Supporters blasted a Jackson song deriding the district attorney and booed a woman who held a sign backing the alleged victim, a 13-year-old boy.
Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville summoned 300 people to court for the first round of jury selection Monday.
Another 300 people are to follow on Tuesday, with a final one-hundred-fifty scheduled to arrive on Wednesday.
From that pool of people, the judge hopes to find 12 jurors and eight alternates, but the process could take a month or more.
Fans standing outside the courthouse expressed confidence in the pop star's innocence.
At the same time, however, they feared he won't get a fair trial.
Debra Opri, the attorney for Jackson's family members, said she believes a fair trial is possible if jurors - and the public - withhold judgement until all evidence is presented.
Forty-six-year-old Jackson is charged with molesting a cancer patient - then age 13, now 15 - and plying him with alcohol.
Early Sunday, Jackson issued a court-approved video statement on his Web site, predicting he would be acquitted.
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