May 11 2011

LA County Worker with inside information vouches for Michael’s innocence

Category: Justice,LyricsSeven @ 1:59 am

Innocent

Innocent

Deborah of Reflections on the Dance has spoken with an LA County worker who says she has inside information regarding the allegations against Michael. Deborah today published this report:

The following is shared by April Smith, who works for the County of Los Angeles:

To make it clear once and for all….since I work for the County of Los Angeles I have privy to certain information….Michael Jackson was and IS INNOCENT OF CHILD MOLESTATION.

There was a case opened and closed (the) same day…

NO evidence to further investigate
NO proof
NO prior history
NO basis for an investigation to even be started for DCFS, child endangerment or inappropriate behavior with any child including his own.

Michael Jackson was/is, in EVERY sense of the word…INNOCENT…PERIOD! ~ April Smith, Los Angeles County worker

The allegations were made by Tom Sneddon, who, according to Smith and many other article sources, would stop at nothing to destroy Michael Jackson and much of it was thought to be racially provoked.

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Sneddon accused of malicious prosecution, conspiracy, abuse of power and civil rights violations

Excerpt:

Sundaram also attended a private fundraising dinner in 1994 where Tom Sneddon and other government officials allegedly discussed their plans to get rid of certain individuals in Santa Barbara who owned substantial amounts of land. Michael Jackson’s property was allegedly brought up during this meeting; Sundaram claimed that authorities wanted to acquire Neverland for vineyards.

Who is Tom Sneddon and what does he have against Michael Jackson?

Tom Sneddon was the prosecutor in the 1993 case and he is also the prosecutor involved with the current allegations. After spending millions of dollars on the Michael Jackson investigation in 1993, Sneddon came up empty handed. He brought his evidence (or lack thereof) in front of two grand juries and could not get an indictment. After that, he claims to have never given Michael Jackson another passing thought.
On the contrary, over the past ten years Sneddon has spoken to the New York Times, Showbiz Today, The Chattanooga Times, The New York Beacon, The Advertiser, Daily News, Broadcast News, the Herald Sun, The Daily Telegraph and Vanity Fair Magazine about the 1993 case.

In 1995, Michael Jackson wrote a song about Tom Sneddon called “D.S.” In order to prevent a lawsuit, the lyrics say “Dom Sheldon is a cold man” but it is obvious who Michael is referring to. In the song he says, “He’s out to shock in every single way/ He’ll stop at nothing just to get his political fame/ He think he hot cause he BS DA/ I’ll bet he never had a social life anyway/ You think he brotha with the KKK/ I bet his mother never taught him right anyway/ He want your vote just to remain DA/ He don’t do half what he say.”

The feud between Michael Jackson and Tom Sneddon intensified when Mr. Sneddon changed the law as a result of the 1993 investigation. The law was changed so that if a civil lawsuit was filed, Sneddon would be able to put it on hold until after the criminal trial. Sneddon has made numerous statements over the past decade referring to the Jackson case as “open but inactive.” According to him, all they needed was a cooperative victim and the investigation would be re-opened.

Fast forward to February 2003. After “Living with Michael Jackson” aired, Sneddon was bombarded with media inquiries about the Michael Jackson case. In a press statement, Sneddon said, “After conversations with Sheriff Jim Anderson, it was agreed that the BBC broadcast would be taped by the Sheriff’s Department. It is anticipated that it will be reviewed.”

Regarding Jackson’s comments that he shared a room with children, Sneddon replied by saying it was, “unusual at best. For this reason, all local departments having responsibility in this are taking the matter seriously” but “Mental leaps of misbehavior are not acceptable as legal substitutes for credible, cooperative victims or percipient witnesses.” Then, in typical Sneddon style, he urged any victims to come forward. A few days later, somebody within the District Attorney’s office leaked Jordan Chandler’s affidavit from 1993 onto the Internet. On February 13, Tom Sneddon gave an interview to trashy tabloid journalist Diane Dimond where he again stressed the fact that if another victim came forward, the case would be re-opened.

Basically, after being made a fool of in 1993, Sneddon changed the law so that if any more victims came forward, they would be more inclined to cooperate in a criminal trial. This behavior alone shows that Sneddon was eager to convict Michael Jackson. Isn’t it a bit suspicious that the new victim just happens to be the one boy from a documentary that Sneddon admitted to watching? And that as soon as that boy appeared on television, the allegations from 10 years ago and the main players involved with them resurfaced?

Regardless of whether or not Sneddon had something to do with this boy coming forward, he was clearly happy about being able to reopen the Michael Jackson case. This was evident at a press conference held by the Santa Barbara Police Department on November 19th, 2003 where Mr. Sneddon laughed and made jokes.

Since arresting Michael Jackson, Sneddon’s actions have been questionable at best. Here is a chronological list of the stupid things Sneddon has said and done:

– During the press conference, Sneddon acknowledged that Michael was investigated in February but said “don’t assume it’s the same family.” He knew it was the same family, why did he make this statement?
– At the press conference, he invited more victims to come forward.
– He acknowledged that he knew about these allegations since June but didn’t take action until November because of Halloween. Yes, we wouldn’t want to upset anyone’s trick-or-treating experience, so let’s let an alleged pedophile run around for five months and finally raid his house on the day that his new CD comes out.
– Sneddon said that the law was changed so that child victims in a molestation case could be forced to testify. This was a lie; the law was changed so that if a civil suit was filed, it would remain inactive until the criminal matter was resolved.
– Sneddon swore that the family was after justice and not money even though it is a widely known fact that they went to a civil lawyer first.
– He gave yet another interview to Diane Dimond where he called Michael “Jacko Wacko.”
– Dimond admitted to knowing about the allegations months in advance. Why was the DA leaking information to a tabloid journalist?
– He delayed filing charges until December so that the SBPD could set up a website for members of the press.
– He hired a PR firm to help him deal with media inquiries (and slander Michael’s name in the press).
– He dismissed the Department of Children and Family Services investigation as an “interview” and accused the DCFS of being incompetent. It turns out that his own department also investigated Michael Jackson in February and came back with the same ruling as the DCFS.
– He said that if Michael Jackson’s claims of police abuse turned out to be false, he would charge him with making a false complaint even though Michael did not actually make a formal complaint. The SBPD, however, said they considered what he said on “60 Minutes” to be a formal complaint. This is not in accordance with the law.
– The alleged victim’s parents are currently in the midst of a custody battle. Sneddon wrote a letter to the judge in the custody proceedings requesting that the boy be kept from seeing his father. Why would the district attorney care if the boy saw his father? What does this have to do with the molestation case? Perhaps Sneddon does not want the boy to change his story once he’s no longer under the influence of his mother.
– Sneddon requested a grand jury instead of a preliminary hearing. Keep in mind that grand juries are usually convened before charges are filed. It seems that Sneddon is worried about what might happen if Mark Geragos gets a chance to speak with the alleged victim during the prelims. Perhaps he also doesn’t want any evidence pointing to Michael’s inncoence to be made public, which explains why he wants a grand jury (where the proceedings would be kept private if there was no indictment).

And this is just the beginning…

Has Tom Sneddon ever maliciously prosecuted anyone before?

Yes. Lawyer Gary Dunlap filed a $10 million lawsuit against Tom Sneddon in November 2003. In June of that year, Dunlap was acquitted of 6 charges brought against him by Sneddon. In a 102 page complaint, Dunlap accuses Sneddon of racketeering, witness tampering, conspiring against him and maliciously prosecuting him. The complaint also alleges that Sneddon violated Dunlap’s civil rights by conducting illegal searches of his property. In an interview with MJJForum Radio, Dunlap talks about Sneddon stacking charges in order to convict him on at least one count. He discusses Sneddon’s frequent abuse of power and claims that there are other lawyers who have seen this.

Here are some interesting quotes from Mr. Dunlap regarding the SBPD:

“It’s a very bad situation here in the north county, and the general public is very unaware of it because Tom Sneddon and his assistant up here have pretty much dominated the justice system in Santa Barbara County for several years.”

“His office is very powerful and public officials are intimidated by them, court personnel are intimidated by them, I mean, they just have had it their own way, and they pretty much do whatever they want. And the problem with it is, they do not take any kind of a leadership role with regard to law enforcement in the sense of protecting the public interests against excessive force. Rather, they promote excessive force by the various law enforcement agencies, by their attitude of protection and prosecution of cases that are clearly inappropriate.”

“The very fact that [Michael Jackson is] being prosecuted by Sneddon’s office does not cause me to have any reason to believe that he’s guilty in that, because of what I know about the district attorney’s office, I know that they do vindictive prosecutions on a routine basis. And I know that Sneddon has been, you know, chafing at the bit because he wasn’t able to prosecute him ten years ago. And so I don’t think that there’s any question that he’s being over targeted.”

Dunlap is not the only person who has taken legal action against Sneddon. In 2001, a man named Efren Cruz filed a federal suit against Santa Barbara prosecutors, accusing them of negligence and conspiracy to keep him in prison. The lawsuit accuses Tom Sneddon of malicious prosecution for withholding evidence favorable to the defense. Mr. Cruz spent four years in prison after being convicted of murder in 1997. According to the lawsuit, prosecutors had evidence favorable to Cruz but failed to hand it over to the defense before the trial. After Cruz was convicted, the real shooter was caught on tape confessing to the crime but unaccountable, Santa Barbara prosecutors stood by their conviction.

In 2002, Santa Barbara County law enforcement groups filed a lawsuit against Sneddon for threatining the police officers’ right to privacy. The lawsuit stems from a policy which allows the District Attorney’s office to give information about police misconduct to defense attorneys at its own discretion. According to Sgt. Mike McGrew, “It’s confusing. He’s an aggressive DA. There are actually no files right now on any officers in Santa Barbara. We really don’t know why he did this.” Future blackmail material perhaps?

Is Tom Sneddon a concerned government official seeking justice or is he merely a bully with a badge trying to get a celebrity conviction? For more insight into the answer to this question, let’s take a look at another molestation case that Mr. Sneddon completely ignored. In 2002, David Bruce Danielson, a forensic investigator for the Santa Barbara Police Department, was accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl.

According to an article written by Santa Maria Times columnist Steve Corbett, “Danielson came home after a night of drinking and crawled into his wife’s bed where the child, who was a guest in the home, was sleeping.” HOLD UP! A child sleeping in an unrelated adult’s bed? The outrage! Why didn’t Sneddon release a press statement condemning this behaviour as “unusual at best?” Why didn’t he vow to take the matter “very seriously?”

Why didn’t he beg victims to come forward? Ahem. Moving on…

Apparently thinking the girl was his wife, Danielson “accidentally” molested her. Basically, this man admitted to touching this girl inappropriately but Sneddon closed the investigation stating that “subsequent investigation into the girl’s claims did not provide the required evidence necessary to file a formal charge and prepare for court.” Right. When there was no corroborating evidence to support Jordan Chandler’s story in 1993, did Sneddon close the investigation? Nope. He spent the next ten years of his life whining about not getting to prosecute that case. Well, Sneddon you had your chance to lock up an alleged sex offender and you let it slip. I guess it’s okay to molest young girls in Santa Barbara. Hell, you can even admit to it as long as you use the “I molested her by accident” defense.

Sneddon has been accused of witness tampering, malicious prosecution, enforcing corrupt policies and negligence. He obviously has a vendetta against Michael Jackson so what makes people think he would not resort to his old dirty tricks to get a conviction? Why anybody trusts this guy to seek the truth is beyond me.

SOURCE: http://mjthekingofpop.wordpress.com/2009/02/07/the-case-against-michael-jackson/

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Deborah has also spoken with someone who went to school with Gavin Arvizo. She says that this person shared things which Gavin told him/her before and after ‘Living With Michael Jackson‘ aired. These things also point to Michael’s innocence.  I will share her report in here as soon as it is posted. Or, keep an eye on her blog: http://reflectionsonthedance.blogspot.com/ and her Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ReflectionsOnTheDance

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June 14th, 2005:
One male juror said prosecutors had failed to convince them.
In a case like this you are waiting for a smoking gun, something you can grab onto,” said a male juror. “In this case, we had trouble finding that.”
A female juror said: “We expected better evidence, it just wasn’t there.

SOURCE: http://www.theage.com.au/news/People/Jury-confident-in-Jackson-decision/2005/06/14/1118645780781.html

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16 Responses to “LA County Worker with inside information vouches for Michael’s innocence”

  1. Mado says:

    Seven I am sending you all my love from Greece. I am so grateful for all your posts. Justice for Michael!

  2. Solar says:

    Many can see the “link” in plain sight in each situation, as the end justifying the means…

    Plan A:
    Certain entities/corps –> “DA Sneddon” –> get rid of MJ –> ATV & MJ catalogs.
    Result: Failed.

    Plan B:
    Certain entities/corps –> “DR Murray” –> get rid of MJ –> ATV & MJ catalogs.
    Result: Succeeded so far, only one step away from completion.

  3. June says:

    I’ve kept track of Sneddon off and on since 1993; now he’s retired and living well in Santa Barbara; he’s still listed on the attorney web search of the California State Bar. I found a link that he was grilled in 2006 concerning his prosecutorial tactics involving Michael Jackson. It was from a reputable source but the link was corrupted and mostly unreadable. Wonder why? IMO Sneddon was the hatchet man for everything that went bad for Michael; Sneddon really never lost interest in prosecuting Michael, i.e., advertising for witnesses to come forward, manufacturing evidence, coercing witnesses who had previously denied molestation to change their testimony. Of course, Michael, bless his soul, did not help things with the song DS and the short video Ghosts, both obviously about Sneddon. He sang DS on the History tour around the world. Michael was valiant as Sneddon further lost his soul along with his mind.

  4. Dialdancer says:

    Whether it was for personal reasons or to assist any other agenda the charges, investigation, Grand Jury & Trial was wrong, the kind of wrong you recognize when you pick up a polished apple, but is it too soft and smells.

    This wrong is just not on Sneddon or even the Media’s, this wrong covers the assisting and oversight investigative and judicial agencies both State & Federal. They watched, read and knew, but allowed this to go on and on. Once again one of the most significant document disproving these horrendous charges have been all but ignored. Only 3 reported on the no match in 94, one report on the release and findings in MJ’s FBI files and now this latest which other than MSNBC airing a comment nothing. Even in the reporting of these 3 major events those that did, used words such as “almost” or “seem to leave doubt”. Isn’t strange we have no problem with engaging in War, but are afraid to admit truthfully what was done to Michael Jackson.

    On Vindicating Michael lynande51 May 10, 2011 1:31 reports finding a 93 document belonging to the DA, the number of persons who were interviewed, it was not hundreds as reported but three thousand (3,000)

  5. Michelle says:

    If Michael was here to read this, what would he say? He’d be SOOOOO angry! Now I’m angry. Let Michael rest, you stupid press people! Seven, thanks for this. Does this make you mad, too?

  6. Susan says:

    Hello Seven:

    What is sorely lacking today is a Woodward and Bernstein, – the journalists who investigated Watergate. Back then, the media was relied upon as a sort of watchdog to expose corrupt behaviour by the powers that be. Imagine if they had sunk their teeth into investigating that tyrant, Sneddon, and his assorted cronies. The fact that all of that information proving how Michael was railroaded is out there and nobody would stand up and loudly confirm it, is evil.

    Really, what does that say about people that would let that happen to an innocent man? It is shameful.

    To quote Martin Luther King, Jr. —
    “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”.

    Thank YOU, Seven, for not being silent.

  7. Paula says:

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I love, Seven, that you are working so hard to clear Michael of all this lies..OMG what they (press and Sneddonn) did to that man. Makes me sick at heart!

  8. Katharina says:

    Dear Seven,
    over and over again I want to thank you for what you do here….I need to share my thoughts today, because I had such a vivid dream of Michael that I had problems to realize it is not real when I woke up this morning. He had a concert somewhere in a very small town; it seemed like a “secret concert” because there were not many people at all. Somehow he started talking to me.. about his children and the things he still wants to do. We sat in a room and talked, laughed…and suddenly I realized that we were back in time…like a time journey to the past. I realized that this small concert took place on June 24th and I knew that he would die one day later… I was desperated and wanted to tell him what would happen, warn him of this doctor and that he should not go home… but I could not say it. It was like as I could not change the future, no matter what I would tell him. So I became very calm and enjoyed the time I could spent there with him.
    Honestly… I feel very stupid… I never saw him, I never went to a concert of him and only since he died I started to read about all the things that were said about him. There is nobody close to me who can understand my deep mourning about him and a good friend of mine- who is a psychologist- told me that I probably had a kind of depression when I started doing nothing else but reading and reading about him after his death. Well, it is almost two years from now and I still read and think about him- not every day, but very often. My feelings about this became calm and only sometimes I still cry… but it doesn´t go away. And even if I still don´t understand what it is I just accept it. It helps me to write this here.. perhaps there are people who think I´m crazy 😉 but at least there are some who can understand and share those feelings….even if they are not explainable.
    Have a good day, love Katharina

  9. Cynthia Kent says:

    @ Katharina
    Your not alone in your feelings..believe me. Not a day goes by that Michael is not on my mind. I too am a “sponge” for information. Some days are harder then others. Wonderful websites such as this help me cope…just sharing our common love for Michael..He had such a huge impact on our lives..the way we think..the way we treat others..the way we view the world we live in. Sometimes it seems we stand alone but anymore I really don’t care What other people think. This is one man I will always fight for no matter What opposition is out there. My only prayer is those who caused pain to Michaels life are brought to justice..I will not rest untill this happens. Seven, I truly appreciate all the research you put into “everything Michael”,for this I say “Thank You”!

  10. Joyce says:

    Thank you again Seven and Deborah for providing all of this incredible information. It just angers me so much that all of this documentation and evidence of Michael’s complete innocence has obviously been readily available to anyone in the media who was certainly out there searching for any little dirt they could find about Michael Jackson. Unfortunately the media isn’t concerned with the truth but only with what they think will sell and earn them more money. They are only interested in perpetuating the misinformation that they created. The facts just get in their way and make them look foolish so they do everything they can to make sure the truth is covered up!

    I just finished listening to the last 35 minutes of Joe Vogel’s great interview on Catherine Gross’s Blog Talk radio show. I cannot wait to read his book! There were some great questions and discussion on the show. I know you were following as well. I think it will be very interesting to see how much media coverage will be given to Mr. Vogel’s book when it is released in November. They will not be able to ignore it when it hits the best seller list! I think the winds of change are beginning to blow!! I hope and pray that more people will finally begin to question all of the malicious misinformation that has been perpetuated against Michael. The law of supply and demand will prevail. The more people start to demand that the truth be told the more sources of truth will be readily provided.

    Thank you again Seven for leading the way in demanding and providing the truth!!

  11. Ellen says:

    Cynthia and Katharina – I totally can relate to both of you about my deep feelings for Michael. No one has ever impacted me in this way. I have had a lot of losses in my life, and although I never knew Michael personally or never attended any concerts, I feel such a loss since his passing that at times it frightens me. I am convinced that Michael was an angel sent by God to bring joy to the world through his music and dance. He was just the sweetest, most loving and compassionate person who cared deeply for everyone and gave so much of himself in time and money. He was so grossly misunderstood by the masses who could not, or would not, see beyond what the media and tabloids always dished out. Anyone who would take an interest in this man, as we did, will find out the truth and once the truth is known about who Michael really was, your heart will be broken. I don’t think a day goes by that I do not think of him and still the tears flow when I hear his voice or watch his videos. He was God’s most magnificent creation, yet so humble, gentle and respectful of everyone. I will always love him and miss him terribly and wish that all of this was just a horrible nightmare. Unfortunately, it is reality and I pray to God that our Michael is vindicated and receives all the justice he deserves. I love you and adore you sweet Michael, and miss you so very, very much. The world will never, ever be the same without you. You were the light that has been extinguished from our planet. My only consolation is that you will never, ever suffer pain of any kind and will live on forever in all of our hearts. Rest in peace, darling Michael and know how much you are loved.

  12. TLS says:

    @ Susan: The reason there is no Woodward/Bernstein on this is, sadly, because the journalists with the stature to do it are either deliberately perpetrating the lie or have bought into it. As a journalist myself, I am UTTERLY AMAZED that so flagrant a miscarriage of justice has occurred. I’ve wracked my brain trying to figure out how best to counter the smear, and I wind up feeling like Don Quixote. Despite the efforts of Charles Thomson, the truth is still suppressed. When people like Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Martin Bashir, Maureen Orth (Tim Russert’s wife and prominent journalist herself) all think MJ was a pedophile (or, in Bashir’s case, made the others think he was), how do you counteract that? Woodward and Bernstein were taking down a President; restoring a star’s reputation doesn’t attract the same kind of effort. I’ve decided to start making a case, as best I can, to at least show other journalists the bias behind all of this. When it’s ready, I’ll give it to Seven and post it on YouTube. Maybe it will help in some small way to right a wrong.

  13. Pat says:

    Seven,
    You are truly amazing! Thank you, thank you for all you do for Michael. I wish he were here to see all this!!! I’m happy to see all this that is happening but saddened that Michael is not here to see the TRUTH finally unfold!!!

  14. Katharina says:

    for Ellen and Cynthia: Thank you so much for your answer…. and yes..you are right! It is not important what other people think! so good to know that there are others who feel the same about Michael….

  15. Nina Hamilton says:

    Katherina and Ellen, Every word you have said is exactly how I feel and the tears are close. We can only hope and pray that some day justice will be served and the guilty ones pay. ‘What goes around, comes around.’ You are not crazy at all. His ‘light’ going out in the world, entered all of our hearts and woke us up to fight for him and his legacy. The truth always prevails in the end; and it is beginning to as more and more people rise up to expose it. Another two years may pass but I think I will still feel the same. This is powerful indeed! When I read some people’s comments I get shivers running through me. Michael Jackson was very special.
    Yes. Thank you Seven for giving all who post here their chance to give vent to their feelings. I just hope that someone somewhere is reading them. I find myself wondering if Barack Obama couldn’t be asked to do something about Sneddon and co. but perhaps it is too late and too far fetched.

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