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1/31/05

Jury Selection Begins In Michael Jackson Trial

 Jury selection begins today in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial in Santa Maria, California.

Finding jurors who haven't prejudged the case is a mere prelude to a courtroom contest that will include testimony from the boy who accuses the pop icon of molesting him.

The judge plans to call an initial pool of 750 prospective jurors. The entire process could take a month or longer.

In a court-approved video statement on his Web site, Jackson denounced recent media leaks in the case, and predicted he will be acquitted. Jackson is expected to be in the courtroom today.

A number of Jackson supporters gathered outside the courthouse on Sunday, proclaiming his innocence.

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