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Jackson in new bid to avoid court
December 14, 2004
Michael Jackson is trying to get his child molestation charges thrown out or the forthcoming trial delayed.
His lawyers have filed a court motion to have charges dismissed because of "vindictive prosecution and outrageous government conduct".

They also want the trial, scheduled for 31 January, put back to give them time to plough through late evidence.

The singer, 46, has denied 10 child molestation and conspiracy charges. The motion will be discussed on 20 December

Neither side in the case is allowed to comment. The motions were filed on Friday, according to court papers.

Mr Jackson's lawyers have also asked the judge to dismiss evidence including a DNA sample gathered in searches at the star's Neverland ranch on 3 and 4 December.

Judge Rodney Melville has previously said he was determined jury selection for the trial should start on 31 January.


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