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BREAKING NEWS ~ Michael Jackson not guilty on all counts

[JURIST] Pop star Michael Jackson has been acquitted of all charges against him. He had been charged with 10 counts in connection with events that allegedly took place with a 13-year-old boy two years ago. He was acquitted of four counts of lewd conduct with a child younger than 14; one count of attempted lewd conduct; four counts of administering alcohol to facilitate child molestation; and one count of conspiracy to commit child abduction, false imprisonment or extortion.

6:03 PM ET - AP now has a full story. Jackson's defense website is playing a Flash sequence announcing his innocence, displaying a V-for-Victory sign and offering a video montage of Jackson music and images, ending with the words of the Apollo 8 crew that circled around the Moon on Christmas Eve, 1968, "God bless all of you - all of you on the good Earth." Review the verdict [PDF]. BBC News provides recorded audio of the verdict-reading.

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