Michael Jackson Admitted to Emergency Room

Judge: Jackson admitted to emergency room (CNN)

Jury selection of pop star Michael Jackson’s child molestation trial was put on hold Tuesday after Jackson was taken to a hospital emergency room when he became ill on his way to the trial, Judge Rodney Melville told the court. Melville told lawyers and prospective jurors that Jackson had been admitted to Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria, but did not give details on the singer’s condition.

The judge said the attending physician at the hospital would call the court to report on Jackson’s condition, and Melville told attorneys for both sides they could join in the conference call.

It was not clear if the voir dire process — the questioning of prospective jurors — would continue without Jackson present.

Yet another detour in this bizarre case. One wouldn’t think there any reason Jackson needs to be at voir dire, however.

FILED UNDER: Health, Law and the Courts, Popular Culture, ,
James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. Michael says:

    I like this Gawker quote:

    “Doctors will be treating him with kid gloves—seriously, he requested it.”