No Blacks on Jackson Jury

Drudge has the headline NO BLACKS ON JURY linking to this story:

Jury selected to try Michael Jackson (AFP)

The final jury was selected in Michael Jackson’s child molestation trial, leaving the pop superstar’s fate in the hands of four men and eight women. The 12-member panel ranged in age from a 20-year-old man to a 79-year-old widow. There were no African Americans. The jury was described as being formed by eight non-Hispanic whites, three Hispanics and one Asian.

Of course, as the accompanying photo illustrates….

Photo: Michael Jackson

…there’s no blacks on trial, either.

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  1. Kathy K says:

    There was, once upon a time.

  2. James-

    As soon as I saw your headline I was going to post back with essentially your closing line.

    However, you beat me to it.

  3. Jim Henley says:

    Ever read Howard Chaykin’s early-80s comic book, American Flagg? He had a series of character portraits in the back, including a transparently Jacksonian celeb who, through prodigious amounts of plastic surgery and effort “finally succeeded in transforming himself into the white woman of his dreams.”