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Jackson to face accuser's mother
September 16, 2004
The mother of the boy accusing Michael Jackson of sexual abuse has been ordered to attend court to allow the pop star's lawyers to question her.
Lawyers for the singer want to question her about whether she knew private investigator Brad Miller was working for Mr Jackson's former lawyer.

The defence is attempting to throw out evidence obtained by the investigator.

Mr Jackson, who denies the charges, is expected to attend the hearings in Santa Barbara which start on Thursday.

The young accuser's mother, known only in court papers as Jane Doe, has been ordered to appear at the pre-trial hearing on Friday.

Mr Jackson's lawyers are fighting to suppress evidence seized from his Neverland ranch and from the offices of private investigator Brad Miller.

They claim that a search of Mr Miller's office, where a videotaped interview with the accused's family was found, violated attorney-client privilege.


The prosecution, led by Tom Sneddon, contends it did not know Mr Miller was working for the lawyer Mark Geragos, who is no longer working on the Jackson case.

Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville has allowed more than 30 pieces of evidence seized in police searches, including computers and videos.

Mr Jackson is due to stand trial in Santa Barbara, California, in January. He has pleaded not guilty to 10 child molestation charges.

Although he is not required to attend the latest round of hearings, court officials have been told to expect him and his entourage.

Last month, several of the performer's brothers and sisters, including Janet and LaToya, turned out to support him.


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