Sunday, June 12, 2005

Police Ready to Secure Streets when Jackson Verdict Comes In

From NBC News:

"Police chief Dan Macagni of Santa Maria, California, says his force has been working for a year and a half to get ready for the eventual verdict in the Michael Jackson trial. While county sheriff's officers patrol the courthouse grounds, three dozen local police are responsible for keeping order on the streets surrounding it. Macagni says his officers are ready. One thing they did last week was confiscate rocks from Jackson fans on the east side of the courthouse. He also dismissed a rumor that Jackson would be helicoptered the 75 miles to the county jail in Santa Barbara if he's convicted. "Helicopters don't land in my jurisdiction." he says curtly. Jury deliberations resume Monday."

Hahaha. They were going to throw rocks?

In Related News... reports that if convicted, Michael Jackson will most likely be put into "famous digs," that is, the protective housing unit within Corcoran State Prison. The segregated area of the prison which is described as "far from glamorous" but "highly desirable" for inmates is the home of Charles Manson, among others. Those being considered for these exclusive cells must meet certain criteria, which includes "specific, verified enemies" or "notoriety likely to result in great bodily harm." I'd say Jackson is pretty much the poster child for that second one. Charles Manson, you may have a new roommate soon.

Read the full story here.

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