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Jun. 13th, 2005 @ 02:17 pm Michael Jackson Verdict
Not guilty of conspiracy
Not guilty of all lewd acts or attempts of lewd acts.
Not guilty of administering intoxicating agents.
Not guilty of providing alcohol to minors.

He's been found not guilty of all charges.
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Jun. 13th, 2005 @ 01:38 pm Jackson Jury Comes Back With Verdict
The verdict is due to be read in 10 minutes.
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May. 26th, 2005 @ 10:50 am Michael Jackson Trial
The Michael Jackson trial is in the rebuttal stages and is scheduled to wrap up next week and go to the jury. If you've been following the case, have you formed an opinion based on the coverage of the evidence presented? What do you think? How important is the evidence presented about the mother and child as con artists?
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May. 25th, 2005 @ 10:14 pm New here
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Hi everyone, I am new here and I have a question, something I really, really, really need help with, and soon. I was wondering if anyone knows where I can find out about a murder which may have happened in 1931, south of Paris, France. It probably was not largely talked about.

If anyone has any website, books, etc. suggestions, please let me know! Thanks!
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May. 6th, 2005 @ 02:50 pm Lindbergh Kidnapping: Upcoming Programming
The kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh's infant son still captivates today. Bruno Hauptmann, an immigrant and laborer, was arrested, convicted and executed in the electric chair for the crime. Was he actually innocent? I did some research on this about 15 years ago and I think that Hauptmann was likely completely innocent. If so, who did it?

The 1976 movie "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case" will play on Encore Drama (East) at 6:35 AM Tuesday, May 10th.

Court TV will premiere The Lindbergh Kidnapping: Investigation Re-Opened on Wednesday, May 11 at 9pm E/P.

Check out Court TV's Crime Library for more information on the case.

I also recommend this book about the case.
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May. 5th, 2005 @ 09:07 pm Weekly Topic: Brian Wells - Bombing Victim or Crime Perpetrator?
You may not know Brian Douglas Wells by name. But if I say the pizza delivery guy with the bomb around his neck, I'll bet you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. In 2003, pizza delivery guy, Brian Wells, delivered a pizza to a remote location as part of his normal job, but showed up at a bank an hour later with bomb locked around his neck and instructions for not only the teller to hand over cash, but telling him how to get out of the situation alive. He had a makeshift gun provided along with the bomb that he was instructed to use in the bank robbery. In the end, he was sent on a sort of scavenger hunt to try to gain his freedom. He only had 55 minutes but was caught and arrested by police for the bank robbery before he could complete the "mission". The bomb detonated while the police had him surrounded and were waiting for the bomb squad to arrive.

Questions remain:

Was Brian a victim of a crime or the crime mastermind?
If he was a criminal mastermind, was he working alone?
If he was a victim, why was he targeted and what was the point of the crime?
Who would have committed such a crime?

Case History Resources:
Court TV's Crime Library
The note (censored)
Primetime Crime - links to a number of articles
FBI suspect drawings
FBI images of constructed weapon

What's your theory? What's the latest you've heard on the case?
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May. 5th, 2005 @ 09:02 pm Welcome!
Welcome to Crimes and Trials!

I know I'm not alone in my curiousity about true crime. There's a reason why so many of us may stop to look at car accidents on the side of the road, why the networks have relentless coverage of certain crimes and trials. The public wants to know. It gives a sense of our own mortality while shocking us at the violence in the world.

Discussions of current and historical crimes are welcome as well as current and historical trials. There's plenty to talk about. The community favorites list documents discussion topics in case you're looking for something in particular, so don't hestitate to add a comment to an old post. Even though there is plenty to talk about, I'll still throw out some discussion topics each week just to keep it interesting.

Can't wait to hear from you!
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