Prosecutors in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial are hoping to close their case by the end of this week (ends29APR05) because they are running out of witnesses.

Judge Rodney Melville recently barred the prosecution from calling a domestic violence expert to testify that JANET ARVIZO, the accuser's mother, lied under oath because her state of mind had been disturbed after numerous beatings at the hands of her ex-husband.

Melville also ruled out a testimony from Jackson's ex-employee KASSIM ABDOOL, leaving the prosecution no choice but to end the case on Friday when all of their witnesses have given evidence.

The final prosecution witnesses include Chris Carter, a former security guard at the THRILLER star's Neverland Ranch near Santa Barbara, California, and Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe.

The defence case will begin as soon as the prosecution finishes, with a galaxy of stars including Liza Minnelli, Elizabeth Taylor, Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross expected to testify the singer's honest character and innocent love of children.

Jackson has pleaded not guilty to 10 felony charges of child molestation, administering an intoxicating agent and conspiracy involving allegations of child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion.

The trial continues.

25/04/2005 17:35