LATEST: The judge in Michael Jackson's child molestation and conspiracy trial has denied a defence motion for an acquittal.

Superior Court Judge RODNEY S MELVILLE, who immediately called in the jury to begin hearing the defence case on Wednesday (04MAY05), denied the motion yesterday (05MAY05) after the BAD singer's attorneys said the prosecution witnesses had "a tendency to self-destruct" on the stand.

Defence motions for acquittal are common when the prosecution rests, but are rarely successful.

Defence attorney ROBERT SANGER said witnesses such as flight attendant CYNTHIA BELL, former Jackson employee JESUS SALAS, and Jackson's ex-wife Deborah Rowe were called by the prosecution but gave testimony favourable to Jackson.

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.

06/05/2005 02:41