A blog by Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer Brian Tannebaum. Commenting on criminal law issues of local and national interest.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Michael Jackson Jurors Disgrace Themselves

On the MSNBC website the Associated Press is reporting that 2 jurors in the Michael Jackson case now admit they thought he was guilty. The story can be found here.

Eleanor Cook and Ray Hultman are making these assertions while also touting their upcoming books entitled "Guilty as Sin," and "The Deliberator" respectively.

You Ms. Cook and Mr. Hultman are disgraceful, shameful people who should be held in contempt and sentenced to jail for perjury.

After each jury verdict in this country, jurors are "polled," or individually asked "is this your verdict?" When asked this question, they are still under oath. Cook and Hultman said "yes" and are now saying they lied.


According to the AP story "Cook and Hultman said they agreed to go along with the other jurors when it became apparent that they would never convict the pop star. The two denied being motivated by money and tried to explain why they were coming forward now."

In a fit of irony, Cook, now admitting that he lied, says "I’m speaking out now because I believe it’s never too late to tell the truth.”

No Mr. Cook, it's much too late you jerk.

The story goes on to say: "Cook and Hultman also alleged that jury foreman Paul Rodriguez threatened to have them kicked off the jury." Cook added "He said if I could not change my mind or go with the group, or be more understanding, that he would have to notify the bailiff, the bailiff would notify the judge, and the judge would have me removed,”

Awwwwwww, they were threatened.

Hultman said he also felt threatened and didn’t want to get kicked off the trial.

I bet Hultman didn't want to get kicked off the trial - then his book would merely be a pamphlet.


  1. Anonymous6:12 PM

    I don't understand why action can't be taken on the Jury foreman? Can he now be charged with jury tampering or something? I personally thought Michael Jackson was guilty, and still do. I think this should be further investigated. However after this fiasco, if any parent lets their child do a sleep over at Michael Jackson's house, they should be thrown in jail.

  2. Brian, i wholeheartedly agree with your sentiment. They not only disgrace themselves, but the judicial system as a whole. Self-promotion at the expense of the family and guilty Mr. Jackson (yes, guilty, sue me), is shameless. When they were sworn in as jurors they took a sacred oath and I cannot believe they were "bullied" into anything. Ms. Cook's statements immediately after the trial confirm that. She is just looking for publicity. I wish the news outlets would let the story die and stop promoting the ^*(*^%*^%.

  3. Anonymous4:41 PM

    I wonder what lawyer they worked with and what they were told as far as the State being able to prove a perjury case on them. The State is obviously tired of pursuing Jackson, so the idea of going after a juror is not appealing (and would look vindictive as hell). So, they likely have been assured that lying in public is A-OK. WHAT A F%*KING MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE. Not that I dont like seeing the defense win, but justice is justice, and "no one of us has the right to violate the rules we all share."

  4. Amen! They should be held in contempt and sentenced. They have committed an offense that violates what our system is all about and worse yet, they will greatly profit from their wrongdoing.