Provided that Michael Jackson was forcefully
involved in hundreds of court trials I think that each Michael´s
fan should be a kind of a legal expert.
So let us learn at least some of the basics of the 1993 Jordan
Chandler case. And the first thing to remember here is that
there were two investigations carried out at the time
a civil and a criminal one:
When Jordan Chandler accused Michael of molestation, California
authorities began a criminal investigation into the case.
This through investigation lasted for over a year and in the
end, the authorities concluded that there was not enough evidence
to file any criminal charges against Michael, which means that
the State of California did not prosecute Michael and ended
However, while the investigation was taking place, shortly after
the California authorities began their investigation into the
case, the boy´s family decided not to wait for the authorities
to find truth and filed a civil lawsuit against Michael.
A civil lawsuit can be filed by anyone against anyone,
and is completely separate from any criminal lawsuit/trial.
Civil suits generally focus on monetary penalties, and in the
civil case of Jordan Chandler against Michael, the boy´s
side was seeking millions of dollars from Michael. While the
amount of money sought was not disclosed, the boy´s lawyer
Larry Feldman did ask to review all of Michael´s finances.
The civil suit ended with an outofcourt settlement
in January 1994, but the criminal investigation
continued for 8 more months, until September 1994, when
it concluded without any charges being leveled against Michael
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A litlle more about the same thing from a different source:
In September 1994, Los Angeles County District Attorney
Gil Garcetti and Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom
Sneddon announced that after a 13month investigation
in which 400 witnesses were interviewed, no charges would
be filed against Michael Jackson.
The boy who had accused him of misconduct had declined to
testify against him in court in any possible prosecution.
The formal investigation concluded in September 1994 and the
case is closed. However, under California law, cases involving
minors expire six years from the date of any alleged accusation,
and in this particular case, the statute of limitations expires
Lightweight news outlets that refer to charges of
child molestation against Michael are incorrect, as this word
carries the distinct legal meaning that an actual criminal prosecution
was begun against him.
There were two grand juries convened to review the evidence,
but neither of them returned an indictment against MJ, and he
was neither arrested nor charged with a crime.
Some news organizations also conflate the criminal investigation
with the civil lawsuit filed against him by his accusers, saying
that the criminal case was dropped after he settled out of court.
In reality, the two proceedings were legally separate.
Thank you Helena for your generosity
sharing your investigation!