Michael Jackson

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michael Jackson is due back in court in Santa Maria, California, Wednesday, as prosecutors continue to build their case in his child-molestation trial.

Said to be suffering back pain, Jackson walked haltingly into court Tuesday on the arm of an aide. But he said he felt better than the day before, when he showed late.

Prosecutors yesterday called Louise Palanker. She's described as a comedy writer and producer and once befriended Jackson's accuser and the boy's family. Palanker told the court about a phone call from the mother that left the impression the family was being held against their will.

Palanker also testified that she gave the family $20,000 to help with the boy's cancer treatment and acknowledged that spending some of it on a big-screen TV was probably not good money management.

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