Michael Jackson

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michael Jackson's lawyers say the prosecution's witnesses didn't deliver what was promised.

As they asked a judge today to acquit Jackson and bring an end to his trial, defense lawyers claimed that a lot of the prosecution witnesses had testified in just the opposite way from what prosecutors had hoped.

A Jackson lawyer said those witnesses had "a tendency to self-destruct on the witness stand."

He said they included Debbie Rowe, Jackson's ex-wife, who insisted she had not been told what to say when she made a video
praising Jackson.

Motions to acquit are commonly made at this point in the trial, before the defense presents its case, and they are rarely granted.

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