Prosecutor Jokes At News Conference

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Lots of people have been making jokes about the Michael Jackson case -- but the D-A in Santa Barbara, California, concedes that he shouldn't be among them.

Prosecutor Thomas Sneddon has been criticized for his demeanor last week, at his news conference on the child molestation charges against Jackson.

He welcomed reporters to the event by saying, "I hope that you all stay long and spend lots of money," adding that "we need your sales tax to support our offices."

And when he was asked if the charges were timed to coincide with
the release of Jackson's latest album, Snedden responded sarcastically, "Like the sheriff and I are really into that kind of music."

Snedden now tells CNN that his joking was "inappropriate." And he says the criticism of him is "valid."

Snedden says he feels bad about it -- and that he "should have known better."

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