Burning More Bridges? Contesting Michael's Will Takes An Uglier Turn

[tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnJ4DPh80MY&feature=youtu.be[/tube]

The title of my previous post turned out to be more accurate-and prophetic!-than I could possibly have imagined.

http://www.allforloveblog.com/?p=6783

How could I have guessed that within the very same week, a pun merely intended to question some of Paris’s choices in associating with celebrities who had badmouthed Michael would also end up accurately describing some of her own family relations! If things keep up the way they are now, it looks like Paris may be burning a lot of bridges…with her own family!

The drama of this latest Jackson family feud blew up mid week. I was at work when the media broke the story, and since my hectic summer schedule keeps me pretty much in a bubble for most of the day, as far as outside news goes, I didn’t begin piecing together the story until late that evening. With so many conflicting stories, it was hard to know what to believe-much less, whose side to take.

For anyone running across this blog who may not know what I’m referring to, please watch the above video by sanemjfan and lunajo67, which compiles the recent media coverage of this story. In a nutshell, five Jackson siblings-Randy, Tito, Janet, Rebbie, and Jermaine, have contested the validity of Michael’s will and are demanding that John Branca and John McClain step down as executors of the estate. Among their claims, they say that the executors have not done a good job, and that Michael’s mother and children-as beneficiaries of the estate-have not gotten what is rightfully theirs. They also claimed that the stress of the situation has caused Katherine to have a mini-stroke.

Paris shot back on Twitter, blasting Randy as a liar (although the “big, fat liar” remark was just a typical TMZ spin). As a rule, I don’t link to TMZ here because I don’t approve of their tactics and do not care to contribute to their hits. But this is all included in the above video.

However, I have to say the saddest part of this whole story has been in seeing the inevitable civil war erupting on social media sites between fans. It was bound to happen. There are fans who support the estate, and fans who side with the family; those who believe that the accusations made against the estate are justified.

Paris Jackson, Becoming A Strong Young Woman Who’s Not Afraid To Speak Her Mind!

Then, in the middle of all this, we have Paris, who has clearly drawn her own line in the sand. No doubt where her loyalties lie at the moment. The fact that she has chosen NOT to side with her aunts and uncles (even though ostensibly the whole agenda for contesting the will is allegedly for the children’s and Katherine’s benefit) is interesting and telling.

I have always been aware of the controversies and rumors surrounding the validity of Michael’s will. However, most of these suspicions have been relegated to the “conspiracy theory” outer fringes, meaning for the most part, they have not been taken very seriously. Yet there ARE a lot of unanswered questions, and I would be a fool to sit here and assume I have those answers. In truth, I have always kept an open mind to most of the theories because the reality is that we DON’T know the whole story. The validity of Michael’s will is simply not something I have researched in enough depth to really have an answer, and one of the things I have always prided myself on with this blog is presenting factual information to readers about Michael Jackson-information not grounded in unproveable conspiracy theories (as I always say, it’s okay to speculate and raise questions-you just have to be sure to make that distinction between what is factual and what is speculation!).  I do think it’s an interesting point to consider that Michael was not in Los Angeles during the period from July 6th to July 9th. This was during the time that Michael was in New York with Rev. Al Sharpton, protesting against Sony and Tommy Motolla. The will was supposedly signed in Los Angeles on July 7th. However, in going back and researching the media coverage of that particular rumor, it is interesting that then-as now-Randy Jackson was at the forefront of that protest, and it was Randy who made the fact of Michael being in New York, rather than Los Angeles, a focal point of his contention. Sharpton himself confirmed, via his rep, that there was a gap in time insofar as their appearances together (which occurred on the 6th and 9th) but did say that Michael was with him on July 7th.

Michael Was In New York With Rev. Al Sharpton When The Will Was Supposedly Signed…In Los Angeles?

Howard Weitzman, the current attorney of the estate, allegedly swore that Michael signed the will in the presence of the witnesses on July 7th, 2002, but conveniently failed to address whether this signing did indeed occur in Los Angeles-or someplace else.

So…Sharpton says Michael was with him in New York on the 7th; Weitzman says he signed the will on the 7th (but where?).

Also, if one reads through the 2002 will, it’s interesting to note that Michael’s alleged signatures and initials are noticeably inconsistent at various points. While some minor inconsistencies in a person’s signature may be normal, it’s unusual to see the kind of noticeable inconsitencies that we do with Michael’s signature and initialing throughout the document, where the initials are very distinct and legible for some passages, while almost illegible for others. You can see there is a sharp distinction between the first initialing, which is very legible with no connection between the “M” and “J”; then the second, which looks most familiar to me based on other examples of Michael’s signature I have seen; then the third example, which is identical to the first; then the last two which are much more consistent with the second signature.

 http://www.thesmokinggun.com/file/last-will-michael-joseph-jackson?page=1

But as far as how much to read into something like this, I really don’t know. Michael’s handwriting-and especially his signature-wasn’t always consistent, so I’m not sure that is the best gauge to use for making such a determination.

I guess where I’m really coming from with this is that I want to be honest in acknowledging that there are valid reasons to dispute the will. I don’t think that Randy, Jermaine, Janet, Rebbie, and Tito are just talking out their backsides here. Just as I have always believed they know what they are talking about when they insist there was more to Michael’s death than just Conrad Murray acting negligently, I believe in this situation they may well have some valid and legit reasons to dispute the will’s validity.

Maybe.

But then, if the 2002 will is fake, wouldn’t that also mean that the ’97 will-virtually identical-was also a fake? That’s an interesting question, which also begs another one.

At what point, perhaps, do these siblings have to simply come to the realization that Michael-for whatever personal reasons-simply did not wish to make them beneficiaries of his estate?

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/file/last-will-michael-joseph-jackson?page=2

Randy Jackson, in almost every instance, has been the most vocal sibling in protesting the will, just as he has been the most vocal sibling at the forefront of a lot of the controversies surrounding the family vs. the estate. One thing’s for sure: Either Randy Jackson is one brave soldier fighting for truth and justice, or he is a bitter fool fighting a battle he can’t win. The lines are sharply divided, and while I wish I had those answers to give, I simply don’t. Nor do I feel it is my place. I am sure that Michael’s family is privy to a lot of information I don’t have.

Randy Jackson-A Fighter Of Injustice Against His Family, Or A Loudmouthed Troublemaker? Opinions Are Sharply Divided

Paris has made her position clear, and it’s interesting that, if indeed the main reason for disputing the will and demanding the resignation of Branca and McClain is for the benefit of herself, her brothers, and her grandmother, then why would she be so vocal and vehement in blasting her aunts and uncles for contesting the will? If she felt they were justified in these claims, then wouldn’t she be on the side of her blood kin, rather than these men who are, for all purposes, strangers to her?

Well, it seems from what I’m reading that it was what Randy tweeted about Mrs. Jackson’s health, more than anything, that really set her off. But in taking to social media to blast her uncle, she also pretty much succeeded in blasting his credibility, especially among those already pro-estate. “Look, if Michael’s own daughter is on the estate’s side, then who are these people to contest them?” After all, Paris is a beneficiary. Randy, Tito, Janet, Rebbie, and Jermaine are not. Hence, therein may lie the root of the whole problem.

However, we also have to consider that it is very possible that Paris, a 14-year-old child, may not be totally aware of a lot of the uglier aspects of what happened to her father, and the controversies surrounding his finances and the executors of his estate. Branca’s reputation, in particular, has hardly been lily white, and his own relationship with Michael has been a long one filled with as much controversy as success. In 2003, Michael fired Branca as his attorney after an investigation allegedly uncovered that Branca had been embezzling funds into offshore accounts in the Caribbean:

 

However, David Legrand, the attorney Michael hired to investigate Branca, stated himself when he testified at Michael’s 2005 trial that he didn’t feel he had sufficient evidence against Branca:

“I was given no credible evidence to support (the) charges; I would be doing Mr. Branca a great wrong if I said otherwise.”-David Legrand

http://www.thewrap.com/media/article/secret-report-got-branca-fired-22850?page=0,1

Unfortunately, when I look at such conflicting information as the above, it makes it all the more difficult to determine whose “side” to take. It would be easy to side with Michael’s family, because my personal motto has always been, “Family comes first.” Blood, as they say, is thicker than water. Yes, it would be easy if the family was united on this. But obviously, they are not. And with the family so bitterly divided over this issue, I don’t think it’s going to be an easy one to reconcile-at least not anytime soon. I just hate to see Michael’s kids caught in the middle of this mess. But the way things are shaping up now, it looks like this whole thing is going to get a lot uglier before it gets better.

I don’t think too many would argue that Branca and McClain have done an outstanding job managing Michael’e estate, if the only criteria one is looking at is dollars and cents. We’ve all seen the glowing reports of how they have managed to get the estate in the financial clear and back to doing what it should be doing-generating a profit. And I think few would argue that they have done an excellent job of managing some very lucrative deals-deals that are ensuring Michael’s legacy is kept alive.

But I guess the real question it boils down to is: Who is benefitting from those profits? And who should be benefitting from them?

If the will is indeed valid-but I guess that “if” is the big question-then Michael made his wishes clear. His fortune was to go to his children and to his mother; the rest to charity. My personal take on it is that the money Michael Jackson earned as a solo artist was his money to do with as he saw fit. If he chose not to contribute to the upkeep of his siblings-who had nothing to do with his adult success-then that was his affair to decide.

Michael And Randy At The 2005 Trial, Dressed In White To Show Their Family Solidarity

Of course, those very siblings are insisting that isn’t the case at all; that this contest has nothing to do with their wanting a share, but simply a distrust of those currently in charge. They say it is all about making sure their mother and Michael’s children get what is rightfully theirs. As some have pointed out, why would Janet-who has no need for Michael’s money-be involved in this contest? Obviously, her signature on the letter sends a strong message to anyone who thinks this is just all about “those greedy Jackson siblings again, trying to get their piece of the pie.” (And interestingly, why no signature from Latoya, who has been far more vocal against the estate for the past three years than either Janet or Rebbie?).

Unfortunately, this is one of those situations where I simply can’t take a position because, as I have said before, I simply don’t feel it is a situation where I have enough knowledge to make a judgement call. It is not for me to say that Michael’s executors are liars and thieves; it is not my place to say that his siblings are greedy liars or nutcases. I will leave all of those judgements to those who have those answers better than me-or at least think that they do.

What I can comment on with certainty, however, is the sadness of seeing another drama ripping this family apart, and as I said, knowing that this time, Michael’s children will be at the center of it. Despite all of their legendary up’s and down’s, one thing the Jackson family has always done best is in presenting a united front to the world when the chips are down. They may fight and have their squabbles, but as we saw in 2005 and again in 2011, they have always come together for the things that matter most. What we are seeing now, however, is the start of a serious rift that may take years to heal-if it ever does.

Michael’s children are still young and vulnerable, and this is a time in their lives when they need the full support of their whole family, not division and strife.

I also dread knowing how this is going to tear apart whatever fragile bonds are still holding the fan community together. There is not going to be much room for either/or here. The battle lines, it seems, are being drawn, and those who are already clearly on one side or the other are simply going to dig their heels in deeper.

Inevitably, also, will come the accusations as to which fans are estate and/or Sony “plants.” I hear these accusations thrown around quite frequently, but for the most part, I just ignore them with the contempt they deserve. I think the whole notion is ludicrous, and is being perpetuated by those who simply can’t seem to accept that Michael has a very large and diverse fan base made up of many millions who simply have different opinions. In short, it is unrealistic to expect over a million people to all agree on the same things. It should also be expected that some of us will have stronger positions on certain issues than others. For my part, I simply choose to remain neutral on some issues-not because of who I believe is wrong or right-but because I may feel that I don’t have enough factual information at my disposal to level accusations. That is my position for now, but like all of you, I will be keeping a close watch on how this drama plays out-and what information comes to light.

Right now my biggest concern is for Michael’s kids and for Katherine. In the end, I want what’s best for them because that was Michael’s wish. As for Paris, I admire her spunk but I also hope she is not being too rash in creating a rift among the very people whose familal support she needs the most right now. After all, Branca and McClain may help to keep the roof over her head and the clothes on her back. But they will never be there with arms to comfort or a shoulder to cry on when she needs it.

They are, after all, business men. Not family.

And on that note, I want to close with the following two photos, both of which I think speak louder than any words I can give.

 

 

 

34 thoughts on “Burning More Bridges? Contesting Michael's Will Takes An Uglier Turn”

  1. The persons who signed have no legal standing to contest will. The choice was made to go public thru the tabloids. If the current will were to be negated, which it won’t, the 1997 will would take effect. It is essentially the same; same executors; minus 2 children. (Or perhaps just one) Just as was done with ‘Michael’, the effect is to cause more verbal conflict in the fan base, Michael’s fan base. So, the question to ask perhaps, is who gains from this laundry airing? Or…simply let it play out and turn instead to celebrating Michael’s legacy. Personally, I’m quite weary of the whole thing.

  2. Surely Michael, himself, would have made sure his 2002 will was legally binding with his genuine signatures at the time when he was in New York? In other words that will must be the right one. How could there be a fake one in Los Angeles he didn’t know about? There was no dispute at the time seemingly. I find it strange and incomprehensible. Someone has got it wrong.

  3. Lauren is right it’s too late and you have to be named in the will or be a direct heirs to contest the will. The other problem is MJ had witnesses with him when he signed it and if I remember well they said MJ signed it in New York.

  4. This post is very well written and hits every point. I, too, am weary. I would like to say that I believe those who signed the letter have some actual proof of something, but the history of Jackson allegations says they don’t. I do, however, take pause at the fact that Janet Jackson signed her name, and hasn’t denied that she did in the days since this letter was ‘leaked’. Janet has never shown a propensity to join the others in any of their shenanigans throughout the years, and has always taken good care of her reputation, in general, and with MJ fans especially. I cannot see what she has to gain here, but I see a lot she could lose as far as how people perceive her. She has spent many, many years crafting her image, and she is laying it on the line. So I wonder, what is she privy to that would make her participate in this. What could have swayed her.
    If they have something legit, God help us, because it will be more years of division and ugly court battles in regards to Michael Jackson. I, for one, didn’t like this ride the first 1000 times, not sure I can stomach it again. If they have nothing, and this is all to stir the pot yet again, I have no words for the contempt I will feel for those Jackson’s who opened this wound again. The fan community is already divided, trying to heal, trying to enjoy the roll out of new product, trying not to hurt every single day. Michael’s children are just that, children, and they are effectively orphans, and they can’t even look within their own family and not see someone looking back at them without dollar signs in their eyes. I am starting to think that Michael has his own version of the Kennedy curse, because even in death there cannot be peace around him, not even among his family members.

    1. Janet’s name gave me pause as well. Caused me to not be as dismissive of the claims. However, as Raven has rightly stated, there is still too much we don’t know.

  5. Raven said, “For my part, I simply choose to remain neutral on some issues-not because of who I believe is wrong or right-but because I may feel that I don’t have enough factual information at my disposal to level accusations. That is my position for now, but like all of you, I will be keeping a close watch on how this drama plays out-and what information comes to light.”

    I echo your words, Raven.

  6. I would like to share some notes as I attempt to understand some of the provisions for contesting a will:

    “You can contest a will in California, but you must petition the probate court as soon as possible. California permits will contests to be filed on various grounds by interested parties. Interested parties are the deceased person’s heirs, creditors and specific beneficiaries named in the will. A successful will contest can void a will entirely or eliminate some of its provisions.”

    ‎”If you want to contest the will after the hearing — during which the court accepted the will as a valid document for probate — you only have 120 days from that hearing date to file a petition to revoke will probate.”

    Source:
    http://info.legalzoom.com/law-contesting-time-limit-california-20366.html

    1. It sounds to me like they really don’t have a legal leg to stand on here. I think what they want is to make a statement, and by creating enough pressure on the situation, they may believe they can force a showdown between themselves and the executors. They may think that by going public with this, they will turn enough fans against the current executors to create a kind of external and moral pressure on them that would force them into resigning-in other words, relying on the court of public opinion (and the powerful pressure that can exert) rather than the court of law. That’s the only logical explanation I can think of as far as what they possibly hope to gain by this. Legally, I just don’t see where they have a leg to stand on. Especially not after three years.

      1. With the small problem that their plan fires back on them. Lots of fans have a very negative opinion of the Jacksons.

  7. Also….

    Time Limits When Contesting a Will

    “Estate law is not an area that lends itself well to black-and-white answers. Statutes vary from state to state. Compounding that is the desire of courts to preserve the deceased’s wishes at all reasonable costs. Judges can and do waive statutes of limitation for contesting a will if they believe there is good cause, and most state legislatures have layers built into their rules to account for every possible circumstance.”

    Exceptions

    “Most states do not impose a statute of limitations if you want to challenge a will because you’ve located one written after the date of the one that’s been admitted to probate. Generally, the four-year time period, beginning with the testator’s death, would apply in this case. You’d have that amount of time to submit the new will for probate. Doing so automatically challenges the first will. Most states do not consider this a will contest, so the two-year time period is generally waived.”

    Source:
    http://info.legalzoom.com/​time-limits-contesting-20226.ht​ml

    1. So, it is my understanding that they have NOT officially contested the will – yet. Because such a filing would be made public by TMZ, among others, almost instantaneously. And now KJ has not been in touch with MJ’s kids for a week? All my spidey senses are saying something is fishy here.

      1. Nothing official concerning the will yet. Just a statement.

        I agree that there is something “fishy” concerning KJ. According to the article sanemjfan has posted it alleges that the children and KJ have not communicated in a week. It also mentions concerned Tweets by Paris and a “re-assuring” Tweet by Jermaine. Hmmmmm. What the heck is going on????

        I’m adding these Tweets to fill in the Tweet gap, so to speak, on this potentially very serious issue:

        Paris Jacksoη ‏@ParisJackson July 22, 2012

        “yes, my grandmother is missing. i haven’t spoken with her in a week i want her home now.”

        Paris Jacksoη ‏@ParisJackson July 22, 2012

        “if anybody sees my grandmother, please call the authorities or this number— (***)-***-**** it’s the security number .. thank you so much”

        Paris Jacksoη ‏@ParisJackson July 22, 2012

        “the same doctor that testified on behalf of dr murray saying my father was a drug addict (a lie) is caring for my grandmother… just saying.”

        Paris Jacksoη‏ @ParisJackson July 18, 2012

        “i will defend my beloved family member with all i have, even if it means from other family members.”

        Paris Jacksoη‏ @ParisJackson July 18, 2012

        “at this point i dont care what people call me or if they think i’m a bad person… if it means sticking up for my grandmother i will do it.”

        ————————————————–

        Jermaine Jackson ‏@jermjackson5 20 Jul

        “I thank the vast majority of you for your messages of love and support. The bullcrap of speculators and deflectors is just background noise”

        Jermaine Jackson‏ @jermjackson5 20 Jul
        “This is our mother and her health is paramount. We are not inventing or plotting anything. We are following doctor’s advice. Period.”

        Jermaine Jackson ‏@jermjackson5 20 Jul

        “I want to reassure everyone (inc all sudden medical experts) that Mother is fine but is resting up in AZ on the orders of a doctor, not us”

        Jermaine Jackson ‏@jermjackson5 20 Jul

        “Outsiders, from Alan Duke to TMZ “sources”, can clutch at straws all day long but no-one can tell us about events concerning our own mother”

        Jermaine Jackson‏ @jermjackson5 19 Jul

        “Sadly, TMZ reflects a rush to judgment on Twitter that grasps at face-value information…and truth and context suffer”

        Jermaine Jackson ‏@jermjackson5 19 Jul

        “The truth is that Mother DID suffer a mini-stroke some months ago. She is fine now, but the timeline doesn’t alter the fact it happened”

        Jermaine Jackson ‏@jermjackson5 19 Jul

        “As Paris tonight clarified, she earlier rushed to end Twitter talk that Mother is ill TODAY, but Paris didn’t expose any “lie” as @TMZ claim”

  8. Raven, here’s the first video of CNN’s coverage of this story! I will be recording many, many more over the next few days so stay tuned!

  9. @sandy,

    I am not sure but to be able to contest a will you need to be named in the will or to be a direct heirs. When someone dies without a will the totality of the inheritance goes first to the kids and if there are no kids to the parents.

    How can they contest that will?

    1. Excellent question and at this point I don’t see how they can outside of a “new” will being found. I have to emphasize that I’m not a lawyer but from what I’ve read anyone can contest a will BEFORE it goes into probate. AFTER it is approved for probate, interested parties (heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, and contingent creditors – Cali. probate code 8100) have 120 days after that approval date to contest. (Cali. probate code 8226) Katherine Jackson had already attempted that within the 120 days and then backed down. However, I’ve also read that many states do have provisions to override that 120 day limitation. I don’t know what provision California has in this regard. I’ve also learned that it is very rare to win a will contest after it has gone into probate.

      This is total speculation on my part but I can’t help thinking that the sibs have wisked Katherine away in order to talk her into going down that path a second time. Again, total speculation and incredibly complicated if she does have any health issues at this time.

      Source:
      http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=prob&group=08001-09000&file=8100

  10. I believe this is the most recent interview KJ has done:

    Katherine Jackson’s Interview on CNN’s Piers Morgan_ May14th, 2012.

  11. Does anyone else feel like something is really wrong here? These children lost their father, KJ is their guardian. All else aside, they should not for one day feel like they have lost her, too.

  12. I just want to add a heartfelt thanks to everyone who is contributing their input here. All of this is developing very quickly and I am trying to stay on top of it, so feel free to continue posting info here as it comes in. I am going to try to get up a separate post on the situation with Katherine as soon as I can today.

  13. Authorities: Katherine Jackson believed safe after being reported missing amid estate squabble

    By Associated Press, Updated: Sunday, July 22, 12:43 PM

    “LOS ANGELES — Authorities said Sunday they believe Katherine Jackson, the mother of Michael Jackson and the guardian of his three minor children, is safe in Arizona with family members after she was reported missing.”

    Source:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/celebrities/los-angeles-sheriffs-dept-katherine-jackson-reported-missing-but-is-with-family-members/2012/07/22/gJQATwyA2W_story.html

    1. Thanks for this update. It sounds like they still don’t know anything for sure, however. I just wish they would let her talk to the kids and to let the kids know she is fine. That much needs to be done, regardless of whatever the reasoning behind this mess is all about.

      1. Considering KJ is the legal guardian of the children, and they can’t get in touch with her, when does the court step in in regards to their welfare, or does it?

        1. I’m sure they would look at all aspects of the situation before stepping in. If this is understood to be a temporary situation and the kids are in good care, probably not. However, the fact that the kids can’t even get in touch with her does not bode well for their situation. What if there was an emergency? These are all issues that Child Protective Services WILL look into it, which is why all of this is so upsetting right now. I have to ask: Did they even think about any of this before just proceeding through with whatever harebrained scheme this is? My first thought is for Michael’s children and their welfare. And that SHOULD be the top priority of everyone else involved in this.

        2. I agree completely Kris. What is going on when the children’s grandmother(their legal guardian) is taken away without the children even knowing her whereabouts? It sounds very clandestine to me. Why would they take her away without even informing the children? I think Paris is becoming way too public, but I can understand her feeling of helplessness. What is going on with the family? Haven’t Michael’s kids been through enough? Again it is confirmed to me why Michael kept his distance from his family.

        3. All of these hours later and nothing. Raven and Nancy, I’m with you both. At this point my only concern is these children, and this is all sending a cold chill down my spine.

  14. Jermaine Jackson (@jermjackson5)

    Posted Monday 23rd July 2012 from Twitlonger

    Let me put to bed today’s nonsense: as I made clear some days ago, Mother is safe and well in Arizona with her daughter and our sister, Rebbie, resting up on doctor’s advice, so it is beyond me how she can be reported “missing”

    This incredulous claim was made for reasons best known to the adult/s who filed it but it seems no accident that it comes after we, the sons and daughters, put in place care-taking for our own mother, taking her to Arizona in line with doctor’s advice following a check-up.

    Furthermore, it dismays me that such an alarmist “missing person” report has caused unnecessary anxiety among Michael’s children who will understandably react to what they misunderstand, hear or are told.

    No-one is being “blocked” from speaking with Mother. She is merely an 82-year-old woman following doctor’s orders to rest-up and de-stress, away from phones and computers. Everyone has been well aware of this within the family, but I would like to reiterate my reassurance to the outside world that Mother is fine. In the meantime, thank you for all your thoughts and concerns.

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    http://www.twitlonger.com/show/ifm13c

  15. Jermaine’s long awaited Tweet revealed nothing in terms of communication between KJ and MJ3. In fact, it totally bewildered me when Jerm said, “Everyone has been well aware of this within the family…” Aren’t Paris and her brothers family?? For some unexplained reason they were left out of the loop!! Why?? This evening, Jermaine has been all too transparent in his arrogance and insensitivity. He really should be ashamed!! He then went on to talk about he and his brother’s Unity tour concert tonight. Clumsily he Tweeted:

    Jermaine Jackson ‏@jermjackson5 July 22, 2012

    “After such unnecessary distractions, now going to focus on our show at the Greek Theater in LA. Unity…unbroken”

    Really? What unnecessary distractions could he possibly be talking about???

    1. That is the big question a lot of us are asking. Why could they not just let those kids know?

      Obviously, they know where Katherine is and they know she is ok. Otherwise, I don’t think they would be going forth with the show as planned (I know they are not THAT cold-hearted!). But it’s what is being done to Michael’s kids that really irks me right now.

  16. I have read in many places that if the 2002 will is declared invalid, it wouldn’t make any difference, because the earlier will is “just the same”, but without the youngest child’s name.

    My question is this: how do we know that? To my knowledge, the earlier will has never been made public. I think it was Harvey Levin who was the first to insist that the wills were the same. He seems to operate as the voice of the estate, with a prejudice against the family, and profound disrespect for Michael.

    The Jacksons seem to be protesting the executors of the estate, not the provisions of the will. (Not that it makes any difference.) Paris Jackson wasn’t siding withe the estate over the family, she was concerned about her grandmother, and she still is.

    One thing is clear – the Jacksons have no regard for Michael’s children. It’s a harsh lesson for them to learn at such a young age, but they were going to find it out sooner or later.

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    This FIVE-STAR Michael Jackson Biography Is Now Available as an E-Book and also as a paperback….

    “If you want an eye-opening portrayal of the real Michael Jackson – delivered in a rare blend of disclosure, respect, insight, and passion – this is it!” Thomas A. Mesereau, MJ’s defense attorney

    Since its release in December 2011, Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy has won numerous accolades, along with FIVE-STAR REVIEWS, and has been called by Readers Favorite “one of those rare books that will touch the reader’s mind and heart”:
    “[This book] will leave the reader in a different place at its ending. Even readers who are indifferent to Michael Jackson will be true fans at the end of this book…. It deserves a wide readership….” 5 stars, Readers Favorite

    “THE BEST book available on Michael Jackson! I have collected shelves of books on & about him through the years…, but this one is by far the best! …It will open your eyes, make you think, make you cry and make you smile.” Mary Singer

    “There were a few times I had to stop reading and dry my eyes before continuing. This book is a gift to our community, and a must read for the entire world.” Elizabeth Michelle Billeaudeaux, Author, An Angel Among Us

    “WOW! THIS MJ BOOK DESERVES 6 STARS! …I can assure you that Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy will give readers something unique: a never-before-told, inside story of what daily life was really like for the world’s most famous person…. I was extremely impressed with the depth and breadth of Dr. Karen Moriarty’s research…, 19 chapters, [a]n emphasis on firsthand sources…. I highly recommend this book for anyone.” Luke Russell

    “A book for all ages. As a senior citizen … my perception of Michael Jackson was built on media critics, video clips, and news of lawsuits. [Dr. Moriarty’s] detailed description of his life has totally changed the stereotype…. A great read.” Littlemoose

    “… I am so so fascinated by this book…. Even if you have … managed to remain a non-fan of MJ…, this reading and subsequent understanding of MJ the man will make you an instant fan…. It was an emotional roller coaster for me. I must give full credit to Dr. Karen Moriarty for her detailed research and for being able to provide more than enough proof against all those allegations that MJ has faced over the years.” Debolina Raja Gupta (Mumbai, India), Author/reviewer, Bookpleasures.com

    “Although not a strong Michael Jackson fan when I started this book – it completely changed my outlook on him. The book is thoughtful and well-written [and] easy to read.” Lonnie Johnson – A new admirer

    “I applaud Dr. Moriarty’s book and recommend it without reservation…. This book should be in every library in every city, in the local high school library and be required reading in every curriculum that addresses bullying across this land. This is a story of widespread persecution of the most prolific genius and artist of the twentieth century who defined multiple generations and started the trend of music as a new humanitarian medium.” Rev. Barbara Kaufmann, Inner Michael (innermichael.com)

    This book reveals a never-before-told inside view of the daily life of Michael Jackson, to help readers understand the real man and father behind the music and genius. The author presents evidence of his heterosexuality and secret girlfriends. She explains why he became so nomadic after his 2005 trial, why he always veiled his children in public, and why he always kept millions of dollars in cash within arm’s reach. This book reveals the details of his last four mysterious years—where he went and what he did. His many private acts of kindness are disclosed as well as his global humanitarianism, which included $300 million in contributions to causes around the world.
    The complex dynamics of MJ’s relationships with his family members will surprise you, but you will understand much more about the drama involving the Jackson family that has been playing out in the media in recent weeks….

    About the Author
    Dr. Karen Moriarty has worked as a teacher of English and writing, a counselor, consultant, and administrator for public schools, and as a licensed clinical psychologist and therapist in private practice. Her first book, Baby Richard: A Four-Year-Old Comes Home (2003), presents the behind-the-scenes story of the highly-publicized case that rallied the public and changed her clients’ lives forever.
    More than 200 sources were used for Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy, including many people who knew MJ intimately [Thomas Mesereau, David Nordahl, MJ’s spiritual adviser, 24/7 bodyguards, and others].

    Defending A King ~ His Life & Legacy is now available as an e-book through http://www.amazon.com and http://www.barnesandnoble.com, and the paperback is available from these same websites.
    Format: Paperback (498 pages) ISBN: 978-0-7414-7031-7
    Kindle: $7.69 NOOK: $8.45

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