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Jackson jury finishes fifth day of deliberations without verdict


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SANTA MARIA, California (CNN) -- The eight women and four men deciding Michael Jackson's fate worked for two and half hours Thursday before adjourning for the day without a decision on the 10 felony counts against the pop star.

The jury broke for the day about 11 a.m. (2 p.m. ET) so some of the jurors could attend graduation ceremonies. Deliberations will resume Friday morning.

The panel has now deliberated for more than 22 hours over five days since getting the case last Friday.

Meanwhile, Jackson visited a hospital Wednesday for what his spokeswoman, Raymone Bain, termed "basic, routine back treatment." The entertainer has sought such treatment for his back five times since his trial began in February.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, a family friend, told CNN's "American Morning" Thursday that he spent about an hour with Michael Jackson at the hospital Wednesday night, describing him as "kind of ebullient."

"I think the pain is subsiding," Jesse Jackson said. "The back is getting better."

He also said the entertainer was in "good spirits" and optimistic about an acquittal.

Also, lead defense attorney, Thomas Mesereau Jr., visited Neverland Ranch Wednesday after a flap arose over who should speak for Jackson.

Mesereau received court permission to release a statement saying that he had "not authorized anyone to speak or hold press conferences on behalf of Michael Jackson or his family."

Jackson and his family posted a similar statement on his Web site, saying that while efforts of friends and supporters "are noticed and very much appreciated," only his attorneys were "authorized to speak on his behalf."

In recent days, the Rev. Jesse Jackson -- a longtime friend of the Jackson family -- has given several interviews describing the entertainer's mood.

Bain also came to the Santa Maria courthouse Wednesday afternoon for a news conference, insisting she had Mesereau's blessing to talk.

"If Mr. Mesereau didn't want me here, I wouldn't be here," she said. "I never speak to the media without talking to Tom Mesereau."

But a short time later, Mesereau got the court to authorize the release of the statement, insisting he had not allowed anyone to speak for Jackson.

"A gag order is in effect, which the defense team will continue to honor," he said.

The gag order imposed by Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville prevents attorneys and witnesses in the case from talking to the media, without approval from the court.

Bain later said Mesereau's complaint referred to comments from people who were not authorized to speak on Jackson's behalf, rather than her statements as his official spokeswoman.

The attorney "is concerned that there are unauthorized persons talking about the case," she said. "There have been a number of people speaking out of turn, passing out books and using the court as a forum."

However, sources said that while Mesereau's statement was the result of his concern about unauthorized people speaking for Jackson, Bain's remarks triggered it.

CNN's Rusty Dornin and Dree De Clamecy contributed to this report.


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