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The Michael Jackson Trial

Jackson jury adjourns for weekend

Will resume deliberations Monday


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SANTA MARIA, California (CNN) -- Jurors in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial adjourned for the weekend Friday afternoon, concluding their first full week of deliberations without reaching a verdict on the charges against the pop star.

Jurors asked a number of questions and also asked to have portions of the testimony of Jackson's 15-year-old accuser read back to them, sources close to the case told CNN.

At least three meetings were held involving Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville and attorneys in the case, sources said.

After meeting for six hours, jurors left the Santa Maria courthouse shortly before 2:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. ET). They have now met for more than 28 hours over six days.

Deliberations will resume Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. (11:30 a.m. ET).

Spokeswoman fired

Jackson's Web site carried an announcement Friday night that he had fired his spokeswoman, Raymone Bain, who has been with him throughout the trial.

"MJJ Productions regretfully announces the termination of Raymone Bain and Davis, Bain & Associates. We thank you for your services," was the complete text of the statement at www.mjjsource.com.

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."

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 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.

Jackson awaits word at Neverland

Jackson fans and supporters joined the media from around the world outside the Santa Maria courthouse Friday, awaiting news and trading speculation about what the jury might do -- and when they might get around to doing it.

Jackson was not required to be on hand for deliberations, instead awaiting the verdict at his Neverland ranch with his family.

His father, Joe, talked briefly with CNN Thursday night, on his way out of the Chumash Indian Casino near the town of Solvang.

The elder Jackson said his son was doing fine and was just eager to hear the verdict.

The 46-year-old pop star is facing judgment on 10 counts, stemming from events that allegedly took place with a 13-year-old boy two years ago: Four counts of lewd conduct with a child younger than 14; one count of attempted lewd conduct; four counts of administering alcohol to facilitate child molestation; and one count of conspiracy to commit child abduction, false imprisonment or extortion.

Jackson has denied the charges and pleaded not guilty.

Earlier this week, Jackson visited a hospital for what 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.

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


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