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Attorney: Jackson will be more careful


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Jackson, followed by attorney Thomas Mesereau, leaves court after his acquittal.
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SANTA MARIA, California (CNN) -- Michael Jackson's lead defense attorney said Tuesday that he believes his client's behavior will change now that Jackson has been acquitted of charges including child molestation.

Thomas Mesereau Jr. says Jackson needs to be "tougher with who he lets into his life."

"He's allowed families to come into his life, not just young boys. Their parents were allowed to stay over, they did stay over, everything was done with the parents' permission," Mesereau said. "They were allowed to come in and out of his room. The prosecution tried to misinterpret and misconstrue what Michael Jackson did, and they failed, as they should have."

Mesereau bristled when asked if he believed Jackson would cease sleeping in the same bed with young boys.

"You've misinterpreted what he's said in the past," Mesereau told CNN's Soledad O'Brien, who asked whether the not-guilty verdict meant the sleepovers would stop.

Jackson was accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy two years ago when they were sleeping alone together in his bed at Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County.

The jury acquitted Jackson on all 10 counts. (Verdict list)

One of the jurors, however, said Tuesday he hopes the trial served as a "wake-up call" for Jackson and that his behavior would change.

"I don't have a problem with the decision that I made in this case," Raymond Hultman told CNN's "American Morning."

"I have a problem with Michael Jackson's behavior. And all I can say at this point is that I hope he recognizes that this is a serious problem and that his behavior is going to be affected in some way by it. I've learned a lot from this case, and I hope he does as well," Hultman said.

The jury foreman, Paul Rodriguez, said jurors were "very troubled" that Jackson, by his own admission, had overnight sleepovers with children in his bed.

But Rodriguez, a 63-year-old retired high school counselor from Santa Maria, said jurors were instructed by the judge to base their verdicts on the facts of the case, not "our beliefs or our own personal thoughts." (Full story)

Hultman said Monday he thought that Jackson had previously molested boys, although he said there was reasonable doubt as to whether he committed the crimes he was charged with.

"Michael Jackson has not molested anyone," Mesereau said.

"As far as Neverland and his home, he's been too nice to too many people. You know, people get to Michael with a sad story about their life, and he's so generous, he's so kindhearted, he takes people in and does nice things for them, and they suddenly decide they want to get rich off of Michael Jackson, and that has to change. He has to be a lot tougher with who he lets into his life, and who he allows to run around his home, and that will happen."

Asked specifically about the sleepovers with boys, Mesereau said, "I don't know what you mean by 'sleepover,' because he's allowed to have his own children into his room, he's allowed to have friends come into his room if he chooses, but he's not going to allow people like the ones who accused him of this to enter his life."

Mesereau said, "Michael Jackson will do what he is allowed to do in his own home, but he'll be very careful who he allows into his home."

Jackson made no comment, and didn't even smile, as he left the Santa Maria courthouse after the verdict Monday, surrounded by his parents and siblings.

He did wave and blow kisses to hundreds of supporters, who screamed, hugged one another and threw confetti when they heard the news. Some were overcome with tears of joy. (Fans react)

Jackson's brother, Jermaine, told CNN's "Larry King Live" his family was "very, very happy."

"Like we always felt from the very beginning and knew, he was one thousand percent innocent," he said. "It takes one person to tell the truth, but it takes many to concoct a lie."


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