I am really irritated by some of the comments I have read from the jurors on the Michael Jackson trial.
“Eleanor Cook and Ray Hultman said in a televised interview that they believed the singer’s young accuser was sexually assaulted.
“No doubt in my mind whatsoever, that boy was molested, and I also think he enjoyed to some degree being Michael Jackson’s toy,” Cook said on MSNBC’s “Rita Cosby: Live and Direct.”
Their comments will have no bearing on the verdict, which prosecutors cannot appeal.
Cook and Hultman said they agreed to go along with the other jurors when it became apparent that they would never convict the pop star. The two denied being motivated by money and tried to explain why they were coming forward now.
“There were a lot of people that were interested in this case from day one. People expect to know what’s going on with their justice system and how things work,” Hultman said.
Added Cook: “I’m speaking out now because I believe it’s never too late to tell the truth.”
Cook and Hultman also alleged that jury foreman Paul Rodriguezthreatened to have them kicked off the jury.
“He said if I could not change my mind or go with the group, or be more understanding, that he would have to notify the bailiff, the bailiff would notify the judge, and the judge would have me removed,” Cook said in a transcript provided by MSNBC.
Hultman said he also felt threatened and didn’t want to get kicked off the trial.”
Here are my thoughts in a nutshell. If I had been sitting on the jury and felt that he was guilty I would have never rolled over like this. I would not have compromised my beliefs and my principles for someone I considered to be a pedophile.
I would rather be kicked off of the jury, which may I add is not something that the foreman can do, than to come out two months later and make these comments. Not to mention that the fact that they have book deals make their comments look less than honest.
Their behavior is shameful. I cannot reconcile their words with the knowledge that they are trying to make a buck on this.