Jackson ex-lawyer to continue testimony

May 20, 2005 at 10:27 PM
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SANTA MARIA, Calif., May 20 (UPI) -- A judge ruled Friday Michael Jackson's former lawyer would be allowed to continue testimony on a limited waiver.

Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville said Mark Geragos will be allowed to testify under a limited waiver of attorney-client privilege. However, the reportedly angry judge said he is considering sanctions against lead defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr., the Los Angeles Times reported.

"I feel deceived by Mr. Mesereau," Melville said. "Although I have reached no conclusion at this time, I am considering sanctions against Mr. Mesereau."

Mesereau had told the court that Jackson had waived all attorney-client privileges, but during cross-examination, Geragos refused to answer a question, saying it went beyond a limited waiver.

Melville said Friday he would accept that there was a limited waiver of attorney client privilege, Geragos can refuse certain questions due to the agreement's limits.

Jackson has been charged with child molestation, attempted molestation, giving alcohol to a minor and conspiracy to kidnap, extort and falsely imprison the family of the then 13-year-old accuser in early 2003.

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