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December 23, 2009

Celebrate the holidays in song!

Posted: 07:57 PM ET
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Tonight we have a special Larry King Live. A star studded line-up of musical performances to get you in the holiday spirit.

Sting, Kenny Rogers & Rebecca Lynn Howard, Andrea Bocelli & David Foster, David Archuleta, Queen Latifah, The Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble, Katharine McPhee, Shawn King and a special appearance by Tyra Banks. All tonight on Larry King Live!

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Anne   December 23rd, 2009 8:20 pm ET

By: Roger Friedman // Wednesday December 23, 2009

The FBI files on Michael Jackson show a concerted effort by the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s office to convict the pop star for child molestation in 2003-2005.

The DA even brought in the FBI for assistance. But the Bureau’s examination of all the computers seized from Neverland found nothing in April 2004 — ten months before Jackson’s trial. They went through a bunch of computers seized at the ranch, and ran “keyword searches” through them, looking for kiddie pornography. They came up with 18 pages of nothing.

Michael’s defense attorney Thomas Mesereau expressed surprise to me about the FBI files yesterday. “I never saw them,” he said. “Shouldn’t they have shared them with me?”

It didn’t matter. Mesereau’s masterful handling of the case got Michael acquitted of all charges in his 2005 child molestation/conspiracy case. But why did the DA go ahead with the case at all if the FBI turned up nothing?

Mesereau told me: “They heard all these stories, they read stories in the tabloids, there was the 1993 case. They had to proceed. Plus DA Tom Sneddon had gotten legislation passed since the first case making it impossible not to go ahead. And he did it because of Michael.”

Jackson was innocent of those charges. Whatever else happened to Michael Jackson in life, he was set up by Janet Arvizo to take a fall. Luckily, several people stepped in to save Michael.

Two of those people were Frank (Tyson) Cascio and his friend Vinnie Amen. They were working for Michael in the winter of 2003. Jackson put them in charge of catering to the Arvizo family right after Martin Bashir’s “Living with Michael Jackson” aired on ABC. All hell broke loose because Michael bragged about Gavin Arvizo “sharing” his bed. Gavin and his brother were featured on the program. Chaos ensued.

District Attorney Tom Sneddon, Michael’s nemesis from the 1993 case, determined to destroy Jackson at that point. He sought out Janet Arvizo, not realizing she was a welfare cheat, a pathological liar, and a big cup o’crazy. On the witness stand, Mrs, Arvizo told Jackson’s defense attorney, Tom Mesereau, she believed Michael was going to steal her children in a big hot air balloon, and fly away.

After that, no testimony mattered. We in the Santa Maria courtroom knew Michael would moonwalk home, free as a bird. And deservedly so.

Earlier that year, I wrote in my old column that when Frank and Vinnie brought Janet home to her L.A. apartment from Neverland, Sneddon’s card was under her door. She called the number. He invented her. Then he involved the FBI. The results are in the newly released files. Manpower was revved up, resources were used. And it was all for nothing. Regardless of Michael’s naive comments about children, or anything that might have happened years earlier, he was innocent. He was guilty, like Chris Tucker and a bunch of other people, of being conned by the Arvizos.

In truth, the Jackson-Sneddon feud had been fueled by Michael. After the 1993-94 Jordy Chandler case, Michael fanned the flames by tautning Sneddon in song. It was a mistake. Sneddon was a no-nonsense guy. He didn’t wear designer suits. He reminded those of us in the court room of an old gym teacher. He wasn’t “hip.” And you could tell, he didn’t like the hip crowd one bit.

In the FBI files, you can see how Sneddon, using Court TV’s willing Diane Dimond, ginned up the anti-Michael cause. He even sent ADA Ronald Zonen — listed in the FBI files incorrectly as Richard — to New York to persuade Jordy Chandler to testify. Chandler declined, and threatened to fight a subpoena legally. The word was that he left the U.S. for the duration of the trial.

Sneddon et al had little luck getting anyone else from the so-called conspiracy to kidnap the Arvizos onto the stand. And Vinnie, I can tell you now, let me publish dozens and dozens of receipts he’d kept while babysitting the Arvizos. Eventually it all came out during the trial: rather than being kidnapped, the Arvizos were treated to movies, clothes, hotel stays, and spa treatments. Sneddon, of course, knew this. He just pretended that it never happened. Janet Arvizo received a full body waxing, courtesy of Michael Jackson. The FBI was taken to the cleaners.


Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   December 23rd, 2009 9:03 pm ET

I hope Kenny Rogers sing my all-time fave song – Something's Burning.
Its 15 hours to Xmas in tropical Malaysia.
Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to Larry and all..


connie toth   December 23rd, 2009 9:09 pm ET

Larry king please cover the story in whytheville va. man holding up post office happening right now pleaseeeeeeeeee.


Jeremy   December 23rd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

GO DAVID ARCHIE! Love him so much, amazing vocals, and amazing personality. If i could aske him one question, it would be "Would you ever come to Montreal in Canada?"

And also, i would ask him if he could meet me personally, well, Christmas wishes huh? 🙂


A. Smith, Oregon   December 23rd, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Greetings and Happy Holidays Larry King, CNN Staff and my fellow bloggers!


A. Smith, Oregon   December 23rd, 2009 10:12 pm ET

Afew years ago, I met Queen Latifah while I was working at a concert she attended nearby. What a wonderful and classy lady.

Very talented and 100% genuine also, such a rare combination these days when you meet stars and Hollywood celebs, and come away thinking they are really much different than you had originally assumed!


Nancy   December 23rd, 2009 10:23 pm ET

You had David Archuletta as runner-up on American Idol. He was the winner! Adam Lambert was runner-up


A. Smith, Oregon   December 23rd, 2009 10:32 pm ET

Two years ago, 'little archie' was the runner up to another better 'David'.
Last year, Lambert was the runner up.


Gray   December 23rd, 2009 10:37 pm ET

What treat you've given us, Larry! Very much enjoying your Holiday show.


Deb   December 23rd, 2009 10:49 pm ET

Was this pre-taped? Has it been shown before, or is tonight the first showing? Someone said this was shown on Monday. Confused. It is a great show though. I am loving it. Thank you, Larry!!!


A. Smith, Oregon   December 23rd, 2009 11:00 pm ET

Good night Larry, enjoyed the music and the performers


Why is Shawn King on Larry King.....   December 23rd, 2009 11:00 pm ET

AND WHY IS SHE WEARING A FUR COAT???

IT LOOKS LIKE FOX. HOW CRUEL OF HER TO WEAR DEFENCELESS LITTLE ANIMALS.


Betty   December 23rd, 2009 11:02 pm ET

Larry's wife is really a beautiful woman, I loved the way she was dressed tonight


angela   December 24th, 2009 1:41 am ET

I have been wearing a fake fur all week, the looks I get....is it possible you misjudged?


angela   December 24th, 2009 2:00 am ET

I might add I think it is so sweet the way larry shares his love of family with his tv audience, shawn is a very talented singer too. BUT, I do not always love the holidays, lol!


A. Smith, Oregon   December 24th, 2009 2:06 am ET

Bravo Larry for having your wife on to entertain us tonight. She has a wonderful voice and is a beautiful woman.

I was really happy to see you have Sting give a encore for LKL, singing Soul Cake with his large entourage, they really pulled it off well.

Bravo Larry King and the CNN Staff!


Mickey Jetpur   December 24th, 2009 2:07 am ET

Larry,
What a beautiful family you have.Your wife sang a wonderful song and she did it beautifully.What a singer! She totally put me in the holiday mood! I would like to see her sing again! Take care. Merry Christmas.
Mickey Jetpur.CA.


BARBARA   December 24th, 2009 2:20 am ET

I ABSOLUTELY ENJOYED SHAUN KING, I HAD NO IDEA SHE COULD SING. I CERTAINLY HOPE SHE WILL COME OUT WITH A CD.......VERY SOON. HER STYLE REMINDS ME OF A SULTRY SOULFUL JAZZ SINGER.
THERE IS A HUGE CROSS OVER MARKET FOR HER FLAVOR !!
AS A VOCALIST MYSELF, THAT HAS TOURED THE WORLD WITH SOME OF THE GREAT ICONS..............SHE IS AWESOME !!!
I WISH HER THE BEST !!!


BARBARA   December 24th, 2009 2:21 am ET

CORRECTION.......SHAWN KING


Mary Owens   December 24th, 2009 7:30 am ET

LOVED Shawns voice – she sang another Christmas song a few years ago too and it was equallly beautiful. HOW CAN WE DOWNLOAD OR PURCHASE THIS VERSION WITH THE SAX. I hope she makes a Christmas album or a torch song type album. Shes got the best of blues soul easy listening standards everything – I woke my neighbor up to hear her.
LOVE You Shawn PLEASE have someone email me on how to purchase your Christmas tunes that you have sung on Larry King – I already have the country one from I Tunes – I would LOVE to have this one too. Please sing on his show more often
Love you Shawn
You are terrific and very beautiful – Lucky Larry – I love him too – you both are great together. Sincerley, Mary


TERRANCE   December 24th, 2009 12:49 pm ET

Happy, delighted and grateful that The Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble was asked to be apart of the Chirstmas special. Hoping and wishing the audience was move as much as we were watching.

Thanks to Larry King, his staff, the entire CNN network and there viewers. Please pray for us as we move to the next stages of our exsistence. There is no children's choir as of now but we hope to have that chance to begin one again is our hope. Until the alumni will continue the Legacy of bringing music and joy to world through song.


Diane Wilson   December 26th, 2009 3:15 am ET

I must admit that until I heard and saw Shawn King, I thought that Larry King was using a bit of nepotism in promoting her so much. Having watched the musical show, I thought she was the best of the lot! A great jazzy feel and a warm presentation. Congratulations!


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