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Michael Jackson Trial Set to Begin Monday


The child molestation trial of pop star Michael Jackson is set to begin in southern California.

Lawyers are expected to begin screening the first of as many as 750 potential jurors at a Santa Barbara county court Monday for the trial that could last several months.

Mr. Jackson faces 10 charges involving a child under the age of 14. He has pleaded not guilty, saying he is completely innocent.

In a court-approved video statement Sunday, Mr. Jackson criticized recent leaks of grand jury testimony on the case, calling them "malicious, disgusting and false."

Grand jury testimony, although secret and not publicly released, is often leaked to the media.

Some information provided by AP and Reuters.

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