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Closing Arguments Begin in Michael Jackson Trial


U.S. prosecutors have begun closing arguments in the trial of Michael Jackson, accused of giving alcohol to a boy and then molesting him.

Prosecutor Ron Zonen told jurors Thursday, the case is about the exploitation and abuse of a 13-year-old cancer survivor at Mr. Jackson's Neverland Ranch.

The judge Rodney Melville has said he will hand the case to the jury Friday, after the pop star's defense team makes its closing arguments.

Mr. Jackson's lawyers have questioned the credibility of the boy's mother, saying she filed false income tax returns and tried to extort money from other celebrities.

Last week, prosecutors showed a 2003 police video in which the boy said the pop star repeatedly molested him after nights of heavy drinking.

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