The Michael Jackson trial has left its mark on everyone involved. A subjective look at the possible effect of the verdict:
Michael Jackson – The King of Pop avoids prison time, has a chance to resume his career.
Thomas Mesereau and defense team – A grand slam for the defense. Mesereau has a victory for the ages.
Randy Jackson – Seized control of the family’s dealings during the trial
Santa Maria merchants – A windfall of profits from the hoardes of media and onlookers during the three-month trial.
Sony Music – Will they get a sales bump on Jackson’s back recording catalog?
Macaulay Culkin and other defense witnesses – They stood by a friend in his time of greatest need.
The Trial Jurors – Book deals, chartered flights and much wooing from media bookers.
Debbie Rowe — Did not sell out her ex-husband, despite anticipation that she would prove a damaging witness.
Michael Jackson – His sometimes bizarre life was revealed as never before. Even with his not guilty verdicts, he has a long road to travel to rebuild his career.
Raymone Bain – The former publicist for Michael Jackson was dismissed via a terse statement on Jackson’s web site on the eve of the verdict.
Thomas Sneddon – The Santa Barbara prosecutor has a spectacular crash and burn. Many millions of dollars were spent – zero results.
The accuser and his family – Called grifters, crazy and worse, they now must rebuild lives that have been forever altered and deal with the fact that no one believed them.
Jay Leno – Don’t plan on seeing a one-on-one with Jackson or his friends anytime soon.
Brian Oxman, Mark Geragos – They weren’t around for one of the biggest celebrity trials ever.
Sony Music – The publishing arm was undoubtedly hoping to pick up Jackson’s share of their music publishing partnership at fire-sale prices.