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June 30th, 2009
02:53 PM ET

Outside the Jackson Family Home

CNN's Don Lemon continues his coverage of Michael Jackson's sudden death. He turned on his camcorder to give us an idea of what he’s seeing in front of the Jackson family house in L.A.


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  1. michael armstrong sr.

    now isnt it much better to remember the good things about people when they go see god it helps them get into heaven god sees the good things they left behind like the love of those who will miss them and the great things they did michael jackson deserves forgivness just for sharing himself with us .

    June 30, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  2. Jennifer

    To the Situation Room and Don Lemon regarding Michael Jackson's Estate:

    Please understand Fiduciary Law and the Estate Planning Process before you misinform your viewers.

    A Trust DOES NOT supersede a Will.

    A Trust and a Will are two separate instruments used in the Estate Planning Process.

    A Will is a legally enforceable declaration of a person’s wishes in writing regarding matters to be attended to after his death and inoperative until his death. A usually, but not always, relates to the testator’s property, is revocable (or amendable by means of a codicil) up to the time of his death, and is applicable to the situation which exists at the time of his death.

    A Trust is a fiduciary relationship in which one person (the trustee) is the holder of the legal title to property (the trust property) subject to an equitable obligation (an obligation enforceable in a court of equity) to keep or use the property for the benefit of another person (the beneficiary).

    A Will is a public document, which can be obtained from the County court house, upon filing when someone has died. Anyone can get a copy of any dead person’s will.

    A Trust is a private document, which is held by an attorney, corporate trustee or an individual trustee and is not public record.

    There are multiple types of Trusts, with multiple types of terms. Depending upon the terms of the trust, and the type of trust, the correct proceeding for creditors would be to first file a claim against the trust. It would then be the responsibility of the trustees and the courts to review the claim and then if the claim is found to be valid, then a distribution from the trust would be made.

    Do not inform your viewers that “creditors” can come after a trust and be paid from it first. That is incorrect.

    Again, please understand Fiduciary Law and the Estate Planning Process applicable to the state in which a person has died, before making false reports of this nature. Any Fiduciary Officer or Trust Officer or Trustee would be appalled at you comments. Do not attempt to report on the terms of the trust, as there could several trusts that were made for several different reasons. I have known clients that have upwards of 50+ trusts and other Estate Planning instruments.

    Check your facts first!

    June 30, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  3. Barbra Morales

    I'm sickened by the continous mockery Joe Jackson brings to this family. Your interview on the red carpet on the BET awards illustrated yet again, the genesis of Michael's problems. I pray that man is NOT in the same house with those poor kids of Michael's. Maybe Catherine will finally do what's right and keep a distance from that self-centered maniac. I feel for all the Jackson's....except him. God bless Michael and may we remember not his family dramas...but his incredible contribution to the music world. We were richly blessed by his talent.

    June 30, 2009 at 8:54 pm |
  4. charlene

    may the LORD,continue to bless the family and his children even the critics

    June 30, 2009 at 9:40 pm |
  5. Leesa

    I was just wondering if there is any news in the world going on other than Michael Jackson’s death. I am sad about MJ, but I’d like to know if there’s anything happening in Iran, Iraq and North Korea and maybe even the economy!

    June 30, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  6. Cathie

    CNN?? You have done a GREAT job covering the Michael Jackson story....and please continue........BUT, you should REALLY stop 'reporting' about the children. Things about "...Michael Jackson not being the father...." blah blah blah. What if Michael’s children are watching you??? Really?? WHO CARES whether it was artificial insemination, etc etc....they were born into Michael Jacksons care as their father!! HE is the FATHER of those children. The only father they have ever known...and loved. People adopt, use saregets, etc etc all the time. So what if he did the same thing...does it really matter!!???

    So please, don’t fall into the "ugly" media nobody wants to watch!!!

    June 30, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  7. martha solis

    I really don't understand how everyone can find everything wrong when it comes to the death of a celebrity. It seems that thats all the news cares about. Im a fan of Michale Jackson and we should be remembering him for what he has done and not all the bad stuff. And annoucing on tv that those arent his children, dont people realize that they might actually be watching that and they just lost their father. To me no matter what they are his children and the family has every right to keep them. Let the family grieve instead of having them have more to worry about. Every family deserves that weather they are famous or not.

    June 30, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  8. Rukayah Benjamin

    I just would like to say thank you CNN for covering every detail of the Michael Jackson story. It means so much to me. I can not address how much I care for Michael Jackson, not only for the amazing artist he was but for the beautiful person I understood. I am hurt deeply knowing my idol is dead. But I am so thankful for CNN. This is the only source I know of that FULLY covers the Michael Jackson story. And it means a lot knowing I am not able to go to L.A. or Harlem to mourn the loss of this beautiful man. So thank you, and please no matter what people say, please continue to cover this story as close as it has been covered for Michael's fans who have nothing else but CNN. Thank you very much. And please remember Michael for the beautiful man he was and not what these fake friends claim to know. Thanks.

    July 1, 2009 at 12:47 am |
  9. Andy Schwabe

    Here's the promo: Next, our exclusive conversation with Michael Jackson's third cousin once removed who knows all about how Michael Jackson's Teeth brushing habits may have contributed to his death." Where does it all end. Does every cousin, former dog keeper, and person in charge of Jackson's food pantry have a story? It's getting so over the top it's weird, don't you think?

    July 1, 2009 at 8:05 am |
  10. Deanna

    I live in a little town in Arkansas and I am truly sorry to hear about the King of Pop. I listened to his music growing up and my heart goes out to his family, especially his siblings, mother, and kids. I don't on the other hand approve of the way his dad has tried to promote his records on live t.v. while he needs to talk about his son and his legacy. I wish the public would remember the great things this man has done and not the mistakes he has done in his life, which everyone has made mistakes. May he rest in peace and forever be in our hearts.

    July 1, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  11. Brent Lundin

    I like CNN. I cannot wait for everyone to get over the death of a rich child molester (Michael Jackson). I change the channel every time I see that its about that freak. Maybe the "Story Hunters" should focus on the deaths of people who have a reputation of good morals and people that have put positive footprints on this earth and in Our Country. I'm sure that family of Michael Jackson, care about him, but I don't. This story of his death is pushing aside the real important issues. There's plenty of juicy new developments on the economy or on Iran. ect. Please go back to normal. Thank you.

    July 1, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  12. robert j wilson

    Why do you have to beat things to death? Regardless of the subject , you people have gone overboard with each newsroom talk show reviewing everything that has been said over and over. I used to love CNN, however, you have become quite boring. There is nothing else to report in the world except Michael Jackson. If you had breaking news that would be great, but to have each section report on the same thing using the same film. Ugh

    July 1, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  13. Amnon Zohar

    On behalf of people who like Michael Jackson and on behalf of people who don't like Michael Jackson: Stop!

    July 1, 2009 at 7:43 pm |
  14. Carlos Mendoza

    I was never a diehard fan of Michael Jackson fan, but I did feel sad when he died because he was the greatest ever. With that said, I’m so sick of people who claim to be his friends or close confidents, they are now coming on TV talking about how many times they saw Michael with pills and bla, bla, bla, if they cared so much first of all they should of tried to help him stop, and if they are truly his friends they wouldn’t be on TV bashing his name and put all his business out into the open, they just want to see their faces of TV. Oh, and that nurse that keeps saying she felt chills down her back when Michael asked her for meds and she said no.... well if she was that concerned she should of told the family or her superiors, but no, now she wants to be on TV because she wants to be seen as the good nurse that said no, unlike the doctor that was with Michael when he died. Michael Jackson is an icon and will never be another like him, he was weird in ways and did have problems with the law a couple of times that made everyone wonder, including me. But the fact is that the man is dead and people need to stop trying bash him, if he were alive I say, ok, let’s talk to some since to him, let’s make him feel ashamed of taking this meds because maybe he’ll stop, but he is dead people there is nothing you can do to help him now, so for his family and children sake let the man just rest in peace.

    July 1, 2009 at 8:29 pm |
  15. Diane

    Kyra:
    On Tuesday you interviewed Michael Jacksons first publicist and he went on and on about how he hired Michaels first choreographer "a young 18 year old named Paula Abdul".
    I just wanted to let you know that this was not possible. Paula was born in 1962, making her 4 years younger than Michael. That would have been impressive for her to be doing his choreography as a 6 year old. Just thought you'd like to know.
    D.

    July 1, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  16. Colleen Canion

    I'm concerned about the possiblity of the use of Diprivan for sleep as I heard on Larry King. This is an IV drug used specifically for anesthesia in Surgery and very little use in the Intensive Care areas of Medical Facilities. The 'half life' of this drug is very short-meaning seconds after the infusion is stopped-the drug leaves the system and the patient is awake. The patient is required to be intubated and oxygen ventilated when extended use is indicated and definitely monitoring is also required by a trained medical personnel–so could that the reason a medical person stayed all night at the home before the death?
    I sincerely hope this not the case.

    July 2, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  17. Jerry

    What MJ died..... when, where was I ?? Please CNN I used to have respect for you. You have been up to now my home page. I will be looking for a replacement until this Mj stuff is over with, maybe when the rain ends here in the northeast. Not every body cares for the consistant coverage of every little detail that you can blow up. He WAS a talented entertainer, he WAS a very screwed up individual, he WAS in life continually hounded by the paparazzi and fans and in death it seems the same way. Please let it go.

    July 2, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  18. Larry

    Ok...let me ge this straight...
    So people are gripping and camplaining because CNN is doing such a (great) job (by the way!) of covering Michael Jackons death, because they'd rather hear about a guy who cheats on his wife & has a soulmate somewhere in Argintina??? Help me out here cause thats crazy!!! lol
    **I'd rather hear MJ 24-7 then that crap!**

    July 2, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  19. Larry

    MJ's thin...but he's always been thin. And the guy's 50 man. Give him a break! And NO BODY knows whether he was on ANY drugs at all. All speculation.

    July 2, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  20. Kyla Thornsley

    I was watching cnn when an idea came across me. I understand that Michael wanted to send the message of love and the unity of people. I think the concert should continue. The back up dancers have already learned so much and same with the singers. The only difference is it will be a tribute for Michael and yet still send out the same message. If people have already put their heart into something and many thousands of people have already paid for the tickets... why stop it now? I really do think that Michael would not of wanted to stop the message of love and peace. Let us continue his work with him in our hearts... thank you

    July 2, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  21. Summer04

    I can't stand the way people talk bad about MJ...like any of them were "THERE" and know's what really happened...if any of you had the money he had...how many people would have accused you of things you " DIDN"T " do... to get their dirty hands on
    your money...he had a sweet soul and was a fantastic entertainer...I will miss him soooo much..We lost one of the best entertainer's in the world...RIP Michael Jackson you will be missed...

    July 2, 2009 at 7:25 pm |
  22. Mike

    I think we will all miss Michael but his music will endure. Now it is time to let him rest in peace. CNN, move on! start reporting news and stop competing with the History Chanel.

    July 3, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  23. Dan Fleury

    Anyone that knows California Law or is familiar with the Cemetery Board would have known that a burial at Neverland would have been impossible without the proper zoning. Why didn't CNN do their homework and shoot down this speculation at an earlier stage?

    July 3, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  24. louise maniscalco

    Regarding Michael Jackson.
    I believe we have completely turned this into a circus act with Reverend Al Sharpton now involved.
    Why on earth is he involved.
    Everytime we see him he seems to be ready to start a riot.
    Now he has figured out the perfect way to elevate his exposure.
    How absurd. I find his involvement offensive and discredits Michael Jackson and his family's worth.
    Getting back to Michael Jackson. I think Rabbi Shmuley captured it perfectly with Campbell Brown "he was a tortured soul." I had the opportunity to work with Michael Jackson once and he was so so fragile.
    He was the ultimate showman and his talent and his gifts will be treasured forever.

    July 6, 2009 at 8:39 am |

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