It's fitting that Michael Jackson's 2005 trial ended with a woman releasing white doves -- one for each count on which he was acquitted. Doves are a traditional part of many magic shows, and Jackson's trial was his greatest trick of all.
On every episode of "Shoot This Now," we talk about true stories that should be made into TV shows and movies. This week, we talk about the 2005 Michael Jackson trial, which I covered from beginning to end for The Associated Press.
As the new Dan Reed documentary "Leaving Neverland" makes clear, the trial continued a long Jackson tradition of manipulating the people around him. Wade Robson describes in the documentary how Jackson persuaded him to lie on the stand about being molested. And the news media (myself included) sometimes paid attention to his pajama-and-epaulette ensembles instead of everything Jackson wanted to hide.
Will the trial ever get the "People v. OJ Simpson" treatment it deserves?