Image66. l-r: Tom Mesereau's Birthday Celebration.
TVI Publishers, Josie Cory and Troy Cory, Tom
Mesereau, Jr., attorney for Michael Jackson, and
attorney John D. Hart. Mr. Hart is heading the
grass root factions for the NBS100 study into FCC's
$27 Billion windfall since 1995. MORE
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43rd Week 2005
Neverland, named for the
home of Michael Jackson -- what's to become of it?
Where will Neverland's Ferris wheel, water-pistol
range, bumper cars and classic rides like the
merry-go-round and zoo animals and Peter Pan, the
favorite character of Jackson's. state fairs, be
Jackson's attorney, Thomas
A. Mesereau, Jr. said on Thursday, October 20,
2005, that the pop singer has made the Middle
Eastern nation of Bahrain, located in the Persian
Gulf, -- his permanent
Mesereau declined to comment on local speculation
that Jackson planned to sell Neverland ranch, but
said the singer is very happy in his new home.
"He's looking much better. He's with his
children, and he's moving on in life," Mesereau
said. "He's living permanently in Bahrain. He has
friends there who have been very loyal and helpful
to him in a difficult period of his life."
Mesereau spent four months earlier this year
in a Santa Maria courtroom defending Jackson,
before a jury acquitted him in June of charges that
included sexually abusing a young recovering cancer
Within weeks, after the trial, the singer
traveled to Bahrain, where he has been a guest of
the royal family. He has been a houseguest of Sheik
Salman ibn Hamed Khalifa, the crown prince of
Bahrain, staying in a palace in the desert kingdom.
The singer's brother, Jermaine Jackson, reportedly
has close ties with Bahrain's royal circle, earlier
this year announcing plans to unveil a charity
theme song written by a son of the nation's king.
Mesereau said he saw Jackson a few weeks
ago, October 2005, in London, where the singer was
working on a charity single to benefit the victims
of Hurricane Katrina.
"He looks really well," Mesereau said of the
singer, whose already slight frame became even more
brittle-looking during his trial.
Back in the U.S., Jackson's departure from
the Santa Ynez Valley in California, some say they
have missed his largesse, but others are glad to
see the crowds, the media and the weirdness
"He's definitely going to be missed, no
question about it. He's a beautiful man," said
Felicia Cody, a gallery owner in Los Olivos. "He's
an artist, and he understands the life of an
said she will miss the entertainer coming in
to buy art, and his friendship.
Terri Stricklan, manager of the Hitching
Post, a steakhouse that was frequented by Mesereau
and Sneddon as well as media and trial witnesses,
said she wouldn't be sorry to see the singer
Dorothy Steele, the owner of Dorothy's
Country Oak, in Santa Maria, sold many pieces of
oak pieces to him. She said
that thousands of underprivileged children
have been welcomed to see the animals, hop aboard
rides in Jackson's private amusement park and
picnic on the ample grounds. But during his trial,
Mesereau, overturned any ideas that the county
prosecutors would convict the entertainer for
molesting numerous children visiting there over the
"We have a lot of celebrities here, she
added, Jane Russells is one of my
question of Jackson's permanent residence cropped
up during the week after it was reported that he
received a jury summons to appear in a Santa Maria
courthouse, said Santa Barbara County court
spokesman Gary Blair.
Another Jackson attorney, Robert Sanger,
called court officials to tell them the 47-year-old
entertainer would not be able to serve because he
would no longer be living at Neverland, Blair said.
Jackson purchased Neverland, formerly a
cattle ranch, in Santa Ynez for about $17 million
in 1988 and turned it into a theme park with
carnival rides and a private zoo. The 4-square-mile
ranch also included a steam engine the singer rode
along a 1 1/2 -mile
There has been much speculation in the Los
Olivos area about whether Jackson is trying to sell
Neverland to pay off mounting legal bills. But
local real estate agents said they have not heard
that it's on the market. Most agree that the ranch
could fetch from $50 million to $100 million if it
were ever sold. Some of his supporters expressed
doubt that he would ever truly leave
Editor's Note /4.
D. Hart is heading the grass root factions for
NBS100, and it's study as to where the $27 Billion
collected by the FCC, from the sales of wireless
telephone frequencies auctioned by the FCC since
1956, should be held in trust and paid to. By 2010,
another $18 Billion Dollars worth of wireleess
telephone frequencies will be assigned to the
general public. MORE
NBS100 TeleCom Study of FCC's Regulatory Missteps