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Joe Jackson's Partner was a Crook

7/16/2009 2:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

 Joe Jackson's Partner was a CrookWe've learned Joe Jackson's business partner for his new record label is a convicted felon.

Marshall Thompson, who Joe famously introduced during a news conference a few days after MJ's death, served 366 days in federal prison back in 2001 after pleading guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit extortion in Illinois.

Thompson -- a retired cop -- conspired with active duty officers to sell police badges to various businessmen for $1,000 to $2,500 a pop.

According to federal docs, the businessmen bought the badges so they could get the perks of being a cop -- carrying a concealed weapon, parking in restricted areas and "receiving discounts for goods and services" ... we're guessing that includes donuts.

Before Thompson became a felon, he was a member of the Chi-Lites -- a band famous for "Have You Seen Her" and "Oh Girl" back in the '70s.

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Dot Perkins    

THE PARTNER IS PATHETIC! GET HIM OUT OF THE PRESS. HE WAS ALSO IN THE BACKGROUND DURING THE ABC INTERVIEW.

1888 days ago
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mrez golucky    

Yikes!

1888 days ago
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Music4Teens.com    

Joe Jackson is a pimp. He made MJ's life hell.

1888 days ago
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chicken head    

poor Joe-- Stop picking on him!!!!!!!!!!!!
he just lost his son!!! his perverted son that is!

1888 days ago
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Misty    

Can anyone say BIRDS OF A FEATHER......

1888 days ago
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Look at all the WJ spermette cheerleaders on TMZ. WJ rahrahrah!    

At least the two pictured men have brains.

1888 days ago
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Nene    

Well they are men trying to obtain an honest living now, so give me a break and leave the family alone. These are OLD men who are stuck in their ways. How much of a harm can they do to society, Michael's image and Michael's kids. Let's talk about the employee's of Michael who enabled him as well as the physicians and dentists. They were just as much of a crook like his father and business partner. Leave these people alone and go hunt the bigger fishes ... which were the people Michael allowed to use him and who are still using his name for cash since they are now all unemployed (Karma ... lol) for the sake of avoiding his dad. It is better for family to use you than strangers who claim to know you. Investigate those who are on networks and talking ill of Michael's life who knew about his problem but turn the other cheek for the sake of association.

1888 days ago
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Elsi    

Is anyone surprised? Joe should sit in a rocking chair with white socks rolled up to his knees sporting open toe sandals with a spit cup in his hand.

1888 days ago
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SillySallySays........    

Someone put Joe in a nursing home already. The guy's brain is fried. Blaming Katherine for most of Michael's beatings, trying to profit off of his son after his death by mentioning his record company during an interview, and now the man does business with a former convicted criminal. Give him his own room and three square meals a day while he fantasizes about "The Jackson 3" in his solarium with other patients that have dementia. It's where he belongs..........

1888 days ago
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Chico    

I was horrified at Joe's behavior at the BET awards and ready to condemn him. But then I saw him on the ABC interview last night and he just is who he is. I don't think he means any harm, and I do think he loved Michael. But Joe's first intention is to make money and have fun. I saw glimpses of the sadness that a father feels for the loss of his son in the ABC interview. He is who he is so just leave him alone.

1888 days ago
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ABB    

Ranch records with blue ray technology! LOL!

2 crooks here, Joe and this clown.

1888 days ago
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ruggerio    

the best father of the year........................joe jackson

1888 days ago
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Music4Teens.com    

Why couldn't Joe die instead of Michael?

1888 days ago
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me    

"It is better for family to use you than strangers who claim to know you."

Posted at 1:52AM on Jul 16th 2009 by Silly Girl

Hmm....Scratching my head...

1888 days ago
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jackschitt    

Joe Jackson looks like the devil himself! Yes, I can say, "Birds of a feather, flock together".

1888 days ago
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