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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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61.

sharon    

He's ridiculous....a joke.

1869 days ago
62.

London not England    

LOOK AT THESE TWO OLD, BLACK CROOKS!!!! AND I SAY THIS AS A BLACK MAN......
THESE TOW OLD TIMERS NEED TO GO BACK TO THEIR "PROHIBITION ERA - ASS" DAYS AND GO MAKE SOME MOONSHINE....
JOE WOULD LIKE NOTHING MORE THAN TO GET HIS HANDS ON THOSE KIDS AND START A BOY BAND LIKE THE JONAS BROTHERS....OLD NI@@A!!!!! GO SIT THE "F" DOWN AND BE GLAD YOUR BLACK ASS ISN'T IN JAIL!!!!
JUST LOOKING AT THAT OLD BASTARD MAKES YOU MAD..WHETHER YOU LIKE MICHAEL JACKSON OR NOT...
CROOK!!!!!

1869 days ago
63.

Maddy'nParis    

those guys must be close friends :-D

1869 days ago
64.

Krysy    

surprise, surprise!!!
Leave the Jackson family ALONE

1869 days ago
65.

PEPSI Generation    

IT takes SHARKs to fight sharks without joe joe MJ never was.LANDSHARKS in the land of sharks.So old gangster just like 1969,it`s all image JOE is over SONY VIACOM IS the ONLY SHARK left in the hollywood POOL a HUGE BASKING LANDSHARK`ss.All stars only get a % and only that % will drop and SONY will make billions and joe joe& the jackson must put the new jacksons to work or be poor again like without MJ. wayback when

1869 days ago
66.

Michael Jackson    

Daddy what are you doing with that stick?......ouch......quit it, that hurts.......ouch...damn it......ouch....your going to have a heart attack, your 80 years old....ouch...go hit Jermaine......here hit Blanket....ouch....leave me alone....

1869 days ago
67.

PEPSI Generation    

Was MJ when joe made a man out of him.Worst than HELL when liz cut off his man hood.

1869 days ago
68.

well    

Dwnundez, don't you think there are more choices in the world than to send kids out be a public spectacle or starve? I'm sure there are other options...

1869 days ago
69.

Karen Ann    

Yeah, and Joe Jackson isn't???? Give me a break... Birds of a feather...

1869 days ago
70.

PEPSI Generation    

Made MJ use her doctors and ended up with her face and she lived though him,and she got to be the singing star she always wanted to be.Her real kid`s had only potatos to eat and she was off with one more star a under age star at that.LIZ built MJ into a wimp Joe had built him into a man worth more than his weight in GOLD.

1869 days ago
71.

haven here    

#42---I, too, believe Debbie Rowe was a life saver to Michael Jackson. Her testimony was the primary factor why Michael was not convicted and doing time in prison. The case fell apart and was dismissed after Debbie Rowe testified. She testified for the proscution but in a very wise move turned her testimony to be favorable for Michael. She was rewarded by his angry claim she broke their agreement to never speak about him in public. Then he stopped her from all contact with the children. If there was anything Michael should have known was he had a loving friend in Debbie Rowe, because she demonstrated it over and over. That being said I am doubtful Michael could have been a good father to the children due to being under the influence much of the time. I feel relatively sure he loved the children, and in loving them he should have had the insight and self-will to get himself off drugs. Furthermore, I would be amazed if the fire to his hair and resulting burn produced his long drug habit. People are often burned to greater extent than Michael and do not become addicted to pain and other reality reducing drugs. And, if people around him furnished him with drugs it had to be due to his asking for them as a person in authority with power over their lives. He knew what he was doing, after all he had been in the entertainment field for years and saw where continual abuse lead. Michael Jackson was weak in character or he would have instituted a course of withdrawal himself. I don't see his actions as anything but self-serving and total disregard for his children. He, indeed, proved himself to be Joe Jackson's son.

1869 days ago
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PEPSI Generation    

JACKOTAYLOR MJ could have walked away or got away from JOE.he didn`t and thats the MJ you are talikng about the stage MJ not the person,the person would have never been known with the stage MJ that JOE BUILT worth more than his weight in GOLD.LIZ uaed males all her life and she rebuilt MJ into her.Her real love babys dumped in the baby boom left to cry themselfs to sleep every nite with only potatos to eat.MJ and liz had one thing in common one HUGH EGO.Joe had built a huge star liz turned him into a hospt addict and herself.

1869 days ago
73.

CHUCK    

GOD TAKES THE GOOD ONE S FIRST BEFORE THE RAPTURE!

1869 days ago
74.

DD    

JOE IS A DISCRASE TO HUMAN NATURE-----------------HE TOURTURED MICHAELS LIFE WHILE HE WAS ALIVE NOW HE IS DOING IT AS HE IS GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I HOPE YOU ARE REAL FKIN PROUD PAPA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I HOPE YOU ROT IN HELL AND THE REST OF THE JACKSONS DISOWN YOU, AS WELL AS THOSE POOR CHILDREN WHEN THEY KNOW WHAT YOU DONE TO THEIR FATHER SINCE HE WAS A CHILD..........

REST IN PEACE ---PRINCE.

1869 days ago
75.

haven here    

Michael should have sang that old dudes song "Oh Girl" to Debbie Rowe for keeping his butt out of prison.

1869 days ago
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