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Michael Jackson's Name Restored to School

10/16/2010 9:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Jackson's name once again is on display at Gardner Street Elementary School after the boards covering his name were removed.

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As TMZ first reported, a group of Michael Jackson fans had petitioned to get the sign uncovered. The sign had been in place from 1989 until 2003, when it was covered up due to the child molestation charges against Jackson.

The sign was unveiled yesterday, where a member of the Los Angeles Board of Education said, "It's important for the district to value the artistic impact and humanitarian contribution that will be the lasting legacy of Michael Jackson."

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Susy    

That's what I am talking about! Finally smart step. Michael Jackson forever and ever and ever. I wish all monsters go to hell who ever spoke bad about Michael. I love you Michael!

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omer    

真高兴的消息!Good news,I 'm so happy!MJ will smile at this.You deserve far more than this,sweetheart!爱你~

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Marie Claire Paul    

In regards to Get Real, if you read the book by Aphrodite Jones who has acknowledged that she was a victim of the media and believed Michael was guilty, after sitting through the trial as a covering journalist she changed her mind and came to see that he WAS INNOCENT, and then had to try and put matters right even though no one wanted to have anything to do with her book about Michael being INNOCENT, not enough money in that.............

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Sheila    

I'm glad to see Gardner Street Elementary School finally decided to do the right thing and restore Michael Jackson's name to their school. This should have happened a long time ago when Mr. Jackson was still alive to appreciate it. Beyond it being important for the school district to "value the artistic impact and humanitarian contribution that will be the lasting legacy of Michael Jackson," it's also important that they show some respect for the judicial system that, after examining all of the evidence in exhaustive detail, acquitted Mr. Jackson of all charges thanks to the outstanding work of attorney Tom Mesereau.

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Marie Claire Paul    

To get real no. 9 - just because there was no precedent set, doesn't mean he's guilty, maybe beause he had so much money and had been ill advised in the first trial, the scavengers came out in force to see what they could get out of him. Apparently it was laughable the complainents allegations, they already had a reputation for fraud.

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bisma    

good news ......thank you to all those fans who did this..............

1367 days ago
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teka    

On Saturday 16th October 2010

MY STATEMENT:

The US constitution dictates that every American citizen has the right to a fair trial and that until proven guilty, every citizen is presumed innocent. This is a fundamental principle of American life and forms the very basis of the US legal system.

Michael Jackson was a US citizen, no different from any other. He had the same rights as any other citizen and when he was exonerated by a jury, he should have walked out of the courtroom with no stain on his character, just like any other US citizen.

But Michael Jackson wasn't treated like any other citizen - not before his trial, not during his trial and not after his trial.

The prosecution of Michael Jackson was one of the most frivolous wastes of taxpayer money and one of the most horrendous abuses of power in the history of California. In pursuing Jackson, Californian police officers breached the terms of their own search warrants, stole defense do***ents, conducted illegal raids, leaked sealed do***ents to the media, verbally abused Jackson in television interviews and were caught trying to plant fingerprint evidence during grand jury hearings. This was the dictionary definition of a malicious prosecution.

After Jackson was acquitted on the basis that the prosecution had no evidence and no compelling witnesses, that should have been the end of the matter. But a combination of manipulative propaganda released by the prosecution and shoddy reporting at the hands of the media meant that Jackson wasn't able to walk out of the Santa Maria courthouse with no stain on his character. He was denied this fundamental right. The continued censorship of Michael Jackson's name on the Gardner Street Auditorium is a continuation of this injustice.

Throughout this campaign, staff at Gardner Street School will have heard much about Jackson's charity work and his humanitarian efforts - but in a way, that is all irrelevant. It reads almost as a list of redeeming qualities, but this issue does not call for redeeming qualities. This issue is very simple. Michael Jackson was a US citizen, entitled to the same rights as any and every other US citizen. He was never proven guilty, ergo he was innocent. To continue covering Jackson's name on the Gardner Street Auditorium even after his acquittal is to strongly imply that he was a guilty man. This is unfair, unconstitutional and un-American.

Gardner Street School should decide to once again display Michael Jackson's name on its auditorium not on the basis of a petition or a list of humanitarian achievements - but simply because it is the right thing to do. The continued censorship of Jackson's name on the auditorium is a blow against everything that America is supposed to stand for, and a gesture of support for malicious prosecution, abuse of power and the erosion of civil liberties.

In brief, to uncover Jackson's name would be a gesture of support for everything the American justice system stands for. To continue censoring Jackson's name would be a gesture of support for everything which is wrong with the American justice system.

It is up to the staff of Gardner Street School to decide which of these values they wish to instil in their students.

Charles Thomson

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/6gia1d

1367 days ago
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Mary Jackson    

Yes a Victory For Michael But It Is so Sad that Michael Is Not hear to See It God Bless You Michael I love You and You Will Live forever The School Was Very Wrong

1367 days ago
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Marie Claire Paul    

Regarding comment made by Get Real, there obviously wasn't any evidence to back up allegations against Michael, read the book by Aphrodite Jones who was at the trial and was originally against Michael but after sitting through the trial and witnessing for herself she had to admit that she had been wrong!At least she is willing to admit it and do something to correct the injustice!

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cARMEN CECILIA DE RIBBON VARGAS    

MICHAEL FOR EVER!!!

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wow    

That is greaat news!! We love you MJ. The legacy you will leave is much different than you anticipated. The love you gave to your fans will benefit the world forever through their love for you.

1367 days ago
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ifaliceknew    

So yay! we forget he did horrible things to kids because he is dead now. ~rolls eyes~ this is just sickening.

1367 days ago
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MJfan4ever    

Yuhhuu great news! Michael would be proud, I believe, that he is smiling in heaven!

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Marie Claire Paul    

Now that this is uncovered it must be time for Oprah Winfrey, who I admire by the way, to do on show on Michael and resurrect his name to the World before she finishes, hope she hasn't already as I live in NZ and we are way behind. I know she wasn't always the nicest about Michael but I'm sure she would like to put matters right.

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mymjj5    

Rot in hell you molester.
Posted at 10:26 AM on Oct 16, 2010 by Buster
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Elvis has been forgiven! Move on Buster!!

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