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Journalist Fights Call To Testify

Journalist in documentary fights call to testify in Jackson case

The TV journalist who taped Michael Jackson admitting he sleeps in the same room as young boys is now fighting to keep from testifying in the pop star's molestation trial.

Martin Bashir has been summoned by prosecutors who hope he can shed light about other things Jackson may have said that weren't included in Bashir's documentary that aired on ABC. Bashir is citing California's shield law, protecting journalists from testifying about observations made while reporting a story.

Meanwhile, another issue before the judge is the testimony of child witnesses. A court order indicates that prosecutors are requesting the testimony be conducted in private. Jackson's trial is scheduled to start January 31st. He's pleading innocent to charges he gave alcohol to a boy and molested him.

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