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Defense Rests

Defense rests without pop star taking the stand

Jurors hearing testimony in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial will have to decide the singer's fate without hearing his testimony.

Defense attorneys have rested their case without placing the defendant on the stand. That means prosecutors will get the chance to call their rebuttal witnesses before closing statements. Jurors could get the case as early as the middle of next week. Jackson is accused of molesting a teenage cancer patient at his Neverland Ranch.

Defense attorneys spent three weeks attempting to portray Jackson as the victim of a shakedown artist. They called several witnesses in an effort to depict his accuser's mother as an opportunist who made a living sponging off of celebrities.

Actor-comedian Chris Tucker, star of the "Rush Hour" movies, was the final defense witness. He told jurors he found the accuser to be unusually sophisticated and cunning for a 12-year-old. Tucker also said he became suspicious of the accuser's family.

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