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D.A. Says Jacko's A Flight Risk

D.A.: Singer could flee to countries without extradition treaties

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D.A. Says Jacko's A Flight Risk

MAY 24--Claiming that Michael Jackson is a flight risk, California prosecutors are opposing the singer's request to reduce his $3 million bail. In a new motion, a copy of which you'll find below, Santa Barbara District Attorney Tom Sneddon contends that Jackson is "a man whose life style to date would not have prepared him to adapt readily to a prison environment and routine, and whose physical stature will present its own problems for him in making the necessary adjustments." As such, "The temptation to flee must surely be strong for an individual in defendant's circumstances." The government filing notes that the King of Pop is "adored...in many of the countries of Europe, the Near East and Africa," and that several of these locales "do not have extradition treaties with the United States." Indeed, life as a "wealthy absconder" in a dump like Pyongyang would be preferable to a lengthy perch in Pelican Bay. (7 pages)