February 11, 2005, (London, UK) – Michael Jackson is expected to be found guilty on four counts of lewd acts involving a minor, and four counts of administering an intoxicating agent, in his current trial against the State of California, according to public opinion on celebrity event betting site, www.AnyBets.com.
The international pool betting site has online pools covering the entire trial process from jury selection to conviction. The public have shown they are willing to put money where their mouth is and placed bets in all nine pools related to the Hollywood trial.
59% of the betting public believe that Michael Jackson will be found guilty of at least one of the charges brought against him – 32% have bet that he will be found guilty on all 10 charges, and 27% say at least one charge but not all charges. Wacko Jacko supporters stand to win £4.81 per £1 bet placed if he is found innocent. If there is a mistrial, the odds are a staggering £22.90 for every £1 bet.
Regarding the length of the trial, 52% believe it will take 16 to 20 days alone just to select the jury. The public also believes that it will take longer for the defence to present its case compared to the prosecution. 42% of bettors have said it will take the defence more than 14 days to present evidence and 56% bet it will take the prosecution 12 to 14 days to present theirs.
A spokesperson for www.AnyBets.com said, ‘The Michael Jackson pools have been extremely popular as the betting public enjoy getting involved in current and controversial issues by placing a wager in support of their opinion.
Our website appeals to a wide range of consumers and what is bet is often a reflection of their viewpoint. At the moment, the odds show a majority opinion that Michael Jackson is guilty.’
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