Dr. Firpo W. Carr

Mesereau Mulls Murray

But what about Sony & AEG? (Part 4 of 4) By way of reminder, the following is a portion of an exclusive interview I conducted with Thomas A. Mesereau, Jr.–the lead attorney who successfully represented Michael Joseph Jackson during his bogus child molestation trial–of the law firm of Mesereau & Yu. Due to overwhelming interest in this interview, it will go beyond the planned four-part series in the weeks to come. Carr: Do you think Conrad Murray murdered Michael? Mesereau: Michael was about to embark on the biggest comeback in the history of entertainment, and I think Conrad Murray was

Michael Meets Mesereau (Part 1 of 4)

Exploring the trails to the trials On Tues-day, August 16, 2011, I sat down and interviewed Thomas A. Mesereau, Jr., the famed lead attorney for Michael Joseph Jackson during the child molestation trial in 2005. He is partner in the law firm of Mesereau and Yu. It was only the second time I’d seen Tom since the trial ended with Michael being rightfully acquitted on all charges, in large part due to the brilliance of “T-Mez” (as some of Michael’s faithful fans affectionately call Mr. Mesereau). It was a very revealing interview-the result of which will be laid out in

Heal the World

  Why is it wicked in the first place? Having endured the bogus trial of Michael Joseph Jackson until its culmination some six years ago (has it been that long?), and bracing for the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray several weeks from now, court cases loom prominently in the minds of loyal Jackson fans around the world. This is the very world that Michael wanted to heal. But, why is it in need of healing in the first place? It has to do with an ongoing court case that’s 6,000 years old! Cause of Action: The universal issue appears to

Is Michael Really Dead?

Would he purposefully deceive? There are a number of sincerely devoted fans of Michael Joseph Jackson who believes the Moonwalker is still walking around on earth. They believe the King of Pop is going to pop up with a comeback concert the likes of which the world has never seen before. But would the Gloved One hold the world in such suspense? Would he deceive the devoted in such a manner? All Deception Not Bad: While some things are Really, Really Bad, this is not always the case with deception. Granted, one dictionary says to “deceive” means to cause someone

The Gloved One & White Gangs?

Putting the Crips & Bloods to Shame! In his Bad video (1987) Michael Joseph Jackson featured rival street gangs. And having lived in Los Angeles, he was quite familiar with the Crips and Bloods–two rival African American gangs. Even in his Black Or White video (1991) he spoke of a “turf war on a global scale.” But he never went into detail as to the differences and similarities between rival European “gangs”–the Protestants and Catholics of Northern Ireland–and rival African American gangs–the Crips and Bloods. Note these quotes from one college textbook. “Cycle of Violence”: “By the end of the

The Jackson Journal

The most popular ever No, Michael Joseph Jackson hasn’t left a secret tell-all journal with me. True, he told me some secrets; but he didn’t leave a journal (at least not with me!) He did, however, have a favorite journal that is an internationally famous magazine. And while he thoroughly enjoyed the likes of Ebony, Essence, Jet, Black Enterprise, and other magazines of varying genres, one of his favorites was a magazine now published in a staggering 188 languages, with a phenomenal printing of over 42 million copies per issue. Yes, until the day he died Michael enjoyed reading The

The King of Pop & “Carmageddon”

Is mankind being driven to “the end”? In case you haven’t heard, before the name “Carmageddon” was associated with Los Angeles’ infamous “4-or-5-hour freeway”–officially known as the 405 freeway–it Carmageddon the video game released in 1997 was “the first of a series of graphically violent vehicular combat video games,” and “was inspired by the 1975 cult classic movie Death Race 2000,” so says Wikipedia. And as much as you and I may love and respect the Supercool King of Pop–the inimitable Moonwalker; that ever glowing Gloved One–it is a little-known fact that he was a terrible driver. For those around

MJ & the “faithful slave” (Part 4 of 4)

When slaves become kings As stated in Part 1, “The Governing Body represents a small group of Witnesses slated for heaven who, along with the Body, comprises the composite ‘faithful and discreet slave’ (or ‘slave class’) of one of Jesus’ parables. (Matthew 24:45, NWT)” Interestingly, Witnesses of all races with heavenly expectations accept the Bible’s characterization of them as “slaves” of God and Christ. (Romans 6:22; 7:14; Philippians 1:1) But, Paul wrote that anointed Christians with heavenly hopes who were slaves under the Roman system should “take advantage of the opportunity” to be free. (1 Corinthians 7:21, International Standard Version)

The Gloved One Gives a Grade (Part 3 of 4)

What did he think of the Governing Body? Michael Joseph Jackson was not shy about saying how he felt about leaders among Jehovah’s Witnesses. All one has to do is read the chapter, “Jehovah’s Witnesses Years and Religion” in the book The Michael Jackson Tapes (2009) by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. Some of the subheadings in the chapter are quite intriguing: “Did Michael See Himself as God’s Chosen? Did He Have Special Healing Powers?,” “Racism, Religion, and Anti-Semitism,” “Feeling Godlike, Connecting to the Divine,” and, “Rejection by the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church.” Given all these subheadings, the Gloved One only spoke specifically

Was the Gloved One Inspired of God? (Part 2 of 4)

Did he think the Governing Body was? Was Michael Joseph Jackson inspired by God? If by “inspired” you mean like Bible writers, absolutely not. He’d tell you that himself if he were here. Was he inspired by life to give the world a brightness it sorely lacked? Most definitely! Did the Gloved One think the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses was inspired in the same way as ancient writers of the Bible were? Certainly not! In fact, he felt that the message found in Witness literature (or any literature claiming to reflect the teachings of the Bible), should be measured

Was Michael Jackson “Spirit-Directed”?

Struggling with Scripture (Part 1 of 4) As angelically beautiful as Michael Joseph Jackson was in doing all he did in behalf people of all races everywhere, he would’ve been the first tell you he wasn’t a messianic figure with special inspiration from God. There are millions of fans, however, who would respectfully disagree with the out-of-this-world Moonwalker. Whatever the case, “God is not unrighteous so as to forget your work and the love you showed for his name.” (Hebrews 6:10, New World Translation) But MJ struggled with how the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses sees itself. While it states

The Cult of Michael Jackson

When admiration becomes adulation You will not find any performer in the history of entertainment that loved his or her fans more than Michael Joseph Jackson loved his. But what if he was worshipped in return? Consider this ancient incident: What Would Michael Do?: “A man who was born lame was in Lystra. He was always sitting because he had never been able to walk. He listened to what Paul was saying. Paul observed him closely and saw that the man believed he could be made well. So Paul said in a loud voice, ‘Stand up.’ The man jumped up

The Jackson Jinx

When coreligionists criticize When Michael Joseph Jackson was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses he received severe criticism from some fellow Witnesses. Sadly, such unwarranted disparagement hurt him deeply. (Compare Ro 14:4) Michael’s relatives who were also associated with the Witnesses likewise had to endure what was sometimes scathing censure. Well, given my history with the Jacksons, it should not be surprising that sharp criticism would continue in my direction.  No, the Witnesses don’t believe that someone, something, or some event can be “jinxed.” However, non-Witnesses may certainly call what happened next “The Jackson Jinx.” On April 14, at 5:02 p.m. I

Jackson on Jesus

The Last Supper: A Celebration Michael Joseph Jackson considered the commemoration of the Last Supper as the most important holiday ever. Here’s how it all went down: Jesus Prepares for the Passover: “On the first day of the festival of unfermented cakes the disciples approached Jesus, asking: ‘What place do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?’ He answered: ‘Go into the city, to the home of the designated man and tell him The Teacher says, “My date with death is near; as prearranged, I’ll celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your place, just as

The King of Pop & Perfume?

Liz Taylor transitions Legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor, who was a very close friend of Michael Joseph Jackson, transitioned last week at age 79. “Gorgeous Liz Taylor last performed as an actress approximately 10 years ago,” says one Internet source, “but she created a line of fragrances that will leave her scent lingering for many, many years to come.” Have many savored her scents? “White Diamonds is one of her signature scents that is still a best seller, and together with her other brands Passion and Passion for Men, in 2010, brought in about $69 million retail, globally.” Among the stellar