The first phase of jury selection in the Michael Jackson child-molestation trial was wrapped a day early, with Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville taking just a day and a half to find a pool of approximately 250 jurors willing to serve.
After calling an end to the process at noon on Tuesday, Judge Melville adjourned court until next Monday, when the prosecution and Jackson's defense team will begin questioning the potential jurors, according to Reuters. "I think we have enough [potential] jurors," Melville told the attorneys in the case.
At the end of the process, Melville must swear in 12 jurors and eight alternates to hear the evidence against Jackson, accused of molesting a teenage cancer patient at his Neverland ranch. The process could take up to a month, according to legal experts.
On Tuesday, Jackson was again silent during the proceedings, switching from the white suit he wore during his first day in court (see "Jury Selection Begins In Michael Jackson's Molestation Trial") to a black suit with a white vest. Jackson's accuser and his family are expected to testify in the case, but it is still unclear if the 46-year-old pop singer will take the stand in his defense.
While the judge has kept a tight lid on statements from the defense and prosecution in the case, he did allow Jackson to film an interview with FOX News Channel's Geraldo Rivera, which is reportedly slated to air on Saturday at 10 p.m. In the interview, Jackson reportedly speaks about the trial, sister Janet's wardrobe mishap at last year's Super Bowl and the future of his career.
For full coverage of the Michael Jackson case, see "Michael Jackson Accused."