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Camps Await Jackson Verdict

Pop star Michael Jackson leaves Santa Barbara County Superior Court in Santa Maria, Calif., Thursday, June 2, 2005. The jury deciding his fate returned to deliberations in the child molestation case Monday, June 6, 2005, after a weekend that saw the pop star make another trip to the hospital. The singer did not need to be at court during deliberations.(AP Photo/Joshua Gates Weisberg,pool)
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Jurors in Michael Jackson's child molestation trial ended their first full day of deliberations without reaching a verdict as hundreds of fans and reporters gathered outside the courthouse.

With ten different charges to consider, the lack of a verdict is no surprise, reports CBS News Correspondent Steve Futterman. The jurors did send one note to the judge with a question, but the question was not revealed. In two days of deliberations, the eight women and four men have met for around 8 hours.

"I never thought we would get a quick verdict in less than, say, 20 hours of deliberations," says CBSNews.com Legal Analyst Andrew Cohen. However, he does expect a verdict by the end of the week.

The jury got the case late last week, and deliberations were to resume Tuesday.

Jackson supporters on Monday held signs declaring "Only love. No crime. He's innocent. Leave him alone," "We shall overcome" and "Peter Pan rules." One woman was spotted with a sign showing Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., and Jackson.

News organizations protested the judge's decision not to reveal the question the jury asked.

Media pool coordinator Peter Shaplen said Judge Rodney S. Melville met with lawyers in his chambers to discuss the question and how it would be answered, but Melville did not plan to reveal to the public any details.

The procedure was considered unusual. Normally, questions from the jury are a public record since they are submitted in writing by the jury foreperson.

An attorney for news organizations including CBS News filed motions seeking a transcript of Monday's closed proceedings, immediate access to any questions from the jury, and to any proceedings concerning those questions.

Jackson, 46, is accused of molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor in 2003, plying him with wine and conspiring to hold his family captive to get them to rebut a damaging TV documentary about the entertainer. If convicted on the molestation counts, Jackson could get several years in prison.

The singer's fans were outnumbered Monday by an international throng of reporters, photographers and TV crews anticipating any hint of development in the high-profile case.

Jackson himself stayed away from the courthouse Monday, but his father Joe and his brother Randy did show up, as did the Rev. Jesse Jackson, no relation, but a close friend of the pop star. The civil rights leader said that Michael Jackson was emotionally strong despite a recurring back problem that sent him to an emergency room over the weekend.

Jackson expects to be acquitted "if the jury uses reasonable doubt," the reverend said.