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Jackson Jury Deliberations Resume

Michael Jackson leaves the courtroom on a break at Santa Barbara County Courthouse for the second day of closing arguments in his child molestation trial in Santa Maria, Calif., Frdiay, June 3, 2005. Jackson has appeared gaunt in recent days, and officials at Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital in Solvang disclosed Friday that he had visited the emergency room overnight.
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Jury deliberations resumed Monday morning, despite Michael Jackson's weekend visit to a hospital emergency room for what his spokeswoman described as a continuing back problem that flared up again.

Jackson was not in the courtroom when the jurors returned to work, reports CBS News Correspondent Steve Futterman. The presence of the pop star, accused of molesting a then-13-year-old boy, was not required. His Neverland ranch is about 35 minutes away.

The singer, who has complained of back trouble throughout his trial, left the Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital late Sunday to the screams of fans. He had arrived nearly six hours earlier.

"He told me that it had been bothering him all week, but based on all of the media frenzy that ensued before, he decided not to deal with it," the singer's spokeswoman, Raymone K. Bain, said Monday on .

After his hospital visit, Jackson returned to his Neverland ranch about 5 miles away to await the verdict with his family. Jurors received Jackson's case Friday afternoon and deliberated for about two hours before adjourning for the weekend.

Besides "excruciating pain," Jackson "feels betrayed by those that he trusted and was betrayed before a jury. But there's also a terrible sense of injustice," the Rev. Jesse Jackson told Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.

Bain said stress contributed to the entertainer's back problem Sunday.

"Michael is stressed. He's a bit nervous now, as anyone would be. He knows that his fate right now lies in the hand of 12 people," she said. "He has a strong faith in God and a strong faith in the justice system. But despite his faith, it is natural for him to be nervous right now."

"I don't think this hospitalization will affect jurors," says CBSNews.com Legal Analyst Andrew Cohen. "Even if they find out about it — which they shouldn't because they've been ordered to avoid all coverage of this trial — it doesn't have any relation to the charges. And I don't think it is going to generate any sympathy, either, if that's what Jackson intended."

"If it's a strategy, it is lousy. It doesn't score points with the jurors," said defense attorney Mickey Sherman on The Early Show.

"It's not true this is a sick man. This is an evil man," said former prosecutor Wendy Murphy on the same program.

However, Murphy said it's possible the jurors could decide that they believe both sides, that on one hand they believe he sexually molested a 13-year-old boy, but, on the other hand, they think that this family is a bunch of liars and grifters.

"Jurors like to feel morally good about their decisions. They want to be able to go to bed at night and look at themselves in the mirror in the morning," said Murphy. "They've got some reason to doubt what the prosecution's evidence was."

But the prosecution covered its bets, Murphy says, by charging Jackson with both child molestation and conspiracy. She describes that move as "brilliant," because the jury could convict him of child molestation, while discounting the charges by the mother of the accuser and acquitting Jackson of conspiracy.

Sherman doesn't expect the jurors to split their verdict.

"You can't separate it out. Biting into candy bar and finding maggots, you throw the whole candy bar out," Sherman said. "That's what the jury would do."

Sherman expects the jury to find Jackson not guilty on both conspiracy and molestation.

"Would you buy a used car from these folks? No. Then why would you buy the end of a man's life for this?" he asked.

Sherman and Murphy agreed, however, that it's unlikely the jury will return a verdict quickly, probably not before the end of the week.