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Jackson Prosecution Wrapping Up

Michael Jackson's hair flies in the wind as he departs from the Santa Barbara County courthouse, Friday April 29, 2005, in Santa Maria, Calif., as court is adjourned for the day in his child molestation trial. (AP Photo/Justin Sullivan, Pool)
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Fresh off a week in court that featured testimony about books with pictures of nude boys, prosecutors in the Michael Jackson appeared close to the final stages of their case.

Most speculation centers now not on who District Attorney Tom Sneddon may call as his final witnesses, but whether the defense will call Jackson himself.

Sneddon said last week that the prosecution would rest its case against the pop singer Tuesday.

The prosecution's presentation has had lots of problems, reports CBS News Correspondent Steve Futterman. At times it has seemed disjointed. Last week, when the prosecution expected Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe to say that she was pressured to say nice things in a video interview about the pop star, she said just the opposite — that no one told her what to say.

"This should be the pinnacle of the prosecution case; it should never get better than it is right now, and it's not very good," CBSNews.com Legal Analyst Andrew Cohen said.

After the prosecution rests, the defense was expected to ask Judge Rodney S. Melville to dismiss the entire case for insufficient evidence.

"They need to tie Michael Jackson to the conspiracy. They haven't clearly tied him to that," said San Francisco attorney Michael Cardoza, a courtroom observer.

Jackson's attorneys will argue that the testimony so far has failed to substantiate the charges. Such motions rarely succeed.

Despite these problems, legal experts point out that this case involves a very emotional issue, child molestation, and if jurors believe Jackson is indeed a child molester, they may be willing to overlook any weaknesses in the prosecutions case.

On Friday, prosecutors presented two books found in Jackson's home that included pictures of nude boys.

Los Angeles police Detective Rosibel Smith, who found the books in a locked filing cabinet in Jackson's master bedroom during a 1993 search, testified that both books featured boys "playing, swimming, jumping."

One book included an inscription written by Jackson: "Look at the true spirit of happiness and joy in these boys' faces, this is the spirit of boyhood, a life I've never had and will always dream of. This is the life I want for my children."

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