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Jurors Get Neverland Video Tour

Michael Jackson leaves courthouse Thursday
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In a victory for Michael Jackson's defense, jurors in his child molestation case were allowed to see a video tour of the singer's Neverland ranch that a prosecutor condemned as propaganda.

Jurors on Thursday saw idyllic scenes of amusement park rides, cheerful workers, zoo animals, blooming flowers and statues of boys and girls at play.

One of the scenes shows a chalkboard, reports CBS News Correspondent Steve Futterman, and on the chalkboard is written 'I love daddy,' apparently written there by one of Jackson's children. Also prominently displayed in the video are two paintings featuring Jackson in almost a savior-like pose, surrounded by children.

The video also showed numerous clocks, apparently countering testimony by family members of Jackson's accuser that they were unable to keep track of time while allegedly being held captive at the ranch.

Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville permitted the viewing over the vehement opposition of District Attorney Tom Sneddon.

Sneddon said the tape, made this year, showed a ranch that was somewhat different from its state on February and March 2003, when the accuser's family allegedly was held captive.

Sneddon, calling the video "propaganda," argued that it was designed to make Jackson look good.

Jackson, 46, is accused of molesting a boy and plying him with wine. He also is accused of conspiring to hold the boy's family captive. Prosecutors said he wanted them to rebut a TV documentary in which Jackson said he let children sleep in his bed, although he contended it was non-sexual.

On Friday, former Jackson attorney Mark Geragos was expected to return to the stand. Geragos testified last week that he once ordered surveillance of the accuser's family because he believed they were plotting to extort money from Jackson.

However, before Geragos testifies the judge must solve a dispute involving Jackson's waiver of his attorney-client privilege.

The Jackson defense team didn't get its way with another witness: Melville ruled that planned testimony by talk show host Larry King would be irrelevant.

King was going to testify that the lawyer for Jackson's accuser, Larry Feldman, told him he didn't believe the sex abuse allegations, called the accuser's mother "a wacko" and said he thought she was in it just for the money, reports CBS News Correspondent Vince Gonzales.

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