As was made clear in a recent rape trial involving a certain influential banker and a maid, it's hard to judge someone as fairly as the US legal system would like us to. Especially if you're shady. We probably won't believe your defense if we question your character or integrity.
But Michael Jackson, he gets special rules because he's really famous. And dead.
See, in the upcoming manslaughter trial, starring Dr Conrad Murray, many aspects of Jackson’s dark past won’t be taken into account. That's totally fine, right?