Michael Jackson’s legal team is undergoing a shakeup just days before the defense is expected to start presenting its case to jurors in the pop star’s trial on child molestation charges.
Brian Oxman is no longer representing Jackson, according to a notice filed Monday in Santa Barbara County Superior Court. The document did not give a reason for Oxman’s departure
Oxman, a longtime legal representative for the Jackson family, attended court Monday but did not take his usual seat at the defense table. Instead, he sat in the first row of the gallery, a space usually reserved for the entertainer’s family.
After court ended for the day, cameras captured Oxman having an animated conversation with lead defense attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. outside the Santa Maria courthouse.
Mesereau gestured and pointed his finger at an apparently angry Oxman, but the content of their conversation was not known.
On March 23, Oxman was hauled out of the courtroom on a gurney and hospitalized for pneumonia, stemming from a bout of flu. However, he recovered and returned to the case.
Oxman’s departure is the latest in a string of changes in Jackson’s defense team since he was arrested in November 2003.