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Got to Be There

Police took computers, videos from Neverland. A copy of the November search warrant reveals what authorities sought as evidence

Reporters were finally allowed to see a partial list of the items taken from Michael Jackson's home during a court-ordered search of Neverland on Nov. 18, two days before the singer's arrest on child molestation charges. According to the list -- much of which was whited out by the Santa Barbara County Court in order to protect the identity of Jackson's accuser and potential witnesses -- investigators seized computers, legal documents, videotapes, a note and a letter found on the Jackson's bedroom nightstand.

The court documents did not describe the content of what was taken. They did not name the magazines found (except for the financial publication The Robb Report) or elaborate on what investigators may have found in the computer files and papers they took. Of the 12 categories of items seized, 11 were redacted from the court papers.

Jackson complained recently that the raid left Neverland in such a state of disarray that he can no longer live there; since December, he's been renting a mansion in Beverly Hills. According to the documents, investigators used a locksmith to enter a locked bathroom, where they found a laptop inside a locked closet, a digital camera, and assorted papers. Authorities reportedly returned the seized computers to Neverland in December after copying their hard drives.

Jackson's lawyer, Mark Geragos, told reporters he hadn't seen the list of items seized but would be unable to comment on it anyway, according to the terms of the gag order the court has imposed on him. Jackson has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The next court date in the case is Feb. 13.

Originally posted Feb 03, 2004