Friday, April 12, 2024

Michael Jackson Lawyer On How He Got a Great Deal for Joe Pesci’s Ex-Wife


Michael Jackson’s triumphant defense lawyer Thomas Mesereau is featured on NBC’s “Dateline” tonight. Maybe he’ll share some of his magic with the audience. Mesereau recently pulled off one of his better coups, managing to keep Joe Pesci’s ex wife from going to jail for the rest of her life. Claudia Haro was accused of trying to kill her ex husband (the one she had after Pesci), a stuntman named Garrett Warren. Someone shot Warren in the face after conspiring to kill him. Prosecutors decided it was Haro, who was in a highly contentious divorce and custody battle with Warren.

The government said that Haro had paid her brother to kill her ex. In the end, the brother–who had his own problems–went to prison for life. Haro got a mere 8 years in a settlement arrived at before the trial actually began, and had not had to make an admission of guilt. It was quite a coup for Mesereau, whose most famous case was the acquittal of Michael Jackson from child molestation and conspiracy back in 2005.  Pesci stood by his ex valiantly– letting her stay in his house during the trial, and — I am told by sources–paying for her defense.

Mesereau also continues to do amazing work in Alabama, where he works pro bono defending poor people accused of capital crimes but who are unable to get a fair defense.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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