Tom Sneddon – the District Attorney who tried twice to nail Michael Jackson on child molestation charges – has died of cancer. He was 73.
Sneddon died Saturday at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, said Patrick McKinley, a retired assistant district attorney for Santa Barbara County.
Sneddon – who had been the D.A of Santa Barbara County for over 25 years – tried and famously lost the 2005 child molestation case against Jackson, who was accused of drugging and allegedly molesting his victim in his Neverland mansion while holding his family hostage.
10 years earlier, Sneddon had tried to prosecute Jackson for allegedly sexually molesting Jordan Chandler. The case was later proven to be based on lies by Jordan’s fame-hungry father Evan Chandler, but Jackson’s managers still coughed up $20 million to make the case go away. After the case was thrown out, Jackson released a diss track in his HIStory album where he sang, ‘Don Standdon is a cold man’ over and over (below).
Many people blame Sneddon for sending Michael Jackson to the downward spiral that ultimately led to his death, as the child molestation cases had a devastating effect on his psyche.
Sneddon is survived by his wife and nine children.