SANTA MARÍA, California: In a riveting episode of courtroom drama, the mother of Michael Jackson’s accuser sobbed, snapped her fingers, affected a German accent, implored jurors not to judge her and exclaimed: “I’ve waited two years for this!”

If Jackson’s child molestation trial were being televised, some might have scoffed that she was playing to the cameras. But there are no cameras inside this trial, which is shaping up as one of the wildest in California’s colorful history of jurisprudence.

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