"More bluntly; "if" (and that is a very large "if") both the above cited stories ARE correct - then I think MJ should have been strung up years ago."
The laws at the time could not force a victim to testify against their attacker. In this case, MJ paid out a settlement to the family (estimated at $20 million by some) and in return the family is not allowed to discuss anything about the case. Legally, the State of Califonia could do nothing to stop this.
I believe now that the laws have been re-written so that the State can compell a victim to testify. But even this is tricky. Imagine trying to prove a case with an uncooperative witness who might "forget" exactly how things happened.
I think that what this proves is not that the US court is inherently corrupt, but that there are faults within it. Money will buy you a lot, and in this case, it has allegedly bought MJ a reprieve from any court action. In this new case, the District Attorney claims they have a willingly witness who is going to see the case through. We'll see.
DJ's the man we love the most