I think some of the posters may not have very recently reviewed the specific allegations. It's not true that if Jackson were actually guilty of the charges, he'd still be innocent of any actual wrongdoing. The charge is not that he had had consensual sex with someone who might or might not have been a minor. A few points:
1) Someone who is 15 years today was probably not 15 years old two years ago. He was probably more like 13 years old two years ago.
2) The testimony is that Jackson engaged in carefully manipulative seduction and imposing of himself on the child. These included several counts of "administering an intoxicating agent to assist in the commission of a felony."
3) Even if there are legitimate borderline cases in what constitutes sexual abuse of children, are we to argue that acts which are clearly within the border are not sexual predation either?
4) Jackson's public conduct is consistent with that of someone who is seeking to befriend and seduce young boys. Yes, he's Weird. We don't indict people because they're Weird, but neither do we exonerate them for that reason.
The notorious 2003 TV special in which Jackson admitted he shared his bed with boys (except when, for some reason as the camera was rolling, he felt obliged to stipulate that in the instance under discussion he had "slept on the floor") was either a brash or unintentional revelation on Jackson's part. That's why the special caused such an uproar and why Jackson himself was so upset about it. How unfair of the interviewer to actually use that inadvertently supplied video, with the boy sliding into the crook of Jackson's arm and reporting that Jackson was telling him "look if you love me you'll sleep in the bed"--and with no disputing of the boy's recollection by Jackson but for the proviso that Jackson had camped on the floor.
So, Jackson sleeps on the floor as the boy-guest sleeps in the bed, except that "sharing your bed with someone is the most loving thing you can do."
Meantime, during all those years since the original case with similar allegations against Jackson was dropped (after a multi-million-dollar payoff), the mothers who let Jackson sleep with their kids must have had some inkling of the nature of the star's interest. But he was so nice, and such a celebrity. "We trusted him!" If it were your not-so-famous fat uncle constantly inviting nephews over for sleepovers, and charges of this nature were to surface, there would be a lot less Bambi-like dubiety about the propriety of the uncle's conduct--or of the mothers'.
The matter of deciding guilt in the particular case is partly a he said/he said judgment, and jury members had to make their own assessments of the plausibility of various testimony in consideration of the credibility of all parties, as well as other relevant evidence. Obviously. And there were plenty of muddying factors adduced about the motives of the accusing family in the present case. The jury did seem to spend some time deliberating, at least.
But the charges themselves are not fuzzy. And it should not be arguable, either, whether children are inherently more vulnerable to the manipulation of adults, and to the costs of that manipulation, than are adults, including the manipulations entailed by sexual abuse; and whether they are entitled to protections that we don't normally accord to adults. (Unlike some, though, I don't agree that this protection extends to the consequences of committing such an act as murder, as if being a kid could somehow constitute a blanket immunity no matter how patently obvious to anyone the wrong committed may be. Kid thugs are very well aware of the get-out-of-jail-early-or-free card that juvenile sentencing can afford them.)
Race? I had forgotten that Jackson was born a Chinaman. The verdict is cheered because he's a celebrity, embraced as a personal friend by many who never met him yet "know" he's innocent; not because of his race. The Jackson partisans camping out in front of the court--including the guy who flew in from Scotland, twice, for the privilege--were not exhilarated because a man of indeterminate hue was off the hook, but because superstar Michael was off the hook--the celebrity whose shadow filled their own lives with meaning, and when would he like to meet little Billy?