Lawyer: Jackson theft accused will prove innocence

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LONDON (AP) ? A lawyer for two Michael Jackson fans accused of stealing unreleased music by the late King of Pop from Sony’s computers says the men are confident they can prove their innocence in court.

Karen Todner says James Marks and Jamie McCormick “are eager to point out to Michael Jackson’s fans and family that they would never do anything to harm the legacy that is Michael Jackson’s music.”

In a statement Wednesday, she also quoted Jackson: “Lies run sprints but the truth runs marathons.”

The two British men were arrested last year after Sony Music Entertainment noticed a breach of its systems.

Marks, 26, and McCormick, 25, pleaded not guilty last week at Leicester Crown Court in central England. They were freed on bail and are due to stand trial in January.