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District Attorney Tom Sneddon to Jackson:
District Attorney Tom Sneddon to Jackson: "Get over here and get checked in."

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LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) - On an obscure track from his 1995 double-CD album "HIStory Past, Present and Future, Book 1," Michael Jackson sings over and over: "Tom Sneddon is a cold man."

The subject of that little-known single, "D.S.," is none other than Thomas W. Sneddon Jr., the Santa Barbara County district attorney who headed a child sex abuse investigation of Jackson 10 years ago and brought a brand new case against the pop star this week.

Along with then-Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti, Sneddon spent several months in 1993 and 1994 probing allegations that Jackson molested a 13-year-old boy at his Neverland Ranch in central California.

During that case, Jackson was ordered to submit to having his genitals photographed. But the investigation was ultimately closed without charges ever being brought after the boy's family settled their civil suit against Jackson for a reported $15 million and declined to testify in the criminal case.

Asked during a news conference on Wednesday whether he felt Jackson "bought" his way out of criminal charges a decade ago, Sneddon replied, "I think there's a sense in the public that he did that."

But the prosecutor, whose hard-charging courtroom demeanor once earned him the nickname "Mad Dog" but is now known affectionately as "Snuffy," denied that he derived any personal satisfaction from Jackson's latest legal quandary.

"My feeling about this is I'm sad that there's another victim out there," he said. "I feel bad for the family. I feel bad for the victim. Beyond that, I think it's a sad thing for all the people involved in this thing."

Still, Jackson's bitterness over his initial confrontation with Sneddon was made clear in the lyrics to his 1995 song "D.S.," in which he sang: "They wanna get my a---/Dead or alive/You know he really tried to take me/Down by surprise."

According to the album's liner notes, the song's official refrain repeats the phrase, "Dom Sheldon is a cold man," but on the track itself, Jackson can be heard singing the actual lyrics, "Tom Sneddon is a cold man."

Indeed, a profile of Sneddon on the official Web site of the National District Attorneys Association mentions that "he's the only DA in the nation to have an angry song written about him by pop megastar Michael Jackson."

As for Jackson's own suggestion that the latest criminal investigation was somehow tied to the release of his new greatest-hits album, "Number Ones," Sneddon scoffed: "It really has nothing to do with his album or whatever else he is doing in his life."



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