Did you know that for a brief moment in time, you — and me, and all our fellow U.S. citizens — were the proud owners of one of Michael Jackson's sequined gloves?! For real! We got it off this African dictator guy's son, and it was all like, Aw man, this is the coolest thing ever!
But then some jerkass activist judge in California — ninth circuit, of course! — made us give it back…
In October, the Obama administration took hold of some $71 million in seized assets from the son of an African dictator. Among the yachts, cars, jets and a $30 million mansion in Malibu, the items included $1.8 million worth of Jackson memorabilia, attained when Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, son of the president of Equatorial Guinea, went on a celebrity memorabilia splurge inside the U.S.
But Nguema hasn't been charged with any crime in his homeland, nor has he been convicted of any crime in the U.S., so a California federal court has looked unfavorably on the U.S. government's attempts to moonwalk away with the items…
Nguema moved to the U.S. in 1991 to attend Pepperdine University and, according to the government, his expenses at the time were paid for by a U.S. oil company operating in his country. The emigrant had enormous wealth, though, so he spread it around, moving assets in and out of the country. In 2010, after Jackson died, Nguema is said to have acquired a treasure trove of Jackson memorabilia, including one of the singer's famous gloves.
I didn't even get a chance to try it on! Not once?! Did you?!
Gah! This is so unfair!
Tags: Equatorial Guinea, Judiciary, Michael Jackson, Music, Obama Administration