The Circus is Coming to Town
Just hours to go, as I write this, until Michael Jackson appears in court; in respect of the charges brought against him for child molestation.
The details of the grand jury indictment will be made public for the first time. It is possible that they may add to, or remove, some of the original charges.
The Santa Maria Police Department, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department and Santa Barbara Superior Court are going to erect almost 1000 feet of fencing and barricades to control the crowds; which are expected to be huge (up to 2500).
Fans will be bused in from Los Angeles, starting at 4:00AM; they are being charged $20 per ticket.
It is hoped, by the local law enforcement officials, that Michael Jackson does not repeat his January court appearance antics; whereby he climbed on to of an SUV and a did a "moonwalk".
There still seems to be some confusion as to who precisely will be guarding Michael Jackson; it is understood that he has sacked the Nation of Islam, who provided his guard during January's court appearance.
The cost of the appearance this Friday, to Santa Barbara County, is expected to be around $150K on top of the $273K already spent.
I am sure that the people of Santa Maria must be thoroughly fed up with the entire spectacle.