Do We Have a Date? Er...., Probably Not
Judge Rodney Melville, presiding over yesterday's hearing in respect of Michael Jackson's trial, has set the 13th of September as the date for the trial to start.
However, before you all rush off to write this in your diaries, not everyone is happy with this. Indeed the judge himself suggested that this was in fact something to aim at, rather than something fixed in stone.
There is every possibility, given the strenuous efforts of the defence to slow things down, that this date will be rolled back.
The judge also slapped the wrists of the media, for not taking his sealing orders as seriously as he wished. It seems that there will be some written guidelines issued to clarify the situation.
With regard to the question of the $3M bail, Judge Melville has postponed a decision. Defence and prosecution took the opportunity to have a dig at each other over this issue. The prosecution noted that this would be what Jackson would spend in a weekend at Las Vegas; is this true?
If so, then we are all in the wrong jobs!