It seems that Michael Jackson's court appearance in Santa Maria on Friday was more restrained than the one in January.
Michael Jackson pleaded not guilty to the child molestation and conspiracy indictments.
The judge revealed that the grand jurors had expanded the charges originally filed by District Attorney Tom Sneddon in December. The charges now include allegations that Michael Jackson conspired to attempt child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion.
Michael Jackson avoided moonwalking on a SUV this time. Instead he thanked fans for their support, and then left.
The fans, possibly sensing that things are getting serious, were well behaved and supportive.
Jackson toned down his wardrobe for this court appearance. He wore a black velvet suit with a crest on the breast pocket, and a red armband on his right arm, complimented by a red tie.
If he is convicted, then Michael Jackson could face up to 30 years in jail.
Many of the charges have had to be sealed; as if placed in the public domain they would contaminate the jury pool.
The question is, how will it be possible to find a jury that has not already been "contaminated" one way or another by the media coverage.
The nature of the charges are such that others may also be charged.