Pressure to Unseal Increases
There is a build up of pressure to unseal the transcripts of the 13 days of testimonies relating to the indictment of Michael Jackson.
This pressure is coming from Attorney Theodore Boutrous Jr., acting on behalf of the media. He argued on Tuesday that there is no justification for keeping a grand jury indictment under seal.
He is reported to be of the opinion that indictments have always been open to the public.
One key piece of information, from the media's perspective, that is still under seal is the name(s) of the alleged indicted/unindicted co-conspirator(s).
There is a good reason given for the sealing of these details, namely; to protect the identity of the minor, who is accusing Michael Jackson of molestation.
However, it seems that according to Boutrous the minor's identity is already well known.
As to the risk of contaminating jurors, Boutrous is arguing that careful questioning will ensure that only those with minimum contamination are selected.
The next hearing for Michael Jackson is scheduled for the 28th of May.