Friday has dawned, and offers the world's media another opportunity to feast itself on the shenanigans in Santa Maria; as the prosecution, defence and media lawyers in the Michael Jackson case fight it out in court.
Today, Michael Jackson is not expected to turn up; but his team will "bat hard" on his behalf, they have called the charges "flimsy, ridiculous, bogus and malicious".
Despite the crowd pulling presence of Michael Jackson, there are a number of "big issues" on the agenda.
Topics under discussion include the possible reduction of his bail, and lifting of a veil of secrecy surrounding the charges against him.
The defence team wants the $3M bail reduced; saying it is excessive, and violates Santa Barbara County standards for bail on child molestation and conspiracy charges. The bail, according to Tom Mesereau, discriminates against Michael's wealth. Additionally, it seems that Jackson may need the money to run his business.
The prosecution, meanwhile, fears that a lower bail will allow to Jackson to consider doing a "moonlight flit". I have to say, I don't really see him (Jackson) enjoying leaving the self indulgent affluence of California; and "slumming it" in Africa or Europe.
Meanwhile, not wishing to be left out of the action, the media have hired its own band of "legal eagles" to push for the unsealing of the grand jury indictment.
Other issues will be raised including:
- Access to around 400 items seized by prosecutors
- The ongoing seal on the motion accusing someone in the case of contempt of court
- Setting a date for the trial (that is kind of important surely?)