Judge Rodney Melville, who is presiding over the pre trial hearings in the Michael Jackson child molestation case, has decided that the original trial date of 13 September which he himself set is far too soon.
In view of the evidence that needs to be examined, he has put the trial date back to 31 January 2005.
During yesterday's hearing, in which the judge postponed the trial; deputy District Attorney Gordon Auchincloss, for the prosecution, pointed out that Neverland was designed to "entice and attack children".
The allegations of false imprisonment, abuse and the plying of children with alcohol were robustly refuted by Thomas Mesereau; who demanded the dismissal of all of the charges.
At this rate, they will have worn themselves out long before the start of the trial.