Independence day seems as good a day as any, to remember the fundamental principles of the foundation of the USA; namely, freedom of speech and freedom of access to information.
Unfortunately it seems that Judge Rodney Melville, who is presiding over the pre trial hearings of the Michael Jackson case, has forgotten this.
It is reported that on Friday he sealed yet more information about the Michael Jackson case.
This time he has decided to seal a defence motion, that seeks dismissal of charges against Michael Jackson.
The request for sealing the motion came from Jackson's defence lawyer, Thomas Mesereau, who is reported to be of the opinion that the sealing was needed to ensure that Michael Jackson receives a fair trial.
This means that the citizens of the USA, and the onlookers from around the world, will not know on what grounds Jackson is challenging the indictment against him.
It seems that Theodore Boutros, the lawyer representing media organisations, will be mounting a challenge to this sealing order before the next hearing; which is scheduled to take place on the 9th of July.
As I have noted before the USA, in raising the level of secrecy in the Michael Jackson trial day by day, is becoming as secretive as its colonial cousins the Brits.
Happy Independence Day!