It is reported that Judge Rodney Melville has given a verbal rebuke to Michael Jackson, for responding in public to child molestation allegations relating to an earlier case. This public response violates a gag order about the current child molestation case.
The issue centres on the 1993 child molestation case, where Jackson paid $23M to settle out of court.
Thomas Mesereau, Michael Jackson's lawyer, argues that the gag order is not relevant to an 11 year old case.
The issue here though, according to the judge, is whether evidence from the 1993 case will be used in the current child molestation case. Until that is decided, theoretically commenting on the 1993 case violates the gag on the current case.
Under these circumstances, the best thing that Jackson can do is keep his mouth shut; no matter how much he may wish to speak up.