Today will see something of a media scrum in the town of Santa Barbara. Michael Jackson will be coming to town, to see his nemesis Tom Sneddon take the witness stand in a pre trial hearing.
In addition to Michael, various members of his family will turn up. Daddy Jackson Joe, his wife and some of Michael's brothers and sisters will also come to court.
It had been originally assumed that Michael would not appear in court, until his actual trial commences in January. However, it seems that the prospect of watching Sneddon being grilled was too tempting to resist.
Chris Pappas, the Santa Barbara police dept spokesman has reportedly said that they are ready for all contingencies.
My sympathies go to the people of Santa Barbara, who doubtless will feel that they are under siege today.