At last, a little bit of common sense appears to be being used in the Michael Jackson case.
Judge Rodney Melville has rejected the defence team's request for a hearing, in respect of former Sheriff Jim Thomas's remarks on an NBC programme. These remarks concerned the 1993 investigation into allegations of molestation, which Thomas as a Sheriff was involved in.
The defence argues that the comments on NBC breached the gag order.
However, Judge Melville rejected their argument; on the basis that Thomas was no longer a sheriff, and was not being used by any of the parties in the case when performing his role on NBC.
This may only be a small step towards freedom of expression, but at least it is a step in the right direction.