Aficionados of Gilbert and Sullivan will doubtless be familiar with the song "I have a little list", from The Mikado.
It seems that Michael Jackson's defence team are seeking to emulate that song, by compiling their own list.
It is reported that they have requested that the names of the confidential prosecutorial informants be handed over to them. They wish to question them, to try to debunk charges against Jackson.
One of the informers apparently told the prosecution team that Jackson wanted to be like the "fog", untraceable.
In the motion, released on Friday, the defence argue that the informants are witnesses whose testimony might exonerate the singer. They also argue that, without the defence knowing the names of the informants, Jackson's right to a fair trial would be compromised.