Yesterday Judge Rodney Melville ruled that the trial of Michael Jackson would go ahead, despite attempts by the defence to have the charges dropped.
The judge ruled that there was enough evidence to proceed with the trial. He warned both sides that he would not tolerate any delay to the start of the trial.
It starts on 31 January 2005; no arguments, no delays!.
Some light was shed on the nature of the charges against Jackson, even though there is a gagging order in place.
The indictment alleges that Jackson convinced the boy, who accuses him of molestation, and his family to attend a press conference in Miami; this never took place.
When they arrived in Miami, Jackson allegedly advised them to cooperate with the making of a rebuttal video that was shown on the BBC. They were advised this was to ensure their own safety, it is claimed.
Conspiracy to kidnap charges arise from Jackson allegedly flying them to Neverland, and holding them against their will. He also, allegedly, put their goods into storage ahead of a planned trip to Brazil.
Judge Melville noted that "These circumstances would support the view that the crimes were committed...".
The judge also allowed evidence taken from nNverland to be used in the trial.
The next hearing is scheduled for 4 November, when the judge will decide as to whether the prosecutor should be disbarred from the case.