The recent leaks of confidential information in the Michael Jackson case, are being investigated by the Santa Barbara sheriff's department.
The sheriff's office has posted a message on its website, denying that it had released confidential material to the media. It also stated that an investigation had been launched, to determine who might be responsible.
The leaking of the materials is being treated as a crime, as the materials are covered by Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville's gag order over the case.
"Recently there has been a noticeable increase in the release to the public of highly confidential transcripts, investigative reports, and documents about the Michael Jackson case...".
"We consider the release of these materials to be a violation of the law. Some media commentators have alleged that we are responsible for these leaks. We are not. These accusations are irresponsible, unfounded and untrue."