The judge in the Michael Jackson case has delayed his ruling, on whether past accusations of sexual impropriety should be admitted to the forthcoming trial.
The prosecution team want them admitted, in order to establish a pattern of behaviour; whilst the defence team don't want them admitted, as they are in their view unreliable.
The judge said:
"The reason I feel strongly about this is because of one bad experience I've had as a judge when I allowed evidence of this type to come in and did not require the prosecution to put on the (current) evidence first...I need to have a full understanding on what this case is about . . . before I rule on the other one...".
The judge wants the prosecution to prove their charges against Jackson, before the old allegations can be used.
The next pre-trial hearing will be on January 21st.