Michael Jackson's Trials

Michael Jackson's Trials


The Ongoing Trials of The Late Michael Jackson

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

The Veil of Secrecy

With less than 30 days to go until the start of Michael Jackson's trial, the gag order remains robustly in place.

The court released rulings and documents yesterday, all with significant levels of Nixonesque deletions and "black censor marks".

The only written order, by Judge Rodney Melville, released in detail was the decision to deny the defence motion to suppress evidence seized from the office of Jackson's personal assistant.

One of the censored documents, released by the judge, was the prosecution report on a search of Jackson's Neverland ranch that took place on November 18 2003.

The document included a statement, that investigators had received information from a confidential informant. The informant apparently told them that Jackson had told the informant something, how very helpful!

However, whatever that was had been blacked out in the released documents.

All clear?

The next pretrial hearing is scheduled for January 12.