Judge Rodney Melville has told the prosecution and defence teams, in the forthcoming Michael Jackson trial, to refrain from using grubby tactics.
He warned them that the eyes of the world are upon them, no mistake there, and that the reputation of the United States justice system was at stake.
"Now it seems this case has heated up a little.."
"There is a lot of pressure on everybody to have a case with such public scrutiny...I want to take a minute to remind you all that the world is watching justice in the United States, and I expect you will all carry the burden of showing the world what a fine system we have..".
The trial is expected to last around 6 months; if convicted, Jackson could go to jail for 3-20 years.
Santa Maria is already under siege from hundreds of journalists, from around the world.
My sympathies to the citizens of this town.