It seems that the chat show host, Jay Leno, may have to stop making jokes about the Michael Jackson trial.
Leno was subpoenaed for Jackson's trial, and Judge Rodney Melville issued a gag order barring anyone involved in the case from discussing it outside court.
This means that Leno could be barred from making "Tonight Show" jokes about the trial.
However, he may be able to claim constitutional protection under the First amendment.
Jamin Raskin, a law professor at American University in Washington, is quoted as saying:
"The court, in order to avoid a Constitutional showdown, would try to draft a very carefully worded gag order that would allow him to make fair comment on the public aspects of the case,".
It is not clear as to whether Leno has changed his monologue's contents.
In a motion filed on behalf of Leno, attorneys said the court couldn't have intended the order to limit "public personalities" from commenting on the case.
It seems that applying the order to Leno would be "prior restraint in violation of the First Amendment and the California Constitution", the motion argues, and it asks the judge to clarify or lift it.