The jury in the Michael Jackson trial were given their instructions on Wednesday.
Closing arguments will begin Thursday, and the jury will be given the case Friday.
Judge Melville listed the 10-count indictment against Jackson, which includes four counts of committing a lewd act on a minor. The indictment also alleges one count of an attempted lewd act, one count of conspiracy involving child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion, and four counts of administering alcohol for the purpose of committing a child molestation.
The judge told the jurors that they may consider a "lesser charge" of "furnishing alcohol to a minor," a misdemeanour. The instruction means the jury would not have to relate the alcohol to the purpose of molestation.
Judge Melville paused at one point to ask if the jurors were paying attention.
"You know I read to my wife at night so she'll go to sleep. Am I having that effect here?".
I like the judge, he has managed a difficult trial well and with dignity.