Judge In Jackson Case Refuses To Unseal Transcript

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Judge In Jackson Case Refuses To Unseal Transcript Judge Exasperated With Challenge Of Handling Superstar’s Case POSTED: 10:06 am PDT June 25, 2004 UPDATED: 10:13 am PDT June 25, 2004 LOS ANGELES — The judge in the child molestation case against Michael Jackson rebuffed requests from a news media attorney Friday morning to “let the sun shine in” on secret documents. Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville in Santa Maria expressed exasperation with the challenge of handling the case of such a major superstar, indicating procedures must be different for such a celebrity. Media lawyer Theodore Boutrous Junior implored Melville to open 47 search warrants, grand jury transcripts and the entire grand jury transcript itself so that the public can know the exact charges against Jackson. Jackson has pleaded innocent to committing a lewd act upon a child, administering alcohol and conspiracy to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. Key sections of the indictment against the music superstar are blacked out. The names of five alleged co-conspirators remain secret, as do 28 specific acts the prosecution alleges in support of the charges. :nav Source: [url=http://www.nbc4.tv/entertainment/3461046/detail.html]http://www.nbc4.tv/entertainment/3461046/detail.html[/url]

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