The singer may face court earlier than expected...
MICHAEL JACKSON’s trial date has been provisionally set for September.
According to the Associated Press, the judge in charge of the child-molestation case set a tentative trail date of September 13 in court yesterday (May 28).
Although Jackson had not been expected to stand trial until 2005, Superior Court Judge Rodney S Melville said that while he understood that the date might change, he wanted to set “a bull’s eye that we’re shooting at here.”
Jackson’s defence attorneys also requested the singer’s $3million bail be reduced, insisting he is not a flight risk – a request which the judge did not immediately rule out.
Defence attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr argued that his client’s charitable contributions and lack of a criminal record meant that the bail sum – based on precedent – should be around $435,000.
Opposing the request, Deputy District Attormey Ron Zoren argued that a reduction in bail would increase the risk of Jackson fleeing the country, and that the figure was “roughly comparable to what he would spend in a weekend in Las Vegas.”
Jackson himself was not present at the California hearing.