Jackson case judge rules out tests on accuser

The judge in the child-molestation case against Michael Jackson today refused to order the star’s accuser and the boy’s family to undergo psychological examinations.

The judge in the child-molestation case against Michael Jackson today refused to order the star’s accuser and the boy’s family to undergo psychological examinations.

Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville ruled without hearing arguments in court in Santa Maria, California, and gave no reason for rejecting the request from Jackson’s side.

Lawyers could not comment on the decision because of a gagging order.

The judge did grant a defence request to release transcripts of the grand jury selection process as long as grand jurors’ names remained confidential. The defence has complained that prosecutors had too much sway over grand jurors.

The pop star is accused of molesting a boy and plying him with alcohol. His trial is set to begin on January 31.

Lawyers also argued in court over defence efforts to subpoena medical and banking records involving the accuser’s family. Prosecutors said the material was irrelevant.

“There are clearly records that are out of bounds, such as the gynaecological records of the victim’s sister or mother,” prosecutor Ron Zonen said.

He said the defence had also requested, among other things, 23 years of military records for the alleged victim’s stepfather.

Defence attorney Robert Sanger said of the gynaecological records: “There’s a very good reason for requesting those, and I don’t want to go into that right now.”

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