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December 24, 2003 | William Overend, Times Staff Writer
A Santa Barbara Superior Court judge known for his soft-spoken style and his pioneering work to establish drug courts throughout the state has been selected to preside over the Michael Jackson child molestation case. Judge Rodney S. Melville, 62, one of 10 judges assigned to the Santa Maria courthouse where Jackson's case will be tried, is also known as a skilled horseman.
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January 30, 2005 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Starting with jury selection tomorrow, Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville could become known from Santa Maria to Shanghai. His rulings in the Michael Jackson child-molestation case will be debated in saloons and salons. At 63, Melville stands to become as instantly famous as Lance Ito, the Los Angeles judge who was at the helm of the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial in 1995.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2005 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Starting with jury selection tomorrow, Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville could become known from Santa Maria to Shanghai. His rulings in the Michael Jackson child-molestation case will be debated in saloons and salons. At 63, Melville stands to become as instantly famous as Lance Ito, the Los Angeles judge who was at the helm of the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial in 1995.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2003 | William Overend, Times Staff Writer
A Santa Barbara Superior Court judge known for his soft-spoken style and his pioneering work to establish drug courts throughout the state has been selected to preside over the Michael Jackson child molestation case. Judge Rodney S. Melville, 62, one of 10 judges assigned to the Santa Maria courthouse where Jackson's case will be tried, is also known as a skilled horseman.
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February 8, 2005 | From Wire Service Reports
Jury selection for Michael Jackson's child molestation trial was postponed for a week on Monday because of a death in the family of the pop star's lead defense attorney. Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville rescheduled questioning of prospective jurors for Feb. 14. The court had canceled Monday's scheduled questioning late Friday, saying that a sister of attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. was gravely ill. Another defense attorney, Brian Oxman, said Mesereau's sister had died.
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June 1, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The judge in the Michael Jackson child-molestation trial said Tuesday that he expects jurors to begin deliberations Friday, following what could be two days of closing arguments. Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville said he intends to read jurors instructions today on how to apply the law in deciding whether to convict Jackson of 10 felony charges.
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June 15, 2004 | From Associated Press
A judge has refused to lower Michael Jackson's $3-million bail in his child molestation case, saying the singer's wealth justified setting his bail at an amount higher than normal. Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville said that although Jackson's bail was more than normal for defendants facing similar charges, it should remain high to ensure that Jackson appears at future court dates. Jackson's attorney requested that Jackson's bail be reduced to $435,000.
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April 10, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Reversing an earlier decision, a Superior Court judge Friday ruled that prosecutors were entitled to an audiotape in the Michael Jackson case, over the objections of defense attorneys. The audiotape contains interviews conducted by a private investigator hired by Jackson's lawyers, with witnesses whose identities have been kept secret. Judge Rodney S. Melville issued the ruling after concluding last month that "some prejudice to the defense would exist" if the audiotape were turned over to Dist.
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August 24, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Santa Barbara County district attorney did not violate a gag order in the Michael Jackson case when he spoke last month at a prosecutors conference in Canada, a judge ruled Monday. According to a Canadian newspaper, Dist. Atty. Tom Sneddon said he sent warning letters to potential witnesses in the Jackson child molestation case to keep them from talking to the media. However, the veteran prosecutor never said any such thing, Deputy Dist. Atty. Gordon Auchincloss argued in court Monday.
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September 2, 2004 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
The judge in the Michael Jackson child molestation case has refused to lower the singer's $3-million bail because any less would not "register on the defendant's radar," according to court documents released Wednesday. Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville also pointed to sealed grand jury testimony indicating that Jackson tried to send the family of his accuser to Brazil, promising to join them there later.
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January 30, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Saying they are worried about witnesses being intimidated, Santa Barbara County prosecutors asked a judge Thursday to seal recent search warrants in the Michael Jackson case. Issued Jan. 22, the warrants seek billing records from seven unnamed "providers of telephone service to subscribers in California and elsewhere," according to the motion filed with Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville. In the court filing, Deputy Dist. Atty. Gerald McC.
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June 8, 2005 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Jurors in the Michael Jackson child-molestation trial ended Day Three of deliberations Tuesday without a verdict. As dozens of reporters looked on, the eight women and four men on the panel climbed into two rented white vans in the courthouse parking lot shortly after 2:30 p.m. and were driven to their cars, which were at an undisclosed location. The jurors followed the routine laid out by Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Rodney S.
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