SANTA MARIA, California (AP) Judge Rodney Melville ruled today that pop star Michael Jackson would be confined to a large plastic shell "bubble" during his upcoming trial for charges of child molestation. Michael Jackson's lawyer, Thomas Mesereau convinced the judge that a recent skin eruption might either be contagious to everyone in court or make Mr. Jackson susceptible to further infection.
At the hearing, a prominent Los Angeles dermatologist, Dr. Harry Palms testified that Michael Jackson had a progressive skin condition that made his face flash pink rays in an aura type fashion. He also testified that Michael Jackson's face was oozing a fetid liquid that was a danger to anyone standing within ten feet. "We had to operate on Michael Jackson's nose yet again to block the tiny nasal passages so that Mr. Jackson himself would be unable to smell the horrible odor emanating from the pus flowing from his eyes.
Judge Melville said, "This is a most unusual circumstance for a defendant facing serious charges. I am ruling that Michael Jackson be confined to the bubble' for the entire duration of his trial - including any time he spends at home. Is that clear Mr. Jackson?"
Michael Jackson, speaking through a microphone placed inside the bubble asked, "Your honor, will I be allowed to bring a few young boys inside the bubble with me while I am sleeping?"
"No, Mr. Jackson, certainly not! One of the reasons I am going along with this request for the bubble is to keep you from molesting any other young boys until the jury can find you guilty and I can send you to prison for the next 40 years."