Michael Jackson's former lawyer MARK GERAGOS has been ordered to testify in his ex-client's ongoing child molestation case - or risk arrest.

Geragos, who was fired by the pop superstar last year (04), angered judge Rodney Melville yesterday (12MAY05) when he sent an emissary to court in Santa Maria, California to ask for a reprieve from testifying.

Melville insisted that Geragos turn up at court as expected, explaining, "Now you know how citizens feel in this courtroom and every other courtroom in the state when they're subpoenaed by attorneys.

"It's the same with any citizen, with any juror who's asked to serve."

Geragos obeyed the judge and appeared in court this morning (13MAY05).

13/05/2005 19:26