Santa Barbara, California, District Attorney Tom Sneddon is set to testify before Michael Jackson's defence team after it alleged he sent investigators to garner evidence against the pop superstar that was off-limits.

Sneddon has been subpoenaed by the defence to testify about what he knew and when he knew it when issuing a search warrant for a private investigators office in Beverly Hills.

Jackson's attorneys maintain that the detective was working on behalf of the pop star's former lawyer MARK GERAGOS, and that his findings, which were seized by the prosecution, cannot be used in the upcoming child molestation trial.

Meanwhile, at a pre-trial hearing in Santa Maria, California, on Friday (09JUL04), JUDGE RODNEY MELVILLE admonished both the prosecution and Jackson's defence attorney THOMAS MESEREAU for compromising the case.

Melville criticised the prosecutors for delaying the trial by not handing over evidence to their defence counterparts, and he admonished Mesereau violating a gag order, stating, "You are the new kid on the block, but you're not the new kid anymore."

Melville then agreed to give the defence more time for questioning. The two sides in the case are due back in court on 27 July (04). Jackson is not expected to be present.

11/07/2004 10:35