MICHAEL JACKSON: JUDGE THREATENS DEFENSE OVER INTERVIEWS
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The judge overseeing the trial of the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death is putting the defense on notice to watch itself. Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor told defense attorneys he was upset to see an interview with an attorney identified as a member of Dr. Conrad Murray's defense team on the "Today" show last week. The judge called the interview shocking -- and that it could be grounds for contempt. During the interview, lawyer Matt Alford criticized a key prosecution witness. Pastor has ordered Alford to appear in his courtroom November 15 for a contempt hearing. The judge also ruled that the lawyer who did the interview is now considered a witness. The interview came hours after the judge warned defense attorneys not to comment on the case out of court.