Michael Jackson

High court won't review Michael Jackson gag order

The California Supreme Court says it won't consider whether to end a gag order in the Michael Jackson child molestation case. News organizations had petitioned against the order, which bars Jackson, his accuser and attorneys on both sides from speaking publicly about the case, except through statements approved in advance by a judge. An attorney for a coalition of media organizations, including The Associated Press, says their demands will not go away. He had argued that the gag order restricts freedom of speech and the press.

Prosecutors have accused journalists of pandering to a "gossip hungry" audience.