Rodney Melville

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Rodney Scott Melville is a presiding judge in Santa Barbara County's superior court. He is most notable for being the judge in Michael Jackson's 2005 child molestion trial, in which Jackson was acquitted.

Biography[edit]

Melville born 1940 studied at San Diego State University and Hastings College of the Law, University of California.[1]

Melville, now living in Santa Maria, California with his wife Lynn Madia (four years his junior) and daughters Carrie Lynn and Stacey T., became an attorney for the firm Melville & Iwasko and became a State Certified Specialist in Family Law. He served as a Deputy District Attorney in the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office for two years.[1]

In 1987, Melville was appointed to the Municipal Court Bench in 1987. After three years he was promoted to the Superior Court.[1]

Melville retired as a judge for the Superior Court in 2007, having served 17 years.[2]

People v. Jackson[edit]

In 2005, Michael Jackson was accused of child molestation by a 13 year old boy. The case went to court and Melville was appointed the presiding judge. Prior to the start of the trial, Melville banned cameras from the courtroom, put a gag order on both sides and oversaw a three-day jury selection procedure.[1]

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