Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville ruled that police who searched Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch for evidence had "probable cause" to believe Jackson had committed a crime.
On Tuesday, Melville said that the search, which took place last November, was warranted because of the allegations made by a 13-year-old boy, according to Reuters. Jackson was not present at Tuesday's hearing, with the judge's approval.
Jackson's attorneys have claimed that the search warrants had legal flaws and asked that a hearing be held to determine if evidence found at the ranch should be prohibited from being used by the prosecution.
Melville said Tuesday that the defense may object to the use of specific items but would not allow them to challenge the use of evidence obtained in November in its entirety. The judge has ruled that the evidence be sealed from the public.
Tuesday proved to be a rough day in court for Jackson's defense as one of his attorneys, Brian Oxman, was fined $1,000 for continuing a line of questioning which he was told by Melville was off-limits, according to CNN.
Oxman wanted Dr. Stan Katz, the psychologist who interviewed the alleged victim, to admit that he also counts a private investigator in the case, Bradley Miller, as one of his patients.
Katz said that the doctor-patient privilege forbids him from talking about his patients, and while he admitted that he did know Miller from working on family law cases with him, he did not divulge further information.
Judge Melville warned Oxman to discontinue prompting the psychologist for further information. When he refused to back down, Melville reportedly imposed the $1,000 sanction, payable immediately.
Jackson's hearing is scheduled to resume on Thursday. The singer will stand trial on January 31 to address the 10-count indictment, which includes charges of child molestation and conspiracy.
For full coverage of the Michael Jackson case, see "Michael Jackson Accused."