Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Jackson doctor defence in jury call

Lawyers for Michael Jackson's former medic, Dr Conrad Murray, have made requests about jurors (AP)

An attorney for Michael Jackson's doctor says the jury in his involuntary manslaughter trial should be sequestered to prevent contamination by TV pundits.

J Michael Flanagan referred in a pretrial hearing to coverage of the Casey Anthony trial in Florida and said Dr Conrad Murray's trial is expected to get even wider coverage. He said telling jurors not to watch TV will be insufficient.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said the courts cannot afford to put up jurors at a hotel and he thinks it's unnecessary.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to causing Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, with an overdose of propofol and other sedatives.

The judge said the trial will begin on Sepember 8 with prospective jurors being given questionnaires.

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