Judge Rules That Jury Will Not Be Sequestered in Michael Jackson Doctor Trial
Mon, 29 Aug 2011 10:49:22
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According to Reuters, the jury in the upcoming involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor will not be sequestered, despite a request by defense lawyers who expect the case to be "the most publicized in history." Oh well. The judge isn't going to spend hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars in order to sequester the jury. If I was on a jury, I would spit nails if I had to be sequestered! I respect and appreciate civic duty and all, but that shit fucks your life.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor ruled against removing the jurors from their homes during the four-to-six-week trial starting in September, citing the estimated $500,000 cost to the taxpayers and saying he had "tremendous faith" in the jury system.
"I do not find sequestration to be the answer in this case," Pastor said at a hearing on Thursday. "I expect that the jurors will follow the high road."
Jury selection is due to start on Sept. 8 for the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, with opening statements expected on Sept. 27.
Murray, who was at Jackson's side when he died in Los Angeles on June 25, 2009, is accused of delivering a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol to the pop star as a sleep aid, and then failing to monitor him properly. He is also accused of trying to cover up his actions.
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