Judge Unlikely to Sequester Jury in Michael Jackson Trial

Attorneys of doctor accused of manslaughter say jurors will be influenced by media

July 21, 2011 12:00 PM ET
Michael Jackson Dr. Conrad Murray
Dr. Conrad Murray

The legal team for Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, has asked a judge to consider sequestering the jury when the case goes to trial on September 8th. Murray's attorneys have argued that the media circus around the case will influence the jurors.

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Judge Michael Pastor has not officially declined the request, but it seems unlikely as he expressed a belief that it would not be necessary and that the Los Angeles court system probably could not afford it.

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