The manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's physician Dr. Conrad Murray got off to a rocky start yesterday when almost all of the potential jurors told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor that they were aware of the case. Pastor, the prosecutors and Murray's defense team screened about 160 prospective jurors, and only two claimed to know nothing about the case against Murray, who is accused of giving Jackson a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol.
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About 100 of the jury candidates were released after making a case that serving on a lengthy trial would cause them to face financial hardships. The remaining potential jurors were given a questionnaire to determine their views on the case. Another set of 170 candidates will be screened today. The court has just over a month to find a panel of 12 jurors.