Lawyers for Michael Jackson Doctor Want Sequestered Jury

Dr. Conrad Murray defense: Jurors will be 'poisoned' by media

Dr. Conrad Murray Credit: IFRAN KAHN/AFP/Getty Images

The lawyers for Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, are attempting to overturn a judge's refusal to sequester jurors in their client's trial. The Associated Press has reported that Murray's legal team has asked Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor to halt the jury selection process, scheduled for Thursday, out of fear that the jurors will be "poisoned" by media hype unless they are isolated.

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Judge Pastor had previously ruled against isolation, declaring his faith in jurors' ability to avoid or ignore the media during the trial.  He has yet to respond to the 28-page petition filed by Murray's lawyers.