Lawyers for Michael Jackson’s personal doctor, Conrad Murray, have requested that a judge sequester the jurors for the physician’s upcoming trial. He wants to avoid jurors suffering from undue influence by the media coverage which will inevitably surround the high profile trial.
Dr. Murray has entered a plea of not guilty on the charge of involuntary manslaughter relating to the death of pop legend Michael Jackson. He stands accused of administering the anesthetic that killed Jackson in 2009. Dr. Murray’s trial is due to begin in September this year.
Murray’s attorney, J. Michael Flanagan, asked a Los Angeles court on July 20 that jurors in the trial be isolated throughout the trial to prevent them seeing any media coverage of the case. It is sure to grab headlines as soon as the case goes to court. The lawyers feel that will prejudice the doctor’s chance of getting a fair trial.
Flanagan told Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor that he felt there would be “an overwhelming likelihood” of the media coverage prejudicing the jury in Dr. Murray’s trial.
The judge allowed to motion to be filed but hinted that he may not agree to the jury being sequestered. He has gone on record with the Los Angels Times as saying that he feels it is unnecessary to do so.
Do you agree? Can Dr. Conrad Murray get a fair trial for his charges of the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson?