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Murray pushing to have jurors sequestered for Jackson trial
A lawyer for Dr. Conrad Murray has
re-appealed to a judge to sequester jurors during the trial into
Michael Jackson's death, over fears they could be influenced by
Murray has pleaded not guilty to a charge of
involuntary manslaughter amid accusations he administered the dose
of anaesthetic that killed the superstar in 2009, and he is due to
stand trial next month (Sep11).
His lawyers have previously requested that
the jurors be isolated when the trial starts so they do not see any
press coverage of the case, but Los Angeles County Superior Court
Judge Michael Pastor did not deem the ruling necessary.
However, Murray's legal team filed papers
again on Thursday (18Aug11) in a second bid to have the jurors
secluded, according to the Associated Press.
The documents state, "There is reasonable
expectation that Dr. Murray's trial will be the most publicised
trial in history.
"There is sincere danger that a well-meaning
juror will be more impressed with an 'expert' on television than
one presented by the parties at trial. The possibilities are
endless for jurors to find and communicate information from the
many websites on the Internet such as Facebook, Twitter and
"It is necessary to sequester the jury in
order to ensure that it is free from outside influences and
guarantee the defendant a fair trial by an impartial jury."
A hearing on the issue is scheduled for next