Dr. Conrad Murray is the infamous Grenadian/Trinidadian doctor charged in Michael Jackson’s death. He has requested a judge to sequester jurors for his upcoming involuntary manslaughter trial citing intense media coverage could interfere with his rights to a fair trial.
Murray’s lawyers stated that media coverage and opinion could unfairly sway jurors towards an assumed guilty verdict. It was also stated that media coverage unfairly judges because discussions are not limited to specific testimony or evidence presented in a court of law.
Although during the trial jurors will be prohibited from accessing media outlets, Murray’s defense teams feels that exposure is inescapable.
“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.”
Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor is deciding if jurors should be sequestered in Murray’s case. Sequestering of jurors has not been imposed in Los Angeles since the OJ Simpson murder trial in 1995.
Dr Conrad Murray has pleaded not guilty, and he faces up to 4 years in prison if found guilty. Juror selection is scheduled to begin on September 8th.