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Jackson Jury Will Not be Sequestered


Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor disagreed with the defense attorneys of Dr. Conrad Murray on the need to sequester the jury for the upcoming involuntary manslaughter trial relative to the death of the king of pop, Michael Jackson.

Judge Pastor issued a ruling against removing the jurors from their homes during the four- to six-week trial starting in September, citing the estimated $500,000 cost in doing so, and adding he has “tremendous faith” in the jury system.

Judge Pastor was quoted as saying, “I do not find sequestration to be the answer in this case. I expect that the jurors will follow the high road.”

Jury selection is set to start on September 8 with opening statements expected to be given on September 27.

Dr. Murray is accused of delivering a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol to Michael Jackson as a sleeping aid, and then failing to monitor him properly. He is said to be at Jackson’s side when he died in Los Angeles on June 25, 2009.

Dr. Murray could face up to four years in prison if convicted. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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