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Murray Trial

Jury Shouldn't Watch Nancy Grace

7/20/2011 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lawyers for Conrad Murray told the trial judge they don't want  Nancy Grace to pull a "Casey Anthony" on the jury -- so they asked the judge to prohibit jurors from watching her.

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Attorney Michael Flanagan argued that it was impractical to tell jurors they can't watch TV - because they simply will.  So Flanagan asked Judge Michael Pastor to sequester the jury, O.J. style.  The judge told Flanagan to file a motion and he'd consider it, although the judge did say he thought sequestering was both unnecessary and too expensive.

Flanagan pressed his claim for outtakes from the "This Is It" rehearsals -- something Sony doesn't want to cough up.  Sources tell us ... Flanagan wants the outtakes to show there were periods where Michael Jackson appeared to be on drugs. 

In a telling comment, Judge Pastor said, "This case is going to focus on the charge, not personal lifestyle."

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61.

billy cema    

Nancy lacks grace, that's for sure. She's one angry person! Too much power and influence in this celebrity-mad country!

1102 days ago
62.

MiMi    

Jackson MD's trial lawyer raises Casey Anthony coverage


Dr. Conrad Murray, shown Jan. 25 in Los Angeles Superior Court, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death. (Irfan Khan/Associated Press) Supporting Story ContentStory Sharing ToolsShare with Add ThisPrint this storyE-mail this story.End of Supporting Story ContentBack to accessibility links Beginning of Story ContentIn a sign of legal fallout from theCasey Anthony murder trial, a lawyer for Michael Jackson's doctor said Wednesday his jury should be sequestered to avoid contamination by TV pundits — specifically Nancy Grace.

Attorney J. Michael Flanagan said the televised, involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray could be prejudiced by "final arguments" being delivered daily on TV by Grace and other commentators.

"How many final arguments will we have to hear in this case?" Flanagan asked.

'We would like a decision made on the evidence that appears in this courtroom rather than commentary on the Nancy Grace Show'
—Defence attorney J. Michael Flanagan At a pretrial hearing, the lawyer referred to "the recent case in Florida" and told the judge Murray's trial was expected to get even wider coverage. He said telling jurors not to watch TV would be insufficient.

When Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor asked if Flanagan would want jurors sequestered around the clock during the trial, the lawyer responded, "Every time Nancy Grace is on TV."

"We would like a decision made on the evidence that appears in this courtroom rather than commentary on the Nancy Grace Show," he said.

Alison Rudnick, a spokeswoman for the Nancy Grace Show, did not have any immediate comment.

Pastor said the courts, with a severe budget crisis, can't afford to put up jurors at a hotel, and he thinks it's unnecessary. He also said it would be burdensome to jurors.

Jury sequestered during the day
Pastor did say he would sequester the panel during the day, requiring them to eat meals together in the jury room rather than wander around the civic centre.

The judge also said he would be instructing jurors not to pay attention to publicity about the trial.

Marcellus McRae, a former federal prosecutor and Los Angeles lawyer who teaches trial advocacy at Harvard and Loyola law schools, said the Anthony acquittal may undermine the defence argument.

"In the wake of the Casey Anthony verdict, Dr. Murray's attorneys will have an uphill battle in trying to persuade the court that any amount of media coverage will prejudice their ability to vigorously defend the case or the outcome," said McRae.

Flanagan explained the difference between the two trials outside court.

Trial will draw media attention
"Casey Anthony was not a public figure before her case," he said, noting that Jackson's superstar status means TV stations have enormous amounts of footage of him to use during the trial — things that will not be admitted in evidence.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to causing Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, with an overdose of propofol and other sedatives.

The judge said the trial will begin on Sept. 8 with prospective jurors being given questionnaires. Opening statements are expected in late September.

Meanwhile, Pastor agreed to travel across town to Sony Pictures Studios to view 16 hours of raw footage from Jackson's rehearsal movie This Is It, which lawyers want to use as evidence.

Prosecutors and defence attorneys spent two weeks examining more than 100 hours of video and have submitted requests for excerpts. The prosecution wants 12 hours; the defence seeks four hours of video.

Flanagan acknowledged outside court that the defence didn't find what they had hoped for — footage of Jackson appearing ill or impaired before his death.

Asked what conclusion could be reached from viewing the Jackson rehearsals, he said, "He is very talented. Even on his bad days, he's good."

"We believe his health is somewhat compromised, but he's not displaying it," said Flanagan. He said the only implication of problems might be days when Jackson was absent from rehearsals.

He now believes that showing footage from the film is irrelevant to the trial.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2011/07/20/jackson-doct...

1102 days ago
63.

YeaaaMannn!    

Forget about the Jury, I don't think ANYONE should watch Nancy Grace. That is one obnoxious, condescending, know-it-all, pig headed idiot.

1102 days ago
65.

andy    

" Jury Shouldn'*****ch Nancy Grace "

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Seems like sound advice for anyone, . . . not just jury members!!!

1102 days ago
66.

HumanNature    

Attorney J. Michael Flanagan and CON "QUACK" THE MURDERER

COURT TV = SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 OPENING STATEMENTS

I WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WITNESS COURT PROCEEDING FOR MYSELF "LIVE"!!!!

I EXPECT TO HEAR FACTS OF THE CASE FROM BOTH SIDES!!!

WHY ARE YOU WORRY????

CAUSE YOU STILL DON'T HAS/HAVE A DEFENSE!!!

JUSTICE 4 MJ

1102 days ago
67.

andy    

The filtering system used here at TMZ, REALLY NEEDS SOME TWEAKING!!!!!!

1102 days ago
68.

HumanNature    

Whatever Happens by Michael Jackson

He gives another smile, tries to understand her side
To show that he cares
She's consumed with everything that's been goin' on
She says

[Chorus]
Whatever happens, don't let go of my hand

Everything will be alright, he assures her
But she doesn't hear a word that he says
Preoccupied, she's afraid
Afraid that what they're doing is not right
He doesn't know what to say, so he prays
Whatever, whatever, whatever

[Chorus]
Whatever happens, don't let go of my hand
Whatever happens, don't let go of my hand
Whatever happens, don't you let go of my hand

Don't let go of my hand
Don't let go of my hand

He's working day and night, thinks he'll make her happy
Forgetting all the dreams that he had
He doesn't realize it's not the end of the world
It doesn't have to be that bad
She tries to explain, "It's you that makes me happy,"
Whatever, whatever, whatever

[Chorus]
Whatever happens, don't let go of my hand
Whatever happens, don't let go of my hand
Whatever happens, don't let go of my hand
Whatever happens, don't you let go of my hand

Whatever happens, don't let go of my hand
Whatever happens, don't let go of my hand
Whatever happens, don't you let go of my hand

Whatever happens, don't let go of my hand

[Carlos Santana:] Thank you, man!
[Michael Jackson:] Thank you, Carlos!

1102 days ago
70.

HumanNature    

Judge Pastor said, "This case is going to focus on the charge, not personal lifestyle."

THAT'S RIGHT!!!

RIGHT ON, JUDGE PASTOR!!!!

1102 days ago
71.

HumanNature    

Phantom of the Opera

THANK YOU!!!

LOVE IT!!!

LONG LIVE THE KING OF "ALL" MUSIC, MICHAEL JOSEPH JACKSON

1102 days ago
72.

bart    

it not just cnn its everybody knows the case

1102 days ago
73.

ghfghfg    

i bet the jurors are like too starstruck to function... who are they?

1102 days ago
74.

Loretta    

Nancy Grace thinks everyone is guilty and then the jurors vote "innocent"...I say "stick with NG"

1102 days ago
75.

Michael Jackson Messenger    

QUIT SAYING MEAN THINGS ABUT MJ! HE WAS INNOCENT DURING THE TRIALS AND HE'S NOT DEAD ! HE'S ALIVE

CHECK OUT THESE YOUTUBE CHANNELS : MJFANFOREVERANDADAY, CODEOFTHRILLER, MJHOAXEVIDENCE AND PEARLJR

THEIR VIDEOS WILL STUN YOU

1102 days ago
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