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Dr. Conrad Murray

Michael Jackson Jury

Will NOT Be Sequestered

8/25/2011 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The Dr. Conrad Murray jury will NOT be sequestered, because the judge does not want jurors to feel like inmates.

Judge Michael Pastor just ruled ... even though Michael Jackson's death was incredibly high profile, he feels confident sufficient measures will be in place to make sure the jury is not contaminated or harassed.

To ensure protection, jurors will each get meals and snacks in the jury room -- not in surrounding lunch areas open to the media and public.

Murray's legal team had filed docs earlier this month asking to sequester the jury -- because they were worried the jury would be tainted by large-scale "character assassinations" ... specifically by TV pundits like Nancy Grace.

Judge Pastor said money is not the issue, even though sequestration is expensive.

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Candice    

I don't think Dr Murray is worried about lunch time gossip. Are they going to take away the newspapers, magazines, and televisions? There is no way to avoid the high level of media attention this has and will continue to recieve. Poor jury.

970 days ago
3.

BarrysConspiracyWorld    

The more interesting story here is whether MJ was murdered. Jermaine feels so. He was worth $50M alive. He was worth $500M dead. Plus, he was not physically or mentally capable of performing his concert series.

970 days ago
4.

Abe    

Murray should be locked up, not the jury.

Bravo for this excellent decision.

x

970 days ago
5.

Sandra     

Good for the judge!! No matter the outcome MJ was an addict and mentally unstable!!

970 days ago
6.

rico    

I HOPE NANCY GRACE KEEPS HER BIG MOUTH CLOSED, SHE WONT,THE EVIL B***H WILL HAVE DIARRHEA OF THE MOUTH OVER THIS.

970 days ago
7.

Rogue Warrior    

I'm amazed at how this guy is getting railroaded by the "system"! MJ was a pedophile freakazoid who needs to be held accountable for once in his child abusing life, make him responsible for his own life! On top of being a pedophile, the dude was a MAJOR drug addict who is more responsible than anyone for his own death. Dr. Murray, NOT GUILTY, case closed, GOTTI roll.

970 days ago
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No comment    

If I were a perspecitve juror in any case that involved being sequestered, I would do or say anthing to be dumped from the jury pool. I would do my civic duty for any non-sequestered case. I believe the system takes away a jurors civil liberties when forced to be sequestered. No freedom, no tv, no newspapers, no internet.

Critics think the jurors in the C.A. case became so friendly they did not want to cross each other. Now one juror says he is sorry he voted the way he did. I think people come under the pressure of the 'alpha' juror, and don't want to voice dissenting opinions. That is what Murray's attorney is hoping for...

970 days ago
9.

India    

I think the jurors should be sequestered, just like any other jury in a high profile case.

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FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER! @MUSIC_ME84. I'LL FOLLOW BACK.

970 days ago
10.

CloBird    

Good choice.
And TMZ-- why haven't you reported that Michael's manager died? Your site was e-mailed yesterday with the news!
Read this and report on it!
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/25/arts/music/frank-dileo-michael-jacksons-manager-dies-at-63.html?_r=1
Frank Dileo, Michael Jackson’s Manager, Dies at 63
By BEN SISARIO
Published: August 24, 2011


Frank Dileo, the stout, cigar-smoking former bookie who was Michael Jackson’s personal manager during much of his 1980s career peak, died on Wednesday in Pittsburgh. He was 63.

The cause was complications from heart surgery in March, said his wife, Linda.

Mr. Dileo was one of a handful of advisers who shepherded Jackson through world tours, endorsement deals and a visit to the White House. Yet at 5 feet 2 inches tall and more than 200 pounds, his hair in a slick ponytail and rings on his pinkies, he cut an unlikely figure next to the Peter Pan-like Jackson.

“You couldn’t find two more different people,” Mr. Dileo once said. “He won’t eat meat; I’ll run out to get a cheeseburger. I’ll take a drink; he won’t touch the stuff.” He added: “Just look at us — he’s skinny, I’m fat. If we stand next to each other, we look like the number 10.”

From 1979 until Jackson hired him as manager in 1984, Mr. Dileo was vice president for promotion at Epic Records, working with acts like Culture Club, Cyndi Lauper and Quiet Riot. Jackson, who also recorded for Epic, credited Mr. Dileo with the radio campaign that helped make the “Thriller” album a worldwide success.

Released in late 1982, “Thriller” has sold well over 50 million copies, according to most estimates, making it the biggest-selling album ever.

Frank Michael Dileo was born in Pittsburgh on Oct. 23, 1947, and got his start in the music business stocking store shelves with new records. In the late 1960...s and ’70s he worked in promotion for record companies in Cleveland, Nashville and New York, pitching songs to radio stations.

He had run-ins with the law. Twice in the late ’70s he was convicted of taking bets on college basketball games. At Epic he supported the use of independent promoters, a system of middlemen between labels and radio stations that was investigated by the federal authorities in the 1980s for payola and links to organized crime.

Mr. Dileo, who was not charged, defended the practice, which continues today.

“There’s not anything dishonest going on,” Mr. Dileo said of independent promotion in “Hit Men,” Fredric Dannen’s 1990 book about corruption in the music industry. “Organized crime?” he added. “There ain’t been organized crime since Capone died.”

As Jackson’s manager, he helped negotiate a 1986 endorsement contract with Pepsi that was reported to be worth more than $10 million. In those days Mr. Dileo drove a black Rolls-Royce, a gift from his employer, with the license plate “THANXMJJ.”

But in early 1989 Jackson fired Mr. Dileo, dissatisfied with the sales of his album “Bad.” (Jackson had wanted to sell 100 million copies of the album, but after a year and a half it had sold only 20 million.)

Mr. Dileo soon got a phone call from Martin Scorsese, who had directed the video for Jackson’s song “Bad,” offering a small role as a Mafioso in his next picture, “GoodFellas.” Mr. Dileo played Tuddy Cicero, who kills Joe Pesci’s character, Tommy. He also appeared with Mike Myers and Dana Carvey in the movies “Wayne’s World” and “Wayne’s World 2,” playing a flashy record executive.

In the 1990s Mr. Dileo continued his career as an artist manager, working with Taylor Dayne, Jodeci and Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi. In 2007 he was named chief executive of ValCom, a film, television and theatrical production company.

Mr. Dileo was reunited with Jackson in 2009 as the singer prepared for a run of comeback concerts in London. He signed on as manager again about a month before Jackson died of an overdose of sedatives on June 25 that year; at the U.C.L.A. Medical Center that day, Mr. Dileo informed Jackson’s children that their father had died.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Dominic; a daughter, Belinda; a sister, Rose Marie; and a grandson.

Throughout their time together, Jackson and Mr. Dileo played up their odd-couple image. On the record sleeve for “Bad,” released in 1987, was a picture of the men facing each other in silhouette, a cigar hanging from Mr. Dileo’s mouth. The caption: “Another great team.”

970 days ago
11.

Liz    

I guess the Judge is worried about having the same result as in the Anthony trial. So the jury won't be sequestered and after the Jury comes back with a guilty verdict the fact the Jurors had information other than what came in a trial will cause the case to be thrown out and a new trial ordered with the jury sequestered at great cost to the taxpayer.

970 days ago
12.

eve from eden    

If I was on the jury I would find him innocent. Because he did the worlds children a favor.

970 days ago
13.

karlew    

lol and if they return a guilty verdict the judge has just given the defense all the ammunition they need to appeal the conviction. Stupid stupid move.

970 days ago
14.

Marisabel.Federo    

Harvey, why do not you write about the death of Frank Dileo? He incidentally is a very important witness in the trial so as very much aware of the Murray, Branca, AEG, Thome, and others. And to say that he did not know anything that's silly.

RIP Frank Dileo

Harvey you with Branka and AEG single, cohesive team.
You will go far.

970 days ago
15.

mj fan forever    

AND INDEED THE ONLY ONE INMATE MUST ABSOLUTELY BE MURDERER FOR ALL HIS MISERABLE LIFE BEFORE ROTTING IN HELL!!! THIS MURDERER HAS ALREADY HAD TOO MANY BENEFITS SO FAR, INCLUDED WALKING FREELY TO 'ENJOY', THE MURDERER WITHOUT SCRUPLES!!! NOW HE ONLY MUST BE TRIALED AND CONVICTED!!!!

970 days ago
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