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Dr. Conrad Murray

Prosecution Wants to Exclude

Molestation Evidence in Manslaughter Trial

8/25/2011 12:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Prosecutors in the Dr. Conrad Murray manslaughter case want to block all testimony related to allegations that Michael Jackson molested children.

According to court docs obtained by TMZ ... prosecutors want Judge Michael Pastor to bar Steve Robel -- a key Santa Barbara County Sheriff's investigator in the 2005 MJ molestation trial -- from testifying  in Murray's defense.  Robel is on the defense witness list.

In fact, prosecutors want all references to alleged molestation barred from Murray's trial, on grounds it has nothing to do with MJ's death and would merely inflame the jury.

And, prosecutors have also asked the judge to block the testimony of a number of doctors who treated Michael Jackson but were not involved in caring for MJ on the day of his death.

This is a huge motion that could have a profound impact on the case.  As TMZ first reported, the defense will argue that dozens of doctors had addicted MJ to prescription meds -- including Propofol -- and they are largely responsible for the condition Michael was in the day he died.

Judge Pastor has not ruled on the motions.

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61.

mymjj5.    

typo:

"Unbeknownst"

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63.

jack     

I imagine the jury are already aware of his alleged molestations

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64.

HumanNature    

HATERS!!!!


JEHOVAH LOOK AT THE HEART OF THE PERSON NOT THE EXTERIOR APPEARANCE!!!!


MJ, SIMPLY B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L!!!!!

1053 days ago
65.

HumanNature    

PRAY FOR ALL THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ON THE EAST COAST TO BE SAFE FROM HURRICANE IRENE!!!!


PEACE

1053 days ago
66.

zeromarcy    

Master Po: be serious: the accusation of child molestations HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT HAPPENED JUNE 25 2009.
all normal people say that.

1053 days ago
67.

Tim Ryan    

Dr. Murray's lawyers should go speak with Anthony Pellicano (sp?) the private eye who recently said he stopped working for Jackson because he saw things worse than molestation! The stories that guy could tell. Read about it here: http://tinyurl.com/3b8c43q

1053 days ago
68.

Sandra     

Whatever!! MJ was one sick weird guy!!

1053 days ago
69.

Tim Ryan    

MJ died the same way Elvis & Howard Hughes died, surround by "YES" men, family, doctors, lawyers, all of whom don't tell these celebs NO in fear of losing their meal tickets. These rare celebs get into their own little world and lose grips on reality. They think the drugs they are taking are ok because a dr prescribed them when in fact. They all get weird because there are no society parameters and/or boundaries that apply to them because everyone says YES and turns a blind eye. Phil Spector was/is in this group but is still alive and stopped by the law but was so whacked out for many years because no one told him NO. Look what happened. They should come up with a medical name for this condition for a celeb.

1053 days ago
70.

HumanNature    

Michael Jackson's secret art studio


http://www.cnn.com/

1053 days ago
71.

Becca    

ALL of the Doctors that treated MJ in the last
5 years should be heard...MAYBE the truth is
somewhere within their words.
That said, WHY didn't anyone ever help Michael
Jackson pick a better shade of lipstick and advise
on a little less?

1053 days ago
72.

Antwone    

Michael Jackson was a child raping freak and the more people know about it the better.

1053 days ago
73.

HumanNature    

Antwone:


I COMMEND YOU AND ALL OF THE UNCOUTH HATERS STILL REGURGITATING THAT SAME BS OF LIES, GOSSIP, RUMORS AND SPECULATION ABOUT THE "KING"!!!!


ALL OF YOU SOUND LIKE A BUNCH OF BACKWOOD SHEEP!!!!


THE FBI SPENT MILLIONS AND TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD BEHIND THAT SAME BS "LIE" AND THEY FOUND NOTHING!!!!


ZERO = 0!!!


SAME RESULT FOR PROSECUTOR SNEDDON!!!


2 GRAND JURIES + TRIAL = NOT GUILTY/INNOCENT OF ALL CHARGES!!!


ZERO = 0!!!


I RECOMMEND SOME GOOD RESEARCH AND READING FOR THE REAL "TRUTH" ON THE CHILD MOLESTATION CASE AGAINST MJ!!!


http://surftofind.com/jackson


STOP BEING A BUNCH OF HATEFUL, FOLLOWING THE SHEEP DUMB ASSES!!!!!


ANOTHER THING, THE MOLESTATION CASE HAS "NOTHING TO DO WITH CON "QUACK" THE MURDER!!!!!


NOTHING = ZERO!!!!


BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

1053 days ago
74.

cawobeth    

There is NO SUCH thing as "molestation evidence" !! What the hell kind of headline is that ? Who writes SO sloppy from TMZ ? Robel... pheu... "Allegations" YES; disgusting allegations that were PROVEN to be lies with the hard cold FACTS of evidence by the DEFENSE.

Anyone can easily find & read the court transcripts of 2005 for themself or watch http://www.youtube.com/williamwagener, of summation or see http://www.mjtruthnow.com/ or http://www.vindicatemj.wordpress.com

As far as the case proceedings thus far; a bizarre fiasco with the main concerns of this case barely reported by media thus far. I.e- the question of drug interactions which just so happens to be a major cause of death in this country.

Harvey, get your teams right, would ya ? Shame for this head-line. You've already said publcly that you know of MJ'sinnocence. You were at the trial yourself. So tell it like it was & is INCLUDING in your head-lines.

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75.

Pegasus    

Judge denies Conrad Murray's request to sequester jurySee show times »By Michael Martinez, CNNAugust 25, 2011 11:16 p.m. EDT

Sequestered jury sought in Jackson trialSTORY HIGHLIGHTS
A prosecutor argues there should be "a level of trust granted for jurors"
Judge Pastor says sequestered jurors can feel like "inmates"
He says sequestration would cost $500,000 but adds cost isn't a factor
Murray is accused of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's 2009 death
Los Angeles (CNN) -- A Los Angeles County judge on Thursday denied the defense's request to sequester the jury for the coming trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician accused in Michael Jackson's death.

Lawyers for the doctor -- who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death -- had contended that media hype surrounding the case meant it was prudent to isolate the jury during the trial.

But Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael E. Pastor disagreed, saying he did not want jurors to feel like "inmates," supervised even when they contacted loved ones. And he expressed confidence that they would heed warnings to avoid exposure to media coverage.

"I do not find sequestration to be the answer in this case," he said.

In addition, Pastor rejected a defense request that television cameras be removed from the courtroom during certain parts of the trial.

The Los Angeles coroner has ruled that Jackson's death, which occurred June 25, 2009, was caused by an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol, combined with other drugs.

Prosecutors have accused Murray, one of the pop star's doctors, of having a role in the overdose. Jury selection is set to begin next month in his trial. Opening statements are set for September 27. Both the defense and prosecution told the judge they expect the trial to last four to five weeks, while Pastor indicated he thought it could be done in less time.

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Murray's attorneys, Nareg Gourjian and Edward Chernoff, had contended, in court papers, that "there is reasonable expectation that Dr. Murray's trial will be the most publicized in history."

They argued that the jury should be sequestered to ensure Murray receives a fair trial under the Sixth Amendment.

"This is an unusual trial," the attorneys said. "Without question, Michael Jackson is one of the most well-known figures in the world. His death, memorial service and every court appearance thereafter involving Dr. Murray has attracted unprecedented media coverage."

Prosecutors didn't file court papers in response to Murray's motion, said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles district attorney's office. Rather, Deputy District Attorney David Walgren argued in open court Thursday that confining the jury to a hotel was unnecessary and would make the jurors "essentially inmates."

There should be "a level of trust granted for jurors," said Walgren.

During an unsuccessful attempt at jury selection earlier this year, only one potential juror out of several hundred questioned claimed to have heard nothing about the Murray case, and that potential juror, a woman, couldn't speak English, Murray's lawyers said.

At the time, attorneys didn't consider sequestering the jury. "Then along came Casey Anthony," Murray's attorneys said, citing the murder case as the impetus for their motion. Anthony was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, but was convicted of four misdemeanor counts of lying to law enforcement.

The case, and the sensationalized media coverage around it, "demonstrated the danger that is created to a fair trial when basic information is managed for the purpose of entertainment and television ratings," Murray's attorneys had said.

The attorneys singled out HLN television host Nancy Grace for "character assassination" against Anthony and "virtually nonstop on-air abuse of not only the defendant but of the jurors and defense attorneys involved."

All news organizations, including ABC News, Fox and InSession, benefited from the Anthony trial, Murray's attorneys said in court records. But some, such as HLN, "cleaned up": That network "drew its biggest total audience in its 29-year history with more than 5 million viewers," Murray's attorneys said.

Turner Broadcasting -- a division of Time Warner -- operates HLN, InSession and CNN, the attorneys pointed out in court papers.

Though there was no suggestion that HLN or CNN staffers tried to interview jurors during that trial, the judge warned media outlets to avoid contacting jurors during this trial.

"That (media) organization proceeds at their own risk if that person or organization interferes with the process of justice," Pastor said.

Still, he said he believes that strongly admonishing jurors to avoid media related to the trial will be effective.

He also addressed a defense contention that sequestering the jury could be considered cost-effective, if it might save the added the cost caused by a retrial.

Sequestering the jury would cost $500,000, but the judge -- while acknowledging that "the state of California is undergoing severe financial problems," as is its court system -- insisted cost didn't play a role in his decision.

"While I raise the issue of cost, that is not an overriding factor," Pastor said. "Justice trumps everything."

Chernoff, one of Murray's attorneys, asked the judge to modify his earlier ruling allowing cameras into the courtroom during the trial. Chernoff asked the judge to remove the camera when certain testimony arises during the trial and argued that some TV commentators act like "quasi-jurors."

The judge rejected that request, citing First Amendment freedoms.

"Yes, there will be talking heads" commenting about the trial, the judge said.

Then the judge added: "Frequently, talking heads are talking through other body parts than their heads."

The next hearing is Monday at 1:30 p.m. PT on a prosecution motion to exclude or limit testimony by 26 defense witnesses.

Legal experts and defense attorneys not related to the Murray case offered differing opinions to CNN on the efficacy of sequestering a jury.

"The defense wants to sequester the jury because it has seen that sequestered juries vote not guilty," said Marcia Clark, the former prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial, another heavily publicized case in which the jury was sequestered. "I don't really think there's any need to sequester the jury. To the extent that people know about this case, know about Michael Jackson or Conrad Murray, it's over. It's already been done. It'd be like closing the barn doors after the horse is out."

Ellyn Garofalo, the attorney who represented Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, who was acquitted on charges of conspiring to keep Anna Nicole Smith addicted to prescription drugs, said that the usefulness of sequestering a jury "is a really tough question."

"I think there is good reason to sequester a jury," Garofalo said. "I also tend to think -- and this is more of a personal opinion -- that a sequestered jury is not a happy jury and may be more anxious to get through the testimony than a jury that is not sequestered."

Richard Gabriel, a jury consultant on the Simpson and Casey Anthony cases, said sequestering a jury is stressful and expensive.

"The difficulty is, I don't think a judge has ever gone as far to say during this trial, please do not use the Internet, period. Just like they say, don'*****ch television during the trial, they say if you see something about the case, please ignore that news item," Gabriel said.

"As a practical matter I think it (would) be difficult" to sequester the jury, "partly because the county of Los Angeles has no money to do that. It is very, very expensive," Gabriel said. "It puts a pretty big strain on a jury because you are taking them out of a familiar setting and you are putting them into obviously a highly pressurized setting that basically says you are in this trial 24-7 for the length of the trial."

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