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Conrad Murray Trial

JURY SELECTED

9/23/2011 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The twelve people who will decide Dr. Conrad Murray's fate have been chosen.

A jury of seven men and five women was selected out of 84 prospective jurors in Michael Jackson's manslaughter trial. The selection process began more than 2 weeks ago.

The trial is set to begin on Tuesday.

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17.

HumanNature    

Conrad Murray trial: Jury is chosen


A jury has been chosen for the trial of Conrad Murray, accused of involuntary manslaughter over the death of Michael Jackson.


On Friday, September 23, seven men and five women were picked to be jurors. One of them, a male in his 50s, said he once met Jackson in the 1980s while working at Walt Disney Studios, OnTheRedCarpent.com has learned.

All the jurors are between the ages of about 40 to 60, except for one strawberry blond-haired, bearded white man, who seemed to be in his 30s. The group's racial backgrounds have not been disclosed officially. At least six out of the group of 12 appear to be white. Others seem to be of Hispanic or of Indian heritage.

Lawyers also selected six alternates - four white women and two men. They appeared to be in their 30s and 40s. One woman appeared visibly displeased to have been selected. None of the jurors or alternates appear to be black or Asian.

The professions of the jurors and the alternates were diverse. One female alternate is a supervisor of managers in a customer care department of an insurance company. Another male alternate works in real estate.

Autopsy results have shown that Jackson, known as the King of Pop, died at age 50 at his Los Angeles on June 25, 2009 from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol and other sedatives.

Murray was by the singer's side of the day he died and pleaded not guilty in January to a charge of involuntary manslaughter. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted. His lawyers say Jackson drank propofol while the doctor was away from his bedside.

Opening statements in the trial are due on September 27. The judge has said the trial will last until October 28.

Attorneys have in recent weeks poured through questionnaires filled out by a pool of 145 prospective jurors, who were asked about their knowledge of the case as well as about the doctor, Jackson, personal experience with propofol and other medications and histories of drug or alcohol abuses.

Most of the potential jurors were dismissed for reasons of personal hardship. On Friday, 118 prospective jurors, which included only five black people, appeared in a courtroom before the judge to be questioned in person by Murray's attorneys and prosecutors.

Jackson was born black but appeared white in his later years. He suffered from the disorder vitiligo, which causes a discoloration of the skin. During a preliminary hearing of Murray's case in January, a coroner investigator said she found skin bleaching cream in Jackson's bedroom and a pharmacist said he shipped several tubes of it to the doctor.

Murray's lawyers want unbiased jurors who will try to reach a verdict based only on evidence presented in court and not from anything they hear on the outside, especially in the press, which has often dubbed Jackson "Wacko Jacko." The singer's 2003 child molestation case, in which he was found not guilty, made international headlines. The issue is not allowed to be referenced during Murray's trial.

One of the attorneys told reporters outside the court on Wednesday that they agreed to dismiss people who claimed they could not be fair and impartial in the trial, without revealing a number.

Murray, a cardiologist and surgeon, practiced medicine inside and outside of California in recent years. His medical license in the state was suspended earlier this year. Murray's licenses in Nevada and Texas remain intact but his criminal charges prompted local medical boards to issued restrictions that prohibits him from using or administering most anesthetic agents, including propofol.

Jury selection in Murray's trial began on September 8. The judge told prospective jurors that he wants them to "insulate" themselves when it comes to the case, despite the extensive media attention given to it.

Pastor had last month denied a bid by Murray's lawyers to try to have the jury sequestered, saying it is unrealistic to expect jurors to avoid hearing anything about the case outside of the court. He said he did not want to inconvenience jurors and make them feel like prisoners.

Pastor told prospective jurors on September 16 that they cannot discuss the proceedings with outsiders, including religious leaders or therapists. He said they are not allowed to read, listen or watch material about the case or write or talk about it online or via "telepathic communication," which drew some chuckles.

During the trial, jurors must eat all their meals in a secluded room and will not be allowed to roam the hallways of the courthouse. The judge has already made several rulings about what can and what cannot be presented during the trial.

A Norway study involving intravenous and rectal administration of propofol in piglets can be cited and is set to be used as basis for one expert's opinion on whether propofol would have any effect if ingested. Flanagan opposed the inclusion of the experiment, saying that it was not carried out on humans.

The judge has yet to rule on whether a Chile study of propofol that did involve human subjects can be mentioned during the proceedings.

Witnesses will not be allowed to testify about the King of Pop's 2005 child molestation case, during which the singer was found not guilty, a judge ruled on August 29, adding that such information is irrelevant to Murray's case and would be distracting and misleading for the jury.

The judge also posed more hurdles for Murray's attorneys. He said that Arnold Klein, Jackson's dermatologist, is not allowed to testify at the involuntary manslaughter trial.

Murray's attorneys had said that Klein had prescribed the painkiller Demerol to Jackson and that the singer was withdrawing from it at the time of his death. Prosecutors said the defense was trying to divert attention from Murray and pin the blame on Klein.

Others barred from testifying - a police detective who searched Jackson's Neverland Ranch while he was being investigated for child molestation, Grace Rwaramba, former nanny of the singer's children and Chris Carter, a former bodyguard.

Among those who will be allowed to testify at Murray's trial - Karen Faye, Jackson's makeup artist and hair stylist, who has said she became worried about the singer's health prior to his death, physicians David Adams and Allen Metzger and the King of Pop's nurse, Cherylin Lee.

Pastor ruled several months ago that jurors at Murray's trial will be allowed to see autopsy photos of Jackson.

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1126 days ago
18.

What I Think    

Wacko Jacko won't be backo.

1126 days ago
19.

HumanNature    

ALLOW ME TO POINT OUT TO ALL OF THE RABID HATERS THAT CON "QUACK" THE MURDERER IS ON TRIAL FOR KILLING MICHAEL JACKSON!!!!


TRIAL STARTS AT 9:00 AM ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 20111!!!!


DON'T CARE WHAT YOU THINK!!!!


12 JURORS WILL MAKE THAT DECISION AFTER HEARING AND SEEING THE FACTS OF THE CASE!!!!

1126 days ago
20.

fkeys    

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/career-advice/leah-eichler/playing-the-sex-card-to-get-ahead/article2160...199/comments/

1126 days ago
21.

dolphin    

HumanNature thank you for the update. Hang in there with your posts - ignore the haters. Can't believe Michael is gone :( But he raised his kids to be good people and now they're carrying on his legacy.

1126 days ago
22.

kim    

Seriously, "what i think", the rabid haters win???
Nobody wins in this case. Nobody. A human being is dead, that was someone's father, brother, uncle, cousin, a great entertainer, humanitarian. And another human being has his fate in the hands of 12 people because he had no regards for a human life. So really, no one wins in this case. Don' be stupid.

1126 days ago
23.

jack     

I wonder what all the fanatics will spend there day commenting on once this is over?

1125 days ago
24.

HumanNature    

What I Think: 41 minutes ago

And let me point out something to you. No matter if Dr. Murray is convicted or not, MJ remains just as dead. Which means that, either way, the "rabid haters" win.


ALLOW ME TO BREAK IT DOWN TO YOU!!!!!


YES, MJ IS DEAD!!!!


ONLY UNCOUTH AND IMMATURE "JACKASS" WOULD SCOOP THAT LOW TO POST THEY ARE KEEPING SCORE OF SOMEONE BEING DEAD!!!!


MAYBE, YOU THINK THAT THIS TRIAL IS A GAME BUT IT'S NOT!!!!!


APPARENTLY, SOMEONE LIFE IS AT STAKE, FIGHTING EXTREMELY HARD TO GET OUT OF A JAM THAT HE PUT HIMSELF IN!!!!


CON "QUACK" THE MURDERER IS NOT ONLY FACING A MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE BUT HIS MEDICAL LICENSE WILL BE REVOKE PERMANENTLY IF CONVICTED, CIVIL PROCEEDINGS FROM THE FAMILY (REMEMBER, JOE JACKSON???? HE STILL HAVE AN ACTIVE LAWSUIT AGAINST THE "QUACK"), ENORMOUS FINANCIAL LOSS/DEBT, AND A STATUS OF BEING A CONVICTED "FELON"!!!!!


IF CONVICTED, THE "QUACK" MIGHT AS WELL BE DEAD!!!!


WHAT I THINK!!!!


YOU ARE TOTALLY DUMB AS A ROCK!!!!!

1125 days ago
25.

Em    

Justice for MJ. This case will set a precedent for future cases. These doctors that prescribe to the "stars" need to take responsibility for their actions and abide by the moral values and professionalism that is expected from a physician. Not to mention, obeying the law. And celebrities need to realize that money and fame shouldn't be able to buy them whatever they want.

1125 days ago
26.

HumanNature    

Master Po: 54 minutes ago

Please stop with the hack "quack" thing you morons are all doing. It shows how un creative and awkward you all are. Stick to dodging the question on why a grown man had motion detectors outside of his bedroom.


FIRST, OFF I WRITE FOR ME NOT YOU, FOOL!!!!


UNCREATIVE AND AWKWARD THAT I AM??????


SPARE ME THE FOOLISHNESS!!!!


THIS "QUACK" IS NO DOCTOR!!!!


HE'S A CARDIOLOGIST AND COULD PERFORMED CPR, STUPID!!!


NOW, I HAVE ALREADY POSTED THE ANSWER TO YOUR SIMPLE MINDED QUESTION!!!!


BRAIN DEAD TO COMPREHEND!!!!


I'M GOING TO POST IT FOR THE LAST TIME!!!!


SAME PEOPLE THAT WILL PURCHASE A GUN, INSTALL ADT, FENCES TO ELECTROCUTE YOUR SORRY ASS, VICIOUS DOGS, CAMERAS OUTSIDE/INSIDE, MOTION SENSORS INSIDE/OUTSIDE OF THEIR HOUSE AND FLOOD LIGHTS TO PROTECT AND SECURE THEIR PROPERTY!!!!


NOW, PEOPLE DO HAVE SAFES IN THEIR BEDROOM/HOUSE!!!!


SENSIBLE PEOPLE DO NOT KEEP THEIR MONEY IN THE BANK!!!!


DOUBLE DUH!!!!

1125 days ago
27.

HumanNature    

CORRECTION

CON "QUACK" THE MURDERER A CARDIOLOGIST AND COULD NOT PERFORM CPR, STUPID!!!

1125 days ago
28.

HumanNature    

TONIGHT, CON "QUACK" THE MURDERER IS NERVOUSLY SCARED!!!!!


AFTER A MONTH OF TESTIMONIES FROM WITNESSES!!!!


I WOULD NOT BE SHOCK IF HE TRY TO TAKE HIS OWN LIFE!!!!


CAUSE HIS FUTURE IS DEFINITELY UNCERTAIN!!!!!


GUILTY CONSCIOUS WILL TAKE IT TOLL!!!!

1125 days ago
29.

Em    

Justice for MJ. This case will set a precedent for future cases. These doctors that prescribe to the "stars" need to take responsibility for their actions and abide by the moral values and professionalism that is expected from a physician. Not to mention, obeying the law. And celebrities need to realize that money and fame shouldn't be able to buy them whatever they want.

1125 days ago
30.

Jodi    

Dr. Murray is done and he knows it. There is nowhere in the world they could get 12 people who did not know of MJ and what happen to him and be objective. Everybody thinks Dr. Murray is guilty. The courts should skip the trial and just send Dr. Murray to jail. lol

IMO along with Dr. Murray they need to have MJ's other doctors on trial with him. They were the ones who kept him supplied with drugs for decades.

The only difference is the other doctors were careful with their dosage they gave to MJ over the years but Dr Murray was not which caused MJ's death.

1125 days ago
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