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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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31.

HumanNature    

I HOPE THAT THESE 12 JURORS WILL CAREFULLY LISTEN TO THE FACTS OF THE CASE ON BOTH SIDE AND MAKE AN HONEST AND UNANIMOUS DECISION BASE ON THE LAW!!!!!


California Penal Code 192(b) PC defines "involuntary manslaughter" as an unlawful killing that takes place


during the commission of an unlawful act (not amounting to a felony), or


during the commission of a lawful act which involves a high risk of death or great bodily harm that is committed without due caution or cir****pection.


The D.A. stated that "Dr. Murray did unlawfully kill Michael Joseph Jackson by acting without due caution and cir****pection". Prosecutors will attempt to prove that Dr. Murray acted with criminal negligence when he administered such a large dose of the anesthetic…an anesthetic that they contend is used in preparation for surgery, not as a sleep aid (which is why it was being used). The D.A. will argue that a reasonable doctor in the same situation would not have authorized the same quantity of the drug.


http://www.shouselaw.com/involuntary_manslaughter.html#1


FURTHERMORE, I ALSO HOPE THAT THESE 12 JURORS WILL BE ATTENTIVE, ALERT AND PLEASE TAKE NOTES!!!!!


JUSTICE 4 MJ

939 days ago
32.

HumanNature    

MJ FANS AROUND THE WORLD STAND TOGETHER AND KEEP THE "KING OF ALL MUSIC" MICHAEL JOSEPH JACKSON LEGACY ALIVE!!!!


Michael Jackson - Will You Be There


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUaMzwNPgro&feature=fvwp&NR=1


JUSTICE 4 MJ


PEACE

939 days ago
33.

HumanNature    

Trial of Michael Jackson's doctor begins as jury is set


Los Angeles (CNN) -- Prosecutors want jurors in Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial to hear testimony about investigators' failed efforts to question the doctor in the weeks after Michael Jackson's death.

Defense lawyers have asked the judge to block the testimony, arguing it "would create substantial danger of undue prejudice, undue waste of time, confuse the issues, or mislead the jury."

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor may consider the issue at a hearing Monday morning, a day before opening statements are delivered in Murray's trial.

The selection of a jury Friday officially began the Murray's trial, which is expected to continue until the end of October.
Experts key in trial of Jackson's doctor
Michael Jackson fans kicked out of court

The defense argued in a court filing Friday that the prosecution ignored Dr. Murray's "willingness to engage in various conversations and to take part in lengthy interviews conducted by law enforcement and medical personnel," including two days after Jackson's death when he voluntarily spent two hours answering police questions.

"In fact, it was only after Dr. Murray learned that information was 'anonymously' leaked to the public that Dr. Murray decided to invoke his right to remain silent," the defense said.

A prosecution filing detailed email and phone mail attempts by the county coroner and a police detective to request meetings with Murray after the first interview.

"In actuality, law enforcement never contacted Dr. Murray during this time," the defense filing said. "Law enforcement's 'efforts' consisted merely of a handful of unanswered voice mails and emails that were left with Dr. Murray's counsel and with his office. There is no indication whatsoever that Dr. Murray acted evasively."

Twelve jurors and five alternates will report to court Tuesday morning to hear opening statements in the case against Murray. A sixth alternate juror was dismissed just minutes after she was sworn in Friday.

Judge Pastor sealed the reason for her dismissal, but court spectators overheard the woman acknowledging that she had dealings with one of Murray's lawyers several years ago. She failed to mention that during the jury selection process, but a man who had just been dismissed as a prospective juror gave the information to court officials.

"It seems like a good jury panel," defense lawyer Michael Flanagan said after the jury was seated Friday.

The jury consists of seven men and five women, include six who are white, five who listed their ethnicity as Mexican or hispanic and one who identified himself as African-American.

Flanagan said the defense paid little attention to juror's ethnicity, but instead focused on their answers to the 32-page jury questionnaire.

The court released copies of their answers late Friday, giving a glimpse at the 12 Los Angeles County residents who will decide Murray's fate.

Three of the women said they followed the Casey Anthony trial over the summer. Defense lawyers unsuccessfully used the Anthony case to argue that Murray jurors should be sequestered in a hotel during the trial to shelter them from media reports.

One juror, a retired cartoon animator, said he once met Michael Jackson.

Several jurors described themselves as Michael Jackson fans and two have seen "This Is It," the do***entary of Jackson's rehearsals just before his death.

They and their fellow jurors will see clips from the film again since the prosecution is expected to show them during the first day of the trial Tuesday.

Murray could face up to four years in prison if the jury finds him guilty.

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

Prosecutors have accused Murray, who served as Jackson's personal and full-time physician at the time, of having a role in the overdose.

They contend Murray used a makeshift intravenous drip to administer propofol intended to help Jackson sleep, a practice they argue violated the standard of care and led to the pop music icon's death.


http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/24/justice/california-conrad-murray-trial/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

939 days ago
34.

HumanNature    

Trial of Michael Jackson's doctor begins as jury is set


Los Angeles (CNN) -- Prosecutors want jurors in Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial to hear testimony about investigators' failed efforts to question the doctor in the weeks after Michael Jackson's death.

Defense lawyers have asked the judge to block the testimony, arguing it "would create substantial danger of undue prejudice, undue waste of time, confuse the issues, or mislead the jury."

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor may consider the issue at a hearing Monday morning, a day before opening statements are delivered in Murray's trial.

The selection of a jury Friday officially began the Murray's trial, which is expected to continue until the end of October.
Experts key in trial of Jackson's doctor
Michael Jackson fans kicked out of court

The defense argued in a court filing Friday that the prosecution ignored Dr. Murray's "willingness to engage in various conversations and to take part in lengthy interviews conducted by law enforcement and medical personnel," including two days after Jackson's death when he voluntarily spent two hours answering police questions.

"In fact, it was only after Dr. Murray learned that information was 'anonymously' leaked to the public that Dr. Murray decided to invoke his right to remain silent," the defense said.

A prosecution filing detailed email and phone mail attempts by the county coroner and a police detective to request meetings with Murray after the first interview.

"In actuality, law enforcement never contacted Dr. Murray during this time," the defense filing said. "Law enforcement's 'efforts' consisted merely of a handful of unanswered voice mails and emails that were left with Dr. Murray's counsel and with his office. There is no indication whatsoever that Dr. Murray acted evasively."

Twelve jurors and five alternates will report to court Tuesday morning to hear opening statements in the case against Murray. A sixth alternate juror was dismissed just minutes after she was sworn in Friday.

Judge Pastor sealed the reason for her dismissal, but court spectators overheard the woman acknowledging that she had dealings with one of Murray's lawyers several years ago. She failed to mention that during the jury selection process, but a man who had just been dismissed as a prospective juror gave the information to court officials.

"It seems like a good jury panel," defense lawyer Michael Flanagan said after the jury was seated Friday.

The jury consists of seven men and five women, include six who are white, five who listed their ethnicity as Mexican or hispanic and one who identified himself as African-American.

Flanagan said the defense paid little attention to juror's ethnicity, but instead focused on their answers to the 32-page jury questionnaire.

The court released copies of their answers late Friday, giving a glimpse at the 12 Los Angeles County residents who will decide Murray's fate.

Three of the women said they followed the Casey Anthony trial over the summer. Defense lawyers unsuccessfully used the Anthony case to argue that Murray jurors should be sequestered in a hotel during the trial to shelter them from media reports.

One juror, a retired cartoon animator, said he once met Michael Jackson.

Several jurors described themselves as Michael Jackson fans and two have seen "This Is It," the do***entary of Jackson's rehearsals just before his death.

They and their fellow jurors will see clips from the film again since the prosecution is expected to show them during the first day of the trial Tuesday.

Murray could face up to four years in prison if the jury finds him guilty.

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

Prosecutors have accused Murray, who served as Jackson's personal and full-time physician at the time, of having a role in the overdose.

They contend Murray used a makeshift intravenous drip to administer propofol intended to help Jackson sleep, a practice they argue violated the standard of care and led to the pop music icon's death.


http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/24/justice/california-conrad-murray-trial/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

939 days ago
35.

HumanNature    

Jury Seated in Conrad Murray Trial


Los Angeles - A seven-man, five-woman jury was chosen Friday to hear the trial of Michael Jackson's personal physician, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter for the pop superstar's 2009 death.

Six other people -- four women and two men -- were sworn in as alternate jurors soon afterward, but one of the alternate jurors was quickly dismissed after she was brought back into the downtown Los Angeles courtroom and spoke privately with attorneys and Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael E. Pastor. No reason for the dismissal was publicly announced.

The judge instructed jurors to return to court Tuesday morning, when attorneys are expected to give their opening statements in Dr. Conrad Murray's trial.

Before excusing jurors, the judge advised them again not to "read, listen to or watch any news report or any other commentary about this case from any source" and to "keep an open mind throughout the trial."

Questioned individually by the judge about whether they would follow his instructions, each of the jurors promised that they would.

Pastor noted earlier that the trial will be televised, although the jury selection process was not, and promised them that "at no time will jurors be photographed or filmed or otherwise recorded."

"We take your privacy seriously," he said.

Murray, 58, watched jurors attentively from across the courtroom as they were questioned, at one point pushing his chair out to get a better look.

The lengthy day of questioning began with 84 prospective jurors, 10 of whom were quickly dismissed for hardship reasons.

The jury was empaneled after attorneys from each side had used the maximum 10 peremptory challenges -- in which they can excuse a juror without having to state a reason. The alternates were chosen after the defense used all of its six peremptory challenges, while the prosecution dismissed four prospective alternates.

Jury questionnaires released after the 12 jurors were chosen show that just over half of them responded affirmatively to a question about whether they had ever considered themselves a fan of Jackson or the Jackson family.

A 32-year-old man wrote on his questionnaire that he owned two or three of Jackson's records, and a 54-year-old woman wrote that she "loved his music as a very young girl, as an adult not so much." Another panelist, a 54-year-old man, wrote that he thought Jackson was a "gifted performer."

All of the jurors checked off that they had no feeling or opinion about Murray and that they had not closely followed the case, but some wrote that they had been interested in other high-profile trials including the case against O.J. Simpson and the recent trial of Casey Anthony in Florida.

The jurors -- who live throughout Los Angeles County -- range in age from their 30s to 50s and include high school graduates, those who have attended some college or have a college degree and one with an MBA.

Most checked off that it didn't matter if they were chosen for the jury but that they would be prepared to serve. One wrote that he wanted to serve because "I find the process interesting," and another wrote that it was her "duty as an American" to serve.

During the first round of questioning, defense attorney Edward Chernoff asked the group if they could honestly say they had never read, heard or seen anything about Jackson's lifestyle, family or personality, or about his own client. None raised their hands.

Deputy District Attorney David Walgren asked one of the potential jurors why she had put an exclamation mark on her jury questionnaire after responding "No" to a question about whether she had seen `This Is It," the do***entary made from rehearsal footage of the singer in the days before his death from propofol intoxication on June 25, 2009, at the age of 50.

"That was an emphatic 'No.' I wasn't interested," said the woman, who was later dismissed by the defense.

The judge told the group that today's proceedings were an opportunity for the attorneys to ask follow-up questions stemming from the detailed 30-page questionnaires the prospective jurors filled out earlier this month, noting that none of the questions were designed to embarrass or humiliate them.

"It's not going to take all that long," he said, with Walgren later referring to a comment he had heard light-heartedly comparing the process to speed dating.

Chernoff also noted that "there is a lot of publicity involved in this case," and that it "may be an interesting case" and may be "fascinating" for those who like science.

The defense attorney asked if anyone wanted to be a juror on the trial because of either Jackson or Murray. No one raised their hand.

When asked to describe Jackson's personality, one woman said she remembered him "as a child, his dancing, his music" and remembered The Jackson 5, the group comprised of a young Jackson and four of his older brothers. She said she did not still think of him as a child. That woman remained on the panel.

In his questioning, Walgren quizzed

potential jurors on what they would do if they were left with unanswered questions during the trial and whether they believed they could be fair.

"I feel I'd be fair ... Everything I hear will be the first time," one man said after Walgren noted that he reported in his questionnaire that he knew very little about the case. He was later dismissed by the defense.

Among the jurors who were dismissed was a nurse who got visibly emotional under questioning by Chernoff. She was called to a private, sidebar conversation with the judge and attorneys, after which she and another prospective juror were excused by the judge.

Murray is accused of administering propofol, a powerful anesthetic, to Jackson to help him sleep, then failing to properly monitor him.

The defense has suggested Jackson -- who was preparing for a series of comeback concerts in London -- could have given himself a larger dose of propofol by orally ingesting it while the doctor was out of the singer's bedroom in a rented Holmby Hills home.

Murray has been free on $75,000 bail since being charged in February 2010.

After finding there was enough evidence to require Murray to stand trial, Pastor ordered the cardiologist to "immediately cease and desist" practicing medicine in California while the criminal proceedings are pending.

Last month, the judge denied the defense's request to sequester jurors during what is expected to be a highly publicized trial that could last four to five weeks.

The judge said Aug. 25 that he has "tremendous faith in the jury system" and noted that jurors -- who will eat their snacks and meals in a jury room -- would be subject to "very strict rules and regulations."


http://www.myfoxla.com/dpp/news/local/jury-selection-continues-in-murray-trial-20110923

939 days ago
36.

What I Think    

Cheer up, MJ fans. This manslaughter trial will no doubt add some interesting books to my library. That in itself makes Michael Jackson's death worth it.

939 days ago
37.

What I Think    

You seem to be hogging the computer, Human Nature. Be fair and give the other mental patients a turn.

939 days ago
38.

anne    

will someone please stop kirstie alley from her braggadocio weight and size claims?

938 days ago
39.

Chic    

There will be Justice For Michael. And October will be
Michael's last masterpiece Invincible tenth anniversary!
Fans lets make it number one.

938 days ago
40.

Chic    

IMO the jury will see total recklessnes on Murrays part.
Love you forever Michael!

938 days ago
42.

mymjj5.    

The trial is set to begin on Tuesday.
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.....we're taking the president underground. You people are on your own........take cover.....

938 days ago
43.

mymjj5.    

I guess it's now down to who was a better judge of liars - the defense or the prosecution - because these people made up their minds a long time ago.
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Excellent!!!!!

938 days ago
44.

Pegasus    

Experts Key in Trial of Jackson's Doctor

938 days ago
45.

mymjj5.    

ANOTHR QUESTION...

when the fire dept. arrived ANDfound Michael alone in a room, had the anonymous caller (CONRAD)given them directions to; or, did they have to search the whole house?
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Your investigative series of questions are pitiful!!! Enough already..............pleazzzzzzzz

937 days ago
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