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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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46.

sofi    

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


Let's hope they make the right decision and send the MURDERER where he belongs:to jail FOR LIFE.

1088 days ago
47.

Sammy    

What I Think: 3 days ago
Did you ever stop to ask yourself why a healthy man, according to an autopsy report, needed a private doctor? To act as his drug dealer perhaps???

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Oh my God...he nedeed a private doctor 'cause when you do a concert or tour you MUST have a doctor who assists you, for the same reason why you must have an insurance policy. It's the law, FOOL!

1088 days ago
48.

Sammy    

Correction: needed, not nedeed

1088 days ago
49.

Pegasus    

Michael Jackson's Kids Prince & Paris Want To Testify In Manslaughter TrialMichael Jackson's Kids Prince & Paris Want To Testify In Manslaughter Trial
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Posted on Sep 26, 2011 @ 01:30PM print it send it
WENNBy Dylan Howard
Senior Executive Editor, Star

& Jen Heger

Radar Legal Editor

Michael Jackson's two eldest children, Prince Michael and Paris, have told their grandmother Katherine they want to testify in the manslaughter trial of the doctor accused of killing the pop superstar with an overdose of a powerful anesthetic, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.

A Jackson family insider said: "Katherine is resisting the move, because she knows how traumatic it would be for them, but both Prince Michael and Paris have said they want to tell the jury what they saw on the day their father died."

RadarOnline.com has learned the King of Pop's sister LaToya has privately declared her support of the children's stance to take the witness stand against Dr. Conrad Murray.

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Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the Thriller singer's death on June 25, 2009, at age 50.

"Both LaToya and Katherine agree, however, that Blanket should not testify as he is too young," the source said.

"Prince and Paris are determined to take the stand, though. Ultimately, I don't believe Katherine will deny them that chance, even though she doesn't want them to and has told them so. The kids have said they don't want their father's legacy to be tarnished by the trial and they believe their evidence will help convict Doctor Murray.

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"LaToya has said it would be good for the children to, 'Get what is inside them, out of them.' She feels it is a way for them to release the hurt. Above all though, she believes her brother was murdered and what Prince Michael and Paris could tell the jury, would inevitably help convict the doctor."

A second source close to the legal proceedings confirmed to RadarOnline.com they too had been told Prince Michael and Paris wanted to testify, but predicted only one of them would be called -- and only if "things were going bad" in the trial for prosecutors.

Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket were all included on a potential witness list passed out to the jurors in an attempt to ascertain their familiarity with the family. Also listed were siblings Janet, LaToya, Jermaine, Marlon, Rebbie, Tito and Randy as well as parents Katherine and Joe Jackson.

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If the teenage star witnesses were called, it could be problematic for prosecutors, who have said Murray caused Jackson's death by giving him the powerful anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid at the singer's Los Angeles mansion and not properly monitoring him.

As the source close to the Jackson clan has said: "Prince and Paris adored Doctor Murray and thought he was a God send for their father. It was only after their father's death that they formed a subsequent opinion of him. Both Prince and Paris could take the stand and wind up providing evidence which supports the doctor."

Another source familiar with the inner workings of the legal case said the children could be cross examined about whether their father had long-standing drug addictions.

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That source said: "After saying goodbye to her dad at the hospital, Paris is said to have remarked, 'My daddy is so cold again. He was always cold. He would sit by the fire to get warm. We were always afraid he would fall in as he was so close to the flames. He couldn't get warm. Now there he is... so cold.'

"Prince and Paris knew their dad relied on Dr. Murray to survive and knew their father adored him. Their comments could save him from jail because it would work well in the eyes of a jury."

The Jackson family insider said Prince Michael, if he testifies, would tell court how he walked into his father’s bedroom in the middle of his doctor’s doomed attempts to revive him.

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Murray has insisted Prince Michael and Paris were bundled from the room after the star’s daughter burst into tears and screamed ‘Daddy’.

Murray -- who was hired as the late singer's personal doctor to assist Jackson in preparing for a series of planned comeback concerts in London -- has pled not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

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Opening statements are scheduled to begin Tuesday before Judge Michael Pastor in Los Angeles Superior Court.

A jury of seven men and five women was selected last week.

1088 days ago
50.

Pegasus    

Jurors won't see Jackson's 'This Is It' announcement, judge rulesBy Alan Duke, CNN
updated 3:22 PM EST, Mon September 26, 2011
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
Video would show Michael Jackson's ill health, defense lawyers argue
"It didn't just develop the last few days before he died," Murray lawyer Michael Flanagan says
Prosecutors can't tell jury about unsuccessful efforts to talk to Dr. Conrad Murray, judge rules
Dr. Murray's trial in Michael Jackson's death starts Tuesday morning
Los Angeles (CNN) -- Although the judge has limited what Dr. Conrad Murray's lawyers can argue about Michael Jackson's health and state of mind in the months before his death, the defense will "put on a good case," one of Murray's lawyers said Monday.

Jurors will hear opening statements and the first witnesses Tuesday in trial of Michael Jackson's doctor, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the pop icon's death.

Murray's lawyers will not be allowed to show video of Jackson's March 2009 announcement of his "This Is It" concerts in London, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor ruled Monday.

The video would show jurors' "Michael Jackson's state of mind and demeanor" and support the testimony by his make up artist that Jackson was furious the number of scheduled shows was increased from the initial 10 to 50, defense lawyer Nareg Gourjian told the judge.

The London announcement was delayed 90 minutes "because Michael Jackson was passed out and could not get off sofa," Gourjian said.

Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney David Walgren objected to the video, arguing that evidence about Jackson's mental and physical condition four months before his June 25, 2009, death is not relevant.

Defense lawyer Michael Flanagan, talking to reporters after the hearing, said prosecution and defense witnesses will testify about Jackson's failing health for several months before his death.

"It didn't just develop the last few days before he died," Flanagan said.

The defense argued the March video would have helped jurors see Jackson's ill health for themselves.

Judge Pastor agreed with the prosecution and denied the defense request to use the video in the trial.

"We've got witnesses that saw what we're trying to prove," Flanagan said. "We would like to have a recording of exactly what was going on."

The first prosecution witness Tuesday is expected to be Kenny Ortega, who was the producer of Jackson's "This Is It" shows. Flanagan suggested he would offer evidence of Jackson's ill health when cross-examined by defense lawyers.

The judge's rejection of the defense request, along with earlier rulings limiting what Murray's could present in their defense, are just a fact his lawyers have to deal with, he said.

"I don't think anybody's putting on exactly the case they want to present," Flanagan said. "There are rules of evidence we have to comply with. We're going to do the best we can with the rules that are put down on us, and we'll put on a good case."

Judge Pastor denied the prosecution's request Monday to tell jurors about investigators' failed efforts to re-interview Murray in the weeks after Jackson's death. He did meet with them two days after Jackson's death, but the prosecution wanted to show later e-mail and phone voice mail attempts by the county coroner and a police detective to request meetings with Murray.

Pastor ruled that there were "too many variables in phone calls that are being placed" and the efforts to re-interview Murray were not face-to-face communications.

The judge indicated he may rethink that decision if the defense argues during the trial that police did not do a thorough investigation of Jackson's death.

"Dr. Murray gave a full statement to police, stayed there for two-and-a-half hours, answered every question they asked," Flanagan said. "What's he supposed to do -- that on a daily basis?"

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.

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

The jury consists of seven men and five women, including 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.

1088 days ago
51.

mymjj5.    

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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Are there any other announcements?????

1087 days ago
52.

Sammy    

What I Think: about an hour ago
And where is that law written? I would like to read it.
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Everyone know it (except for you). If you perform in a concert or tour you need a doctor. It was for this reason Murray was hired by AEG. To take care about Michael Jackson for the tour, otherwise they wouldn't have hired (and paid) him. As I said, it's the same criterion for which you must have an insurance policy (that he had, too)...

1087 days ago
53.

Lo Bar    

What hoopla over this pediphile wanna be white person. All this crap just so the Jackson family can get compensated!! I have no pity or feel any sorrow for that man. He made his disisions and he was an ADULT...looking for a scapegoat won't make him look any other way than what he was,,lets face it people,,he hated his color, the previous one and he was a boylover...got it? Poor Dr.. will pay for MJ's actions.

1087 days ago
54.

Robyn    

The defense attorney sounds like he me be on Propofol! He is so confused as to what to say, talking to the jury as if they are part of his team.Stating"you know what I mean"!How can anyone know what he means if he does not really know what he is saying?

1087 days ago
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