Jury selection begins in trial of Jackson's doctor
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- All of the approximately 160 people who reported for potential jury duty in the Michael Jackson manslaughter trial had some knowledge of the case.
A judge and attorneys handling the case greeted the pool Thursday morning. Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said he was not surprised that the entire group had heard of the case against Dr. Conrad Murray and delivered several admonitions about reading any coverage of the case.
The group was being screened to see whether they could serve on the trial, which is expected to last about five weeks. Those who have the time will fill out a 30-page questionnaire probing their knowledge of the case.
Pastor said he will not sequester jurors. Instead, the panel will meet at a secret location and be brought to the courthouse each day.