Trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor delayed until September

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Dr. Conrad Murray sits near the bailiff as he appears at Los Angeles Superior Court on April 5, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

The trial of the doctor charged in Michael Jackson’s death has been delayed until September. The Los Angeles judge in charge decided neither side was ready to go.

Next Monday was to be the first day of opening statements in Conrad Murray’s trial on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. Lawyers for the Texas doctor wanted to push that back two weeks so they could research new prosecution witnesses.

Instead, Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor decided to excuse all the potential jurors and start all over with new jury selection in September. The judge said he didn’t like it – but he was doing it “in the interest of justice” to make sure the defense and the prosecution were ready.

More than 170 people in the jury pool had filled out long and detailed questionnaires. The court will destroy the paperwork – and Judge Pastor will write each person a letter of thanks for their service.

When Murray was charged more than a year ago, he invoked his right to a speedy trial. The speediest he can hope for now is a trial more than two years after Michael Jackson died from a sedative overdose.

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