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Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray in court

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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.

Prosecutors in Los Angeles will lay out their case against Dr. Conrad Murray, today. If they succeed, Michael Jackson's personal physician could face an involuntary manslaughter case. Murray has acknowledged giving the late pop star propofol injections. Loyola Law School's Laurie Levenson joins us to put the case in context.

Murray will be called in for a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court today. Such affairs are usually swift and procedural. However, in Murray's case, the prosecution may call over 30 witnesses. Will they succeed in putting Murray on trial for involuntary manslaughter? And is this case worth the court's time?

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