Crime & Justice

Trial for Jackson’s doctor to start March 24, TV cameras likely

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A Los Angeles judge has moved up the trial for pop singer Michael Jackson’s personal physician.

LA Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor says he didn’t realize that his first trial date of March 28 was the last day Dr. Conrad Murray could be tried on charges related to Jackson’s death. So he’s moved the trial up to March 24.

Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter; prosecutors say he injected Jackson with what turned out to be a fatal dose of the powerful sedative propofol – and then didn’t keep close watch after he gave Jackson the shot.

Attorneys and the judge will cut down the jury pool quickly with a simple question: can you afford to serve on a jury that might be on a case for six weeks? Anyone who can will fill out a questionnaire and then the final cut begins.

Once jury selection is finished, you may be able to watch the Murray trial on TV. Judge Pastor says he’ll allow a live camera into the courtroom as long as its crew arranges what he calls the “absolute least intrusive placement.”