In asking for a sequestered jury in the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray’s attorneys say it could be “the most publicized trial in history,” reports the Los Angeles Times. The lawyers said viewership of the trial on the Internet and television would exceed that for Casey Anthony’s trial, given Jackson’s global fame.
During an aborted attempt at jury selection this spring, a process halted by unrelated delays, only one potential panelist said she had never heard of the case. “And she could not speak English,” they added. A hearing is set for next Thursday. The judge for Murray’s manslaughter trial, set for next month, has said he does not believe round-the-clock isolation of jurors is necessary. Murray is accused of causing Jackson’s 2009 death from an overdose of surgical anesthetic. He says Jackson administered the fatal dose himself.