A lawyer representing Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray has asked a judge to sequester jurors at the medic's upcoming trial to make sure they are not influenced by media coverage.
Murray has pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter amid accusations he administered the dose of anaesthetic that killed the superstar in 2009, and he is due to stand trial in September (11).
His attorney J. Michael Flanagan went to court in Los Angeles on Wednesday (20Jul11) to request that the jurors be isolated when the trial starts so they do not see any press coverage of the case, which is expected to dominate headlines for its duration.
Flanagan told Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor, "I just think there is an overwhelming likelihood of contamination of the court's control of evidence... How many final arguments do we have to face in this case? Are we going to face the one in the courtroom and the one when they go home?"
The judge gave Flanagan permission to file the motion, but hinted it may not be granted as he feels it is unnecessary, according to the Los Angeles Times.