Judge: Jackson Trial 'On Course' Despite Appeal

By: AP
By: AP

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge says the trial of the doctor charged
in Michael Jackson's death is "on course" despite an appeal filed
last week by the physician's attorneys.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor says jury
selection in the case will begin as planned on Thursday unless the
appeals court issues a stay in the case.

Attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray on Friday appealed a ruling by
Pastor that jurors in the upcoming involuntary manslaughter trial
will not be sequestered.

Pastor says he's confident justices on the 2nd District Court of
Appeal will provide some guidance soon.

Murray pleaded not guilty and faces up to four years in prison
if convicted.

Authorities say he gave Jackson a lethal dose of the anesthetic
propofol and other sedatives in June 2009.

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