Jury Selection Begins in Trial of Jackson's Doctor

By: AP
By: AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- All of the approximately 160 people who
reported for potential jury duty in the Michael Jackson manslaughter trial had some knowledge of the case.

A judge and attorneys handling the case greeted the pool
Thursday morning. Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said he was
not surprised that the entire group had heard of the case against
Dr. Conrad Murray and delivered several admonitions about reading
any coverage of the case.

The group was being screened to see whether they could serve on
the trial, which is expected to last about five weeks. Those who
have the time will fill out a 30-page questionnaire probing their
knowledge of the case.

Pastor said he will not sequester jurors. Instead, the panel
will meet at a secret location and be brought to the courthouse
each day.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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