Thursday, August 25, 2011
MJ JURY Will NOT Be Sequestered
The Dr. Conrad Murray jury will NOT be sequestered, because the judge does not want jurors to feel like inmates.
Judge Michael Pastor has ruled ... even though Michael Jackson's death was incredibly high profile, he feels confident sufficient measures will be in place to make sure the jury is not contaminated or harassed.
To ensure protection, jurors will each get meals and snacks in the jury room -- not in surrounding lunch areas open to the media and public.
Murray's legal team had filed docs earlier this month asking to sequester the jury -- because they were worried the jury would be tainted by large-scale "character assassinations" ... specifically by TV pundits like Nancy Grace.
Prosecutors also want Judge Michael Pastor to bar Steve Robel -- a key Santa Barbara County Sheriff's investigator in the 2005 MJ molestation trial -- from testifying in Murray's defense. Robel is on the defense witness list.
In fact, prosecutors want all references to alleged molestation barred from Murray's trial, on grounds it has nothing to do with MJ's death and would merely inflame the jury.
And, prosecutors have also asked the judge to block the testimony of a number of doctors who treated Michael Jackson but were not involved in caring for MJ on the day of his death.
Judge Pastor has not ruled on the motions.
at 12:47 PM