LOS ANGELES (CBS/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.

KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports.

Pastor refused to allow the defense to call a half-dozen doctors who treated Michael Jackson — including his dermatologist — in the years before his June 2009 death.

He is allowing two other doctors who treated the singer in his last months to be called to testify.

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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Comments (2)
  1. The Mad Man says:

    If this man is so innocent, why is he creating all these delay tactics. Is he really that scared of prison?

  2. PatricParamedic says:

    “He” isn’t creating anything.

    His lawyers are.

    And in voir dire, the Defense will do everything in their power to seat the dumbest people in the jury pool.

    As in the Simpson case: when you are convinced the facts will show your client “Innocent” you seat the smartest people you can find.

    When you are not, you seat people you can confuse with clutter.

    Just watch. The Defense will use peremptory challenges to eliminate ANYBODY who appears bright enough to sort through the confusion.

    In an intelligent world, cases like this would have juries filled with bright, educated juries.

    Not in this country.

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