Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Jackson Doc Trial: A TV Thriller?

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25:  Katherine Jacks...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeThe involuntary manslaughter trial of  Dr. Conrad Murray, the late pop star Michael Jackson's personal physician, may be televised, the Associated Press reported today.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor voiced a willingness to green-light broadcasting the trial if the camera is unobtrusive, a term, like "low key,"  rarely associated with the tumultuous life of the late King of Pop. Judge Pastor, who expects to begin the jury selection process March 24, has scheduled a Feb. 15 hearing on pretrial motions.

The 50-year-old Jackson died June 25, 2009, of cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home.  Dr. Murray claimed he administered CPR to the singer without success after discovering him breathing faintly. In August 2009, the Los Angeles coroner classified Jackson's death as a homicide based on what he claimed was a lethal overdose of  sedatives, including propofol, an anesthetic.

The combination of  the dysfunctional Jackson clan and the devoted legion of Michael Jackson should make for a tv spectacle, even absent any courtroom "moon-walking."

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1 comment:

  1. Involuntary manslaughter? That's a circus, not a trial. Homicide or nothing. As the late Johnnie Cochran would say, "If murder isn't on the table, it shouldn't be on cable."