LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- A judge ruled Thursday that jurors in the upcoming trial of Michael Jackson's personal doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray, will not be sequestered.
Murray's attorneys had argued that jurors should be kept away from the "court of public opinion."
But Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor rejected that argument saying he was confident jurors will heed his warnings to avoid what is anticipated to be intense media coverage of the televised proceedings.
I expect that the jurors will follow the high road and that means that they will not be in the receipt of or in contact with information regarding this case outside the courtroom, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said at a hearing.
Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death.
His attorneys predict his trial will be "the most publicized in history."
The judge said jurors will be kept away from reporters and instructed that reading or watching coverage of the case will result in serious consequences.
I have tremendous faith in the jury system and in the individual promises of jurors, he said.
Prosecutors haven't filed any court papers in response to Murray's motion, said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles District Attorney's office. Rather, Deputy District Attorneys David Walgren and Deborah Brazil will present their arguments in open court Thursday, Gibbons said.
The last time a jury was sequestered in L.A. County was during the O.J. Simpson trial.
Dr. Conrad Murray is accused of giving Jackson a lethal dose of propofol mixed with other sedatives June 25, 2009. He has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.
Prosecutors contend the Houston-based cardiologist was on the phone and distracted after administering a powerful anesthetic to Jackson.
They also believe the singer was dead by the time Murray summoned help.
Pastor has ruled that cameras will be allowed in the courtroom.
The case is expected to last about two months. It is set for September.
Murray faces a maximum of four years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
At a preliminary hearing in January, a security guard testified he was told to place vials of medicine in bags before calling 911.
Alberto Alvarez was the first security guard to reach the bedroom where Jackson lapsed into unconsciousness.
Alvarez said he was frozen at the sight of Jackson on the bed with his eyes and mouth wide open.
He testified that Murray was using one hand to pump on the singer's chest as he lay on the bed. Prosecutors say CPR should be done on a hard surface, not a bed.
While waiting for paramedics to arrive, Alvarez says, Murray asked if anyone knew CPR and admitted that he had never performed the life-saving procedure before.
A paramedic sent to Jackson's rented mansion testified that he saw Murray scoop up three bottles of lidocaine from the floor and place the vials in a bag during efforts to revive the pop star.
Martin Blount testified that he was surprised to see the bottles since the doctor told paramedics he hadn't given Jackson any drugs.
Blount says Murray at one point also wanted to use a hypodermic needle on the King of Pop, which he and fellow paramedics refused.
Dr. Richelle Cooper said Jackson was dead long before he was wheeled into the emergency room at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
Cooper testified she authorized paramedics to pronounce Jackson dead at 12:57 p.m., but they declined at Murray's request and because of the singer's celebrity.
After an ambulance ride trailed by paparazzi and more than an hour of efforts in the ER, Cooper officially pronounced Jackson dead at 2:26 p.m. on June 25, 2009.
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