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September 8th, 2011
04:42 PM ET

Jury selection begins in trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor

The search begins Thursday for 18 Los Angeles County citizens who can put aside what they've heard about Michael Jackson's death so they can sit in judgment of the doctor charged with causing it.

In all, up to 450 potential jurors will report to the courthouse in downtown Los Angeles between Thursday and Monday for the selection process in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.

Murray, who faces trial on an involuntary manslaughter charge, will be introduced to 160 potential jurors who will then answer 30 pages of questions to determine if they are qualified to be on the jury.

Murray's defense is built on the theory that Jackson drank propofol, the surgical anesthetic the coroner concluded killed him, while the doctor was away from his bedside on the morning of June 25, 2009.

Prosecutors contend Murray, who was hired as Jackson's personal physician as the singer rehearsed for comeback concerts, used a makeshift IV drip to administer propofol intended to help Jackson sleep, a practice they argue violated the standard of care and led to the pop icon's death.

CNN’s Don Lemon reports on the last 24 hours of Jackson’s life for CNN Presents: “Michael Jackson: The Final Days.”


Filed under: Conrad Murray • Don Lemon • Michael Jackson
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