Article about jury selection: unshakeable opinions over Michael Jackson death

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Unshakeable opinions over Michael Jackson death
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Who doesn't know details about Michael Jackson's death? Canadian singer-songwriter David Walsh certainly had to be recused as a juror.


The extensive connections of Michael Jackson, his family and friends have been a challenge for a US judge trying to select an impartial jury for his mother's wrongful death lawsuit against the company that promoted Jackson's ill-fated This is It concert.

As individual questioning finally began on Monday, some jury prospects who had passed the written portion of the process had to be excused because of personal connections.

Among them was David Walsh, a Canadian singer-songwriter who said he had met members of the musical Jackson family and was friends with Lisa Marie Presley, Jackson's ex-wife. He said his own manager was on the witness list.

"I've had friends in Michael's band and my best friend was a backup singer on the This is It concert," Walsh said.


Walsh said he had formed opinions about the case that were probably unshakeable.

Katherine Jackson's suit claims AEG endangered Jackson's life by hiring an incompetent doctor, Conrad Murray, to look after the superstar singer.

AEG lawyers are expected to argue that Jackson was complicit in his own demise by insisting on hiring Murray and demanding the anaesthetic propofol to help him sleep.

The latest phase of jury selection came after jurors filled out questionnaires about their views on Jackson, his family and his life and death.

A preliminary group of 104 prospects was immediately reduced by six when members reported hardships or acquaintances on the witness list.

By day's end, 17 prospects had been excused, most because the extended length of the trial would cause them financial hardship. The case is expected to last for months.

More panellists sent notes to Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos before court recessed for the day, asking to be excused.

One member of the jury pool said he had met Dr Conrad Murray at a barbecue sometime after Jackson's death and they had a social conversation. But he said he didn't realise who Murray was, and once he did he stopped talking to him. He remained on the panel.

Murray is serving a prison term after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death from an overdose of propofol. Jackson died in his bed in June 2009 at the age of 50.

Complicating the case is the fact that neither Jackson nor AEG had signed Murray's $US150,000 ($A146,092)-a-month contract. Jackson died before Murray was paid.

Katherine Jackson's lawyers contend AEG was negligent in failing to investigate Murray's qualifications before hiring him.

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Re: Unshakeable opinions over Michael Jackson death

  • on: April 17, 2013, 06:28:06 PM


Many who think their opinion is unshakeable will possibly be the ones who are shaken the most.

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Re: Unshakeable opinions over Michael Jackson death

  • on: April 18, 2013, 02:44:48 AM

Many who think their opinion is unshakeable will possibly be the ones who are shaken the most.

Yes, it might be this way. Sometimes I wonder what makes ppl so damn shure they are the only ones who know something - no questioning of the own oppinion... AND those ppl are the ones who are the loudest...  :icon_rolleyes:

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Re: Unshakeable opinions over Michael Jackson death

  • on: April 18, 2013, 03:14:35 AM
Have we got a jury thread?  If so this should go there!  Or maybe, @everlastinglove, you could change your title a bit, to indicate it's about a prospective jury member .... not you!

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Re: Unshakeable opinions over Michael Jackson death

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One member of the jury pool said he had met Dr Conrad Murray at a barbecue sometime after Jackson's death and they had a social conversation. But he said he didn't realise who Murray was, and once he did he stopped talking to him. He remained on the panel.
Could be a strong MJ fan, full of hate for CM. Many would have been intrigued to ask him more questions, like 'what was MJ like?' 'What did you talk about?' and more. So he seems like a closed minded person, yet "remained on the panel".

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Have we got a jury thread?  If so this should go there!  Or maybe, @everlastinglove, you could change your title a bit, to indicate it's about a prospective jury member .... not you!

Thanks Curls for your suggestion. I suppose this article is one of many about jury selection, opinions about jury etc. If there will be posted more articles, a jury thread will be a good idea. The title has been changed, thanks Wish, because it's just an article I posted about opinions of others, not mine. I'm unbiased in this :icon_neutral:
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One member of the jury pool said he had met Dr Conrad Murray at a barbecue sometime after Jackson's death and they had a social conversation. But he said he didn't realise who Murray was, and once he did he stopped talking to him. He remained on the panel.

should not be an impartial jury? CM is not a litigant, but still remained in the panel... ???