In the face of Defense attorneys’ arguments for a fair trial for their client, Judge Michael Pastor ruled today that the jurors in the case of Murray’s involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson will not be sequestered.
He did not agree that the jurors should be kept from living their normal lives during the four to six week trial. The Defense attorneys countered, saying that in the case involving Michael, widespread media coverage will make it likely that the jury should be protected.
Judge Pastor said he trusted jurors to heed his admonitions about reading or listening to news reports about the case. He said cost did not factor into his decision, although he said one estimate of the cost of sequestering jurors during the trial was more than five hundred thousand dollars, and a jury has not been sequestered since the trial of O. J. Simpson.