Murray’s defense lawyer Ed Chernoff says that a plea deal was never considered in the case, as they are for “guilty people!” He also did not reveal if Murray will testify in his trial and said that it is his medical license, not the possible prison time, that Murray is most concerned about.
“Dr. Murray is a doctor,” he said. “That’s what he is.”
He holds medical licenses in California, Nevada and Texas, but a conviction would trigger a process to revoke them.
The lawyers in the case will have two weeks until September 23rd to study the jurors’ completed questionnaires, before final selection of twelve jurors and six alternates.
Opening statements for the trial, which will be televised, are scheduled for September 27th. The judge told the jury pool he expects their service will be over on or about October 28th.