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Jackson doctor's defense appeals issue of sequestration, seeks trial delay until it is decided
LOS ANGELES (AP) ' Lawyers for Michael Jackson's doctor have filed an emergency appeal seeking to overturn a judge's refusal to sequester jurors in his upcoming trial.
Attorneys asked to delay the start of jury selection on Sept. 8 until the issue of sequestration is decided by the appellate court.
In a 28-page petition filed late Friday, lawyers said jurors will be poisoned by publicity unless they are locked up in a hotel during Dr. Conrad Murray's trial. They acknowledged that their request is extraordinary, but so was Jackson, whose legacy will feed news coverage.
In the alternative, they asked that the judge rescind his decision to have the trial televised.
Murray is accused of giving Jackson an overdose of the anesthetic propofol.