Jackson doctor asks to sequester jury during trial

August 19, 2011 - 3:35 PM
Michael Jackson Doctor

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2011 file photo, Dr. Conrad Murray, singer Michael Jackson's personal physician, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court where Murray pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's 2009 death. Attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray have asked the judge overseeing his involuntary manslaughter case to sequester the jury, citing coverage of Casey Anthony and plans to allow online online broadcasts of the Jackson case. (AP Photo/Irfan Khan, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Attorneys for the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death are asking a judge to sequester jurors in the upcoming involuntary manslaughter trial, a move that has not been taken in Los Angeles since the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

Attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray argued in a motion filed Thursday that the move would keep the case from devolving into a circus.

They repeatedly cited coverage of the trial of Casey Anthony, who was acquitted in Florida of killing her daughter.

The motion specifically cites comments by CNN Headline News commentator Nancy Grace during and after the Anthony case.

The motion argues that without sequestration, jurors may be influenced by media coverage of Murray's case, which will include Internet broadcasting.

Prosecutors said they would only respond to the motion in court.