MICHAEL JACKSONS PHYSICAN FIRES PUBLICIST FOR LEAKING
JURY SELECTION INFORMATION!!!
On the first day of his trial, Michael Jackson’s personal physician
fired his publicist for leaking jury selection information to a
celebrity gossip website.
On Wednesday, TMZ.com had posted what purported to be
proposed defense questions for potential jurors, a leak that Dr.
Conrad Murray’s attorney acknowledged came from their own
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor
said the questions were “bogus” but that he was concerned about
how information on the Internet would affect the answers potential
jurors give during jury selection.
Murray is accused of involuntary manslaughter for
giving Jackson a fatal dose of the surgical anesthetic propofol.
Defense attorneys told Pastor in chambers that a media
company hired by the defense had leaked six questions the
company had suggested for the jury pool.
None of the questions ended up in the final questionnaire,
which Pastor earlier ordered sealed.
“It is an embarrassment,” Ed Chernoff, Murray’s attorney,
told the judge. Chernoff apologized and said the company
would be fired.
After the hearing, Chernoff confirmed that the employee was
Miranda Sevcik, a Houston publicist who began working for
Murray and his legal team two days after Jackson’s death.
Sevcik declined to comment, beyond wishing the defense well.
On Thursday, 159 potential jurors were sworn in and screened
for financial hardship. Jury selection is expected to continue Friday.
Testimony in the case is scheduled to begin in May.
Here's a portion of the article that TMZ ran w/ the questions...
A central part of Dr. Murray's defense is that Michael Jackson
was a hard-core Propofol addict who hid his drug dependence
from the doc ... thus Murray wasn't operating with full knowledge.
Other questions laser in on what people think of the case,
with a heavy emphasis on social media.-- Do you have a blog?
If so, describe.-- Are you active on social networks. If so, which?
The answers will lead Murray's lawyers to spontaneous
comments of prospective jurors that could be more revealing than
answers they give in court.And the questionnaire asks:
"Do you financially support others outside your immediate family?"
Dr. Murray has had money troubles that could make him sympathetic
to certain jurors.Other questions include: "
At what age should a person be held accountable for their decisions,
actions and consequences."The defense is looking for people who
believe in personal responsibility, such as small business owners.
IT'S GETTING HOT IN THE OVEN HARVEY...