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Conrad Murray's attorneys file for stay of trial

Conrad Murray

September 2, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Attorneys for Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's doctor, filed a Petition for Writ of Mandate and immediate stay of trial Friday.

Attorneys want the trial held pending the Court of Appeal's determination of the petition for writ relief.

On Aug 25, 2011, Judge Michael Pastor denied Murray's request to sequester the jury during the entire trial. Judge Pastor further denied Murray's request to remove television cameras from the courtroom. The judge said sequestration was not appropriate because it would inconvenience the jury and "make them feel like inmates."

Murray wants the Court of Appeal to reverse that ruling and order jury sequestration or, in the alternative, reverse the trial court's order permitting cameras in the courtroom during trial. His attorneys are asking for an immediate stay of trial until Court of Appeal rules on the writ.

The trial is scheduled to begin on Sept. 8.