Jurors will hear opening statements and the first witnesses Tuesday in the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the pop icon’s death.
But there are several things that Dr. Conrad Murray’s lawyer will not be able to tell jurors.
Murray’s lawyers will not be allowed to show video of Jackson’s March 2009 announcement of his “This Is It” concerts in London, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor ruled Monday.
The video would show jurors “Michael Jackson’s state of mind and demeanor” and support the testimony by his makeup artist that Jackson was furious the number of scheduled shows was increased from the initial 10 to 50, defense lawyer Nareg Gourjian told the judge.
The London announcement was delayed 90 minutes “because Michael Jackson was passed out and could not get off the sofa,” Gourjian said.
Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney David Walgren objected to the video, arguing that evidence about Jackson’s mental and physical condition four months before his June 25, 2009, death is not relevant.
Defense lawyer Michael Flanagan, talking to reporters after the hearing, said prosecution and defense witnesses will testify about Jackson’s failing health for several months before his death.
“It didn’t just develop the last few days before he died,” Flanagan said.
The defense argued the March video would have helped jurors see Jackson’s ill health for themselves.
Pastor agreed with the prosecution and denied the defense request to use the video in the trial.
“We’ve got witnesses that saw what we’re trying to prove,” Flanagan said. “We would like to have a recording of exactly what was going on.”
The first prosecution witness Tuesday is expected to be Kenny Ortega, who was the producer of Jackson’s “This Is It” shows. Flanagan suggested he would offer evidence of Jackson’s ill health when cross-examined by defense lawyers.
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