Michael Jackson's doctor to face criminal charges this week
POSTED: Monday, September 26, 2011 - 2:47pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 26, 2011 - 3:41pm
NBC NEWS — On September 27 in a Los Angeles courtroom, another high profile celebrity trial will begin, this one involving the death of Michael Jackson.
The defense is expected to say that Jackson gave himself the lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic Propofol, and that Dr. Conrad Murray was innocent.
Over the weekend, Jermaine Jackson posted a video on YouTube saying his brother wasn't responsible for his own death.
On Friday, the jury of seven men and five women were sworn in. Among them: a college professor, a postal worker and a school bus driver. Six are white, five are Hispanic and one is African-American. About half said they were fans of Michael Jackson.
"We wanted to get 12 jurors who are going to make an impartial decision on this case based solely on the evidence and that's what we have achieved i think," stated defense attorney Michael Flanagan.
The jury will decide if Murray is guilty of one count of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the June 2009 death of Michael Jackson.
The jurors will not be sequestered but Judge Michael Pastor gave them strict orders not to watch any media coverage related to the case. However, this case is expected to generate plenty of publicity. The judge will allow cameras inside the courtroom in what could be one of the most-watched celebrity trials in recent history.