Media Circus Expected For Conrad Murray Hearing
The involuntary manslaughter trial against Conrad Murray, the doctor who was treating Michael Jackson the day he died in Los Angeles last summer, is not even underway and already a massive media circus is expected at Superior Court downtown.
A hearing in the Murray case scheduled for Monday had the county court system scrambling on Friday to prepare for the global news-media onslaught. "To minimize congestion inside the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on Monday, April 5, media representatives should claim seating credentials at the PIO check-in desk on the exterior plaza in front of east end of the Temple Street entrance to the building," reads a county statement. " ... Seating credentials will not be distributed on the 13th floor, or anywhere else inside the couthouse, at any time."
The county warns that if you're late, you're out of luck: "Media representatives who arrive after 1:15 cannot be accommodated in the courtroom, regardless of where they may fall on the seating reservation list."
Is this an opportunity for "Free Murray" t-shirt hawkers? Will Gloria Allred find a female angle and hold a news conference on the courthouse steps? Are Jackson's still-thriving fans going to moonwalk for the press? You'll just have to tune in Monday afternoon to find out.
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