|Murray Requests Rehearsal Tapes|
(11-6-2011) Even though the autopsy showed Michael Jackson was in fairly good health at the time of his death, lawyers for Dr. Conrad Murray want to see all the rehearsal footage from the "This Is It" Tour because they believe it may show that Jackson was in such a frail condition that there could have potentially been any number of reasons for his death besides propofol.
Murray's manslaughter case was pushed back to September and Jury selections are set to begin on September 8th.
Murray's attorneys recently subpoenaed the tapes but, Sony Pictures - who has possession of the footage - is raising objections for many reasons. Sony is reluctant to turn over the tapes because they claim that there are more than 20 boxes full of film and that it would cost them about $200,000 to catalog and copy all of them.
In the documents, Sony's lawyers also explain that the filmed rehearsal footage was considered to be so valuable and top secret that, "When they were transported to the Sony lot in Culver City, the transport in an unmarked truck was accompanied by armed guards in the dead of the night."
The footage is so important to Sony that when the tapes were in the editing room, security guards were posted outside the doors and no Internet access was allowed in the room.
The recently filed documents also contain a declaration from Sony stating that the videos "have a high monetary value inherent in their potential for future uses. Those uses include one or more 'anniversary editions.'"
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