|Prosecution And Defense To View Same Footage|
(25-6-2011) Lawyers for both the defense and the prosecution in the involuntary manslaughter case against Dr. Conrad Murray will both view the raw footage that did not make it into the 'This Is It' concert movie.
The attorneys for both sides wish to show excerpts from the movie to demonstrate Michael Jackson's physical condition before he died. Unfortunately, this sets the stage for Jackson to become the posthumous star for the upcoming trial.
At one point during the hearing, which came just two days before the two-year anniversary of Jackson's death, Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor asked if prosecutors wanted to show the entire movie to jurors but, the issue was tabled for later discussion.
Deputy District Attorney David Walgren had initially asked to show excerpts of the actual concert film, which was compiled from rehearsals two days before Jackson's death on June 25, 2009.
Walgren said prosecutors wanted to see the same raw footage that is viewed by opposing counsel but, defence attorney Nareg Gourjian objected to the prosecution's request to sit in on the private screening, saying the subpoena was issued by the defence.
Walgren countered that it would be "silly and a waste of time" for him to get a separate subpoena and Judge Pastor agreed saying that both sides can go to Sony studios beginning on Tuesday and view 21 boxes of audio-visual materials that have been estimated to capture 100 hours of rehearsal time. Jackson was preparing for a much anticipated London series of concerts and died just before he was to leave for Britain.
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