LOS ANGELES (AP) - Attorneys quizzed prospective jurors in the Anna Nicole Smith drug conspiracy case Monday, probing their views about psychiatry, prescription drugs and a separate case involving Michael Jackson’s doctor.
Many panelists voiced strong feelings about doctors and prescription medications.
One man said he was in such agony with back pain that he would swallow 12 to 16 Tylenol pills at once.
One jury prospect said she was an avid fan of Smith’s TV reality show and disliked defendant Howard Stern, the boyfriend-lawyer of Smith. The prospect felt Stern didn’t do enough to help Smith with her drug problem.
“I’ve been asking myself that,” she said. “To be honest, I have a strong opinion about him.”
Almost all of the jury candidates raised their hands when Garafalo asked if they knew about the case of Dr. Conrad Murray, the personal physician of Jackson who has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of the pop star.
The jury prospects indicated the case against Murray would not affect their ability to be fair.
One prospect was asked about his written statement on a jury questionnaire that “the field of psychiatry is a fraud.” He said that opinion was partially based on his religion, The Church of Scientology.View Entire Story
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