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LOS ANGELES (AP) - The first day of jury selection in the Anna Nicole Smith drug conspiracy case has ended with most of the possible panelists eliminated.
Among those removed was a man who said he believed psychiatry was a fraud, and a fan of Smith’s reality TV show who said the Playboy model’s boyfriend-lawyer, Howard Stern, did not do enough to save her from drugs.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
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.
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