LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles judge has ordered attorneys in the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor to not speak publicly about the case.
Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said Friday that prosecutors and lawyers for Dr. Conrad Murray were ordered not to comment outside of their respective legal teams.
Pastor didn’t specify the reason for his decision. However, he called Matt Alford, a Houston lawyer who is a partner with Murray’s attorney, Ed Chernoff, to return Friday afternoon.
Alford appeared on NBC’s “The Today Show” on Friday, in which he said the jury was smart enough to know prosecutors haven’t proven their case.
Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with Jackson’s death in June 2009.
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The doctor charged in Michael Jackson’s death never revealed that he had given the singer a powerful anesthetic, a paramedic told a jury hearing the physician’s involuntary manslaughter case Friday.
Murray eventually told medics that he was treating the singer for exhaustion and dehydration, he said. The doctor did not mention that he had been giving Jackson the surgical anesthetic propofol to help the singer sleep.
Murray appeared frantic when the paramedic arrived in the bedroom on the day of Jackson’s death in June 2009, Senneff said. He had to ask Murray three times about what condition Jackson had before the doctor answered.
“He said, `Nothing. He has nothing,’” Senneff said.
“Simply, that did not add up to me.”
Murray, 58, has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. If convicted, Murray could face up to four years in prison and lose his medical license.
Prosecutors contend the Houston-based cardiologist repeatedly lied to medics and emergency room doctors about medications he had been giving Jackson in the singer’s bedroom.