No jury press conference.
Dr. Conrad Murray, during his trial
After deliberating a little over 10 hours, the jury has reached a verdict in the involuntary manslaughter case of Dr. Conrad Murray. For those of you living in a cave for the last couple of years, Dr. Murray is on trial for the death of pop icon Michael Jackson. The verdict will be read at 1:00 pm Pacific Time today in Department 107. I'll post an update as soon as the verdict is read.
I should know better than listen to Vinnie. Beth Karas posted on her Facebook that the jury deliberated a total of 8.5 hours.
UPDATE 1:17 PM
Judge Pastor polls the jury. All jurors indicated in the affirmative that this is their verdict individually.
Judge Pastor now reads to the jury their final instructions. The jurors personal information will be sealed. The court will decide whether, or under what condition, any information about the jurors will be released. Their emergency contact numbers will be destroyed.
Judge Pastor speaks passionately to the jurors about their service, mentioning going back to when they first were sworn in as jurors. "Throughout this trial, you have been remarkable. You've never been late. .... We've been generally appreciative of it. You took the responsibility in good faith. Want to take the time of our courtroom family, we thank you." Now Judge Pastor addresses the five alternates and their conscientiousness. He talks about sometimes needing a spare tire, but that they didn't need them in this case because the sworn jurors were so dedicated. He tells them that some of the courtroom staff want to thank them personally. All the jurors exit back to the jury room.
Judge Pastor addresses the parties. "Mr. Chernoff, would you like to be heard?" Murray has a right to a speedy sentencing within 20 days. Chernoff talks about a date in three weeks. Judge Pastor asks Chernoff to supply a date he's thinking of so he can turn to the people.
Chernoff checks his calendar. Defense counsel are conferring. Chernoff asks about November 22nd? Is that sufficient time for a probation report? Judge Pastor states it's difficult to get a report in that time frame.
Judge Pastor states he has a major case the next week, starting on the 29th. Acceptable to the people, Tuesday, November 29th is acceptable.
Walgren asks that the defendant be remanded into custody. He's had two and a half years to prepare for this date. He's now a convicted felon. As for custody without bail.
Chernoff states he has not been a flight risk or a danger to the community. There's no reason to remand under the circumstances.
Court takes into account 1166 and 1272 from the penal code. Dr. Murray has been convicted of a felony, he has been found guilty of manslaughter. There is not constitutional right to bail. He shall be committed to the custody of the county unless, the evidence suggests he can remain out on bond. The public risk, dictates that the defendant be remanded to jail. He's been convicted of a crime of homicide. It's not a crime of a mistake of administration of drugs per se. That fact demonstrates that the public needs to be protected.
Judge Pastor weighs all the issues and concludes that Dr. Murray is to be remanded without bail.
I see the bailiff's putting the cuffs on him as he's still sitting. Nothing else to address. Court will be addressing the jury and members of the court staff will be addressing the jury first. Walgren asks if the media blackout is still in effect. Judge Pastor says no.
UPDATE 2:25 PM PT:
In Session's Facebook page is reporting there will NOT be a jury press conference.