Michael Jackson's doctor pleads not guilty to manslaughter
Michael Jackson's doctor pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges in court on Tuesday, setting up a legal showdown the likes of which we haven't seen since at least the last time Lindsay Lohan was in court. We're guessing this will be settled sometime around Thanksgiving, or Christmas, tops.
"Your honor, I am an innocent man," Dr. Conrad Murray told L.A. Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor. "I definitely plead not guilty." Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said the prosecution would be ready to go as well for the trial he estimated would last six weeks, the AP reports. Pastor scheduled the trial to begin March 28 and set a pretrial hearing for Feb. 7.
"Dr. Murray is looking forward to finally telling his side of the story," defense attorney Ed Chernoff said. "Dr. Murray has been waiting 22 months for his opportunity to do this. It's the first chance we have to force the issue."
Pastor said he's inclined to allow TV coverage of the trial, so get ready to see all your favorite soap operas get bumped in favor of trial coverage. Hey, why do you think we actually have a photo from Tuesday's hearing? Pastor's got dollar signs in those eyes.
[Photo: Chernoff, left, doesn't seem so confident in court. The other attorney is John Flanagan. AP]