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Drama of Jackson case hides simple ruling for jury

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Activist Najee Ali, demonstrates outside court Thursday Sept. 8, 2011 where jury selection has begun for the trial of Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's doctor, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the pop icon's death, in Los Angeles. (AP) Activist Najee Ali, demonstrates outside court Thursday Sept. 8, 2011 where jury selection has begun for the trial of Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's doctor, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the pop icon's death, in Los Angeles. (AP)
Dr. Conrad Murray, singer Michael Jackson's personal physician, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court. (AP) Dr. Conrad Murray, singer Michael Jackson's personal physician, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court. (AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first week of the manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor had all the trappings of other courtroom spectacles involving the King of Pop: Sign-toting fans, TV crews, Jackson lookalikes and the familiar faces of the Jackson family enduring yet another public crucible.

Inside the courtroom, jurors heard intimate, riveting details of the pop superstar's life, including recordings of his drug-slurred voice and hopes for a major comeback tour.

But jurors have been reminded regularly that someone else is on trial here. And despite all the courtroom drama, the involuntary manslaughter case against Dr. Conrad Murray is relatively straightforward. To win a conviction, prosecutors must simply prove that Murray acted with gross negligence as Jackson's personal physician in the days and hours before his death

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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