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pop icon’s personal physician that he would impose the fines or other sanctions
Wednesday unless they met their legal obligation to turn over witness statements
and expert reports to prosecutors. “I am extremely distressed about the state of
this case and whether in fact the defense is ready for trial,” Pastor said.
Murray is set to go on trial March 24, but prosecutors have repeatedly asked the judge
to delay the case, saying the defense is not ready for trial because it has not shared
materials concerning its witnesses.Murray has refused to waive his right to a speedy
trial, as most defendants do, to preserve his right to practice medicine.
criminal defense team of Dr. Conrad Murray that he will sanction both sides if
they do not immediately improve giving discovery -- otherwise known as sharing
evidence -- in the Michael Jackson death case.
"I want to emphasize I am considering very seriously the imposition of monetary
sanctions at this point," the judge warned. He added that he could fine each
attorney $1,500 and that the sanction could delay the trial's current start date
of March 24.
"I seriously am considering all sorts of responses to the discovery situation,"
the judge said. Another hearing is due Wednesday and the judge ordered lead
defense attorney Ed Chernoff to be there. "I expect a dramatically increased
production of discovery between now and then," he added."
doctor for a month to give both sides more time to share information with each other.
Hundreds of prospective jurors will report as scheduled to a downtown courthouse
March 24 to fill out questionnaires regarding Dr. Conrad Murray’s case, but Los
Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said the final selection of panelists
will not begin until May 4. “Because of the nature and extent of discovery in this case,
counsel wanted a little more time,” Pastor said after a 40-minute closed-door meeting