In a sign of legal fallout from the Casey Anthony murder trial, a lawyer for Michael Jackson’s doctor said Wednesday his jury should be sequestered to avoid contamination by TV pundits, specifically Nancy Grace.
Attorney J. Michael Flanagan said the televised, involuntary manslaughter trial of Conrad Murray could be prejudiced by “final arguments” being delivered daily on TV by Grace and other commentators.
“How many final arguments will we have to hear in this case?” Flanagan said.
At a pretrial hearing, the lawyer referred to “the recent case in Florida” and told the judge Murray’s trial was expected to get even wider coverage. He said telling jurors not to watch TV would be insufficient.
Singer R. Kelly has emergency surgery
R&B star R. Kelly was hospitalized after emergency throat surgery in Chicago, forcing him to give up performing for an unknown period while he recuperates, the singer’s spokesman said Wednesday.
Kelly, 44, had complained of throat pain and was rushed on Tuesday to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where surgeons the same day drained an abscess on one of his tonsils, spokesman Allan Mayer said.
The Chicago native will be “laid up indefinitely” as he heals, Mayer said.
Cynthia Nixon to star on Broadway in ’Wit’
Cynthia Nixon will be returning to Broadway in the Pulitzer-Prize-winning play “Wit.”
Producers said Wednesday that the Tony and Emmy award winner will star in Margaret Edson’s play about a poetry professor who undergoes experimental treatment for cancer.
Nixon will be following her “Sex and the City” co-star Kim Cattrall, who will be in a revival of Noel Coward’s “Private Lives” on Broadway in November.
“Wit” will begin previews Jan. 5 and open Jan. 26 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on 47th Street. It will be directed by Lynne Meadow, the club’s artistic director.