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Jury prospects asked if they are Jackson fans

Prospective members of a jury that will eventually weigh the case against Michael Jackson's doctor are being asked if they had ever seen the King of Pop, attended his concerts, or knew members of his family.A juror questionnaire containing 117 questions was released Thursday after prospects who said they could serve on the two-month trial of Dr. Conrad Murray finished answering. Murray has pleaded
/ Source: The Associated Press

Prospective members of a jury that will eventually weigh the case against Michael Jackson's doctor are being asked if they had ever seen the King of Pop, attended his concerts, or knew members of his family.

A juror questionnaire containing 117 questions was released Thursday after prospects who said they could serve on the two-month trial of Dr. Conrad Murray finished answering. Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. He is accused of gross negligence for administering the anesthetic propofol and other sedatives to Jackson before he died.

The trial is likely to focus on his competence based partially on his reactions after Jackson stopped breathing on June 25, 2009.

The prospective jury candidates were asked if they had ever seen Jackson or his family members in person, whether they own his records or DVDs, attended his posthumous concert movie, "This is It," and if so why they watched it.

In one section, prospects were asked if they knew any of the more than 100 potential witnesses. Included on the list were Jackson's three children — Prince, Paris and Blanket — as well as his parents, brothers and sisters.

The answers of prospective jurors will be released when they are questioned in person beginning May 4.

Large chunks of the questions involved familiarity with drugs and exposure to media coverage of the case, including Internet and social media postings. Jury prospects also were asked if they had ever posted blog entries about the case.

In a section headlined, "Attitudes about celebrities and people in the news," they were asked, "Do you think that people of wealth or fame are treated differently in the court system?"

Notably, there was no mention in the questionnaire of Jackson's highly publicized acquittal after his child molestation trial in 2005

Lawyers also wanted to know if they had ever taken prescription drugs, including propofol, and a long list of sedatives and mood altering drugs.

In another development, Murray's lawyers filed six motions to exclude from testimony "sexually scandalous information" regarding Murray's patronage of a strip club in Los Angeles, the women he met there, and the amounts of money he spent,