Prospective jurors voice anti-Jackson opinions as week of questioning ends

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Lawyers have rejected some prospective jurors in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's mother against concert giant AEG.

However, some of replacement candidates voiced strong opinions on Friday critical of the superstar singer. One man said Jackson was too weird and eccentric and he believed he was responsible for his own death.

The lawsuit claims AEG hired Dr. Conrad Murray as Jackson's physician without checking his credentials. Murray was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of the superstar.

Another prospect who is the son of a doctor said he had strong bias against Jackson and thought that Murray did nothing wrong in treating the superstar. He said he knew that Murray had been convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death.

Two prospective jurors were excused for bias and lawyers for both sides used a total of five of their 16 peremptory challenges to remove panelists without giving a reason.

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