Lawyers for Michael Jackson's personal physician DR. Conrad Murray have lost their second bid to sequester the jury in his upcoming manslaughter trial.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor ruled against the defendant's initial request in August (11), insisting he was confident jurors will avoid media coverage of the high-profile case and will not need to be locked away in a secluded hotel room for the duration of the trial.
Murray's legal advisors challenged the decision by filing a last-minute petition earlier this month (02Sep11), but their appeal was dismissed on Wednesday (07Sep11).
Officials at a California appeals court declared Judge Pastor was within his rights of judicial discretion when he made the ruling.
The trial will now begin as scheduled, with jury selection expected to start on Thursday (08Sep11).
Murray stands accused of administering the fatal dose of anaesthetic Propofol which cost the King of Pop his life 2009. The doctor has pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter.