Potential Jurors in Conrad Murray Case Face 125 Questions

If they pass the first phase of jury selection, potential jurors will be handed a lengthy questionnaire

A judge has 125 questions waiting for potential jurors in the case of Michael Jackson's personal physician.

Dr. Conrad Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the pop singer's June 2009 death. Jury selection begins Thursday.

Jurors will face several questions Thursday from Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael E. Pastor, including whether it would be a financial  hardship for them to serve on a trial that is scheduled to begin in  early May and wrap up by late June.

If it doesn't present a financial hardship, the remaining members of the jury pool will be asked to fill out a 27-page questionnaire that includes about 125 questions. It's not clear what's on those 27 pages, but the judge has called the questionnaire "very inclusive."

More than 300 potential panelists are expected in court Thursday and Friday.

Those who fill out questionnaires are expected to be asked to return to  the downtown Los Angeles courthouse starting on May 4, when attorneys from both  sides are set to begin questioning them. Opening statements are scheduled for  May 9.

Murray, 58, is accused of administering the anesthetic  propofol to Jackson to help him sleep, then failing to properly monitor the 50- year-old singer, who was in Los Angeles for a series of rehearsals for an  upcoming series of sold-out concerts in London. Jackson was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m. on June 25, 2009, after doctors  at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center unsuccessfully tried to revive him.  Paramedics who responded to the entertainer's rented Holmby Hills estate about  two hours earlier said he appeared to have been dead for 20 minutes to an hour.

Murray proclaimed himself "an innocent man'' during a Jan. 25 court  appearance.

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