Lawyers for Dr Conrad Murray have asked for the jury to be sequestered during his forthcoming trial over the death of Michael Jackson.

Conrad - who faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter relating to the 'Thriller' singer, after he died of acute Propofol intoxication while under the physician's care in June 2009 - is worried that jury members will be unfairly influenced by media coverage but Judge Michael Pastor said yesterday (20.07.11) he doesn't believe it will be necessary or financially viable.

Judge Pastor has also revealed he will review 12 to 16 hours of raw footage of the singer's final tour rehearsals before his death to decide if it should be shown at the trial, which will start on September 8 and is expected to last two months.

Prosecutors believe it shows the star was fit and healthy before his overdose of the powerful anaesthetic which he used as a sleep aid.

While the doctor has been accused of administering the medication and failing to provide proper care leading to the singer's death, in recent months, Murray's lawyers have suggested the singer gave himself the lethal dose.

Dr Murray - who faces up to four years in prison if convicted - has pleaded not guilty to the charges.