TV stations are banned from bringing their cameras into courtroom for live coverage at the upcoming Michael Jackson wrongful death trial. CNN reports Judge Yvette M. Palazuelos turned down requests made by the news network and fellow station, NBC, to broadcast the proceedings live.
When CNN and NBC first proposed the idea of live coverage to the judge, lawyers for the Jackson family supported it. Meanwhile their opponent, AEG Live, objected to it.
Jury selections have started and the trial will begin soon. There is a limited space for 10 reporters in the courtroom with more than 60 news organizations from around the globe including Japan, France Germany and Australia asking for seats to cover the trial when the Jacksons face off AEG Live.
Michael’s mother Katherine and his children Paris, Prince and Blanket sued the concert promoter over the hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the King of Pop’s untimely death. They’re seeking a reported $40 billion for loss of future earnings and other damages.