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Judge in Michael Jackson doctor trial won't sanction defense team

By the CNN Wire Staff
Dr. Conrad Murray is accused of providing Michael Jackson a fatal dose of propofol, a powerful anesthesia.
Dr. Conrad Murray is accused of providing Michael Jackson a fatal dose of propofol, a powerful anesthesia.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The judge in the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor won't sanction defendant's attorneys
  • The trial of Dr. Conrad Murray is scheduled to begin May 9
  • Jackson died June 25, 2009, after Murray allegedly gave him prescription medications
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(CNN) -- The presiding judge in the manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician accused of giving the late pop singer Michael Jackson a fatal dose of anesthesia, said Wednesday he will not sanction the defense team for failing to share witness statements reports with prosecutors.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor had previously threatened defense attorneys with $1,500-a-day fines after prosecutors complained Murray's attorneys were withholding evidence and statements from them.

Meanwhile, jury selection is scheduled to continue until March 25. The trial is slated to begin May 9.

Murray is accused of providing Jackson a fatal dose of propofol, a powerful anesthesia used to put surgical patients to sleep. Jackson died June 25, 2009, after Murray allegedly gave the performer several prescription medications.

Paul Vercammen contributed to this report.