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Q&A to give unique insight into Jackson jury pool

April 13, 2013 • Entertainment


FILE – In this Jan. 26, 2012 file photo, Katherine Jackson speaks during a hand and footprint ceremony honoring her son, musician Michael Jackson, while Prince Michael Jackson, left, listens, in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Direct questioning of potential jurors will begin on Monday April 15, 2013 in Katherine Jackson’s civil trial against concert giant AEG Live. Dozens of potential jurors will be asked about their responses to a lengthy written questionnaire assessing their knowledge of Michael Jackson’s life, death and whether they can sit on a case in which plaintiff’s attorneys may ask for billions of dollars in damages. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When 104 people report for possible jury service on Monday in a lawsuit over Michael Jackson’s untimely death, lawyers for the singer’s mother and the concert promoter she is suing will already know them well.

Each person will have filled out a 123-question, 24-page questionnaire probing their views not only on Jackson and his famous family, but the singer’s life, death, the media and how they feel about multimillion dollar jury verdicts.

It’s taken nearly two weeks to collect the potential jurors, who range from a sitting Superior Court judge to retirees and unemployed job-seekers. On Monday, in-person questioning will begin and offer attorneys their final chance to talk to jurors and have them answer back.

Experts say the process known as voir dire — a French phrase Login to read more

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