Jurors will sleep in their own beds during the upcoming trial of Michael Jackson's personal physician. A judge rejected a defense request Thursday for round-the-clock sequestration of the panelists, saying he was confident jurors will heed his warnings to avoid what is anticipated to be intense media coverage of the televised proceedings. Lawyers for Dr. Conrad Murray, who stands accused of involuntary manslaughter, had argued for isolation of the jurors in light of opinionated television commentary of the Casey Anthony trial this summer. The judge said jurors will be kept away from reporters in the courthouse and instructed often that reading or watching coverage of the case will result in serious consequences such as contempt of court charges, incarceration and financial penalties. "I have tremendous faith in the jury system and in the individual promises of jurors," said Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said. He said the cost of sequestration was a factor, although not the determining one. Hotel rooms and other sequestrations expenses would set the cash-strapped court system back more than $500,000, he said. Defense attorney Ed Chernoff then asked the judge to ban cameras in the courtroom during testimony. The judge refused. Jury selection begins Sept. 8.Another one on the way
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are expecting their third child, their representatives said. The actors said they are "thrilled" to have another baby on the way. Garner is said to be in her second trimester, but the couple did not release a due date. The couple has two daughters, 5-year-old Violet and 2-year-old Seraphina Elizabeth Rose Affleck. Affleck and Garner, both 39, were married in 2005. Garner, who rose to fame after starring in the television series "Alias," appeared over the weekend at a Disney expo to promote her upcoming film, "The Odd Life of Timothy Green." Affleck won an Oscar for co-writing the screenplay to "Good Will Hunting" and recently wrote, directed and starred in the thriller "The Town."
OFF THE WAHL: Mark and Donnie Wahlberg are reportedly opening a hamburger restaurant with their chef brother Paul in Hingham, Mass. The Boston Herald said the trio finally secured the name Wahlburgers, which previously had been trademarked.
FOUND DEAD: Actor Michael Showers, who appeared in HBO's "Treme," was found dead in the Mississippi River on Wednesday, the Port of New Orleans confirmed to Entertainment Weekly. Showers, 45, appeared to have been dead for about two days before he was found. An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death. "Michael Showers was a fine actor who contributed his talents to our drama in the warmest and most professional way," "Treme" co-creator David Simon said Thursday.