Michael Jackson case: Dr. Conrad Murray's legal team grows
Judge Michael Pastor said in a written decision that he had found “no real or potential conflict of interest” in allowing a Glendale attorney who had once worked for a lawyer representing Michael Jackson to defend the physician now accused in the pop singer’s death.
The attorney, Nareg Gourjian, was a junior associate in the firm of Geragos & Geragos seven years ago when lawyer Mark Geragos was Jackson’s criminal defense counsel.
Pastor’s ruling came a day after the judge held closed-door meetings with Geragos, Gourjian and Howard Weitzman, an attorney for Jackson’s estate.
“I’m pleased with the court’s finding,” Gourjian said.
Jury selection for Murray’s manslaughter trial gets underway later this month. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted. Jackson died of a drug overdose in June 2009.
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Photo: Nareg Gourjian. Credit: Arleen Ng / AP