Because enough of a spectacle wasn’t made when Michael Jackson died and we all pretended like we’d never stopped loving him since the mid-90s, Billboard reports today that Michael Jackson manslaughter trial will be—sigh—televised. This should go well. Expect subtle coverage from the cable news networks, who I’m sure will handle this situation with same deft, quiet dignity as they have in the past.
“L.A. Superior Court judge Michael Pastor on Monday moved to allow television cameras to film the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who faces up to four years in prison in the involuntary manslaughter case involving late pop star Michael Jackson.
“The judge also advanced the date of the trial by four days to March 24, when jury selection will begin, reports Reuters. Pastor has blocked cameras from broadcasting jury selection, and he has requested proposals from local news crews to ensure the “absolute least intrusive placement” of a TV camera in the courtroom during the trial.”
My only hope is that the incipient hoopla whipped up by a televised trial will allow me to purchase a few iron-on Michael Jackson decals for my T-shirts from the 10,000 bootleg vendors that will now be surrounding the courthouse—because it’s what MJ would have wanted, guys.
What do you think of the decision to televise the trial?