Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Michael Jackson hearing



July 29, 2009


Michael Jackson (BP117319 and BP117321)  

Aug. 3 Guardianship and Estate Hearings


Reporters covering the guardianship and estate hearings for Michael Jackson cases at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, 2009, in Department 5, Stanley Mosk Courthouse, 111 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, must validate their seat reservation no later than 7:55 a.m. that morning in Room 222, second floor -- latecomers may lose their claim to a seat in the courtroom. Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff denied media requests for still and video photography of the hearing.

News organizations on the Public Information Office’s media-seating list for the July 13 Jackson hearing need not register or call to verify their reservation.  (A new media-seating list will be developed for future Jackson case hearings.)

Reporters’ use of personal recorders in the courtroom is prohibited -- even for note taking. They may use laptops and personal electronic devices, such as BlackBerrys, to email or text information during the hearing as long as the devices are held flat at lap level with their audio- and image-capturing features turned off at all times.

A closed-circuit telecast of the Department 5 hearing may be viewed in Room 222 by people who could not be seated in the courtroom. The court’s transmission shall not be recorded or made available for rebroadcast. Electronics, such as Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), laptops and cell phones, may not be used in the overflow room and must be turned off and stored out of sight. 


  • Post-hearing news conferences will be outside the courthouse near its Grand Avenue entrance on the fourth floor.
  • Hallway interviews are strongly discouraged.
  • Photography is forbidden in all courthouse hallways and public spaces except designated media areas where cameras must face the wall.
  • Hallway noise must be kept to a minimum in order not to disturb courtroom proceedings.

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