HLN Michael Jackson, Conrad Murray trial coverage begins today – when to watch — For those people who have access to television during the day and are interested in courtroom dramas, a real-life courtroom drama begins today and will be broadcast live from Los Angeles. The Dr. Conrad Murray trial for the death of entertainer Michael Jackson begins with opening statements, and HLN will cover the proceedings live. When is the time to tune in?
Live coverage begins at 11 a.m. Eastern time from the Los Angeles County courtroom. Opening statements are scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m. ET.
HLN hopes to surpass the ratings it achieved when it covered the Casey Anthony murder trial in Orlando, Florida earlier this year.
Signature programs on the network will analyze the day’s events. These shows include: Morning Express with Robin Meade (6 to 11 a.m.); News Now (3 p.m.); Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell (7 p.m.); Nancy Grace (8 p.m.); Dr. Drew (9 p.m.); The Joy Behar Show (10 p.m.); and Showbiz Tonight (11 p.m.).
Each show will follow the trial from a particular perspective. For example, Dr. Drew will be “demystifying why players at the heart of this story do what they do,” while Showbiz Tonight’s host A. J. Hammer will examine “why Jackson’s music still matters, his legacy and how this trial impacts millions of fans globally.” Joy Behar plans to explore “Michael’s life and the Jackson family dynamic, adding color and context to the discussion from her celebrity guests and panelists,” while former prosecutor turned legal analyst and Dancing with the Stars contestant, Nancy Grace, will apply her legal expertise “to seek justice” and present “daily legal developments, delivering up-to-the-minute details of the trial’s twists and turns.”
Despite each side’s arguments to the contrary, judge Michael Pastor ruled earlier this year that the Dr. Conrad Murray trial for the charge of involuntary manslaughter may be televised, and his ruling was upheld on appeal.
Entertainer Michael Jackson died unexpectedly on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50 from “acute propofol intoxication,” according to the local coroner’s office. He was under the professional care of Dr. Conrad Murray at the time.