No fist fights here: A methodical approach to get spectators into Conrad Murray trial
A woman receives a ticket to gain access into the Conrad Murray trial in Los Angeles.
October 5th, 2011
09:32 AM ET

No fist fights here: A methodical approach to get spectators into Conrad Murray trial

At the Conrad Murray manslaughter trial in downtown Los Angeles, there are no all-night lines, no fistfights, no Sharpie system like the one used by would-be spectators during Casey Anthony’s murder trial.

Trial-watching is a more orderly affair in L.A., which has a long history of sensational courtroom drama.

Spectators start showing up around 7 a.m., and it’s all over by 7:30. Unlike the Casey crowd, who were fighting over a hot ticket into the trial, these folks don’t brawl.

Why not? It’s not that Michael Jackson’s fans, who make up the vast majority of the would-be spectators, are peace-loving folks. They’re just as emotional about the case as the Casey clatchers were.

There’s just no point to acting out.

In Orlando, it was pretty much first come, first served for 50 courtroom seats, and conflict often arose over the varying definitions of “first.”

It got downright scary the night one woman showed up and started her own line, declaring herself No. 1. That did not go down well with the 50+ others who’d passed a Sharpie around to brand themselves with their numbers.

In Los Angeles, there are far fewer seats for the public, so you’d think the law of supply and demand would make the competition more intense. Ah, but L.A. has its lottery system. No matter when you show up, you’re given a ticket, and the other half is tossed in a bowl. The winning numbers are pulled out at random – so far six to nine a day.

If only they’d thought about that in Orlando, they might not have had to call the cops so many times.

“We’ve been doing this a while,” said one court spokeswoman, who offered a knowing smile and nod, but not her name.
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  1. banasy©

    I have a better idea: stay home.

    October 5, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Gotta watch. FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT. No wait. They did that already.

    October 5, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kitkat

    Ive never understood the fuss of going to a live trial
    Watch it at home
    Live has gotta b so boring

    October 5, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. Chris

    Seats to a courtroom? Insanity....

    October 5, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Simon Mitchell

    Michael Jackson fans ARE peace loving folk. Just like the man himself. Do you not get that yet?

    October 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      I wouldn't call a child molester a peace loving man. It is an act of violence after all.

      October 5, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Norma Tyler

    Okay be for real you know Michael that was a set up to get some money.Murrey kill him all in the name of money.Stop hating Micheal was very gifted in fact the whole family.So live and let live.R.I.P. MJ

    October 5, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Okay, I can't resist (laughing under my breath).

      Norma, you may be right, but who would want Michael Jackson dead? Who would pay money to his doctor to kill him, then make it look like an accident? Maybe it was the CIA. We all know what an important man Michael Jackson was. Maybe he knew too much. Maybe the government just couldn't risk having him alive, going on all those secret missions, and sending out all of those coded messages with his music. They needed to silence him for good.

      Or maybe it was aliens. The aliens knew he was a risk. They wanted to control the world, and Michael Jackson was in their way. He was the only man powerful enough to stop them.

      (I know, I should feel bad, but i don't)

      October 5, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tif31

    Let me guess BtBC
    That was a little thing called sarcasm, right ?

    October 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. krehator

    Nancy Grace is an unattractive troll who would accuse your grandmother of a crime to get ratings.

    October 8, 2011 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tiffany

    To be quite honest here, I haven't even paid a lick of attention to this trial. I don't really care. MJ is gone, it's sad, but life goes on. MJ is the one who allowed all this medication to go into his body. I am sure this DR didn't tie him down and force it in him. At the same time however, this man knew better and just wanted to make that $$$$$$. He should be charged with something, but it just seems like to me every time a celebrity dies from a drug overdose or whatever, someone is always charged and goes to trial. ex: Anna Nicole. It's like they drag out their drama. WHO CARES!?

    October 9, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |