Judge: No more excuses for would-be Jackson jurors

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge says except for medical emergencies, she won’t consider any more excuses from potential jurors in the lawsuit by Michael Jackson’s mother against concert promoter AEG.

Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos received a flurry of last-minute notes Tuesday from people asking to leave the case because of scheduling and financial hardships they had not claimed earlier. She excused 10 more panelists from a pool of 87 and ordered attorneys to begin individual questioning.

One man declared he disliked Jackson and his whole family and thought Katherine Jackson’s lawsuit blaming AEG for the singer’s death is frivolous. He was excused because his employer wouldn’t pay for his jury service. Other prospects were less outspoken.

Jury selection in the case is scheduled to continue Wednesday.

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