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AP LA’s Anthony McCartney on the Joys of Covering Celebrity Courtroom Drama

Although there will be some fireworks during Katherine Jackson vs. AEG, this legal matter will in all likelihood not be as striking to AP entertainment reporter Anthony McCartney as the Conrad Murray trial. Speaking to FishbowlLA Tuesday morning ahead of a day of early jury selection for the Jackson-AEG battle, he cited last year’s Murray trial as one that stands out during his five-plus years with AP.

“The recording of Michael Jackson‘s voice that they played during the trial, during opening statements was one of the more stunning moments that I’ve handled as a court reporter,” McCartney remembers. “No one knew the tape existed.”

“So much of what happened in that Jackson case involved two people, and one of them was dead,” he continues. “So to hear from the deceased party, in the courtroom, was very haunting. [Prosecuting attorney] David Walgren was also extremely impressive. There was a closing argument that he gave, where he emphasized the refrain “poor Conrad Murray” to call out the excuses that Murray had made for his actions and Murray’s defense that he was persecuted and it wasn’t his fault. Very effective.”

Then there is Lindsay Lohan. McCartney has covered her ad nauseum for AP and when asked for his take on what ails her (pre-Tuesday night’s instantly infamous David Letterman interview), he points to something a judge once said.

“It’s gotten to the point where I absolutely refuse to predict what’s going to happen in a Lindsay Lohan court hearing,” he confesses. “One of the more surprising things one of her judges said, about a year and a half ago, was that after looking at all the psychological reports, she didn’t think that Lohan was an addict. She thought that her problems were psychological. I think that statement caught a lot of people by surprise.”

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LA Weekly Does a 2011 Retrospective… In Legos

Sometimes the traditional journalistic methods of reporting and photojournalism aren’t the right tools for the job. That’s where Legos come in.

Below, Lt. Pike pepper-spraying peaceful Occupy protestors at UC Davis.

Other local highlights of the Lego retrospective include Carmageddon, the death of Steve Jobs, and the Conrad Murray trial.

View the full slideshow on the LA Weekly website. All photos by L.J. Williamson.

NBCUniversal, MSNBC and Other Media Outlets Sued by Conrad Murray Creditors

The Conrad Murray documentary Michael Jackson and the Doctor: A Fatal Friendship is set to air tonight on MSNBC. Murray was allegedly paid $300,000 by NBCU to appear in the film. According to Radar Online, none of that money will go to Murray himself. Most of it is for his lawyers and some will go to his girlfriend. That deal, however, isn’t sitting well with Murray’s creditors. A company called Digirad Imaging Solutions is now suing Murray, MSNBC, NBCU and several other media companies, to get a hold of more than $147,000 it says it’s owed by Murray.

OC Weekly‘s Matt Coker has the story:

Filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by Timothy Aires of the Aires Law Firm on Newport Center Drive, the suit also seeks court costs, attorney fees and interest of $40.48 compounding daily on the original $147,085.

MSNBC Cable LLC, NBCUniversal Media LLC, October Films LLC, October Films, What’s It All About? Productions, Zodiak Media Group Ltd. and Zodiak Media Group PLC are being used as “mere subterfuges employed by defendant Conrad Robert Murray to escape liability for his debts and obligations, including the judgment,” reads the Digirad complaint.

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KTLA’s Morning News ‘Unnecessarily Censored’ by Jimmy Kimmel

What’s up with the potty mouth Eric Spillman? Conrad Murray‘s defense team is trying to f#%k up Dr. Murray’s reputation, huh? And what’s this we hear about moisture?

Rare Copy of Michael Jackson Film Surfaces

Hard to believe both the timing and geographical reporting lineage of this one, at the end of an LA week dominated by coverage of the Conrad Murray manslaughter trial. But lo and behold, courtesy of a report by Mike Luehring on Oregon website Salem-News.com, comes news of a startling discovery:

A rare copy of Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker film featuring the iconic dance sequence of ‘Smooth Criminal’ was located this week in Studio City, California.

Amy Redman, a raw stock broker who worked with Moonwalker’s live action director, Colin Chilvers for a number of years, came forward Tuesday with three reels of film that contain over 30 minutes of footage.

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