Dr. Conrad Murray's Manslaughter Trial Postponed

Arraignment Of Dr. Conrad Murray Dr. Conrad Murray arrives for his arraignment of at the Airport Los Angeles Courthouse on February 8, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)more pics » Conrad Murray (Getty Images) A judge has been forced to delay the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician of the late Michael Jackson, from its scheduled April 5 date to May 9. The prosecution and the defense are said to be still passing information between them.

Dr. Murray -- who faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter relating to Jackson's death -- is seeking a quick court case due to financial difficulties.

He consented to the new trial date after meeting with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael E. Pastor and attorneys in a closed session.

Earlier this week, defense lawyer J. Michael Flanagan said: "We need to go to trial right away. We don't have the budget that would let us draw this out."

Despite this, it is thought the defense has been the cause for delays, with Judge Pastor repeatedly questioning Dr. Murray’s defense team in recent weeks as to why they had not turned over more notes on witnesses and other potential evidence to prosecutors in advance of the trial.

In accordance with US court process, prosecutors are entitled to receive discovery of defense evidence 30 days before trial starts, a deadline which would have already passed if the original date was kept. Judge Pastor has also threatened Dr. Murray’s lawyers with big fines for failing to share evidence with prosecutors.

Despite the date for opening statements in the case being delayed, the screening of potential jurors will still start on the original date of March 24.

The trial is expected to last for around two months.

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