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Anthony verdict could be bad news for Michael Jackson trial

LOS ANGELES (CNN) - In the wake of the Casey Anthony verdict, lawyers for Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial are gearing up for a battle.

The public outrage that seized the country after Anthony was declared not guilty may fuel jurors to be harsher on defendants, a trend that was seen after the last major upset in courtroom history - the acquittal of O.J. Simpson.

"Jurors that paid attention to that case on some level want to go into courtrooms and do justice," said defense attorney Michael Cardoza. "In other words, they are going to convict the next person that comes in."

Murray is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter for allegedly causing the death of Michael Jackson. Lawyers will question potential jurors Friday for the trial, which will be held in Los Angeles.

On the jury selection questionnaire, potential jurors were asked if they followed the Anthony case.

"The ones who have strong feelings about Casey Anthony are not going to be good defense jurors," said defense attorney Shepard Kopp. "If you can identify who those people are, you have a much better chance of seating a fair jury."

Even though their initial request was denied, Murray's lawyers still want the jury sequestered. They argue that media coverage could keep the doctor from getting a fair trial.

"It may be that jurors may walk into these high profile cases think, 'I better be careful; I better be leaning towards conviction rather than acquittal, otherwise an entire country will be out there with their pitch forks after me," said Marcia Clark, a former prosecutor.

Jurors are expected to be in place by the end of the week.

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