Conrad Murray Trial And Other News

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September 21, 2011

Source: Posted: 08:40 PM ET

Michael Jackson Fans Kicked Out of Court For Staring At Conrad Murray

In Session’s Jean Casarez was in court at the time and witnessed the incident. Casarez says that during a status hearing Wednesday afternoon some Michael Jackson fans stared so intensely at Dr. Murray it prompted the court deputy to remove all the spectators from court. The only people left in the gallery were members of the media.

Despite this distraction Judge Michael Pastor managed to get some work done. Jury selection was briefly touched upon in open court. Prosecutor David Walgren told Judge Pastor that there are a fair number of jurors that both the state and defense agree upon. Judge Pastor took the attorneys back to his chambers to discuss jury selection in greater detail, outside the presence of the media.

Before leaving for his chambers, Judge Pastor deferred his ruling on the admissibility of a study from Chile that shows oral ingestion may not kill. Judge Pastor also deferred his decision of the admissibility of “This Is It” press conference video. There will be another hearing to discuss issues with jury selection tomorrow at 4 PM ET.


Jury To Be Selected for Trial of Michael Jackson’s Doctor

By HARRIET RYAN Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — If, as is often said, trials are won or lost in the selection of jurors, the fate of Michael Jackson’s doctor might be sealed today when a pool of prospective jurors is narrowed to a dozen.

That jury is expected to spend about five weeks hearing testimony about the music icon’s final days and the culpability of Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson’s $150,000-a-month personal physician who gave him the surgical anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid.

The approximately 145 potential jurors are already well-known to both sides, thanks to what the judge in the case has called “the most complete questionnaire ever” — 32 pages of questions about their background, job history, views of Jackson and exposure to the media coverage of his 2009 overdose. In an initial screening earlier this month, every potential juror said they had some knowledge of the involuntary manslaughter case against Murray.

Because the questionnaire is so thorough, Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor has said he will allow attorneys only half the normally allotted time to question the would-be jurors as a group in court.

With less than a minute per potential juror, lawyers are likely to have decided beforehand “whether they want to keep them or get rid of them,” said Richard Hirschorn, a veteran Texas jury consultant.

Murray’s defense lawyers retained an unidentified jury consultant to help evaluate the questionnaires. The prosecutor’s office has used such consultants in the past but elected not to this time.

“It’s very lean times for public prosecutors’ offices,” said Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.

In evaluating the questionnaires, experts said, both sides are likely to home in on the questions they care about most. Hirschorn said prosecutors might focus on what jurors wrote about their experiences with doctors and prescription drugs. Particularly revealing, he said, was the question, “Has a physician ever refused to prescribe a medication that you specifically requested?”

“That’s the prosecution case in one sentence — Murray should have said no” to his famous patient, Hirschorn said. People who have been turned down by doctors may be more critical of Murray’s acquiescence: “I’m putting them on the jury 99 out of 100 times,” he said.

Questions about how closely they followed other high-profile legal cases, including the recent Casey Anthony murder trial in Florida, might draw close scrutiny also, said Richard Gabriel, a jury consultant who worked for music producer Phil Spector’s murder defense. He said jurors interested in true crime stories covered obsessively by such cable news hosts as Nancy Grace “tend to be pretty pro-prosecution.”

Justice, on such programs, “has become code for conviction,” he said.

Attorneys might also zero in on potential jurors’ experiences with drug and alcohol addiction, the subject of three questions. Hirschorn said people who have dealt with substance abuse would probably be more open to Murray’s claim that Jackson begged for propofol and gave himself the fatal dose.

“If they know somebody who has been addicted, then they know that person will do whatever they have to to get drugs,” Hirschorn said.

Legal teams typically rank jurors from one to five based on their answers and information turned up by Internet or public searches. In court Friday, experts said, both sides are likely to focus on the jurors they rank as ones — the worst for their case.

“It’s not a matter of picking the people you want. It’s really a de-selection process: getting rid of the worst of the worst and hoping the ones that are left can be fair,” said Hirschorn, who worked for the defense in the William Kennedy Smith rape trial in the early 1990s.

Both sides can excuse 10 potential jurors without giving a reason. Additionally, they can ask the judge to remove anyone who shows bias.

But Howard Varinsky, the jury consultant for prosecutors in the trials of Scott Peterson and Martha Stewart, said the short time for questioning jurors in Murray’s case will probably hurt lawyers’ attempts to tease out bias.

“It usually takes about five, six … minutes” of questioning, Varinsky said. “When you’ve got one minute, you can’t do it. You’re handcuffed.”

The limited time also constrains follow-up questions, such as in the case of jurors who check a box identifying themselves as Jackson fans, Gabriel said.

“You don’t know if that means ‘I’ve seen every concert and own every album’ or ‘I just really liked “Thriller,”‘” he said.

Times staff writer Victoria Kim contributed to this report.


Jury Breakdown

Source: The Michael Jackson Fan Club

(24-9-2011) Now that the jury has been set more information is coming to light about the 12 men and women chosen to hear the case against Dr. Conrad Murray. It was initially reported that there were no African Americans on the panel, however the AP is reporting that one male is indeed African American. The breakdown of jurors follows:
Male, 51, Hispanic
A mail carrier who occasionally watches “Law & Order,” he stated he did not think the justice system treats the famous or wealthy differently from others.

Female, 57, Hispanic
An unemployed former accounting manager who watched parts of the O.J. Simpson case, she indicated she has never bought a Jackson CD.

Male, 45, white
A management consultant who has served on two previous juries, he indicated he was not a Jackson fan but watched the singer’s concert film “This is It” because “I was curious.”

Male, 32, white
A bookseller who said he’d read about the case primarily in headlines. He watched part of the Simpson trial on TV and was a Jackson fan when he was a child.

Female, 48, white
A paralegal who watched portions of the Casey Anthony trial, she stated she thought the justice system treated celebrities differently because “the court system is so over-burdened that they could not handle the security needed if a celebrity were in jail.”

Male, 39, white
A technology worker who indicated he occasionally reads celebrity websites, he considers himself a Jackson fan and owns several CDs by the singer and his family.

Female, 54, Hispanic
An office management worker who occasionally watched the Anthony trial, she indicated she was a Jackson fan when she was younger, but not anymore.

Male, 42, Hispanic
A school bus driver who gets most of his news from the radio, he has never bought any Jackson music.

Male, 54, African American
A technical director in the entertainment industry, he indicated he had watched parts of several celebrity trials and came to the conclusion, “The system isn’t as black and white as it seems, but it works based on the law.”

Female, 43, white
A British-born marketing executive and new U.S. citizen, she indicated she had mostly read stories about Jackson’s children in magazines and viewed jury service as a “privilege and my civic duty to do the right thing.”

Female, 36, Hispanic
A customer service representative who watched portions of the Anthony trial, she also considered herself a Jackson fan.

Male, 54, white
A college professor and former animator, he considers Jackson a “gifted performer” and indicated he knew about Murray and how the singer died.

Source: MJFC / / AP


Michael Jackson Press Conference Video Banned From Manslaughter Trial

Source: ABC

By (@JimAvilaABC) , KAITLYN FOLMER (@ABCKaitlyn) , BRYAN LAVIETES and (@jesshop23)
Sept. 26, 2011

Jurors in the manslaughter trial of Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s doctor, will not be allowed to watch video of the king of pop announcing his comeback tour three months before he died, a judge ruled today.

Opening statements in the case will begin Tuesday. Attorneys for the prosecution and defense met today with Superior Court Judge Judge Michael Pastor to discuss pending motions before the trial gets underway.

Murray’s lawyers unsuccessfully lobbied to use video of a news conference given by Jackson in March 2009 to announce his “This Is It” comeback tour as evidence in the case. Attorney Nareg Gourjian argued that the video showed Jackson under a lot of pressure and hung over. The defense claimed that the news conference had to be delayed by 90 minutes because Jackson could not pull himself off a couch.

The defense had hoped to use the video to argue that Jackson wasn’t physically fit and that he’d agreed to 10 shows, not 50. Judge Pastor said the tape wasn’t relevant to Jackson’s death. Jackson was found in cardiac arrest June 25, 2009, after overdosing on the powerful anesthetic propofol.

Pastor also denied a motion by the prosecution to enter evidence that law enforcement tried four times to set up a follow-up interview with Murray. The prosecution will likely argue that Murray was uncooperative with investigators.

More than two years after Jackson died, Murray’s trial will give jurors and legions of Jackson fans the first chance to hear Murray’s account of how the king of pop died at 50.

Legal experts believe the trial will hinge on testimony about the potent drug, propofol. Jackson, an insomniac who desperately wanted to sleep as he prepared for a grueling 50-night comeback tour, used the powerful drug to get some rest, according to the Associated Press. He called it his “milk.” Murray administered the drug.

The drug is typically administered intravenously in a hospital setting during surgery.

“The defense is going to say there were a lot of doctors that were giving him propofol. This is a doctor who was helping him wean off [the drug],” said Dan Abrams, ABC News’ legal analyst.

Defense lawyers are also expected to argue that Jackson gave himself an extra dose of the drug when Murray left the room after administering a dose on the day he died. A trace amount of propofol, 0.13 milligrams, was found in Jackson’s stomach. Jackson was rushed by ambulance to the hospital, but was declared dead.

“The prosecution is basically going to say that this was entirely reckless conduct, that he should never have been giving Michael Jackson propofol, never should have walked out of the room for as long as he did,” Abrams said.

Legal experts also think that prosecutors will attack Murray for having waited to report to police about Jackson’s use of propofol.

The jury that will hear the case is a diverse group of seven men and five women. The eldest juror is a 57-year-old Hispanic woman who has never bought a Michael Jackson CD. The jurors also include a mailman, a television director and a British-born marketing executive.

Potential jurors were quizzed on how many of them followed high-profile cases such as that of O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony. They were also asked if they were Jackson fans. Half of the chosen jurors consider themselves fans of the king of pop.

Veteran defense attorney and former legal counsel to Jackson himself, Mark Geragos, said that having Jackson fans as jurors could be an advantage to the defense.

“If the defense of this case is that he was trying to wean Michael Jackson off of these drugs, if that’s the road they’re going down, then they may want Michael Jackson fans,” Geragos said.

Five of the jurors said they believed that celebrities get special treatment by the judicial system, which could play in the prosecution’s favor, legal analyst Abrams said.

“I’d be very worried about that because those are the types of jurors … that tend to say the system doesn’t work. ? That’s a lot of people who are going to know how the legal system works and already have a firm opinion about it,” Abrams said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Michael Jackson Death: Summing Up The First Week Of The Conrad Murray Trial

Source: Huffington Post – By LINDA DEUTSCH

LOS ANGELES — The first week of the manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor has had all the trappings of other courtroom spectacles involving the King of Pop: Dozens of sign-toting fans, TV crews, Jackson lookalikes and the familiar faces of the Jackson family enduring yet another public crucible.

Inside the courtroom, jurors heard intimate, riveting details of the pop superstar’s life, including recordings of his drug-slurred voice, his hopes for a major comeback tour, even his love of spinach cobb salad with organic turkey breast.

But jurors have been reminded regularly that someone else is on trial here. And despite all the courtroom drama, the involuntary manslaughter case against Dr. Conrad Murray is relatively straight-forward. To win a conviction, prosecutors must simply prove that Murray acted with gross negligence as Jackson’s personal physician in the days and hours before his death.

Murray, 58, a Houston cardiologist, sat silently as prosecutors called witnesses who said he never told them to call 911 after Jackson was found unconscious in the bedroom of his rented Los Angeles mansion. They suggested Murray could have instructed security guards, a chef and Jackson’s personal assistant to make the crucial call, but he didn’t.

One security guard said Murray delayed the call while telling him to bag vials of medicine.

In the eyes of prosecutors, Murray did nearly everything wrong and even abandoned the singer in his hour of extreme need when he left his bedside to make a phone call. Defense attorneys are aggressively challenging such claims.

Attorney Adam Braun, who briefly represented a doctor charged with overprescribing drugs to Anna Nicole Smith, said the first requirement for prosecutors is to prove the cause of Jackson’s death.

A coroner’s report said he died on June 25, 2009, of acute intoxication from the powerful anesthetic propofol, with the presence of sedatives known as benzodiazepines.

Prosecutors “have to show it was reckless both to prescribe and administer propofol and to leave it next to the bed,” Braun said.

Thus far, prosecutors have focused their evidence on alleged serious acts of omission by Murray. Witnesses said he delayed asking others to make the 911 call; failed to have the proper lifesaving equipment on hand; and didn’t tell paramedics that he had given Jackson propofol.

Central to their case is Murray’s decision to provide the star with propofol, the drug Jackson called his “milk,” delivering it in a cozy home bedroom rather than a hospital room where it is meant to be given with an anesthesiologist on hand and life-saving equipment such as a CPR machine available for any emergencies.

In pictures shown to jurors, there are fluffy pillows and a thick down comforter on Jackson’s bed, but no CPR machine or oxygen monitoring equipment. A lawyer for the producer of Jackson’s ill-fated “This Is It’ concert said the doctor had ordered a CPR machine to be provided when they arrived for the shows in London but not before.

In his opening statement, prosecutor David Walgren said Murray told police he gave Jackson a small amount of propofol on the day he died and provided doses every night for about six weeks before that as a sleep aid.

Defense attorney Ed Chernoff countered that Jackson did not die because Murray gave him propofol; he died because he stopped giving it to him. Murray was actually trying to wean him from the drug when Jackson downed a fatal dose while Murray was out of the room, the lawyer said.

With no one present in the room when that would have occurred, lawyers will be asking jurors to infer it from circumstantial evidence.

Prosecutors also presented evidence that Murray denied important information to paramedics who arrived at the house. Paramedic Richard Senneff testified Friday that Murray didn’t reveal he had given the singer propofol that morning, saying only that he had given Jackson the sedative lorazepam.

Prosecutors claim all those circumstances indicate that Murray’s standard of medical care was below the level that would have been practiced by a reasonable physician.

Murray may be the only person who can tell jurors why he did what he did. But experts say it would be risky for him to testify and open himself up to accusatory questions from the prosecution.

Former federal prosecutor Marcellus McRae, who has been monitoring the trial, said the defense claim that Jackson killed himself is a risky strategy, and calling Murray to the witness stand would be a mistake.

“Dr. Murray doesn’t have to prove he’s innocent,” McRae said. “If you take the stand, the impression is you’re worried. You have some explaining to do. You only do that when you have to.”

The one thing neither Murray nor his attorneys can address is the constant presence in court of the famous Jackson family and the message sent by their presence.

McRae said much of the drama swirling in the courtroom may not determine a verdict. But the presence of the Jackson family is a powerful factor.

“I don’t think people compartmentalize the emotional and the rational,” said McRae. “When you see that a person had a family and that family is in the courtroom, the basic instinct is to want there to be some responsibility.”

He also notes the need for a sense of immediacy since Jackson died over two years ago.

“There’s a linkage for people to see the wreckage caused by his death and the sense of devastation,” he said. “All these people living and breathing in the courtroom makes it immediate.”

Jackson’s mother, Katherine, his father, Joe, and up to six of their famous children have been present daily.

Jurors have also seen a large photo of Michael Jackson’s three children taken at his memorial. They have heard about his daughter crying out, “Daddy,” when she saw him dying.

And during that poignant testimony, they have seen his mother’s tears.

Murray has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of four years behind bars and the loss of his medical license.


Judge Issues Gag Order in Jackson Death Trial

Source: Entertainment and Stars

The judge in the manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor issued a sharply worded gag order for attorneys on Friday and ordered one of them to return for a possible contempt hearing after he appeared on a TV show telling details about the case.

Judge Michael Pastor’s order came at midday on Friday, the fourth day of the widely watched trial in which prosecutors are trying to prove Dr. Conrad Murray was responsible for the drug overdose that caused the pop star’s death on June 25, 2009.

Prosecutors brought to the courtroom paramedics who responded to a call for help on that day, as well as other witnesses, to try to prove Murray was negligent in his care and covered up Jackson’s use of the anesthetic propofol, which was the principal cause of Jackson’s death.

But the day’s bombshell came with Pastor’s gag order, which followed an appearance by defense attorney Matthew Alford on NBC’s morning talk show “Today.”

“The attorneys for the parties in this case … are ordered not to comment to anyone outside of their respective teams either directly or indirectly regarding any aspects of this case, whether orally or in writing,” Pastor said in court.

Alford said on “Today” that one witness had changed his testimony several times. He also declared that Jackson was addicted to propofol. That raised the ire of Pastor, who a day earlier instructed attorneys to rein in their comments to the media. On Friday, Pastor told defense attorneys he found the “Today” show appearance “shocking,” according to a court transcript.

Murray’s defense lawyer, Ed Chernoff, argued that even though Alford was part of his law firm, he was not directly a member of Murray’s defense team and was speaking as a private citizen. Pastor did not seem to accept that argument and ordered Alford to return to his court for a later hearing on possible contempt proceedings.

Also in Friday’s testimony, paramedics who rushed to the singer’s bedside told jurors they were initially optimistic he might live because they arrived within five minutes of being called. But they soon saw Jackson was unresponsive.

“I knew that we got there very, very quickly. It meant we’d have a good chance of restarting the heart if that was the issue,” said paramedic Richard Senneff.


But Senneff said he quickly realized Jackson had been down for more than five minutes. “His skin was very cool to the touch,” Senneff said. “When I took a first glance at him, his eyes, they were open and his pupils were dilated. When I hooked up the EKG machine, it was flatlined.”

Murray admits administering propofol but denies involuntary manslaughter. His lawyers have argued that Jackson caused his own death by giving himself an extra dose of propofol, mixed with prescription sedatives, without Murray’s knowledge.

In trying to prove Murray’s negligence, prosecutors have spent much of this first week creating a timeline between when Jackson stopped breathing and Murray called for help. During those precious minutes, prosecutors claim Murray was trying to cover up evidence of Jackson’s use of the anesthetic propofol, which ultimately caused the singer’s death.

The first call for help was received at 12:22 p.m., paramedics arrived at 12:26 p.m. and made it to Jackson’s bedroom a minute later, working feverishly to revive Jackson.

Senneff testified he was on the phone with doctors at a nearby hospital and they recommended at 12:57 p.m. that Jackson be declared dead. Murray demanded that Jackson be taken to the hospital for further treatment.

The singer was pronounced dead later that day at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angles.

Jurors earlier heard a voicemail Murray left for one of his heart patients at 11:49 a.m. the day of Jackson’s death — seven minutes before he is believed to have found the singer unresponsive in his bedroom.

Prosecutors seek to prove Murray failed to monitor Jackson properly after giving him a dose of propofol. They claim that instead of watching Jackson in the singer’s bedroom, Murray was busy on his cell phone before discovering around 11:56 a.m. that the “Thriller” singer had stopped breathing.

Murray faces up to four years in prison if convicted.


Conrad Murray Trial In 2nd Week

LINDA DEUTSCH – Huffington Post

LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson was clinically dead when he arrived at a hospital and two emergency room doctors said they thought it was futile to attempt to revive him. His doctor, however, insisted that they try.

Both doctors, testifying at Dr. Conrad Murray’s involuntary manslaughter trial Monday, said Murray failed to tell them that he had been giving Jackson the anesthetic propofol or when Jackson had been medicated or stopped breathing.

“He said he did not have any concept of time, that he did not have a watch,” said Dr. Thao Nguyen, a cardiologist at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where Jackson was taken on June 25, 2009.

“Dr. Murray asked that we not give up easily and try to save Michael Jackson’s life,” she said. “…In Dr. Murray’s mind, if we called it quits, we would be giving up easily.”

Nguyen said Murray “sounded desperate and he looked devastated.” But, she said, without knowing how much time had passed since he stopped breathing, resuscitation was a remote hope.

“It was not too little too late,” she said. “It was a case of too late. I feared that time was not on Mr. Jackson’s side.”

Murray, 58, has pleaded not guilty. Authorities say Murray administered the fatal dose and acted recklessly by providing Jackson the drug as a sleep aid at his home when it is supposed to be administered in a hospital. The defense argues that Jackson gave himself an additional dose of the drug when Murray was out of the room.

Nguyen and Dr. Richelle Cooper, who oversaw Jackson’s care in the emergency room, said Murray never mentioned that he had given the singer the propofol. They said he told them that he had given two doses of lorazepam, also known as Ativan, trying to get him to sleep.

“Did he ever mention propofol to you?” Deputy District Attorney David Walgren asked Nguyen.

“Absolutely not,” she said in a firm voice.

Before leaving the stand, Nguyen said, “I’ve never heard of propofol being used outside of a hospital.”

She said at least three medical personnel, including an anesthesiologist, should be present when the drug is given. Walgren asked her: “Have you ever heard of propofol being used in someone’s private bedroom?”

Nguyen replied: “That would be a first. I’ve never heard of it.”

In cross-examination, defense attorney Michael Flanagan was able to get Cooper to say that, even if they had known about the propofol, they could not have saved Jackson’s life.

“Michael Jackson had died long before he became my patient,” she said. “It is unlikely with that information I could have done something that would have changed the outcome.”

She also said that the amount of propofol which Murray has since claimed he gave Jackson would not have put him to sleep and would have dissipated from his body in five to seven minutes.

Murray claimed he administered 25 milligrams. An autopsy showed that he died of an overdose of the drug.

Cooper said Jackson was “clinically dead” by the time he reached the hospital and she had advocated pronouncing him dead at his home when she received radio calls from paramedics describing his condition.

“Mr. Jackson was my patient and I didn’t really have an explanation of why he was dead. I knew it would be a coroner’s case,” she said and suggested he should have been pronounced dead at 12:57 p.m. when the radio call came in.

But she yielded to Murray and Jackson was brought to the emergency room where more than 14 people worked on the effort to revive him.

“My assessment when he arrived was he was clinically dead and given the time – it was about an hour – I thought the attempt at rescue would be futile,” Cooper said. She has said more than an hour of resuscitation efforts at the hospital did nothing to improve Jackson’s condition.

Cooper also told jurors about trying to speak to Jackson’s children after he was pronounced dead at the hospital at 2:26 p.m. “They were crying,” Cooper said. “They were fairly hysterical.”

Murray’s phone records are a central part of the prosecution case. Two staffers from cell phone providers identified records of his calls on the day of Jackson’s death.

Prosecutors intend to show records of Murray’s phone calls and emails from the hours before Jackson’s death to show that Murray had other things on his mind – getting his $150,000 a month deal to serve as Jackson’s personal physician approved, running his medical practices and fielding calls from mistresses.

One of Murray’s former patients, Las Vegas salesman Robert Russell, detailed one of those calls for jurors last week and the phone traced a call to his number.

Later in the case, prosecutors will further detail calls and messages Murray fielded that day, including several the physician apparently made to his girlfriend as he rode in the back of the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney contributed to this report.



by Alexandra Wilder – poPaddicts.COM

Here at, we’ve compiled the most important developments and shocking details throughout week 2 for Dr. Conrad Murderer Murray’s Manslaughter case. Check out the details below to get caught up in case you’re behind.

• Drugs found in Michael Jackson’s system revealed in court Thursday. Drugs found in Jackson’s system at time of death: Propofol, diazepam, lidocaine, midazolam, ephedrine and lorazepam. You can read the full toxicology report here.

• A close-to-empty 20 milligram bottle of propofol was found on the floor of Jackson’s bedroom. Also found was an empty bottle of flumazenil, which is a momentous find, because the drug is used to reverse the effects of lorazepam, which was found in Jackson’s body at the time of death. This is being used as leverage in order to show Dr. Murray may have tried to use the flumazenil to save Jackson’s life on the night he died.

• Murray’s were the only fingerprints found on the used bottle of propofol, which was used on Jackson the day he died, putting a dent in the defense’s accusation that Michael Jackson ingested or injected the dose of propofol in his system that turned out to be a lethal dose.

• A recording of Jackson was played in court, which was retrieved from Dr. Murray’s iPhone. Even in a drug-induced state, Jackson’s ramblings were only about his love and care for children, his desire to build “Michael Jackson Children’s Hospital,” and how he was certain after his series of concerts at the O2 Arena were finished, there would be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Michael Jackson was the greatest performer who ever lived. (If it were up to me, I believe those in charge of Michael’s estate should build Michael Jackson’s Children’s Hospital in his honor. It was one of his final requests, after all.)

• The defense did break down the LA County Coroner’s office investigator Elissa Fleak, stating, “My work wasn’t ‘perfect.’” She also claimed to have found a small pharmacy’s worth of medication in Jackson’s room.

• Cardiologist at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Thao Nguyen, testifies that Murray never mentioned giving Jackson propofol, and that he had “never heard of propofol being used outside of a hospital.” Nguyen also stated that by the time Jackson arrived, there was no chance of resuscitation, “it was not too little too late; it was a case of too late. I feared that time was not on Mr. Jackson’s side.” The defense attorney did get Dr. Cooper to say that even if they had knowledge of the propofol in Jackson’s system, there was nothing they could have done to save him, “Michael Jackson died long before he became my patient”…which doesn’t take away from the fact that Murray administered a drug he was not licensed to do, inside of a residence, which is unheard of.

• A small flock of Dr. Murray girlfriends and baby mamas also took the stand this week. Baby mama to child number 7, Nicole Alvarez told the court that she had received packages of Murray’s at their shared apartment, presumably containing vials of propofol that were later taken to Jackson’s residence. An ex-girlfriend also testified that she wasn’t able to talk to Murray on the 25th after calling him.

• Dr. Murray’s two hour interview with the police was released. In it, Murray claims he was only away from Jackson for two minutes for a bathroom break, while Murray’s girlfriend says she was on the phone with him for an extended period of time and then dropped the phone in a state of emergency. Murray admits Jackson was “was unable to sleep naturally,” and that he have him propofol drug daily, but tried to ween the icon off the drug.

• Also during the interview, Dr. Murray admits to giving MJ a multitude of drugs on June 25th including Valium and Lorazepam. Other details from the two hour police interview include Murray saying Joe Jackson didn’t come to the hospital, that Jackson told him “I have to sleep, Dr. Conrad, I have these rehearsals to perform,” and why he left the hospital at 4:30 p.m.


What To Expect This Week (Week Three) on The Conrad Murray Trial – October 10, 2011

After a break for the Columbus Day holiday, Dr. Conrad Murray’s manslaughter trial will resume on Tuesday at 11:45 ET/8:45 PT, when the rest of Dr. Murray’s audio-taped statement to police will be played for the jury. There is an estimated 45 minutes of audio left.

Some of the key moments yet to be heard by jurors:

–Dr. Murray tells detectives that Joe Jackson never showed up at the hospital with the rest of grieving Jacksons the day MJ died.

–Dr. Murray says that he met with Katherine Jackson moments after she heard MJ had died. He says he told her that he didn’t know what killed him.

–Dr. Murray explains why security cameras caught him leaving the hospital at 4:30PM on the day Jackson died.

Dr. Christopher Rogers, the pathologist who performed Michael Jackson’s autopsy, is expected to testify on Tuesday. Dr. Rogers is likely to address crucial questions regarding the cause of death and manner of death. In the coroner’s report, Dr. Rogers ruled that the cause of death was acute propofol intoxication and the manner of death was homicide.

Later this week the state is also expected to call to the stand an anesthesiologist who will list all of the standards Murray violated when he shot up MJ with propofol. During cross-examinations of these witnesses, expect the defense is expected to push their theory that there was too much lorazepam and propofol in Jackson’s stomach to have been administered by I.V.

The state could rest by the end of the week. The defense is expected to present its case over a few days, then the prosecution is expected to present a rebuttal case which could include a pharmacologist or drug expert who could testify about metabolism and rate of absorption.

Click here for the full transcript of the interview LAPD Detectives conducted with Dr. Conrad Murray two days after Michael Jackson died. You can read the part of the interview the jury hasn’t heard yet.


“Conrad Murray’s lawyers drop claim Michael Jackson swallowed lethal propofol dose”

October 12, 2011 –  Associated Press – Palm Beach Post

An attorney for the doctor charged in Michael Jackson’s death on Wednesday dropped the defense claim that the superstar swallowed a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol while the physician wasn’t looking.

The defense claim had been a key tactic in the case of Dr. Conrad Murray.

Attorney J. Michael Flanagan told the judge that he had commissioned a study about the effects of propofol if swallowed. Flanagan said the studies showed that any effect from swallowing propofol would be “trivial.”

“We are not going to assert at any time during this trial that Michael Jackson orally administered propofol,” Flanagan said.

Deputy District Attorney David Walgren and Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor appeared surprised by the disclosure, which was not made in front of jurors.

Lead defense attorney Ed Chernoff said during opening statements on Sept. 27 that his team would try to show that Jackson gave himself the fatal dose of propofol.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.


Defense drops claim on Jackson OD  – Dr. Conrad Murray has pleaded not guilty

Updated: Wednesday, 12 Oct 2011, 4:32 PM EDT Published : Wednesday, 12 Oct 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

Source : – By Anthony McCartney, AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The defense for the doctor charged in Michael Jackson’s death surprised prosecutors and a judge on Wednesday, dropping a key claim that the singer swallowed a fatal dose of an anesthetic while the physician wasn’t looking.

Dr. Conrad Murray’s attorneys have for months suggested that Jackson could have swallowed propofol, which is normally given through an IV drop in hospital settings.

They told jurors in opening statements that they would present a theory that Jackson swallowed several pills of the sedative lorazepam and somehow self-administered the propofol — killing the singer before he had a chance to close his eyes.

On Wednesday, without jurors in the courtroom, attorney J. Michael Flanagan said he commissioned a study about the effects of propofol if swallowed, mainly to counter one by a key prosecution expert that it would have been negligible.

Flanagan said the defense study confirmed that the effect would be “trivial.” ”We are not going to assert at any time during this trial that Michael Jackson orally administered propofol,” Flanagan said.

Deputy District Attorney David Walgren and Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor appeared surprised by the disclosure. It was unclear, however, if the defense planned to argue that Jackson might have injected himself with the fatal dose.

In recent days, Flanagan has focused his questions toward prosecution witnesses on the effect that lorazepam might have had on Jackson. Lorazepam was detected in Jackson’s stomach contents after he died.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors are in the final stages of their case against Murray, with three expert witnesses set to testify about their impressions of Murray’s actions in the days and hours before Jackson’s death and his efforts to revive him.

On Wednesday, Walgren called Dr. Alon Steinberg, a cardiologist who told jurors that Murray displayed gross negligence and repeatedly violated the standard of care.

He said Murray lacked the propofol monitoring or life-saving equipment when he was giving Jackson the anesthetic and other sedatives as a sleep aid. Steinberg said Murray should have never given Jackson the anesthetic outside a hospital setting, and criticized his attempts to resuscitate Jackson.

Steinberg said he based his testimony on statements Murray made to police about the dosages of propofol and other sedatives that he gave Jackson, and that the doctor had left the room for only two minutes before finding the singer unresponsive. He said based on Murray’s characterization, Jackson could have been saved if the proper equipment were present and proper life-saving techniques were employed.

Asked by Flanagan whether his opinion would change if it was revealed that Murray had been out of the room for longer than two minutes, or had been on the phone while Jackson slept, Steinberg said no.

“He shouldn’t have been on the phone,” Steinberg said. “You can’t talk on the phone. “

Authorities say Murray gave Jackson the fatal dose in June 2009. A medical examiner told jurors Tuesday that it was unreasonable to believe that Jackson gave himself the fatal dose of propofol when Murray left the room for only two minutes.

Dr. Christopher Rogers, who conducted the autopsy on Jackson, testified it was more likely that Murray overdosed the singer when he incorrectly estimated how much of the drug he was giving Jackson to induce sleep to fight insomnia. He said Murray had no precision dosing device available in the bedroom of Jackson’s rented mansion.

“The circumstances, from my point of view, do not support self-administration of propofol,” said Rogers, chief of forensic medicine in the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

Murray told police he gave Jackson only 25 milligrams of the drug, a very small dose that usually would have kept him asleep for no more than five minutes.

Flanagan spent more than two hours Tuesday trying to show on cross-examination that Jackson indeed could have self-administered drugs — not just propofol but the sedative lorazepam, which could be taken in pill form.

Flanagan suggested to the witness that once Murray had started an IV drip of propofol for Jackson and left the room, “it would be easy for someone to inject into that IV?”

“Yes,” Rogers replied.

“But if they pushed it all at once, that can stop your heart, can’t it?” the lawyer asked.

“Yes,” said Rogers.

The implication was that if Jackson was desperate for sleep and in a hurry to administer more propofol before his doctor returned, he might have given himself a fatal dose.

But Rogers noted that investigators don’t really know what happened when Murray left the room, so they were left to consider what is reasonable.

AP Special Correspondent Linda Deutsch contributed to this report.


Cardiology Expert Dr. Alon Steinberg Testifies in Jackson Doc Case

Source: CBS News – By Crimesider Staff

Dr. Alon Steinberg gestures while speaking from the witness stand during Conrad Murray’s involuntary manslaughter trial, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, in downtown Los Angeles.(Credit: Pool,AP Photo/Robyn Beck

(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES – Prosecutors called a cardiologist as an expert to testify against the doctor charged in Michael Jackson’s death.

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They called Dr. Alon Steinberg to explain to jurors the role of a cardiologist and explain how Dr. Conrad Murray’s treatment of Jackson deviated from general standards.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Authorities contend he gave Jackson a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol, but Murray’s attorneys claim Jackson gave himself the fatal dose.

Steinberg is one of three expert witnesses who are expected to wind down the prosecution’s case against Murray, who faces four years behind bars and the loss of his medical license if convicted.

Steinberg told jurors he is not an expert in anesthesiology, sleep treatment or addiction.

Complete coverage of the Conrad Murray – Michael Jackson case on CBS News


Murray Didn’t Comfort Kids In ER, Family Says

Prosecutors Near Conclusion To Direct Presentation

By Alan Duke – CNN
LOS ANGELES (CNN) — Michael Jackson’s oldest son disputed Dr. Conrad Murray’s claim, given in his police interview, that the doctor comforted him and his siblings in the emergency room after they learned their father was dead, according to a Jackson family member who was with the children that day. Prince Jackson told his family that Murray’s account played in his involuntary manslaughter trial this week was not true, Trent Jackson, the nephew of Katherine and Joe Jackson, said Thursday. Jackson family members were upset that jurors may sympathize with Murray because of perceived compassion for the children that day, Jackson told CNN. “I hugged them all, gave comfort to Paris, comfort to Prince, comfort to Blanket, which is the last little guy, because whenever they were sick, they would always ask for Dr. Conrad,” Murray told detectives two days after Jackson’s death in 2009. Jackson, who drove Katherine Jackson to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where doctors were trying to revive her son, said Murray did not have a conversation with Paris Jackson, the 12-year-old daughter, as he told police. “She asked me, ‘Dr. Murray, you said you save a lot of patients. You know, you save people with heart attacks, and you couldn’t save my dad,” Murray told detectives. “I said, ‘I tried my best.’ And she said, ‘I know that, Dr. Murray. At least I know. I know you tried your best. I know you tried your best, but I’m really sad. You know, I will wake up in the morning, and I won’t be able to see my daddy.'” Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson were initially kept in a SUV outside of the emergency room after they followed the ambulance carrying their father to the hospital, Jackson said. Frank Dileo, who was Michael Jackson’s manager, later escorted them inside after their grandmother arrived, according to Jackson. Murray never spoke to Michael Jackson’s mother at the emergency room, contrary to his statement to police, Jackson said. While the truthfulness of Murray’s interview is a major issue in the trial, it is not expected that Michael Jackson’s 14-year-old son Prince will be called to testify, he said. Katherine Jackson, who has custody of the children, is opposed to any of them being called as witnesses, he said. Prosecutors are near a conclusion to their direct presentation in Murray’s trial, but rebuttal witnesses could be called next week after the defense rests its case.
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Jackson Doctor’s Defense Looms In Trial’s Week 4

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Los Angeles: The trial of Michael Jackson’s personal physician will enter a new phase this week, with the doctor’s attorneys trying to counter three weeks of damaging testimony and attempting to show that the singer somehow caused his own death. Lawyers for Dr Conrad Murray have told jurors that the involuntary manslaughter case will hinge on the science of what killed Jackson in June 2009. They will call their own experts to counter prosecution witnesses who have repeatedly told the panel that Murray was reckless and beyond the fringes of medicine when he administered the anesthetic propofol to help Jackson sleep.

It was not clear when the defense would get to start its presentation. Monday’s testimony was canceled because the government’s final witness, Dr Steven Shafer, will be unavailable. Court spokeswoman Mary Hearn said on Sunday the the trial’s resumption would be announced when more information becomes available.

The Houston-based cardiologist has pleaded not guilty and his attorneys continue to maintain that Jackson somehow gave himself the fatal dose of medication. They have abandoned the theory that Jackson died after swallowing propofol, but now contend he was killed after taking several pills of the sedative lorazepam and possibly giving himself a shot of propofol after Murray left the singer’s bedroom.

Los Angeles: The trial of Michael Jackson’s personal physician will enter a new phase this week, with the doctor’s attorneys trying to counter three weeks of damaging testimony and attempting to show that the singer somehow caused his own death. Lawyers for Dr Conrad Murray have told jurors that the involuntary manslaughter case will hinge on the science of what killed Jackson in June 2009. They will call their own experts to counter prosecution witnesses who have repeatedly told the panel that Murray was reckless and beyond the fringes of medicine when he administered the anesthetic propofol to help Jackson sleep.

It was not clear when the defense would get to start its presentation. Monday’s testimony was canceled because the government’s final witness, Dr Steven Shafer, will be unavailable. Court spokeswoman Mary Hearn said on Sunday the the trial’s resumption would be announced when more information becomes available.

The Houston-based cardiologist has pleaded not guilty and his attorneys continue to maintain that Jackson somehow gave himself the fatal dose of medication. They have abandoned the theory that Jackson died after swallowing propofol, but now contend he was killed after taking several pills of the sedative lorazepam and possibly giving himself a shot of propofol after Murray left the singer’s bedroom. Dr Murray pleaded not guilty in the murder of pop sensation Michael Jackson.

Before the defense lays out its case – expected to consist of 15 witnesses and last until the end of the month – it will have to contend with Shafer. The Columbia University researcher and professor helped write the warnings and directions included with every vial of propofol – warnings a prosecutor said in opening statements that Murray ignored.

Defense attorney Nareg Gourjian declined to say on Friday who Murray’s team would call to testify, but told the judge they would include police officers, experts and some character witnesses. He was not asked, nor did he mention, whether Murray would testify in his own defense.

It seems unlikely that Murray will testify. Jurors have already heard his more-than-two-hour interview in which he laid out his version of events before Jackson’s death to a detective who acknowledges he wasn’t conducting an interrogation.

If Murray takes the stand, he would undoubtedly be asked by prosecutors about several unanswered questions, such as why he never told paramedics or ER doctors about giving Jackson propofol, why he never told police he was on the phone for long stretches of the morning Jackson died, and why he recorded the singer when he was impaired, stumbling his way through his plans for a children’s hospital and cementing a legacy larger than those attained by Elvis Presley or The Beatles.

In his opening statement to jurors, lead defense attorney Ed Chernoff said Murray’s team would try to answer two fundamental questions:

“First, how did Michael Jackson get to this point, this desperate point,” Chernoff said. “And second, what happened when Dr Murray was out of the room?”

Prosecution witnesses have acknowledged that only Jackson and Murray know what really happened, but two medical experts testified last week that Murray was grossly negligent. Even if Jackson somehow was able to give himself medication after Murray left the room, the doctor should have been closely monitoring the singer and should have never left any medications within arms’ reach, the doctors said.

Ellyn Garofalo, who last year won an acquittal for one of Anna Nicole Smith’s doctors charged with improperly prescribing pain medications, said Murray’s team should focus on their expert testimony and not start calling character witnesses.

“If they start to call character witnesses, they don’t have a great deal of faith in their defense,” she said.

She said the experts should be able to show that the case isn’t as simple as prosecutors have claimed, and that it is filled with “all kinds of shades of gray.”

Murray’s attorneys should also try to argue that prosecutors should not be second-guessing medical decisions. “Do we really want the DA’s office making medical decisions for doctors,” she asked.

Murray’s case, she noted, differs in one major respect from the case against her client, who was never accused of causing Smith’s death.

Garofalo said Murray’s case will be harder to win, and prosecutors so far have done a solid job of showing that the doctor shouldn’t have been giving Jackson propofol as a sleep aid in the superstar’s bedroom.

“It’s a strong case because you have somebody dead after somebody did something that is unheard of,” Garofalo said.

Murray’s defense strategy also appears to involve calling hostile witnesses, including police officers who prosecutors did not call during their case. The defense scored some points early in the trial by getting a coroner’s investigator to acknowledge that she moved some evidence around in Jackson’s bedroom before photographing it and that she didn’t keep all her notes. The officers would likely undergo the similar harsh questioning about their decisions.

They may also call doctors who previously treated Jackson but have never been formally accused of wrongdoing. They are barred from calling one doctor whose name has been repeatedly mentioned during the trial – Jackson’s longtime dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein.

Murray’s team may also call Jackson’s hairdresser, Karen Faye, who they have said will testify that the singer was distraught at the prospect of performing 50 comeback concerts at London’s O2 arena. Such an account would be in contrast with several other witnesses who said Jackson was excited about the concerts and that his three children would see him perform.

The trial, which is entering its fourth week, has moved rapidly, with 33 witnesses so far and both sides presenting more than 250 pieces of evidence. At its current pace, jurors should receive the case next week.


Another Trial Delay, Testimony Will Resume On Wednesday

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Judge Michael Pastor granted another delay of the trial for two reasons: The defense has requested a day to review new toxicology evidence of Jackson’s stomach contents recently handed over by the prosecution. The judge also wants to give the state’s final witness, Dr. Steven Shafer, more time to deal with the death of his father. Testimony will now resume Wednesday morning.

There was a hearing held this morning to discuss a schedule update and other issues. After being fined $60 by the judge for being late Friday, prosecutors arrived ahead of schedule by about seven minutes, prompting Defense Attorney Flanagan to exclaim, “You’re early!”

Prosecutor Deborah Brazil pointed to the clock and said, “Maybe we’ll get a credit.”

Dr. Conrad Murray was not present in the courtroom, but he was represented by his full team of defense attorneys.

Judge Pastor asked for an update after receiving word from prosecutors that Dr. Shafer, the State’s, anesthesiologist/pharmacologist, was not available today because his father passed away. Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said Shafer will be ready to testify tomorrow morning.

The judge told Walgren that he did not intend for this case to add to the stress that Shafer and his family are going through after their loss and asked Walgren if his witness needed more time.

Defense Attorney Ed Chernoff then raised an issue with the court expressing his concern over a new toxicology report they received from prosecutors.

“We don’t know what it means,” Chernoff said.

Chernoff also said he didn’t know enough about the content of the report to properly cross-examine Shafer on the topic.

Walgren said the toxicology report is meant to counter the defense’s claim that Michael Jackson ingested eight lorazepam tablets.

Judge Pastor ruled court will resume at 8:45AM on Wednesday. He also requested the attorneys to meet with him on Tuesday at 1:30PM.


Video shows ‘safe’ use of drug that killed Michael Jackson

By Alan Duke, CNN
updated 3:18 PM EST, Wed October 19, 2011

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Los Angeles (CNN) — Jurors in the trial of Conrad Murray watched a video Wednesday of an actor pretending to suffer cardiac arrest while being given the surgical anesthetic propofol in a hospital, which is what prosecutors contend killed Michael Jackson.

The video, however, showed doctors and nurses successfully reviving the pretend patient using equipment, drugs and staffing Dr. Murray did not have at Jackson’s home when he realized the pop icon was not breathing.

It was played for jurors as anesthesiologist expert Dr. Steven Shafer narrated from the witness stand, explaining step by step how he prepares and administers propofol.

Shafer is crucial to the state’s effort to prove Jackson’s death was caused by the doctor’s gross negligence in using propofol to help the entertainer sleep while he was preparing for his “This Is It” comeback concerts in London.

Murray, on trial for involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s 2009 death, has pleaded not guilty.

“It’s a terrifying dramatization of a person experiencing cardiac arrest, complete with visual effects,” defense lawyer Ed Chernoff said in his argument against letting jurors see the video.

While Chernoff argued it was designed to “inflame the jurors’ minds,” Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said it was only intended to inform them about the safe methods of administering propofol.

The prosecution contends that Murray’s use of propofol to help Jackson sleep was so reckless that it was criminal and that it significantly contributed to his death.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor ordered Walgren to edit several segments from the video, but he allowed much of it to be shown in court, including a demonstration of what happens when a patient experiences cardiac arrest while under propofol.

Walgren spent an extended midmorning break re-editing the video to delete scenes, including those showing the actor-patient suffering an airway obstruction and aspiration problems because the prosecution is not alleging those were involved in Jackson’s death.

Shafer, who is one of the world’s foremost experts on anesthesiology, testified that he is not being paid for his testimony because he did not want people to think money would influence his testimony.

“This is just a Steve Shafer thing,” Shafer said.

He agreed to testify, at no charge, because he feared the publicity surrounding Jackson’s death had harmed “the reputation of physicians,” Shafer said. “I felt a need to help restore confidence that physicians put patients first.”

“As an anesthesiologist seeing sedation given in ways that do not reflect how anesthesiologist’s practice, I wished to present how an anesthesiologist approaches sedation so that patients are not afraid,” he said.

Propofol, which he regularly uses, has been given a bad reputation, he said.

“I am asked every day, ‘Are you going to give me the drug that killed Michael Jackson?'” Shafer said. “This is a fear patients do not need to have.”

Dr. Shafer’s testimony was suspended last Thursday to enable his lawyers to study a new lab test and allow the prosecution’s anesthesiology expert, Steven Shafer, to attend a medical convention. It was delayed again after a death in the expert’s family.

The judge indicated if Shafer’s testimony is completed Wednesday, court would recess the following day to allow the defense to prepare before presenting its case Friday.

Prosecutors are nearing a conclusion to their direct presentation, but rebuttal witnesses could be called next week after the defense rests its case.

Murray faces a maximum sentence of four years if convicted of involuntary manslaughter, but a new California law could mean the doctor would never see the inside of a state prison cell.

The law, intended to reduce state prison overcrowding, provides for most nonviolent offenders with no prior record to be kept in county jails.

A four-year sentence could become two years if Murray is ordered to serve his time in the Los Angeles County jail, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida.

In addition, the Los Angeles jail is under court order to reduce overcrowding, which means many nonviolent, first-time offenders are allowed to serve the bulk of their time under supervised house arrest.

A conviction, however, would likely trigger the revocation of Murray’s medical licenses in California, Texas and Nevada.

The trial, in its fourth week, is expected to conclude with the start of jury deliberations near the end of next week.


Murray defense cross-examines propofol expert

By Alan Duke, CNN
October 22, 2011 — Updated 0043 GMT (0843 HKT)

Los Angeles (CNN) — Dr. Conrad Murray’s defense team challenged the motives and methods of the prosecution’s anesthesiology expert Friday, while the judge threatened to hold the defense propofol expert in contempt for comments he made about the prosecution.

Dr. Steven Shafer, the last prosecution witness, will still be on the witness stand when the trial resumes Monday.

Shafer testified Thursday that the “only scenario” to explain Michael Jackson’s death was that he overdosed on propofol infused through an IV drip set up by Dr. Murray.

Prosecutors argue that Murray’s reckless use of the surgical anesthetic propofol to help Jackson sleep led to his death, while the defense contends Jackson self-administered the fatal dose, along with sedatives, without Murray knowing.

Shafer, in his testimony Thursday, said the level of propofol in Jackson’s blood taken during his autopsy could not have been from either Murray or Jackson injecting the drug, but only from an IV system that was still flowing when his heart stopped.

Prosecutors, however, opened the door for one scenario in which Jackson, not Murray, could have triggered the overdose.

“Can you rule out the possibility that Michael Jackson manipulated something to cause it to flow?” Deputy District Attorney David Walgren asked Friday.

“That’s a possibility,” Shafer said. But that is assuming Murray set up the drip and left Jackson’s side, he said.

Would Shafer’s opinion that Murray was responsible for Jackson’s death change if he knew Jackson turned the drip on?

“No, if Michael Jackson had reached up, seen the roller clamp and opened it himself, this is a foreseeable consequence of setting up an essentially dangerous way of giving drugs,” Shafer said. “It doesn’t change things at all. It would still be considered abandonment.”

Lead defense lawyer Ed Chernoff decided to conduct Shafer’s cross-examination instead of leaving it to Michael Flanagan, the defense team’s most knowledgeable lawyer about propofol.

Toxicology studies of drugs in Jackson’s blood and computer models Shafer used to analyze how he died were overshadowed Friday when Chernoff focused on the personal and professional rivalry between Shafer and Dr. Paul White, the defense expert.

The experts first met in 1978 when White was an assistant professor at Stanford University and Shafer was a medical student. They became friends and co-authored research papers, but this trial appears to have changed their friendship.

Chernoff accused Shafer of wanting to “shove it down his (White’s) professional throat” in a question stricken from the record by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor.

White was lectured by Judge Pastor about comments about Shafer attributed to him in an online blog.

White admitted Friday that he told a reporter that he had changed his opinion of Shafer after hearing his testimony Thursday. “I was his teacher when he was a medical student,” E! News Online quoted White as saying. “The truth will come out. It always does.”

White denied calling Shafer “a scumbag,” as the website quoted him as saying.

Pastor, who imposed a gag order on all parties in the trial, set a contempt of court hearing for White next month.

“You are not in any way shape or form, to comment on your views regarding the state of the evidence, witnesses or your views as to any counsel in this case,” Pastor said.

Chernoff cross-examined Shafer about the assumptions he used to reconstruct an IV drip system he believed Murray set up next to Jackson’s bed. Shafer demonstrated the system in his testimony Thursday.

Shafer testified that he did not think it was significant that investigators never found a key component of the tubing in the system. “It’s so easy to remove,” Shafer said.

Murray appeared visibly shaken by Shafer’s testimony Thursday, especially when he demonstrated his version of the IV drip.

Jackson died because Murray failed to notice that his patient had stopped breathing while he was hooked up to an IV drip of propofol, Shafer testified. The doctor should have realized Jackson had stopped breathing about 11:45 a.m. on June 25, 2009, he said.

“When you’re there, you see it, you know it,” Shafer said.

Phone records and testimony showed that Murray was on the phone with one of his clinics, a patient, and then a girlfriend about the time that Shafer calculated the oxygen in Jackson’s lungs became depleted, causing his heart to stop beating.

“Had Conrad Murray been with Michael Jackson during this period of time, he would have seen the slowed breathing and the compromise in the flow of air into Michael Jackson’s lungs, and he could have easily turned off the propofol infusion,” Shafer said

Murray, accused of involuntary manslaughter, could have then easily cleared Jackson’s airways and restored his breathing by lifting his chin, he said.

Earlier testimony from paramedics and emergency room doctors said Jackson was clinically dead by the time an ambulance arrived at the pop icon’s Los Angeles home nearly a half-hour after Murray realized there was a problem.

The last three prosecution experts, all medical experts, focused the Murray trial on the science surrounding Jackson’s death, a contrast to earlier testimony from Murray’s girlfriends and Jackson employees.

Shafer demonstrated how he believed Murray set up the propofol infusion by hanging a 100-milliliter vial from a stand with tubing attached that would have led to a catheter port in Jackson’s left leg.

“This is the only scenario that I could generate” that would produce the high level of propofol found in Jackson’s blood during his autopsy, Shafer said.

“This fits all of the data in this case, and I am not aware of any data that is inconsistent with this explanation,” he said.

The Los Angeles County coroner ruled that Jackson’s death was caused by a combination of sedatives with the propofol, which Murray admitted in a police interview that he used to help Jackson sleep.

The defense contends that Jackson swallowed eight lorazepam tablets, a claim based on testing of lorazepam levels in Jackson’s stomach contents. Shafer discredited the defense lab tests, saying a new test showed the equivalent of only “1/43rd of a tablet” of the sedative in the stomach.

The level of lorazepam in Jackson’s blood was far higher than what would be expected based on the dosages Dr. Murray told detectives he gave Jackson in the hours before his death, Shafer said.

Murray said he gave Jackson a total of 4 milligrams of lorazepam in two separate doses starting 10 hours before his death. Toxicology results indicated that Jackson was given 40 milligrams — not four — in a series of 10 doses, he said.

Shafer testified Wednesday that Jackson would be alive now but for 17 “egregious deviations” by Murray from the standard of care required of physicians.

Murray’s use of propofol almost every night for two months to help Jackson sleep was so unusual, there is no documentation on the dangers, Shafer said.

“We are in pharmacological never-neverland here,” Shafer said, “something that’s only been done to Michael Jackson.”

The trial is expected to conclude with the start of jury deliberations possible as soon as the end of next week.


Defense Expert In Trouble

Source: CNN Justice

Defense expert Dr. Paul White could be held in contempt for comments he made on Thursday, which were apparently overheard by members of the public and media. The judge addressed the matter outside of the presence of the jury.

He asked Dr. White if he said, “What a scumbag,” in reference to prosecutor David Walgren. Dr.
White denied making the comment.

He recalled expressing his disapproval over the way Walgren had handled a propofol bottle. He said he made a comment to Walgren about how he thought he was tampering with evidence.

The judge also asked Dr. White if he said that “Dr .Shafer’s testimony has changed the way I think of him.” Or, “I will take the high road, not the low road. The truth will come out.”

Dr. White tried to explain that he felt that some of the things that have been said about him were unfair. But the judge ignored his attempt to put the comments into context.

“You have no business making those comments either in this courtroom or where they can be overheard,” said Judge Pastor.

The judge also reminded everyone that the attorneys, their staff and witnesses are not allowed to comment on the evidence.

A contempt hearing has been set for Nov 16th.


Defense: Fact or Fiction, Which Is It Doc?

Source: CNN Justice

In a dramatic fashion, defense attorney Ed Chernoff began his cross-examination of Dr. Steven Shafer by asking him if he understands the difference between opinion and fact.

Chernoff accused Dr. Shafer of not stating a single fact throughout his testimony. But Dr. Shafer shot back, telling Chernoff that he had stated his name and that he believed that was a fact.

The focus of Chernoff’s questioning centered on Dr. Shafer’s IV setup, which he demonstrated in open court Thursday. Dr. Shafer says this is how Dr. Murray hooked Jackson up to a propofol drip on the day he died.

Chernoff suggested that Dr. Shafer’s IV presentation was inaccurate because it didn’t use the same items that were found in Jackson’s bedroom. Shafer agreed some of those items were not the same — like he used a 20cc syringe while Murray said he used a 10cc syringe — but Dr. Shafer says he did not find the differences in the items relevant.

Before the cross-examination began, prosecutor David Walgren finished his direct examination of Dr. Shafer by asking him if Jackson could have woken up and manipulated the IV by himself. Dr. Shafer couldn’t rule out the possibility but says he would still hold Murray responsible if that was the case.

“Even if Michael Jackson did reach the roller clamp and open it, it’s a forseeable consequence of a dangerous way of giving a drug. It’s not exculpatory,” said Dr. Shafer.


Witness Debunks Murray’s Statements About Jackson’s Propofol Dose
Source: LA

Drug expert Steven Shafer tells jurors that mathematical models show the doctor gave Jackson 40 times more of the drug than he admitted.

Dr. Steven Shafer, an anesthesiologist, sets up a demonstration intravenous drip of propofol to show jurors on Thursday. (Reed Saxon / Pool photo / October 20, 2011)

By Victoria Kim and Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times

October 21, 2011

Michael Jackson’s personal physician probably gave his patient 40 times more surgical anesthetic than he admitted to police, a drug expert testified Thursday.

Anesthesiologist Steven Shafer also said Dr. Conrad Murray had the drug flowing into the singer’s veins even as his heart stopped beating.The testimony is the most direct refutation yet of Murray’s account of what happened in the hours leading up to the pop star’s death.FULL COVERAGE: The Conrad Murray trialShafer, a Columbia University professor, said mathematical modeling based on levels of propofol found in Jackson’s body debunked Murray’s statement that he had given the singer a single 25-milligram dose of the drug shortly before his death.The only plausible scenario, Shafer said, was that the physician gave Jackson an intravenous drip of an entire bottle of propofol, containing 1,000 milligrams of the drug, and left Jackson’s side, never realizing that his patient had stopped breathing.“Is this the explanation that best fits all the data in this case?” Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren asked. “This fits all the data in this case, and I am not aware of a single piece of data that is inconsistent,” Shafer said.Shafer, the prosecution’s final witness, said he based his testimony on reviewing Jackson’s autopsy report and records covering the amount of drugs Murray ordered. He then applied the data to a mathematical model based on medical research of how propofol affects the body.He said his calculations ruled out any possibility that Jackson injected himself with the drug. Even if he had injected himself six times over a few hours, the level of the drug in his blood would not have reached the amounts later found, Shafer said.“People just don’t wake up from anesthesia like that,” the anesthesiologist told jurors. “It’s a crazy scenario. I’ve never seen anything — it just doesn’t happen.”Attorneys for Murray have told jurors that they would rely on science to show that Jackson injected himself with propofol and swallowed tablets of another sedative and caused his own death. Murray’s attorneys will cross-examine Shafer on Friday.Whether Jackson gave himself the drug or not, Murray was just as responsible, Shafer said.“Is it still your opinion that Conrad Murray was a direct cause, not just a substantial factor but a direct cause of Michael Jackson’s death?” Walgren asked.“Yes,” Shafer replied. “He is responsible for every drop of propofol in that room.”The anesthesiologist’s testimony brought into perspective earlier witnesses, Murray’s police interview and evidence found at Jackson’s home and for the first time laid out for jurors a theory of what the doctor did to cause Jackson’s death.Shafer set up before the jury box a bottle of propofol in an intravenous drip that drained into an empty plastic water bottle standing in for the pop star’s body. Without a mechanically controlled pump, the infusion was “an intrinsically dangerous setup,” the doctor said.Without the proper monitoring equipment, Murray probably watched Jackson for a while and, believing that everything was OK, left the room, Shafer said. Had the doctor remained at Jackson’s bedside, simply turning off the propofol drip and clearing his patient’s airway could have saved his life, Shafer testified.“Michael Jackson died while the infusion was running,” he said.Murray appeared anxious during the testimony, his eyes growing wide and his head shaking.Shafer said Murray also appeared to have lied about how much lorazepam, another sedative, he gave Jackson.Shafer was critical of the defense’s key medical expert, anesthesiologist Dr. Paul White, a longtime friend and colleague of his. White’s previous report for the defense that Jackson could have drunk the propofol and caused his overdose was obviously wrong, based on principles taught to first-year medical students, Shafer testified.“I was disappointed, because it’s not possible,” he said.An attorney for Murray said last week that after receiving Shafer’s opinion and consulting experts, the defense had ruled out that possibility and would not be making that argument in trial.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Janet Jackson Reschedules Shows To Be With Family

Source: The Modesto Bee
AP Photo – In this Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, photo, American singer Janet Jackson, performs at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Janet Jackson announced Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, that she is rescheduling part of her Australian tour so she can support her family during the trial of her brother Michael’s doctor. Dr. Conrad Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson’s 2009 death.

NEW YORK — Janet Jackson is rescheduling part of her Australian tour so she can support her family during the trial of the doctor accused of involuntary manslaughter in her brother Michael’s death.

Dr. Conrad Murray is on trial in Los Angeles. He is accused of being negligent in his care of the superstar, who died in 2009 of an overdose of the anesthetic propofol at age 50.

The prosecution is wrapping up its case this week, and the defense is about to present its case. The Jacksons have been a regular presence at the trial; Janet Jackson was there at the beginning.

“When I planned these shows, the schedule in California was completely different,” she said in a Sunday statement to The Associated Press. “After talking with my family last night, I decided we must be together right now. …. This saddens me in so many ways.”

The shows for her “Number Ones” tour were scheduled in Melbourne on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; to make them up, she’ll perform one night, on Nov. 3, in Rod Laver Arena. She thanked her fans for their support and understanding.

Jackson also has the support of her promoter.

“It is important that Janet is with her family at this critical point in the hearing. While Janet and our company apologize for any inconvenience for the reschedule of the Melbourne shows, we thank Janet for the great and successful concerts in Perth and Adelaide and eagerly await her return. … Our thoughts and prayers are with Janet and the entire Jackson family,” promoter Paul Dainty said.

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Dr. Conrad Murray’s Defense Implodes!

By Jen Heger – Radar Legal Editor

As Dr. Conrad Murray‘s defense is about to present its case in the Michael Jackson death trial, has exclusively learned that the embattled cardiologist’s lawyers are fighting with each other!

Ed Chernoff, Dr. Murray’s lead attorney, is from Houston, Texas, and had been staying with another member of the defense team, Michael Flanagan, to save his client money. But he moved out from Flanagan’s posh digs in San Marino, a week and a half ago.

PHOTOS: Key Players In The Trial Of Dr. Conrad Murray

“Ed didn’t like the way Michael was handling the prosecution witnesses. Ed felt that Michael was too abrasive and caustic with his questioning, and that Michael allowed witnesses to clarify points that only helped the prosecution’s case. Things were getting very tense, and he’s moved into a hotel in Santa Monica,” a source close to Dr. Murray tells exclusively.

Courtroom onlookers were stunned when Chernoff decided that he was going to be handling the questioning of the DA’s Propofol witness, Dr. Steven Shafer.

“Flanagan had prepared for approximately four months to cross examine Dr. Shafer,” the insider tells “Michael was thoroughly prepared, and ready to attempt to poke holes into what Dr. Shafer had already told the jury on direct examination.

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Inside Michael Jackson’s Mansion On The Day Of His Death

“When Ed told Michael that he would be handling Dr. Shafer, he felt like the rug was pulled out from under him. There is nothing Michael can do about it because Ed is the lead attorney. Michael was specifically brought on board to handle the medicalaspects of the case, along with the witnesses. Ed and Michael are barely talking to each other right now. Michael has essentially been frozen out for the time being.”

As previously reported, Judge Michael Pastor ordered Dr. White to appear on November 16, 2011 to determine if he was in contempt of court for calling Deputy District Attorney David Walgren a “scumbag” during a TV interview.

“Chernoff was LIVID that Dr. White made those comments to the press, but his entire case essentially rests with him. Flanagan is still under the assumption that he will be handling questioning of Dr. White, but Ed could very likely commandeer the questioning of him also. Nareg Gourjian, the third lawyer on the team, is just keeping his head down, and staying out of the drama. Nareg will question several of the defense witnesses,” the source states.

Looming over the trial is PETA’s request that a federal investigation be launched after reported that the defense had commissioned a study in which Propofol was given to Beagle dogs. Ed Chernoff revealed in court on Friday, that Dr. Paul White had done the testing.

Read PETA’s Complaint To The California Bar

PETA (the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals organization) filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) last Monday alleging “cruel drug toxicity tests on beagles commissioned by the defense team of Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician now on trial for his alleged role in Michael Jackson’s death.

“PETA asserts that if attorneys from Flanagan, Unger, Grover & McCool did commission the tests for the drug Propofol – the toxic effects of which have been extensively studied in dogs and humans – those tests were likely conducted in violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act’s prohibition against tests on animals that duplicate previous experiments. PETA has filed a complaint with the State Bar of California as well.”

Read PETA’s Letter To The USDA Demanding A Full Investigation

The prosecution’s final witness, Dr. Steven Shafer, is expected to finish his testimony Monday morning and will then be cross-examined by Chernoff.

It’s anticipated that the defense will call approximately 15 witnesses, and could rest their case by this Friday.

If convicted of involuntary manslaughter, Dr. Conrad Murray could face up to four years in state prison.

Administrator’s Note: Well what can you expect to happen when you are trying to justify defending a guilty man who had no business doing what Murray did! The defense can’t even get their lies straight!  If Murray is so right then I dare Flanagan or Chernoff to let him be their doctor the next time they need surgery! Let him put them to sleep at home! I bet they won’t do it! Nothing good will ever come of their efforts to defend Murray!


Source: 10/25/11

Nurse practitioner Cherilyn Lee testified that Michael Jackson asked her to give him propofol to help him sleep. Fighting back tears, Lee said she told Jackson that nobody who cares or has your best interests at heart will give you propofol.

When Jackson first asked Lee for the anesthetic, she says she didn’t know much about it. Lee says she researched propofol and found out pretty quickly that it wasn’t used to treat sleep disorders and it wasn’t safe for use in a home setting.

Lee says she spent the night at Jackson’s house so she could observe his sleep patterns. When Jackson woke up after about three hours of sleep, she says he told her that propofol was the only thing that would get him to sleep right away.

Lee testified that she warned Jackson of the side effects the drugs including:






-Memory loss


Lee said she asked Jackson, “What happens if you don’t wake up?” Jackson replied that he would be OK and only needed a doctor to monitor him. Judge Michael Pastor then gave Lee a moment to compose herself as she was brought to tears.


Defense To Highlight Positives of Jackson’s Doctor
Source: – By Anthony McCartney

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After weeks of hearing prosecutors and witnesses cast the physician charged in Michael Jackson‘s death as a bad doctor, defense attorneys will shift the case to some of Dr. Conrad Murray‘s positive traits as the case nears its close.

Murray’s defense team plans to call up to five character witnesses Wednesday who will likely speak about the Houston-based cardiologist’s care and life-saving abilities. The attorneys did not name the witnesses, but they are expected to be Murray’s patients.

The flurry of character witnesses come as defense attorneys wind down their case. They told a judge Tuesday that after the character witnesses, they will only call two experts to try to counter prosecution experts who said Murray acted recklessly by giving the pop star the anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid.

Defense attorneys could rest their case Thursday. They have already called nine witnesses, including a doctor and nurse practitioner who treated Jackson but refused his requests to help him obtain either an intravenous sleep aid or propofol.

Murray, 58, has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. He faces up to four years behind bars and the loss of his medical license if convicted.

His attorneys contend Jackson was desperate for sleep and gave himself the fatal dose of propofol when his doctor left the room. They attempted to argue that Jackson would have been indebted to concert promoter AEG Live for nearly $40 million if his shows were canceled, but a judge blocked any mention of the figure to the jury Tuesday.

Instead, jurors heard from two witnesses who knew Jackson and described their interactions with the singer in the months before his death.

Nurse Cherilyn Lee testified about trying to help Jackson gain more energy in early 2009 to prepare for rehearsals for his planned series of comeback concerts. She said the singer complained he couldn’t sleep, and on Easter Sunday asked her to help him obtain Diprivan, a brand name for propofol.

Lee, at times tearful, said she initially didn’t know about the drug. But after asking a doctor about it and reading a reference guide, Lee said she tried to convince Jackson it was too dangerous to use in his bedroom.

“He told me that doctors have told him it was safe,” Lee testified of Jackson’s request for the anesthetic. “I said no doctor is going to do this in your house.”

The singer, however, insisted that he would be safe as long as someone monitored him, she said.

By Murray’s own admission, he left Jackson’s bedside on the morning of his death. When he returned, Jackson was unresponsive, according to his interview with police two days after Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009.

The physician said he only left Jackson’s bedside for two minutes, although his own attorneys have suggested it might have been longer. Phone records show Murray made or received several calls in the hour before Murray summoned help.

Lee acknowledged that she told detectives that she had told Jackson, “No one who cared or had your best interest at heart would give you this.”

After refusing to help Jackson obtain propofol, she never saw the singer again.

Another defense witness, AEG Live President and CEO Randy Phillips, said Jackson appeared to have total confidence in Murray during meetings in early June, just a weeks before the “This Is It” concerts were to debut in London.

Jackson had missed some rehearsals and there were complaints from the show’s choreographer that the singer didn’t seem focused. A meeting was convened to discuss Jackson’s health, and Murray reassured Phillips and others that the singer was healthy and would be able to perform.

“It was very obvious that Michael had great trust” in Murray, Phillips said.

Phillips said he attended Jackson’s final rehearsal and was impressed.

“I had goose bumps,” he said, adding that wasn’t a typical reaction. “I am as cynical as you can be about this business.”

After the rehearsal, Phillips said he walked Jackson to his vehicle, which was waiting to take him to the rented mansion. “He said, ‘You got me here. Now I’m ready. I can take it from here,'” Phillips recounted.

By the time Jackson and security arrived at the home, Murray had already arrived at the house and was waiting to help the singer get to sleep.

AP Special Correspondent Linda Deutsch contributed to this report.

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Key Expert to Resume Testimony for Jackson’s Doctor

Source: – By Anthony McCartney

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurors hearing the involuntary manslaughter case against Michael Jackson‘s doctor will hear an alternate version Friday of what may have occurred in the singer’s bedroom in the hours before his death.

Dr. Paul White, an expert in the anesthetic propofol, will finally lay out his rationale for the defense theory that Jackson somehow gave himself a fatal dose of the drug when his doctor left the room.

White’s testimony will likely be vigorously challenged by prosecutors, who spent four weeks laying out their case that Dr. Conrad Murray is a greedy, inept and reckless doctor who was giving Jackson propofol as a sleep aid. But cross-examination of White will be delayed until Monday to give prosecutors more time to review a new analysis prepared by the defense based on recently-conducted tests on samples taken during Jackson’s autopsy.

“This is the entire crux of the defense case,” Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said in arguing for a delay.

The judge hearing the case, which ends its fifth week on Friday, reluctantly agreed to delay the cross examination and said he is concerned about losing jurors. Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor however noted that the panel of has remained rapt throughout the trial.

“Every single member of that jury and all the alternates are paying extraordinary attention to every witness,” Pastor said.

Murray has pleaded not guilty.

White’s opinions will challenge those of the prosecution’s main expert, Dr. Steven Shafer, who testified that the only scenario he believes explains Jackson’s death is that Murray placed Jackson on an IV drip and left the room after he thought the singer was sleeping peacefully.

Murray told police he left Jackson’s bedside, but claims he only gave the singer a small dose of propofol the morning of Jackson’s death. He said he left the room and returned after two minutes to find the pop superstar unresponsive.

Murray’s defense attorneys have repeatedly claimed that Jackson somehow gave himself the fatal dose, but it will be up to White to explain how that would be possible.

Defense attorney J. Michael Flanagan said that the new models White will show jurors on Friday will offer different simulations about the drugs propofol and sedative lorazepam. They are based on a new computer program and updated test results.

Flanagan did not reveal what conclusions White drew from the new models, or whether they would change his testimony.

White is a retired researcher and professor who performed clinical studies of propofol for years before it was approved for usage by the Food and Drug Administration in 1989. He said he was initially reluctant to become involved in the case, but after reading through more than a dozen expert reports, he couldn’t figure out how others came to the conclusion that Murray would have had to leave Jackson on a propofol IV drip for the singer to have died with the anesthetic still coursing through his body.

He said the others’ theories didn’t make sense based on Murray’s statement to police.

“I thought that there were questions if in fact Murray had administered the drugs that he described in his conversations with the police department in the doses he described, I would not have expected Michael Jackson to have died,” White said.

He continued to work on the case after meeting with Murray, although White was not allowed to testify about his conversations with the Houston-based cardiologist.

Flanagan early in White’s testimony on Thursday asked the doctor to address “the elephant in the room” — whether he could justify Murray’s actions if he left Jackson hooked to a propofol IV and then left the room.

“Absolutely not,” White replied.

AP Special Correspondent Linda Deutsch contributed to this report.

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Michael Jackson Likely Caused His Own Death, Witness Testifies
Source : LA Times

A leading anesthesiologist on Friday told jurors in the trial of Michael Jackson’s personal physician that the singer probably caused his own death by injecting himself with a dose of the drug while his doctor wasn’t looking.

In his testimony, defense expert Paul White directly challenged the theory put forth by the government’s main medical witness, Dr. Steven Shafer. The prosecution expert testified that the only plausible scenario was that Dr. Conrad Murray had left a large intravenous drip of the anesthetic propofol running into the singer’s bloodstreams for three hours, even after he stopped breathing.

On Friday, White said Shafer’s theory was ruled out by the level of the drug found in Jackson’s urine at autopsy. Given the urine levels and evidence at the scene, the more likely explanation was that the singer gave himself the drug, said White, one of the first U.S. researchers to study the drug.

“You think it was self-injection of propofol … between 11:30 and 12 o’clock?” defense attorney Michael Flanagan asked.

“In my opinion, yes,” White said.

White’s statement is the first evidence the defense has put forward to support a theory they’ve argued all along: that it was Jackson, not Murray, who administered the lethal dose of propofol that killed the pop star. Shafer testified that blood levels of the drug found at autopsy did not support self-injection — something he said was a “crazy scenario.”

White offered no defense to what several medical experts called by prosecutors have told jurors — that even if Jackson gave himself the drug, Murray was still responsible for the singer’s death for leaving him unattended. At the beginning of his testimony Thursday, he acknowledged he could not explain away Murray’s conduct.

The concession suggested Murray’s defense planned on admitting the doctor made missteps, but that he did not directly cause his famous patient’s death.The anesthesiologist’s testimony also supported a second defense contention: that the singer swallowed several tablets the sedative lorazepam. That drug, combined with the propofol they say Jackson gave himself, caused a “perfect storm” that killed the star instantly, they have told jurors.“The fact that there is even a tiny amount of free lorazepam [in Jackson’s stomach] is consistent with the theory that he took lorazepam orally,” White said.Flanagan asked if the drugs Murray admitted to giving Jackson in his police interview — small injections of two sedatives followed by a half dose of propofol — could have caused the singer’s death.“Would this present a dangerous situation here?” the attorney asked.“Not at all,” White said.White, the defense’s final witness, is expected to resume his testimony Monday at the downtown Los Angeles courthouse, where he will be cross-examined by a prosecutor. Murray, 58, faces up to four years in prison if convicted of the involuntary manslaughter charge; he has pleaded not guilty.

Administrator’s Note: Dr. White’s testimony is nothing bull!  He’s the real scumbag if you ask me!


Jackson Trial Courtroom Resembles Medical Theater

October 31, 2011

Source : Yahoo Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – At times the wood-lined courtroom could have passed for a medical lecture theater: experts with saline drip stands and complicated graphs earnestly demonstrating the half-life of benzodiazepine drugs.

Except that you don’t usually see Janet and LaToya Jackson sitting in the back of a pharmacology class, listening attentively to explanations of sedation thresholds and titration techniques.

But this has been the scene in the plainly furnished room on the ninth floor of the LA Superior Court in downtown Los Angeles, where Michael Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray has been on trial for the last five weeks.

Jackson — who in one of the more surreal moments of the trial was inadvertently refered to as “Mr. Lorazepam” — has been the spectre hanging over proceedings which come to a climax this week.

“Let’s deal with the elephant in the room here,” defense attorney Michael Flanagan intoned last Thursday. “Conrad Murray has been accused of infusing a dose of propofol and leaving his patient. Can you justify that?”

His star witness, Dr Paul White, couldn’t.

But that was what he was here for, to debunk the prosecution claim that Grenada-born medic Murray was guilty of involuntary manslaughter over the King of Pop’s 2009 death.

Murray — who has sat grim-faced throughout the sometimes harrowing, sometimes eye-glazingly dull testimony — denies the charge.

His iPad-wielding lawyers Ed Chernoff and Flanagan have done their best to defy the odds and get him off, arguing that Jackson was a desperate addict who would have killed himself accidentally anyway.

They have been helped by a spectacular litany of medical problems from which Jackson apparently suffered for years before his untimely death on June 25, 2009, on the eve of an ill-fated series of comeback shows in London.

Incontinence, insomnia and mental instability were just three revealed in painful detail at the trial, which heard how Jackson died from a cocktail of the sedatives lorazepam, midazolam and propofol, given to help him sleep.

A condom catheter, intravenous (IV) drug tube and oxygen nasal canulla were attached to Jackson’s body when paramedics arrived, while pictures of his naked corpse on a hospital gurney had his family running from the courtroom.

Led by his mother Katherine and father Joe, the family has filed in every day since September 27, some members more often than others — to sit on the wooden benches reserved for them at the front of the court’s public seating.

Occasionally, they would turn to exchange words with journalists sat behind them, while Jackson fans — winners of a daily ballot for tickets for the handful of spare seats in court — were consigned to the back row.

Genial judge Michael Pastor has drawn praise, sharing jokes with the jurors and court staff — but he is not to be crossed: when a fan’s phone went off near the trial’s start, she was escorted smartly out, the device confiscated.

Early witnesses included a cocktail waitress and a quintessentially Hollywood actress, Murray’s girlfriend — who couldn’t contain her breathless excitement at having met Michael Jackson, even as she discussed his death.

A string of friendly character witnesses came on proclaiming how the “caring” Murray saved their lives and treated them for free — prompting the 58-year-old medic to dab his eyes at one stage.

But the last week descended into a dizzying blizzard of medical testimony, as key witnesses argued over exactly what Murray might have done, or not done, in the fateful hours before Jackson’s death.

Murray’s lawyers, and even the judge seemed to tire at the end, repeatedly confusing the names of the two sides’ opposing propofol experts, one of whom allegedly called the other a “scumbag” in the back of the court.

Flanagan it was who seemed to have most problems concentrating — drawing laughter when, in the middle of another interminable exchange Friday, he called Jackson “Mr. Lorazepam” — and didn’t notice until the judge pointed it out.

Jackson, dubbed various things during his life, including most famously the King of Pop, was clearly a keen student of pharmaceuticals. But some suspect even he would turn in his grave at that new name.\


Professors’ Views On Jackson Death Create Rift

By ANTHONY McCARTNEY – AP Entertainment Writer

The differing opinions of two professors on how a powerful anesthetic killed Michael Jackson has left jurors with two scenarios to consider about how the King of Pop died, and in the process has also strained the relationship of the two longtime collaborators and friends.

Armed with decades of experience, IV bags and syringes, the men showed jurors how a powerful, milky-white anesthetic may have flowed from a bottle into Jackson’s body on the morning of June 25, 2009.

Doctors Paul White and Steven Shafer worked alongside each other for years and are credited with helping bring propofol to operating rooms and making its usage safe.

But their different theories on how Jackson died from the drug – whether his personal physician Conrad Murray administered it or the singer injected it himself – have sparked a clash of harsh rhetoric between the two men more familiar with operating rooms and classrooms than the high stakes of a celebrity trial.

White and Shafer were colleagues at Stanford University and conducted research on propofol before it was approved for use in U.S. operating rooms in 1989. Both help edit a leading anesthesia journal. Until White’s retirement last year, both were practicing anesthesiologists.

Each man’s search to explain how Jackson died led them to conduct their own research and computer modeling.

The tension between them began after Shafer, an affable Columbia University researcher, told jurors on Oct. 20 that he was “disappointed” in White for suggesting earlier that Jackson may have drunk the fatal dose of propofol.

Shafer’s dismissive comment that even first-year medical students knew that wouldn’t work cut deeply for White, who worked on propofol for six years before it was approved for use in the United States.

As Shafer testified, White occasionally shook his head until being admonished by a judge to stop making any gestures in court.

White, according to a report posted online by E! Entertainment Television, turned to reporters while Shafer testified and called either Shafer or a prosecutor a “scumbag.” White later told a judge he didn’t recall making the remark but acknowledged talking to an E! reporter about being bothered by Shafer’s testimony.

“Of course, when someone makes derogatory comments about you in court, it has an effect on you,” White told the judge. “I was very disappointed in Dr. Shafer’s remark.”

White’s interview may earn him a contempt-of-court violation for violating a gag order, but that issue will be decided after Murray’s trial is concluded.

The courtroom rhetoric between the men cooled last week, with White repeatedly crediting Shafer for his work.

“Dr. Shafer is actually a good friend, and he actually helped me on a number of the papers,” White testified.

White left behind any hurt feelings as he took the witness stand and matter-of-factly detailed his theory that Jackson must have given himself a fatal dose of propofol. It was the only explanation, White said, for the levels of the drug found in Jackson’s blood and urine during an autopsy.

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Prosecutor To Grill Key Defense Expert In Conrad Murray Trial

By Alan Duke, CNN
October 31, 2011
Source: CNN

Los Angeles (CNN) — The anesthesiologist who testified last week that singer Michael Jackson probably died from drugs he gave himself will face questioning by the prosecution Monday in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.

Closing arguments, followed by the start of jury deliberations, are likely to come this week in Murray’s involuntary manslaughter trial.

Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney David Walgren was given the weekend to consult with his anesthesiology expert on how to attack the testimony of Dr. Paul White, who is the last and most important defense witness.

The prosecution contends that Murray’s reckless use of the surgical anesthetic propofol to put Jackson to sleep caused Jackson’s death, but the defense blames Jackson for self-administering the fatal overdose while Murray was not watching.

The defense contends Jackson’s insomnia, unknown to Murray, was a side effect of withdrawal from a Demerol addiction, which they blame on another doctor.

The Los Angeles County coroner ruled that Jackson’s June 25, 2009, death was caused by “acute propofol intoxication” in combination with two sedatives.

Jurors must choose between two competing theories offered by White and Dr. Steven Shafer, the prosecution’s anesthesiologist, of how and when the fatal overdose entered Jackson’s body.

Both doctors, longtime friends and colleagues, are among the top experts in the world concerning propofol.

White, in his testimony for the defense Friday, said the level of drugs found in Jackson’s stomach, blood and urine, convinced him that the pop icon died after he rapidly injected himself with propofol on top of a large dose of lorazepam he swallowed when Murray was away.

Shafer, who testified over an 11-day span for the prosecution, concluded the “only scenario” that fits the scientific evidence is that Jackson was on a constant IV drip of propofol for three hours before his death.

Shafer testified that Murray must have also injected Jackson with a series of large doses of lorazepam, a sedative, hours before his death.

The prosecution theory requires “an incredible coincidence of circumstances” using a “befuddling” IV drip configuration and an “irrational” assumption about how Murray injected sedatives, White testified.

White testified Friday that it is his opinion Jackson died after he injected himself with a 25-milligram dose of propofol between 11:30 a.m. and noon. Testimony and phone records indicated it was about noon that Murray realized Jackson was not breathing.

White theorized that Jackson could have “pushed” the drug into an catheter in his leg using a syringe over a 15- to 30-second period, much faster than a doctor would have done.

“I believe it could potentially have lethal consequences,” White testified.

Shafer conceded last week that it was possible that Jackson, not Murray, could have been the one to open the IV drip to a fatal pace, but prosecutors contend that it would make no difference in Murray’s guilt.

Murray is responsible for Jackson’s death, even if he did not give him the final and fatal dose, because he was criminally reckless in using the surgical anesthetic to help Jackson sleep without proper precautions, the prosecution contends.

While Jackson was hooked up to an IV drip, it only delivered a saline solution to keep him hydrated, the defense contends.

Shafer demonstrated in court how he believed the IV system was set up by Murray, but investigators never found a critical piece of tubing that would have been needed to infuse a propofol drip into the catheter in Jackson’s left leg.

The 100-milliliter propofol bottle prosecutors believe Murray used was empty when investigators found it, leading Shafer to conclude that the last drops entered Jackson’s body just as his heart stopped beating.

White called it “an incredible coincidence of circumstances” that the bottle would empty exactly when Jackson died.

White also said such a flow of propofol would have made Jackson “sleepy but arousable and breathing spontaneously,” but it would not have killed him.

But Murray’s own words, spoken to police two days after Jackson’s death, led the jury toward Shafer’s drip theory and away from White’s self-injection theory.

Murray told detectives that the pulse oxymeter monitor on Jackson’s finger showed his heart was beating at 122 beats per minute after he realized his patient was not breathing. This would indicate Jackson suffered respiratory arrest first, followed about 10 minutes later by cardiac arrest, a cardiologist and Shafer both testified.

The difference is key to interpreting what the high level of propofol in Jackson’s blood means, since a beating heart would circulate the drug through the liver, which would break it down into a metabolite.

White’s theory that Jackson died quickly from a rapid injection requires the assumption that his heart almost immediately stopped beating, before Murray would have seen the monitor on his finger.

The defense expert also questioned the prosecution’s contention that Murray placed the propofol bottle into an empty saline bag with an opening cut into it to suspend it from the IV stand next to Jackson’s bed.

It would have been more logical for Murray to use a plastic suspension tab built onto the bottle, a routine practice.

“It’s befuddling to me, because anyone picking up the bottle would naturally gravitate for pulling up the little hanger,” White said. “Why would you go to all the hassle?”

Hanging the bottle inside a bag also would not work because if Jackson “rolled over and moved his leg, it would easily come out of the bag,” White said.

The suspension tab on the propofol bottle had not been activated, both sides agreed.

Investigators who recovered the bottle and an opened bag testified they found them together, but they did not photograph it.

White also questioned Shafer’s computer model conclusion that Murray gave Jackson at least nine four-milligram injections of the lorazepam at regular intervals from 1:30 to 5 a.m. the day he died.

Those “enormous” sedative doses alone would have put anyone to sleep and possibly killed them, White said.

He said it would be “irrational” for a doctor to sit at Jackson’s bedside and repeatedly inject the sedatives to a patient in very deep sedation, as Shafer’s theory implies.

White concluded that Jackson swallowed a large dose of lorazepam several hours earlier, which would have left “a very high concentration” of the sedative in his body.

“So you’ve got drugs that have additive or even synergistic effects, and I think the combination effect would be very profound,” White said.


Conrad Murray trial: Judge halts proceedings as witness claims Michael Jackson had own stash of propofol

Judge Michael E Pastor is forced to temporarily suspend proceedings in the trial of Conrad Murray after Dr Paul White, a witness for the defence, attempts to introduce evidence previously ruled inadmissable.

Source: The Telegraph

The Los Angeles Superior Court Judge fined Dr Paul White $1,000 for violating an order not to mention in his testimony conversations he had with Dr Murray, information the judge had previously ruled was inadmissible evidence in Murray’s trial for the involuntary manslaughter of 50 year-old pop-star Michael Jackson.

A key defence witness, Dr White is an anesthetics expert expected to be the final witness in the month long trial. He has already been reprimanded by the judge for allegedly whispering ‘scumbag’ to gathered journalists during the testimony of prosecution witness and former colleague Dr Steven Shafer. Dr White had denied making the remark.

After a line of questioning by prosecutor David Walgren involving propofol use in Michael Jackson’s house, Dr White referenced the conversations after having first been admonished by the judge earlier in the session.

“Well, Conrad Murray certainly purchased propofol, but I understand Mr Jackson had his own supply as well,” says Dr White, referring to information gleaned during conversations with Murray.

“Really?” asked David Walgren, prosecutor.

The exchange prompted Mr Walgren to accuse White of using “rehearsed lines” on the stand, which defence lawyers objected to. Dr White then continued to reference the conversation despite orders not to.

“As I indicated, I’ve had two lengthy conversations…” he said.

“Will the court admonish the witness?” asked Mr Walgren.

Judge Pastor then excused the jury and reprimanded the witness, in an exchange that was not televised.

The contempt of court charge is the second for White, following a charge for the inflammatory comments about Dr Shafer. A hearing for both contempt charges is set for November 16.

Dr Murray, Michael Jackson’s personal physician during at the time of his death on June 25, 2009, faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison if convicted of the singer’s death.


Murray remains silent as testimony ends in Jackson death trial

By Alan Duke, CNN
November 1, 2011

Los Angeles (CNN)Dr. Conrad Murray announced in court Tuesday that he will not testify in his involuntary manslaughter trial.

Murray paused and looked at each of his lawyers for several seconds before telling the judge, “My decision is that I will not testify in this matter.”

His decision to remain silent brought to an end the defense case in the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor, setting the stage for closing arguments on Thursday. Lawyers have been given Wednesday off from court to prepare their arguments.

A Michael Jackson fan was removed from the courthouse after yelling “Murderer, Murderer” at Murray as he walked down the hallway during a recess late Tuesday morning.

Jackson fans lined both sides of the hallway and held hands as members of Jackson’s family walked past at the end of the morning session.

Parents Joe and Katherine Jackson attended court Tuesday, along with their youngest son, Randy Jackson.

Prosecutors briefly recalled their anesthesiology expert, Dr. Steven Shafer, for a rebuttal to defense propofol expert Dr. Paul White before resting their case Tuesday morning.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor will meet with lawyers for both sides Tuesday afternoon to discuss what exhibits will be admitted into evidence and what instructions he will give to jurors before they begin deliberations Thursday afternoon.

The prosecution contends that Murray’s use of the surgical anesthetic propofol to treat Jackson’s insomnia in his home deviated from the standards of care expected of a doctor so egregiously that it made him criminally responsible for Jackson’s death.

If Murray had decided to tell jurors his version of what happened the day the world’s biggest pop star died under his care, it would have been at the risk of intensive cross-examination by Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney David Walgren.

Walgren proved his cross-examination skills again Monday in a fiery battle with Dr. Paul White over the defense anesthesiology expert’s theory that Jackson died from drugs he gave himself.

White completed his testimony Tuesday morning.

White’s bruises in his battle with Walgren on Monday included a contempt-of-court citation and a $1,000 fine after he ignored repeated warnings from Pastor not to refer to his personal conversations with Murray.

Walgren insisted that White answer his questions based only on what he knew from Murray’s interview with police, not what Murray told him privately. It otherwise would have been a way for the defense to introduce statements from the defendant without him having to testify.

“Nice try,” Pastor told the defense as he ruled they couldn’t do that.

Walgren spent much of Monday trying to discredit what White said during his testimony Friday, and getting the defense expert to support the prosecution’s argument that Murray’s treatment of Jackson was reckless.

White conceded that Murray deviated from the standards of care, but he would not agree that they were so “egregious and extreme” that they make Murray criminally responsible for Jackson’s death. Murray’s deviations were “perhaps between minor and serious, but it’s not extreme,” he said.

Walgren also was successful in getting White to agree that he would not have done what Murray did — take the job of sedating Jackson nearly every night at home with propofol.

“No amount of money” could get him to take the job, White said. “Absolutely not,” he testified. “That would be a job I would never consider accepting.”

The prosecution contends greed led Murray to leave his medical practice and put his ethics aside to serve as Jackson’s private doctor for $150,000 a month.

But the biggest battle between Walgren and White was fought over the competing theories of how Jackson died and the scientific evidence that supports them.

The Los Angeles County coroner ruled that Jackson’s June 25, 2009, death was caused by “acute propofol intoxication” in combination with two sedatives.

White concluded that the level of drugs found in Jackson’s stomach, blood and urine, convinced him that Jackson died after he rapidly injected himself with propofol on top of a large dose of lorazepam he swallowed hours earlier.

Shafer, the prosecution’s propofol expert, concluded the “only scenario” that fits the scientific evidence is that Jackson was on a constant intravenous drip of propofol for three hours before his death.

Shafer also testified that Murray must have also injected Jackson with a series of large doses of lorazepam, a sedative, hours before his death.

White theorized that Jackson could have “pushed” the drug into an catheter in his leg using a syringe over a 15- to 30-second period, much faster than a doctor would have done. “I believe it could potentially have lethal consequences,” White testified.

Under cross-examination Monday, White said he believed Jackson used the same syringe Murray had loaded with propofol an hour earlier to give Jackson a 25-milligram injection. Murray filled it with 50 milligrams initially, leaving it half-filled in Jackson’s bedroom, under White’s theory.

White ruled out the possibility that Murray would have injected the fatal dose unless “he wanted to potentially harm Mr. Jackson.”

Walgren asked White whether he thought Jackson intended to harm himself.

“I don’t think he realized the potential danger,” White replied.

The defense contends Jackson was desperate for sleep, fearing his comeback concerts would be canceled if he missed another rehearsal from lack of rest.

Walgren pressed White for an opinion about Murray’s decision to leave Jackson alone with a syringe of propofol, considering he should have known Jackson had “pushed” a syringe of propofol before.

“No, I would not leave the room,” he said.

Prosecutors contend Murray is responsible for Jackson’s death, even if he did not give him the final and fatal dose, because he was reckless in using the surgical anesthetic to help Jackson sleep without proper precautions.


Closing Arguments to Begin in Jackson Doc Trial



LOS ANGELES Closing arguments are set to begin Thursday as the involuntary manslaughter trial against Michael Jackson’s doctor heads into its final stages before jury deliberations.

Before listening to arguments by prosecutors and defense attorneys, Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor will give jurors detailed instructions on how they should interpret evidence in the case and what they can and cannot consider.

There has been no time limit announced for how long each side will argue its position, although Pastor cautioned attorneys on Tuesday to keep their final speeches focused.

Deputy District Attorney David Walgren will have the first and last word during arguments as he tries to convince the jury of seven men and five women that Dr. Conrad Murray should be convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

Walgren has cast Murray as an inept, reckless physician who was distracted on the morning of Jackson’s June 2009 death after giving the singer a powerful dose of the anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid.

Prosecutors are operating on the theory that while Murray was engaged in lawful practices during his treatment of Jackson, he acted in a criminally negligent way by using propofol as an insomnia treatment without the proper staff or medical equipment, and that he botched resuscitation efforts and lied to other medical personnel about his actions.

The majority of the witnesses and evidence was presented by prosecutors, who must convince the jury unanimously and beyond a reasonable doubt in order to convict Murray.

Lead defense attorney Ed Chernoff is likely to argue that Jackson was responsible for his own death and took a fatal dose of propofol when Murray left his bedroom on June 25, 2009. Chernoff will also likely rely on the statements of five character witnesses, mostly former patients, to try to convince jurors that he should not be held responsible for Jackson’s death.

After Walgren’s final arguments, Pastor will offer some additional instructions and the jury’s deliberations will begin.

The panel has listened attentively throughout the six-week trial, which featured 49 witnesses and some complex medical testimony. They also heard several audio recordings, including one of Jackson himself in which his speech was slow and slurred, as well as Murray’s lengthy interview with police detectives.

It is unclear if any of those items will get a reprise during closing arguments, but Walgren told Pastor he is planning a slideshow presentation.

Murray, 58, has been stoic through most of the proceedings. He cried when one of his friends, Ruby Mosley, talked about the cardiologist founding a clinic in a poor Houston neighborhood in honor of his father.

The jury did not hear directly from Murray, who opted not to testify in his own defense.

The doctor faces up to four years behind bars and the loss of his medical license if he’s convicted

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Jackson Doctor Shopping Story

Source: NY Post

While Dr. Conrad Murraystands trial for the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson, he’s been quietly filming a blockbuster documentary that’s being shopped to major TV networks.

Sources say Murray, who announced yesterday that he will not testify in his defense, has sold the rights “to his story” to a production company that’s been filming interviews with him daily as the trial progresses.

The unidentified production company is shopping the documentary as a package deal that would also include a video diary and a sit-down interview with Murray.

“A news division that pays for the documentary will end up with a side deal of getting the sit-down with Conrad,” a source said. “It’s crafted in such a way for a news division that doesn’t pay for interviews.”

Source: CBS NewsLOS ANGELES – The case against the doctor accused of killing Michael Jackson has gone to the jury, with deliberations set to begin Friday.The seven-man, five-woman panel got the case Thursday after spirited, daylong closing arguments by a prosecutor and defense attorney.A defense attorney for the doctor charged in Michael Jackson’s death told jurors Thursday the singer caused his own death with an overdose of an anesthetic and his physician shouldn’t be convicted of killing the King of Pop.“If it was anybody else, would this doctor be here today?” defense attorney Ed Chernoff asked during his closing argument at the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.Chernoff said prosecutors hadn’t proven that Murray committed a crime by giving Jackson doses of the anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid in the singer’s bedroom.“They want you to convict Dr. Murray for the actions of Michael Jackson,” Chernoff said.He urged the jury to closely consider Murray’s lengthy interview with police and said his words show he didn’t give Jackson the deadly dose.Earlier, during his closing argument, Deputy District Attorney David Walgren projected images of Jackson’s grief-stricken children on a giant screen and told jurors that Murray took away their father.With Jackson’s mother and siblings watching from the courtroom gallery, Walgren showed a photo of Jackson at his last rehearsal before the picture of the three Jackson children — Prince, Paris and Blanket — at their father’s memorial.He also reminded jurors of the scene in Jackson’s bedroom when Paris came upon Murray frantically trying to revive her lifeless father and screamed, “Daddy!”“For Michael Jackson’s children this case goes on forever because they do not have a father,” Walgren said. “They do not have a father because of the actions of Conrad Murray.”The prosecutor repeatedly called Murray’s treatment of Jackson bizarre and said there was no precedent for the cardiologist giving the singer the powerful anesthetic to help him sleep.Still, Jackson trusted him and that eventually cost the singer his life, Walgren said.“Conrad Murray looked out for himself and himself alone,” the prosecutor said.Murray has pleaded not guilty, with his lawyers arguing that Jackson injected the fatal dose when Murray left the singer’s bedroom on June 25, 2009.Earlier, Walgren, in a carefully structured argument enhanced by video excerpts of witness testimony, spoke of the special relationship between a doctor and patient and said Murray had corrupted it in the treatment of his famous client.Murray violated his medical oath to do no harm and “acted so recklessly that it caused the death of Michael Jackson,” the prosecutor said.Walgren portrayed Murray as a greedy opportunist who was more concerned with earning $150,000 a month as Jackson’s personal physician and traveling to London for his “This Is It” concert than with the welfare of his patient.He cited evidence showing Murray did not call 911 after finding Jackson unresponsive. Instead he called Jackson’s personal assistant, a decision the prosecutor said was just one of the doctor’s bizarre actions on the day the singer died.He suggested Murray delayed the call until he could hide medical equipment and bottles that might incriminate him.“He’s putting Conrad Murray first. He’s intentionally not calling 911. He’s intentionally delaying help that could have saved Michael Jackson’s life,” Walgren said.“What on Earth could motivate a medical doctor to delay making that all-important call?” he asked. “Self-preservation.”Evan after paramedics arrived, the doctor made no mention of giving Jackson propofol because of “a consciousness of guilt,” Walgren said.He ridiculed the defense theory that Jackson injected himself with the fatal dose of propofol and denounced the testimony of defense expert Paul White who blamed Jackson for his own death.“What you were presented by Dr. White was junk science. It was garbage science,” Walgren said.Chernoff countered that Dr. Steven Shafer, a propofol expert who testified that evidence showed Murray killed Jackson, was wrong and overstepped his role as a scientist by becoming an advocate for Murray’s conviction.He said Shafer ignored Murray’s statement to police in which the physician said he gave the singer a small dose of propofol and left the room after the drug should have worn off.“It doesn’t matter, Dr. Murray did not kill Michael Jackson,” Chernoff said.The prosecutor played statements of several doctors who testified that they would never have agreed to give Jackson propofol for insomnia in a private home.“The setting represents an extreme violation of the standard of care,” Walgren said. “No one ever did it until it was done to Michael Jackson. It is gross negligence and it is a cause of Michael Jackson’s death.”At one point, Walgren suggested Murray was conducting “an obscene experiment” on Jackson.With only Jackson and Murray present in the singer’s room on the day he died, there will be things that are never be known about his death, Walgren said. But he said it was clear that Murray, untrained in anesthesiology, was incompetent.“Conrad Murray is criminally liable,” he said. “Justice demands a guilty verdict.
Read more: Version of Instructions To The Jury For Deliberations
What the Conrad Murray Jury Will Have To DecideSource: HLN – Beth Karas

There is only one charge for the jury to consider in the Dr. Conrad Murray’s trial: involuntary manslaughter.

There are no lesser-included charges. But there are two theories of involuntary manslaughter that the jurors will consider. They can find Murray guilty of one or both theories but they must be unanimous on whatever they decide.

What does involuntary manslaughter mean?

Involuntary manslaughter is an unintentional killing without malice. Malice is when someone does something with a conscious disregard for life.

This next part gets a little complicated, but keep reading: We’re going to break it down for you.

Involuntary manslaughter is committed when a defendant commits a lawful act with criminal negligence, or fails to perform a legal duty and that failure is criminally negligent, and the defendant’s acts or failure to perform a legal duty unlawfully causes the death of someone else.

Here are two theories of involuntary manslaughter that are relevant to the Murray trial:
1.      the commission of a lawful act with criminal negligence
2.      failure to perform a legal duty where such failure was criminally negligent

What is a lawful act?

A lawful act is something the defendant does that does not break any laws. 

In this trial, the jury will be instructed that the commission of the lawful act with criminal negligence is that Murray, a licensed physician, administered propofol to Michael Jackson.

What does it mean to fail to perform a legal duty?

In most situations people, are not required to act under circumstance. For example, if you are a regular citizen walking down the street and see someone about to jump out a window of a tall building, the law doesn’t require you to try to save the jumper.

But the jury in this trial will be instructed that Murray, a physician who assumed the duty of care of Michael Jackson, had a legal obligation to care for him and that the failure to perform this legal duty could have been committed when Murray gave Jackson propofol then left him unattended.

The prosecution is expected to argue a host of ways in which Murray was negligent in the administration of propofol and failure to perform a legal duty of care. At the charge conference on November 1, prosecutors listed seven acts under the “lawful act” theory and 15 acts under the “failure to perform a legal duty.”

Those acts or failures include:
.       no other medical personnel present
.       inadequate monitoring equipment
.       failure to constantly monitor Jackson
.       ineffective resuscitative care
.       failure to call 911 immediately
.       administering propofol for insomnia

NOTE: The above list is not complete, because the prosecution did not read the entire list in open court.

What does causation mean?

A critical element of involuntary manslaughter is that the negligent act or failure to perform a legal duty caused someone’s death.

The instruction to the jury in this trial will include the following language:

An act (or failure to perform a legal duty) causes death if the death is a direct, natural, and probable consequence of the act (or failure to perform a legal duty) and the death would not have happened without the act (or failure to perform a legal duty).

A natural and probable consequence is one that a reasonable person would know is likely to happen if nothing unusual intervenes.

It’s important to know that there may be more than one cause of death. An act causes death only if it is a substantial factor in causing the death. A substantial factor is more than a trivial or remote factor. However, it does not need to be the only factor that causes the death.

A special instruction to the jury, which the prosecution drafted, is expected to be read following the definition of causation. We do not have the exact language, but it deals with whether an intervening act could have been foreseen. If the intervening act (Jackson self-administering propofol) was foreseeable, then Murray can still be found guilty.

What does criminal negligence mean?

The jury instruction will include the following language:

Criminal negligence involves more than ordinary carelessness, inattention, or mistake in judgment. A person acts with criminal negligence when:

1.  he acts in a reckless way that creates a high risk of death or great bodily injury; and
2.  a reasonable person would have known that acting or failing to perform a legal duty in that way would create such a risk.

In other words, a person acts with criminal negligence when his behavior is so different from the way an ordinarily careful person would act in the same situation that his act (or failure to perform a legal duty) amounts to disregard for human life or indifference to the consequences of that act (or failure to perform a legal duty).

The jury will be instructed that, in order to find Murray guilty, they must find that the prosecutors proved each of the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

Elements of Involuntary Manslaughter/Lawful Act Performed Negligently

1.      Conrad Murray committed a lawful act, but acted with criminal negligence; and
2.      Conrad Murray’s acts caused the death of Michael Jackson.

Elements of Involuntary Manslaughter/Failure to Perform a Legal Duty

1.      Conrad Murray had a legal duty to Michael Jackson;
2.      Conrad Murray failed to perform that legal duty;
3.      Conrad Murray’s failure was criminally negligent; and
4.      Conrad Murray’s failure caused the death of Michael Jackson.

Jurors must keep all that in mind and then they must be unanimous on one or both theories:

1.      lawful act committed with criminal negligence or
2.      failure to perform a legal duty and such failure was with criminal negligence.

If the jurors cannot reach a unanimous decision, then they are considered deadlocked — also called a hung jury. Judges encourage juries to work toward a decision, but if they absolutely can’t agree, then the judge declares a mistrial. That means the case could be retried and we start all over.


Conrad Murray Trial: Jury Ends First Day Of Deliberations Without Reaching Verdict

Source: Huffington Post – By Andrew McCartney

LOS ANGELES — Jurors considering the case against Michael Jackson’s doctor ended their first day of deliberations Friday without reaching a verdict or asking any questions indicating how far along they have gotten in their discussions.

The seven-man, five-woman panel was given highlighters and blank forms to request evidence after starting deliberations around 8:30 a.m.

They recessed around 4 p.m. and were set to resume discussions Monday.

The jury must reach a unanimous verdict to either convict or acquit Dr. Conrad Murray of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s June 2009 death.

Jackson died from a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol; Murray has acknowledged giving Jackson propofol to help him sleep.

The jury is not sequestered and will deliberate during the court’s regular hours. A verdict will be read the same day it is reached.

During closing arguments of the six-week trial, attorneys for the Houston-based cardiologist attacked prosecutors and their witnesses, saying they had over time developed stories and theories that placed the blame for Jackson’s death squarely on Murray.

Prosecutors countered that Murray was an opportunistic and inept doctor who left Jackson’s three children without a father. They said that Murray giving Jackson propofol as a sleep aid violated standards of care and amounted to a secret experiment in which the doctor kept no records.

Media were stationed Friday outside the courthouse and in the courtroom where the jury’s decision will eventually be read.

Attorneys handling the case will receive a two-hour notice when a verdict is reached. Murray waived the need for his presence if the panel asks any questions, but he must be present when a verdict is announced.

Jurors heard from 49 witnesses and have more than 300 pieces of evidence to consider. They were given lengthy instructions by the judge about how to deliberate.

If Murray is convicted, he faces a sentence ranging from probation to four years behind bars, and he would lose his medical license. The sentence will be decided by Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor after receiving input from attorneys for both sides and probation officials, if necessary.

A recent change in California law means that Murray, 58, might serve any possible incarceration in a county jail rather than a state prison. A prison term could be shortened by overcrowding.

If acquitted, Murray could still be pursued by medical licensing authorities in the states of California, Nevada and Texas.


Conrad Murray trial: Michael Jackson’s family waits anxiously as jury deliberates verdict in involuntary manslaughter case

Murray faces up to four years in prison and the loss of his medical license if convicted

BY Nancy Dillion

LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson’s relatives waited anxiously Friday as jurors began deliberations in the involuntary manslaughter trial of his personal doctor.

“I’m so shaky right now waiting for a verdict! Every little noise has me jumping out of my skin!” sister La Toya Jackson said on Twitter shortly before lunchtime.

La Toya, matriarch Katherine Jackson and other relatives are expected to make a beeline for the courtroom as soon as the seven-man, five-woman jury reaches a verdict.

Jurors did not ask any questions Friday morning but did request highlighter pens.

During a six-week trial televised around the world, they heard from 49 witnesses.

Now they must decide whether Dr. Conrad Murray was criminally negligent when he provided Jackson with a dangerous hospital-grade anesthetic in a bedroom setting behind closed doors.

“It is impossible to predict what will happen, especially after Casey Anthony’s acquittal, but I think (Murray) is hosed,” said veteran prosecutor Vesna Maras, a former Los Angeles County prosecutor.

Maras went up against a member of Murray’s legal team when she prosecuted two nurses in a 2004 propofol case. One of the nurses pleaded to a lesser charge; one was acquitted, but the incident happened in a hospital.

“In my opinion, Murray created the scenario that killed Michael Jackson, whether he did it himself or provided the tools,” Maras told the Daily News. “It’s like a babysitter leaving a curious child near a bunch of loaded guns with the safeties off and then acting surprised when the kid shoots himself.”

She said an acquittal would amount to a “purely emotional verdict” not rooted in the law.

“But I never say never. Maybe a juror thinks (Jackson) was a junkie and too bad his babysitter walked away, he did this to himself. Maybe they just feel sorry for Dr. Murray, that he’s just the last guy in a string of people doing this.”

Deputy District Attorney David Walgren told jurors Thursday that Murray broke his oath to do no harm when he provided four gallons of propofol for at-home consumption to preserve his fat $150,000-per-month paycheck.

He said Murray pumped Jackson with the anesthetic, which is known to suppress breathing, and then “abandoned” his bedside vigil to cell-phone chat with paramours and use the bathroom the morning of June 25, 2009.

“Did Michael Jackson yell out for help? Did he gasp? Did he choke? Were there sounds? We don’t know. And we’ll never know because of the neglect and negligence of Conrad Murray,” Walgren said during closing arguments.

He said it didn’t matter whether Murray or Jackson gave the fatal dose.

“Self-administration is not an extraordinary or unforeseen circumstance,” he added. “The people cannot prove exactly what happened behind the closed door. As I stated earlier, Michael Jackson could give answers, but he is dead.”

Murray’s defense tried to narrow the case Thursday, saying that without evidence that Murray provided a constant propofol infusion with an IV drip, there was no crime.

Lead defense lawyer Ed Chernoff used his final salvo to portray Murray as a “little fish in a big dirty pond,” suggesting Jackson secretly swallowed or injected drugs while Murray wasn’t looking in a desperate bid to beat his insomnia and escape the pressures of his comeback tour.

“They’re trying to create a drip that never existed,” Chernoff said. “They want you to convict Dr. Murray for the (actions) of Michael Jackson.”

Murray, 58, faces up to four years in prison and the loss of his medical license if convicted.

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Jury in Jackson Case A Diverse Cross-Section Of LA

Source: – By Linda Deutsch

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The seven men and five women who hold the fate of Michael Jackson’s doctor in their hands are a diverse cross-section of Los Angeles, people of varying ethnicities from different towns who might never have met if they had not been thrown together in the jury pool.

They are white, black and Hispanic, mostly middle-aged and live in an assortment of suburbs in the Los Angeles urban sprawl. Most have children and some have grandchildren.

They include a professor, postman, bus driver, actor and movie animation supervisor.

The panel is set to resume deliberations Monday after spending their first day in discussions Friday without reaching a verdict.

Dr. Conrad Murray has pleaded not guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter after prosecutors accused him of administering a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol to the King of Pop.

The jurors, who have been engaged by all the details of the case, will likely be methodical in their deliberations.

Nine of them have prior jury experience and one woman, a native of Spain, has served on five juries, all of which reached verdicts. She was once a jury forewoman.

A woman who has worked as a paralegal for 30 years is serving on her first jury and appeared enthralled.

They knew about the involuntary manslaughter charge against Murray before they came to court and most of them know Jackson’s music. A few said they were fans and one, the video animation specialist, said he had some interaction with Jackson when the singer was making the video, “Captain EO.”

Details about their lives were culled from lengthy written questionnaires obtained by The Associated Press. Their identities have been kept secret and even lawyers in the case know them only by their jury numbers.

In six weeks together the jurors have displayed uncommon attentiveness to the task at hand. Several, including alternates, have taken notes and kept lists of evidence. Once, when the judge was at a loss to find the number of an exhibit, a member of the jury spoke up and told him.

There were no drooping eyelids or distracted glances. When a scientific expert was conducting experiments on the floor of the courtroom, panelists stood up in the jury box to get a better view.

Their attention to evidence and witnesses has impressed Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor, who commended them for their commitment, punctuality in getting to court and willingness to give up their personal lives to serve.

When the trial went longer than Pastor had predicted, he apologized, but the jurors seemed unperturbed.

Every night, when he gave them an admonition to avoid the news, the Internet and other sources of information about the trial, they listened as if it was the first time they had heard it and they nodded in agreement.

Many of the panelists have a familiarity with prescription drugs; most of them said they trust their doctors and several believe that celebrities receive a different kind of justice than average people.

Some have learned about the justice system from TV, watching such shows as “Law and Order” and “CSI.” Others watched broadcasts of real-life, high-profile trials including the Casey Anthony case and the O.J. Simpson trial.

One woman, an accounting manager, remembered that during the Simpson trial, “a TV was brought to the office for everyone to follow it.” A man in his 30s said he followed that trial in school as an educational experience.

While not sequestered, the jurors have had a rare opportunity to bond because they were kept together for lunch and transported together between a secret parking lot and the courthouse. In order to avoid exposure to events outside the courtroom, the judge had lunch catered for them every day.

But during lunches and coffee breaks there was one thing they could not discuss – the trial. Now, in a secluded jury room, they can give each other their opinions as they try to reach a verdict.


Conrad Murray found guilty in Michael Jackson trial

By Alan Duke, CNN

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Los Angeles (CNN)Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty Monday of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.

A stone-faced Murray appeared to show no emotion as the verdict was read by court clerk Sammi Benson, but someone in the gallery let out a loud, but short scream.

Sentencing was set for November 29, with Murray facing up to four years in prison on the conviction. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor ordered Murray to be held without bail until that date, and Murray was led from the courtroom in handcuffs.

“This is not a crime involving a mistake of judgment. … This was a crime where the end result was the death of a human being,” Pastor said in explaining his decision to remand Murray to police custody. “That factor demonstrates rather dramatically that the public should be protected.”

Murray served as Jackson’s personal physician as Jackson prepared for his comeback concerts, with Murray giving him the surgical anesthetic propofol to help him sleep nearly every night for the last two months of his life, according to testimony.

Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009, was caused by “acute propofol intoxication” in combination with two sedatives, the Los Angeles County coroner ruled.

The verdict followed about nine hours of jury deliberations, which began Friday morning in the downtown Los Angeles County courthouse.

Fans gathered outside of the courthouse ahead of the verdict with signs of support for Jackson including one banner that read, “We miss Michael.” The crowd began celebrating once word of the guilty verdict reached them, chanting “Rest in peace.” Passing cars honked their horns.

Crowd outside erupts in jubilations

The seven men and five women on the jury heard 49 witnesses over 23 days, including Murray’s girlfriends and patients, Jackson’s former employees, investigators and medical experts for each side.

The prosecution, in closing arguments on Thursday, argued that Murray was responsible for Jackson’s death because his reckless use of propofol to treat the pop icon’s insomnia in his home was criminally negligent.

Defense lawyers contended the matter was a negligence case that should instead be heard by the state medical board.

“If it were anybody else but Michael Jackson, would this doctor be here today?” lead defense lawyer Ed Chernoff asked in his closing.

Jurors were left to decide if the propofol overdose was infused into Jackson’s blood by a steady intravenous drip, as the prosecution contended, or if Jackson injected himself using a syringe left nearby by Murray, as the defense argued.

“He was just a little fish in a big, dirty pond,” Chernoff said, pointing the finger at other doctors who treated Jackson, and Jackson himself.

Deputy District Attorney David Walgren attacked the defense for trying to blame “everybody but Conrad Murray, poor Conrad Murray.”

“If allowed more time to argue, I am sure they would find a way to blame Michael’s son, Prince,” Walgren said in his closing rebuttal.

Walgren painted Murray as a selfish doctor who agreed to take $150,000 a month to give Jackson nightly infusions of propofol in his home, something prosecutors argued an ethical doctor would never do because of the dangers.


Michael Jackson Would ‘Absolutely’ Be Alive If Not for Conrad Murray, Juror Says

Source: ABC News – By Jim Avila

Nearly all the 12 jurors chosen to decide the fate of Dr. Conrad Murray in the trial over the death of Michael Jacksonhad decided on his guilt the first day of deliberations, the first juror in the case to speak out exclusively tells ABC News.

Debbie Franklin, a 48-year-old mother of two from Temple City, Calif., was the juror who, on Monday, rung the buzzer three times in the Los Angeles courtroom where Murray had sat on trial for the past six weeks to alert the judge and the world that a verdict had been reached.

“Our hearts were pounding to go out there,” Franklin told “Good Morning,” of the moment she and the other jurors emerged from eight hours of deliberations to issue a guilty verdict for Murray that could send him to prison for up to four years.

The jury convicted Murray of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 drug-overdose death of the King of Pop. Prosecutors alleged that Murray supplied an insomnia-plagued Jackson with the powerful operating-room anesthetic propofol to help him sleep as he rehearsed for his “This Is It” comeback tour.

Franklin says she and the other jurors believe Jackson, who was 50, would “absolutely” be alive today if not for Murray.

“Conrad Murray did it,” she said. “Conrad Murray agreed to be the one to go into the bedroom and do this. He [Jackson] was looking for somebody to say yes, and Conrad Murray said yes.”

Prosecutors portrayed Murray, 58, as a negligent doctor who gave the singer what he wanted, the drug propofol, at home in Jackson’s bedroom without the necessary safeguards and care when things went wrong.

“I thought they did an excellent job,” Franklin said of the prosecution. “They were ready for every witness. The questioning went from beginning to end. Nothing seemed to sidetrack them.”

Franklin says there were three factors presented in the trial that led the jury to a guilty verdict for Murray.

“The three biggest things for us were the 911 call, not calling 911. That was a big issue, and not having the medical equipment in the room to put somebody under sedation and leaving the room,” she said.

While the jury was nearly unanimous from the trial’s start that Murray played a role in Jackson’s death, not everyone was convinced the doctor was solely responsible, Franklin said.

Murray, who did not testify in his trial, told police that he administered only a small dose on the day Jackson died. His lawyers blamed Jackson for his own death, saying the singer injected himself with an ultimately lethal dose of the drug while Murray was out of the room.

“Even if Michael Jackson injected himself, which I don’t think we believed, but, we felt, even if he did, that wouldn’t have mattered because Conrad Murray brought the situation there,” she said. “He was the doctor. He was in charge.”

Jackson’s behavior was barely a consideration, despite the fact that Franklin believes “he had a lot of issues… I believe he had addictions or dependence.”

But the argument that the pop singer’s addiction led to his own death was not enough to sway Franklin, or the other jurors.

“I really think they didn’t have a lot to work with,” she said of Murray’s defense team. “They tried to do what they could with what they had.”

Although the jury came to a verdict fairly quickly, it was not easy for the seven men and five women.

“We took a vote and it was not unanimous, so we said let’s think about it over the weekend and talk about it on Monday,” she said of the jury’s first day of deliberations on Friday. “It was stressful. It was a lot of work. Yelling, everybody was talking.”

Franklin says the jury was more easily able to reach a guilty verdict for Murray because of the decision by the prosecution to charge the doctor with involuntary manslaughter, not murder.

The jury was asked to determine only whether Murray was primarily responsible for the singer’s death, not whether Murray actually gave Jackson the fatal dose.

“We absolutely agree that he did not mean to do this,” Franklin said. “We don’t think he even had a motive to do this. We think it was something that he was doing that was careless that got out of hand.”

Immediately after Monday’s verdict was delivered, Murray was handcuffed and led off to jail without bail to await sentencing Nov. 29.

“I never gave it a second thought,” Franklin said of the court’s decision to take Murray away in handcuffs. “It didn’t bother me.”

Murray now faces as many as four years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 29. The lightest sentence he could receive is probation, since Murray is a defendant with no prior criminal record, a factor that Judge Michael Pastor will be taking into account. Because of jail overcrowding, Murray may spend little or no time in jail despite whatever sentence Pastor metes out.

“I’m glad I don’t have to make that decision,” Franklin said. “I really have no feeling one way or the other what the sentence is. We did our job.”

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Jackson Executors Blast MSNBC For Murray Documentary

Program Had Inside Access

By Alan DukeCNN

LOS ANGELES (CNN) — NBC and parent company Comcast are “morally culpable” for paying to air a documentary with inside access to Dr. Conrad Murray, the executors of Michael Jackson’s estate said in a letter to the broadcast company Wednesday. “No sooner was Conrad Murray ordered led away in handcuffs after his conviction on manslaughter charges in the death of Michael Jackson than we discovered your MSNBC network inexplicably will showcase him in prime time Friday night as if he is worthy of celebrity,” executors John Branca and John McClain wrote. “Michael Jackson and The Doctor” is the “untold inside story” in which Murray “breaks his silence to reveal personal details of his relationship with Michael Jackson, Murray’s role within the star’s family life, the intense pressures that Jackson felt leading up to his tour and the events of the fateful day that led to Jackson’s death,” MSNBC said in a news release. A spokesman for the company said “no comment” when asked by CNN to respond to the letter from the estate Wednesday. The lawyer for Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, told CNN Wednesday that he realized it would be “virtually impossible to stop” Friday night’s broadcast. But “I will take the most aggressive action possible to make sure a convicted felon never profits from the death of Michael Jackson,” Perry Sanders said. The estate executors said by buying the documentary, “MSNBC gives Conrad Murray a platform to shift the blame post-conviction to Michael Jackson, even though a jury considered the evidence and rejected this very argument.” The executors questioned the documentary producers’ statement that they only paid Murray $1 for his story, which the executors said left “open the question of whether payments were made to his representatives.” “As the executors for the estate of the victim of Dr. Murray’s crime, we would like to know how much money in total was paid for this privileged ‘access?’ Was it really only $1, or was it more?” the letter asked. “It doesn’t matter to us if it was a production company, Comcast, NBC Universal or MSNBC that paid for ‘access’ to Dr. Murray because all are morally culpable,” the executors wrote. “It is equally irrelevant whether any or all interviews took place before the jury convicted him. These are moral loopholes aimed at excusing a reprehensible program stemming from Michael Jackson’s tragic death that will not only be aired, but which is heavily promoted on The Today Show in order to boost ratings a a struggling cable network.” The network said producers worked on the film for two years with exclusive access to Dr. Murray and his lawyers. “In a series of very personal interviews, Murray discusses in detail Jackson’s fragile health and mental state, yet unstoppable dedication to creating a successful world tour,” the network said. “The documentary gained access into the closed-door meetings with Dr. Murray’s defense team both before and during the trial, giving a look into their strategy and how they pieced the case together.” CNN’s Jack Hannah contributed to this report.

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Attorney: Houston doctor convicted in Jackson’s death ‘devastated’ by verdict

By Courtney Zubowski/ KHOU 11 News

HOUSTON — An Attorney who defended Dr. Conrad Murray says the Houston cardiologist was caught off guard by the guilty verdict.

“I can tell you that he’s devastated and it’s hard to see him that way. It’s hard to see him in jail,” attorney Ed Chernoff said in his first television interview since the verdict.

On Monday, a Los Angeles County jury found the doctor guilty of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Michael Jackson.

Prosecutors said Murray, who was hired as Jackson’s personal physician, gave the King of Pop a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol.

Jackson died in June 2009 at his Beverly Hills mansion.

Murray faces up to four years in prison. His attorney will ask the judge for probation.

“I think it would be absurd to put him in prison in California where they’re releasing violent prisoners because of the overcrowding situation in the prisons. To fill a prison bed with a cardiologist, with no prior criminal record, who the jury essentially said made a mistake, and then not necessarily for nefarious motives, it would be a tragedy, but, having said that, this is a different case,” said Chernoff.

Chernoff is Murray’s lead defense attorney.  He exchanged brief words with his client before the verdict was read.

“Dr. Murray turned to me and said, ‘have faith.’ I said, ‘faith and God is one thing, faith in human beings is a whole different ball game,’” recalled Chernoff.

Following the verdict, Murray was escorted out of the courtroom in handcuffs and was taken to jail where he will remain until, at least, his sentencing at the end of the month.

“The whole thing’s a show, the whole thing’s a show and that’s part of the show. I warned him about it,” said Chernoff.

Chernoff described the six-week long trial as a “Kim Kardashian” like reality TV show. He said it felt more like the Golden Globes or a Broadway play than a court case.

He described his experience walking into the courtroom for closing arguments.

“I’m walking through the hallway, and it’s as if the curtain is opening, the hall is lined with 100,200 people,” he said.  “This one guy yells out, ‘Chernoff, I came here to watch you lose.’ I said, ‘well, but, you did come out, you did come out didn’t you,’” he shared. “There were a lot of times during trial I would think to myself, ‘Oh Lord to be in Texas again.’”

With the guilty verdict,  Murray automatically lost his California medical license. The same thing could happen in Texas, Nevada and Hawaii, where he is also licensed to practice.

“Oh, I’m sure it’s going to be a domino effect,” said Chernoff. “He’s devastated as you can imagine. He’s devastated, but he’s going to survive.”

Murray’s sentencing is set for Nov. 29th in Los Angeles.

A judge will make the decision rather than a jury.—133577283.html

How does this lowdown scumbag thinks Michael’s family and people across the world feel?  You killed him and then you have the nerve to be surprised that you have to go to jail? You are alive and Michael is not!


Star defense witness in trial for Michael Jackson’s doctor set to fight $1,000 contempt fine

Source: The Washington Post

By Associated Press, Updated: Wednesday, November 16, 10:30 AM

LOS ANGELES — A scientist who was the star defense witness in the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor will be in court Wednesday to fight a threatened $1,000 fine for contempt.Dr. Paul White is a pioneer in the use of the anesthetic propofol. He clashed with Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor over comments in and out of court during Dr. Conrad Murray’s trial.Pastor says White deliberately brought up banned information in his testimony.Pastor is giving White a chance to appear Wednesday and explain why he should not be found in direct contempt of court and fined $1,000. A member of the trial defense team, Michael Flanagan, is representing him.Murray is in jail awaiting sentencing for involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death and is not required to attend the hearing.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Judge Issues Bench Warrant for Lawyer in Contempt Case re Michael Jackson Manslaughter Trial
Source: ABA Journel  News Law – By Martha Neil

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge issued a bench warrant today for a lawyer who left a phone message saying he could not attend a contempt hearing because he was in trial in another state.

Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said he wants details in writing from attorney Matt Alford, including whether or not he asked the judge in the Houston trial for permission to be absent to attend the California contempt hearing, according to the Associated Press and Reuters.

The contempt case concerns comments Alford made on NBC’s Today show about the then-ongoing manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray concerning the death of pop singer Michael Jackson.

Pastor contends Alford’s televised comments about a prosecution witness and the jury violated a gag order he issued prohibiting defense lawyers from commenting publicly about the case. Alford did not participate in the Murray trial but is a partner of the physician’s lead defense lawyer, Ed Chernoff.

The judge said he wants to see Alford in court again on Nov. 29, the same day he is scheduled to sentence Murray.


Conrad Murray Trial Expert Fined For Contempt

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Source – KABC TV Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Dr. Paul White, who was the Conrad Murray defense team’s propofol expert, was fined $250 on Wednesday for contempt.

White was accused of telling a reporter during the trial that Deputy District Attorney David Walgren was a “scumbag.”

He also made a comment to jurors while on the witness stand that may have been a violation of the judge’s ruling.


Judge Denies Request For Retest In Murray Case – 11/21/11

Source: Associated Press – By Anthony McCartney

A judge has denied a request to retest a vial of the powerful anesthetic that killed Michael Jackson.

Dr. Conrad Murray’s lawyer asked for testing on a vial of the anesthetic propofol on Friday.

Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor says Murray’s defense attorneys knew about the vial at the start of the case and could have requested the testing months ago.

Attorney J. Michael Flanagan wrote in a court filing that the testing is necessary to analyze the prosecution theory that Murray placed Jackson on an IV drip of propofol and the painkiller lidocaine then left the room.

A prosecutor argued Monday that Murray received a fair trial and there was no legal basis for the request.


Prosecutors Seek Four Years In Jail For Jackson Doctor

By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES | Wed Nov 23, 2011 7:47pm EST

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Prosecutors on Wednesday asked a judge to sentence Michael Jackson’s former doctor to the maximum four years in prison for his involuntary manslaughter conviction in the singer’s 2009 death.

In a separate court filing, defense attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray, 58, sought to convince Los Angeles trial judge Michael Pastor to sentence their client to probation.

The dueling legal papers come in advance of a hearing on Tuesday at which Pastor will issue his sentence for Murray, who is currently in jail awaiting that court date.

Jackson was found lifeless at his mansion on June 25, 2009, about three weeks before he was due to begin a series of comeback concerts in London.

Murray was at the singer’s house and had given him the powerful anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid, which medical examiners said was the chief cause of his death.

Doctors testified at the trial that propofol, which is often used for surgery, should never be given in a home setting without adequate staffing and equipment.

In seeking to justify their request for a maximum prison sentence of four years for Murray, prosecutors David Walgren and Deborah Brazil argued that the doctor took advantage of Jackson’s trust in him, all while being under salary for $150,000 a month.

“Instead of utilizing his medical knowledge and training to provide Mr. Jackson with proper medical care, the defendant acted as an employee and as a drug dealer and completely corrupted the trust necessary in a proper doctor-patient relationship,” prosecutors stated.

Defense attorneys said in their court papers that Murray’s “background and character” warrant a sentence of probation, not prison time. They also cited his history of treating poor patients regardless of their ability to pay.

“Dr. Murray has been described as a changed, grief-stricken man, who walks around under a pail of sadness since the loss of his patient, Mr. Jackson,” defense lawyers stated.

Legal experts have said that, because of overcrowding in California prisons, Murray may spend as little as a few months behind bars regardless of what he receives as a sentence.

California adopted a new law in October that sends low-risk prison inmates to county jails, and in turn officials who run Los Angeles county jails have been releasing inmates early because of a lack of space.

“It will be very difficult to achieve an appropriate sentence of incarceration for Dr. Conrad Murray,” Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley, whose office prosecuted the case, told reporters earlier this month.

In addition, an attorney for Jackson’s estate said in a court filing that the singer would have earned $100 million had he completed all 50 shows at London’s O2 arena that he was scheduled to perform before his death.

Murray has been in jail since November 7 awaiting his sentencing hearing, due to a decision by Pastor to not allow him to remain free until that upcoming hearing.

That decision was made on the same day that a Los Angeles found Murray guilty of involuntary manslaughter after a six-week trial.


Dr. Conrad Murray May Face $100m Payout To Jackson’s Kids

Source: Independant Woman

Thursday Nov 24 2011

Dr. Conrad Murray may be asked to pay $100 million to Michael Jackson’s children for their loss, it is reported.

The 58-year-old former physician was found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of the King of Pop earlier this month.

The singer died two years ago from acute Propofol intoxication at the hands of the doctor.

Murray will be back in court on November 29 for his sentencing hearing where he will find out his fate.

But according to new documents filed by the District Attorney and obtained by TMZ, it states that Prosecutors want the huge payout because Jackson’s children are “entitled to wages or profits lost due to injury incurred by the victim.”

Jackson’s three kids; Prince, Paris and Blanket are considered victims under the law and are entitled to restitution from Murray.

The D.A. references a letter from MJ Estates that estimates the Thriller star would have made $100 million in revenue from the This Is It tour.

The defence team are also pushing for the maximum sentence of four years behind bars for Murray.

The D.A. says they are seeking the strongest punishment possible under Murray’s conviction because he was “risking Mr. Jackson’s life every night” by giving him the powerful anesthetic in his futile efforts to treat the star’s insomnia.

The legal office also claims that Jackson was a “particularly vulnerable victim” and Murray lied to mask his crime.

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See official court documents here courtesy of TMZ1123_murray – prosecution sentencing document 11-23-11


Conrad Murray sentenced to four years behind bars

By Alan Duke, CNN
November 29, 2011

Los Angeles (CNN)Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced Tuesday to four years in jail — the maximum sentence allowed under the law — in the death of Michael Jackson.

Judge Michael Pastor, in a lengthy statement delivered before sentencing Murray for involuntary manslaughter, said he felt a significant responsibility to determine the appropriate sentence, utilizing his “sense of fairness and decency.”

“There are those who feel Dr. Murray is a saint,” he said. “There are those who feel Dr. Murray is the devil. He’s neither. He’s a human being. He stands convicted of the death of another human being.”

Pastor said that while he had considered the entire “book” of Murray’s life, he also had “read the book of Michael Jackson’s life.”

“Regrettably, as far as Dr. Murray is concerned, the most significant chapter, as it relates to this case, is the chapter involving the treatment, or lack of treatment, of Michael Jackson.”

Jackson died “not because of an isolated one-off occurrence or incident,” Pastor said. “He died because of a totality of circumstances which are directly attributable to Dr. Murray … because of a series of decisions that Dr. Murray made.”

Murray, he said, became involved in “a cycle of horrible medicine.”

He cited Murray’s “pattern of deceit and lies. That pattern was to assist Dr. Murray.”

A tape recording of Jackson’s slurred voice was Murray’s “insurance policy,” Pastor said. “It was designed to record his patient surreptitiously at that patient’s most vulnerable point. I can’t even imagine that happening to any of us because of the horrific violation of trust.”

He said he wondered whether that tape would have been offered for sale, had Jackson not died and a rift had developed between the two in the future.

Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter three weeks ago after a trial in which prosecutors successfully argued that Murray’s reckless use of the surgical anesthetic propofol to help Jackson sleep, without proper monitoring equipment, led to the singer’s death.

Testimony during the trial revealed that Murray gave propofol nearly every night in the two months before the singer’s death on June 25, 2009, as Jackson prepared for his comeback concerts set for London the next month.

Prosecutors asked for the maximum four years behind bars, and for Murray to pay Jackson’s children more than $100 million in restitution. Defense lawyers requested probation.

In a sentencing memo filed with the judge last week, prosecutors said Murray has “displayed a complete lack of remorse” about Jackson’s death, and is, “even worse, failing to accept even the slightest level of responsibility.”

Deputy district attorneys David Walgren and Deborah Brazil cited Murray’s decision not to testify in his own defense, even while he was giving interviews for a documentary that aired days after the verdict.

“In each of these interviews, the defendant has very clearly stated that he bears no responsibility for Michael Jackson’s death,” the prosecutors said. “Moreover, the defendant has continued to express concern only for his individual plight and portrays himself, not the decedent, as the victim.”

“I don’t feel guilty because I did not do anything wrong,” Murray said in the documentary quoted by the prosecution.

“Finally, the defendant consistently blames the victim for his own death, even going so far as to characterize himself as being ‘entrapped’ by the victim and as someone who suffered a ‘betrayal’ at the hands of the victim,” the prosecutors said.

The defense argued that Jackson, fearing the comeback concerts could be canceled if rehearsals did not go well, put intense pressure on Murray to help him sleep.

The prosecutors contended in their sentencing memo that Murray should be ordered to pay Jackson’s three children restitution for the “wage and profits lost,” as provided under California’s “victim’s bill of rights” law.

The singer’s “estate estimates Michael Jackson’s projected earnings for the 50-show O2 concert series to be $100 million,” the prosecutors said.

With nearly $2 million in funeral expenses and 10% interest added each year, the prosecution is asking Pastor to order Murray to pay Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson more than $120 million in restitution.

While it is doubtful that Murray, who is unlikely to ever practice medicine again, could pay very much of that sum, it could prevent him from reaping financial benefits from any books, interviews or film projects in the future.

Defense lawyers, in their sentencing memo, included a biography of Murray that described him as “a self-made man of humble origins,” who paid his own way through medical school without scholarships or family funds.

“He was raised in a home that lacked indoor plumbing or electricity, and he walked to school barefoot for his first couple years of school,” the defense said.

He worked as a doctor for 20 years, with “no prior contacts with the law,” and many of his patients were elderly in low-income, underserved communities, the defense said.

“It seems reasonable that the transgression for which he is to be judged should be viewed within the context of the larger life of which it is a part,” it said.

The defense challenges the prosecution’s contention that Murray is not remorseful.

“Dr. Murray wishes to make it unmistakenly clear to everyone that he deeply mourns the loss of Michael Jackson’s life, and he profoundly regrets any mistakes or oversights on his part that may have contributed to it,” the defense said.

The judge should also consider “the manifold collateral consequences that Dr. Murray has sustained as a result of his mistake,” the defense said, including the loss of his medical career, the public disgrace and loss of privacy.

“Dr. Murray has been described as a changed, grief-stricken man, who walks around under a pall of sadness since the loss of his patient, Mr. Jackson,” the defense said.

The defense memo included a letter from Murray’s elderly mother, Milta Rush. She sat in court for much of her son’s trial, just a few feet away from Jackson’s mother.

“I sympathize with Mrs. Jackson as a mother,” Rush wrote in a letter to the judge. “I sense she was very close to her son. I really wanted to approach her personally and tell her I am sorry for the loss of her son, but I was unsure if she would be receptive, and I did not want to take the chance of violating court rules. I am sorry for all her loss.”

Murray’s mother also told the judge her son is “saddened and remorseful” about Jackson’s death.

The defense argued that Murray was trying to help Jackson. “His compassionate intentions should not be overlooked,” defense lawyers said.

“The victim was a willing recipient of the medications administered,” the defense said. “In fact, Mr. Jackson had repeatedly begged Dr. Murray for propofol to overcome his insomnia so that he could sleep.”

Murray does not pose a safety threat to the public, the defense said in filings before the hearing. “The likelihood of recurrence is essentially nonexistent since Conrad Murray’s medical license has been suspended.”

Aside from the arguments of what Murray deserves, the defense contended that California’s prison and jail crowding means that “neither the space nor the public funds exist to continue imprisoning nonviolent, nondangerous offenders who do not need to be incapacitated for the sake of public safety.”

“Dr. Murray is clearly such a defendant,” the defense said. “He is an individual who remained free on bond for more than two years prior to the jury verdict, adhering assiduously to all of the bond conditions that had been imposed.”

If Murray takes up a state prison or county jail cell, it “may mean that someone else with higher potential for violence will be released,” the defense said.

Instead, the defense proposed that Murray could be sentenced to community service along with probation.

“Though he will perhaps not again be a doctor qualified to make diagnoses, he could educate and counsel patients about heart care and disease prevention,” it said. “There are many nonprofit clinics and organizations that would benefit from his participation, if ordered to perform community service as a condition of his sentence and a means of ‘putting some water back into the public well.'”


Judge: Murray’s secret recording designed to blackmail Jackson

Source: NY Daily – By Nancy Dillion

November 29, 2011

The disgraced doc convicted of accidentally killing Michael Jackson has filed a notice of appeal, one of his lawyers confirmed Friday.

Conrad Murray signed the paperwork from jail this week saying he’s representing himself, a step that’s required to get court-appointed counsel, lawyer J. Michael Flanagan said.

Flanagan said the Houston cardiologist can no longer afford private legal help.

“There’s probably going to be a restitution decision that puts him underwater,” Flanagan explained.

“We’re helping him with the appeal paperwork, and eventually there’s a possibility we might be appointed to work on his appeal. We know the case and think we’re the logical people to be appointed, but you never know,” he said.

The Friday filing was first reported by

A court spokeswoman confirmed the court’s receipt of the form.

Prosecutors have asked for $100 million in restitution from Murray for Jackson’s estate. A hearing on the matter has been set for January.

Murray, 58, sat stone-faced at his Tuesday sentencing as Judge Michael Pastor sentenced him to four years in jail and branded him a reckless liar who caused Jackson’s overdose death and then tried to cover his tracks.

“He has absolutely no sense of remorse, absolutely no sense of fault and is and remains dangerous,” Pastor said.

Despite his max sentence, Murray is expected to serve less than two years because a new state law means he’ll bypass state prison and remain in Los Angeles County’s notoriously overcrowded jail.

“He’ll probably be released in winter 2013,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore told The News. “He’ll be a keep-away inmate who’s escorted everywhere he goes. He will not mingle with the jail population.”

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Michael Jackson’s Dermatologist Questioned

The doctor is under investigation for his relationship with Jackson.

Source: BET – By Hillary Crosley

Posted: 12/06/2011 03:23 PM EST

Dr. Conrad Murray may’ve been convicted for his hand in Michael Jackson’s death but the probe continues.

Following Murray’s conviction for involuntary manslaughter in Jackon’s death, Dr. Arnold Klein, The King of Pop’s dermatologist, has been subpoenaed by the Medical Board of California, for allegations that he prescribed more Demerol than necessary to Jackson. Although Klein has yet to be accused of criminal conduct in connection to Jackson’s 2009 death, he will have to appear for questioning on December 15.

The Medical Board, according to TMZ, aims to question Klein about claims that he self-prescribed narcotics, used false names on narcotic prescriptions, illegally handed out drug samples to famous patients and committed gross negligence by practicing while afflicted with multiple sclerosis. In a interesting twist, the dermatologist’s lawyer Herbert L. Weinberg recently quit the case though no concrete reason has been announced.

During the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, according to Rolling Stone, expert witness Dr. Robert Waldman claimed that Klein gave Jackson 900 milligrams of Demerol over a span of three days in May 2009. This action led to withdrawal symptoms like anxiety and insomnia, which Jackson tried to relieve with the ultimately lethal sedative Propofol. According to Dr. Waldman, Klein gave Jackson “stiff doses” of Demerol that were unnecessary for the singer’s plastic surgery treatments.


Lawyer says Jackson doctor under tight security, calls measures ‘offensive’

Source: Washington Post

LOS ANGELES — The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson is coping with tight security and isolation and remains optimistic that he will win an upcoming appeal, his civil attorney said Tuesday.

Charles Peckham said sheriff’s deputies appear to be subjecting Conrad Murray to more security than other inmates at Men’s Central Jail and that the physician was left heavily shackled during their jailhouse meeting.

“Treating him like Hannibal Lecter is offensive,” Peckham said, referring to the fictional serial killer from popular books and films. A sheriff’s officials defended the security measures, saying they were for Murray’s safety.

The attorney had to obtain a court order Tuesday to meet with Murray to discuss strategy on a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Jackson’s father. Peckham said despite the judge’s order, he was denied entry to the jail, but officials relented after speaking with the civil trial court handling the case.

He said their initial 30-minute meeting was cut short when the jail was placed in lockdown, but Peckham said the time was enough to upset him and see that Murray’s fortunes had dramatically changed.

“This man who saved lives made a mistake, and they’re going to him pay like a mass-murderer,” Peckham said. The doctor spoke extensively to documentary filmmakers before his conviction, but few details of his life behind bars have been divulged.

Murray “is a real target because of his notoriety and because of the Michael Jackson connection,” sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. “We’re just being extra cautious right now.”

He said jail officials will evaluate how to handle Murray’s incarceration, but that he may not serve his whole sentence in isolation from other inmates. He noted that without a recent change in state law, Murray would be serving his term in state prison, not a county lockup.

Peckham said Murray, who has been jailed since a jury convicted him of involuntary manslaughter on Nov. 7, is optimistic that an appellate court will grant an appeal on the case.

Peckham’s visit came hours after the physician, who was never paid the $150,000 a month he expected for serving as Jackson’s personal physician, asked a court to provide a publicly funded attorney to handle his appeal because he is indigent.

J. Michael Flanagan, who was one of Murray’s criminal defense lawyers, agreed with Peckham’s description. He said that when he visited Murray recently, four deputies escorted the physician into the meeting room and shackled him to a table.

“He can’t even scratch his nose,” the attorney said. Flanagan said he saw another inmate who was charged with murder meet with his attorney without the same restrictive measures.

“This is because of his notoriety,” Whitmore said. “It’s not so much the crime itself.”

Peckham said he didn’t “think the sheriff’s department is being anything but professional. I do however believe the amount of security for Dr. Murray is vastly out of proportion with the potential threat.”

He said Murray told him he appreciates the support and prayers he’s received from former patients and friends.

In the early days of his confinement, Murray was classified as suicidal in jail records, according to a probation report. Peckham said he saw no indications that the physician intended to take his own life and that he seemed to be in control of his mental health.

Murray indicated in a two-page court filing Tuesday that he would rely on a court-funded attorney to help craft his appeal. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that felony convicts have a constitutional right to assistance of counsel.

Flanagan and Murray’s other criminal attorneys had sought to present evidence to jurors about Jackson’s finances, details of his deal for a series of comeback concerts, and information about other doctors treating the pop superstar. But the judge refused and ruled the trial would be about Murray’s care of the singer.

The Houston-based doctor had been giving Jackson nightly doses of the powerful anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid. The drug is normally given in hospital settings with extensive monitoring equipment, but testimony showed Murray had only basic equipment and left Jackson’s bedside on the morning of his death.

Pastor has scheduled a hearing for Jan. 23 to decide whether to order Murray to pay any restitution to Jackson’s family or reimburse them for funeral expenses, which totaled more than $1.8 million.

Jackson’s estate estimated the singer would have earned at least $100 million if he had performed his “This Is It” concerts planned for London’s O2 arena.

Murray will lose his medical license as a result of the conviction is upheld.


Medical Board Suspends Conrad Murray’s License 1/3/12

Source: Reuters – Tim Kenneally

Dr. Conrad Murray’s medical license has been suspended by the Medical Board of California, a spokesperson for the board confirms to TheWrap.

Murray, who’s currently serving a four-year sentence in L.A. County Jail after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, has 15 days to surrender his wall certificate and wallet license.

A spokesperson for the board told TheWrap that license suspension is standard operating procedure for doctors who’ve been convicted of felonies.

Murray can appeal the decision within those 15 days — a distinct possibility, since he’s also appealed his criminal conviction. Should Murray file an appeal, the board would set up a hearing on the matter.

Murray was also licensed to practice medicine in Nevada and Texas. In April 2010, the Texas Medical Board restricted Murray’s license, prohibiting him from administering anesthetic agents, including propofol, which was found to have killed Jackson. The Nevada Board of Medical Examiners has also suspended his license.


Judge Issues Favorable Ruling For Insurers Of Jackson’s Tour

Source: Los Angeles Wave 1/5/12

The insurers of Michael Jackson’s attempted comeback concerts won a round in court Thursday when a judge said the company can begin collecting information from the promoters of the singer’s attempted 2009 comeback tour.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Malcolm Mackey denied a motion by AEG Live asking that a lawsuit by Lloyd’s of London be put on hold until two other legal actions by the mother and father of the late singer concerning his death are concluded.
Mackey also said he will delay setting a trial date and appoint an evidence referee to make recommendations to him in case any disputes arise between the two sides in exchanging information.
“I know this is a multi-faceted case and I think that somewhere it’s going to settle way down the line,” Mackey said. “For what, I don’t know.”
Attorney Paul Schrieffer, on behalf of Lloyd’s, criticized AEG Live’s motion. He said his clients have waited for more than two years to get the documents they need and that any such motion should have been brought months earlier.
“Now they have the epiphany to come into this court and ask for a stay in this case,” he said.
After the hearing, Schrieffer said he was pleased that the motion was denied. He also said he would be agreeable to the cases by Katherine and Joe Jackson being tried ahead of the Lloyd’s case so long as his clients continue to get their information from AEG Live.
Lloyd’s filed suit against AEG Live and the Michael Jackson Co. LLC last June. Lloyd’s wants a judge to declare it does not have to pay AEG’s $17.5 million policy on grounds the insurers were not told the singer was taking drugs before he died of a drug overdose on June 25, 2009, at age 50.
The Lloyd’s lawsuit against AEG claims the company did not tell the insurer about the singer’s medical history, “including, but not limited to, his apparent prescription drug use and/or drug addiction.” The company also alleges AEG did not disclose the star’s use of propofol, a powerful anesthetic normally used in a hospital setting.
The late pop star’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter last year in the death of Jackson, who died of acute propofol intoxication. The physician was sentenced to four years in prison, but is expected to spend about half that time behind bars.
Murray administered the final dose to Jackson at his rented mansion to help him sleep, then failed to monitor the singer, according to trial testimony.
Lloyd’s was never told that the singer was missing rehearsals and appearing at meetings with slurred speech after visiting the office of Dr. Arnold Klein, the singer’s dermatologist, according to the Lloyd’s attorneys’ court documents.
Up until the last day of Jackson’s life, Lloyd’s executives were asking for Jackson’s medical information from AEG Live’s lawyer, who in turn was passing those requests to Murray, according to the Lloyd’s attorneys’ court papers.
In their suits, Katherine Jackson is suing AEG Live for the alleged negligent hiring of Murray. The case is scheduled for trial in September.
Joe Jackson’s complaint names both Murray and AEG Live. No trial date is set.
Attorney Marvin Putnam, on behalf of AEG Live, said the company is not interested in settling either case.
“These are just shakedowns of my clients,” he said.
Jackson Fans File Suit Against Murray – 1/8 /12

A group of Michael Jackson fans are suing Dr. Conrad Murray for “emotional damage” over the singer’s 2009 death.

Last November, Murray was found guilty of administering the fatal dose of anesthetic propofol which cost the Thriller hitmaker his life.

He was sentenced to four years behind bars for the crime but his legal woes are far from over. Members of the Michael Jackson Community, which is based in France, have launched a lawsuit against the imprisoned medic for causing them pain and distress.

Lawyer Emmanuel Ludot filed the documents on behalf of about 100 fans on Friday.

He tells the AFP, “It’s similar to losing a childhood friend in a traffic accident. Because this death affects you, you have the possibility to file a suit and seek compensation.”

The case is set to be heard in Orleans, France on April 11th.


Dr. Conrad Murray Back to Court to Prove MJ Partly Caused His Own Death


Dr. Conrad Murray is asking the judge in his criminal case to deny Michael Jackson‘s family full restitution, on grounds MJ caused his own death.

Murray filed legal docs yesterday — obtained by TMZ — asking for evidence the defense never received during the trial … evidence that could show Michael self-administered the fatal dose of Propofol.

Murray’s lawyer, Michael Flanagan, argues that in deciding how much restitution the family gets, it’s appropriate to consider the victim’s responsibility for his own demise.

So Murray will concede he’s partly to blame — he can’t argue otherwise because of the conviction — but he still wants to prove that MJ ultimately caused his own death.

The prosecution is asking for  around $100 million in restitution, but the judge hasn’t decided on a figure.  But once the figure is set, if Flanagan gets his way and the judge were to decide MJ was 50% responsible for his death, the judge would reduce the restitution award by 50%.

So the fat lady hasn’t sung … yet.

Administrator’s Note:  This man is so disgusting beyond words!!!!  A true sociopath!!!


Doctor convicted in Michael Jackson’s death seeks release from jail pending appeal

Source: Washington Post

LOS ANGELES — The doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson’s death asked a judge Friday to release him from jail pending his appeal.

Dr. Conrad Murray, who is serving a four-year jail sentence, said in a declaration that he should be released either on his own recognizance or on bail with electronic monitoring.

He said he is not a danger to society, will not flee the area, and wants to work to help support his seven children.

His lawyer, J. Michael Flanagan, said in the motion that Murray knows he cannot work as a doctor but would find other employment. He suggested the sentence and Murray’s mode of confinement is extremely severe for a man with no prior criminal record.

He said Murray is being held in solitary confinement and is chained to a table when he meets with his lawyers. He also said Murray is extremely sorrowful about Jackson’s death.

Jackson died in June 2009 from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, administered by Murray. Flanagan conceded that Murray made some medical misjudgments but said he never intended harm to Jackson.

Murray’s appeal has not yet been filed, but the motion offered a preview of some issues that will be raised, including the claim that Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor should have allowed testimony about Jackson’s financial condition.

Flanagan said the exclusion of that evidence “seriously compromised the defendant’s ability to demonstrate the desperate situation which was guiding the decisions and choices of both Mr. Jackson and Dr. Murray.”

Murray appeared to be blaming Jackson for decisions that led to his death.

“Mr. Jackson was an uncooperative patient who made decisions and demands based upon his particular needs,” said Flanagan. “One of which was his extremely precarious financial situation complicated by drug addiction. “

Flanagan also cited the judge’s refusal to sequester the jury and the presence of cameras in the courtroom as appellate issues.

With Murray’s appeal expected to take more than a year to move through the courts, the attorney said it would be unfair to keep him jailed in the interim.

Under sentencing guidelines, Murray is expected to serve no more than half of his sentence. The attorney said if he served his complete sentence he would not receive the benefits of a favorable appeal decision if his case was overturned.

A hearing on the motion was set for Feb. 24.


So Awkward! James DeBarge Mad Dr. Conrad Murray Is His Jailmate?

Source: News One – By Ruth Manuel -Logan

Former crooner James Debarge and Dr. Conrad Murray are just a few feet away from each other at the L.A. County Men’s jail. And why is this a problem? According to TMZ, Debarge, who was once briefly married to Janet Jackson, isn’t reportedly happy about Murray’s location, because he considered Michael Jackson a brother.

DeBarge, once thought of as a “pretty boy,” was a member of the successful five-family ’80s group DeBarge. After James and Janet eloped in 1984, they were married less than a year. At the time, all fingers pointed to Jackson patriarch Joe as the one who put the kabosh on the relationship.

Although James and his siblings had a string of successful R&B and pop hits, drugs eventually split the successful family unit up. Over the years, James has been arrested several times and has battled drug addiction. He was most recently arrested yet again for assault with a deadly weapon and drug charges.

Murray, who was Michael’s personal physician, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter last November in the death of the pop icon and is expected to serve about two years of his four-year sentence. The cardiologist had been giving Jackson nightly doses of propofol to help him sleep as he prepared for a series of comeback concerts. Propofol is supposed to be used in hospital settings and has never been approved for sleep treatments, yet Murray acknowledged giving it to Jackson then leaving the room on the day the singer died.

Murray is serving out his sentence in a county jail rather than a state prison. Under a recent California policy, those convicted of certain non-violent crimes, including involuntary manslaughter, are not required to serve their time in prison.

Ironically, now the two men have to catch glimpses of each other in a jail that holds approximately 4,000 inmates. Reportedly, both James and Murray have been placed in Administrative Segregation, the place where famous inmates are housed to keep them from associating with the general prison population.

James, who was only recently seen on “Dr. Drew’s Life Changers” talk show with former DeBarge member siblings Randy and Bunny, according to lawyer Spencer Vodnoy, is ”really upset” he’s so close to Murray.


Boy Back In School After Michael Jackson Act

Source: Wiona Daily News

The 9-year-old boy suspended from St. Stanislaus school last week for mimicking Michael Jackson’s famous groin grab dance move was back in class Monday.

Lenny Boberg performed the moves to Jackson’s 1983 smash-hit single “Billie Jean” during a lip-sync fundraiser Thursday at the school.

Winona Area Catholic Schools Principal Pat Bowlin ap-proached the boy and his mother at the event and told them the routine -specifically the handful of times Lenny reached for his groin area to imitate one of Jackson’s best-known dance moves – constituted gross misconduct and that the boy was being suspended, said Lenny’s mother, Mindy Boberg.

She said her family met Mon-day morning with Bowlin, the Rev. Richard Colletti and Winona’s director of Catholic education, Marsha Stenzel, and was told her son’s suspension will be reversed. She said she also was told Lenny will receive an apology and be able to make up any school work he missed Friday.

“They seemed to think that we wanted more out of it,” Boberg said. “All we wanted was Lenny back in school. If it had been dealt with appropriately Thursday, it wouldn’t have been a big deal. We really just wanted the wrong righted and for our son to feel like he was treated with respect.”

Bowlin said Monday night that he apologized for the manner in which the incident was handled but stood by the disciplinary action— a one-day suspension.

Stenzel declined to say much about the incident Monday or answer questions about how it was handled, other than to say the suspension was never intended to be indefinite, as the family first thought. She wouldn’t say whether the suspension would be lifted from Boberg’s record, as the family contends.

She plans to meet again with the family next week.

“We are going to take our time and pray about it and get our facts together,” Stenzel said.

Phone calls and emails to Colletti were not returned Monday.

News of the suspension — reported first by the Winona Daily News and La Crosse Tribune — had spread around the world by the end of the weekend.

The story appearing on websites for the New York Daily News, the Los Angeles Times, the Daily Mail in London and the Daily Telegraph in Australia, among others. “Good Morning America” also has contacted the Boberg family.

Boberg said she didn’t expect the immense amount of publicity and is just happy her son is able to again attend classes. “We just wanted Lenny to go back to school,” she said, “and to make sure he knows that people can’t treat you that way.”

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Michael Jackson’s Doctor Barred From Practicing In Texas

Source: Houston Chronicle – By Todd Ackerman

Dr. Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson‘s death, finally has been formally barred from practicing medicine in Texas.

The Texas Medical Board Friday suspended Murray’s license, nearly three years after the death of the pop singer. Murray, currently serving a four-year jail sentence, administered an overdose of the anesthetic propofol that killed Jackson in June 2009.

“This achieves the same effect as license revocation,” said Leigh Hopper, board spokeswoman.

Murray is currently asking a California judge to release him from jail pending appeal of the case. His lawyer said Murray knows he cannot work as a doctor but would find other employment in California to help support his seven children, according to the Associated Press. A hearing on the motion is set for Feb. 24.

Prior to Jackson’s death, Murray worked a few days a month in Acres Homes, flying in from his primary practice in Las Vegas. He opened the cardiology practice in the impoverished north Houston area in his late father’s honor in 2006, then left in the spring of 2009 to become Jackson’s personal doctor.

He returned to Acres Homes to see patients, sporadically, after Jackson’s death, beginning in late 2009 and as recently as summer 2011.

The medical board didn’t need to seek an emergency suspension after Murray’s November conviction because he’s incarcerated and not a threat to Texas patients, Hopper said.

The medical board order noted the state saved “money and resources” because Murray cooperated in the matter. It called such cooperation a mitigating factor in determining the appropriate sanction.

The license suspension is the second action the Texas Medical Board has taken against Murray in the aftermath of Jackson’s death. In 2010, about five months after he resumed seeing patients in Acres Homes, the medical board prohibited him from administering propofol.

That action, like Friday’s license suspension, followed judicial sanction in California.

Officials at the Texas Medical Board suggested at the time it was appropriate to let California take the lead because that was where the standard of care issue took place and because the state already was devoting resources to the investigation.

Under sentencing guidelines, Murray is expected to serve no more than half of his sentence.

Murray’s license will remain suspended until superseded by a subsequent order of the Texas Medical Board, the order says.

Administrator’s Note: Long overdue in my opinion! Should have happened a whole lot sooner, but better late than never.


Joe Jackson’s Wrongful Death Lawsuit Tossed Out

Source: Contact Music

A wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson’s father has been thrown out by a California judge.

Joe Jackson launched a legal battle against the King of Pop’s personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray in August, 2010, accusing him of administering a fatal dose of anaesthetic Propofol, which led to the superstar’s untimely death in June, 2009.

The lawsuit, which Joe filed on behalf of his wife Katherine and their family, was later amended to include concert organisers at Aeg Live and bosses at Applied Pharmacy Services in Las Vegas, a company which allegedly supplied Murray with Propofol, as defendants.

However, reports Joe’s entire case has now been thrown out due to a technicality.

U.S law states that two cases with identical allegations can’t stand up in court, and, as family matriarch Katherine Jackson lodged her own wrongful death lawsuit two months before her husband, Joe’s has been dismissed.

He was reportedly seeking damages of between $10 million (£6.7 million) and $500 million (£333.3 million) for emotional distress, loss of support and loss of companionship.

Murray is currently serving a four-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter relating to the King of Pop’s death.


Prosecutors Oppose Jackson Doctor’s Bail Bid


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson’s doctor was properly sentenced to four years behind bars in the star’s death and should not be released on bail, prosecutors argued Tuesday in a response to his bid for release while his case is appealed.

Dr. Conrad Murray would be a danger to the community and a flight risk if he was released on bail or on his own recognizance with an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, Deputy District Attorneys David Walgren and Deborah Brazil said.

Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after a trial focusing on use of the anesthetic propofol as a sleeping medication for the superstar. Jackson died of an overdose of the drug in June 2009.

Murray’s four-year jail sentence is the highest term that could be imposed for that crime.

Prosecutors said the sentence was appropriate under the circumstances and noted it was unlikely Murray would serve more than half that time.

“Michael Jackson died because of a totality of circumstances directly attributable to the defendant,” the motion said. Murray had practiced “a form of highly dangerous and experimental medicine that directly resulted in Mr. Jackson’s death,” it added.

“Based on his failure to accept responsibility for the decisions he made, his complete lack of remorse and lack of insight into the danger of his criminally negligent conduct, he remains a danger to the community,” the motion stated.

It noted that he has many contacts outside the state and out of the country and could flee if released.

The motion also said Murray has not established the existence of any substantial legal question that might result in reversal of his conviction.

His lawyer, J. Michael Flanagan, said in a motion last month that Murray knows he cannot work as a doctor but would find other employment. He suggested the sentence and Murray’s mode of confinement is extremely severe for a man with no prior criminal record.

Murray is being held in solitary confinement and is chained to a table when he meets with his lawyers, according to Flanagan, who said Murray is extremely sorrowful about Jackson’s death.

Flanagan conceded that Murray made some medical misjudgments but said he never intended harm to Jackson.

With Murray’s appeal expected to take more than a year to move through the courts, the attorney said it would be unfair to keep him jailed in the interim. His appeal has not yet been filed. Conceivably, he could serve his entire sentence before the appeal is decided.

A hearing on the motion was set for Friday.


Were Michael and Whitney More Than Just Friends? Yes, According to David Gest (Excerpt Only)

Source: The Sun

“My friendship with Whitney started in 1985 when I was introduced to her by my best friend Michael Jackson.

At the time, I was producing the American Cinema Awards in LA and as Michael and I were driving to Disneyland in his Rolls-Royce, I said I would love to have Whitney receive the Distinguished Achievement in Music Award. He dialled and passed me the phone saying, “Okay, here she is, ask her.”

I was like “Holy Focaccia, Michael, you’ve got Whitney Houston on the phone!”

I liked Whitney from the moment I spoke to her and she immediately said yes to the honour.

I produced eight shows with her, a number of them in aid of her Whitney Houston Foundation.

When I met with her last year, it was to interview her for my film Michael Jackson: Life Of An Icon.

She really loved Michael and he adored her. Michael told me they once shared a passionate kiss, and she told me she was at one time very much in love with him.

I think she really wanted to marry him but, although he had a crush on her, he was too shy. Later, he confessed to me he should have made every move. If they had got together, I believe Whitney would not have done drugs or become a semi-recluse.”

Administrator’s Note:  It would be nice if you had heard these type of things from the people involved themselves.  They didn’t tell for obvious reasons, so why should friends and acquaintances?  I have always thought that they made a cute couple and wondered why they did not ever get together.   If this is true, it makes me really sad. :(


Chris Brown Wants Michael Jackson Daughter Paris in Music Video, but Katherine Jackson Says ‘No!’ (Excerpt Only)

Source: International Business Times

Michael Jackson’s 13-year-old daughter Paris is making her big-screen debut in a fantasy/adventure film called “Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys,” and she is reportedly a huge fan of singer Chris Brown. She was photographed attending one of his concerts back in October, when TMZ claimed that the late King of Pop’s daughter is “in love with Chris Brown.” (The pop star let Paris attend a special pre-show sound check, and also took a photo with her, pictured right.)

One person who’s not so happy, on the other hand, is Jackson family matriarch and Paris’s guardian, Katherine Jackson, who, according to the National Enquirer, allowed her granddaughter to listen to Brown’s music and attend his shows, but has put her foot down on a potential collaboration with the singer, who pleaded guilty in 2009 to assaulting pop singer Rihanna after a heated argument following the Grammy Awards.

Referring to Katherine Jackson, the Enquirer wrote, “She doesn’t feel that Brown, who was convicted of felony assault for his attack on Rihanna, is a good influence. She allows her granddaughter to be a fan, and she lets her attend his concerts, but she draws the line at Paris working side by side with him.”


Lawyer: Jackson Theft Accused Will Prove Innocence
The State: By Jill Lawless – Associated Press

LONDON — Two Michael Jackson fans accused of stealing unreleased music by the late King of Pop from Sony’s computers are confident they can prove their innocence in court, their lawyer said Wednesday.

Solicitor Karen Todner said James Marks and Jamie McCormick “are eager to point out to Michael Jackson’s fans and family that they would never do anything to harm the legacy that is Michael Jackson’s music.”

“As Michael Jackson has said,” she added, “‘Lies run sprints but the truth runs marathons.'”

The two British men were arrested last year after Sony Music Entertainment noticed a breach of its systems.

The entertainment company has a seven-year deal, worth up to $250 million, to sell unreleased recordings by Jackson, who died in 2009 at the age of 50.

Sony says no customer data were compromised in the attack on the company’s internal music-sharing system.

Marks, 26, and McCormick, 25, pleaded not guilty last week at Leicester Crown Court in central England to computer misuse and copyright offenses. They were freed on bail and are due to stand trial in January.

The case is not believed to be linked to Anonymous or Lulz Security, loose-knit hackers’ collectives, broadly sympathetic to the WikiLeaks’ secret-spilling site, who have targeted government and corporate websites around the world.

Last year, hackers targeted Sony Playstation and Sony Online Entertainment networks, compromising personal information, email addresses and the security of millions of user accounts. At the time, Lulz Security claimed responsibility for the hack.

On Tuesday, the FBI announced that five alleged Lulz Security members had been arrested in the U.S., Britain and Ireland after one of the group’s leading hackers turned informant.

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Cicero Bar Accused of ‘Billie Jean’ Performance Without Permission

Source: The Chicago Tribune Breaking Business – By Corilyn Shropshire

A Cicero bar owner is being sued for allegedly allowing the public performance of chart-topping songs such as Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love The Way You Lie” without permission.

Record company Broadcast Music Inc. filed a copyright infringement suit Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for Northern Illinois against Martha E. Macias, who is listed as an officer of Dona Cuca Inc., the parent company of the Cicero-based Merendero Bar & Grill.

Macias is alleged to have allowed four songs to be performed publicly at the restaurant without “a license or permission to do so,” according to the suit.

Music star Eminem, who wrote and performed the hit “Love the way you lie,” is also named as a plaintiff in the lawsuit along with MJ Publishing/Mijac Music, the company that owns the rights to the late pop star Michael Jackson’s No. 1 hit “Billie Jean.”

Others named in the suit include the owners of the songs, “El Ultimo Adios” performed by Mexican singer and actress Paulina Rubio and “Me Gustan Todas,” performed by “reggaeton” singer Fuego.,0,2584149.story


Doctor Who Gave Daughter Surgical Anesthetic At Home Sees License Suspended

Source: Los Angeles Times

A Northridge doctor’s license was suspended Thursday after medical authorities found he had been injecting his daughter at home with propofol, the same drug that killed pop star Michael Jackson.

Robert S. Markman, 66, a retired anesthesiologist, constructed a treatment area in his adult daughter’s “filthy” house, in a bedroom she rarely left, the Medical Board of California alleged in petition for an interim suspension order made public Thursday.

Markman injected his daughter, whose name was not given, with the surgical anesthetic about 500 times over five years to treat the severe genital pain she had experienced for years, the order states.

Markman began treating his daughter after her efforts to find treatment from numerous medical centers and other physicians were unsuccessful, according to a declaration by Markman cited by the board.

“This is a tragic case of a woman who has suffered excruciating pain for 17 years and had not been able to get any relief,” said Mitchell J. Green, a San Francisco attorney representing Markman. “The only relief she ever received was from her father, who is an anesthesiologist who has made what is, by all accounts, a breakthrough.”

Interim suspension orders are a rare move by the medical board, sought when it is believed a doctor in question could cause harm before a formal decision can be made in a case, said Dan Wood, a spokesman for the board.

“It doesn’t happen all that often, but our mission is to protect the public’s health, and in order to do that, sometimes we have to move this way,” Wood said.

Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in November in the death of Michael Jackson, with prosecutors saying his intravenous administration of propofol in Jackson’s home was recklessly outside the bounds of accepted medical practice.


Judge Orders Michael Jackson’s Mother To Answer More Questions In Lawsuit Against AEG

Source: The Los Angeles Wave

Attorneys for AEG Live won a round in court Tuesday when a judge ordered Michael Jackson’s mother and his three children to answer more questions about their lawsuit accusing the entertainment conglomerate of negligently hiring Dr. Conrad Murray to care for the late King of Pop.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos also said AEG Live can continue taking Katherine Jackson’s deposition, which began last week but is still incomplete.

Jackson was set to perform a string of 50 shows in London for AEG Live, but he died June 25, 2009 of acute propofol intoxication in Los Angeles while rehearsing for the concert series.

The negligence suit was filed in September 2010 by Katherine Jackson on behalf of herself and her son’s three children, Michael Jr., Paris-Michael Katherine and Prince Michael, alleging the company was negligent in hiring Murray.

The complaint also alleges AEG Live is responsible for the medical decisions made by Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death and was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison.

AEG Live attorney Marvin Putnam said he was pleased with the ruling, because the judge ordered everything the defense wanted except for monetary sanctions covering the cost of bringing the motion. He said Katherine Jackson’s lawyers cannot make “heinous” allegations in a lawsuit, then refuse to show proof.

Putnam has called the lawsuit a “shakedown” of AEG Live.

However, plaintiffs’ attorney Kevin Boyle said the AEG Live motion was “typical defense gamesmanship.”

During the hearing, Boyle claimed some of the questions AEG Live posed to Jackson’s children were highly personal, including whether they had anything in their diary indicating their father “was going to kill himself.”

AEG Live lawyers maintain the firm was not Murray’s employer. They say Katherine Jackson has not provided all the information she has to show that AEG hired Murray to be her late son’s exclusive doctor as he prepared for the tour.

But Boyle said his side provided an extensive response, including statements from two AEG Live executives that Murray was given the job as the singer’s physician.

Attorney Jessica Stebbins, also representing AEG Live, said many of the responses the plaintiffs provided only arrived in her office Monday. Boyle replied that some of the answers took significant time to obtain, but he declined to elaborate, citing attorney-client privilege.

Boyle said he also may move later to amend the complaint further and to ask Palazuelos to appoint a third-party “discovery referee.” The referee, typically a retired judge, would sort out the materials exchanged between boh sides and make recommendations to the judge.

Stebbins said she was not sure a discovery referee is necessary, but would agree to have one if both sides concur on the person serving the role. She also said she may ask Palazuelos to postpone the trial date, now set for Sept. 10, because of the delays in getting the information needed in preparing AEG Live’s defense.


Michael Jackson’s Estate Settles with Thriller Actress Ola Ray 5/11/12

Three years after she filed her lawsuit…

TMZ reports that Michael Jackson’s Estate has settled with Ola Ray, the actress who played Michael’s date in the legendary “Thriller” video, three years after she filed her lawsuit.

Ray sued Jackson and his production company for breach of contract in May of 2009, a month before Jackson died, claiming that she hadn’t been paid royalties from the 1983 video.

Director John Landis filed a similar lawsuit against the Estate. Both sides are in the process of negotiating a settlement.[VIDEO]-Michael-Jacksons-Estate-Settles-with-Thriller-Actress-Ola-Ray.htm


Tito Forgives Murray, Jermaine Does Not

Source: Piers Morgan Tonight

Sitting down with Piers Morgan for their first interview since the 2009 death of Michael Jackson, older brothers Jermaine, Tito, Marlon, and Jackie open up about their individual feelings toward Conrad Murray, Michael’s personal doctor:

“I feel like we’re supposed to have forgiving hearts,” says Tito, of the man found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in November. “Doesn’t mean I have to forget. I have a forgiving heart. Sure, I forgive him.”

Jermaine, meanwhile, does not echo his brother’s sentiments:

“No, no. I don’t feel that way at all. I feel like it’s just negligence,” he tells Morgan. “It’s on his part and others. And we’re yet to know what really, really happened. I’m a forgiving person, but not when it comes to that.”

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Judge Postpones Trial In Katherine Jackson’s Lawsuit Against AEG Live

Source: Las Angeles Wave

Attorneys for AEG Live on Tuesday won a delay until next year for the start date of the trial of Katherine Jackson’s lawsuit accusing the entertainment conglomerate of negligently hiring Dr. Conrad Murray to care for her late son.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos ruled there was good reason to postpone trial from Sept. 10 until April 2 because of AEG Live’s challenge in obtaining all the information it needs from the opposing side to prepare a proper defense.

Lawyers for AEG Live filed paperwork with Palazuelos last week stating that the size of the litigation and a number of procedural issues have slowed the progress of the case. The documents also state that new information shows Michael Jackson had a history of drug abuse that began long before the singer met Murray.

Katherine Jackson’s lawyers stated in their court papers that the lawsuit under law is on a priority list for trial because one of the late entertainer’s two sons is under age 14.

“Here, it is indisputable that (Prince Michael Jackson II), born Feb. 21, 2002, and having suffered the tragic loss of his father, meets those requirements,” according to the Jackson lawyers’ court papers.

After Tuesday’s hearing, Jackson family attorney Kevin Boyle said he will weigh the option of filing a motion for a priority trial date because of the Jackson boy’s age. But he also said the new trial date may actually help his clients.

“The way we keep obtaining more information, it might be beneficial,” he said.

AEG Live attorney Marvin Putnam — who has called the Jackson case a “shakedown” of his clients — said even if Boyle files a motion for a priority trial date, the soonest it could be set is six months from the Sept. 10 date and nine months at the latest.

In additional court papers filed Monday, AEG Live attorneys state that deposition testimony from Katherine Jackson and two of her children revealed that Michael Jackson “had a decades-long history of severe substance abuse, including an addiction to prescription painkillers and repeated interventions.”

The information contradicts the Jackson family’s claims that AEG Live “somehow forced Mr. Jackson to receive dangerous medication from his physician,” according to the AEG Live court papers.

The more information that is obtained from the Jacksons increases the likelihood that it will “further undermine their case,” the AEG Live court papers state.

Jackson was set to perform a string of 50 shows in London for AEG Live, but he died June 25, 2009, of acute propofol intoxication in Los Angeles while rehearsing for the concert series.

The negligence suit was filed in September 2010 by Katherine Jackson on behalf of herself and her son’s three children, Michael Jr., Paris-Michael Katherine and Prince Michael, alleging the company was negligent in hiring Murray.

The complaint also alleges AEG Live is responsible for the medical decisions made by Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death and was sentenced Nov. 29 to four years in prison.


Michael Jackson Estate Sued for $1 BILLION in Bizarre Lawsuit
Source: TMZ
Michael Jackson owes a convicted criminal $1 BILLION for exploiting personal details about her life in his music — this according to a bizarre and, dare we say, bogus lawsuit.Kimberly Griggs filed the case in San Diego — claiming she and Jackson had an intimate relationship beginning in 1979, which she says he chronicled in his albums “Off the Wall,” “Thriller,” “Bad,” “Dangerous,” and his greatest hits album … “Number Ones.”Griggs — who spent years in prison for burglary and robbery —  claims she was pissed that Michael exposed her personal secrets in his tunes, so to make things nice he promised to give her the rights to the songs.She says she was stunned when MJ died and she was completely left out of his estate.According to the handwritten lawsuit, Griggs wants $1 billion in damages.Calls to MJ’s Estate weren’t returned, but we’re guessing their response begins with the letters b and s.

Uh…….I don’t think so! (Picture not included in article)

Administrator’s Note: My sentiments exactly! NUT!!!
Dr. Conrad Murray Help, I’m Dying in Jail!!! 6/18/12
Source: TMZ
Dr. Conrad Murray is pulling a Floyd Mayweather Jr. — pleading with a judge to spring him from L.A. County Jail because it’s taking an extreme physical toll on his body … and if he doesn’t get help soon, Murray believes he’ll DIE behind bars.But here’s the crazy thing — unlike Mayweather, Murray’s not asking for house arrest (he knows that will never happen) … Murray’s asking to be sent to PRISON, where he believes he’ll get better care.Murray’s lawyer tells TMZ, he wants to serve out his time in the big house because he’s being treated like filth in L.A. County jail — getting fresh air once a month, and fresh underwear once a WEEK.As a result of the alleged deprivation, we’re told Murray’s health is failing — his hair, nails, and skin are gnarly … and he’s been suffering from a constant headache over the last few weeks.Murray says he’s never gotten headaches in the past — and is worried it might be a brain tumor.We’re told Murray asked to see a doctor, but got shuffled around and has received no medical attention.Murray told his attorney, Valerie Wass, “I may not make it out of here alive. This is a very dangerous place. I’m in here dying. The system is intent on killing me.”
A rep for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department tells us, the department doesn’t comment on pending cases.
Administrator’s Note:  Well, duh!  You’re in jail, did you think you were going to the spa?!  You didn’t seem to care that you didn’t give Michael proper medical treatment!  Now you know how it feels, only you are still alive to complain about it! 
Update excerpt to Murray’s Complaints -“I Feel Like A POW”- CNN (Posted 6/20/12)

The doctor suspects his moldy, fly-infested, 5-by-7-foot cell is making him sick, causing headaches that have plagued him for several weeks, Wass said.

When Wass took Murray’s complaints to jail officials, they told her his activities are restricted because “we’re afraid somebody’s going to pop him,” she said.

It took several days for Murray to see a doctor about his persistent headache last week, Wass said.

Murray is “receiving the appropriate level of care for his medical condition,” Los Angeles County Sheriff spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said Monday.

Murray is serving his sentence in the county jail, which is operated by the sheriff, because of rules imposed to relieve state prison overcrowding. There is little chance he would be transferred there, Wass said.

Wass said she believed Murray would better off in a state prison, where he would be able to get exercise and fresh air regularly. He’s only seen the sunshine once in the past four weeks, even though prisoners in the high-security “F Block” are suppose to be taken to the jail roof each Monday afternoon, she said.

Murray told his lawyer even the “Grim Sleeper” suspect, who is charged with killing 10 women over a 22-year period, was allowed on the roof last Monday while Murray was not, Wass said.

The sheriff”s spokeswoman said he was getting “standard roof time” of once a week.

“I feel like a POW,” Murray told his lawyer, using the acronym for prisoner of war.

He gets fresh underwear just once a week, his lawyer complained.

Murray’s getting the “normal linen and clothing exchange,” Nashida said.

Still, Murray appears to be getting along well with his jailers, his lawyer, Wass, said.

“I’ve been respectful to the sheriff’s deputies and for the most part they have reciprocated,” the lawyer quoted Murray telling her.

The jail food is disagreeable to Murray, Wass said. He told her he’s has “nothing real to eat” since being locked up.

A breakfast of a “smelly” boiled egg, two slices of bread, cereal and milk is delivered at 4:30 a.m. each day, followed by a peanut butter and jelly or bologna sandwich for lunch. Dinner, delivered at 3:30 p.m., is usually is “a meat product that looks like clotted blood,” along with green beans, corn and cabbage, she said.

Murray passes his time each day helping other inmates improve their vocabulary with a “word of the day” game that he designed, she said.

Wass, who is working without pay, is still preparing the appeal of Murray’s conviction.

Doc Murray My Undies Are Clean … and I’m Thrilled!
Source: TMZ
Conrad Murray’s prayers have been answered — the good doc got a fresh pair of underwear and a clean jail uniform this week after lodging major complaints about the way he’s being treated behind bars. TMZ broke the story … Murray believed he was going to die in L.A. County Jail … claiming he’s being treated like filth — getting fresh air once a month, and fresh underwear once a WEEK.But after lodging his complaints, we’re told Murray saw immediate results. In fact, Connie told his lawyers a swarm of deputies came into his cell Monday morning … and couldn’t have been more accommodating. Besides the clean clothes, Murray got a new blanket … and was taken to the roof so he could get some fresh air. A rep for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. tells us Murray is receiving the appropriate level of care for the headache he was complaining about. The rep also claims Murray was evaluated by a doctor last week. Murray’s attorneys acknowledge things are better, but “still characterize his living conditions as horrendous.” Meanwhile, Connie couldn’t be happier — sources close to the doc tell us, “His spirits are much improved.”

Administrator’s Note:  He is alive and Michael is not!  He’s getting more than Michael will ever have again! :(


Aide to Michael Jackson Manager Frank Dileo Plans A Musical With ‘Some of the Dirt’ Based on Real-Life Drama

Mark Lamica says touring production will have high notes and low notes like one of showbiz’s most spectacular careers

Source: NY Daily News

The former right-hand man of Michael Jackson’s late manager aims to spill a few industry secrets.

Mark Lamica , who spent nine years working with Frank Dileo, tells us he’s planning a musical tour that will be loosely based on dealings between the King of Pop and the legendary cigar-chomping music man Dileo, who died in August 2011.

Lamica tells us the “dramical,” which he calls “The Man,” will follow the blueprint of the Oscar-winning movie “Dreamgirls” by showing the “ins and outs and ups and downs” of the music business, with “some of the dirt” sprinkled in for added drama.

“It’s a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the making of a superstar client through the eyes of a manager,” Lamica says.

The Jackson and Dileo characters will bear some resemblance to the actual men, but the musical’s story will purposely be “vague,” Lamica explains, so producers won’t have to deal with Jackson’s estate.

“People who know will know, and others won’t,” says Lamica.

Dileo served as Jackson’s manager during the superstar’s heyday in the ’80s. They parted ways at the end of the decade, but reunited shortly before Jackson’s death in 2009.

Prior to his death at 64 from heart complications, Dileo was working on an autobiography that was intended to expose music industry secrets. We reported last August that Dileo had grown increasingly disenchanted with the co-executors of Jackson’s estate.

Lamica says part of the play will be “very loosely based” on secrets his former partner planned to expose.

While the inspiration for the play can be traced to the Jackson-Dileo relationship, Lamica says it could be about “any manager and his iconic, major star.”

“This could be [manager] Freddy [DeMann] and Madonna. This could be [manager] Scooter [ Braun] and Justin Bieber ,” he says.

Lamica will team with Grammy Award-winning composer and singer Larry Hart to produce original music for the show. None of Jackson’s iconic works will be used, again because Lamica doesn’t want to deal with the Jackson estate.

“I’m not getting involved with those clearances,” he says.

Casting has not begun, but Lamica, who’s now lining up producers, does have certain actors in mind. Auditions are tentatively set for next year, and while he wouldn’t provide any names, he did say the play will likely feature familiar faces from “The Sopranos” and “Goodfellas.” (Dileo played gangster Tuddy Cicero in the latter.)

When we first got wind of the play, we were told Broadway was its target, but Lamica says he’d prefer to take the show on the road and eventually turn a “cautionary tale for future artists” into a movie.

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Administrator’s Note:  I hope this play sinks like the Titanic! Who in the heck does this guy think that he is?  Leave Michael alone! You don’t even know him to do a play or anything else, you greedy, butt hole! When it comes to Michael, all people see is $$$$$$!


Ola Ray: Where Is The Girl From Michael Jackson’s Thriller Video? [PHOTOS]

Source: International Business Times

With Monday marking three years since Michael Jackson died, many will be getting their MJ fix by watching some of his best videos from over the years, and undoubtedly, “Thriller” will be on that lineup. But many may wonder, what happened to the woman listed in the 1983 “Thriller” video’s credits only as Ola Ray, “Michael’s Girl?”

According to Yahoo News, Ray is now 51 and living in Sacramento, Calif. with her teenage daughter.

Before the 13-minute “Thriller” video sent her to stardom, Ray had posed for Playboy magazine nude in June 1980, which bothered “Thriller” director John Landis. But she snagged the part of “Michael’s Girl” in “Thriller” thanks to the King of Pop himself.

“He seemed taken by the fact that I was a Playboy model,” Ray told the Sunday Mirror.

But don’t get it twisted. While Ray and Jackson definitely had chemistry on camera, there was nothing going on when the cameras stopped rolling.

“We had a working relationship; it was nothing other than that,” Ray told ABC News in 2010. “He was into Brooke Shields.”

But the “Thriller” duo did spend some time flirting while working on the 13-minute video short.

“When we did the dancing, when he had to walk around me and flirt with me … That was when I was like ‘Oh my God, like Ola, I could not believe I was the girl, I was the one chosen,'” Ray told ABC News.

Ray later landed small roles in “Beverly Hills Cop II”,”Gimme A Break!” and “Cheers” but remained friends with Jackson throughout the years. But in May 2009, a month before Jackson died, Ray sued the King of Pop for unpaid royalties.

“Michael would always re-release ‘Thriller’ in different packages so that I would get my royalties,” Ray said in an official statement after his death. “He really did his personal best to help me while he was alive. Unfortunately, the people handling his estate have not been acting according to his wishes since his death.”

A settlement for Ola Ray was reached in May 2012.

View the slideshow to see photos of Ola Ray then and now and view Michael Jackson’s famous “Thriller” video below.

Administrator’s Note:  Michael may have stuck a toe in to test the waters, but he knew not to take a dip! ;) LOL!


Conrad Murray Maintains His Innocence in Michael Jackson’s Death 6/25/12
Source: E Online

Dr. Conrad Murray, who has served close to seven months behind bars for the death of Michael Jackson, remains defiant, insisting that he did nothing wrong.

Jackson died three years ago today at his Los Angeles home on Carolwood Drive, due to acute propofol intoxication. Murray, Jackson’s personal physician, was convicted by a jury on Nov. 7, 2011 of involuntary manslaughter.

In his first interview since his infamous NBC sit-down right before the verdict, Murray exclusively tells E! News, through his lawyers, that he still thinks about that night at Jackson’s home three years ago.

Murray says he feels bad that he deprived Jackson of sleep that final night, and that his goal was to get the singer away from using propofol. He says that one would have had to actually have been there to see the struggle Jackson was having with insomnia, and that Jackson was unable to participate in conventional sleep therapy due to his addiction to the drug.

Murray says he doesn’t have any regrets doing the now-infamous NBC interview, in which he says he felt he did nothing wrong regarding Jackson’s death. Judge Michael Pastor said the interview gave him “tremendous concern” during Murray’s sentencing.

Murray says his only regret is that he didn’t do more, which includes testifying at trial. His appeals lawyer Valerie Wass tells E! News that Murray now “feels very strongly about” not testifying.

Of his time in jail, Murray says he thinks about the injustice of it all. He says he was framed, and that he only tried to help Jackson within the parameters to which he was confined. He says he is an innocent man serving time and that evil was done to him.

When asked if he owes the Jackson family an apology, Murray says no, adding that the Jackson family are the ones who need to apologize to Michael.

Murray asserts that the singer did not want to be buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, instead believing that Michael wanted to be cremated, with his ashes spread in the Pacific Ocean. Murray states that Jackson did not want to be permanently confined to a state that he didn’t like, California, and the only state he really liked was Nevada.

While in jail, Murray says, he has received letters from every continent, from every race and all have been positive. He says he plans on answering them once he is released, and that many of them bring him to tears.

To pass the time in jail, his appeals attorney Valerie Wass tells E! News, Murray plays a word-of-the-day game with his fellow inmates, which he began after he bought a pocket dictionary and read it cover-to-cover.

“He reads a lot of historical fiction,” Wass says. “He probably spends 10 hours a day reading.”

Books he has read while behind bars include The Pillars of The Earth and The Kite Runner; he has even read the first two The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo books.

Once he gets out of jail, Murray says he absolutely plans on going back to practicing medicine. He says he wants to serve humanity, and that medicine is only part of how he wants to do it.

Murray’s attorneys have been trying to get him placed in an alternative custody program, which would include house arrest with an electronic monitor. However, in April, Sheriff Lee Baca wrote Murray attorney Mike Flanagan a letter saying that, due to the state’s inmate realignment program, Murray is required to serve 100 percent of his sentence and would not be eligible for an electronic monitor.

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Administrator’s Note:  He feels no remorse because he a low-life, sociopath.  He should have kept quiet on this day, but he has that need for attention and he wants to make people upset.   This proves to me that he will continue on this publicity path once he is released.  He is delisional enough to believe that he will practice medicine again, with what, no license? Give me a break!  All the comments that he has been making lately is try to take the attention from what he did and to make people feel sorry for him on the anniversary of Michael’s death, but he has no sorrow for his actions. 



Source: Hiphollywood

Kim Kardashian is one step closer to being Mrs. West.

Sources tell yesterday morning Kanye gifted Kim K a gold skull statue with white gems from the site, and to show how enamored he is, he had it sent with the engraving “KKW” on the rear. For those in the slow section — KKW stands for Kim Kardashian WEST. And in case you weren’t aware, Kim still isn’t divorced from Kris Humphries.

The statue is valued at a whopping $34,000 and is almost identical to the one Kanye gave Jay-Z for Father’s day. Apparently Kanye snatched up the statue because he felt “inspired” after he found out Michael Jackson bought the same one for Elizabeth Taylor a few years ago.


Michael Jackson Concert Promoter Wants Dermatologist’s Medical Records

Source: abc7

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Attorneys for Michael Jackson’s final concert promoter are asking his dermatologist to turn over the late pop star’s medical records.

Jackson’s mother, Katherine, is suing AEG, alleging it was negligent in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray. He is serving four years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the death of the pop icon.

Now, attorneys for AEG Live are asking dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein to turn over all of Jackson’s medical records dating back to 1984. The attorneys say they need the additional documents to assist them in their defense of the company, and that they previously reached an agreement with Jackson’s estate concerning the scope of medical records they could receive from the singer’s physicians.

So far, Klein has handed over records from 2008 to 2009. A hearing on the issue is scheduled for September.

Jackson was set to perform 50 shows in London for AEG Live, but he died June 25, 2009, of acute propofol intoxication in Los Angeles while rehearsing for the concert series.

(Copyright ©2012 KABC-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)


Onetime Michael Jackson Attorney Loses License


LOS ANGELES (AP) – Brian Oxman, who was once an attorney for Michael Jackson, will no longer be able to practice law in California.

The California Supreme Court has denied an appeal of a state bar ruling that found Oxman and his wife mixed clients’ and personal funds to evade creditors. Oxman’s wife is his law partner.

The state bar said Oxman was disciplined previously and that was among reasons for seeking revocation of his license.

The allegations against Oxman did not involve the late pop star or his family.

Oxman was on Michael Jackson’s molestation trial defense team until being dismissed in 2005. He later represented the singer’s father and appeared on talk shows as a legal expert.

A phone message left for Oxman’s attorney David Clare was not immediately returned Friday afternoon.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


More Licensing Troubles For Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s Doctor

Source: Los Angeles Times

Dr. Conrad Murray faces new accusations in an ongoing inquiry that will determine whether officials will revoke the already-suspended medical license of the man convicted in the 2009 death of music icon Michael Jackson.

The state attorney general’s office, which submitted its first round of accusations to the California Medical Board in February, has added three allegations to the original complaint, according to papers filed June 27.

In addition to the original filing, which said Murray’s license could be revoked because of his criminal conviction and alleged failure to maintain adequate records, Murray is now accused of “gross negligence,” “repeated negligent acts” and “incompetence” for the “inappropriate administration of dangerous drugs.”

DOCUMENT: Read the Medical Board accusation

The additional accusations will be taken into account at a hearing that has yet to be scheduled, said Jennifer Simoes, a spokeswoman with the state medical board.

Murray has not practiced medicine since January 2011, when a Los Angeles County judge barred him from practicing as a condition of his bail. His license expired a month later.

On Nov. 7 of the same year, Murray was convicted of felony involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death, capping a seven-week trial in which prosecutors accused him of incompetence, saying he abandoned medical judgment by complying with Jackson’s repeated requests for a surgical anesthetic to help him sleep.

Witnesses testified that Murray chatted on the phone and sent emails and text messages as Jackson stopped breathing and suffered a heart attack while under the influence of the surgical anesthetic propofol. He also delayed calling for help, they said, and lied to paramedics and emergency doctors.

Judge Michael Pastor called Murray a “disgrace to the medical profession” when he handed down a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

Murray, who remains in jail, has appealed the conviction. He has insisted that Jackson sought out the drug as a sleep aid long before Murray became his doctor.

Murray has licenses in Nevada and Texas that have been suspended, online records show. A medical license issued in Hawaii expired in January 2010.


Katherine Jackson’s Lawyers: “Plan in Place for Three Years to Remove Her From Her Home and Grandchildren”

Source: Showbiz 411

EXCLUSIVE Katherine Jackson’s lawyers have sent me a statement about what went on yesterday in Calabasas. All of it was witnessed by the attorneys. Here it is, exclusively:

“Yesterday afternoon certain Jackson family members ambushed Katherine Jackson’s home after their vehicle tore through security gates on the tails of the SUV containing Michael Jackson’s children. After exiting their vehicles, Jackson family members ran up to Michael’s children as they yelled and began to aggressively grab at the cell phones in their hands. Out of concern for the well being of Prince, Paris, and Blanket Jackson, the children were forced to temporarily leave their home and taken to a safe location. An altercation ensued shortly thereafter and law enforcement arrived at the scene.

“Following the incident, it was learned that one of the family members who was part of the ambush admitted that a plan has been in place for the last three years to remove Katherine Jackson from her home and her beloved grandchildren. Prince, Paris, and Blanket Jackson have not heard from their grandmother since she left their home nine days ago to attend a series of her sons’ concerts on their Unity Tour. She never made the shows. Despite efforts to interview Katherine Jackson at her current location in Arizona yesterday, Los Angeles County Sheriffs confirmed that they were denied access to Mrs. Jackson by security for one of her children. “


Debbie Rowe “Very Concerned” About Katherine Jackson, Kids

Debbie Rowe, biological mother of Prince and Paris Jackson, is said to be “very concerned” about Katherine Jackson and all three of Michael Jackson’s kids. Sources tell me that when Paris Jackson first Tweeted the news that her grandmother was missing, Debbie dropped everything she was doing in northern California for her ranch business and headed straight to Calabasas.

California. Rowe, who as I’ve written before has a very cordial friendship with Mrs. Jackson, stayed for several days at the home of producer Marc Schaffel, just one gated community away from the Jacksons. Schaffel, a long time friend and business associate of Michael Jackson’s, taped the first interview with Mrs. Jackson after Michael’s death and has remained very friendly with her.

Neither Debbie Rowe nor Marc Schaffel returned calls yesterday. But Rowe, who’s back at her ranch awaiting word on Katherine Jackson, has had several conversations with the grandmother since Michael’s death and is very happy with the way the kids are being raised, I am told. The relations between both houses is so relaxed, sources say, that Paris Jackson has been posting pictures of Rowe on her Facebook page.


Paris Jackson Only Went to Uncles’ Show Last Night Hoping to See Grandmother–Still Missing

Source: ShowBiz911

Paris Jackson went to the Greek Theater last night in L.A. not to support her uncles–but to see her grandmother. She and her adult cousins–who are watching Paris, Prince, and Michael–were told grandmother Katherine Jackson would be at the show. She was not. As far as anyone knows, KAtherine Jackson is still in Phoenix with her daughter Rebbie and cousins. She has not had any communication with her custodial grandchildren. My sources say her cell phone and laptop have been removed.

“The children are very worried,” says a source– and rightly so. Mrs. Jackson went to Phoenix with the intention of seeing her four sons appear in three shows–in Phoenix and Las Vegas. She never appeared at any of them and has not been heard from since. And now the brothers have played in Los Angeles, and still Mrs. Jackson is missing. She is not “fine” by any means if she’s being prevented from contacting her grandchildren and her attorneys. As of this afternoon, no one has heard from her. This is a serious situation.

For one thing, she is the legal guardian of three minor children. Second, she is the heir to a large estate–her son Michael’s. The feeling is that she won’t re-surface until she agrees to the demands that five of her children laid out in a letter to Michael Jackson’s executors last week. This is unbelievable. Certainly Rebbie Jackson Brown can be made to produce her mother in a court if pressed by the guardian ad litem for the children. More to come…

PS Paris Jackson has been pulled off of Twitter. There have been no new messages since yesterday.

And TMZ is wrong–Katherine was not taken to Phoenix to a spa…


Paris Jackson New Tweet: “9 days and counting… so help me god i will make whoever did this pay”

Source: ShowBiz411

Paris Jackson just sent out a new Tweet. She had her siblings have now been removed from their home to keep them safe from Michael’s siblings. This is quite crazy. Sources tell me that footage this morning “Good Morning America” was ‘licensed’– ie. sold–to them by Randy Jackson. Oy vey. Also, GMA mis-identified TJ Jackson’s Tweet to Paris as coming from Trent Jackson, a cousin. TJ is Tito’s son. Paris has also the makings of a great war journalist. She’s faithfully reporting the action from her own Hanoi Hilton in Calabasas.


Confirmed: Lawyers Will Seek Temporary Guardianship for Michael Jackson’s Kids

Source: ShowBiz411

I knew this story yesterday, and held off at the request of some insiders. But I can tell you that Michael Jackson’s estate lawyers, Katherine Jackson’s lawyers and the Jackson kids’ guardian ad litem are going to go to Judge Beckloff at Los Angeles Superior Court. With Katherine Jackson unreachable and out of town, the group will present a temporary guardian to watch Prince, Paris and Blanket and be repsonsible for them. The fight is on. Who the guardian will be is still unknown, but Tito Jackson’s adult sons have been with the kids the most, and have a great rapport with them.

Confirmed: As guardian, Mrs. Jackson has already legally appointed one of the three T’s–Tito Jackson’s sons–as her replacement guardian. When the lawyers go to court, one of the T’s–Terrell, TJ or Taj– will be named if Mrs. Jackson doesn’t appear in court.


The picture taken of Katherine Jackson and “family” and then sold to by Randy Jackson– the people in the picture are Rebbie Jackson, her grandson, Katherine Jackson, Janet Jackson’s security guard, and a woman named Janice Smith. Smith is Mrs. Jackson’s personal assistant, who works for her in the Hayvenhurst Avenue house in Encino. According to sources, it was Janice Smith who helped engineer Mrs. Jackson’s trip to Arizona. I’m told that Mrs. Jackson has no idea that Janice Smith has been in cahoots with several of the Jackson children in order to effect this “palace coup.” More to come…


Tito Backs Out of Letter To The Estate

Source: TMZ

Tito Jackson is backing out of the plot to turn Katherine Jackson against the Michael Jackson Estate … he tells TMZ he wants nothing to do with it.

Tito says, “I completely retract my signature from the July 17th letter sent to the Executors of my brother Michael’s estate and repudiate all the claims made against them.”

He adds, “I don’t want any part of that letter whatsoever.”

The letter Tito is referencing was signed by Jermaine, Janet, Rebbie and Randy … and accused the executors of failing at their job and stressing out their mother, Katherine Jackson, so badly that she suffered a “mini-stroke.”

We broke the story … Tito’s son, TJ, is preparing legal docs so he can ask a judge to become the temporary guardian of Michael’s 3 kids.


Conrad Murray Invites Katherine Jackson To Visit Him In Jail

Source: CNN – By Alan Duke

Los Angeles (CNN) — Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted in Michael Jackson’s death, is inviting the late pop star’s mother to visit him in jail to “answer any questions she might have.”

Murray extended the invitation Tuesday night in a statement released to CNN through his lawyers, Valerie Wass and Michael Flanagan..

“I’ve been told that she has a desire to speak with me before she departs this life,” Murray said. “Seeing that she is up in age and in questionable health, and the fact that she is the mother of a very dear departed friend, it would give me great pleasure to sit with her one on one and answer any questions she might have.”

Murray was sentenced to four years in prison last November after a jury convicted him of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s June 25, 2009, death.

Murray, who is expected to serve at least two years in a Los Angeles County jail, said he would put Katherine Jackson’s name on his visitor’s list.

“It would put her at peace,” he said. “I would do that truly out of concern for her and altruistic love and concern for others. I want to see her. I do not want Mrs. Jackson to suffer. She remains as dear to me as my own mother, unbeknownst to her.”

News coverage of the ongoing feud among members of the Jackson family apparently prompted Murray’s offer.

“Although I am not permitted to see the news in jail, there are times when intermittent snippets are seen before a channel change occurs,” Murray said. “I recently saw Katherine Jackson in one of those snippets. She appeared to be extremely sad. I also heard she is having a difficult time.”

A representative for Katherine Jackson said he would present the offer to her, but he doubted she would accept.

Katherine Jackson is dealing with a major division in her family that grew larger when four of her children recently took her to Arizona for 10 days without letting Michael Jackson’s three children speak to her.


Alabama Health Officials Add Drug Linked To Michael Jackson’s Death To Controlled List


MONTGOMERY, Alabama — State health officials have approved adding propofol, a powerful sedative that was linked to the death of Michael Jackson, to the lists of Alabama’s controlled substances, officials announced Friday.

Dr. Jim McVay, director of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease for the Alabama Department of Public Health, said the drug has an appropriate medical use to sedate people quickly for surgery, but the potential for misuse led the state Committee of Public Health to add it to the controlled substances list. The new scheduling becomes effective Aug. 27.

“It’s been a concern because of the high publicity that Michael Jackson’s death received,” McVay said. “Clearly, it could be abused.”

Conrad Murray, Jackson’s personal physician, was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter in the singer’s death. Jackson died in 2009 at his Los Angeles home from acute propofol intoxication. Jackson used the operating-room anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid.

McVay said there have been no instances of abuse in the state.

The Alabama Controlled Substances List divides drugs and other substances into five schedules based on abuse potential. It takes into account the risk of public or individual health.

Propofol, which is not an over-the-counter drug, will be classified as a Schedule IV drug, requiring, among other things, for it to be locked in certain areas with limited access. The listing also will require more stringent record keeping.

Unlawful possession of a Schedule IV drug, a Class C felony, generally carries a penalty of one year and a day to 10 years in prison.


Conrad Murray Seeks New Test in Michael Jackson’s Death

Source: CNN – By Alan Duke

Los Angeles (CNN)Conrad Murray wants a key piece of evidence tested which his lawyers argue could prove Michael Jackson injected himself with the drug that killed him.

Murray, who is serving a four-year prison sentence, is appealing last year’s involuntary manslaughter conviction in Jackson’s 2009 death.

A motion filed Monday by his lawyers asked an appeals court to order a test of the residue in a 100 milliliter bottle of propofol that prosecutors say contained the fatal dose of surgical anesthetic.

If it contains 10% lidocaine, then it would support prosecution expert Dr. Steven Shafer’s theory that Murray rigged up an IV drip using the bottle and then left the room, Murray’s motion said.

Shafer testified that lidocaine, which was found in Jackson’s blood after his death, was mixed with propofol to ease the sting of the drug as it entered a vein in Jackson’s leg.

“However, if the residue is 100% propofol, it would absolutely refute Shafer’s final contention that was used to prove an IV propofol infusion,” the motion said.

The defense theory was that a desperate Jackson, fearing that his comeback concerts could be canceled unless he found elusive sleep, self-administered propofol that Murray was trying to wean him off of. It contends that Jackson also swallowed eight lorazepam tablets while Murray was not watching.

Two requests by Murray’s lawyers to have the bottle tested after the trial were rejected by the trial judge, who ruled they should have asked for testing before the trial.

Murray’s lawyers argued the residue in the bottle, which the prosecution never tested, became relevant only at the end of the prosecution’s case” when Shafer “remodeled” his theory about how Jackson died.

“Dr. Shafer made a striking change in his rebuttal testimony, which occurred during the final minutes of the evidentiary portion of the trial,” Murray lawyer Valerie Wass said.

Murray told police he stopped using IV infusions of propofol to help Jackson sleep three days before his death, and that he only injected a small dose the morning he died.

“The amount of propofol Murray claims he gave Jackson does in fact comport with the amount of propofol found in Jackson’s blood at autopsy,” Murray lawyer J. Michael Flanagan said. “There was no propofol infusion on the morning of Jackson’s death. The analysis of the residue in Exhibit 30 will prove the truth once and for all.”

The motion asks the appeals court to order the Los Angeles County Coroner to either test the residue or hand it over to a private lab for testing.


Michael Jackson Doctor Medical Board Moves to REVOKE License
Source: TMZ
Michael Jackson’s former dermatologist Arnie Klein should NOT be allowed to practice medicine … so says a CA Medical Board honcho who just filed a request to have Klein’s medical license revoked. The person behind the claim is Linda Whitney — the Board’s Executive Director of Consumer Affairs — who claims Arnie has refused to undergo mandatory mental and physical examinations, in direct violation of the Board’s orders.Arnie — one of MJ’s closest friends and the doc who prescribed massive quantities of meds for the singer — was ordered to undergo the examinations following an investigation into an anonymous complaint against the doctor back in 2010, alleging substandard care of two patients.The patients have not been identified, so it’s unclear if one of them was Michael Jackson.Klein was ordered to submit to mental and physical examinations by June 8 — but as we previously reported, the doctor refused, demanding to know who’s behind the anonymous complaint.Now, Whitney is asking the Board to pull the plug on his practice.TMZ spoke with Klein’s rep, Joel Douglas, who tells us … “We’re willing to cooperate, we just want to know the reasons behind the investigation. We’re optimistic the court will be fair in the matter.”


Jackson Says She Was Kept From Communicating

Source: whbf  4 News- By LINDA DEUTSCH

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The mystery of Michael Jackson’s mother’s disappearance was clarified Thursday with the release of court papers that said she was kept from communicating with outsiders while at a resort and was unaware she had been reported missing.

Katherine Jackson declared in the documents that she learned she was the subject of a search when she accidentally heard a TV report.

Before that, she said, she was kept virtually incommunicado without access to a phone or her iPad. She said her stay at the Tucson resort was unplanned, and she went there after she was told her doctor had ordered her to rest.

Before that, she had intended to take a cross-country RV trip to see her sons perform in concerts.

“While there was a telephone in my room, the telephone was not functioning and I could not dial out,” she said in the documents. “In addition, there was no picture on the television in my room.”

She told of asking repeatedly to have the TV fixed.

“One morning I woke up to the sound of the television,” she said. “While there was no picture, I heard a broadcast that stated I was missing.”

Her declaration was attached to papers filed in a request to be reinstated as guardian of Michael’s children, Prince, 15, Paris, 14 and Blanket, 10. Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff granted the request Thursday and temporarily named her nephew, TJ Jackson, as co-guardian.

Beckloff said last week that he didn’t believe Katherine Jackson had done anything wrong but suspended her guardianship duties because she had been out of contact with her grandchildren for 10 days.

While at the resort, Jackson said, she was unaware that her grandchildren were worried about her and that her lawyer had flown to Tucson to contact her.

“While I was away, I had no reason to question whether the people with whom I placed trust would inform me that Prince, Paris and Blanket were trying to reach me,” she said.

She said she had asked about the children and was told they were fine.

“The day before I was brought home from Tucson, I was finally permitted to use the phone to speak with Prince, Paris, Blanket and TJ,” she said.

Some of Katherine Jackson’s comments appeared in conflict with a statement she made to ABC News before she left Tucson.

Seated with her children Randy, Janet and Rebbie next to her, she read from a prepared statement saying she had not been held against her will

“My children would never do a thing to me like that, holding me against my will,” she said. “It’s very stupid for people to think that.”

She said then that she was devastated at learning she had lost guardianship of her grandchildren and said the action “was based on a bunch of lies.”

In the aftermath of what her attorney Perry Sanders Jr. called “the chaos,” Katherine Jackson asked for a meeting with TJ Jackson and the lawyer to find out what was going on.

As a result, she said, she decided that TJ Jackson, who had been an unofficial co-guardian of the children, needed legal authority in case something happened in her absence.

Beckloff said during a hearing after Jackson resurfaced that an investigator who looked into the children’s care found the late pop star’s 82-year-old mother was an excellent guardian and the children love her.

“I think the kids are in terrific hands,” the judge said. “It appears from the report that Katherine Jackson has done a wonderful job and cares about the children very much.”

Beckloff noted that the children also have a close relationship with their 34-year-old cousin TJ Jackson, who was named temporary guardian last week after working closely with Katherine Jackson since Michael Jackson died.

TJ is “incredibly respectful” of the family matriarch and she is respectful of him, the judge said.

Beckloff said he will finalize the arrangement later this month but for now will issue letters of co-guardianship allowing both Jacksons to make decisions about the welfare of the children.

TJ Jackson’s new co-guardianship status is temporary, but the judge could make it permanent when he convenes the next court hearing on Aug. 22.

The shared guardianship plan is apparently designed to remove pressure from Katherine Jackson who was previously named in her son’s will as the children’s sole guardian.

Sanders has said the arrangement will allow her to focus on the children’s upbringing and not on home or logistics issues.

The changes in guardianship come on the heels of family dissension over Michael Jackson’s will, which left nothing to his siblings when he died three years ago. Several of them signed a letter that was leaked to the media alleging the will was a fake and calling on executors of the estate to resign.

On Wednesday, Jermaine Jackson issued a plea for peace in the family and withdrew his support of the letter.

He wrote that the family is still raw from Michael Jackson’s death, and his mother has endured incredible stress and pressures since then.

Administrator’s Note:  At least the kids are ok and that is my biggest concern.   I am glad that TJ will have rights to look after the kids. Unless the judge makes a different ruling about the children on August 22, I consider the matter closed.   


Conrad Murray Rips Katherine Jackson: Way to Be There For Michael!

Source: Hollywood Gossip

Dr. Conrad Murray, the terrible physician convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson, is still not showing remorse.

Moreover, he’s taking new shots at MJ’s mother.

In a phone interview, Conrad Murray accuses 82-year-old Katherine Jackson of letting him down and “failing to be there” while he was alive.

Asked if he’d ask forgiveness from Katherine for giving the insomniac star a cocktail of drugs that led to his death, Murray was incredulous.

“Mrs Jackson does not have to forgive me because I am not responsible for his death,” he said. “There is nothing for her to forgive me for.”

“I would say this: Is anyone willing to ever forgive Mrs. Jackson for failing to be the mother she could have been for her son? Would Michael forgive his mother for not being the mother that he wanted to be there all the time?”


Now serving four years at Los Angeles County Jail, Murray said he would be more than happy to sit down and talk with Katherine Jackson.

Somehow we don’t see that invite being extended. 

In the telephone call, Murray again professed innocence and said he was closer to Michael Jackson’s children than the star’s own family.

Murray also alleged that Michael’s 85-year-old father, Joe Jackson, could be receiving money from his son’s vast fortune via Katherine.

Joe, who has been accused of beating his son as a child, may be enjoying payouts from Katherine’s allowance, according to the doctor.

“She is probably handing out funds to his father,” said Murray. “[Michael] would roll in his grave if he knew Joe Jackson spent a penny of his money.”

Last month police were called to Michael’s kids’ home in Calabasas, Calif., when Randy, Jermaine and Janet Jackson tried to take them away.

Katherine Jackson had been reported missing at the time, a possible victim of a long con involving a trip to Arizona she did not consent to.

Jermaine and Tito have backed off their threats against the estate, while Janet Jackson’s statement on Michael’s will offers no such olive branch.

Despite strongly insinuating that she was kidnapped as part of this failed coup attempt to oust Michael Jackson’s executors, Katherine Jackson has no plans to sue her own children. That’s good to hear at least.

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Administrator’s Note: This sociopath takes the cake!  How dare he talk about Michael’s mother!  The dirt bag didn’t even meet his own father until he was 25 and his mother left him with grandparents to work.   I think he must be talking about his own upbring because look how he turned out!


Validity of Michael Jackson’s Will May Be Aired In Court

Source:  Los Angeles

The validity of Michael Jackson’s will could get a court airing next month if a business associate of the pop star’s mother gets his way.

Lawyers for a Canadian businessman who works with Katherine Jackson wrote in a filing Monday that he was “in possession of evidence that casts substantial doubt on the validity of the will” and wants to present it at federal trial set for September.

The business partner, Howard Mann, is locked in a copyright battle with the executors of the singer’s estate largely over a tribute book that he produced with Jackson’s mother.

In a filing in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Mann’s lawyers wrote he wanted to present an attack on the will’s authenticity as part of a defense to copyright infringement claims brought by executors John Branca and John McClain.

“Defendants will argue that the estate cannot produce any evidence indicating they own the assets, thereby failing the first prong of a copyright action,” the attorneys wrote.

The probate court presiding over Jackson’s estate accepted the 2002 will shortly after his death and an appellate court subsequently said the window for challenging the will had closed. The document put Jackson’s assets into a private trust run by Branca and McClain, music industry veterans and longtime Jackson advisors. The trust benefits Jackson’s three children, his mother and charities.

In recent weeks, some of his siblings, who inherited nothing, have said the will was faked and called on Branca and McClain to resign. The executors have condemned “false and defamatory accusations grounded in stale Internet conspiracy theories.”

Their attorney urged a judge last month to bar any attack on the will in front of jurors, writing that it was a settled legal issue and irrelevant to the copyright claims.

“None of this evidence would constitute a legal defense to any of the claims in this lawsuit, and are offered solely so that defendants may point to their relationship with Mrs. Jackson and argue that the estate is somehow being unfair to her,” the attorney wrote.

A hearing is set for Aug. 27.


Judge Rules Website Violated Jackson Copyrights


Associated Press

(AP) A federal judge ruled Friday that a businessman working with Michael Jackson’s mother has violated copyrights owned by the singer’s estate and should be blocked from future uses of the work.

U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson sided with the singer’s estate in a ruling against Howard Mann and the website , which appeared to be inactive Friday morning.

The estate sued Mann in January 2011, claiming he was violating copyrights and posed unfair competition to Jackson’s estate. Pregerson ruled that the website improperly used art from the film “This Is It,” a logo featuring Jackson and the song “Destiny,” as well as other material.

“In light of defendants’ past and present infringement, it is also undisputed that future violations are likely, causing ongoing harm to plaintiffs and misled consumers,” Pregerson wrote.

An upcoming trial will address damages, although the judge noted that Mann and the site probably will not be able to pay any amount because of debts.

A phone message for one of Mann’s lawyers, Lee Durst, was not immediately returned Friday. Mann has collaborated with Katherine Jackson, who is a beneficiary of the singer’s estate, on several projects, including a book of recollections about her son. Several of the Jackson Secret Vault releases occurred at the same time as estate projects were being released, including the anniversary of Jackson’s death and the release of the album “Michael” in December 2010.

Mann’s attorneys recently wrote in court filings that they hoped to introduce evidence during the upcoming trial that the singer’s will was a fraud. The businessman had claimed he obtained rights to the works in a bankruptcy sale years ago, but Pregerson ruled there was no evidence that the items could be used commercially.

“The court’s ruling makes clear that Howard Mann had no right to use Michael Jackson’s intellectual property for his own benefit,” attorney Zia Modabber, who represented the estate in the case, wrote in a statement. Estate attorney Howard Weitzman said executors John Branca and John McClain are “extremely pleased” by the ruling.

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Conrad Murray Being Harassed in Prison by Fake Mother of Michael Jackson’s Children

Source: 411ManiaShe visited him in prison… Conrad Murray says that he has been visited and harassed in jail by a woman claiming to be the mother of Michael Jackson’s children. TMZ reports that Murray, who is serving his sentence for involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death, says he was visited in jail by a woman in her forties and of Eastern European descent who said she had flown in from Nevada to see him. When he didn’t recognize her, she said, “I’ve seen you before and you’ve probably seen me before. I’m the mother of Michael Jackson’s kids.” The true mother of Jackson’s elder children is Debbie Rowe, while his youngest child Blanket is allegedly the child of a Hispanic woman living in San Diego.Murray called the woman an imposter and told her to leave. He is now upset about the incident, which happened due to a change in the Los Angeles County jail’s policy which allows visitors to sign up online without verifying their identity. The policy means that inmates don’t get notified of visitors until they are sat down to speak with them.Murray’s lawyer Valerie Wass said, “I have serious concerns about the security. My client was horror-stricken by the fact that complete stranger could get in to see him.” Read more at

Administrator’s Note:  Well, Mr. Butthole, if you want to stay in the news and keep riding on Michael’s name, this is what will happen.  

Fire at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch


SANTA YNEZ, Calif – What started out as a barbeque on a summer day ended in a fire at Neverland Ranch.

Neverland Ranch once belonged to pop icon Michael Jackson but now belongs to a company called Sycamore Valley Ranch Co. LLC. Santa Barbara County Fire told Central Coast News it responded to a structure fire at Neverland Ranch Tuesday morning. However, when crews arrived on scene they said the fire was already out.

The fire started in a barbeque pit. Fire officials said that the hood system of the barbeque caught fire because it need to be cleaned out.


Michael Jackson’s father drops wrongful death lawsuit against singer’s former doctor

Source: Washington Post

LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson’s father has dropped a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the former doctor who was convicted of causing the singer’s death.

Court records show Joe Jackson’s request for a dismissal was granted Monday. The filings do not elaborate on a reason for dropping pursuit of the case, but two attorneys handling the case were recently ruled ineligible to practice law in California.

The Jackson family patriarch initially filed the lawsuit against Conrad Murray in June 2010, on the anniversary of his son’s death. A federal judge refused to hear it and it had to be re-filed in state court in Los Angeles.

“It’s good finally that this case is dismissed and gone,” Murray’s attorney Charles Peckham said Wednesday. “It’s pretty clear that Joe Jackson intelligently and smartly dismissed this case so he, his wife and children can focus on Michael Jackson’s life instead of the circumstances of his death.”

He said Murray, who remains jailed and is appealing his involuntary manslaughter conviction, remains pained by Jackson’s death and feels sorry for his family. “His heart goes out to them,” Peckham said.

Jackson’s mother, Katherine, continues to pursue a case against concert company AEG Live alleging it negligently hired and supervised Murray, who was giving Jackson nightly doses of the powerful anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid. Murray’s treatments were conducted while Jackson was preparing for a series of comeback concerts.

Her case is scheduled for trial in April.

Joe Jackson’s case claimed Murray repeatedly lied to paramedics and doctors about giving Jackson propofol and that he did not keep adequate medical records — all issues that prosecutors raised against Murray during his trial last year.

He had been seeking damages for a variety of issues, including loss of income and support, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.


TJ Jackson Granted Permanent Co-Guardianship of Michael Jackson Kids

Source: ABC News

A California judge today made Tito “TJ” Jackson permanent co-guardian of the singer’s children along with their grandmother Katherine, but not without some unexpected drama.

A woman claiming to be the cousin of Michael Jackson showed up in court today to ask the judge to delay the appointment of TJ Jackson as permanent co-guardian of the singer’s children.

Despite a plea from the woman, Debra Jackson, Judge Mitchell Beckloff granted TJ Jackson the motion to share guardianship with Michael’s mother, Katherine Jackson, of the three children.

The judge made the ruling after also considering a letter submitted by singer Diana Ross, in which the singer said she has met TJ and thinks he has good intentions in caring for Michael’s kids.

Beckloff said Ross mentioned in the letter that she is very interested in what happens with the children and that she takes her role in the will as the next guardian in line very seriously.

Earlier, Beckloff heard from Debra Jackson, who arrived with her adult son Anthony Jackson, whom she says the singer helped raise after Anthony’s father died. Earlier, Debra and Anthony Jackson submitted a letter to the court expressing their concerns with appointing TJ co-guardian.

Debra Jackson told the judge that she and her son were abruptly cut off from the lives of Michael’s three children and that their relationship with the kids had been curtailed. Debra said that not allowing a relationship between her son and Michael’s children is “cruel and not in their best interest and well-being.”

She described an incident at a birthday party for one of the children in which she and Anthony were asked to leave. She said Katherine Jackson was very unhappy with that order and neither Katherine nor the kids wanted them to leave.

Debra added that she’s asked several times for an explanation as to why they have been cut off from the children, but she was never given one.

The letter Debra and Anthony submitted to the judge today was written last year around Christmas time. It’s unclear why they waited so long to file the letter.

Beckloff said he had read and taken their letter into consideration, since the two are relatives. However, he added that he has a very good understanding of what’s going on with Michael’s children based on the report written by his investigator.

“It’s clear to me that the children have a very strong, loving relationship with TJ and that they love the grandmother very much,” the judge said.

He then granted the motion for permanent co-guardianship to TJ.

The son of Michael’s brother Tito Jackson, TJ had been appointed temporary guardian after Katherine Jackson was suspended amid a bitter family dispute over Michael Jackson’s estate. Days later, Katherine Jackson was reinstated as guardian and announced she would be seeking joint guardianship with her grandson, TJ.

Responding last month to the announcement, Randy Jackson, one of Katherine’s sons, told ABC News that the agreement was based on “lies.”

“In order to obtain temporary guardianship, TJ lied to the court. Rebbie, Janet, Jermaine and I would never harm our mother and we are doing our best to protect her and the Estate knows that,” Randy said in an exclusive statement to ABC News.

“The same people that are trying to manipulate my mother are the same people that were involved with my brother when he died,” Randy said in the statement. “The Estate is trying to isolate my Mother from her family JUST LIKE THEY DID TO MICHAEL, in order to propagate their lies, financial agendas and to protect a fraudulent will.”

He concluded his statement with, “It is my fear and belief, that they are trying to take my mother’s life.”

In court today, Beckloff asked Katherine’s attorney Sandra Ribera if she was being unduly influenced to agree with the new co-guardianship agreement, to which Ribera replied “absolutely not! Ms. Jackson is well informed, makes her own decisions and wholeheartedly supports this arrangement.”

The judge also ordered TJ to consider visitation between the kids and Anthony and Debra. However, he told Debra that the final decision lies with the co-guardians.

“You have a right to be heard as relatives, and I’m going to be mindful of what I heard,” the judge said. “There have been lots of conflicts within the family, and the duties of the guardians consist of navigating through these conflicts and helping the children maintain important relationships.”

Only TJ and the attorneys were present for the hearing. Beckloff had previously excused Katherine and the children from having to appear.

Also not present in court was a woman named Billie Jean Jackson, who claims she is the biological mother of Blanket. Judge Beckloff said she filed a petition requesting guardianship of Blanket and that he scheduled a hearing for the end of September.

TJ’s attorney, Charles Shultz, argued that the judge had already found Billie Jean has no biological relationship to Blanket, but Beckloff said he will have to hear her arguments one more time.


Jury To Decide Value Of Some Jackson Copyrights

NPR – By Anthony McCartney (The Associated Press)

LOS ANGELES September 4, 2012, 05:59 am ET

Michael Jackson’s estate will begin making its case to a jury that a businessman working with the singer’s mother should be forced to pay millions of dollars for infringing on several copyrights.

The amount is the sole issue at stake in a trial set to begin on Tuesday against Howard Mann, who has collaborated with Katherine Jackson on several projects, including a book.

A judge has already ruled that Mann violated Jackson estate copyrights and ordered his website shut down. His attorneys argue the estate doesn’t actually own the proper rights and the ruling should be tossed out, but a judge has refused to reconsider his ruling.

The infringed works include cover art from Jackson’s posthumous film “This Is It,” and a silhouette of the singer dancing to his hit “Smooth Criminal.”

The estate’s case is expected to hinge on one expert witness who has estimated the cost of a license for the works is between $5 million and $12 million.

Mann’s attorneys rejected a settlement offer last week of $2 million. Jackson’s estate, who sued over the works in January 2011, is also asking that Mann be forced to pay its attorneys’ fees.

Mann’s lawyers have sought to introduce evidence that they were given bad legal advice about having to license the works, and have considered calling Katherine Jackson as a witness. The Jackson family matriarch is one of the beneficiaries of the singer’s estate, along with his three children.

U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson has noted that Mann doesn’t appear to have the resources to pay a large judgment.


Michael Jackson’s Kids Live On Allowance As His $600mln Fortune Is still frozen


Paris, Prince and Blanket, the children of Michael Jackson, were born with silver spoon in the mouth, but three years after their father’s tragic death they reportedly have to live ‘modestly’, on a mere $70,000 a month.

­The planned trust fund for the King of Pop’s three children is allegedly empty despite nearly $600 million generated from Jackson’s music since his death.

While an army of lawyers is busy putting in order Jackson’s debts (the process could reportedly take up to five years), the singer’s teenage kids currently live on a family allowance controlled by the estate executors and overseen by a judge.

“The probate is still pending, and although almost all of Michael’s personal debt has been or is about to be paid in full, the estate is technically still in debt,” estate lawyer Howard Weitzman told the Daily News.

­It’s unclear how much of the once unimaginable fortune could end up in the trust fund one day.

“(It’s) too early to speculate on any precise number for a value. It will be a substantial number, I’m certain,” Weitzman said.

The “Michael Jackson Family Trust” suggests that the singer’s three kids share 50% of the trust balance, while the other half going to Jackson’s mother during her lifetime.

­82-year-old Katherine Jackson, the kids’ guardian and co-estate administrator, allegedly hasn’t received her portion of the trust either and remains on an allowance.

The financial puzzle has driven a wedge between members of the Jackson family.

“To some of Katherine’s children, this is a shocking situation. They see on paper that Michael has made $600 million and cannot understand why all of it is not going to the family,” an unnamed source told The News.

­While the fate of singer’s estate is being decided, his children continue to live life to the max in their mansion with private schooling and 24/7 security— reportedly, all at a cost of over $70,000 a month. Prince, 15; Blanket, 10, and Paris, 14 are due to get seven-figure sums when they turn 30, 35 and 40, the trust states.

Since Michael died, “multiple millions of dollars from (estate) earnings have been spent on the children and for Mrs. Jackson as well,” Weitzman told the Daily News.

Administrator’s Note:  The probate court is not going to release any additional income to Michael’s survivor’s until all debt’s of the estate are paid.  That is the normal process for probate court.  There is plenty of money to go the trust once everything is settled.  The estate has done a wonderful job of increasing revenue and decreasing debt. As usual, when it comes to Michael and his family,  everything is blown way out of proportion and reported as if it is flawed or strange!   It’s just sickening!  It’s no one’s business what Katherine and the children get from the estate!  It’s all Michael’s money, not tax payers dollars and he decided how it should be given out!


Source Of Leaked Michael Jackson E-mails Identified

Source: CNN Alan Duke

Los Angeles (CNN)Dramatic e-mails about Michael Jackson’s condition before his death were leaked to a reporter by a businessman who just settled a copyright lawsuit with Jackson’s estate, that businessman told CNN.

The admission by Howard Mann that he provided the controversial documents to the Los Angeles Times contradicts a claim by lawyers for concert promoter AEG Live that they have “unequivocal evidence” showing that Jackson’s mother and her lawyers leaked the e-mails.

The source of the leak is crucial to the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Katherine Jackson and the late pop star’s three children since the judge in the case ordered the documents sealed.

AEG’s lawyers filed a motion Monday asking the judge to impose tough sanctions on the Jacksons, including fines and preventing them from using the e-mails as evidence in their effort to prove the promoter contributed to Jackson’s death as he prepared for comeback concerts in 2009.

AEG did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment about Mann’s claim of responsibility for the leak.

“We were able to learn today that apparently Howard Mann has admitted that he was the source, and that he definitely never received any documents from Katherine, Prince, Paris, or Blanket Jackson, nor from their lawyers in the wrongful death suit against AEG,” said Jackson lawyer Kevin Boyle.

Boyle criticized AEG’s lawyers for their haste in pointing the finger at the Jacksons.

“AEG made these accusations against the Jackson family and their lawyers apparently without doing even the most rudimentary investigation,” Boyle said. “We are further disturbed that the motion for sanctions filed by AEG was given to the press before it was served on Katherine Jackson or her counsel.”

If the AEG lawyers had reached out to the Jackson lawyers earlier, they could have helped solve the mystery of the leaked documents, he said.

“AEG has known about the alleged leak since a week before the article was published,” Boyle said. “AEG never contacted the Jackson’s counsel to inquire about the article or the documents.”

The e-mails revealed the promoter for Jackson’s “This Is It” concerts expressed doubts about the star’s ability to be ready for the shows but expressed confidence in the private doctor eventually convicted in Jackson’s death.

AEG Live President Randy Phillips was responding to show director Kenny Ortega’s e-mail, which said Jackson had “strong signs of paranoia, anxiety and obsessive-like behavior” and suggesting they hire a “top Psychiatrist in to evaluate him ASAP.”

Jackson died on June 25, 2009, from what the Los Angeles County coroner ruled was an overdose of a surgical anesthetic and sedatives, drugs that Dr. Conrad Murray told police he used to help the entertainer sleep as he prepared for the concerts set to start two weeks later.

Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison last year.

Mann, who once partnered with Katherine Jackson on a book and documentary about her family, said he obtained the documents from various sources, but none of them came from the Jacksons or their lawyers.

He gave them to reporter Harriet Ryan because he wanted the story of Jackson’s death to be told, Mann said. Mann’s company settled a copyright dispute with Jackson’s estate over use of Jackson’s images this week.

Ryan, who kept the source of the documents secret in her story, did not immediately respond to CNN requests for comment on Mann’s claim that he gave them to her.

AEG lawyer Marvin Putnam went on a public relations and legal offensive against Katherine Jackson and her lawyers this week in response to Ryan’s article and the subsequent stories by other news outlets, including CNN.

“AEG believes the unequivocal evidence shows that Katherine Jackson and her attorneys leaked these documents to the press,” he said in a statement to CNN. “The documents released to the press were given to Mrs. Jackson and her attorneys — and to no one else — confidentially in discovery and subject to a court order.”

But Mann said he got the e-mails from several sources, including Jackson fans who contacted him. Some of the documents were part of discovery in other cases, including the criminal trial of Dr. Murray, he said.

Boyle, the Jackson lawyer, also told CNN that other parties had the same documents, including lawyers involved in an ongoing insurance case against AEG.

Lloyds of London seeks to void a $17.5 million policy that AEG purchased in case Jackson was not able to perform the 50 shows scheduled for London’s O2 Arena. The insurer contends AEG hid Jackson’s health problems and failed to respond to repeated requests for his medical history.

“Katherine, Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson and their lawyers deny AEG’s allegations that we gave any protected documents to the press,” Boyle said.

The documents made public in the Los Angeles Times story are not the most damaging to AEG that were uncovered, Boyle said.

“We can assure you that we are in possession of documents that make for an extremely compelling story in the wrongful death case, and that completely support the plaintiffs’ claims,” he said.

AEG Live’s president called Jackson’s death “a terrible tragedy” in an e-mail weeks after he died, he added “but life must go on.”

“AEG will make a fortune from merch sales, ticket retention, the touring exhibition and the film/dvd,” Phillips wrote. In fact, AEG Live was allowed to sell Jackson tour merchandise and share in the profits from the documentary “This Is It,” produced from rehearsal video.

The e-mails suggest AEG Live’s president saw Jackson’s problems first hand the day the pop star was to appear at the O2 Arena to publicly announce the shows.

“MJ is locked in his room drunk and despondent,” Phillips wrote in a March 5, 2009, e-mail to AEG Live’s parent company, the paper reported. “I (am) trying to sober him up.”

“I screamed at him so loud the walls are shaking,” Phillips wrote. “He is an emotionally paralyzed mess riddled with self loathing and doubt now that it is show time.”

The promoter blamed London traffic when Jackson was 90 minutes late for the announcement that day.

“He’s as healthy as he can be — no health problems whatsoever,” Phillips told CNN two months later to refute reports Jackson’s health was threatening the concerts.

The Los Angeles Times story, however, said the e-mails indicated major doubts about Jackson’s ability to perform.

“We cannot be forced into stopping this, which MJ will try to do because he is lazy and constantly changes his mind to fit his immediate wants,” AEG Live executive Paul Gongaware e-mailed to Phillips.

Jackson’s missed rehearsals in June triggered concerns in e-mails that he was slow in learning his dance routines and would have to lip-sync on stage, the newspaper reported.

“MJ is not in shape enough yet to sing this stuff live and dance at the same time,” one e-mail from the show’s music director read, the paper reported.

A production manager wrote: “He was a basket case. Doubt is pervasive.”

A loud warning from Ortega, who worked closely with Jackson on previous tours, came in mid-June, just over a week before his death.

“It is like there are two people there. One (deep inside) trying to hold on to what he was and still can be and not wanting us to quit him, the other in this weakened and troubled state,” Ortega wrote. “I believe we need professional guidance in this matter.”

Ortega testified at Murray’s trial about his concerns about Jackson’s frail condition and missed rehearsals. It resulted in a meeting six days before Jackson’s death in which Murray assured the promoters he would have Jackson ready for rehearsals that next week.

An e-mail from Phillips after that meeting said he had confidence in Murray “who I am gaining immense respect for as I get to deal with him more.”

“This doctor is extremely successful (we check everyone out) and does not need this gig, so he (is) totally unbiased and ethical,” Phillips’ e-mail said.

The correspondence could play a role in the wrongful death lawsuit, which accuses the promoter of contributing to his death by pressuring him to prepare for the concerts despite his weak condition.

Administrator’s Note: If Michael wasn’t on it, I would go home and break all my DVD’s of “This Is It!” Even the name of the tour sounds doomed from the start!  I have been silent since this story first broke about this email leak, but I have to say something. I feel like such a fool and I am so angry! They clearly used us to profit off Michael’s death.  There seems to be no real remorse in these emails that he’s gone.  They almost sound relieved!  It feels more like, sorry he’s gone, life goes on and hey we can get our money back and maybe come off even better.  With fresh grieving fans clamoring for one last performance, look at how much we stand to make!

Phillips found that lying Conrad Murray credible?  Evil likes evil!  And as far as calling Michael lazy, I’d like to see Gongaware get on stage and dance the way that Michael did at 50!  I’d like to see his ugly, dried up, old, dusty butt on stage, dancing hard each night and losing 5-10 pounds of water weight as Michael did when he was on tour! They forced Michael into more concerts than he wanted to do in the first place! This deal was all so unfair to him! AEG can kiss my rear end!

These thieves produced at least three different versions of TII, with additional alternate, making it confusing to know which one to buy.   I hope they lose both lawsuits big time!


AEG Drops Michael Jackson Insurance Claim

A Lloyds of London underwriter sued AEG and Michael Jackson LLC after Jackson’s death

Source: The Skanner (Alan Duke CNN)

LOS ANGELES (CNN) — AEG dropped its claim Monday for a $17.5 million insurance policy for Michael Jackson, just days after e-mails revealed the concert promoter had doubts about Jackson’s health at the time they were applying for the insurance.A Lloyds of London underwriter sued AEG and Michael Jackson LLC after Jackson’s death, claiming they failed to disclose information about the pop star’s health and drug use.“In exchange for AEG withdrawing its insurance claim, underwriters agreed to dismiss AEG from the case and to waive any costs recoverable from AEG,” said Paul Schrieffer, attorney for the insurance underwriter. “The insurance case continues against the Michael Jackson Company LLC for, among other things, rescission of the policy due to nondisclosures of Michael Jackson’s prior drug use.”Lawyers for AEG and the Michael Jackson estate, which controls Michael Jackson LLC, did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment Monday.

Jackson died of an overdose of a surgical anesthesia in combination with sedatives on June 25, 2009, according the the Los Angeles County coroner. Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty last year of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death.

A controversy over the insurance claim erupted last week after the Los Angeles Times published e-mails which the insurance lawyer said had not been provided to him despite a year of discovery in the case.

Concert giant seeks Jermaine Jackson’s book drafts

By ANTHONY McCARTNEY, AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Concert giant AEG Live is seeking book drafts and manuscripts by Jermaine Jackson that it claims may reveal details about his superstar brother that will help its defense in a lawsuit filed by the singers’ mother.

AEG is seeking drafts and manuscripts of Jackson’s recent book, “You Are Not Alone,” as well as an unpublished memoir it claims may focus on Michael Jackson’s alleged drug abuse.

Jermaine Jackson’s attorneys are fighting the request, calling them overly broad and in violation of the First Amendment, according to court filings. Turning over the writings also would violate the privacy of Michael Jackson’s three children and other family members and constitute a “fishing expedition,” according to documents filed Monday.

AEG’s attorneys contend the writings are important to its defense in a case filed by the singers’ mother claiming the concert promoter failed to properly supervise Conrad Murray, the physician convicted of involuntary manslaughter for Michael Jackson’s June 2009 death.

Their efforts seek drafts of a book described as “Legacy: Surviving the Best and the Worst,” which was reportedly in the works several years before the pop superstar’s death. AEG claims drafts of the work would show issues “of immense relevance to this case, including Michael Jackson’s rumored long-term abuse of prescription medication.”

AEG’s attorney Marvin Putnam wrote in an email that the company was seeking the documents because, during his book tour, Jermaine Jackson publicly touted the “details of his brother’s life and death.” Putnam also wrote that Jermaine Jackson claimed he was the “only person qualified to deliver the real Michael.”

The writings are not covered by protections afforded to investigative journalists since they are memoirs, AEG wrote in its motion to get a judge to order the release of the materials. A hearing is scheduled for Nov. 28.

Jermaine Jackson’s lawyer Kevin Boyle, who also represents his mother in the lawsuit against AEG, was not immediately available for comment.

AEG had promoted Michael Jackson’s comeback shows, titled “This Is It,” which were canceled after his unexpected death due to an overdose of a hospital anesthetic the singing had been given to help him sleep.

The company also is seeking to depose Jermaine Jackson. And it obtained a judge’s order Wednesday requiring Jackson’s longtime friend and dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein to appear for a deposition next month.

Katherine Jackson sued AEG in September 2010, and the case is scheduled for trial in April 2013.

The company also is involved in a separate lawsuit filed by Lloyd’s of London over Michael Jackson’s life insurance policy. Putnam said the company has informed Lloyd’s that it has recouped its losses and is no longer pursuing the claim. Any proceeds should be paid to a company that benefits Michael Jackson’s estate, he said.

AEG’s formal withdrawal of the claim is expected soon, as well as its dismissal from the case filed by the insurer.

Administrator’s Note:  Well now I guess we will see what was really in that despicable book he was going to co-write with Stacey Brown.  It still doesn’t mean what he wrote was the truth.  Judge Pastor wouldn’t have let this in the court as evidence and it is irrelevant to what happened to Michael.


Michael Jackson’s Dad Tells Viet Nam Project to ‘Beat It’

Source:  Viet Nam News – Posted 9/14/12

The former manager of the Jackson 5 claimed he had been attached to the US$2bn project in an investment and consultancy role, but an announcement on his family’s website said he was cutting his ties to the scheme.
HA NOI – (VNS)The King of Pop’s father, Joseph Walter Jackson has mysteriously pulled the plug on his involvement with southern Viet Nam’s Project Happyland, the largest tourism project in Southeast Asia.

“Mr. Jackson has decided not to proceed with any further investment or involvement in Project Happyland Vietnam,” the statement said.

No reason was given for his withdrawal.

However, Phan Thi Phuong Thao, chairwoman of project owners Khang Thong Group said Joseph had not invested any money and acted only as a consultant, persuading foreign investors to back the construction of a five-star hotel with 1,000 rooms.

“Joseph signed a Memorandum of Understanding to become our consultant; he is not our investor”, said Thao. “Through Joseph’s efforts, two American investors have come to Viet Nam to meet us, however we were unable to reach any agreements”.

She added that Joseph’s decision to quit had no negative repercussions for the large scale project.

“We have attracted over 10 investors so far, some one from Sweden, Japan and Korea, while others are also showing a keen interest in the project,” she added.

The $2 billion project built on 668 ha will feature a chain of hotels, cinemas and restaurants as well as a boardwalk and water park when it opens in 2014. The project, claimed to be inspired by Michael Jackson’s Neverland Valley Ranch, hopes to attract 14 million domestic and foreign visitors annually.

The construction started in February last year.- VNS


Conral Murray Writing Tell All Book While In Jail

Source: Radar Online

Conrad Murray who was convicted last year of killing Michael Jackson, is passing time in jail by writing a tell-all book and hopes a publisher will pay him a substantial amount of money, is exclusively reporting.

“Dr. Murray spends most of his days writing what he is telling friends will be a tell-all book about what really happened in the final days of Michael Jackson’s life,” a source close to the situation tells Radar. “Murray believes that the public will want to hear about the time he spent with Michael. Conrad says that Michael confided his inner-most secrets about his true feelings about his family, the child molestation trial and his three children. Murray contends that Michael’s kids viewed him as a family member and loved him.

“This is all about money for Murray though because he is absolutely flat broke and desperately needs the cash. He feels that the book could help rehab his image and help him to get his medical license back.”

Jackson’s former physician was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of the King of Pop and was sentenced to four years in jail. However, because of jail overcrowding in California, Murray, who has served less than a year of the sentence to date, is expected to only serve two years behind bars.

“The conviction is being appealed and Murray is confident that it will be successful, even though legal experts say that it’s very unlikely that he will get a new trial. Conrad is extremely arrogant and doesn’t accept any responsibility for the death of Michael Jackson. He truly believes he has done nothing wrong,” the insider says.

Meanwhile, reps for Murray have reached out to publishers to test the waters to see if there is any interest in releasing the book, and so far, the response has been, “no thanks.”

“Several publishers have been contacted and have expressed little to no interest in publishing any book written by or about Dr. Murray,” the source says. “One publisher said that even if Murray were to take full responsibility for the death of Michael Jackson there was no interest. Dr. Murray just isn’t an empathetic person and the public doesn’t want to hear from him, period,” the source says.


Drug maker blocks anesthetic involved in Michael Jackson’s death from use in executions

The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The manufacturer of the anesthetic that caused the overdose death of pop star Michael Jackson says it won’t allow the drug to be used in executions.

Drug maker Fresenius Kabi USA is the only domestic supplier of propofol, which has been signalled out as a lethal injection alternative amid a drug shortage that’s forced several states to revise their execution protocols. Missouri adopted a new single-drug protocol earlier this year that would make it the first state to use propofol as an execution drug.

Fresenius Kabi spokesman Matt Kuhn confirmed to The Associated Press Thursday that it’s told distributors such usage contradicts the drug’s medical uses and is “inconsistent” with the company’s mission.

Officials with Missouri’s Attorney General’s office and Department of Corrections didn’t immediately respond to requests seeking comment.


Nut Loses Fight For Custody Over Blanket Jackson

Source: Rumorfix

Just when you thought all the custody battles over Michael Jackson’s kids were over — we just got news that there was another one this week in a Los Angeles court.

A lady by the name of Billie Jean Jackson (yes– it’s not coincidence that she’s named after one of Michael’s most famous songs) went to court on Wednesday trying to get guardianship of Blanket Jackson aka Prince Michael Jackson II.

The woman, who is accused of being a Michael Jackson stalker, claims she is Blanket’s biological mother. When filing her petition, she wrote, “I feel that among the siblings, they are fighting over money and want custody solely for the money. I do not feel this is a stable environment for the children. I am worried about Prince Michael’s safety.”

Rumor Fix has learned, a judge denied her request for custody. The same thing happened four years ago when Michael was still alive.


One Direction Hire Michael Jackson’s Former Bodyguard For US 2013 Tour

1st October 2012, 12:08

The ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ stars have enlisted the help of Alberto Alvarez who was sacked by the late King of Pop’s family.

One Direction have hired Michael Jackson’s former bodyguard Alberto Alvarez to help out on the band’s upcoming North American 2013 tour.

The 36 year-old minder had struggled to find work since being sacked by the Jackson family, after he gave evidence convicting Dr. Conrad Murray of the involuntary manslaughter of the late King of Pop last November.

“I’m really excited,” he told The People at the news of his new appointment. “They’re a great group of young men and they have great ­talent.”

“I am proud to work for them. Working for the boys has ­pulled me through a ­terrible time. It really helped me cope with what ­happened three years ago when Michael died.”

Extra experienced security has been recruited for the boy’s upcoming jaunt in the US due to “very full on” fans across the pond.

“American ­bodyguards have been called in because fans can be very full on there,” an insider told the publication. “Mothers actually offer the boys large sums of money to sleep with their ­teenage daughters. It is ridiculous.”

Alberto admitted he struck up a relationship with the band the last time they were in the US and is “excited” for the upcoming tour.

“Working for One Direction – the ­biggest boyband in the world – is so ­exciting. I did some work for them in California last year and they liked me,” he added. “Now every time they are here I work with them. The other week I was with Zayn Malik at the Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.”

The five-piece will kick off the North American leg of their new tour on 13th June at the BankAtlantic Center in Florida, with the UK dates commencing at the end of February 2013.


Michael Jackson’s Doctor Wants to Keep License

Source: Courthouse News Service

AUSTIN (CN) – Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson, has filed a lawsuit to prevent the revocation of his medical license in Texas.
Murray is serving four years for the involuntary manslaughter of the 50-year-old pop icon. On Monday, he sued the Texas Medical Board in Travis County Court, arguing that he had agreed to an indefinite suspension of his license pending the outcome of the California criminal case and that the conviction is not final because his appeal is pending.

“The board is only going forward on the sole ground that as Murray has been preliminarily convicted of a felony in California, the board may revoke his license,” the nine-page complaint states. “California law states that a conviction is not final until appeals are complete and remittitur is issued form the appellate courts (like a mandate in Texas).” (Parentheses in original.)

Under Texas rules of evidence, a pending appeal renders evidence of a conviction as inadmissible, Murray says.
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals precedent also holds that convictions are not final until appeals are complete, according to the complaint.
“Therefore, there is no purpose for the board moving ahead on October 2, 2012, other than to revoke license which is disallowed by its own rules and outside the mandate of the [Texas] legislature and to obtain a result without the testimony of Murray, who being incarcerated, is unable to attend and participate in the [informal settlement conference] in person to testify,” the complaint states. “The board seeks to move ahead in abrogation of Murray’s Texas and States rights against self-incrimination which keep him from participating.”

Murray says he can participate in the conference after the resolution of his conviction, and that this is the “clear reasoning” behind the board’s rule preventing license revocations until after convictions are final.
Murray seeks injunctive relief. He is represented by Charles Peckham of Houston.
Jackson, who had hired Murray as his personal physician in May 2009 for $150,000 a month, died in June 2009 after overdosing on propofol, a powerful sedative.


Michael Jackson’s Children to Celebrate the Launch of Mr. Pink Ginseng Drink

Source: KDWZ 102.5

Michael Jackson ‘s three children, Prince , Paris and Blanket , will appear at the Beverly Hills launch party for revitalizing beverage Mr. Pink Ginseng Drink.   

LaToya Jackson will accompany her niece and nephews at the special event, taking place October 11 at The Blvd inside the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.  The outing marks the first time that LaToya and her later brother’s children will appear together as a family, and speak to the media.

Athletes from the Los Angeles Lakers, Dodgers and Kings are expected at the event for the caffeine-free drink.  Members of U.S. Congress, and Fortune 500 CEOs are also expected to attend.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Administrator’s Note:  My question is why are they going to be there?  I am never in favor of Michael’s kids being used to market products.  He would never stand for that….SMH!


Dr. Conrad Murray Jail Is KILLING ME!
Source: TMZ
Dr. Conrad Murray says his body is in worse shape than one of those zombies from the Michael Jackson ‘Thriller’ video … claiming he’s suffered serious injuries behind bars … and he wants out. TMZ has obtained a recording of a jailhouse phone call between Murray and a friend … in which the Doc says he was rushed to USC Medical Center earlier this week after fearing he was suffering from deadly blood clots in his legs. “It progressed until the leg felt numb … it was painful all to the top of my foot … around the medial aspect of my ankle and all the way to the mid-calf.”Murray — who was a licensed doctor before he killed Michael Jackson — explained, “Blood clots are relatively risky … especially if they propagate from the legs into the lungs to cause pulmonary embolism which can result in permanent disability or even death.”Ultimately, doctors who are currently licensed determined there were no blood clots and returned Murray to his cell … where he says he continues to suffer. “I have had to lay in bed for most of the day because there is no way to elevate my feet. One of the recommendations by the doctor is to keep my legs elevated and to increase my activity which is impossible in a 5×7 cell.”During the call, Murray gripes that his feet have become so swollen, “I may never be able to wear a boot again.” So much for line-dancing after his release …Murray then issues a veiled threat — “I don’t want to be permanently hurt by any condition in here … because if I am, I will not let it rest.”He also complains about pain in his right shoulder … and as we previously reported, he came down with a ferocious case of diarrhea earlier this year. Jail — it ain’t the Hilton.

Source: Radar Online

Despite his hopes to the contrary, Dr. Conrad Murray will NOT be home for Christmas, as the beleaguered former cardiologist is not eligible to commute the rest of his four year jail sentence to house arrest, is exclusively reporting.

As previously reported, Murray, who was convicted last year of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the shocking death of pop superstar Michael Jackson, had told his baby mama, Nicole Alvarez, that he could be out of jail by the Holidays — but, not so!

“The Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department maintains that Dr. Murray isn’t eligible for house arrest/electronic monitoring,” Dr. Murray’s attorney, Valerie Wass tells exclusively.

Dr. Murray was recently taken from his jail cell to the Los Angeles County Hospital because he was concerned that he had developed blood clots on his legs. After a thorough examination, at the expense of taxpayers, it was determined that Murray didn’t have any blood clots.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Spokesperson Nicole Nashida tells Radar, “Mr. Murray is alive and well. We are working with him in addressing his medical concerns and any other issues that he has. Mr. Murray is being treated just like any other inmate at the jail.”

As previously reported, Murray is passing his time in jail by writing a tell-all book, and he hopes a publisher will pay him a substantial amount of money.

“Dr. Murray spends most of his days writing what he is telling friends will be a tell-all about what really happened in the final days of Michael Jackson’s life,” a source previously told Radar. “Murray believes that the public will want to hear about the time he spent with Michael.

“Conrad says that Michael confided his inner-most secrets about his true feelings for his family, the child molestation trial and his three children. Murray contends that Michael’s kids viewed him as a family member and loved him.

“This is all about money for Murray though because he is absolutely flat broke and desperately needs the cash. He feels that the book could help rehab his image and help him to get his medical license back.”

Reps for Murray have reached out to publishers to test the waters to see if there is any interest in the book, and so far the response has been, “no thanks.”

Meanwhile, a law enforcement source tells Radar: “Murray isn’t causing any problems, but like every inmate in jail, he wants out. Murray constantly laments that he is a scapegoat for Michael Jackson’s death and he hasn’t shown any true remorse for his role. Dr. Murray needs to accept the fact that he will be staying in jail for another year. Whatever medical condition he may develop, mental health issue, you name it, he will remain in custody. Jails have medical wings and are equipped to deal with any issue an inmate can develop.”

 Administrator’s Note: Good!


AEG wants e-mails banned from Michael Jackson trial

By Alan Duke, CNN

Los Angeles (CNN)Michael Jackson’s mother sat quietly in court on Wednesday watching as her lawyers fought loudly with attorneys for AEG, the concert promoter she accuses of contributing to the pop star’s death.

They argued over who leaked e-mails to a reporter that revealed the promoter had doubts about Jackson’s health and his ability to be ready for his “This Is It” concerts several months before his death.

“MJ is locked in his room drunk and despondent,” AEG executive Randy Phillips wrote in a March 5, 2009, e-mail, the day Jackson announced the tour plans. “I (am) trying to sober him up.”

The judge must decide if she will exclude those e-mails from the wrongful-death suit filed by Katherine Jackson and her son’s three children against AEG.

Jackson died of an overdose of a surgical anesthesia in combination with sedatives on June 25, 2009, according the the Los Angeles County coroner. Dr. Conrad Murray, who was hired to be Jackson’s personal physician as he prepared for the shows, was found guilty last year of involuntary manslaughter in his death.

The Jackson suit contends that AEG contributed to the pop star’s death by pressuring him to prepare even though the promoters knew he was in a weak condition and by its hiring and supervision of Dr. Murray.

The judge overseeing the case sealed those documents. AEG filed a motion accusing the Jacksons and their lawyers of leaking them to Los Angeles Times reporter Harriett Ryan, who used them for a story she published in September.

“It is clear that only one entity could have done it,” AEG lawyer Marvin Putnam said. The cache of e-mails, which the reporter shared with AEG, have “certain unique characteristics” that prove they were given to the Jackson lawyers by AEG as part of discovery in the wrongful-death lawsuit, Putnam said.

AEG asked Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos to punish the Jacksons by not allowing them to use those e-mails in next year’s trial when they try to prove the promoter is liable for Michael Jackson’s death.

“He has accused 10-year-old Blanket Jackson,” Jackson lawyer Kevin Boyle said, pointing to Putnam. “What’s the idea, that Blanket Jackson got some documents and copied them and somehow walked them from Calabasas to Harriet Ryan?”

Jackson lawyers denied anyone associated with their legal team or their clients leaked the e-mails, even suggesting AEG lawyers may have done it themselves as a set up.

“They could have easily disclosed all of these documents with zero punishment from the court,” Boyle said.

Ryan has refused to disclose her sources, although Howard Mann — who was once Katherine Jackson’s former partner in a book venture — has acknowledged that he gave the reporter a box of documents for her story.

Days after the e-mails were published, AEG dropped its claim against a Lloyds of London underwriter for a $17.5 million insurance policy for Michael Jackson.

The insurer contended AEG hid Jackson’s health problems and failed to respond to repeated requests for his medical history when applying for insurance for the 50 shows scheduled for London’s O2 Arena.

The Michael Jackson estate, which controls Michael Jackson Company LLC, is still pursuing the insurance payout.

Perry Sanders, who is Katherine Jackson’s personal attorney, told the judge that the Jacksons had no motive to leak the e-mails.

“Like we would go and blow up our own case against Lloyds of London?” Sanders said. “Our client and all the plaintiffs in this case are actually the ones who would receive the money.”

Sanders also noted that AEG had failed to disclose the e-mails to the Lloyds of London lawyers despite a legal requirement to do so.

While publication of the e-mails might have made AEG look bad, they were “extremely negative against Michael Jackson,” painting him “as a basket case,” Jackson lawyer Deborah Chang said.

“It’s much more negative about Michael Jackson than it is about AEG, by far,” Chang said.

The Jackson lawyers accused AEG of using the e-mail issue as a way to delay the wrongful-death trial.

“They’ve been very successful in tying us up completely and I am sure they are giggling about it back in the office,” Boyle said.

AEG previously convinced the judge to delay the trial, which was set for last month, until next April.

“This case is so strong that we very stringently argued this case should have gone to trial in September,” Sanders said. “The only people that seem to be trying to keep this case from going forward are the defendants.”

The anger and passion between the six Jackson lawyers and AEG’s Putnam was evident with personal charges of bad ethics flying from both sides in court Wednesday.

“I’ve never seen anything like it in my career,” Jackson lawyer Brian Panish said. “They think they can just smirk around and make these defamatory statements without evidence.”

The documents made public in the Times story are not the most damaging to AEG that were uncovered, Boyle told CNN.

“We can assure you that we are in possession of documents that make for an extremely compelling story in the wrongful-death case, and that completely support the plaintiffs’ claims,” he said.

It was unusual for the 82-year-old Katherine Jackson to attend such a hearing, suggesting the case is also very personal for her.

The revelations from the leaked e-mails including one written by Randy Phillips weeks after Jackson’s death in which the president of AEG Live — the concert-promotion branch of AEG — called it “a terrible tragedy,” but adding “but life must go on.”

“AEG will make a fortune from merch sales, ticket retention, the touring exhibition and the film/dvd,” Phillips wrote. In fact, AEG Live was allowed to sell Jackson tour merchandise and share in the profits from the documentary “This Is It,” produced from rehearsal video.

The e-mails suggest AEG Live’s president saw Jackson’s problems first-hand the day the pop star was to appear at the O2 Arena to publicly announce the shows.

“MJ is locked in his room drunk and despondent,” Phillips wrote in the March 5, 2009, e-mail to AEG Live’s parent company, the paper reported. “I (am) trying to sober him up.”

“I screamed at him so loud the walls are shaking,” Phillips wrote. “He is an emotionally paralyzed mess riddled with self-loathing and doubt now that it is show time.”

The promoter blamed London traffic when Jackson was 90 minutes late for the announcement that day.

“He’s as healthy as he can be — no health problems whatsoever,” Phillips told CNN two months later to refute reports Jackson’s health was threatening the concerts.

The Los Angeles Times story, however, said the e-mails indicated major doubts about Jackson’s ability to perform.

“We cannot be forced into stopping this, which MJ will try to do because he is lazy and constantly changes his mind to fit his immediate wants,” AEG Live executive Paul Gongaware e-mailed to Phillips.

Jackson’s missed rehearsals in June triggered concerns in e-mails that he was slow in learning his dance routines and would have to lip-sync on stage, the newspaper reported.

“MJ is not in shape enough yet to sing this stuff live and dance at the same time,” one e-mail from the show’s music director read, the paper reported.

A production manager wrote: “He was a basket case. Doubt is pervasive.”

A loud warning from show director Kenny Ortega, who worked closely with Jackson on previous tours, came in mid-June, just over a week before his death. Ortega wrote to Phillips that Jackson had “strong signs of paranoia, anxiety and obsessive-like behavior” and suggesting they bring a “top psychiatrist in to evaluate him ASAP.”

“It is like there are two people there. One (deep inside) trying to hold on to what he was and still can be and not wanting us to quit him, the other in this weakened and troubled state,” Ortega wrote. “I believe we need professional guidance in this matter.”

Ortega testified at Murray’s trial about his concerns about Jackson’s frail condition and missed rehearsals. It resulted in a meeting six days before Jackson’s death in which Murray assured the promoters he would have Jackson ready for rehearsals that next week.

An e-mail from Phillips after that meeting said he had confidence in Murray “who I am gaining immense respect for as I get to deal with him more.”

“This doctor is extremely successful (we check everyone out) and does not need this gig, so he (is) totally unbiased and ethical,” Phillips’ e-mail said.


Will Murray Be Free By Christmas?

Source: The Sun

MICHAEL Jackson’s jailed doctor could be free in weeks — after barely a YEAR behind bars for killing the superstar.

Lawyers for Conrad Murray, 59 — caged for giving Jacko a sedative overdose — hope to get the struck-off personal physician released in time for Christmas because jails in Los Angeles are clogged.

They are filing a motion for him to do community service rather than serve his full four years — arguing it is “ridiculous” he is taking up a cell.

The move comes after he was moved to a bigger one earlier this month on health grounds.

Murray — who shares a wing with killers and drug barons at LA County Jail — had been rushed to hospital with a suspected blood clot.

Last night his lawyer Valerie Wass confirmed: “I hope Conrad may be allowed to come home for Christmas.

“It is ridiculous he has been in there for a year. He is not dangerous, violent or the type you need to take off the streets to punish him.

“They have already stripped him of his medical licence and it is a waste of everybody’s time and money to have him in there.”

Jacko, 50, was found dying at his Hollywood home in 2009.

Murray had pumped him full of propofol — and was jailed last year for involuntary manslaughter.

He is now said to be writing a book about the Prince of Pop.

Administrator’s Note:  I thought they were not going to let him out for Christmas?  This is all so confusing.  If he does get out, they’d better give him security.  He will need it. 


Dr. Conrad Murray’s Girlfriend Continues To Stand By Him

Source: Inside Edition

She’s the girlfriend of Dr. Conrad Murray, the man convicted of killlng Michael Jackson.

Now, one year after the verdict that stunned the world, Nicole Alvarez is breaking her silence. In this INSIDE EDITION exclusive, Alvarez reveals startling new details about Murray’s life behind bars.

INSIDE EDITION’s Jim Moret said, “You are in love with one of the most hated men in America.”

“He’s lost a lot of weight, down about 25 pounds,” said Alvarez.

Alvarez got worldwide attention when she testified at Murray’s manslaughter trial in a revealing outfit, and it was this statement from her that raised a lot of eyebrows:

“As a professional actress, my daily duties consist of maintaining my instrument.”

An attorney asked, “When you refer to an instrument, what are you referring to?”

“Myself. As an actor, your instrument is yourself,” replied Alvarez.

“It was memorable and I’m sure you thought, ‘What did I just say,’ ” said Moret.

“Yes,” said Alvarez.

She met Dr. Murray in 2005 at a nightclub in Las Vegas and she says they quickly fell in love.

Moret asked, “Do you love Conrad Murray?”

“Absolutely,” replied Alvarez.

“And you stood by him,” said Moret.


Moret asked, “And continue to stand by him?”

“Yes,” said Alvarez.

In March 2009, three months before Jackson died from a Propofol overdose, Alvarez gave birth to their son, Che.

“Where does your son think his dad is?” asked Moret.

She replied, “He believes he is working. He has asked me several times, ‘Mom, where is poppy?'”

Murray, a cardiologist, was hired by Jackson to be his personal physician as he prepared to embark on his final concert tour.

Murray has been portrayed as a drug pusher but Alvarez says he actually did his best to get Jackson off drugs.

“He was trying to clean up the mess and it just fell. It fell on him. He was like the hot potato,” said Alvarez.

At the trial, the prosecution portrayed Murray as a womanizer. It wasn’t just Alvarez who took the stand. There was another girlfriend. Then another. And another. A total of four beautiful young women, including an exotic dancer.

Moret asked, “Did you feel betrayed at all when you saw these women come up and talk about their relationship with him?”

Alvarez sighed, “Initially, I did because I thought, ‘What an idiot. What am I doing here? Why am I still standing here by your side?’ ”

This is the first time since the day the guilty verdict was read that Alvarez watched the video of that moment, and it was difficult for her to watch.

“That was awful. I can’t even watch. I don’t want to watch the rest,” she said.

Murray was handcuffed and taken away to begin serving four years at Los Angeles’ notorious Twin Towers Jail. He’s being held in solitary confinement.

Each week, Alvarez is allowed three phone calls and two visits in person. INSIDE EDITION joined her today as she made her way to the jail.

Alvarez described her visit, saying, “I sit down at this window. It’s a glass window. I try to get there after they have uncuffed him, because it can’t stomach it.”

Moret asked, “You put your hand to the glass?”

“Yeah, we’ll put our hand up to the glass or he’ll give me a hug and I give him a hug and we’ll hug each other like this,” said Alvarez.

Murray maintains his innocence, and Alvarez says he has no reason to apologize for his role in the death of Michael Jackson.

“He definitely is sorry for the loss, but to be apologetic is to accept fault,” she said.


Michael Jackson Expert Testifies In Doctor’s Trial

Source: Seattle PI

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The star witness in the trial of the doctor convicted in pop star Michael Jackson’s death was first to testify Wednesday against a Fargo orthopedic surgeon accused of drugging and raping his wife.

Dr. Steven Shafer, a professor of anesthesia at Stanford University, gave the jury a primer on propofol, a powerful anesthetic used in hospital settings. The drug gained notoriety after Jackson’s overdose death.

Cass County prosecutors claim Dr. Jon Norberg gave Dr. Alonna Norberg propofol so he could have sex with her against her will. Defense attorneys counter that the couple decided together to administer the drug to treat Alonna Norberg’s debilitating medical condition and it was only used in small amounts.

The Associated Press typically does not identify alleged sex crime victims, but Alonna Norberg has spoken publicly, including once to deny her husband’s claims at an earlier hearing that she agreed to the medication as part of treatment for her disease. Jon Norberg said at the same time that propofol was a good and safe drug.


Squatters take over rehab clinic where Michael once stayed 11/13/12 4:32pm est

Source: London Evening Standard

Squatters have taken over one of London’s most famous rehab clinics which was thought to have treated pop superstar Michael Jackson.

More than 20 squatters have moved into the old Charter Clinic next to £3million Victorian townhouses on a quiet street off Chelsea’s King’s Road.

Other famous people treated at the now defunct addiction centre include actress Charlotte Rampling and 1980s icon Paula Hamilton.

The move has raised fears that organised squatting gangs are targeting commercial properties following new laws outlawing squatting in houses and flats.

Neighbours today complained of the “unsightly characters” descending on their street.

Hamish Scott, who lives opposite the building in Radnor Walk, said: “More and more squatters have been turning up so there have been more unsightly characters around. I would rather they weren’t there.”

Roberto Bitetto, 35, said: “I rent my house and it is upsetting to think we are paying an absolute fortune for a place and they are just there for nothing. I hope they get them out.”

The clinic, which has been empty since 2007, was a well-known retreat where the rich and famous went to dry out for up to £300-a-day.

The premises’ leaseholders have launched legal action to evict the squatters who moved into the four-storey building less than two weeks ago.

Fans of Jackson descended on the building in 1993 when it emerged the pop legend, who died in 2009, was being treated by Charter Clinic doctors in London.

The Chelsea clinic’s sister facility, the Capio Nightingale Hospital in Marylebone, has treated the likes of Amy Winehouse, Kate Moss and Pete Doherty.

Developer Martin’s Properties, who took over the title of the property in August 2009, found out about the squatters a week ago when a night warden employed by the company came across three people outside the building who admitted getting in through a fire exit at the back of the building.

One squatter, 26, who did not wish to be named, told the Standard: “I just want to be somewhere warm and dry for Christmas. We live as a community and we have all been priced out of the rental market. A lot of us are young, have been to university and are trying to work and live. This place has been empty for more than five years, we aren’t making a scene. It doesn’t make sense to get us to leave.”

Last night squatters displayed a notice on the Chelsea premises, which they have dubbed “The Silent Hilton”, insisting they are not breaking the law.

They also stuck up a poster which read “take notice that we that we live in this property, it is our home and we intend to stay here … any entry or attempt to enter by violence or threatening violence we will prosecute you … you may receive a sentence of up to six months’ imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000…The Occupiers”.

Reforms to squatting laws made in September made it a criminal offence to occupy a residential property without the owner’s consent. Anyone convicted now faces up to six months in prison and a £5,000 fine.

But squatting in commercial properties can still only be tackled with civil action providing occupiers with a “legal loophole”.

The squatters were last night served with legal papers claiming trespass and calling on them to appear at a hearing at West London Magistrates Court on Friday.

The news comes only three weeks after squatters moved into Chelsea’s oldest pub, Cross Keys.

Last month MPs urged justice secretary Chris Grayling to toughen the law after lawyers reported a surge in commercial property owners seeking to evict squatters.

This is very sad.  I wish they would do something to help them. They should turn this miserable place into a shelter or someplace to help people find jobs, homes and a new life. CP ♥


Oprah Compares Justin Bieber to Michael Jackson
Source: Fashion Style/You Tube
Adminstrator’s Note: She is obviously trying to flatter him like she did Michael in 93, while trying to boost her current poor ratings!  Be careful Justin! She will turn on you like she did Michael when he was lied on!
Michael Jackson Auction Taking Place Sunday; Brother Randy Jackson Not Happy
Source: ABC News Radio

Clothing worn by Michael Jackson on and off stage will be available to the highest bidders on Sunday as part of a sale organized by Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills Gallery in Los Angeles.  The items featured in the auction and its accompanying exhibit were designed by longtime Jackson collaborators Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush. 

Touted as featuring the most MJ outfits ever in one place, the collection includes a jacket that Michael wore to the 1989 Soul Train Awards and spandex pants that he slipped into for his “Scream” video.

But while some collectors can’t wait to get their hands on the one-of-a-kind gear, Jackosn’s brother Randy took to Twitter to air his criticism of the event.  “Am I the only one who thinks this auction is a fraud and a scam?” he wrote, adding, “It’s sad to see the estate’s latest attempt to auction off our history.”

The clothing designers, Tompkins and Bush, shared a working and personal relationship with Michael for 25 years.  Their costume designs for the late King of Pop are detailed in an upcoming book.

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Arnie Klein Bankrupt MJ Doc Dumping Laguna Beach Mansion

Source: TMZ – 12/16/12

Dr. Arnie KleinMichael Jackson’s now-bankrupt former dermatologist — has already lost his Hancock Park mansion … and now he’s kissing his enormous Laguna Beach mansion goodbye.

The cash-poor Klein has listed the 3,500 sq. ft. property for $6.63 MILLION.And get this … Klein tried to unload the property last year, listing it for a cool $12 mil.

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Conrad Murray Dumped By Attorney Michael Flanagan Following Jailhouse Altercation With Legal Team

Source: Radar Online

Just one week after Michael Flanagan got into a heated jailhouse altercation with Valerie Wass, his fellow attorney and co-counsel, he has announced his intention to no longer represent their client, Conrad Murray, is exclusively reporting.

“Flanagan will inform Murray during his next jailhouse visit that he will no longer be representing him,” a source tells Radar. “Michael had been representing Murray in his fight against the California Medical Board to get his medical license reinstated.

“Michael had been assisting Wass, who is Murray’s appellate attorney, but wasn’t formally on record. Michael has already formally notified Wass in writing that he’s quitting and will give Conrad referrals for other attorneys who may be able to assist him.”

The two attorneys, along with Flanagan’s son, were involved in a physical and verbal altercation at the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles last week as they were visiting Murray. Wass subsequently filed a police report alleging Flanagan’s son pushed her. A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Spokesperson said it was a “very minor altercation” but that there would be an investigation in to the matter.

Meanwhile, as previously reported, Murray’s baby mama, Nicole Alvarez, recently sold a sobbing voicemail message that the convicted felon left for her from jail, to a website so she could pay her rent

In the voicemail, a highly emotional Murray can be heard sobbing as he complains about the hardship of life behind bars.

“I can’t sleep now, it’s very hard, I’m in constant pain,” he bemoans. “Can someone please help me? I can’t use my hands anymore, I have no more use of my arms.”

Murray is currently appealing his four year involuntary manslaughter sentence for the death of his patient Michael Jackson.

Administrator’s Note:  Two of a kind in cahoots together.  Has she ever considered getting a REAL job? At least one that is in an upright position!


Jesse Jackson Jr. Admits Misusing Funds

Agreement calls for Jackson to pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars

Source: Local News 8/CNN – By Terry Frieden CNN Justice Producer


Federal prosecutors on Friday filed a plea agreement reached with former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in which he admitted to the misuse of about $750,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses and gifts.

The document indicates the Illinois Democrat purchased a variety of luxury items, including furs and Michael Jackson memorabilia.

Campaign credit cards were used to purchase $582,772 for personal expenses, according to the document.

Prosecutors contend Jackson and his wife, Sandra Stevens Jackson, tried to conceal conversion of the money for personal benefit.

Among the more expensive items listed are a gold-plated Rolex watch valued at more than $43,000 that Jackson purchased for himself. He also purchased nearly $9,600 worth of children’s furniture with campaign funds, the court document says. More than $5,000 in fur capes and parkas were bought from Beverly Hills, the prosecutors said.

If convicted, according to the document, Jesse Jackson Jr. will forfeit $750,000 and a list of specific property that had been purchased. That includes a Michael Jackson hat valued at $3,900; a Michael Jackson fedora, valued at $4,600; a football signed by U.S. presidents, worth $5,000; the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. memorabilia, totaling more than $10,000; and many other items from Michael Jackson and Bruce Lee collections.

Jackson will not have to appear in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia until his case is assigned to a judge, who will set a date to take Jackson’s plea.

Officials say it will be up to that judge to determine whether Jackson will serve any prison time. Under applicable federal laws, he could receive only probation or up to a theoretical maximum of five years.

Sandra Jackson was referred to as a conspirator in the charges against her husband. She was identified not by name but by title as manager for the campaign to re-elect Jesse Jackson Jr., beginning in 2011.

Federal investigators charged Jackson’s wife with filing false federal income tax returns for the couple from 2006 through 2011.

In a statement released by his lawyer, Jackson said, “Over the course of my life I have come to realize that none of us are immune from our share of shortcomings and human frailties. Still I offer no excuses for my conduct and I fully accept my responsibility for the improper decisions and mistakes I have made. To that end I want to offer my sincerest apologies to my family, my friends and all of my supporters for my errors in judgment and while my journey is not yet complete, it my hope that I am remembered for things that I did right.”


Conrad Murray Defends Lawyer As Appeal Nears (Posted 3/25/13)

Source: CNN – By Alan Duke

Los Angeles (CNN) — Dr. Conrad Murray defended his appellate lawyer from “a slew of disparaging remarks” just days before she files the appeal of the doctor’s involuntary manslaughter conviction in Michael Jackson’s death.

CNN has obtained sections of that 300-page appeal, including the defense argument that the trial judge erred by not allowing the testimony of Dr. Arnold Klein, a dermatologist the defense contended addicted Jackson to Demerol in his last weeks.

Murray’s appeal, which will be filed Monday, also argues that prosecutors never proved Jackson was hooked up to an IV drip of the drug that killed him. The defense theory was that Jackson had administered the fatal dosage himself while the doctor was away.

The coroner ruled that Jackson died from an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol in combination with sedatives on June 25, 2009. Murray told investigators he used propofol to induce sleep because Jackson was suffering from insomnia.

Murray served as Jackson’s personal physician as the pop icon prepared for 50 shows that were to debut in London in July 2009, but his patient was fighting a battle for sleep between rehearsals.

A wrongful death lawsuit filed by Jackson’s three children and his mother is set for trial next month. The family accuses concert promoter AEG Live of liability in his death by hiring and supervising the doctor, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in November 2011.

Murray takes a side in lawyer dispute

Murray — during a phone call to CNN Saturday from the Los Angeles County jail where he’s been held since he was sentenced to four years in prison — said he was “impelled to stand up for” attorney Valerie Wass, who has been involved in a personal dispute with Murray’s trial lawyer Michael Flanagan.

Flanagan was helping Wass, who wrote the appeal, until the two lawyers were involved in a jailhouse argument last January. Flanagan dropped Murray as a client after the incident, but the appeals court later ordered him to respond to requests from Wass for case files, which she said he had withheld.

Murray, who witnessed the January incident between his attorneys, issued a strong statement of support for Wass in his call from jail.

“In recent weeks, I became keenly aware that a slew of disparaging remarks and personal information about my appellate attorney, Valerie Wass, were unjustly released to the media and the public,” Murray said.  “Because of this injustice, I am impelled to stand up for this woman, for whom I have the utmost respect and confidence.”

Wass completed work on the appeal even though “with the blink of an eye, all of her promised assistance vanished; they abandoned ship,” Murray said.

Responding to CNN on Sunday, Flanagan said he had no comment.

“Although she needed help, she did not quit, did not jump ship, nor did she succumb to pressure while others abdicated their responsibilities,” he said.   “She held steadfastly to her professional and moral conduct, which was bolstered by her amazing mettle of mind and spirit.”

Murray said Wass “stood up for me amidst a most arduous and challenging series of obstacles, and whose loyalty remains indisputable.  It is my belief that she took a personal hit for me, and I want to  let her know that I’ll forever be grateful.”

Murray’s appeal: Jackson’s Demerol addiction

Although Murray could be freed in about seven months, he is seeking to clear his name and get his medical license back by having his conviction overturned on appeal.

The appeal contends that Los Angeles Superior Judge Michael Pastor wrongly prevented Murray’s trial lawyers from making their case that Jackson was going through withdrawal from a Demerol addiction the day he died.

“The reason it sought to prove that Jackson was going through Demerol withdrawal on June 25th was to show his state of mind — specifically, that his resulting physiological and psychological state, along with the pressure he was under from preparing for the upcoming tour, rendered him so desperate for sleep that he would take the extraordinary action of self-administering propofol when he was outside the presence of appellant,” Wass writes.

Defense experts testified at the trial that Jackson’s insomnia could have been caused by the withdrawal.

The defense wanted Klein and two staff members to testify about Jackson’s 23 visits to their Beverly Hills clinic in the three months before his death, including five in June 2009. Jackson was given Demerol during those visits, the last time on June 22, three days before he died.

“Michael Jackson could not sleep because of the Demerol,” the defense said in pretrial arguments. “Dr. Murray did not know that. But Arnold Klein did. Michael Jackson needed sleep because he was withdrawing and addicted, both addicted and withdrawing from Demerol. That’s important to our defense. In fact, it’s absolutely vital.”

Pastor, however, ruled that testimony from Klein and his staff would be a “distraction and divergence” in the trial.

“The defense was also unable to prove whether Jackson was addicted to Demerol and going through withdrawal at the time he died, because experts in the case articulated they could not reach conclusions based only on reviewing Klein’s records,” Wass writes in the appeal.

If Klein or his staff had been allowed to testify at the trial, “It is reasonably probable that at least one juror on the panel would have found appellant not guilty of involuntary manslaughter,” the appeal argues. “Accordingly, regardless of the applicable standard of review, appellant’s conviction must be reversed.”

Murray’s appeal: No proof of IV drip

The prosecution’s theory in the trial was that Murray hooked Jackson up to an unusual makeshift IV drip of propofol and then left him alone to make phone calls in an adjacent room. Murray was criminally negligent because he did not properly monitor his patient who later died from an overdose, they argued.

The defense argued that the IV drip only sent saline into Jackson’s leg to hydrate him and that Murray used a syringe to slowly push a safe dose of propofol into Jackson’s blood while he watched him fall asleep. A frustrated Jackson could have awakened while Murray was away and administered the fatal dose himself, the defense said.

“The propofol infusion theory offered by the prosecution’s expert was not supported by the evidence, and in fact, was so absurd, improbable and unbelievable that a rational trier of fact could not have concluded that the evidence was sufficient to establish that appellant had placed Jackson on a propofol drip on the day of his death,” the appeal argues.

The prosecution built the IV drip theory based on testimony of one of Jackson’s guards who said he saw a propofol bottle hanging above Jackson’s death bed when he arrived to help revive him. An investigator also found a saline bag with a slit in it, which the prosecution contended was used to hold the bottle on the IV stand.

Defense propofol expert Dr. Paul White testified such an IV drip set up was “befuddling” because a propofol bottle comes with a hanging device. The hanging tab on the bottle was not used, both sides agreed.

“The prosecution concocted the novel and ridiculous method of placing the vial into the bag through the slit, hanging the bottle upside down at an angle using the bag for support, and then hanging the bag from the IV stand,” the appeal argues.

A piece of tubing key to the IV drip was never found, but the prosecution suggested Murray could have slipped it into a pocket before leaving the bedroom to ride to the hospital with Jackson.

Wass argues that is “pure speculation, and the absence of evidence of a long IV line with propofol residue is fatal to the prosecution’s theory.”

“If an IV line used in a propofol infusion had been placed in appellant’s pocket, it would have been dripping propofol, and resulted in a messy wet pocket,” the appeal argues. “Such a result is not reflected in any photograph, testimony, or statement of any witness.”

Murray’s appeal: Jackson gave himself fatal dose

Michael Jackson got little sleep the morning he died, despite Murray’s bedside efforts using sedatives, according to Murray.

“It is likely that Jackson’s heightened insomnia on June 25th was exacerbated by his surreptitious Demerol addiction and the resultant acute withdrawal syndrome therefrom,” the appeal says. “Jackson’s last Demerol injection was on June 22nd, less than 72 hours before his death, which could have been a peak period for the occurrence of withdrawal symptoms.”

But he did fall asleep at 10:40 a.m after a single dose of propofol, he told investigators. After watching him for 15 minutes, Murray left him alone, the appeal says.

“The evidence is consistent with a scenario in which Jackson quickly self-injected the lethal bolus dose of propofol while appellant was outside the bedroom,” the appeal contends. “Based on the toxicology results, it appears that the rapid injection lead to cardiac arrest and a quick death.”

He may have had access to a bottle of propofol without Murray knowing, the appeal says.

“Jackson was very familiar with propofol, as other doctors had administered propofol to him,” Wass writes. “It is conceivable that Jackson had obtained a secondary source for the drug, especially because Jackson had been receiving nightly infusions from appellant for the previous two months, and appellant had Sunday nights off.”

If Jackson — not Murray — administered the final and fatal dose, then it was not the doctor’s fault the patient died, the argument says.

Murray’s appeal disputes the prosecution argument that Murray was criminally liable even if Jackson had administered the fatal dose himself because Murray should have known that leaving the drugs near Jackson’s bed posed a risk. The risk was “not reasonably foreseeable,” it said.

The prosecution will have a chance to respond to Murray’s arguments before the California appeals court makes a decision.


 Conrad Murray’s Altadena Attorney Ordered to Stay Away from Former Colleague

Attorney Michael Flanagan, who represented Michael Jackson’s physician Conrad Murray, claims that his former co-counsel, Altadena resident Valerie Wass, stalked and threw hot coffee on him.

Source: Altadena Patch

A male attorney who ended his representation of Michael Jackson’s physician in a dispute with the attorney’s female co-counsel — who was his alleged lover — has obtained a three-year extension of a stay-away order against his former colleague.

The woman — who said in court papers that the two attorneys were having
an affair that led to the breakup of the male attorney’s marriage –allegedly threw hot coffee on her former lover at a doughnut shop.  

But lawyer Valerie Wass, who was ordered to stay away from former co-
counsel Michael Flanagan, said the coffee was only “lukewarm,” having been
purchased 30 to 40 minutes earlier.   

Pasadena Superior Court Judge Mary Thornton House directed Wass not to come within 200 yards of Flanagan, his business or his car. The Altadena
resident also was directed not to harass or intimidate Flanagan. House’s order
last Wednesday extended to April 3, 2016 a temporary restraining order against
Wass issued in March by another judge.

Flanagan had been assisting Wass, who is working as Dr. Conrad Murray’s
appellate attorney, seeking to overturn the physician’s November 2011
involuntary manslaughter conviction in the June 2009 death of Michael Jackson. 

In her reply to Flanagan’s request for an extension of the stay-away
order, Wass said she and Flanagan were involved in a nearly year-long affair
and that the day after the relationship ended in mid-January, Flanagan’s wife
told him to move out of their house.

“Since then he has turned on me and he has been extremely mean and
nasty to me, he has used physical force against me, he has bullied me and tried
to intimidate me, and he refused to uphold his professional responsibilities in
regard to (Murray),” the 55-year-old Wass stated.   

According to court papers filed by Flanagan’s lawyer, Charles Unger, Wass confronted Flanagan on March 8 at a Winchell’s doughnut shop on Lake

“Miss Wass came into Winchell’s … yelling gross profanities and threw
a scalding hot container of coffee at my face and torso,” Flanagan stated in
his court papers. “I was slightly burned by the coffee and also incurred
property damage to clothing.”

Wass told a reporter afterward that she “should have shot me,”
Flanagan’s court papers indicated.  

Wass also has “stalked” Flanagan other times at Winchell’s, at
Crispy’s Deli in Glendale and at the jail, Flanagan’s court papers state. She
also has been “relentless with obscene emails to my office,” Flanagan’s court
papers stated.  

Flanagan alleged the situation got worse as time passed.

“In each of these incidents she used physical force and extreme profanity,” Flanagan stated. “Each incident is getting progressively more

In her declaration, Wass admits she threw coffee at Flanagan, but said
it was “lukewarm, purchased 30 to 40 minutes before and I threw it at his
chest, not his face, and he did not even flinch.”   

She said she tossed the coffee at Flanagan because he took property from
her, pulled her out of a car and threw her into the street, yelled profanities at her and undermined her when talking to Murray. 

“I was simply reacting as a person that had been pushed and bullied by
him one too many times,” Wass stated.  

Wass denied stalking Flanagan and said the two often have gone to the
same restaurants and other locations. She maintained Flanagan never returned
the cell phone she lent to him in November and shoved her out of his car in
February in Glendale when she demanded he hand it over. She said that after she was ejected from the vehicle, Flanagan ran over her house key and that she
could not get into her home for several hours until she obtained a spare key
from a friend.

Wass said Flanagan is making her the “sacrificial lamb for his failed

Adminstrator’s Note: Who in their right mind would want to sleep with Flanagan? Triple Yuck!


Summerside Ends Legal Action Against Michael Jackson Tribute Tour Promoter (Posted 4/16/13)

Source: The Guardian

SUMMERSIDE — The city has ended its legal pursuit to recoup $1.3 million sent to a California promoter for the ill-fated Michael Jackson Tribute Tour.

In a resolution delivered by Deputy Mayor Bruce MacDougall, city council voted to accept the stipulated judgment entered into last week by promoter Katrina Sussmeier.

On April 9, Sussmeier signed a “stipulated judgment” with a California court that would involve no repayment of money and stating that neither side (she nor the city) is denying or claiming guilt.

One provision of the agreement is that Sussmeier would help in any way that she can to locate those believed to have the money the city invested to secure the failed concert.

Sussmeier, owner of Starlink Productions, was the promoter for the concert produced by the DLM Management Group/DiLeo Entertainment and Touring Inc.

The agents for DLM and the ones arranging for the production of the concert were Mark Lamicka and Quincy Krashna. Lamicka and Krashna, who Sussmeier says have the city’s money, failed to appear in court on fraud charges and had judgments laid against them. Their whereabouts are not known.

MacDougall said the city is satisfied with the judgments against Lamicka and Krushna and with the stipulated judgment with Sussmeier. He added it’s time to move on.

“We’re not throwing any more money on this unless we’re awful sure there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,” MacDougall said.

The deputy mayor would not comment on the details of the Sussmeier judgment.

“I don’t want to comment a whole lot on anything,” he said. “ I just basically wanted to put a resolution to this. I don’t see us wanting to move any more unless there’s an awful good lead out there.”

MacDougall was uncertain how much money the city has spent over the last two years on legal fees trying to recoup the $1.3 million. The city had initially allotted $77,000 for the case.

“It’s well over the $77,000,” he said.

MacDougall said he would release the total spent on legal fees shortly.

“We are at the point where we have to move on. The city’s got a lot more things to do than this. It’s very unfortunate. We got to remember that we’re the victims here and not the villains and I think it’s time we moved on.”

While the legal chase through the courts to find the city’s money is over, efforts will continue to recoup the loss through other means.

“Definitely. Definitely,” MacDougall said. “Through our legal counsel with the city, they’ll be keeping tabs on that.”

MacDougall wouldn’t comment on the city’s chances of ever seeing its investment again, and questioned his own decision four years ago to approve the initial spending for the concert.

“I had high hopes four years ago,” the deputy mayor said. “If I had one decision in my 20 some years here that I could take back, that would be one of them.”


Conrad Murray Appeal Claims Legal Errors In Michael Jackson Manslaughter Trial (Posted 4/22/13)


 Eighteen months after his involuntary manslaughter conviction, Michael Jackson’s doctor on Monday appealed his case, claiming there were multiple legal errors at his trial.

A lawyer for Dr. Conrad Murray argued in the 230-page appellate brief that there was insufficient proof that Jackson died of an overdose of the anesthetic propofol administered by Murray.

The appeal also reiterated an often-stated defense claim that Jackson may have administered the overdose to himself.

The pop superstar died on June 25, 2009, days before he was to leave for England to perform in his ill-fated “This is It” concert. Witnesses said Murray had been giving him propofol as a sleep aid, a purpose for which it was not intended.

Attorney Valerie Wass said that because of Jackson’s great fame, his doctor was used as an example by the judge who sentenced him to the highest term for involuntary manslaughter. She suggested that even if his conviction is upheld, his four-year sentence should be reduced.

Murray is eligible for release in October after serving half his sentence.

Murray’s two-month trial in 2011 drew wide media coverage, and Wass argued that the judge should have excluded TV cameras from the courtroom and granted a motion to sequester jurors to keep them insulated from publicity.

“The unprecedented fame of the alleged victim combined with the pervasiveness of modern media rendered it impossible for appellant to receive a fair trial with a non-sequestered jury in a case that was televised and streamed live around the world,” the appeal said.

Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor had denied the defense motion, saying jurors who are sequestered often feel like prisoners and it interferes with their decision-making process. He instructed jurors daily to avoid publicity, and there was no indication that they violated the order.

The appeal also challenged the prosecution theory that Jackson was hooked up to an IV drip of propofol and left alone in his bedroom by Murray.

It called that scenario “absurd, improbable and unbelievable,” and provided an exhaustive reprise of scientific testimony about Jackson’s death. Murray told police he gave the singer an extremely small dose of propofol, a fact contradicted by scientists who reconstructed the events preceding the death.

Wass contended that one defense attorney, Michael Flanagan, failed to adequately cross-examine a scientist who testified to that issue. She said he and other lawyers also waited too long to ask for examination of residue in a propofol bottle found in Jackson’s room. Their motion was filed 11 days after conviction and was denied.

The appeal faulted the judge for refusing to admit as evidence some of Jackson’s previous medical records, his contract with concert promoter AEG, and his financial documents.

“The trial court abused its discretion by excluding all evidence of Jackson’s financial condition, including lawsuits pending against him because such evidence was relevant to establish Jackson’s state of mind on the day he died, which may have explained his conduct that morning and supported the defense theory of the case,” the appeal said.

The attorney general’s office, representing the prosecution, has 30 days to respond to the appeal. Wass then has another 20 days for her response.

She said the outcome of the appellate case could have some impact on pending medical board proceedings for Murray in Texas and California. The boards will decide whether to revoke Murray’s license to practice medicine in the two states.

Meanwhile, Murray may be summoned to testify in a civil lawsuit filed against AEG by Jackson’s mother, Katherine. She claims the concert promoter was negligent in hiring Murray to care for the singer.

Administrator’s Note: Wass is too dumb for words….Murray deserves her. CP


MJ’s Doctor Arnie Klein WANTED …Arrest Warrant Issued (Posted 4/24/13)
Source: TMZ
Michael Jackson’s doctor, Arnie Klein, is being hunted down by the U.S. Marshals … and when he’s found, he’ll be arrested and dragged into court.

According to new documents … obtained by TMZ … Klein apparently failed to show up in court for his bankruptcy case, so the trustee could grill him about his assets that might be subject to seizure to satisfy his debts.So today the bankruptcy judge directed the Marshals to arrest Arnie and haul his butt into court.It’s not the first time the judge issued a warrant.  Back in February, after Klein refused to turn over his Ferrari and more than 100 pieces of wildly expensive pieces of art, the judge ordered the Marshals to arrest the doc and hold him until he turned over the goods.  In that case Arnie folded like a cheap suit and told authorities where to find the cache.


Court Tosses Confession By Ex-Jackson Bodyguard 4/26/13



A confession by a former bodyguard to pop star Michael Jackson in a series of burglaries and robberies cannot be used against him because he asked for a lawyer before the statements were made, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Justices, in a unanimous ruling, reversed Christopher Eric Carter’s convictions and sent the case back to District Court.

Carter, now 33, was arrested in Las Vegas in 2005 and ultimately convicted of eight counts of burglary while in possession of a firearm, 12 counts of robbery with a deadly weapon and one count of coercion. He was given multiple sentences — some running concurrently, some consecutively — with a minimum of about 10 years.

On appeal, Carter claimed that before his confession was given, he asked police, “Can I get an attorney?”

Clark County District Judge Stefany Miley had denied a motion to suppress Carter’s statement, saying it was ambiguous about whether he was invoking right to counsel. The judge also concluded there was no substantive questioning until after Carter was given a second Miranda warning at the police station and waived his right to counsel.

Nevada’s seven justices disagreed.

“There are no circumstances here that would suggest to a reasonable officer anything other than that Carter was asking for the aid of an attorney,” the opinion said.

According to court documents, Detective Joel Martin testified that while escorting Carter to the police station after his arrest, he advised Carter of his Miranda rights. Martin said he asked Carter “booking type” questions but nothing related to the crimes.

Martin said that during the drive, Carter expressed “concern” about hiring an attorney, but the detective did not interpret the question as a demand for a lawyer.

“We conclude that it is clear, not only by the words used but also given the circumstances in which they were spoken, that Carter expressed his desire for the assistance of an attorney, and a reasonable officer would have understood it as such,” justices said.

At the police station, Carter was given a second Miranda warning, after which he waived his right to counsel and gave his confession. But the high court said that did not void his previous request for an attorney.

“Simply put, once an accused expresses his desire to confer with counsel, there are no actions that police officers can take to revive questioning other than honoring that request,” the opinion said.

Carter’s appellate lawyer, Karen Connolly, said Thursday that her client pleaded guilty to similar burglary charges in another case and remains in prison. It’s unclear whether he will be retried on the charges related to his confession.

Carter was a bodyguard for Jackson from August 2002 to August 2003. He was listed as a possible witness in the pop star’s 2005 molestation trial but ultimately was not called by prosecutors.

 Michael Jackson’s Death Doctor Has Private Telephone In Jail Cell (Posted May 1, 2013)
Source: Radar Online

The man convicted of the involuntary manslaughter death of Michael Jackson, Dr. Conrad Murray, has been granted a personal cell phone to use while serving his four-year sentence behind bars, has exclusively learned.

“The phone can’t receive any incoming phone calls, but Murray can place collect calls to anyone he wants,” a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed.

The stunning and surprising insight into his life in jail explains how Dr. Murray was able to call CNN’s Anderson Cooper for a live jailhouse interview on April 2 in which he serenaded the newsman with a rendition of Nat King Cole’s The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot.

The unexpected cell phone privilege is also how Dr. Murray, who 12 jurors unanimously agreed in Nov. 2011 was solely responsible for causing Jackson’s death by administering a deadly dose of the powerful sedative Propofol, was able to call into NBC’s TODAY.

“Murray was given a phone because of the resources it would take to take him out of his cell to take him to the pay phone were just tapping the already very limited jail resources,” said the source.

“He is on his phone 24/7, typically calling his baby mama, Nicole Alvarez, along with his attorney.”

The disgraced cardiologist isn’t housed in the general population of the Los Angeles County jail because he is considered a “high value target” by other inmates because of his role in Jackson’s 2009 death.

So, one law enforcement source told, “It was just easier to give him a phone.”

But jail officials didn’t expect that Dr. Murray or his associates would somehow profit from the phone, as was believed to have occurred recently.

His girlfriend, Alvrez, recently sold a voicemail message from the doctor in which he complained to a tabloid website about not being able to sleep, in order to pay her rent.

During the message, Murray cried: “I can’t sleep now, it’s very hard, I’m in constant pain. Can someone please help me? I can’t use my hands anymore. I have no more use of my arms.”

Said the source: “Clearly complaining about having ‘explosive diarrhea’ has paid off for the doctor!”

“He is manipulating the system and is able to call media outlets all while he continues to accept zero responsibility for Jackson’s death.

“It’s absolutely insulting that someone convicted of the death of another human being is able to have a phone at his disposal to use whenever he wants.”


Why Won’t Deepak Chopra Let Michael Jackson Rest in Peace (Posted 5/10/13)

Source: The Guardian

So far Chopra’s anecdotes about his friend have cropped up in Time magazine, on Larry King and across the media.

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Chopra is well placed to divulge details of his friend Michael Jackson’s mental health. Photograph: Jean/Jean/EMPICS Entertainment

And so to new age guru/quantum quack Deepak Chopra, who has broken another impossibly brief silence on Michael Jackson.

As one of many who self-identify as Jackson’s spiritual advisers – what a bang-up job they all did – Chopra is well placed to divulge details of his friend’s mental health. Particularly now he’s dead. According to what America’s leading “wellbeing” expert told an interviewer recently, Jackson confided in him that he was using the general anesthetic Propofol to visit and return from the afterlife, or “the valley of death”.

Aha. Congratulations to Dr Chopra, who has now deployed this particular anecdote at least five times in the course of publicizing his various ventures. It was first aired on Larry King’s show, before doing the rounds of other news or chat shows, a TIME magazine interview, a promotional appearance ahead of a literary festival, and no doubt many other staging posts.

Each time you think the darkness must have claimed the anecdote, in fact, it returns from the valley of death. The only sadness, really, is that Michael was never turned on to Chopra’s latest brand of healing: a pill called Endorphinate™. According to Chopra, this over-the-counter medicine relieves “anxiety, cravings, anger, trauma and fatigue”.

Administrator’s Note: A good question to ask all these so called spiritual advisers and friends who used him to get their names out to the public or revive a dead career. Michael was surrounded by unscrupulous people only out to use him. Even the media can see it now. CP ♥


Wade Robson Will Have To Explain Several Gushing Interviews About Michael Jackson To Prove Molestation Claims (Posted 5/10/13)

Source: Radar Online

Famed Australian choreographer Wade Robson — who recently filed a creditor’s claim against Michael Jackson’s Estate in which he accuses the King of Pop of sexually abusing him as a child — is going to have to explain several gushing interviews he gave in the last several years in which he praised the Thriller singer and boasted about working for the Cirque du Soliel tribute to the entertainer, is exclusively reporting.

On July 30, 2011, Robson gave an interview in support of Pulse on  tour NYC, and said, “I’m starting on Cirque du Soleil, the Michael Jackson Show, so it’s the equivalent of the Beetles Love Show, the Elvis Show, but for Michael, which is you know it’s exciting and terrifying all at the same time because it’s such a huge responsibility. But that is why I took it on, because he was such a huge part of my life for twenty years — before he passed — since I was seven. So it’s an opportunity for me to give back a little to his legacy, such a big part of his legacy and make sure as much as I can that it’s done right and represents his essence. So that is a really big undertaking.”

As we previously reported, Robson was a star witness for Jackson at his infamous molestation trial in 2005, during which the Australian said he had NEVER been abused by the superstar singer.

Robson, now 30, first met Jackson when he was 5 and had several sleepovers at the Bad singer’s Neverland Ranch — allegedly until he was 14.

In the court docs, obtained by, Robson’s attorney stated in a sworn declaration that the claim should be sealed because of “childhood sexual abuse in the universal complaint for childhood sexual abuse as described in the unified complaint for childhood sexual abuse attached to the Creditor’s claim.”

Casting more doubt on Robson’s new claims, in an interview with Master Class Legends — uploaded to You Tube in July, 2012 — the choreographer gushed about the time he spent with Jackson as a child.

In the interview, Robson recounts dancing on stage with Jackson at age seven, after winning a dance contest in which meeting and performing with the singer was the grand prize. He recalled being obsessed with Jackson’s Thriller video at the young age of 2.

However, Robson recounted what fame and media scrutiny took a toll on Jackson.

“Particularly growing up with Michael, that is a whole other scale, that level of fame, and rightly so for all the amazing reasons, things and work did. But I saw how that tormented him as well. When I was really young, I idolized him, and wanted to be everything and anything he was on that sort of scale. Then as I was getting a little older, going through that experience (myself), kind of referring back to that sort of stuff I saw with Michael’s life and realizing for me personally, I don’t know if I want that particular version of life.”

The timing of these interviews could be pivotal, if the judge allows the creditors claim to proceed, because the deadline has long since passed for those to be paid by the Estate.

Howard Weitzman, attorney for Michael Jackson’s Estate, issued a statement after the claim was filed. “This is a young man who has testified at least twice under oath over the past 20 years and said in numerous interviews that Michael Jackson never did anything inappropriate to him or with him. Now, nearly four years after Michael has passed, this sad and less than credible claim has been made. We are confident that the court will see this for what it is.”

The first hearing in Robson¹s claim is scheduled for June 6.

As a choreographer, Robson has worked with some of music’s biggest names, including Britney Spears, Usher, Pink and ‘N Sync. He’s also appeared on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance as both a judge and choreographer.

Geragos to Talk trial at Glendale Central Library

Glendale News Press – By Brittany Levine

Mark Geragos, a Glendale attorney who has represented Michael Jackson and numerous other high-profile clients, has penned a book with fellow criminal defense attorney Pat Harris that delves into the faults of the criminal justice system and gives an inside look at the headline-grabbing cases he’s argued in court.

Geragos — who is scheduled to discuss his book, “MISTRIAL: An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works…and Sometimes Doesn’t” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Glendale Central Library — said defendants are too often assumed guilty in the modern justice system.

And, as he knows all too well, a trial can take on a life of its own when fueled by a media frenzy.

That’s where being both an attorney and a crisis management counselor come in handy.

Geragos can’t put his finger on how he became one of the go-to legal representatives for both the revered and the infamous, but his winning record may play a role, he said.

“I like to think it’s because I’m effective and I get results. I’ve been called tenacious,” Geragos said. “I think I also understand the trial-and-error and what it takes when someone is high profile to try to navigate them through the situation.”

Modest isn’t a term often associated with the man who’s been called a “bad-boy defender.”

While King of Pop is hard to beat — Geragos represented Jackson about eight years ago at the beginning of a child molestation case — the attorney said his most enjoyable clients recently have been singer Chris Brown and Mike Tyson.

Geragos represented Brown in the assault case involving his pop-star girlfriend Rihanna, and Tyson in a lawsuit against a financial company the champion boxer claimed gave him bad advice.

“Those are probably two of the clients that right now I enjoy representing,” Geragos said. “They have had very challenging and difficult situations and they came back very strong.”

But Geragos still has an affinity for his former client, Jackson.

Geragos doesn’t think the trial of Conrad Murray – the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter after administering a lethal dose of a powerful anesthetic to his client, Jackson — did much to vindicate the legendary recording artist.

And he hopes the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Jackson’s family against entertainment giant AEG won’t damage the late singer’s reputation even more. Geragos does think, though, that the Jackson family will win a large sum of money from the concert promoter.

“In a lot of ways, I sure hope that the current trial doesn’t drag his legacy through the mud,” Geragos said.


Wade Robson Big Love For Michael Months Before Breakdown (Posted 5/11/13)
Source: TMZ
Wade Robsonwas singing Michael Jackson’s praises as recently as July 30, 2011 … talking about preserving MJ’s legacy and “representing his essence” … just 8 months before he claims a nervous breakdown sent memories of sexual abuse flooding back.Robson rhapsodizes about MJ and the influence he had on his life … telling the reporter from Rhythm Addict TV that he felt a lot of pressure choreographing the MJ Cirque du Soleil show.But here’s the rub.  A spokesperson for the Michael Jackson Estate — which produced the Cirque du Soleil show — tells TMZ … Robson was “on the list of choreographers but his son got sick and he wasn’t used.”  The spokesperson said there was never a contract between Wade and the show.

Wade Robson Leaving California (Posted 5/12/13)
Source: Real Bollywood – by Smith Cox

Wade Robson, who had alleged that Michael Jackson had molested him, is leaving California for good.

Robson listed his Santa Monica condo on March 21 for $789,000 dollars and closed escrow on May 8 on $825,000 dollars, reported.

His move came right after news broke that he had filed a creditor’s claim against the legendary musician’s estate on May 1 claiming that the King of Pop molested him over a 7-year period when he was a kid.

According to sources he, his wife and son plan to lay down roots in the Aloha state, where his spouse grew up. (ANI)

Court Urged To Reject Murray’s Appeal (Posted 5/14/13)

Source: The Washington Post

The involuntary manslaughter conviction of Michael Jackson’s doctor should not be overturned because there were no serious errors made by the judge overseeing his criminal case, a state attorney wrote in a filing urging a court to reject his appeal.

Supervising Deputy Attorney General Victoria B. Wilson wrote in a response Monday to Conrad Murray’s appeal that the former cardiologist’s own lawyers forfeited several opportunities to object to a judge’s rulings in the case.

Wilson’s filing also states jurors were presented overwhelming evidence that Murray’s actions caused Jackson’s death and his conviction should be upheld.

Rulings cited by Murray’s attorneys as legal errors by Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor were not mistakes, but rather kept the jury focused on whether the physician was responsible for Jackson’s June 2009 death, Wilson wrote.

Murray remains jailed after being sentenced to four years behind bars for providing Jackson with the anesthetic propofol, which the singer overdosed on in his bedroom.

“The record shows that (Murray) was playing Russian roulette with Mr. Jackson’s life over the course of several months,” Wilson wrote.

His attorney Valerie Wass appealed the conviction in April, arguing that Pastor erred by not allowing jurors to hear evidence about Jackson’s troubled finances, his contract with concert giant AEG Live LLC, and by not sequestering the jury and allowing television coverage.

Wilson wrote that none of those rulings were errors, or would warrant overturning Murray’s conviction.

“The argument is nothing more than the reflection of a criminal defendant who harbors no sense of responsibility or remorse for taking the life of a human being,” Wilson wrote.

“Of course I disagree,” Wass said Monday night. “I believe there were serious errors made.”

She said Wilson’s filing didn’t address her argument that the prosecution theory about how Jackson overdosed was incorrect and how additional forensic testing could demonstrate that.

Wilson’s filing however noted that Murray’s three-person legal team had access to evidence in the case for months before the trial, and in some cases conceded they hadn’t thought to raise certain issues.

Wass said she would raise what she said were omissions in Wilson’s response in a subsequent filing.

Jackson’s finances and his relationship with AEG and Murray are the subject of a civil lawsuit being heard at a courthouse down the street from where Murray was convicted. The case brought by Jackson’s mother against AEG claims the concert giant failed to properly investigate Murray before allowing him to serve as a tour doctor, and ignored signs of Jackson’s poor health.

AEG denies wrongdoing, and a deputy medical examiner who conducted Jackson’s autopsy told jurors Monday that the pop singer appeared to be in excellent health when he died.

Allowing the criminal jury to hear evidence of Jackson’s massive debts and pending lawsuits would have been a distraction, and a mistake, Wilson wrote.

Pastor was right to be concerned that presenting evidence of Jackson’s financial troubles “would result in a salacious sideshow of Mr. Jackson’s finances and lawsuits and run the risk of distracting the jury from its task of deciding (Murray’s) guilt,” she wrote.

Jermaine Jacksun on Wade Robson: ‘Michael Can’t Defend Himself, It’s A Big Lie’ – Video (Posted May 14, 2013)

Source: Singersroom

Jermaine Jacksun (Jackson) says Wade Robson’s allegations of sexual child abuse are a big lie.

“Wade Robson is full of sh-t. Wade Robson and his mother helped me with my book, got on the stand and told the court that Michael never touched him and it’s the truth,” Jacksun, who legally changed last name, shared with TMZ over the weekend. “I really don’t know what’s going on. There’s no truth to it. I really don’t know. It’s not true. It’s a big lie.”

As previously reported, Robson, a noted choreographer, filed documents May 1, alleging that the late Michael Jackson behaved inappropriately with him when he was child. Because the documents were sealed, no further details have been released to the public or media.

According to Jermaine Jacksun, it’s sad because Michael is not here to defend himself.

“Michael can’t defend himself. Michael’s not here. It’s bullsh-t,” he says in video below:


La Toya Jackson Shock Interview on The Talk – Video (Posted 5/24/13)
Source: By April Neale

LaToya Jackson discusses Wade Robson’s molestation allegations against Michael Jackson. She reveals he was close to the family and even dated two of her nieces: “I’m very surprised.”


Can we talk for a minute about Wade Robson. He is the choreographer that came out and made allegations that Michael molested him when he was younger. What do you think about those allegations?


My mother and I discussed it and its just sad. It’s very, very sad. I don’t want to go into detail with it, but Wade was very close with several members of the family. I’m very surprised. Very surprised.”


Didn’t he date some of your nieces?


Yes, he did. Two of them.



Judge May Unseal Part of Jackson Abuse Claims

Source: Anthony McCartney

A judge said Thursday he was inclined to unseal portions of a choreographer’s court filings alleging he was abused by Michael Jackson.

However, personal details and psychiatrist reports would likely not be released.

Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff said he needed to address which records should remain sealed before he can deal with whether Wade Robson, a choreographer and television personality, can pursue his claim.

Robson requested on May 1 that Beckloff allow him to file a late creditor’s claim against Jackson’s estate nearly eight years to the day after he testified in Jackson’s defense at the singer’s molestation trial.

Jackson was acquitted after Robson told jurors the entertainer never touched him inappropriately. Henry Gradstein, an attorney for Robson, said a breakdown last year prompted Robson to address the abuse.

Howard Weitzman, an attorney for Jackson’s estate and Thomas Messereau, the lawyer who successfully defended Jackson, have attacked Robson’s credibility and noted his repeated defense of the singer.

Weitzman has called the accusations “outrageous and pathetic.”

“We are confident that the court will see this for what it is” he said at the time the allegations were first made.

On Thursday, Beckloff presented attorneys with possible redactions of Robson’s sworn declaration and said it should serve as a roadmap for what information can be made public.

The judge believes some of the material could be made public, even though attorneys on both sides would like the case sealed in its entirety.

Some of Robson’s private and personal information, including a paragraph that detailed his allegations of abuse by Jackson, should be sealed, Beckloff said.

He also said portions of the records that deal with mental health issues also should not be released.

“There aren’t a lot of redactions,” Beckloff said of his suggestions.

Attorneys for Robson and Jackson’s estate will review the suggestions by the judge and report back at a hearing on June 25, the fourth anniversary of Jackson’s death.

Beckoff, who is overseeing the probate case involving Jackson’s massive estate, said he will also handle a separate lawsuit filed by Robson against Jackson and two other defendants listed as “Doe 2″ and “Doe 3″ that includes allegations of abuse by the entertainer. That lawsuit also remains sealed.

Robson, 30, has worked with Britney Spears and numerous other stars. He was 22 at the time he testified, telling jurors in Jackson’s criminal case that he met the pop star when he was 5 and spent the night at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch more than 20 times, sleeping in the singer’s bedroom on most visits.

During the trial, Robson bristled at testimony by other witnesses that they had seen Jackson molest him.

“I’m telling you nothing happened,” Robson testified when a prosecutor challenged his account in 2005.

Gradstein previously issued a statement saying, “Last year, on a career trajectory that was off the charts, (Robson) collapsed under the stress and sexual trauma of what had happened to him for seven years as a child.”

Great….make June 25 even harder for us!


Appellate brief seeks reversal for Jackson doctor

Source: Sacramento Bee – By Linda Deutsch

A lawyer for Michael Jackson’s doctor told an appellate court on Wednesday that Jackson’s contract with AEG Live LLC should have been admitted as evidence in Dr. Conrad Murray’s manslaughter trial.

In the last of a series of appellate briefs submitted to the California Second District Court of Appeal , attorney Valerie Wass said jurors did not consider the pressures placed on Jackson by the concert promoter before his death because they didn’t see the contract.

The lawyer suggested that Jackson might have self-administered the drugs propofol and lorazepam because of his concern over fulfilling the terms of his contract for 50 performances of the show, “This Is It.”

“Admission of the contract or evidence of its terms was necessary to show what was at stake for Jackson if he could not meet his contractual obligations, which was pertinent to establish his state of mind which may have explained his conduct on the day he died, and supported the defense theory of the case,” the 24-page brief states.

The defense suggested that Jackson was so concerned about being unable to sleep that he gave himself the drug that caused his death.

However, witnesses at Murray’s trial testified it was the doctor who administered the overdose of the anesthetic propofol to the sleep deprived Jackson.

An autopsy found the star died of acute propofol intoxication.

In the same filing, Wass reiterated her previous claim that Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor erred in refusing to sequester the jury.

“The unprecedented fame of Jackson combined with the pervasiveness of media coverage of the case rendered It Impossible for appellant to receive a fair trial with a nonsequestered jury,” the filing said.

Wass also faulted the judge for allowing TV cameras at the trial.

Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and is serving a four-year sentence. Wass said he is due for release on Oct. 27.

2 thoughts on “Conrad Murray Trial And Other News

  1. Re: “Lawyer says Jackson doctor under tight security, calls measures ‘offensive’”

    I have only three words, “Poor, Conrad Murray.”

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