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#11  Сообщение Trueamore » 02 фев 2012, 22:32


Conrad Murray 'responsible' for Michael Jackson's death

Dr Steven Shafer: "'Yes' is not what a doctor says to a patient request that is not in their best interest."

Michael Jackson's doctor made 17 flagrant violations when administering propofol to the star, an expert on the potent anaesthetic has told the court.

Dr Steven Shafer said the drug should never be used to treat insomnia and Dr Conrad Murray's negligence was directly responsible for Jackson's death.

The expert called Dr Murray "clueless" about the drug that contributed to the 50-year-old singer's June 2009 death.

Dr Murray denies involuntary manslaughter of the star.

Dr Shafer, who helped write the guidance on every bottle of propofol, told the Los Angeles court that Dr Murray did not know how to respond when the star stopped breathing.

He said of Dr Murray's delay in calling 911: "I almost don't know what to say. That is so completely and utterly inexcusable."

The Columbia University professor said propofol should never be taken as a sleeping aid.

"We are in pharmacological never-never land here, something that was done to Michael Jackson and no one else in history to my knowledge," he told the jury.

The expert in anaesthesiology also said Dr Murray had acted like the pop star's obedient "employee" and not his doctor, who should have refused the star's requests for propofol.

"Saying 'yes' is not what doctors do," said Dr Shafer. "A competent doctor would know you do not do this."

Dr Shafer testified that Dr Murray should have taken minute-by-minute notes of Jackson's condition while he was under the influence of propofol.

He said Dr Murray's lack of record keeping had been a denial of Jackson's rights.

Dr Shafer also criticised Dr Murray for talking on the phone in the hours before Jackson's death.

The anaesthesiology expert said doctors should never multi-task while monitoring a sedated patient.

"A patient who is about to die does not look all that different from a patient who is OK," he said.

Dr Shafer is expected to be the prosecution's final witness, and his testimony will continue on Thursday.

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Re: Пресса о событиях в суде

#12  Сообщение Trueamore » 03 фев 2012, 22:23


Michael Jackson 'could not have self-administered drug'

Michael Jackson was so heavily sedated shortly before he died that he could not have self-administered an additional, lethal dose of the sedative propofol, a medical expert has said.

Dr Steven Shafer was testifying at the involuntary manslaughter trial of the singer's physician, Dr Conrad Murray.

Dr Shafer dismissed the idea the star could have drugged himself - an early argument put forward by the defence - as "crazy".

Dr Murray denies the charges.

Dr Shafer also suggested Dr Murray gave Jackson larger doses of the powerful sedative than he told the police.

The expert, who helped write the guidance printed on every bottle of propofol, walked the jury through a number of possible scenarios in the hours leading up to Jackson's death during his testimony on Thursday.

The Columbia University professor said it was most likely that the star was on an IV propofol drip when he stopped breathing, but that Dr Conrad Murray was out of the room.

The propofol kept flowing as the star's lungs emptied and even after he was dead, Dr Shafer told the jury.

He also suggested Dr Murray gave Jackson 100ml of propofol, a larger amount than the 25ml Dr Murray claims he administered.

"This fits all of the data in this case and I am not aware of a single piece of data that is inconsistent with this explanation," Dr Shafer told the court.

Dr Shafer testified on Wednesday that the drug should never be used to treat insomnia and Dr Conrad Murray's negligence was directly responsible for Jackson's death.

"We are in pharmacological never-never land here, something that was done to Michael Jackson and no one else in history to my knowledge," he told the jury.

He said of Dr Murray's delay in calling 911: "I almost don't know what to say. That is so completely and utterly inexcusable."

The expert in anaesthesiology added Dr Murray should have refused the star's requests for propofol.

"Saying 'yes' is not what doctors do," said Dr Shafer. "A competent doctor would know you do not do this."

Dr Shafer also testified that Dr Murray should have taken minute-by-minute notes of Jackson's condition while he was under the influence of propofol.

The anaesthesiology expert added that doctors should never multi-task while monitoring a sedated patient.

"A patient who is about to die does not look all that different from a patient who is OK," he said.

Dr Shafer is the prosecution's final witness, on Friday the defence is due to lay out their case.

If convicted, Dr Murray could spend up to four years in prison and lose his licence to practice medicine.

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#13  Сообщение Trueamore » 03 фев 2012, 22:25

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/ ... TE=DEFAULT

Docs facing questions about 'Michael Jackson drug'

Doctors sometimes call the anesthesia drug by its nickname - milk of amnesia. Patients are calling it the "Michael Jackson drug."

Ever since propofol was blamed in the singer's death, patients who seldom asked or cared about what kind of sedation they were getting were suddenly peppering their doctors with questions about the potent drug.

"You won't believe how many people with their eyes wide open ask me: `Are you going to give me the Michael Jackson drug?' They're scared to death," said Dr. H.A. Tillmann Hein, president of the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists.

While some initially balk at going under, fearing they will end up like Jackson, they come around after Hein explains that propofol, widely used for surgeries and other procedures for more than 20 years, is safe when used by a trained professional in a hospital or clinic.

Propofol gained notoriety in 2009 after an autopsy found Jackson died of an overdose. Prosecutors have accused his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, of giving the 50-year-old pop icon a lethal dose at the singer's rented Los Angeles mansion.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. His lawyers contend the amount of propofol Murray gave him to battle insomnia while prepping for his comeback tour was too small to cause the singer's death.

While Jackson's death thrust propofol into the spotlight, the circumstances of the case are rare.

Since the drug is hard to get (it's usually kept in medical settings) and hard to use (it's injected through an IV), there's little abuse in the general public. Almost all cases of recreational propofol use and deaths involve medical professionals.

Even before Jackson died, the federal government had considered adding the drug to its roster of controlled substances amid concerns about growing abuse in the medical community.

For the past two years, anesthesiologists have tried to counter the bad rap that propofol has gotten in the Jackson case.

Before Jackson's death, less than 10 percent of patients that Dr. John Dombrowski saw asked about propofol. Now more than half do, mostly about what monitoring safeguards are in place in case problems occur.

"It's important to have this conversation so people aren't fearful," said Dombrowski, who runs the private Washington Pain Center.

While doctors are seeing more patients with questions, they say no one has refused care after they are reassured that their situations are different than those of Jackson.

About 40 million Americans undergo anesthesia each year, with the vast majority receiving propofol. Because it is fast-acting and clears quickly from the body, people can return to normal activities sooner than older anesthetics.

During the past two weeks, prosecution witnesses said Murray flouted the standard of care by giving propofol in Jackson's home to help the superstar sleep and by leaving the room while he was sedated. Propofol is not approved to treat sleep disorders.

Propofol expert Dr. Steven Shafer of Columbia University testified Wednesday for the prosecution without a fee, saying he wanted to restore public confidence in doctors who use propofol, which he called "an outstanding drug" when properly administered.

Like many anesthesiologists, Shafer said he has received questions from many patients in the operating room about whether they will receive "the drug that killed Michael Jackson."

"I get that question daily. This is a fear that patients do not need to have," said Shafer, who wrote the package insert that guides doctors in the use of the anesthetic and demonstrated to jurors the appropriate way to administer the drug.

Within the medical profession, there have been growing concerns in recent years about abuse by health care workers. Published studies have uncovered several overdose deaths and cases of medical professionals who self-administer propofol to get high.

"It takes away anxiety, fear and pain," said anesthesiologist Dr. Paul Wischmeyer of the University of Colorado, Denver, who has studied propofol abuse. "That's the draw of the drug."

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's proposal to make propofol a controlled substance is pending.

At UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., officials are already treating propofol like other controlled drugs such as morphine and Valium by requiring stricter accounting of how it is disposed of.

Before that change went into effect eight months ago, doctors would dump leftover propofol bottles and used syringes in a biohazard container after an operation. Now the hospital requires another witness to be present to document the disposal.

Hospital officials first considered that change several years ago after reports of abuse by health care workers around the country. The Jackson case heightened awareness, chief pharmacy officer Mark Todd said.

"It got some momentum" after Jackson's death, Todd said. "It helped move it along."

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#14  Сообщение Trueamore » 03 фев 2012, 22:26

http://www.people.com/people/article/0, ... adlines%29

Conrad Murray Still Gave Michael Jackson Propofol After Breathing Stopped: Expert

Dr. Conrad Murray gave Michael Jackson higher dosages of drugs than he told detectives, and apparently had the anesthetic propofol still trickling into Jackson's veins as his heart stopped beating, the prosecution's star witness told jurors Thursday.

Jackson "died – but he's died with the infusion running," Dr. Steven Shafer testified.

Throughout the day, Shafer used charts and demonstrations to emphasize the implausibility of defense suggestions that Jackson gave himself an overdose of propofol or the sedative Lorazepam – both of which were measured by the coroner in greater quantities than Murray said he gave.

Shafer said you can't drink yourself to death or even to sleep with propofol, which he says he proved with a study in which six people liberally drank the milky liquid and were unaffected. He said orally consumed propofol is metabolized by the liver before it reaches the blood, so it must be injected.

Instead, Shafer concluded, Murray infused a full helping of one of the dozens of 100-ml. propofol bottles that he was having shipped in bulk to his girlfriend's Santa Monica apartment – or about 1,000 mg. of the drug. Murray told detectives he administered only 25 mg., and didn't tell paramedics or emergency room doctors about propofol at all.

Then, Shafer says, Murray took his eyes off Jackson more than long enough to miss seeing Jackson's lungs become depleted and his heart stop beating. Phone records and testimony suggest Murray was on the phone while this happened.

"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 says.

After nearly four weeks of trial, spectators, legal pundits and fans suggest the Los Angeles District Attorney's office has secured an involuntary manslaughter conviction against Murray. Fans applauded the prosecution team as it entered the courtroom Thursday morning.

However, the defense is expected to begin presenting its own witnesses as soon as Friday – including its own anesthesia expert, Dr. Paul White, a longtime colleague of Shafer's.

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#15  Сообщение Trueamore » 03 фев 2012, 22:28

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Michael Jackson’s embattled doctor tried to put propofol in someone else’s hands yesterday, hinting that another physician -- or the King of Pop himself -- scored the deadly drug.

Lawyers for Dr. Conrad Murray went after one of Jackson’s other physicians, Dr. Allan Metzger, and tried to pin on him the powerful anesthetic that killed the pop star.

“I did not ever provide any intravenous medication for Michael Jackson,” Metzger insisted under questioning by defense lawyer Ed Chernoff. “I would say never.”

During cross-examination, Deputy District Attorney David Walgren asked Metzger, who treated Jackson for more than 15 years, whether he would have given Jackson propofol for the right price.

“Absolutely not!” Metzger replied.

Metzger revealed that Jackson was asking him about using anesthetics to treat his insomnia in April 2009, two months before the superstar’s death.

The defense will surely use that testimony to bolster one of its alternative theories, that the insomniac Jackson injected himself with the propofol that killed him on June 25, 2009.

Yesterday was the first day jurors heard Murray’s defense.

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#16  Сообщение Trueamore » 03 фев 2012, 22:28

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/24/justi ... index.html

Doctor, nurse describe Michael Jackson's pleas for help sleeping

Dr. Conrad Murray's lawyers began presenting the defense case Monday, calling a doctor who testified that Jackson asked him for an intravenous anesthetic to help him sleep two months before his death.

A nurse, who began her testimony late Monday, is expected to testify Tuesday that Jackson asked her, also two months before he died, for IV infusions of the surgical anesthetic propofol.

The prosecution rested its case in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor Monday morning with the conclusion of testimony by its anesthesiology expert.

Defense lawyers will use the next three or four days to challenge the prosecution's contention that Dr. Conrad Murray's alleged reckless use of propofol to help Jackson sleep makes him criminally responsible for the pop icon's death.

A Los Angeles doctor who treated Jackson off and on for about two decades for "his profound sleep disorder" testified that Jackson called him to his home to ask for help about two months before his death.

Dr. Allan Metzger testified that Jackson asked him for "intravenous sleep medicine," but he did not specifically name a drug. "I think he used the word juice," he said.

Jackson told him he needed an anesthetic delivered by IV because "he did not believe any oral medicine would be helpful," Metzger said.

Metzger said that despite Jackson's request, he only gave him a prescription for two oral sedatives to help him sleep.

The defense called Metzger in an apparent effort to show Jackson was seeking -- and getting drugs -- from other doctors at the same time Dr. Murray was working as his full-time physician.

The judge stopped the defense from asking Metzger questions about Jackson's visits to Dr. Arnold Klein, the dermatologist who gave Jackson Demerol injections during frequent visits to his Beverly Hills clinic in the months before his death.

Deputy District Attorney David Walgren used the defense witness to make the prosecution's point that using propofol outside a clinical setting is unacceptable.

"Is there any amount of money that would have convinced you to give him intervenous propofol in his house?" Walgren asked Metzger.

"Absolutely not," Metzger answered.

The defense then called Cherilyn Lee, a nurse who practices nutrition and natural remedies, who testified that she worked with Jackson to help his fatigue and insomnia from February through April of 2009.

After two months of using IV infusions of vitamins, "sophisticated" vitamin smoothies and bedtime teas, Jackson began asking for more help, Lee testified.

"His complaint was 'I have a problem sleeping and all the natural remedies and everything you're doing is not working,'" she said. "When I need sleep, I need to go to sleep right away."

The court session ended just before defense lawyer Ed Chernoff could ask Lee to describe what kind of help Jackson was asking for, but the nurse previously told CNN that he requested propofol.

"I told him this medication is not safe," Lee told CNN on June 30, 2009. "He said, 'I just want to get some sleep. You don't understand. I just want to be able to be knocked out and go to sleep.'"

Closing arguments could come as soon as Friday, depending on the length of the defense's case and the prosecution's rebuttal, but they could be pushed to next Monday, based on comments by lawyers and the judge.

Janet Jackson canceled shows in Australia to be with her family in Los Angeles for the final days of Murray's trial, but she did not arrive home in time to attend Monday morning's session.

She sat with her parents and several siblings during the first five days of the trial, but she has not been at court in nearly three weeks.

"After talking with my family last night, I decided we must be together right now," she said in a statement posted Sunday on her website, announcing that three shows this week in Melbourne are canceled.

The concert promoter told Jackson fans it was "important that Janet is with her family at this critical point in the hearing."

Katherine Jackson will travel to London next weekend to fulfill a commitment to attend the premiere of "Michael Jackson: Life of an Icon," a documentary about her son, an aide to Jackson said Monday. She agreed to the trip before it was known the trial could last into next week, Trent Jackson said.

The first three defense witnesses, called in rapid order Monday morning, were all police officers.

A Beverly Hills police officer, the first defense witness, testified that a 911 call routed through her department at 12:20 p.m. on June 25, 2009, asked for help at Jackson's Holmby Hills estate.

A Los Angeles police officer testified next about retrieving seven minutes of video from a security camera at Jackson's home. The video, shown to the jury, captured Jackson's arrival home from his last rehearsal just before 1 a.m. on the morning he died.

Michael Jackson fans sitting in court appeared to become emotional as they viewed the last video ever recorded of the pop icon alive, grainy security camera video of Jackson arriving home from his last rehearsal.

Murray's lawyers have said they plan to call about 15 witnesses, including three medical experts and several of Murray's patients from his clinics in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Houston.

Two other LAPD investigators were called to the stand by the defense Monday and testified briefly.

Randy Phillips, the head of AEG Live, is also expected to called by the defense.

Murray's lawyers have argued that Jackson was pressured by Phillips, whose company was promoting his comeback concerts in London, to show up healthy and on time for rehearsals or else the tour might be canceled.

Murray told detectives Jackson begged for his "milk," his nickname for propofol, after a sleepless night and just hours before he died from what the coroner has said was an overdose of the surgical anesthetic.

Murray, in a police interview, said he was using sedatives to wean Jackson from propofol, which he had used almost every night for two months to fight his insomnia. But after a long, restless night and morning, the lorazepam and midazolam had no effect, Murray said.

"I've got to sleep, Dr. Conrad," Murray said Jackson pleaded to him. "I have these rehearsals to perform. I must be ready for the show in England. Tomorrow, I will have to cancel my performance, because you know I cannot function if I don't get to sleep."

Murray said he gave in to Jackson's pleas and gave him an injection of 25 milligrams of propofol around 10:40 a.m.

The testimony of anesthesiologist expert Dr. Steven Shafer, concluded Monday morning, 11 days after he took the stand as the prosecution's 33rd, but perhaps most important, witness.

Shafer testified last week that there was no way Jackson got only the amount of propofol Murray said he did, based on the high level of the drug found in blood taken during his autopsy.

The "only scenario" to explain Jackson's death was that he overdosed on propofol infused through an IV drip set up by Murray, Shafer said.

The Los Angeles County coroner ruled that Jackson's death was a homicide, the result of "acute propofol intoxication" in combination with sedatives.

The defense contends Jackson self-administered the fatal dose, along with sedatives, without Murray knowing.

Shafer 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."

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#17  Сообщение Trueamore » 03 фев 2012, 22:30

http://entertainment.inquirer.net/18631 ... ndon-shows

Jackson wanted to break record with London shows

Michael Jackson agreed to do 50 comeback shows in London on two conditions, including that the final show be recognized by the Guinness Book of Records, his doctor’s manslaughter trial heard Tuesday.

Jackson also demanded that the organizers of the planned “This is It” concerts at the O2 Arena find him a country estate outside London with a “pastoral country vibe” to live in.

The singer — who died in June 2009 in Los Angeles, where he was rehearsing for the London shows — initially agreed to do no more than 31 shows — a number he specified as 10 more than Prince had played at the O2.

But demand was so overwhelming for tickets that the promoters pressed Jackson to agree to do more concerts to satisfy his fans. He agreed, but on two conditions.

“What he wanted was, we need to find an estate for him that I could lease outside of London and he was very specific, he wanted 16-plus acres, running streams, horses,” said AEG Live boss Randy Phillips.

“Basically what he explained to me was, he didn’t want to be trapped in a hotel suite, no matter how beautiful, in the heart of London and not be able to leave, and have the kids and be cloistered.

“He wanted to give them a pastoral country vibe.”

The second condition was for Phillips to arrange for Guinness World Records to attend the 50th show “because he knew this was a feat that no performer would ever be able to beat,” the AEG executive added.

He noted that Prince had done 21 shows at the O2, Beyonce eight, Usher six and Justin Timberlake five. “Generally, most artists, if they’re really hot, it gets magnified in London, where the demand is greater,” said Phillips.

Phillips was speaking during the trial of Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray, charged with involuntary manslaughter over the King of Pop’s death on June 25, 2009, from an overdose of the powerful sedative propofol.

Coincidentally, that was the date when the “This is It” production — under rehearsal in Los Angeles in April and May — was due to transfer to London to prepare for the shows themselves, starting in mid-July.


Michael Jackson doctor Conrad Murray in tears at trial

Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray wept in court as former patients testified in his defence during his involuntary manslaughter trial.

Five patients gave testimonials about his medical skills and described him as a kind and generous physician.

Dr Murray wiped away tears after one patient insisted he was not greedy, citing the cardiology practice he opened in memory of his father in a poor community in Houston, Texas.

The doctor denies all charges.

Patient Ruby Mosley said she met Dr Murray when he opened his clinic in Acres Home.

"If this man was greedy he never would have come to the community," she said, testifying that most residents were senior citizens on fixed incomes.

'Best doctor'

Under California law, character witnesses can be offered in an effort to create reasonable doubt of guilt.

The four other witnesses - who were all heart patients - said Murray was a caring and thorough doctor.

"The reason I came here to help Dr Murray is I know his love, his compassion, his feeling for his patients, every one of them and I just don't think he did what he's accused of doing," said Gerry Causey from Utah.

Another witness, Andrew Guest of Las Vegas, testified: "I'm alive today because of that man. That man sitting there is the best doctor I've ever seen."

Under cross examination from a prosecutor, none of the patients said Dr Murray had treated them for sleep problems.

Authorities argue Dr Murray gave Jackson a lethal dose of the anaesthetic propofol while treating him for a sleep disorder.

The doctor's defence claim the singer gave himself the deadly dose.

Dr Murray's final witnesses, a pair of medical experts, are due on the witness stand later on Thursday.

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#18  Сообщение Trueamore » 03 фев 2012, 22:32


Conrad Murray trial: Jackson 'addicted to Demerol'

Singer Michael Jackson was probably addicted to the painkiller Demerol, a witness for the defence in the trial of his doctor, Conrad Murray, has said.

Dr Robert Waldman testified that records from Jackson's dermatologist show the singer was receiving large doses of the drug in the months ahead of his death.

He said one of the symptoms of Demerol withdrawal included insomnia.

Dr Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

His lawyers claim Jackson gave himself the fatal dose while Dr Murray was out of the room.

The defence also called their own propofol expert, Dr Paul White.

Dr White told the court on Thursday he said he would not have expected the pop superstar to be killed from the drugs which Dr Murray said he had given to the singer.

He is the last witness for the defence and is expected to continue testifying on Friday, including giving an alternate theory about how Jackson died.

However, because of a late admission by the defence that Dr White would be using a new computer simulation to illustrate his theory, Judge Michael Pastor has given prosecutors the weekend to analyse the data before cross-examining the defence's expert.

Prosecutors told the judge they were surprised by the new development and needed time to study the software program.

Lawyers for Dr Conrad Murray have moved quickly through witnesses since beginning their case earlier this week, including former patients of the doctor.

Medical records

Dr Waldman was testifying largely in the place of Dr Arnold Klein, Jackson's dermatologist. Using Dr Klein as a witness was ruled out in the trial because his care of Jackson was not being investigated.

Using the dermatologist's records, he testified that over three days in April 2009, Jackson received 775mg of Demerol, during the same period that Dr Murray was giving Jackson propofol.

Dr Waldman told jurors that was a "large dose" for a dermatology procedure in an office.

On cross-examination, however, prosecutor David Walgren asked Dr Waldman about legal obligations for doctors, including a requirement to keep accurate and detailed records.

Dr Murray told police he had kept no records on his treatment of Jackson.

Dr Paul White said after reading documents regarding the case he was "perplexed".

"I would not have expected Michael Jackson to have died," if the dose Dr Murray said he had given Jackson was correct.

But if Jackson's doctor did in fact put him on an IV drip of propofol and leave him unattended, Dr White said he could not justify it, AP reports.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/michael-jackso ... d=14821642

Michael Jackson Got Botox Injections in Armpits and Groin

Michael Jackson got regular injections of Botox and Restylane, drugs meant to smooth wrinkles and to curb his "excessive perspiration," according to testimony today in his doctor's manslaughter trial.

The four-week-long trial of Dr. Conrad Murray has shed as much light on Jackson's odd and often secretive life as it did on his death.

The newest revelation came today when a review of all the different drugs that were injected into Jackson included Botox and Restylane.

The Botox, injected into his armpits and groin, was intended to control the singer's "excessive perspiration," according to medical documents introduced in court today. The injections were carried out by Jackson's Beverly Hills dermatologist, Arnold Klein.

Klein also injected the king of pop with Restylane, an "injectable filler for wrinkles," said Robert Waldman, an addiction specialist who testified for the defense.

The injections were introduced to determine whether they were painful and would have contributed to Jackson's need for pain killers. Waldman said, however, that the injections did not involve significant pain.

After Waldman, the defense's final witness, Dr. Paul White, an anesthesiologist whose studies popularized the use of propofol in the operating room, took the stand. White likely will complete his testimony on Friday.

Early into his testimony, White denounced the prosecution's premise that Murray administered a fatal dose of propofol to Jackson on the morning of his death.

"I read all these documents and was perplexed that the determination had been made that Dr. Murray was infusing propofol, because in my examination of the documents and evidence, it wasn't obvious to me to me," White said.

White said he would not have expected Jackson to die from the drugs Murray admitted giving him.

White conceded that, either way, Murray should not have left the room with Jackson under the influence of propofol.

The defense hopes White, their star witness, will be able to at least put reasonable doubt in the minds of jurors as to whether Murray is responsible for Jackson's death.

In the last days of the trial, Jackson was heard complaining about his wandering life that had taken him from his Neverland Ranch in California to Bahrain, France and back to a series of homes in California.

He told Brandon "Randy" Phillips, CEO of AEG Live and the promoter for Jackson's "This Is It" tour, that he was tired of making his three children live like "vagabonds," according to Phillips' earlier testimony.

Jackson, who was preparing for a 31-show concert tour, was approached by Phillips about extending the tour to 50 shows, Phillips told the jury.

The Kng of Pop replied that he would consider the expanded schedule under a couple of conditions. One of those conditions was that he be provided with an estate outside of London with 16-plus acres, running streams and horses, Phillips said.

"The primary reason was that he wanted to finally settle down and get a really, really good home for the kids so they weren't living like vagabonds. He was tired of living like that," Phillips said.

One thing that didn't change about the flamboyant Jackson was his desire to be recognized. His other condition was to have the Guinness Book of Records be present at his 50th concert, "because he knew this was a feat that no performer would ever be able to beat," the AEG executive said.

Earlier in the trial, other revelations emerged ranging from how Jackson slept with a urinary catheter each night to his use of oxygen tanks, skin-bleaching creams, his use of aliases and his refusal to use telephones.

It remains to be seen, however, whether the defense testimony shored up Murray's claim that Jackson was responsible for his own death by allegedly giving himself a dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol while Murray was out of the room on June 25, 2009.

"The defense is in a tough spot," said ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams. "When all you have to do is hope that at least one juror thinks that there's reasonable doubt, the defense still has hope -- at least on cause of death, rather than negligence."

Earlier in the week, Murray's legal team brought in a series of witnesses who testified how Jackson would beg them to provide him with propofol, the only drug that he said would allow him to sleep.

But prosecution asked each of those doctors and nurses whether they agreed to provide Jackson with the drug, and each said they had refused. That left Murray as the only physician who agreed to administer propofol to Jackson.

"He kept telling me that doctors said he'd be safe [taking the propofol]," said Cherilyn Lee, a nurse practitioner who consulted Jackson on holistic health care. "I said, 'No one who cares about your will give you propofol to sleep.'"

Abrams said those witness statements are damaging to the defense.

"Their witnesses, who claim that Michael Jackson was effectively shopping around for a doctor or nurse who'd give him drugs, are also saying they never would have done what Murray did, and that they actually refused," said Abrams, "I don't think there's a chance that [the jury] won't agree that he was grossly negligent."

Following White's testimony, the two sides will begin their summations and closing statements. The jury could begin deliberating early next week.

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#19  Сообщение Trueamore » 03 фев 2012, 22:34

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Michael Jackson trial: Defence witness faces contempt of court charge

Dr Paul White, a key defence witness in the Michael Jackson manslaughter trial, is facing a possible contempt of court charge and a $1,000 (£622) fine.

While testifying in court on Monday morning, White was repeatedly warned for mentioning private details from conversations between himself and Jackson's former private doctor Conrad Murray - information which prosecutor David Walgren repeatedly objected to upon the basis that it was inadmissible.

White, who is an expert in propofol, the anaesthetic which caused Jackson's death, was then privately scolded by Judge Michael Pastor for his testimony, part of which claimed that Jackson had his own private stash of the drug prior to his fatal overdose.

"Nice try. This is so obvious. He's trying at every juncture to add in other material. It's deliberate. I don't like it, it's not going to happen again," Pastor said.

White later insisted that he had more information to share with jurors but would be unable to as Pastor had blocked him from testifying further on his conversations with Murray.

That statement led Pastor to announce that he may charge White with contempt and a $1,000 fine, adding: "That is a direct violation of my order and quite frankly constitutes direct contempt."

White will attend a contempt hearing on November 16 in which he will be allowed to explain his actions before the judge decides whether to impose the fine.

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Testimony Ends in Michael Jackson Doctor's Trial

Michael Jackson's personal physician said he will not take the stand in his own defense as witness testimony in his involuntary manslaughter came to an end Tuesday.

Dr. Conrad Murray informed the judge of his decision Tuesday morning, just hours before both sides said they would not present more witnesses after 22 days of testimony. Court will be in recess until Thursday, when jurors are expected to return for closing arguments.

Murray's decision not to testify came after Judge Michael Pastor repeatedly reminded the doctor that he has a right to testify and a right to remain silent.

"Your honor, my decision is, I will not testify in this," Murray told the judge during Tuesday's meeting outside the presence of jurors.

Jackson's sister, La Toya Jackson, tweeted early Tuesday that she "would love for Murray to take the stand."

Jurors already heard Murray's account of the day Jackson died when prosecutors played audio of his interview with Los Angeles Police Department detectives. In the interview two days after the pop star's death, Murray described a restless night during which Jackson pleaded for something to help him sleep.

Testimony resumed Tuesday morning with a defense expert on the drug blamed in the King of Pop's death. Later Tuesday, the prosecution asked its own expert to return to the stand to refute claims made by Dr. Paul White.

Dr. Steven Shafer testified earlier that Murray's actions led to Jacksons' death on June 25, 2009. He was asked to address White's testimony regarding the standard of care provided by Murray in Jackson's case.

"If there was such a thing as bedroom-based anesthesia, the standard of care guideline would be considered an minimum because... if you have an error, you have a mortality," Shafer said Tuesday.

Murray pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. He could face up to four years in prison and the loss of his medical license.

Propofol was at the center of testimony Monday when the defense's drug expert faced stinging cross-examination. White admitted that Murray deviated from the accepted standard of care in the months before his superstar patient's death on June 25, 2009. Murray gave Jackson the drug, usually reserved for use in surgical settings, in the bedroom of a rented Holmby Hills mansion.

"Without careful bedside monitoring, it could be dangerous,'' White said Monday when he was asked whether it would be extremely dangerous to administer propofol with an IV drip for about two months.

"Have you ever administered propofol in someone's bedroom?" Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said.

"No, I have not," White said.

"Have you ever heard of someone doing that prior to this case?" Walgren said.

"No, I have not," White said.

The seven-man, five-woman jury might begin deliberations late this week. The trial has included testimony from medical experts, medical personnel who responded to Jackson's rented mansion, Murray's girlfriends and Jackson staff members.

The defense has attempted to portray Jackson as an addict willing to take great risks in his quest for sleep as he prepared for a series of planned London concerts. Prosecutors claim Murray administered the fatal dose of propofol, then failed to properly monitor his patient.

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#20  Сообщение Trueamore » 03 фев 2012, 22:35

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Dr. Conrad Murray Trying To Sell 'Documentary'

On the eve of closing arguments in Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial in connection with the death of Michael Jackson, a documentary featuring the embattled cardiologist is being shopped to the major networks, RadarOnline.com has confirmed.

Dr. Murray decided not to take the stand at his trial, but has given long in depth interviews to the film crew.

"This project has been in the works since Murray's arrest. It was originally conceived to help him get his reputation back after the case had been resolved. However, another driving force of it is to generate money so that Murray can pay his lawyers and experts," a source close to Murray told us.

The New York Post broke the story and says Dr. Murray is hoping the documentary will get at least a million dollars!

Our source says, "Dr. Murray and his lawyers were hoping it would sell for a million bucks, but it looks like the max a network would pay is around 250k. If Dr. Murray is convicted, that price could go up or down. Murray's reps are trying to get the deal made before a verdict is rendered."

Closing arguments begin Thursday morning at 9 am PT. Stay tuned to RadarOnline.com for developments on this story.


Michael Jackson doctor Conrad Murray case goes to jury

The case against the physician charged with the death of the pop star Michael Jackson has gone to the jury, following closing statements.

Prosecutors concluded their case by saying Dr Conrad Murray's care of Jackson had been "bizarre" and left the pop star's children fatherless.

The defence countered that the singer had caused his own death in June 2009 with an overdose of a sedative.

The seven-man, five-woman jury will begin deliberations on Friday morning.

If convicted, Dr Murray could face up to four years in prison and lose his licence to practise medicine.

During Thursday's closing statements after the nearly six-week trial, the prosecution projected images of Jackson's grief-stricken children on a giant screen.

Deputy District Attorney David Walgren told the jury: "For Michael Jackson's children this case goes on forever because they do not have a father.

"They do not have a father because of the actions of Conrad Murray."

The children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, who range in ages from 9 to 14, were not in court, but Jackson's parents and several of his siblings were present.

Mr Walgren cited Dr Murray's delay in calling 911 and phone records that indicated the physician had been on the phone during Jackson's final hours, when he should have been attending to his patient.

"What was so pressing that he just couldn't care for Michael Jackson?" Mr Walgren asked the court.

He also reminded the jury that Dr Murray had failed to tell the paramedics and emergency room doctors how he had been giving Jackson the powerful sedative propofol as a treatment for insomnia.

"That is consciousness of guilt," Mr Walgren told the court. "That is Conrad Murray knowing full well what caused Michael Jackson's death."

But the accused's legal team said in its closing statement that Jackson's death was not Dr Murray's fault.

They said Jackson had caused his own death by injecting a dose of propofol while his doctor was out of the room.

"If it was anybody else, would this doctor be here today?" defence attorney Ed Chernoff asked the jury.

Mr Chernoff said prosecutors had failed to prove that Dr Murray had committed a crime by giving Jackson doses of propofol as a sleep aid in the singer's bedroom.

"They want you to convict Dr Murray for the actions of Michael Jackson," Mr Chernoff said.

Dr Murray, who denies involuntary manslaughter, chose not to testify in his own defence.

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