Friday, October 21, 2011

Battle of the Propofol experts at Jackson trial

Outside the court, Murray's defenders have gathered 
and protested his innocence since Day 1 of the trial.
The trial of Dr Conrad Murray is moving into the defense phase, with a mountain of powerful evidence and testimony on the table from the prosecution. If the case against Michael Jackson's doctor is to be believed, the physician made egregious mistake after egregious mistake in his care for the pop star.

Charged with involuntary manslaughter (he denies it) the prosecution contends that simply allowing Jackson to be in the same room as a small pharmacy of sedatives, including Propofol, should be enough to convict the doctor.

The showdown between the trial's two key expert witnesses, longtime friends and colleagues, will be fascinating.  Dr Steven Shafer has spelled out in intricate detail how he believes Jackson died and how only Dr Murray could be blamed for the singer's death.  The defense plan to call Dr Paul White, who was once Dr Shafer's teacher, to present a counter argument.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Conrad Murray trial moves in forensic phase #murraytrial #mjdr

The visual impact of the lead prosecutor laying out bottle after
bottle and vial after vial of medications removed from Michael
Jackson's bedroom was powerful. Whom ever is in charge of the
courtroom cameras ensured TV stations received plenty of slow panning
shots showing the drugs lined up on a desk, in front of the jury.
Today the defense lawyer, Ed Chernoff, is attempting to discredit the
evidence of a coroner's investigator, Elissa Fleak, who testified
that she collected the items from Jackson's home. He is questioning Ms
Fleak's memory and note-keeping. He has suggested that she made a
number of mistakes in preparing reports on the death.

Today is day 8 of the trial.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Jurors hear painful Jackson recording for a second time

The snippet we heard on Day 1 was just a teaser and technically the audio was not entered into evidence at that stage.  But now it is. 

Jurors have heard for a second time, the audio recording of the singer in which he sounds slurred and incoherent. Prosecutors played the full version of a conversation which Dr Conrad Murray recorded on his mobile phone. The recording, which last for four minutes was made about 6 weeks before Michael Jackson died. In the rambling conversation about the singer's This Is It concerts, he says he wants to achieve something that Elvis and the Beatles did not. According to a transcript which was shown to the jurors, he tells Dr Murray he wants to use the money to build the biggest children's hospital in the world.  He says: "I care about them, them angels."  They're the next generation that are going to save the planet.  He goes on to say that he loves them, because he didn't have childhood.