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Post  eddie on Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:01 pm

Doctor: Cocktail Of Drugs Killed Jackson
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A doctor has told a Los Angeles court that the "cocktail" of drugs Michael Jackson received before his death was a "recipe for disaster".

Dr Nader Kamangar, an intensive care doctor, said the star was receiving "very inappropriate therapy in the home setting, inappropriate sedatives...without appropriate monitoring by Dr Murray".

"Ultimately this cocktail was a recipe for disaster in a patient that had underlying dehydration," he added.

"There was inappropriate access to the appropriate medical equipment, a delay in calling 911 and inappropriate resuscitation, that ultimately culminated in (Jackson's) death.

"There (were) no real basic vital signs on him and this was the perfect storm," he told the court.

He later explained that the "cocktail" he was referring to was a mix of propofol and sedatives.

But defence lawyer J Michael Flanagan told him that just because there was no record of Murray charting Jackson's vital signs, that did not necessarily mean Murray did not obtain the information.

Dr Kamangar replied: "In medicine, it is essential, we cannot take care of patients if we store it in our minds, we have to document things. It allows us to take better care of patients."

He also told the court that instead of Murray resuscitating Jackson, he should have called emergency services straight away.

As the evidence was given at the Los Angeles superior court, Jackson's brothers Tito and Randy, and his mother Katherine, watched proceedings.

Murray is accused of the involuntary manslaughter of Jackson in 2009, a charge he denies.

The prosecution claim Murray administered a fatally large dose of propofol to the singer and then failed to properly monitor his patient.

Lawyers for Murray had claimed Jackson self-administered a fatal drug dose of propofol, but have now dropped that aspect of their case.

The trial is now into its third week and will continue on Monday, when the defence is expected to begin its case.

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Post  tatiana on Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:52 pm

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Post  eddie on Wed Oct 26, 2011 7:23 am

Jackson's Nurse: Singer Asked For Propofol
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Jackson's Nurse: Singer Asked For Propofol

Michael Jackson's former nurse has told a court he asked her for the anaesthetic propofol to help him sleep two months before he died.

Cherilyn Lee gave evidence at Los Angeles Superior Court on the second day of the defence in the trial of Dr Conrad Murray.

Ms Lee says the singer asked her for Dipravan - the brand name for the anaesthetic propofol - in April 2009.

"He said he had a lot of problems sleeping", she said.

She added that the singer told her: "The only medication that really helps me to fall off to sleep straightaway is Dipravan."

Ms Lee says she did not know what Dipravan was at the time of the conversation but said she was concerned.

She recounted how she rang a doctor to ask about it and was told it was an anaesthetic that should not be used at home.

Ms Lee went back to Jackson to tell him of the doctor's advice but the singer rejected it.

She told the court he said doctors had assured him the drug was safe and that he would not have a problem.

"He said 'doctors have told me it is safe, I just need to be monitored.' I said no doctor is going to do this at your house," the nurse said.

Ms Lee told the court she said to Jackson: "I know you want to be knocked out but what if you don't wake up?" He replied: "I just need to be monitored."

But she insisted that no-one who had the singer's best interests at heart would provide him with propofol.

After only sleeping for a few hours that day, Jackson later complained that this would "mess up" his performance, Ms Lee said.

The singer hugged the nurse before she left in what was the last time she ever saw him, the court heard.

On the first day of the defence case, another doctor told how he had warned the singer against intravenous sleep medication.

Dr Allan Metzger told Los Angeles Superior Court he had known for years that the star had trouble sleeping.

And he revealed he had been asked about the drugs by the singer around two months before his death in June 2009.

The defence comes after four weeks of prosecution evidence which has heard allegations Dr Murray gave the King of Pop a deadly cocktail of drugs to help him sleep.

The Grenada-born medic is accused of involuntary manslaughter and faces four years in jail if he is found guilty.

Prosecutors claim he gave the singer a lethal dose of the anaesthetic propofol and then failed to monitor him properly.

The defence are expected to call 15 witnesses in total but have not said whether they plan to put Dr Murray himself on the stand.

Jurors have already heard from the medic via a two-hour interview with police, carried out in the days after Jackson's death.

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Post  eddie on Sat Nov 05, 2011 12:26 am

US Jury Considers Fate Of Jackson's Doctor

By Hannah Thomas-Peter, in Los Angeles
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Jurors in the trial of Dr Conrad Murray, the man accused of killing Michael Jackson, will begin deliberations after they listened to closing arguments from both sides.

The prosecution, who have argued that Murray gave Jackson a fatal dose of the powerful anaesthetic propofol, went first on Thursday.

Prosecutor David Walgren said: "The evidence is overwhelming. The evidence is abundantly clear that he (Conrad Murray) acted in gross negligence in the death of Michael Jackson."

Mr Walgren emphasised there was an employee-employer relationship between Jackson and Murray, saying the doctor "violated that sacred trust each and every day premised on that hallowed trust between a doctor and a patient".

The lawyer told the jurors that Jackson's children had been deprived of a father because of Murray's actions, and that for them, the case would never end.

He also dismissed the evidence of the defence team's star medical witness Dr Paul White, who had argued Jackson probably injected himself with propofol.

He said: "What you were presented from Dr White was junk science.

"What Dr White came in and did was sad for science and sad for truth-seeking."

He told the jury they should find Murray guilty even if they believed the defence theory that Jackson gave himself the drug.

He pointed out that Murray did not need to be the only factor in Jackson's death, but a more than trivial or remote one.

Mr Walgren went on to admit that exactly what happened in Jackson's bedroom "may always be a question that will remain unanswered", but that any other reasonable person in the same situation could have foreseen a high risk of death.

Therefore, he told the jury, "justice demands a guilty verdict".

The defence team argued strongly that there was a lack of evidence to convict Murray.

Defence lawyer Ed Chernoff said: "For a crime to be proved, the prosecution has to show that Dr Murray actually killed Michael Jackson."

Mr Chernoff emphasised that Murray had given Jackson a small amount of propofol, but that it posed no danger to the singer, and so his actions were not criminally negligent.

He argued that the doctor could not have known that the singer was going to take a handful of sedative pills and inject himself with more propofol, as the defence contends he did.

He said: "They want you to convict Dr Murray for the actions of Michael Jackson ... If it were anybody else but Michael Jackson, would this doctor be here today?"

Mr Chernoff insisted the jury should forget that they were dealing with a case involving a global popstar.

"If you are going to hold Dr Murray responsible, don't do it because it's Michael Jackson. This is not a reality show. This is reality," he said.

The lawyer rubbished the testimony of the prosecution's star medical witness Dr Steven Shafer, who said Murray gave Jackson a fatal infusion of propofol, calling him an "advocate" rather than a scientist.

Chernoff admitted his client was not perfect, saying "we would not dispute Dr Murray never made mistakes," but insisted that the doctor was not a direct cause of the singer's death.

He said Dr Murray wrongly believed he could help Jackson, but "he had no control" and was just a "little fish" in a big pond.

Trial Judge Michael Pastor instructed the jury that they could convict Murray even if Jackson contributed to his own death, if they believed the physician failed to use reasonable care to prevent it.

Judge Pastor also said they could find him not guilty if they believed that Jackson's death was an accident.

If found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, Murray faces up to four years in prison, and will lose his medical licence.

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Re: The trial of Michael Jackson's doctor

Post  pinhedz on Sat Nov 05, 2011 3:15 am

It looks more like malpractice to me. Doctors kill people every day.

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Re: The trial of Michael Jackson's doctor

Post  eddie on Sun Nov 06, 2011 2:56 am

The Defence case seems to be that the fatal dose was self-administered. If the doc is found guilty, it would have been a shabby thing to attempt to wriggle out of the charge by blaming the patient he effectively killed by his treatment.

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Post  pinhedz on Sun Nov 06, 2011 5:05 am

eddie wrote:The Defence case seems to be that the fatal dose was self-administered. If the doc is found guilty, it would have been a shabby thing to attempt to wriggle out of the charge by blaming the patient he effectively killed by his treatment.
I agree--and I think that's the wrong defense in any case. The reality of the situation seems to be that he messed up. If every doctor that messed up was charged with manslaughter, the prisons wouldn't be able to hold them all.

I wonder if he's trying to dodge a malpractice claim? Suspect

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Post  eddie on Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:04 am

Guilty. Banged up in the slammer.

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Post  eddie on Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:10 am

Michael Jackson trial verdict: Dr Conrad Murray found guilty
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Dr Conrad Murray, the physician accused of killing Michael Jackson, has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

The verdict was decided by a jury of seven men and five women sitting in an LA court on Monday after closing arguments from both defence lawyers and prosecutors.

Deliberations were expected to finish last Friday but jurors failed to reach a verdict.

The conviction comes after a six-week manslaughter trial in which Murray, 58, was accused of causing Michael Jackson's death by giving him a fatal overdose of the surgical anaesthetic propofol, combined with other sedatives, on June 25, 2009 to help Jackson sleep to prepare for his comeback tour.

Dr Murray vehemently denied the charges.

During the closing arguments on Thursday, prosecutor David Walgren said Jackson “paid with his life” for Dr Murray’s negligence.

Dr Murray’s defence lawyers said he was being held responsible for Jackson's own actions and that the pop star caused his own death.

Mr Walgren told the jury: “The evidence is overwhelming. The evidence is abundantly clear that Conrad Murray acted with criminal negligence and that he caused the death of Michael Jackson.”“

Conrad Murray gave him propofol and abandoned him Conrad Murray is criminally liable. Justice demands a guilty verdict.”

He added that Dr Murray’s actions left Jackson’s children Paris, Prince and Blanket fatherless.

Defence lawyer Ed Chernoff told the jury: “For a crime to be proved, the prosecution has to show that Dr Murray actually killed Michael Jackson.

“If it were anybody else but Michael Jackson, would this doctor be here today?”

Trial judge Michael Pastor told jurors they could convict Dr Murray even if Jackson contributed to his own death, if they believed the physician failed to use reasonable care to prevent that outcome. -->

He has been remanded in custody without bail until sentencing on 29 November.

Dr Murray could now face four years in prison.

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Post  eddie on Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:09 am

4 years in the slammer. Free in 2, with good behaviour.

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Post  eddie on Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:54 am

Contents Of Michael Jackson's Home Go On Sale
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Contents Of Michael Jackson's Home Go On Sale

The contents of Michael Jackson's mansion where he was found dead in 2009 are being auctioned off next week - with fans getting a preview of the items over the weekend.

More than 500 lots of paintings, furniture and ornaments will go under the hammer.

They were all in the Los Angeles home Jackson rented while preparing for his series of comeback concerts.

Over the weekend, the auctioneers recreated the Bel Air property inside its exhibit space for the public to tour.

Fans who flocked to see the reconstruction brought flowers, gifts and handwritten notes for the singer's children.

Auctioneer Darren Julien said: "Even though these weren't items that belonged to him, they were items that surrounded him in the final months of his life.

"Anything associated with Michael Jackson is highly collectible."

The headboard of the bed where Jackson died was removed from the auction at his family's request.

Among the lots are a number of items which had been personalised by the singer and are expected to fetch a substantial sum.

On an ornate mirror in the bedroom, Jackson had written a message in felt pen that read: "Train, perfection March April Full out May," presumably in reference to rehearsals for his This Is It concerts.

The mirror, which is part of a wardrobe, is estimated at around £5,000.

"The pieces that are really going to sell for a lot are the items that can be identified as having an association with Michael Jackson, like the armoire in his private bedroom where he handwrote on the mirror," Mr Julien said.

Another personalised item is a pottery rooster holding a chalkboard from the kitchen which bears a poignant reminder of Jackson's children Prince, Paris and Blanket.

A note from Jackson's children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, reads: "I (heart) Daddy SMILE it's for free."

The item is priced at £250-400 but is expected to fetch much more.

The auction follows the conviction of Jackson's personal doctor Conrad Murray .

He was sentenced to four years in prison for involuntary manslaughter last month after he admitted giving Jackson the powerful sedative propofol at home to help him sleep.

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