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Michael Jackson hearing: Coroner says drug dose amounted to 'homicide'

The medical examiner who ruled Michael Jackson’s death a homicide testified Tuesday he would stand by the classification even if it turned out the pop star gave himself the fatal dose of anesthetic.

Dr. Christopher Rogers made the statement as a lawyer for Jackson’s personal physician questioned him about the possibility the singer administered the anesthetic propofol when Dr. Conrad Murray wasn’t looking.

“Based on the quality of the medical care, I would still call this a homicide even if the doctor did not administer the propofol to Mr. Jackson,” said Rogers, chief of forensic medication at the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.

He said Murray had endangered Jackson by using the drug in a home setting without proper monitoring, regardless of who gave the final dose. The testimony was a blow to the defense.

Over the course of the six-day hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to try Murray for involuntary manslaughter, his lawyers have hinted they may argue for acquittal at trial by blaming Jackson for the fatal dose.

Rogers testified the pop star was in “excellent” health for a middle-aged man and died because of “substandard” medical care. The pathologist said Murray violated treatment norms with his use of propofol.

The drug, he said, is not indicated for insomnia and requires constant patient monitoring, which Murray did not provide.

“The information we received indicates that the doctor left Mr. Jackson while he was anesthetized and this is something you would not do,” Roger said.

Despite testimony from a paramedic that the singer was so underweight as to resemble a hospice patient, Rogers said Jackson was “normal weight” at 5 feet 9 and 136 pounds.


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-- Harriet Ryan at Los Angeles County Superior Court

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Dr. Murray testified that Michael pressured him for the Propofol, threatening to cancel the upcoming tour and hence his ability to pay Murray's enormous monthly salary/bribe. What a pathetic attempt on the doctor's part to escape blame! If you can't resist an addicted patient's requests for drugs, you should not be licensed to provide them. This is a case of gross negligence bordering on murder.

michael jackson's fans will be once again stood outside court today, wanting answers for their heroes death. long after his death, his fans carry on fighting for the king of pop http://davidhatton1987.blogspot.com/2010/10/michael-jackson-fans-still-fighting.html

Thank you Dr. Rogers.

Michael Jackson was murdered. Conrad must go to jail.

Even if Jackson did some how (and that is really a far fetched concept given the nature of Propofol), the doctor is still at fault. You NEVER leave medication and suringes within reach of a patient when you, as the attending doctor are not in the room! NEVER!

I wonder how this 'excellent health" for a middle aged man is going to play into the continued misrepresentation of fact regarding his health that tabloid reporter, Dimond, continues to spout? Will someone please investigate her repeated lies and against this man and report on it? That would be a documentary watched by millions. Dimond is videotaped in an Access interview as stating that the autopsy report said he weighed 112 and went into her fantasy spiel about his longterm 'anorexia' and 'drug addiction' Rogers said Jackson was “normal weight” at 5 feet 9 and 136 pounds. The autopsy report also indicates no major organ damage which surely disproves Dimonds continued ascertains otherwise. Autopsies and Medical facts don't lie and longterm anorexia and drug addictions usually cause multiple organ failures.

CNN/HLN needs to do some housecleaning or they may lose viewership. At the very least a disclaimer of some sort is necessary to state that her opinions are based solely on her obvious maladjustment and obsession of all things Michael Jackson and not on any medical degree, or first hand knowledge of her subject. She has also used an extremely broad brush stroke by calling Michael Jackson supporters "rabid". That's like the pot calling the kettle black.

Justice for Michael Jackson It is a comin'

As Michael once put it: “Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons" - Love you Michael

Murray's defense team is crazy if they think that any jury is going to buy their defense of what Murray did as falling within the standards of medical care. He was incompetent at every point in his treatment of Jackson.

I also wonder how Murray can afford his high priced legal team when he is over $700,000 in debt? Who exactly is paying for Murray's legal defense. I hope that this comes out in the pre-trial. There are clearly other parties involved that are not being talked about.

Thank you, Ms. Ryan, for a facts only report.

Because of how Propofol works, it wouldn't be possible for Michael to administer it to himself. How would Dr. Murray's defense team be able to prove that?


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