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Michael Jackson case: Prosecutor says defense isn't sharing information, asks for delay of doctor's trial

A prosecutor asked Thursday that the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor be delayed because of what she said was the failure of the defense to share information about its planned case, including the findings of its star forensic witness.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor left the scheduled March 24 start of Dr. Conrad Murray’s trial in place, but said he shared the prosecution’s frustration and reminded defense attorneys that they could be fined or barred from calling witnesses if they did not comply with legal obligations to turn over the materials.

“Dr. Murray is entitled to have a speedy trial, but it’s not trial by lack of information,” Pastor said.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Deborah Brazil complained that with only a month before trial, Murray’s lawyers have not handed over a report or notes about the expected testimony of Dr. Paul White.

The defense acknowledged in court that White, a Dallas anesthesiologist with an expertise in propofol -- the drug that killed Jackson -- is its most important witness. But defense attorney J. Michael Flanagan insisted the expert had not prepared a report and had communicated his findings verbally. Those findings, Flanagan said, included the opinion that Jackson was addicted to Demerol and that Murray did not cause Jackson’s death.

Pastor urged Murray’s lawyers to provide more information about White's testimony to the prosecution.

“I’m just finding it very difficult to believe that a renowned forensic expert in any subject is going to take the stand without having documentation in front of him,” the judge said.

Murray, 57, is accused of involuntary manslaughter in the June 2009 death of the pop icon. His lawyers have suggested that Jackson self-administered the fatal dose of propofol.


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This is a disturbing revelation indeed, that defense isn't playing with a full deck. It's good go know that the judge is not putting up with it though.

This "expert" thinks Jackson was addicted to Demerol because the autopsy report states his liver and kidney were normal and healthy? Or because he (the expert) treated Jackson during June of 2009 for Demerol addiction?

(quote) Those findings, Flanagan said, included the opinion that Jackson was addicted to Demerol and that Murray did not cause Jackson’s death. (end quote)

First, how would anesthesiologist Paul White know if Michael was a Demerol addict? He didn't live with or hang out with Michael so his opinion is nothing more than hear say.

Second, explain how Demerol has anything to do with Propofol also known as Diprivan. Seems your star witness doesn't know the difference between the two drugs.

Michael was overdosed with Diprivan aka Propofol NOT Demerol.

I just can not believe what I am reading! Let's all pray for justice for Michael!

Wow, I hope Chernoff and Flanagan are not paying Dr. White to say that demerol killed Michael, when we know the cause was propofol. If so, they are not getting their money's worth. So the defense is not using written statements, their experts will go from memory. What a joke; glad the judge seems to have a handle on things.

the defense still looking for a cheaper fake forensic witness- anything for $$$

Pffff I post a long comment....and of course didn't get publish!

Anything to protect the MURDERED.

All I ask for is The Truth. Michael was a" healthy adult male". The only drugs that were found in his body was what the Doctor gave him. I Never believed that Michael was a drug addict... he was Against drugs ... He simply couldn't sleep. I seriously doubt Michael did this to himself. Justice will prevail for Michael ...I truly believe that! Your fans L.O.V.E. you Michael!!!


"The Truth Will Come Out" and it has, YOU MURDERED MICHAEL JACKSON. Now take your crazy lawyers and all of you walk your LYING, UNETHICAL Tails straight to jail, no need to WASTE taxpayers money because the taxpayers already know who murdered Michael Jackson. DR. CONRAD MURRAY Did, oh take the phony Dr. Paul White with you too.

R.I.P Prince Charming, a measure of justice is about to be served on your behalf but how we all wish you were still with us. I miss seeing you walk around with your big umbrella and holding up your big hand to say hello. Miss you much Michael and still not over your departing from us, still hurting from that horrible day of June 25, 2009 I will never forget that date. LOVE YOU MORE.

Hopefully this judge will do the right thing. Michael Jackson and his children deserve justice. This Dr. Conrad Murray may not have meant to kill Michael but there is no doubt that he failed in his duty of care towards Michael. By his own admission he left Michael unattended whilst he was under the aneasthetic which the doctor administered. This is why Michael is dead. Should be an open and shut case. Michael was no drug addict. Being desperate to sleep and turning to doctors to help you do that may not be the best way but he was not a heroine addict and was not into drugs for kicks like some haters want to suggest. Justice for Michael!

i hope that justice will come for michael R.I.P michael!

"I've already been offered five to six figures to say bad things about him." - Dr. Patrick Treacy

Wonder if that's the case with this star witness.


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