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Michael Jackson's onetime physician asks for delay in trial; feels 'sandbagged' by new theories

Murray Attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray asked a judge on Friday for a delay in the physician’s trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter, saying that they had been “sandbagged” with new scientific theories by prosecution witnesses on the eve of the trial.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said he would hold a hearing on the motion for a continuance Monday, but noted the time and expense the high-profile trial has already taken. The judge said the preparations have cost “funds in excess of six figures,” and that about two dozen cases have had to be rescheduled.

Defense attorneys said they needed the additional time because of new medical expert reports turned over by prosecutors.

In one of those reports, Dr. Steven Shafer, an anesthesiologist, concluded that it was impossible for Michael Jackson to have swallowed the fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol, attorneys told the judge.

The opinion contradicts the defense’s contention that the singer was desperate for sleep so that he could be ready for rehearsals for his comeback tour and drank or injected himself with the drug while Murray was out of the room.

“Dr. Shafer says categorically, it’s not possible Michael Jackson orally ingested propofol, based on the science,” Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren told Pastor on Friday. Attorneys during the hearing did not go into detail about why the expert reached that conclusion or what the science behind the opinion was.

--Victoria Kim

Photo: Dr. Conrad Murray Credit: Mark Boster, Los Angeles Times

 
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Excuse me, any 'theories' have been proposed by the defense. Whether it is Jackson injected, ingested, was tired, fatigued; someone gained entrance to
the house...etc.,etc. Very disingenuous on the part of the defense to claim
it's the prosecution's fault for a delay. Wait..maybe not...seems to be
typical tactics for them. How about the medical provider who was supposed to be at his patient's bedside, but wasn't? Per chance, just maybe he is the
one responsible for his patient's death...

If all the rehearsing was done... and they were now going to load the planes for London......as the "This is it" documentary showed, Michael didn't need to get up in the morning for rehearsal..he could actually relax for a few days at least before heading over seas. I don't see why he would be that desperate for sleep when there was no need to get up early the next day..as a chronic insomniac, I only worry about how fast I get to sleep if I have to get up in the AM..and would be more likley to use a sleep aid if I had a limited time to sleep and/or have to perform at a well rested level the next day. Rehearsals had just wrapped up! I do however think that if there was ANY doubt that Michael could perform 50 shows, and he was insured, it would be a huge cost savings/loss advantage to "off" him the night BEFORE they started loading 3 or more 747s for London! Something still stinks and I hope the trial blows it wide open!

Stay Away From Doctors.. said 101 years old woman on J Leno show..And She was right! If MJ was healthy, - why he needed doctor? This guy should go to JAIL!!

Affirmative action does not work in the medical field!as shown in the insane medical antics of Dr. Conrad Murray. as a result of his style of medical practice, the world has lost the self proclaimed "King of Pop" music: The natty ego-manical, serial child molestor Michael Jackson. The medication that the "Good Doctor"proscribed for Jackson was so lethal that it had to be administered and monitored by medical staff in a hospital. The medical incompetence of Dr Murray has so far cost the California taxpayers in excess of six figures!..The Good Doctor should have spent more time reading and studying medical texts while an intern, rather than reading mens fashion magazines. as a "Clothes Horse" he cuts a dashing figure! as a doctor he is not even a poor example! O.K. call me a racist. but then again when it comes to choosing a doctor, one must look beyond Haute Couture! Call me a fool but I am funny that way!

this is outrageous whether jackson injected propofol or swallowed it, it is the doctor who prescribed it in the first place and dr murray was supposed to be at jackson's bedside before he died and instead he had to wait until the popstar is dead in order to hide the evidence left in jackson's bedroom before police can find out that is shameful and utterly reckless and now they are delaying the trial for new theories what is there more to prove that jackson killed himself?! i think not. i think it is the doctor who did it because if you are a doctor and didn't monitor the patient properly than it is your responsibility to do that not the patient's responsibility

Murray is trying smoke and mirrors. He recklessly acceded to Jackson's request for anesthesia instead of sleep, administered it clumsily, in a totally inappropriate setting; and when Jackson died, Murray did not call 911 for 45 minutes.

No... I really hope Judge Pastor does NOT grant the continuance. Murray's team requested their right to a speedy trial, and they need to stick to their end of the bargain. They have already received one continuance. They shouldn't get another one. Why should the taxpayers foot the bill for their continued delays. The trial should start as scheduled - May 9th.

Isn't Michael Jackson ultimately responsible for his overdose? He knew these drugs were being used inappropriately on him, and he chose to take them. He knew he was taking a drug which should only be used in a hospital setting for surgery, not to get some sleep. Where is his personal responsibility in all of this?

There is absolutely no indication for propofol to ever be administered in a home setting. It should only be administered in a health care facility with full resuscitative facilities, and it should be administered by a physician skilled in giving strong sedative hypnotic drugs and managing airways (NOT a cardiologist, by the way).

Case closed.

If Murray would just take responsibility for his actions (the only honorable thing for him to do under the circumstances) and throw himself on the mercy of the court I might retain an iota of respect for the man. What's four years, with possible parole, as punishment for causing the death of any man, let alone someone like Michael Jackson who had so much left to contribute to world culture? How about, "I made a terrible mistake and I will forever be sorry"?
As it is, Murray, his entire defense team, and his various PR people nauseate me.
Begone!

Are there any legal pros out there who have read this who can explain how after two years this trial is still in limbo. Is this normal for a homicide case. Is this corruption taking place and if not what is going on. Answers from professionals PLEASE.

Allow me to quote you, Layne4; because you have written the truth. Thank you.
"Excuse me, any 'theories' have been proposed by the defense. Whether it is Jackson injected, ingested, was tired, fatigued; someone gained entrance to
the house...etc.,etc. Very disingenuous on the part of the defense to claim
it's the prosecution's fault for a delay. Wait..maybe not...seems to be
typical tactics for them. How about the medical provider who was supposed to be at his patient's bedside, but wasn't? Per chance, just maybe he is the
one responsible for his patient's death..."


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