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Michael Jackson could not have swallowed anesthetic, doctor says

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef011571d3b838970b-800wiA medical expert for the prosecution in Dr. Conrad Murray’s involuntary manslaughter case says it would have been impossible for Michael Jackson to have swallowed the fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol, attorneys said on Friday.

The physician’s defense team has contended that Jackson, desperate for sleep so that he could be ready for rehearsals for his comeback tour, drank or injected himself with the drug while Murray was out of the room. At a preliminary hearing, they zeroed in on levels of the drug found in Jackson’s stomach at the time of his autopsy.

The prosecution expert “says categorically it’s not possible Michael Jackson orally ingested propofol, based on the science,” Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor at a hearing Friday. But attorneys during the hearing did not go into detail about why the expert reached that conclusion or what the science behind the opinion was.

Defense attorneys asked the judge to exclude the testimony of at least two of the prosecution’s new medical experts, saying they were being “sandbagged” with brand-new theories on the eve of trial, set to begin with jury selection next week. They argued that prosecutors had violated rules on turning over materials prior to trial.

“I think the only remedy in this case is not allow these two experts to testify,” said attorney Michael Flanagan, saying they could not be ready to respond to the experts’ opinions by the time of trial.

Pastor declined to bar the witnesses from testifying, saying “there are sophisticated forensic issues involved.”

Attorneys are expected back in court Friday afternoon to discuss a possible delay in starting the trial.

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 -- Victoria Kim

Photo: Michael Jackson. Credit: Associated Press

 
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Whether he injected or swallowed the drug(s), it was this doctor's duty to keep him alive , not that I really cared about his patient.

Here we go! Can't wait to see what happens next!

There's two-sides to every story!

DVD-"Alive! Is Michael Jackson Really Dead?"

Jaw-droppingly FACTUAL documentary! It will blow your mind

Thank goodness someone has the good sense to dismiss the defense's lame theories. Murray was negligent, gave Michael too much propofol, left him alone, didn't know CPR, had no monitoring equipment, failed to call 911 soon enough and the list goes on and on......Murray deserves more than 4 years - but we may have to settle for that. It better not be delayed AGAIN>

The judge is dead wrong to delay the trial for what reason? I don't see any reason to delay it or is the defense trying to stall or better yet sabotage the case what ever shady things the defense is trying to do it 's just only gonna backfire in their faces . He knew what he did was wrong , right is right.... wrong is wrong , and this is just down right wrong what he did period. I really hope the judge puts his foot down once he start catching on to those sneaking defense lawyers they had more than enough time to build their case. I feel bad for the Jackson family but stay strong . The American justice system sucks really bad what waste of time his letting the defense throw away.`

Lady J you have the whole case solved,you forget about one thing.Michael Jackson knew what he was taking and knew the risks.if his family was worried about him they would helped before he died.so is really to blame every one but did any one break the law I dont think so.the hardest thing that doctor had to protect Michael was Michael himself.this blame game is just a big waste of tax payers money and the DAs trying to pretend they do something.

Only reason prosecution needs this forensic witness is Murray is raising cocamanie concept of Michael ingesting. NOW Murray needs a continuance because he doesn't like with the prosecution has come up with to refute his nonsense? Come on folks, will this be tried BEFORE the case actually sees the inside of a courtroom. And what will happen with the jury supposed to be picked next week if the case is delayed yet again. Murray, give it, you are going down.

it is very dangerous to give IV anesthetic agent like propofol without proper monitoring.

The late MJ should have hired an anesthetist instead of a cardiologist and might as well invested & install medical equpiments like AED or even a ventilator .

then again he does not have medical knowledge to know the risk that he was facing .

the doctor should have anticipated what was going to happen but i guess he never did .

Dr. Murray is guilty of gross negligence in the treatment of his one and only patient, Michael Jackson.

It was the good doctor who ordered the propofol from a pharmacy in Nevada which has now been shut down. It was the good doctor who administered the propofol, an anesthetic known to suppress breathing, to Jackson in a home environment with no medical equipment available to resuscitate if the need should arise. It was the good doctor who did not monitor Jackson, but instead left the room after administering propofol to him. It was the good doctor who waited a half hour before calling 911 to get help. It was the good doctor who did not inform the paramedics when they arrived that he had administered propofol to Jackson. Furthermore, it was the good doctor who was working outside of his area of expertise; he is a cardiologist, not an anesthesiologist.

Dr. Murray is Guilty as charged!

To frankie4 | April 30, 2011 at 03:38 PM

It doesn't matter if Jackson was a raging drug addict, prescription or otherwise (he wasn't). It doesn't matter if Jackson felt relentless pressure to perform (may have; may not have). It doesn't matter if Jackson was flat broke (highly unlikely). It doesn't matter if Jackson gave himself an overdose of propofol (highly implausible). It doesn’t even matter if someone other than Murray gave him an injection of propofol (a remote possibility). In any and every situation in which Jackson may have been, it's clear that Conrad Murray (1) inappropriately administered a potentially lethal anesthesia; (2) outside a hospital setting; (3) without formal and necessary training; (4) without proper monitoring equipment; (5) then left his patient unattended; (6) then failed to immediately call 911; and (7) then failed to inform arriving paramedics about his use of propofol. Murray bore sole responsibility to treat his patient according to the standard of care, which Murray failed to do. Michael Jackson is not on trial here. Conrad Murray is the only defendant on trial. I hope the jury remembers this. More importantly, I hope Judge Michael Pastor remembers this and rules appropriately from the bench.


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