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Conrad Murray trial: Attorney puzzled by request for CPR machine

September 28, 2011 | 10:59 am

An attorney for the company producing Michael Jackson's comeback shows testified Wednesday she was puzzled by Dr. Conrad Murray’s requests for a CPR machine and a second physician as part of his contract to care for the pop singer.

When Kathy Jorrie remarked that resuscitation equipment would probably be at the London venue where Jackson was to perform, Murray said he “wouldn’t want to take a chance,” Jorrie testified.

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Murray said “he will be putting on an extraordinary performance,” she recalled. “Because of that, given his age and the strenuous performance he was putting on, he needed to be sure if something went wrong, he [would have] a CPR machine.”

He also said he needed a second doctor in case he was tired or unavailable, she testified.

When she asked for Murray’s help in collecting Jackson's medical records from the last five years for insurance purposes, Murray said he had been the singer’s personal physician for three years, but the volume of records would be “very tiny” because of how stellar the singer's health was, Jorrie testified.

An attorney for Murray, Michael Flanagan, asked Jorrie if she ever spoke to the physician about “nighttime services” Jackson would need.

“Not a hint,” she responded.


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Photo: Lawyer Kathy Jorrie testifies that she drafted the contract for AEG Live 10 days before Michael Jackson's death. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times