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Michael Jackson death: Judge rejects bid to show video

Conrad Murray in court
A day before opening statements in the trial of Michael Jackson’s personal physician, a judge ruled jurors will not see video of the pop star’s final news conference.

Lawyers for Dr. Conrad Murray had argued that the footage showed Jackson “under the influence” in public three months before his death and that it established the singer had agreed to a comeback concert series of just 10 “This Is It” shows and not the 50 ultimately scheduled.

But Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor noted Jackson never mentioned the number of shows in the video and said that it was irrelevant to how he died, the issue at Murray’s trial.

“The proposed evidence is not relevant to what may or may not have happened on June 25, 2009, or shortly beforehand,” Pastor said.

The judge also ruled that prosecutors cannot tell jurors that investigators made four unsuccessful attempts to re-interview Murray.

The physician and his lawyer met with police for a lengthy interview two days after Jackson died, but an e-mail and phone calls to the attorney and Murray’s office were not returned.

Pastor said it was not clear whether Murray ever received the requests.

The 58-year-old cardiologist faces four years in prison and the possible loss of his medical license if convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors contend he grossly violated medical norms by providing Jackson with propofol, a surgical anesthetic, at his home.

The defense maintains Jackson dosed himself.

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-- Harriet Ryan and Victoria Kim in L.A. County Superior Court

Photo: Conrad Murray in court in January. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

 
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