Conrad Murray Trial Reports
November 2, 2011 by staff
Conrad Murray Trial Reports, Lawyers in the murder trial Wednesday Conrad Murray will face the court to prepare their closing arguments, a day after the doctor refused to testify in his defense in the death of singer Michael Jackson.
Murray announced in court on Tuesday that will not stand, pausing to look at each one of his lawyers for several seconds before telling the judge: “My decision is to not testify in this matter.”
His decision to remain silent ended defense case in the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor, setting the stage for closing arguments Thursday.
The end of the testimony was emotional for dozens of fans of the singer who converged at the court of Los Angeles County during the six-week trial.
One fan was removed from the court after shouting “Murderer, Murderer” in Murray, as he walked down the hallway during a break Tuesday.
Fans also surrounded and yelled at the defense of anesthesiology expert Dr. Paul White, while waiting for a taxi on the sidewalk of the courthouse. Others lined both sides of the aisle and hands while members of the Jackson family over.
Parents Joe and Katherine Jackson attended court on Tuesday, along with her daughter, LaToya Jackson and his youngest son, Randy Jackson.
As Katherine and LaToya out of court, they took with them several signals used by the fans in angry protests every day.
Prosecutors briefly recalled in anesthesiology expert, Dr. Steven Shafer, a rebuttal of the defense expert Dr. Paul White propofol before resting their case Tuesday morning.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor met with attorneys from both sides on Tuesday afternoon to discuss what exhibits are admitted as evidence and what are the instructions given jurors before deliberations begin Thursday.
The prosecution argues that the use of surgery Murray anesthetic propofol to treat insomnia Jackson at his home, deviated from the standard of care expected of a doctor as well that made him criminally responsible for the death of Jackson.
Murray has pleaded not guilty.
If Murray had decided to tell the jury his version of what happened the day of the pop star died under his care, would have been at risk of intense questioning by the Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney David Walgren.
Demonstrated its ability Walgren questioned again on Monday in a fierce battle with White on the theory of defense expert anesthesiology that Jackson died from the drugs he himself gave.
White finished his testimony Tuesday morning.
White bruises on his battle with Walgren on Monday include a citation for contempt of court and fined 1,000 and not after he ignored repeated warnings from Pastor to refer to their personal conversations with Murray.
Walgren insisted that Blanco’s response to your questions based solely on what he knew Murray’s interview with police, not what Murray said in private. Otherwise it would have been a way for the defense to present the defendant’s statements without him having to testify.
“Nice try,” said the pastor of the defense and ruled that he could not do that.
Walgren spent much of Monday trying to discredit what White said during his testimony Friday, and get the defense expert to support the prosecution’s argument that the treatment of Murray Jackson was reckless.
Murray admitted that White deviated from the standards of care, but I would not agree that was so “severe and extreme” that make Murray criminal liability for the death of Jackson. Murray deviations were “perhaps from mild to severe, but not extreme,” he said.
Walgren also succeeded in getting agreement that White would not have done what he did Murray – Jackson taking sedatives work almost every night at home with propofol.
“No amount of money” could come to take the job, White said. “Absolutely not,” he said. “That would be a job you never accept the possibility.”
Prosecutors say greed led Murray to leave his medical practice and set aside ethics to serve as Jackson’s private physician and 150,000 a month.
But the biggest battle between black and Walgren, competed competing theories of how Jackson died and scientific evidence to support them.
The County coroner ruled that Jackson Los Angeles June 25, 2009, death was caused by “acute intoxication of propofol” in combination with two sedatives.
White concluded that the level of drugs found in Jackson’s stomach, blood and urine, convinced him that Jackson died after propofol was injected quickly into the top of a large dose of lorazepam swallowed a hours before.
Shafer, the expert for the prosecution of propofol, concluded the “single stage” that fits the scientific evidence is that Jackson was in a constant intravenous drip of propofol for three hours before his death.
Shafer also testified that Murray must also be injected Jackson with a series of large doses of lorazepam, sedative one hour before his death.
White’s theory that Jackson could have “pushed” the drug into a catheter in the leg with a syringe in a 15 – to 30-second period, much faster than a physician would.
“I think it could have fatal consequences,” said White.
Under questioning Monday, White said he believed that Jackson used the same syringe was loaded with propofol Murray an hour early to give Jackson an injection of 25 milligrams. Murray is filled with 50 mg initially, leaving half full in Jackson’s bedroom, on the theory of White.
White ruled that Murray would have injected the fatal dose unless “potentially want to hurt Mr. Jackson.”
Walgren asked Jackson if he thought White intention of hurting.
“I do not think he realized the potential danger,” White said.
The defense contends Jackson was desperate for sleep, for fear of their comeback concerts would be canceled if you missed another test of the lack of sleep.
Walgren White pressed for an opinion on the decision to leave Jackson Murray alone with a syringe of propofol, given that Jackson should have known that he had “pushed” propofol syringe before.
“No, I did not leave the room,” he said.
Prosecutors say Murray is responsible for the death of Jackson, but did not give the final and fatal dose because he was reckless in the use of surgical anesthesia to help Jackson sleep without precautions.
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