Conrad Murray Trial Update
October 28, 2011 by staff
Conrad Murray Trial Update, Two in the battle of the experts Round propofol enters its final phase on Friday in the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor as the expert in anesthesiology resumes defense testimony began Thursday.
Dr. Paul White is expected to address the findings of the criminal anesthesiologist Dr. Steven Shafer, whose previous testimony spread over a week manslaughter trial for Dr. Conrad Murray.
When the direct examination of defense White concludes, probably around noon Friday, the court recess until Monday morning when the prosecution will begin its examination, according to a transcript of a meeting in the office of judge.
Closing arguments could come as soon as Tuesday in the trial that began in late September.
Dr. White said that after reviewing the reports, tests andanlysis by researchers at Jackson’s death was not convinced Dr. Murray was responsible.
“I was a bit perplexed by how this was determined that Dr. Murray was the infusion of propofol,” said White. “It was obvious to me, I thought they were questions.”
A specialist in drug addiction testified Thursday that Jackson was “probably addicted” to a powerful painkiller given during frequent visits to the dermatologist in Beverly Hills in the three months before his death.
Dr. Robert Waldman was called by the defense, in an effort to show Jackson insomnia the day of his death may have been caused by the removal of Demerol injections to be administered with botox injections, treatments that Dr. Murray knew nothing.
White, who is the last witness before the defense is based, spent most of the first two hours to establish their credentials as one of the world’s leading experts in the surgical anesthetic propofol, which the coroner ruled was the drug principal that killed Jackson.
The rivalry between the personal and professional Dr. White and Dr. Shafer played a strange role in the testimony on Thursday.
Shafer long white friendship has been tested during the trial Murray, including an incident last week which led to the judge to schedule a hearing for contempt of court against targets for the next month.
At one point Thursday, White suggested that someone “says Dr. Shafer you need to learn to spell plasma,” because it was misspelled in a graphic you have created. The prosecutor said Shafer not make the chart.
White, however, tried to downplay their rivalry with Shafer when the judge wrongly called White “Dr. Shafer” a second time.
“I take as a compliment, really,” said White.
White and Shafer, who are on opposite sides in this trial may have a product of the anesthesia as a result of developing new preparations to declare, said White.
Both experts commissioned studies on the possibility that Jackson could have ingested a lethal dose of propofol, which both have been discarded. But they heard that propofol can be absorbed by the tissues of the mouth, said White.
He and Shafer agreed during the talks pending court to declare that might be able to develop a lollipop propofol as a “non-invasive device sedation.”
Shafer testified last week concluded that the “single stage” that fits the scientific evidence is that Jackson was on an intravenous drip of propofol for three hours before his death and that Murray did not realize when he stopped breathe.
Shafer acknowledged that it was possible that Jackson, Murray, might have been the one to start leaking at a rate of fatal, but prosecutors argue that it would make no difference in the guilt of Murray.
The defense expects the testimony of White and Waldman, its last two witnesses, will convince jurors that Jackson was given a drug overdose that killed him, while Murray was not looking.
The coroner ruled the Los Angeles County Jackson June 25, 2009, death was the result of “acute intoxication of propofol” in combination with various sedatives.
The defense theory that Jackson is desperate, fearing that his comeback concerts could be canceled unless she found sleep elusive, self-administered propofol that Murray was trying to wean.
Prosecutors say Murray is responsible for his death but gave no final and fatal dose because it was criminally reckless in the use of surgical anesthesia to help Jackson sleep without precautions.
The defense contends Jackson became addicted to painkillers Demerol through frequent visits to the clinic in Beverly Hills Dr. Arnold Klein Dermatology in the months before his death. Murray was not aware of addiction, and therefore unable to understand why I could not sleep aid Jackson, says the defense.
During testimony Thursday morning Waldman, addictions specialist, defense attorney Ed Chernoff medical records show Jackson Klein maintained under the name “Omar Arnold”. Records show at least 24 visits from March 12 until June 22, 2009, three days before his death. Jackson’s defense said previously received 6500 milligrams of Demerol in Klein’s clinic during these visits.
Jackson received 900 milligrams of Demerol in Klein’s clinic over three days in early May, the records showed.
Waldman the last word “dose of stiffness.”
Waldman stated that in his review of medical records and “based on what is known of his public behavior that he was probably addicted” to Demerol.
“Six weeks of very frequent use of high doses of opioid dependence may develop in any of us,” said Waldman.
The defense also tried plugging the Demerol to Jackson’s ill health in some trials for the concerts of his return and at other times when he complained that hot and cold at the same time.
Patients described as opioid withdrawal as “the worst case of flu that has had,” said Waldman.
While Demerol was not found in the blood or the body of Jackson during his autopsy, the defense contends that played a role in his death. His inability to sleep, that Murray was trying to solve the day of his death could have been a direct symptom of drug withdrawal.
“Anxiety, restlessness and insomnia” are “very common” Demerol withdrawal symptoms, said Waldman.
Jackson’s personal assistant, Michael Williams, Emir, said before Jackson’s visits to Dr. Klein was “very fair” in his last months.
“At times it was almost every day,” Klein’s office and Jackson often appear intoxicated when he left the safety of Jackson, head of Muhammad Faheem said.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor resolved before while the defense could use the medical records of Klein, who could not call his doctor or his staff to testify at trial.
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