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Wednesday
Jan042012

Conrad Murray's Medical License Suspended by California Board

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- More bad news for Michael Jackson's former doctor. Conrad Murray has had his medical license suspended by the Medical Board of California.

The decision was made because of his felony conviction.  Murray was convicted in November of involuntary manslaughter in connection with Michael Jackson's death in 2009.

The board states that Murray cannot practice medicine while his license is suspended.  He's currently serving a four year sentence in a Los Angeles jail, but is appealing his conviction.

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Tuesday
Nov292011

Conrad Murray to Be Sentenced Tuesday Morning

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Approximately three weeks after he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death, Conrad Murray will be sentenced by a Los Angeles judge Tuesday morning.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Pacific time.  The doctor has been in jail since his conviction.

Prosecutors are calling for a four-year prison sentence for Murray.  His lawyers have asked the judge to sentence him to probation.

ABC News legal analyst Royal Oakes has speculated that if Murray does get the maximum sentence, it's possible he won't spend much time behind bars due to overcrowding.  Because of overcrowded conditions at California prisons, a new policy keeps non-violent offenders in county jails rather than prison.  If he does receive a prison sentence, Murray may end up doing his time at the L.A. County Jail.

Murray's mother is hoping that his sentence will be a light one.

E! News reports that in a letter Milta Rush wrote for his defense team that will be presented at Tuesday's hearing, she said, "He has never been in trouble with the law before and I am barely standing, scared and worried sick about him being incarcerated."

Murray had been accused of administering a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol to Jackson in 2009.

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Monday
Nov282011

Prosecutors Want Four-Year Prison Sentence for Conrad Murray

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Prosecutors in the Conrad Murray case want a Los Angeles judge to sentence Michael Jackson's doctor to four years in prison, according to court documents filed last week.

Prosecutors also said they want Murray to pay $100 million to Jackson's children for profits lost when the King of Pop died in June of 2009.

Murray's defense team also filed court documents last week, asking the judge to sentence the doctor to probation.  Murray will be sentenced on Tuesday.

Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death on Nov. 7, and has been in jail since then.

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Monday
Nov072011

Jury to Resume Deliberations in Conrad Murray Trial

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The jury in Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial will resume deliberations Monday in Los Angeles.  The jurors ended their first day of deliberations on Friday without reaching a verdict.

Two former Michael Jackson bodyguards say the late pop star would not have wanted his personal physician to be on trial.

Javon Beard argues, "There's no way in hell that Dr. Conrad wanted to kill Mr. Jackson -- you know, why would he kill his paycheck?"

Another former Jackson bodyguard, Bill Whitfield, says of the entertainer, "He would never step into another courtroom again -- this trial brought him back into the courtroom -- his character was back into question."

Murray is accused of giving Jackson a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol in 2009.  He has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

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Thursday
Oct272011

Conrad Murray's Former Patients Testify He Is a Good Doctor

Al Seib-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Conrad Murray was emotional at his involuntary manslaughter trial in Los Angeles Wednesday, dabbing his eyes as former patients of his testified that he was a caring doctor.

The patients' statements were part of the defense team's strategy to paint Michael Jackson's doctor as a quality cardiologist unmotivated by money.

One of the patients, Gerry Causey, said Murray treated him for a heart attack 11 years ago and that they are close friends.  He said he was drawn to Murray because of "the way he cares for you and the way he makes you feel, his concern and the love he has for you."

Another patient, Andrew Guest, said he agreed to talk to the media about Murray because he wanted to show his support for the doctor.

Guest said, "I appreciate his kindness, his caring and I'm alive today because of that man."

Murray is accused of giving Jackson a fatal dose of propofol prior to the singer's death.

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Wednesday
Oct262011

Nurse, Concert Promoter Testify at Conrad Murray's Trial

Dr. Conrad Murray pictured on right. David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael Jackson's holistic nurse testified Tuesday at Conrad Murray's manslaughter trial in Los Angeles; the caregiver claims the singer asked for the powerful anesthetic propofol two months before he died in June of 2009.

Cherilyn Lee said she warned him that the drug was too dangerous to use at home, but he countered that it would be safe if a doctor monitored him while he slept.

Randy Phillips, an executive with concert promoter AEG, which organized Michael's planned This Is It concerts in London, also took the stand Tuesday.  He said Jackson had requested a London estate where he could stay, with running streams and horses.  Phillips said the King of Pop also asked for the services of Murray, whom Phillips said Jackson had "great trust in."

Phillips said there were concerns over Jackson's health in the weeks before he died, but Murray assured him the entertainer would be fine.

Murray, who's accused of giving Jackson a fatal dose of propofol prior to the singer's death, has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

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Wednesday
Oct192011

Conrad Murray Trial Resumes Wednesday with Final Prosecution Witness

Al Seib-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After a delay of a couple of days, Conrad Murray's trial resumes Wednesday in Los Angeles with testimony from propofol expert Dr. Steven Shafer.

Shafer is the prosecution's final witness, and he will wrap up his testimony either Wednesday or Thursday.

The defense will begin its case Friday, saying it will call a total of 15 witnesses before resting its case next Wednesday.

Murray is accused of giving Michael Jackson a fatal dose of propofol, a powerful anesthetic.  He has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

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Tuesday
Oct182011

Conrad Murray Trial Could Resume Wednesday

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Conrad Murray's trial is tentatively scheduled to resume Wednesday.

The defense said it wanted more time to analyze new testing conducted recently by Los Angeles County coroner's officials regarding the level of the sedative lorazepam in Michael Jackson's system at the time of his death.

The defense has theorized that Jackson swallowed eight lorazepam pills, though the coroner's tests indicate that the levels of lorazepam in his system were low.

Murray, who's accused of giving Jackson a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol, has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the pop icon's death in June of 2009.

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Wednesday
Oct122011

Michael Jackson Autopsy Photo Shown in Doctor's Manslaughter Trial

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- A photo of a dead Michael Jackson was shown in court Tuesday while the doctor who performed an autopsy on the singer told jurors that it would have been nearly impossible for Jackson to have given himself a lethal dose of drugs.

"The circumstances from my point of view do not support self administration of propofol," said Los Angeles Deputy Medical Examiner Christopher Rogers.

Jackson died of a drug overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol on June 25, 2009 after rehearsing for his comeback tour.  Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson's personal physician, could face four years of prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death.

Rogers appeared to challenge the defense's theory that Jackson gave himself a lethal dose of drugs in the two minute time period that Murray claims he was away from Jackson in a nearby bathroom.

"In order for Mr. Jackson to administer the propofol to himself, you have to believe that he... woke up, although he was at least to some extent under the influence of other sedatives, he was able to administer propofol to himself," Rogers said.

Even if a drowsy, drugged Jackson was able to self-administer the propofol, Rogers said it still takes time for the drug to circulate throughout the body and for that all to happen in a two minute period would be difficult.

Jackson's propofol was being administered by IV drip into his leg.  Rogers said that there was no white fluid resembling propofol in Jackson's throat, esophagus or stomach, debunking the possibility that the singer could have taken the propofol orally without Murray's knowledge.

During opening statements, Murray's defense attorney Ed Chernoff told jurors that Jackson gave himself a dose of propofol and the sedative lorazepam creating a "perfect storm" that killed the singer instantly.

Rogers said that Jackson's death is a homicide and that he died of acute propofol intoxication with a contributing effect from two sedatives also found in Jackson's system: lorazepam and midazolam.

In rejecting the defense's argument that Jackson took the drug without his doctor's knowledge, Rogers indicated that it was more likely that Murray accidentally overdosed Jackson.

"The ultimate scenario would be in order to keep Mr. Jackson asleep, the doctor has to give a little bit [of propofol] from time to time, which in this case is going to add up to two or three tablespoons per hour to keep him asleep," Rogers said.  "Now we did not find any precision dosing device which means that essentially the doctor would be estimating how much propofol he was giving to come up with two to three tablespoons per hour, and I think it would be easy to estimate wrong and give too much propfol."

In addition to the potentially damning testimony about Jackson's mode of death, Rogers revealed details about the pop icon's health issues at the time he died.  Rogers said that Jackson's overall health was good.  While he was extremely thin at only 136 pounds, his Body Mass Index was still in the normal range and his heart was in good shape.

The 50-year-old singer was suffering from an enlarged prostate and vitiligo, Rogers said.  Jackson had some chronic inflammation and swelling in his lungs as well as arthritis and a polyp on his colon.  The King of Pop also had an extra rib, the medical examiner noted.

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Friday
Oct072011

Coroner's Investigator Grilled by Conrad Murray's Lawyer at Trial

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Coroner's investigator Elissa Fleak returned to the stand Thursday at Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial, admitting that she did not conduct a "perfect investigation" when she collected evidence from Michael Jackson's bedroom after he died.

During cross-examination, defense attorney Ed Chernoff pushed the idea that Fleak made a number of mistakes during her investigation.  For example, he criticized Fleak for not photographing a bottle of the powerful anesthetic propofol inside an IV bag.  He also said she did not note that she'd found a bottle of propofol inside an IV bag until last March.

When Chernoff asked Fleak if she would agree that she made a substantial number of mistakes, she answered in the negative, but she told a prosecutor that she's never conducted a perfect investigation.

Later in the day, Dan Anderson, a supervising criminologist at the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, said propofol, the sedative lorazepam, and other drugs were found in small amounts in Jackson's system at the time of his death.

Murray is accused of giving his patient Jackson a fatal dose of propofol prior to the singer's death in June of 2009.

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