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Murray's New Lawyer -- I Know Propofol

1/8/2010 7:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Dr. Conrad Murray's new lawyer claims he's the best of the best when it comes to cases involving Propofol and death -- and dude has the track record to prove it.

dr.conrad murry , michel flanagan, michael jackson

TMZ spoke to J. Michael Flanagan who told us, "I'm probably the only attorney in town that has successfully tried a Propofol case involving death."

Back in 2004, Flanagan defended a nurse who was accused of wrongly administering the stuff to a patient who later died. The nurse was charged with involuntary manslaughter -- the same crime we're told the D.A. is likely to charge Murray with. But with Flanagan by her side, the nurse was acquitted.

As for Murray's role in the Michael Jackson case, Flanagan told us, "I am totally unaware of any facts that would give rise to an involuntary manslaughter charge."

As TMZ first reported, the LAPD is expected to hand over their case to the L.A. District Attorney in a matter of weeks. We're told the D.A will almost certainly criminally charge Murray in MJ's death.

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Cali MJ Fan    

CORRECTED RE POST: (last one included garbage from the page-- Sorry)

. NURSE FOUND NOT GUILTY IN PATIENT DEATH VERDICT: 'MISTAKE IN JUDGMENT'.

Byline: Alex Dobuzinskis Staff Writer

PASADENA - A former Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center nurse was acquitted Wednesday of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a terminally ill Burbank man who was given a powerful drug without doctor's orders.

Amy Brunner, 26, was accused of leaving the anesthetic Diprivan in a syringe on June 7, 2003, for fellow nurse Kelly Miyasato, 32, to administer to Pierre Azar, 80, who was suffering from cancer. Azar was pronounced dead 10 minutes after Miyasato administered the drug.

Brunner's attorney, J. Michael Flanagan, said jurors found that Azar's death resulted from ``a mistake in judgment'' but not manslaughter on the part of Brunner.

``She's feeling very, very relieved that this nightmare has come to an end,'' Flanagan said.

The state Board of Registered Nursing has filed administrative charges against both nurses. Hearings on those charges are scheduled for March, but they still have their licenses. Brunner is working as a nurse in a medical office, Flanagan said.

The jury deliberated all day Wednesday at Pasadena Superior Court and came back Thursday morning and returned its verdict.

``While Ms. Brunner violated the medical center's policy as well as the scope of her nursing practice by providing a medication without a doctor's prescription, we are aware that she never meant to harm the patient. She was only trying to help another nurse in the care of the patient,'' Patrick Petre, the hospital's administrator, said in a statement.

The nurses are no longer working at the hospital.

Miyasato pleaded no contest Monday to practicing medicine without certification and had an involuntary manslaughter charge dismissed. She was sentenced to five years' probation and 350 hours of community service.

Diprivan, a fast-acting drug that can stop a patient from breathing, is only supposed to be administered through a syringe if the patient is breathing with a respirator and if a doctor is present, according to according to prosecutors. Miyasato gave Azar, who was not on a respirator, the drug in the early morning hours, when no doctor was nearby.

Flanagan said he is in settlement negotiations with the Board of Registered Nursing and that Brunner will not lose her license. An attorney for the agency would not confirm whether those negotiations are under way.

, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office, said ``this was a case that needed to be taken to a jury.

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/NURSE+FOUND+NOT+GUILTY+IN+PATIENT+DEATH+VERDICT:+'MISTAKE+IN+JUDGMENT'-a0124231339

Here Board revoked her license, etc: http://rn.ca.gov/public/rn604898.pdf

Posted at 6:24PM on Jan 8th 2010 by Cali MJ Fan

1716 days ago
47.

tom    

I think the nurse/doctor are way different. I doubt they drugged him all up before the last shot, dont think they walked out of the room to chat on the cellphone - which the records will show. They were sympathetic characters, he wont be. The drug is a small part of this case. I would not despair. As long as marsha clark and chris darden dont try the thing, we should be okay.

1716 days ago
48.

Ball`s has no Ball`s    

Ask Deb,she know`s it All!She need`s Propofol!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1716 days ago
49.

Glenda in Texas    

"almost certainly"

hahahahaha!!!!! Laughing my ass off!

1716 days ago
50.

nan    

who is paying for this lawyer..isnt he broke.or is this a publicity hound lawyer..if he is not doing it free i would like to know who is behind paying murrays legal bills....also i thought the thing was you are not supposed to give this stuff unless in a hospital and he wasnt licences in ca?..he already admitted giving it to him so he should be held accountable

1716 days ago
51.

ric    

also i thought the thing was you are not supposed to give this stuff unless in a hospital
Posted at 6:49PM on Jan 8th 2010 by nan


That's not true.

1716 days ago
52.

nan    

ric explain please..what do you mean , you can give it outside a hospital?

1716 days ago
53.

whatever    

I bet you the nurse that this lawyer got off, was probably in a hospital setting though. That's the difference.

1716 days ago
54.

ric    

ric explain please..what do you mean , you can give it outside a hospital?

Posted at 6:56PM on Jan 8th 2010 by nan

nan what I mean is, and I just found this out myself today thanks to some really well informed posters here, is that while it is frowned upon there is no law that states that propofol has to be administered in a hospital setting. Not yet at least.

1716 days ago
55.

Michelle    

TMZ thank you for a clear picture of Michael and a fuzzy one of Murray. That is how it is suppose to be.

I pray for Justice for Michael and his children! Finally!

1716 days ago
56.

fordtocarr    

COMMON!!!!!! How can you even think a man could be arrested if there is no one dead?? Can't you see? Why do you think they stall? Why do you think the hospital never released a statement? Why no arrest? Why why why? Why do they keep giving way "outs" like they haven't heard of a case pending, he may NOT get indited, he may only get a couple years...and we all know the crime scene was violated...another "out". You can't convict on manslaughter or murder if the person is alive. Why were the kids or family not crying? Why not

1716 days ago
57.

nan    

ric..thanks for that info... but lets face it ..that s@cks...i know this is going to be high profile but i would still love to know who hooked this doctor up with this lawyer..even if this lawyer is doing it for free publicity , thats going to cost him alot in time and money himself..i just wonder if there is someone with deep pockets bankrolling it..

1716 days ago
58.

OhWell    

Dr. Conrad Murray Is Innocent.

1716 days ago
59.

Cathy    

Well, I have a gut feeling that Murray will get off free and clear. I hope it doesn't happen, but that's what I expect. In my heart, I feel that this guy's greed clouded his judgment (if he had any to begin with) and that he just wasn't that bright and would've done anything for the almighty dollar. I think he was chatting on the phone with his baby mamma while Michael's breath was slowing down and stopping. I think when he discovered Michael dead, he must've though "oooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh shiiiiitttttttttttttt" and spent more time covering his tracks before he even called an ambulance. But can any of this be proven in a court of law? Probably not.

I think when this case is over, I'll have the same sickening feeling I had when OJ was acquitted. But there is one final judge whom we all have to face. And that one isn't influenced by fancy lawyers and legal tricks.

1716 days ago
60.

Ball`s has no Ball`s    

49. COMMON!!!!!! How can you even think a man could be arrested if there is no one dead?? Can't you see? Why do you think they stall? Why do you think the hospital never released a statement? Why no arrest? Why why why? Why do they keep giving way "outs" like they haven't heard of a case pending, he may NOT get indited, he may only get a couple years...and we all know the crime scene was violated...another "out". You can't convict on manslaughter or murder if the person is alive. Why were the kids or family not crying? Why not

Posted at 7:08PM on Jan 8th 2010 by fordtocarr I hate to say it but,he IS dead.We all miss him but,he is DEAD.So is Elvis. THANK YOU VARY MUCH.

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