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Dr. Conrad Murray -- Too Early to Deal

1/11/2010 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Dr. Conrad Murray -- who is in the crosshairs of the Michael Jackson homicide investigation -- is in no position to even discuss plea bargaining a criminal case ... this according to his lawyer.

Dr. Conrad Murray and J. Michael Flanagan

Attorney Michael Flanagan tells TMZ he has already been in touch with Pat Dixon, the Head Deputy District Attorney in the L.A. County D.A.'s office, and Dixon is not sharing any info about the case against Dr. Murray. According to Flanagan, Dixon said he can't share information in a case that could go to the L.A. County Grand Jury.

A spokesperson for the D.A.'s office tells TMZ Flanagan did speak with Dixon on Friday, but all Dixon said was he could not discuss the case. The spokesperson says Dixon never mentioned a possible grand jury.

As we first reported, there is a "strong likelihood" the D.A. will go after Dr. Murray for involuntary manslaughter, but it's not a done deal.

Law enforcement sources say they don't know if the big wigs in the D.A.'s office will sign off on involuntary manslaughter. The LAPD will be formally presenting the case to the D.A. soon, and the presentation, we're told, will be critical in the decision-making process.

Flanagan tells TMZ as far as he knows Dr. Murray has not violated any law in connection with Michael Jackson's medical care the day he died. Flanagan believes it will be "very difficult" for the D.A. to base a case on gross negligence -- a requirement in proving involuntary manslaughter. As Flanagan puts it, even if there's proof of "an error in judgment," it's a giant leap for a jury to conclude the lapse of judgment constitutes manslaughter.

But, law enforcement sources say the LAPD has experts who have gone on record saying Dr. Murray's conduct constitutes gross negligence that supports a manslaughter prosecution.

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91.

rickyrickrick    

DOCTOR killed our MJ.

1725 days ago
92.

Look at all the WJ spermette cheerleaders on TMZ. WJ rahrahrah!    

Nurses are praying for the truth to come out--that Dr. Murray did everything right when it came to treating MJ.

1725 days ago
93.

katarina    

bunch of lies everywhere...

1725 days ago
94.

rickyrickrick    

MJ could STILL be alive and SINGING if it were not 4 this stupid doctor.

1725 days ago
95.

Truth Unblinded    

Dr Conrad Murray for President in 2012!

He has my vote!!!!!!

1725 days ago
96.

Look at all the WJ spermette cheerleaders on TMZ. WJ rahrahrah!    

62. MJ could STILL be alive and SINGING if it were not 4 the dope taking dope.

1725 days ago
97.

Look at all the WJ spermette cheerleaders on TMZ. WJ rahrahrah!    

Dr. Murray has my vote!!

Give him the Nobel Peace Prize too.

1725 days ago
98.

Look at all the WJ spermette cheerleaders on TMZ. WJ rahrahrah!    

bunch of lies dopers...

1725 days ago
99.

thetrue    

To comment 52.

With your comment you support all drug dependent of this world, good job.

1725 days ago
100.

Truth Unblinded    

Dr Conrad Murray showed Michael Jackson who the real HNIC was.

1725 days ago
101.

Random Angel    

Good Morning All,

As Flanagan puts it, even if there's proof of "an error in judgment," it's a giant leap for a jury to conclude the lapse of judgment constitutes manslaughter.

Um, the "error in judgment" resulted in a man's death.

Not too smart of Flanagan to even allude to the fact an "error in judgment" may have been committed. As a defense attorney he should know this. It just opens the door for the manslaughter charge.

1725 days ago
102.

Look at all the WJ spermette cheerleaders on TMZ. WJ rahrahrah!    

All angels know CM did nothing wrong.

1725 days ago
103.

Look at all the WJ spermette cheerleaders on TMZ. WJ rahrahrah!    

CM=The KING OF PEACE

1725 days ago
104.

katie    

well, here is what I think..I believe that they will try to prove that there WAS NO MEDICAL NEED TO USE PROPOFOL ON THE PATIENT. They can't prove the time of death due to the temperature in the room that Michael was in. They will prove that the "crime scene" was comprimised, and therefore the "chain of evidence" was also comprimised. From there, I believe that they will have to prove that the Propofol was ordered by, delivered to, and administered by Dr. Murray. So far reports have said, Dr. Murray admitted giving Michael Propofol. His attorney now claims that he gave NOTHING to Michael that could have killed him. Its my understanding that Propofol CAN kill you. Curious? Will he try to back out of that now? Will he claim he was misunderstood, that he had been trying to "wean" Michael off of Propofol on other nights, but not the mourning in question? Depending on the evidence, (that wasn't comprimised) this may or may not ever make it to court. Maybe Murray will claim that Michael was already addicted to Propofol when he came into the picture and that there WAS A MEDICAL NEED to use it in order to "wean" him off of it like he claims. We'll see!

1725 days ago
105.

Truth Unblinded    

Everyone this is Micheal. Please leave Dr Murray alone. If it wasn't for him I wouldn't be here with Satan's son Damien in Hell. Heee heeeeeee! Thank you Dr Murray!!!!!!!

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