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Dr. Murray As 'Inspirational' as Michael Jackson

2/10/2010 2:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

One of the members of Dr. Conrad Murray's legal team says he's not concerned about the possibility of a downtown L.A. jury dominated by African Americans, because "Dr. Murray is as much of an inspiration as Michael Jackson was."

Dr. Murray As 'Inspirational' as Michael Jackson

J. Michael Flanagan tells TMZ Dr. Murray is a man of "humble means who became very successful" and a jury will appreciate that.

Flanagan also told us the defense team has received a summary of the official investigation, but he says the L.A. County District Attorney's Office has informed Murray's lawyers it will take several weeks before the D.A. gives them a copy of the full file.

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46.

Jakson Fan    

Murray should be arrested! Why did he run away? Ah? as a factor in consciousness.I honestly do not believe Michael is dead ... You're always in our hearts, in our thinking, in everything we do.There may have been people who did not like him ... but he was an extremely dear almost a perfect person.Murray going to pay much more than just being sentenced.He still will regret much of what he did ...
Michael you are the one !! :D

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47.

MiMi    


Michael Jackson's doctor's case may hinge on his police statement


Cardiologist Conrad Murray's comments about giving the singer the anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid could make or break the involuntary manslaughter case.

On Monday, Dr. Conrad Murray pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)



By Harriet Ryan and Jack Leonard

February 10, 2010
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On a Saturday evening last summer, Dr. Conrad Murray met with two police detectives at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Marina del Rey. Outside, the world was in shock over the death of Michael Jackson, and inside a room at the posh waterfront hotel, the investigators wanted answers from the last person to see him alive. With his lawyer by his side, Murray talked for more than three hours. The interview ended with him a free man.

More than seven months later, Murray faces an involuntary manslaughter charge in a case that legal experts said may hinge on the physician's own words.

In that June interview, Murray volunteered information expected to form the backbone of the prosecution's case: That he gave Jackson the surgical anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid and left the singer alone and under the influence of the dangerously potent drug.

"If there had been no admissions, you would be left wondering what happened and the prosecution would have to come up with their own theory," said Vesna Maras, a former Los Angeles County prosecutor who tried medical legal cases, including one involving a propofol death. "He's the one who laid out exactly what happened. It doesn't get better than that."

On Monday, Murray pleaded not guilty. His lawyer said the doctor's willingness to talk with police shows he had nothing to hide.

"In some respects, it's vital to the defense," attorney Ed Chernoff said. "If the first time Dr. Murray would've explained what happened in that room was to the jury, then . . . they would've said, 'Why didn't you tell this to the cops right away?' "

He added that the parts of the interview cited in public records were "cherry picked" by investigators and failed to give a complete picture of what the doctor told police.

When Murray sat down with detectives June 27, two days after Jackson died, the cause of the singer's death remained unclear. Murray's attorney said the doctor agreed to an interview because he was as baffled as the rest of the world as to what killed Jackson and wanted to help police.

But, Chernoff said, Murray, 56, would have become a suspect whether he talked to police or not. He had identified himself to paramedics as Jackson's personal physician, and propofol bottles found in the singer's bedroom could easily be traced to him.

"If he hadn't spoken to them, the police would only be left with the impression that the doctor recklessly pumped a large amount of propofol into Jackson without any precaution, without any reason," Chernoff said.

Murray told the officers he had been giving Jackson propofol nightly for six weeks, starting about the time he began working for the performer, according to police affidavits filed in court. He said Jackson told him that, for years, other doctors had been treating his chronic insomnia with propofol. Murray said he eventually became concerned that the singer was addicted and tried to wean him off the anesthetic.

According to court records, Murray told police that on the day Jackson died, he tried to get the performer to sleep using Valium and later two other sedatives. But Jackson remained awake, demanding propofol. The doctor said that after nine hours, he finally relented and gave the singer 25 milligrams -- half the regular dose. He said he sat next to Jackson's bed as the propofol took effect and after 10 minutes left to use the restroom. He said he was gone for no longer than two minutes and when he returned, Jackson had stopped breathing.

Paramedics were not summoned immediately. Murray's attorney said it took nearly half an hour because of difficulties contacting the singer's security in the house; the police affidavit suggests it was closer to an hour and 20 minutes. Cellphone records indicate that Murray also talked on the phone for 47 minutes around the time he told police he was trying to revive the singer, according to the affidavit. His lawyer said police got the timeline wrong.

Prosecutors are likely to seize on differences between what Murray told police and what he told medical personnel trying to revive Jackson. According to the affidavits, Murray told paramedics and emergency room doctors that he had given the singer one sedative, the anti-anxiety drug lorazepam, but never mentioned propofol.

"That's a telling omission. He knows it's wrong. He knows he is not supposed to be fooling around with propofol," said Dr. Bryan A. Liang, a physician

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48.

evej41    

thank you for this,,,,, thank you very much michael jackson we love you very much and you will be so very missed...dr conrad murray this is the man you killed this is the man you took away from the world and the DO NOT FORGIVE YOU ..... JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL J. JACKSON ......

43. INSPIRATIONAL IS:

Jackson, like his close friend Elizabeth Taylor, was one of the first entertainers to enlist in the fight against AIDS/HIV, and he went on to contribute and raise hundreds of millions of dollars to help sick children, set up scholarship funds, and to find new ways for entertainers to raise money and awareness for causes.


He also helped set the standard of generosity for other entertainers, particularly pop stars. His song "We Are the World," which he co-wrote with Lionel Richie in 1985 to help combat famine in Africa, was instrumental in changing the way rock stars generate funds for the causes to which they're devoted.

As a brilliant showman, Jackson understood that the way to raise public awareness was to employ the joy of entertainment as the ultimate appeal to people's consciences.

Noted veteran Hollywood publicist Howard Bragman: "He let his actions speak for him, and those actions were big, grand gestures."

* He donated proceeds from the 1988 song "Man in the Mirror" to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, a camp for children who suffer from cancer.

* He equipped a 19-bed-unit at Mount Sinai New York Medical Center for cancer research and donated part of the earnings from his Victory Tour to the United Negro College Fund.

* He donated all the money he received from his Pepsi endorsements -- $1.5 million -- to the Michael Jackson Burn Center for Children at Brotman Medical Center in Culver City. Jackson had been treated there when he was burned during the production of a Pepsi commercial.

* Before a concert at Wembley Stadium in 1988, Michael met with Prince Charles and Princess Diana, handing over checks totaling more than $400,000 for the Prince's Trust and a children's hospital.

* He founded the Heal the World Foundation to fight illness and poverty among children around the world.

* He boldly joined Ryan White -- a boy who was infected with HIV by contaminated blood transfusions, in his fight against the discrimination of those with AIDS -- at a time of great fear and dread over the AIDS epidemic. In 1993, Jackson was one of the stars to perform at Bill Clinton's presidential inauguration. Before he sang "Gone Too Soon," he talked about the plight of those with AIDS and mentioned Ryan, who died of the disease in 1990.

http://articles.latimes.com/2009/jul/08/entertainment/et-cause8

After the infamous fire on the set of a Pepsi commercial left Jackson with burns to his scalp in 1984, he sued Pepsi and donated the $1.5 million he received to a burn center in California. In 1992, Jackson created the Heal the World Foundation, which gave to needy children around the world, provided relief during the war in Bosnia and funded drug and alcohol abuse education. Although the foundation was shut down in 2002 (reportedly because they failed to file yearly accounting statements), the foundation reopened in 2006. Its Web site lists its mission as “trying to improve the condition of all mankind.” A Chronicle of Philanthropy article also lists the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation as charities that he supported.

http://jvaconsulting.wordpress.com/2009/07/08/michael-jackson%E2%80%94king-of-philanthropy/

“Michael Jackson’s dedication to humanitarian issues, including helping to raise untold millions of dollars to alleviate poverty and hunger, showed us that he understood how to use his fame to advocate for equality and freedom worldwide. Michael's compassion and vision for a better world, which he so clearly expressed in his music, will be part of his ongoing legacy,”
NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous

AIDS Project L.A.
American Cancer Society
Angel Food
Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles
BMI Foundation, Inc.
Brotherhood Crusade
Brothman Burn Center
Camp Ronald McDonald
Childhelp U.S.A.
Children's Institute International
Cities and Schools Scholarship Fund
Community Youth Sports & Arts Foundation
Congressional Black Caucus (CBC)
Dakar Foundation
Dreamstreet Kids
Dreams Come True Charity
Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
Love Match
Make-A-Wish Foundation
Minority Aids Project
Motown Museum
NAACP
National Rainbow Coalition
Rotary Club of Australia
Society of Singers
Starlight Foundation
The Carter Center's Atlanta P

1695 days ago
49.

A.M.D.    

A man of humble means with little principle, that is not a man to look up to! His character and the way he has carried himself through his course of life if what the jury will look at. The strippers he has dated, the dead beat father he was, the administration of illegal narcotics and unprofessional medical practices. This is what the jury will look at not where the man came from. How he stated out doesn't matter, it's where he ended up! Come on legal team it doesn't take a Harvard degree to figure that one out.

1695 days ago
50.

Tinkerbell    

How can they even compare him to Michael Jackson?

1695 days ago
51.

kathie    

17. I don't beleive for one minute this man had any mean or thoughtless intent.
He was just being a human friend to MJ trying to give his friend what he asked for... had human nature not taken over ... we would not even be here talking about this ,,, nothing would be wrong today.

MJ is crying from the grave ... he would not have wanted this for his buddy.
Remember MJ is about LOVE PEACE ...Not making another suffer like he did.

NONE of this WILL bring The beauiful MJ BACK :(

Posted at 1:31PM on Feb 10th 2010 by TwinklestarO

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His 'thoughtless intent' was to accept money over the logic that propofol SHOULD NEVER BE ADMINISTERED OUTSIDE OF A HOSPITAL SURGERY WARD

WITH TRAINED ANESTHESIOLOGISTS IN CONTROL MONITORING THE PATIENTS AIRWAY> RESPIRATION> OXYGEN CONCENTRATION> BLOOD PRESSURE AND RESUSCITATIVE EQUIPMENT NEARBY.

HOW THOUGHTLESS, IRRESPONSIBLE AND UTTERLY STUPID IS THAT??

1695 days ago
52.

simonalyl    

"Murray has had several brushes with the law, and now, RadarOnline.com has obtained his mug shot stemming from his arrest on domestic violence charges in 1994.
The incident involved his then-girlfriend. The doctor did stand trial, but was acquitted.
Although Murray got off back in 1994, Murray has twice been ordered to jail, as RadarOnline.com exclusively reported Wednesday.
Murray was sentenced to 10 days in jail on April 29 of this year for non-payment of child support. He was sentenced to 25 days in jail in 2007, also for non-payment of child support. Both sentences were connected to a son he fathered in California with Nenita Malibiran, RadarOnline.com learned. Murray did not go to jail either time; the sentences were stayed while he provided more financial information. He eventually paid enough money to avoid jail.
Investigators have focused on Murray in connection to Jackson's death as sources have reported the doctor administered the powerful anesthetic propofol to the singer. Asked by RadarOnline.com if he gave Jackson the drug, Murray refused to answer, through his lawyer.
A RadarOnline.com investigation revealed that the doctor has a messy personal life and has fathered many children outside of his (second) marriage.
Court records show that, over eight years from 1999 to 2007, Murray did not make any child support payments to his son by Malibiran.
And RadarOnline.com can also exclusively reveal that a second woman, Janice Adams, is accusing Murray of fathering two daughters with her in Las Vegas.
One source familiar with Murray says: "In a deposition given 10 years ago, Murray admitted to fathering six children and said that, although his wife and two children were in San Diego, Ca., he was living with another woman in Phoenix, Az."
Murray is married to Blanche, his second wife. But at least one person says that hasn't slowed down his social life." Quoted from Radaronline

1695 days ago
53.

Bay    

This is the most funniest article I have read! Its a hoax, Michael is not dead, Murray is playing his part and after he is done, Michael will be back.

1695 days ago
54.

Sue Wong    

MJ was most likely dead when Dr. Murray found him. If not, he was near dead. It didn't matter, the outcome would be the same even if all the proper equipment was available. The missing ingredient was Dr. Murray himself. He stated that MJ begged for propofol. I doubt it. He most likely ASKED for it. MJ had a hectic schedule and was unable to sleep. Most of us can relate to that when we have to go to school or work the next day. MJ didn't want to miss rehearsals and couldn't cope without sleep. Propofol was his last resort but he should have looked into other alternatives before agreeing to the concerts.
By his own words Dr. Murray said he didn't give MJ anything that should have killed him. What this says to me is that Dr. Murray didn't caution MJ that the other sedatives he was given throughout the night had not left his system and could kill him if combined with propofol. Dr. Murray went a step further in confirming this when he left without monitoring MJ. He didn't expect anything to happen. He just wasn't qualified and is guilty of gross negligence and reckless endangerment of human life.
Dr. Murray will likely get his license taken away and probation at the most. He's a sympathetic character, a well spoken and respectable looking man. Juries find it difficult to convict doctors. MJ's addiction will also be called into question and that's why the DA went for a lower charge. They have the evidence for a higher charge but I think they made the right call on this one. However, they made the defense feel more confident by waiting so long to press charges, going for the lower charge and having Murray surrender. They need to look at the other propofol case Dr. Murray's lawyer won to get a idea where the defense might go.
This is a sad case. MJ trusted Dr. Murray and his children also trusted the doctor to take care of their father.

1695 days ago
55.

sue    

janalal4-mimi, i hope you guys have a wonderful day everyone else also (sigh) off to work!! i miss you michael more!!! sue from tampa

1695 days ago
56.

nan    

he is not inspirational to anyone...that is just a lawyer talking through his behind..as for his humble beginnings, he certainly dropped his poor patients when he got the chance to hang out with mj..i dont think he gave mike that garbage because his so called friend asked for it..i think he was afraid he would lose his job.....harvey said the guy was strutting around the staples center like he owned the place..the propyl ,sp. sorry, was his way of controlling michael and being needed...celebrity went to his head ...

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57.

Who Cares reads a wonder    

Wacko Jacko gave aveage $10.00 to each charity for a .000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001% of his yearly gross INCOME.They paid him ??? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ??

1695 days ago
58.

POWER TO THE WHITE PEOPLE    

Posted at 3:00PM on Feb 10th 2010 by President of W.J.fan club



WERE DID YOU JOIN THE WACKO JACKO FAN CLUB?

1695 days ago
59.

Who Cares reads a wonder    

I.R.S and WACKO'S CHARITY did he forget this BILL also or blame it on someone else BUT GIVE ME THE TITLE so I can claim the IMAGE OF A GOOD GUY

1695 days ago
60.

Maria    

Before continuing forward in accepting everything we see, could your investigative team please identify the person noted in this YouTube video and the same as noted seated in the courtroom yesterday?

This YouTube video was posted by "mjdhor" {I have no idea who this person is}, and it presents the same type of question which has haunted the "MJ Death" saga from the beginning. Many questions ~ Not many beLIEvable answers.

Please note 1:26, and then 2:52.

Since TMZ was there LIVE, I am sure they perused the courtroom with a "who's who" eye, so they probably would have questioned and/or know who this person is. And then, of course, why was he "coincidentally" and so extremely mistaken for Dr. Conrad Murray. True flub or just the truth caught peeking? Please take the time to look and inform.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0dfprshkx4

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