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Michael Jackson Concert Tours on Trial

1/1/2011 12:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned ... Michael Jackson's weakened state during various concert tours throughout his life -- as well as preparations for the London concerts that never took place -- could become powerful evidence in the defense of Dr. Conrad Murray.

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Sources connected with the criminal case tell TMZ ... there's "compelling evidence" that MJ was in weakened health whenever he went on tour. Specifically, people who went on various tours  -- including the "Bad" and "Dangerous" concerts -- say Jackson was frequently "dehydrated, medicated, and sleep-deprived." 

Just like with Dr. Murray, Jackson had a doctor who accompanied him during rehearsals and tours, attending to his needs.

The point ... the grueling concert schedules reduced MJ to a physical mess, prone to relying on and demanding drugs to sleep.
 
The "This Is It" London tour was especially grueling, because AEG added dozens of concert dates for Michael, who was already in an extremely weakened state and terrified he would fail.

All of this dovetails into a defense theory ... that Jackson felt enormous pressure to rehearse for the "This Is It" tour, and when he couldn't sleep he relied on Propofol to do the trick. The defense believes when Murray walked out of the room and Jackson woke up, he accidentally infused himself with a fatal dose of the drug out of frustration and fear. 


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76.

cawobeth    

The comments over MJ get wilder & wilder but I don't need to wonder why.

no accidents here

1339 days ago
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janalal4    

This is a great point. I wonder though, that if the defense can cast doubt on whether or not it was MURRAY who injected the overdose, and therefore get the jury to believe that the only other person who could have done it is Michael, would this mean that Murray will get off on the manslaughter charge -- or could he still be convicted of manslaughter (for the gross negligence of leaving the room) even if the jury believes that Michael MAY have pushed the infusion?

Logically, I'm just not sure they could get Murray on involuntary manslaughter if they (the jury) is not convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that he was the one who physically gave the overdose. Criminal negligence maybe, but manslaughter?

Posted at 9:34 AM on Jan 1, 2011 by Cathy

This is a very good point as well Cathy but wouldn't that fall more under something such as 'reckless endangerment' & if this were the case, the prosecution would have to include this as a 'lesser included offense' in the charges correct? Any 'legal minds' out there can answer that one?

Am I mistaken or did I read that the defense is also testing what may be an unidentified fingerprint on one of the syringes that ended up broken on the bedroom floor(presumably during the CPR efforts)? Wouldn't THAT be ugly if it came back as MJ's print? Even if he didn't inject himself but merely handled the syringe? Ugh.

1339 days ago
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EDITA ON STEROIDS    

()()()()()()FUNNY HOW MURRAY JUST NOW DECIDES TO CARE ABOUT THE WELL BEING OF MICHAEL JACKSON ()()()()()()

1339 days ago
79.

Cathy    

He Died Looking More Like Frankenstein,
See What Drugs & Being Addicted To Surgeries
Will Do To You

Posted at 9:41 AM on Jan 1, 2011 by OhWell
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Your statement should read: see what excessive FAME will do to you? It was intensive fame and its by-products that ruined him.

1339 days ago
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Cecilia    

These people will say and do whatever they can to find whatever piece of information they can use as a defense to the fact that Murray overdosed Michael..walked away to tend to his own business..and left him to die.

And it was undoubtedly his normal procedure in treating Michael to not monitor him properly in the first place as he had been treating him prior to this horrific accident.

Michael would not have been begging for an anesthesiologist had he felt Murray was doing things properly. What was Murray giving Michael the day he said that one side of his body was cold..the other hot? What sane doctor would continue treating without proper equipment or monitoring? If Murray was capable of supplying propofol then he should have been capable of supplying equipment. Things were not looking good way before Michael died.

All anyone has to do is look at the concert footage of Michael's past performances to see the level of physical and mental toll and stress his concert performances put him through..as well as traveling the world to perform them. It's not unusual to have a doctor on board when needed.

As usual, Murray was only trying to cash in and took total advantage of the 'easy target' that people thought Michael was.

Negligent and incompetent are the only words I can use in describing Murray's treatment toward Michael.

If Murray knew he wasn't capable or couldn't perform the necessary steps as an anesthesiologist to treat Michel then he should have relinquised his position and walked away.

I feel he took total advantage of the fact that Michael needed or wanted that kind of treatment from him..and that Michael trusted him as a doctor to supply that treatment safely...but Murray was underhanded from the start and money was the great motivator behind it.

No decent reputable doctor would have taken on that position in the first place..regardless of how his patients in his office feel about him as a doctor..they didn't know how financially in trouble he was...just take a look at his lifestyle and track record before this..

Murray used his medical license and position as a cardiologist to treat Michael as an anesthesiologist would...but he obviously had no knowledge or wasn't concerned enough about Michael to take the proper steps in treating him. He couldn't even perform cpr properly for crying out loud.

Murray's wrong no matter which way you look at it..no matter how many stories or excuses those lawyers try to spin.

money....money....money........the bottom line in all of this.

Money was the only motivator in this matter..

1339 days ago
81.

bigbigfanmj    

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON HERE?

Michael Jackson has told us over and over and over again for the past few decades that he cannot sleep when on tour and gets dehydrated.

How many times has he had to be rushed to the hospital and such during a tour?

He's canceled dates too.

THIS IS NOT NEWS!

Dig up ANY interview. He says it himself.

This is NOT a secret.

1339 days ago
82.

EDITA ON STEROIDS    

()()()()()() MURRAY, YOUR MISSING THE POINT HERE.. I KNOW YOU KEEP TRYING TO SAY SOMEONE INJECTED THEMSELVES...BUT THE POINT IS YOU PROVIDED PROPOFOL AND BECAUSE YOU DID THAT, SOMEONE IS NOW DEAD. GET THE POINT? ()()()()()()

1339 days ago
83.

EDITA ON STEROIDS    

()()()()()()MURRAY'S TOTAL FAN BASE OF 132 PEOPLE, ALWAYS LIKE HIS STORIES. PATHETIC ()()()()()()

1339 days ago
84.

bigbigfanmj    

I hate the picture of MJ above.

1339 days ago
85.

Cathy    

This is a very good point as well Cathy but wouldn't that fall more under something such as 'reckless endangerment' & if this were the case, the prosecution would have to include this as a 'lesser included offense' in the charges correct? Any 'legal minds' out there can answer that one?

Am I mistaken or did I read that the defense is also testing what may be an unidentified fingerprint on one of the syringes that ended up broken on the bedroom floor(presumably during the CPR efforts)? Wouldn't THAT be ugly if it came back as MJ's print? Even if he didn't inject himself but merely handled the syringe? Ugh.

Posted at 9:49 AM on Jan 1, 2011 by janalal4
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Yeah janalal, I don't know in regards to your first question. It would seem to me that yes, it would be a lesser charge, but I'm not a legal expert. Hopefully someone can clarify.

I have not read about the fingerprint. I agree with you that if it exists and comes back as Michael's, that would be EXTREMELY damaging.

1339 days ago
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janalal4    

money....money....money........the bottom line in all of this.

Money was the only motivator in this matter..

Posted at 9:52 AM on Jan 1, 2011 by Cecilia

Cecilia your post is amazingly well-said & sadly straight to the bottom of how this whole tragedy took root from the beginning-MONEY, nothing more, nothing less. How sad that MJ's life in the end was held in the hands of someone who cared so little for him & could only see $$$ signs. What MOST saw when they looked at Michael Jackson. Sad beyond words. He was the victim of countless opportunists & in the end, it didn't just cost him financially but he paid with everything he had-his life.

1339 days ago
87.

Karma    

All that autopsy shows is what was in MJ's system in the last 72 or so hours of his life
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I beg to differ with this statement. The autopsy also showed that his organs were in good condition. No sign of long term drug addiction. His kidneys and heart were in good shape. He had an issue with his lungs which were inflamed and had reduced capacity but not serious enough to be a direct or contributing cause of death.

Overall he was in good health at the time of death. So your theory doesn't fit with him being a long time addict. It would have affected his organs but his organs were pretty healthy for a man his age.

I agree he was too skinny and wasn't eating/drinking properly and Murray should have seen that and dealt with that issue, but he didn't.

Source
http://www.merinews.com/article/reports-claim-that-mjs-internal-organs-were-normal/15785472.shtml


Murray is grasping at straws.....

1339 days ago
88.

Phantom of the Opera    

1339 days ago
89.

Siggisis    

What was Murray giving Michael the day he said that one side of his body was cold..the other hot?

Posted at 9:52 AM on Jan 1, 2011 by Cecilia

I was just thinking about that. I was also thinking about why Michael called the nurse, Cherilynn Lee, and not the doctor who was hired for a mind boggling salary of 150,000 $ a month! I would like to know the explanation for that.

1339 days ago
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janalal4    

All that autopsy shows is what was in MJ's system in the last 72 or so hours of his life
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I beg to differ with this statement. The autopsy also showed that his organs were in good condition. No sign of long term drug addiction. His kidneys and heart were in good shape. He had an issue with his lungs which were inflamed and had reduced capacity but not serious enough to be a direct or contributing cause of death.

Overall he was in good health at the time of death. So your theory doesn't fit with him being a long time addict. It would have affected his organs but his organs were pretty healthy for a man his age.

I agree he was too skinny and wasn't eating/drinking properly and Murray should have seen that and dealt with that issue, but he didn't.

Source
http://www.merinews.com/article/reports-claim-that-mjs-internal-organs-were-normal/15785472.shtml


Murray is grasping at straws.....


Posted at 10:02 AM on Jan 1, 2011 by Karma

I didn't say he was a long term addict. I said I didn't know whether he was or wasn't. What I also said is that it doesn't matter to me either r/e how I view him as a human being, a talent, an artist, a father, etc. I have an opinion that at times his drug use was out of control. Whether you call that an addict or not is probably a matter of personal opinion. I consider that an 'addictive characteristic'. As to the condition of his organs, it can take many decades of drug & alcohol abuse for it to become evident in the body's internal organs so I wouldn't put a lot of faith in that either. As to whether he 'abused' drugs or not-IMO that MJ was a willing participant in physician-sanctioned prescription drug abuse. You don't have several prescriptions of the same medicine prescribed to you in umpteen different aliases if you don't have a problem and when I look at pictures of MJ at certain periods of time, I can't help but look at his eyes & think he was 'medicated', REAL 'medicated', & the Bashir interview?? How can anyone watch that & not think there was something wrong there with him? What matters to me is that I think this was a man screaming out for someone to help him & it was ignored.

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