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Dr. Murray's Defense: MJ Was In Failing Health

2/8/2011 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Jackson was in such a weakened state before he died ... it's unfair to blame his death on Propofol ...and we've learned this is precisely what lawyers for Dr. Conrad Murray will argue to a jury.


Sources familiar with the case tell TMZ ... Dr. Murray's team will argue that at the time of his death, Jackson's body was failing him ... partly because he  was "driven over the edge" by AEG to rehearse for his upcoming tour.

We're told Murray's lawyers will call witnesses to testify that Jackson was not showing up for rehearsals -- and when he did show, he was exhibiting "clear signs" of failing health.

The upshot of the defense ... even if jurors believe Dr. Murray administered the fatal dose of Propofol, Jackson was already in failing health.

But as TMZ has already reported ... Dr. Murray's lawyers will argue Jackson himself administered the fatal dose of Propofol to himself when Murray was out of the room.

The trial begins in April.



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Michael Jackson has been a complete mental case for over 20 years! Too Sad... I too, believe he drank or administered the last fatal dose of Proprofol to himself.

1352 days ago


Such liars they are. Michael's autopsy report revealed he was in great health. Can't wait until the autopsy examiner is called to testify and prove that Murray and his team are complete liars.

1352 days ago


As much as I loved MJ, sadly enough I think he might have found a way to get out of it - the only way he could think of. Stopping the whole production would be impossible and would get him sued big time. He knew he wasn´t strong enough to do a whole show - not to mention 20 or 30 or more.

But this does NOT put less weight on Murray´s shoulders as he was responsible for MJ:s health. He did everything wrong and he should do jailtime for this.

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Michael Jackson was in great health? Ahahahahahh... Too Funny! Do your research! Love is Blind!

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How can they argue against an autopsy report that said he was in good shape for a 50 year old man? All of the defense arguments are long as the jurors aren't complete morons, Murray will be found guilty.

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Michael Jackson has been a complete mental case for over 20 years! Too Sad... I too, believe he drank or administered the last fatal dose of Propofol to himself.

Posted at 1:03 AM on Feb 8, 2011 by Trish

This must be a joke. There was no way he could do this himself while still completely drowsy and weak from propofol. Do you know how powerful propofol is. He'd have to be Superman. An anthasia specialist will prove and show this to the jury.

Have you ever been put under anesthesia yourself by the way? I have and with even the smallest amount I was completely weak upon awakening. Doctors had to help me walk and pick up things for me since my muscles were weakened.

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Thankfully the prosecution will never let someone as dumb as Trish to serve on the jury.

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Murray is a liar..and desperate for some kind of solution to his court troubles..

Michael was weak and zoned out toward the end of his life because Murray had been injecting him with various drugs WITHOUT proper equipment for weeks....

Murray wanted to control Michael so that Michael wouldn't (or couldn't) find someone else to care for him and collect that big fat check at the end of the week...

Let's hope this judge and jury will see the truth..


1352 days ago


Michael Jackson was in great health? Ahahahahahh... Too Funny! Do your research! Love is Blind!

Posted at 1:07 AM on Feb 8, 2011 by Trish

Yes he was in great health physically. He even easily passed the tough physical examine. He was ready to go out and perform in London. As for being mentally healthy, that is where the problem lies. As we know he had serious trouble sleeping. Desperation led him to propofol, which Murray had no business giving to him in the first place.

1352 days ago


Failing health, NO **** Sherlock.

1352 days ago

MJ is the Greatest of all    

F U MURRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

F U !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YOU ARE A COLD BLOODED KILLER AND BELONG IN JAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1352 days ago


MJ = Many doctors giving him what he wanted! D R U G S . . . . . . . .

1352 days ago

get it right    

"The trial begins in April." - TMZ

T-M-Z... LOL!

Opening statements MIGHT start in April, MAYBE SOONER... BUT... THE TRIAL BEGINS MARCH 24th.

TMZ "staff" are complete idiots themselves so OBVIOUSLY are their "SOURCES".... Who the fcuk doesn't GET that already, OK??? .

Of course the rest of the article is "THEIR SOURCES" yeah.. consider WHO'S posting this article to begin with... EXACTLY... just to keep y'all up in arms flailing around like complete frothing at the mouth idiots in seizure... AND YOU ARE. They play ya cuz y'all taught them they can, and make buckets of dough doing it, Dumbazzes!

LORD y'all are funneh!! LMAO!!


By Alan Duke, CNN
February 7, 2011 6:13 p.m. EST

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Jury selection in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, accused in the death of pop star Michael Jackson, will begin March 24, a judge ordered Monday.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor also approved television cameras in court for the trial.

Pastor had set the trial to start March 28 when Murray invoked his right to a speedy trial during his arraignment last month. But the judge later decided it was cutting too close to the 60-day limit.

"Absolutely, we simply can't start on the last day," Pastor said.

The opening statements are likely to be delivered during the first week of April. The trial is expected to last about six weeks, according to the defense and prosecution.

Murray, who remains free on $75,000 bail, was not in court for Monday's hearing. His lawyers said he was busy earning a living with his medical practice in Las Vegas and Houston.

Pastor blocked the doctor from using his California medical license until the trial is completed. The state medical board requested that be made a provision of his bail.

Murray entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment last month.
"Your honor, I am an innocent man," Murray said.

He was Jackson's personal doctor when the pop star died June 25, 2009, from what a coroner ruled was "acute propofol intoxication," in combination with "the contributory affects of the benzodiazepines."


TV cover okayed for trial of Michael Jackson doctor
Mon Feb 7, 2011 7:03pm EST

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Television cameras will be allowed to film the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor next month as long as they do not interfere with proceedings, a judge said on Monday.

Los Angeles Superior Court judge Michael Pastor also moved forward the date of Dr. Conrad Murray's trial by four days to March 24, when jury selection will begin. The trial is expected to last about six weeks, lawyers for both sides say.

Murray has pleaded not guilty, and is free on bail. He faces up to fours in prison if convicted. Involuntary manslaughter is defined as unintentional killing without malice, and is a lesser charge than murder.

Pastor said he wanted the "absolute least intrusive placement" of a TV camera in the courtroom and he sought detailed proposals from local news crews. He also blocked cameras from broadcasting jury selection.

Murray, who was with Jackson at his home on the morning he died, June 25, 2009, has admitted giving the 50-year-old singer the powerful anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid while he was rehearsing for a series of planned comeback concerts in London. Coroners ruled his death was caused by an overdose of propofol and a ****tail of sedatives.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; editing by Dean Goodman)

1352 days ago


I'm just so glad that he didn't take care of his kids, like he took care of himself. Loooooooong live Wacko.........

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