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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.

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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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16.

Nasiba    

IF HE HAD A FAILING HEALTH, WHY DID AEG INSURE HIS 10 CONCERTS? IF MICHAEL HADN'T PASSED THROUGH THE MED CHECK-UP THE CONCERTS WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN INSURED! WHY DIDN'T AEG STOP REHEARSALS? WHO IS TO BLAME? DOC MURRAY, DIDN'T YOU MAKE MICHAEL GO THROUGH THE MED CHECK-UP, TO KNOW WHAT TO PRESCIBE? WERE YOU ALL BLIND, NOT TO SEE HOW EMACIATED HE WAS? OR YOU PRETENDED BLIND?
I THINK MICHAEL WAS MADE TO GIVE CONCERTS. THE PERSON WHO MADE HIM HAD WELL KNOWN THAT MJ WOULDN'T HAVE STAND. IT WOULD BE ANOTHER DISGRACE FOR HIM AND ........., AND YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED IN THE END.

1324 days ago
17.

moni    

So if Murray was aware that Michael was in bad health and "driven over the edge" at the rehearsals – why did he get so upset when Kenny Ortega sent him home to recover?
You should think that this would have been HIS job and HIS responsibility.

What a miserable hypocrite.

1324 days ago
18.

Jamessmith1    

I think that He was killed not suicide.I request to Investigator that should investigate this case.
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1324 days ago
19.

K    

If he had such failing health why didn't Murray get him to a hospital????????????????

1324 days ago
20.

FlowerPower    

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

TMZ, by any chance, did you get your story from quackster's PR woman Miranda Sevcik?
It is as much ridiculous as Michael drinking propofol story!
If this is their defence, then they are digging a deep hole for quackster.
They seem to be throwing their theories all over the place and see if one of them is plausible.
So far, none of them is believable.
They are saying that quackster was aware of Michael's "failing" health and still choose to load him with all the medicine that killed him.
If Michael health was failing as you say, why would this so called doc would give him
10 milligrams of Valium at 1:30 a.m. 2 milligrams of Ativan, an anti anxiety drug. At 3:00 a.m., a sedative called Versed, followed by 2 more milligrams of Ativan at 5:00 a.m. At 7:30, he administered 2 more milligrams of Versed and then top it up with propofol.

As moni said above, quackster was upset when Kenny O. sent Michael home, that itself speak against quackster and this story is bull crap.
As for drinking propofol, why would Michael pay 150 thou/month for quackster, if he could drink it?

1324 days ago
21.

Susan62509    

Murray is licensed for internal medicine and cardio diseases. TX & NV have to this date, not suspended his license like Calif did. Shame !! Police officers are put on suspension until the outcome of a shooting regardless of who is at fault. The "innocent until proven guilty doesn't apply to them",so the medical boards need to be more concerned about the public safety.

MJ would never commit suicide. Propofol is extremely painful that is why lidocaine is used prior to injection. Does anyone REALLY believe a person would drink something so painful? Where is the used IV bag that had the bottle of propofol in it that Alberto Alvarez replaced with a new bag?

1324 days ago
22.

cindee    

I was sitting in the courtroom when the Coroner testified:

5'9 136 pounds and in good HEALTH his heart was in excellent
condition for a 50 year old, No mention of lupus ..........

I believe that Murray could have emptied that bottle of propofol
into Michael's stomach with the IV tubing that was in the room
(If I'm not mistaken there was a slit on the empty bottle)
Sooo it would look like suicide and cover his ass
He figured he had to much to lose.

This is more of a possibility then AEG having a hand in murder
They may be guilty of pushing Michael to hard in such a short
period of time........
Will soon find out
I just hope there's justice for Michael and he's not the one
on trial

LOVE YOU FOREVER AND EVER MJ REST IN PEACE

1324 days ago
23.

Lee lee    

17.
So if Murray was aware that Michael was in bad health and "driven over the edge" at the rehearsals – why did he get so upset when Kenny Ortega sent him home to recover?
You should think that this would have been HIS job and HIS responsibility.

What a miserable hypocrite.

Posted at 2:21 AM on Feb 8, 2011 by moni

HEY moni !!

So good to see you here :)

Exactly......Murray is grasping at straws with this one..again !!
So Michael was in failing health and Murray was his doctor , so I'm sure that it's going to come out in trial that Murray went to AEG and told them that he had grave concerns for Michaels health , tols AEG that Michael was a not coping with the stress of the rehearsals and that he strongly advised that things needed to slow down for the sake of his patient.....right????.

Oh hang on, thats what a good ethical Doctor would have done. Oops My bad !!!!

Btw Hi FlowerPower :)

1324 days ago
24.

Lee lee    

* told

1324 days ago
25.

Taelyn    

The implication of MJ "drinking" propofol is rediculous.
Firstly, Bottles that have injectible medication do not have easy to remove lids. They have sterile rubber covers that are very secure and cant be removed. The medication is injected INTO the bottle in a sterile invorement, and its is removed by a needle that draws out the medication. There is NO WAY he could just drink from the bottle, NOTHING would have come out of it as the bottles are leak proof.

Secondly, IF such a thing were possible, or even if they go back to the first defense that MJ somehow injected himself, WHY >>> WHY>>> ???? would the Doctor just leave a randon needle filled with the medication on the nightstand, and in an unsterile manner?, and frankly he would have had to leave LOTS of needles cuz it would take more than one, and MJ would have under and groggy and it would be impossible..

So.. IF there is any chance that Prop was injested than MJ was tricked and drugged by having something he normally drank before bed laced with the drug.. or forced to drink it somehow probably while barely even awake.

I honestly believe there was foul play at work here.. Even the GF of Murray says she thinks he knew before he called by his attitude and what he said, AND more upsetting she heard voices not Murray and mumbling in the background.

I tell you something stinks really bad about all of this.. Im not saying that MJ made all the best choices, but he tried to be careful... But this is bad ... really bad.. And not in a good way.. I smell Murder.

1324 days ago
26.

mj=inspiration    

Michael might have been mental but people like Trish drove him to it!!! Who cares whether you liked him or not-plenty of others did and we want the truth to come out once and for all!!! Wheres the damn surveillance video that was took out of the house ! Ill tell you where it is-Murray destroyed it when he went missing those couple of days .He didnt want proof shown about how he killed him!!! He drowned Michael in propofol and benzos.This incompetent S.O.B caused his death and he knows hes guilty.The greedy bastards know what they did . He had help from all of his baby mamas hiding all that propofol in storage for him. Michael and his kids did not deserve this and I pray for his kids when this trial starts and they have to relive their fathers death.

1324 days ago
27.

FlowerPower    

I might add here the link to quackster's PR firm

See
Controlling Media Publicity For a Client In Crisis
http://www.mediamastersonline.net/index.php?pgid=3&subid=3


That is exactly what they are doing for quackster, controlling media for client in crisis (quackster)

I think they have to do better than that!
From prosecutors opening statement:

The autopsy concluded that Michael Jackson had died of acute propofol poisoning along with benzodiazepine. The court will learn from these medical experts that there are a number of actions Dr Murray did that deviated from the expected standard of care.

The fact that propofol was given in a home setting instead of a surgical room without the assisting medical equipment.

The fact that no attending staff or assistants were made available for Dr Murray.

The fact that propofol was given in conjunction with several benzodiazepine's.

The fact that he was trying to do CPR with ONE hand on a BED.

The fact that there was a failiure to maintain appropriate medical records and the failiure to advise paramedics or treating medical doctors to the medications/treatment given.

1324 days ago
28.

Zee    

If Michael is in such failing health, why did he give him anything? Did he need propofal if his health was already failing? No he need to admitted to a hospital and get medical treatment.

1324 days ago
29.

moni    

Hi Lee lee :-)),

wow, I finally caught you up once again, – great!
Everything's fine with you? No floods, no cyclones, no computer crash downs, no catastrophes??? Just boredom, lol?

So true, Murray's grasping at straws. Sounds like a quite desperate plan of defense, doesn't it? And so contradictory.
I just hope that all of this nonsense isn't a smoke screen and good doc's lawyers won't surprisingly draw any brilliant strategy off the cuff at the trial, as we say here.

And I wonder whether Murray will really start a conflict with AEG. This is gonna be VERY interesting!

1324 days ago
30.

FlowerPower    

Murray is grasping at straws with this one..again !!
So Michael was in failing health and Murray was his doctor , so I'm sure that it's going to come out in trial that Murray went to AEG and told them that he had grave concerns for Michaels health , tols AEG that Michael was a not coping with the stress of the rehearsals and that he strongly advised that things needed to slow down for the sake of his patient.....right????.

Oh hang on, thats what a good ethical Doctor would have done. Oops My bad !!!!

Btw Hi FlowerPower :)

Posted at 3:14 AM on Feb 8, 2011 by Lee lee

Hi Lee lee:-)
I so agree with you, he did opposite what he was supposed to do!
He went to Kenny and told him what business he has to send Michael home!

Sprocket trials has full Kenny's testimony, if someone needs a recap.
I don't believe this story, either defence are idiots or TMZ pulling stories out of their ......:-)

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