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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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91.

Anderson    

First, l am a MJ Fan and always have been. Second, l believe his health was not the greatest . MJ had a lot of issues but if you watch "this is it" that is not a frail man that dances sings and runs the show. Lets not forget he was 50yrs old. He did things he shouldn't have done and over medicated. Murray was an enabler to the drugs who killed him. MJ should have known when to stop. Both are quilty. As much as l want to hate Murray-l can see MJ telling Murray what to do. He did not murder MJ. Fine him, take his Medical lisence and let him go.
Michael RIP this was really "it"

1260 days ago
92.

bigbigfanmj    

Mental Case. Freak. Loon.

Whatever words one uses to describe Michael Jackson does not negate the fact that he got ahold of propofol which is a drug no civilian should handle in any capacity.

Child abuser. Liar. Buys children.

No matter what words one uses to describe their feelings toward Michael Jackson, it doesn't negate the fact that a doctor by his own admission left his patient alone.

The fact is that hospitals hire a medical professional whose sole job is to watch patients who are under anesthesia.

No matter what hatred or disgust, dislike, or indifference one has toward Michael Jackson the question still remains:

DID ANYTHING IN DR. MURRAY'S ACTIONS CAUSE THE DEATH OF MICHAEL JACKSON? ANYTHING?

He died of propofol poisoning. Could he get propofol on his own in his home without a doctor?

Yes or No.

1260 days ago
93.

janicebyrne    

Well he was certainly in failing health after Murray was finished killing him.

1260 days ago
94.

FlowerPower    

One more thing about this strange defence, quackster sent a text message or was it an email (the very same morning when Michael died) to London insurance company in which he stated that Michael was in good health and now his defence is saying that he wasn't!

1260 days ago
95.

Barb.A.    

Fist MJ gave the fatal shot to himself then he supposedly drank it now he was in failing health WTH is next.

IF he gave himself the fatal shot the needle would have still been in the IV because he would have passed out before he even pushed all of the in.

IF he drank enough to kill himself the juice bottles would be in the bed not on the end table that was 2 to 3 feet away.

IF he was in failing health that was more than enough reason for Murry not to give him anything that would cause his death.

I don't personally believe any of this, I believe Murry gave the fatal dose and walked away from his patient. I don't believe Murry killed MJ on purpose because that was his money maker but I do believe Murry was grossly negligent and his actions are what killed MJ.

1260 days ago
96.

Puckett    

He died of propofol poisoning. Could he get propofol on his own in his home without a doctor?

Yes or No.

Posted at 6:26 AM on Feb 8, 2011 by bigbigfanmj

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The simple answer is YES. In the real world cash talks. If your wealthy you can amass stashes of pretty much any drug you want, legal, prescription, or otherwise, no doctor needed.

Don't be a naive fool, "bigbigfanmj".

Do you think Rush Limbaugh amassed thousands upon thousands of oxycontin pills by going to his doctor? If you have enough money there is a source for just about anything whether it's anesthesia, little boys or whatever floats your boat.

1260 days ago
97.

Puckett    

MJ was in failing health? I guess Dr. Murray's defense team missed the This Is It movie.

Posted at 6:13 AM on Feb 8, 2011 by Josh

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Oh please! Normal healthy 50 year old men don't look like that. By the time he died Micheal looked like a 50 year old man with AIDS.

1260 days ago
98.

Nick    

Michael Jackson sticking his peni* up little boys a**. He's swallowing they're spe*m. This man is a sick mutha f****.

1260 days ago
99.

LC4Michael    

Wasn't it Murray that reported to AEG and the Insurance co. that MJ was in great health mentally and physically? Yes it was! So go ahead and use this BS Defense. Murray is going down and he knows it!

1260 days ago
100.

lou    

You know, I personally believe that Doc. Murray did, in fact, kill MJ with the fatal dose. However, he has now created enough of a doubt that I think he will walk. Brilliant strategies but very sad because I think he did it and should take responsibility for his (in)actions.

1260 days ago
101.

S    

Murray was completely unprofessional and frankly stupid for allowing Michael access to Propofol, but I don't have a hard time believing the scenario that Michael woke up and accidentally overdosed himself in frustration. Anyone could also see that Michael's health was failing. He looked frail and weak, and no doubt all his surgeries and prescription drug abuse had a negative impact on his body. I don't think Murray murdered Michael intentionally, but he did allow Michael access to Propofol, which he should have never been given. Any doctor should know anesthesia is not an insomnia treatment. Murray should have his license stripped, but a murder charge would be unwarranted if Michael administered the overdose himself.

1260 days ago
102.

FlowerPower    

Found it!

Testimony: Jackson's doctor e-mailed that star was OK on fatal day
POP STAR

January 10, 2011|By Alan Duke, CNN

Dr. Conrad Murray, right (with defense attorney John Michael Flanagan), emailed that Michael Jackson was in good health.
Dr. Conrad Murray sent an email to a British insurance agent assuring him that Michael Jackson was in good health just 40 minutes before the doctor realized the pop star had stopped breathing, according to testimony Monday.

http://articles.cnn.com/2011-01-10/justice/california.con...

Seemingly quackster and his defence cannot make up their mind whether Michael was healthy or not!

1260 days ago
103.

sickofit    

This man will only get 4 years. Just plead guilty and get it over with. Be thankful you can't get more time for being a money grubbing, lying dangerous idiot. Thank God the public has been warned that this is an incompetent "doctor". How many other people has this man killed by being irresponsible?

1260 days ago
104.

misty    

Read this interesting article on todayshow. com
Janet Jackson has a new book out:

The issues Janet Jackson had might stem back to how she was treated by her brothers, including Michael, who had nicknames for her like "Horse, pig, cow, slaughter-hog," she said."

This affected her self image and was one of those type of people who couldn't sluff it off.

1260 days ago
105.

Puckett    

"Do you think Micheal is a fool that will administer drug for himself, or"... blah blah blah

Short answer, YES. Next question.

1260 days ago
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