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Big Blow to Defense In MJ Manslaughter Trial

7/25/2011 10:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The judge in the Michael Jackson manslaughter trial just undercut a big part of the defense, by ruling 16 hours of rehearsal footage for the "This Is It" tour doesn't show MJ to be in poor health.

Michael Jackson Manslaughter Trial

Dr. Conrad Murray's lawyers wanted the outtakes to prove Jackson was very ill in the days before his death.  The argument goes -- he was already dying, so Dr. Murray can't be held responsible for his death.

But Judge Michael Pastor ruled ... the outtakes were valuable to Sony Pictures -- which objected to turning over the footage -- and the video did not show MJ in poor health.

If the hours of video show a healthy Michael, it undercuts a major line of defense for Murray.

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James R. - Los Angeles    

WHO THE F*CK CARES ANYMORE???

1185 days ago
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dimes    

If the sixteen hours of rehearsal footage was never turned over, how does the judge know it shows Jackson in good health? Did the judge go to Sony and view the tapes?

1185 days ago
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nof    

Oh well.

1185 days ago
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Criss    

I applaud that judge!

1185 days ago
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CloBird    

The judge saw the footage,apparently. It is no surprise that Murray's team lost this one because Michael was in good health.The post mortem examination proved this.

1185 days ago
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Luna    

i don't think murray was the sole cause of his death. but murray was definable an accessory to it because he A) administered anesthesia which is was not qualified to do and B) he was a freaking pusher.

1185 days ago
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OooooNooo!    

We expect a tribute song any time now from Sublime front man Rome. . .

1185 days ago
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lanie    

Why not let a jury decide whether it proves he was in ill health? How is the Judge able to make that determination? Let the JURY decide on that.

I have no opinion on Murray's guilt or innocence as of yet. I plan to watch the trial and decide, but it might be hard to decide if the Judge isn't allowing all the evidence in!

Seems Murray is being railroaded. Like I said, I have no clue if he is guilty or innocent, but if the Judge isn't going to let in possibly crucial evidence, then I just don't think that is fair and it seems like a railroad job.

1185 days ago
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angela    

Murry will go to jail,and mike will get his Justice,this is all i want Justice for Michael's deth.I hope murry will have a horoble life,then he dosent should have the right to be happy and have a good life! Love you Michael always and 4ever

1185 days ago
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mjfan212    

someone needs to start to lis. to latoya mj was killed this proves it

1185 days ago
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lanie    

CloBird 6 minutes ago
The judge saw the footage,apparently. It is no surprise that Murray's team lost this one because Michael was in good health.The post mortem examination proved this.
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The clips from the videos I have seen - does NOT show him in good health. He looks abnormally frail and skinny.

Once again - I have no idea whether Murray is the one who gave the fatal dose, which I believe is the crux of the case.. who gave the deadly dose...

But to say that he looked in good health is just absurd. The clips from "This Is It" - show a man who was gaunt and sickly looking. I guess if you're from Ethopia - that might look like "good health".

1185 days ago
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Marius    

TMZ, did the defence present the videos as evidence or not?
Sony owns them yes, but did the judge actually watch 16 hours of rehearsal footage?

1185 days ago
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Elloria    

@ James R. - Los Angeles

ALOT OF ******* PEOPLE CARE. Just because YOU don't doesn't mean others don't. Way to be a ******* close minded idiot!

1185 days ago
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sharon    

NOW UP YER BOLLIX MURRAY!!!!!! YEA WERE ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY !!! AN ENABLER!!! I HOPE YEA GO DOWN FOR A LONG TIME! YOUV DEPREVED 3 BEAUTIFUL KIDS OF A FATHER!!! HE SHOULD HAVE SOUGHT HELP , AN AWFUL SHAME AND A WASTE OF TALENT, ...

1185 days ago
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