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Conrad Murray Trial

Michael Jackson Video

Proves Singer Was a Wreck

9/20/2011 4:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lawyers for Dr. Conrad Murray want to show jurors just how worn down Michael Jackson was in the weeks leading up to his death -- and their proof ... MJ's blowout announcement for the "This Is It" concerts.

MJ held the news conference on March 5, 2009 ... announcing he would perform his last 10 concerts ever in London that summer ... insisting, "When I say this is it, it really means this is it."

Murray's defense team filed legal docs, claiming the video shows Jackson was rapidly deteriorating, both mentally and physically, when he made the announcement.  They're asking the judge for permission to show jurors the video, to prove Michael was literally on his last leg ... several months before his death.

Murray's lawyers also think the video is relevant because Jackson was "adamant" about performing only 10 shows, and that subsequently adding 40 dates to the schedule may have been the straw that broke the camel's back.


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Man, Michael must be having a blast reading all this stuff! This has to be the coolest ARG of all time!

1087 days ago


They're asking the judge for permission to show jurors the video, to prove Michael was literally on his last leg ... several months before his death.
......and Murray never recommended hospitalization for "his dying client"? AEG went into an "unsigned" contract allowing the headliner to annouce the concert series knowing that he was dying and on his last leg???
Murray just goes to michael's home nightly for six weeks shooting drugs in his system------fully aware that Michael was dying????? Really? Clearly Murray was working for AEG and killed Michael out of greed.
\Conrad Murray is a murderer!

btw: there's no proof michael was addicted or abusing drugs......

1087 days ago

Dose Of Reality    

Yikes! I kept waiting for that thing to say "E.T. Phone Home".

1086 days ago


Michael Jackson's Kids Prince & Paris Want To Testify In Manslaughter TrialMichael Jackson's Kids Prince & Paris Want To Testify In Manslaughter Trial
Posted on Sep 26, 2011 @ 01:30PM print it send it
WENNBy Dylan Howard
Senior Executive Editor, Star

& Jen Heger

Radar Legal Editor

Michael Jackson's two eldest children, Prince Michael and Paris, have told their grandmother Katherine they want to testify in the manslaughter trial of the doctor accused of killing the pop superstar with an overdose of a powerful anesthetic, has exclusively learned.

A Jackson family insider said: "Katherine is resisting the move, because she knows how traumatic it would be for them, but both Prince Michael and Paris have said they want to tell the jury what they saw on the day their father died." has learned the King of Pop's sister LaToya has privately declared her support of the children's stance to take the witness stand against Dr. Conrad Murray.

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Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the Thriller singer's death on June 25, 2009, at age 50.

"Both LaToya and Katherine agree, however, that Blanket should not testify as he is too young," the source said.

"Prince and Paris are determined to take the stand, though. Ultimately, I don't believe Katherine will deny them that chance, even though she doesn't want them to and has told them so. The kids have said they don't want their father's legacy to be tarnished by the trial and they believe their evidence will help convict Doctor Murray.

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"LaToya has said it would be good for the children to, 'Get what is inside them, out of them.' She feels it is a way for them to release the hurt. Above all though, she believes her brother was murdered and what Prince Michael and Paris could tell the jury, would inevitably help convict the doctor."

A second source close to the legal proceedings confirmed to they too had been told Prince Michael and Paris wanted to testify, but predicted only one of them would be called -- and only if "things were going bad" in the trial for prosecutors.

Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket were all included on a potential witness list passed out to the jurors in an attempt to ascertain their familiarity with the family. Also listed were siblings Janet, LaToya, Jermaine, Marlon, Rebbie, Tito and Randy as well as parents Katherine and Joe Jackson.

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If the teenage star witnesses were called, it could be problematic for prosecutors, who have said Murray caused Jackson's death by giving him the powerful anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid at the singer's Los Angeles mansion and not properly monitoring him.

As the source close to the Jackson clan has said: "Prince and Paris adored Doctor Murray and thought he was a God send for their father. It was only after their father's death that they formed a subsequent opinion of him. Both Prince and Paris could take the stand and wind up providing evidence which supports the doctor."

Another source familiar with the inner workings of the legal case said the children could be cross examined about whether their father had long-standing drug addictions.

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That source said: "After saying goodbye to her dad at the hospital, Paris is said to have remarked, 'My daddy is so cold again. He was always cold. He would sit by the fire to get warm. We were always afraid he would fall in as he was so close to the flames. He couldn't get warm. Now there he is... so cold.'

"Prince and Paris knew their dad relied on Dr. Murray to survive and knew their father adored him. Their comments could save him from jail because it would work well in the eyes of a jury."

The Jackson family insider said Prince Michael, if he testifies, would tell court how he walked into his father’s bedroom in the middle of his doctor’s doomed attempts to revive him.

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Murray has insisted Prince Michael and Paris were bundled from the room after the star’s daughter burst into tears and screamed ‘Daddy’.

Murray -- who was hired as the late singer's personal doctor to assist Jackson in preparing for a series of planned comeback concerts in London -- has pled not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

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Opening statements are scheduled to begin Tuesday before Judge Michael Pastor in Los Angeles Superior Court.

A jury of seven men and five women was selected last week.

1086 days ago


Jurors won't see Jackson's 'This Is It' announcement, judge rulesBy Alan Duke, CNN
updated 3:22 PM EST, Mon September 26, 2011
Video would show Michael Jackson's ill health, defense lawyers argue
"It didn't just develop the last few days before he died," Murray lawyer Michael Flanagan says
Prosecutors can't tell jury about unsuccessful efforts to talk to Dr. Conrad Murray, judge rules
Dr. Murray's trial in Michael Jackson's death starts Tuesday morning
Los Angeles (CNN) -- Although the judge has limited what Dr. Conrad Murray's lawyers can argue about Michael Jackson's health and state of mind in the months before his death, the defense will "put on a good case," one of Murray's lawyers said Monday.

Jurors will hear opening statements and the first witnesses Tuesday in trial of Michael Jackson's doctor, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the pop icon's death.

Murray's lawyers will not be allowed to show video of Jackson's March 2009 announcement of his "This Is It" concerts in London, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor ruled Monday.

The video would show jurors' "Michael Jackson's state of mind and demeanor" and support the testimony by his make up artist that Jackson was furious the number of scheduled shows was increased from the initial 10 to 50, defense lawyer Nareg Gourjian told the judge.

The London announcement was delayed 90 minutes "because Michael Jackson was passed out and could not get off sofa," Gourjian said.

Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney David Walgren objected to the video, arguing that evidence about Jackson's mental and physical condition four months before his June 25, 2009, death is not relevant.

Defense lawyer Michael Flanagan, talking to reporters after the hearing, said prosecution and defense witnesses will testify about Jackson's failing health for several months before his death.

"It didn't just develop the last few days before he died," Flanagan said.

The defense argued the March video would have helped jurors see Jackson's ill health for themselves.

Judge Pastor agreed with the prosecution and denied the defense request to use the video in the trial.

"We've got witnesses that saw what we're trying to prove," Flanagan said. "We would like to have a recording of exactly what was going on."

The first prosecution witness Tuesday is expected to be Kenny Ortega, who was the producer of Jackson's "This Is It" shows. Flanagan suggested he would offer evidence of Jackson's ill health when cross-examined by defense lawyers.

The judge's rejection of the defense request, along with earlier rulings limiting what Murray's could present in their defense, are just a fact his lawyers have to deal with, he said.

"I don't think anybody's putting on exactly the case they want to present," Flanagan said. "There are rules of evidence we have to comply with. We're going to do the best we can with the rules that are put down on us, and we'll put on a good case."

Judge Pastor denied the prosecution's request Monday to tell jurors about investigators' failed efforts to re-interview Murray in the weeks after Jackson's death. He did meet with them two days after Jackson's death, but the prosecution wanted to show later e-mail and phone voice mail attempts by the county coroner and a police detective to request meetings with Murray.

Pastor ruled that there were "too many variables in phone calls that are being placed" and the efforts to re-interview Murray were not face-to-face communications.

The judge indicated he may rethink that decision if the defense argues during the trial that police did not do a thorough investigation of Jackson's death.

"Dr. Murray gave a full statement to police, stayed there for two-and-a-half hours, answered every question they asked," Flanagan said. "What's he supposed to do -- that on a daily basis?"

Twelve jurors and five alternates will report to court Tuesday morning to hear opening statements in the case against Murray. A sixth alternate juror was dismissed just minutes after she was sworn in Friday.

"It seems like a good jury panel," Flanagan said after the jury was seated Friday.

The jury consists of seven men and five women, including six who are white, five who listed their ethnicity as Mexican or Hispanic and one who identified himself as African-American.

Flanagan said the defense paid little attention to juror's ethnicity, but instead focused on their answers to the 32-page jury questionnaire.

The court released copies of their answers late Friday, giving a glimpse at the 12 Los Angeles County residents who will decide Murray's fate.

Three of the women said they followed the Casey Anthony trial over the summer. Defense lawyers unsuccessfully used the Anthony case to argue that Murray jurors should be sequestered in a hotel during the trial to shelter them from media reports.

One juror, a retired cartoon animator, said he once met Michael Jackson.

Several jurors described themselves as Michael Jackson fans and two have seen "This Is It," the do***entary of Jackson's rehearsals just before his death.

They and their fellow jurors will see clips from the film again since the prosecution is expected to show them during the first day of the trial Tuesday.

Murray could face up to four years in prison if the jury finds him guilty.

The Los Angeles coroner has ruled that Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, was caused by an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol combined with other drugs.

Prosecutors have accused Murray, who served as Jackson's personal and full-time physician at the time, of having a role in the overdose.

They contend Murray used a makeshift intravenous drip to administer propofol intended to help Jackson sleep, a practice they argue violated the standard of care and led to the pop music icon's death.

1086 days ago


MJ was in hiding for a long time. 12 yrs, I think. He was 50 when he began with the TEN shows. They kept adding them without his approval. There was alot of in fighting over that between him and his father and AEG. Since we hadn't seen MJ for awhile, people change. I believe this is Michael, and he does look a bit under the weather, which is why he only wanted to do 10 shows.He was pushed into alot more and knew he couldn't handle it at his age and in his health. Michael was one of the most persecuted men that ever walked. I am not sure that will change with this court ruling. The greatest talent that ever lived, and this is what his country has done for him. Saddens me greatly. I hope I am wrong and there is justice, but in America, and being MJ, they will make him look horrible as always, when he was such a gift.

1075 days ago
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