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Michael Jackson's Death Photo

Frightening Intentions?

9/27/2011 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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It seems the prosecution wanted to give the Michael Jackson death photo a murky, gritty treatment before it was presented in court this morning -- because it was clearly touched up to look as daunting as possible.

It appears the photo is NOT the original pic -- because now it includes a tattered border, a morgue-esque green hue ... and the word "Homicide" printed over MJ's body in a grainy, police-style font.

The prosecution used the photo as the background for a slide-show presentation in court.

Compare the pic to a cleaned up version of the photo (below) -- is the murky photo more likely to shake the jury?

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We gotta ask ...

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karlew    

There's no such thing as too low for a lawyer

1061 days ago
2.

Luana    

If the doctor was causadpr death of this great star, do not know, but we lost a DOAS biggest icons in world music! Forever Michael Jackson

1061 days ago
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Strokadellic    

Wait....you think this bullsh*t is really about a person's life? It's all about money.
Anyway, I love sex. Thanks.

1061 days ago
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jack-55d79    

I think the cleaned up one is more shocking. The better contrast and corrected white balance make it stand out more and thus more of a striking image, with greater emotional impact. The green tinted one doesn't look that realistic (if people didn't know it was from a true photo they'd think it was faked in Photoshop). If anything the green tinted version was a poor choice for the prosecution's purposes.

1061 days ago
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Trevis Miho    

MJ is gone. He died possibly by the neglect of his doctor, so his doctor's on trial. This is what happened to him, so showing this is just showing the reality of it. I don't think the way this was presented is any different than the dolled up speeches the defense will make. I'm just glad it wasn't a gruesome pic (at least not yet), because as an MJ fan - I don't really wanna see it..but of course I was a little curious.

1061 days ago
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Chris    

Either way, it's pretty sad this photo was released to the public. It should have remained private for court only. I like to remember the King of Pop in other ways....such as his amazing music, not lifeless on a gurney.

1061 days ago
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Matt    

For the future generation(s) of our children, it is a blessing that this creepy musician/pop star is dead. He is not, nor will be be missed! He killed himself.

1061 days ago
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St James III    

Mann that cleaned up picture is even worse. Whoaaa!!!!!

1061 days ago
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moveover    

They obviously photoshopped a wig on to his balding head (see autopsy), so what else about this photo is photoshopped?

1061 days ago
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lalaland    

Unfortunately, I think the word 'homicide' is grounds for a mis-trial, or at least an appeal after the fact. The trial is to decide IF it was murder or suicide. Highly prejudicial.

1061 days ago
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Dose Of Reality    

Isn't that a still from the Alien Autopsy show a few years back?

1061 days ago
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Moi    

what's going on with ethics in U.S.?..

1061 days ago
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TheRicker    

If this is a photo of Michael Jackson after he had passed, why is he wearing what appears to be a hospital gown. Am I to believe that the hospital dressed him in that outfit when he was admitted and, perhaps, already dead?

Did Michael Jackson simply like to wear hospital gowns in the comfort of his own home?

1061 days ago
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Carl    

They were using pretty crappy graphics for most of their presentation. If anything the murky look made it harder to see what was going on in the picture. The unaltered one would have had a bigger effect on me.

1061 days ago
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Siggisis    

I hate that this photo has made it to the public! Is there no decency? Would you all want your or your loved ones death bed photos on the internet for everyone to gawk at?
Didn´t think so!
I send all my sympathy and thoughts to Michael´s great kids; they shouldn´t have to go through this!

1061 days ago
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