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People vs. Dr. Conrad Murray

Defense Claims

Michael Jackson Killed Himself

9/27/2011 12:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ed Chernoff -- Defense Attorney's Opening Statement
Updated 9/27/11 at 11:00 AM

Dr. Conrad Murray
's attorney Ed Chernoff told the jury Michael Jackson caused his own death.

* Chernoff says the evidence will show MJ swallowed 8, 2 mg pills of Lorazepam.
* And Chernoff says MJ self-injected a dose or Propofol that created a "perfect storm" that killed him.
* There was no way to save MJ.  He died instantly.
* Chernoff told the jury what TMZ has reported for the last year -- that the centerpiece of the defense case is that Michael's death is on Michael -- not Dr. Murray.
* Chernoff also said MJ "had a problem" that no amount of determination could overcome, even with his talent, and without help he could not do the "This Is It" tour -- a tour that would score him more money than he had ever made on tour before.
* So, Chernoff says, Michael went doctor shopping.
* Dr. Murray is not a "celebrity doctor" -- he's a cardiologist who saves lives.
* The defense will put some of Dr. Murray's patients on the stand to show his level of care.  He would buy prescriptions for people who couldn't afford it and would generally go well above the standard of care expected of a doctor -- which contradicts prosecutors who call him greedy and reckless.  Murray seemed to tear up as he listened to Chernoff.


* Murray treated MJ for several problems, including toe fungus and a broken foot.
* Chernoff said Murray had no idea at the time that MJ had a much deeper problem
* MJ didn't have insomnia -- he had "an absolute, total and thorough inability to sleep."
* When Murray met with detectives 2 days after MJ's death, he thoroughly answered every question.  It was no holds barred and they hid nothing.  Chernoff said Murray told cops, "I don't know what killed Michael Jackson.  I want to know also."
* Michael Jackson told Murray the only way he could sleep was with Propofol and he always took Propofol.  MJ told Murray exactly how it was to be administered.  He even had a nickname for the drug -- milk.  MJ knew Lidocaine was essential in administering Propofol to prevent a burning sensation.
* MJ told Murray he would use Propofol with or without Murray, so Murray then agreed to provide Propofol.
* Dr. Murray provided Propofol for 2 months for MJ, and during that time the singer slept, woke up, and lived his life -- suggesting it wasn't negligent to administer the drug.
* The evidence is going to show is that Michael Jackson died when Dr. Murray stopped.  Murray told cops he believed his role was to find a way to help MJ sleep normally, urging him to get off Propofol.
* In other words, Murray was trying to ween MJ off Propofol and give him other, more traditional sedatives.  And, on June 22, 3 days before MJ died, Michael agreed to let Murray to try to get him off Propofol. And on that day Murray gave MJ half the Propofol he had been giving him.  And it worked. MJ slept.
* On June 23, Murray gave MJ NO Propofol at all, giving him other drugs instead.  And, on the day MJ died, the plan was not to give Propofol.  It was to go to other sedatives.  That's why in the recording,MJ pleads for the Propofol.  That's why Murray gave him other drugs instead during the night. 
* Chernoff says MJ had certain "personality traits."   He kept various people in life separate from one another. 
* Chernoff will present an addiction specialist, who will testify DR. ARNOLD KLEIN ADDICTED MICHAEL JACKSON TO DEMEROL.
* Things were so serious 5 days before Michael Jackson died, reps from AEG and others had a meeting at MJ's house and talked about "pulling the plug" on the tour.  And subsequently MJ made it clear to Murray -- he needed to sleep or the tour would go down in flames.
* Chernoff insists Murray only gave MJ 25 milligrams of Propofol just before MJ died -- and that is not enough to kill him.  Chernoff says MJ went to sleep, and Murray checked his pulse -- which was good.
Murray then sat and watched and left the room "only when I felt comfortable."  This may be the key to the case -- did Murray abandon MJ by leaving the room?
*  Chernoff says when Murray left the room "there was zero Propofol in his [Michael's] system."  Of course, what Chernoff is arguing is that Michael then shot himself up with the fatal dose.

* Chernoff came back from break the defense will show the amounts that Dr. Murray's death could not cause Michael's death.
* The science will prove there had to be more Propofol delivered to MJ's system after Dr. Murray left the room.
*The defense says MJ's stomach content had 4 times the amount of Lorazepam than in his blood, which means Michael would had to swallow the drug himself, after Murray left the room.


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His nose!

1121 days ago


Nobody killed Michael Jackson! Drugs killed Michael Jackson. Then can't take drugs or a dead person to court. Who's the REAL bad guys here? The ones making all the money off of this. In Hollywood or the entertainment's ALL about the money.

1121 days ago


Really? Are we going to have 1000's of these posts during this trial? Is it time to remove TMZ from my feed reader?

1121 days ago


I'm sure MJ did doctor-shop and this is what he got since no responsible physician is going to inject someone full of propofol in a private home with no monitoring or resuscitating equipment in sight. In that sense Jackson obviously made a mistake but that doesn't mean that Murray doesn't have to adhere to a reasonable standard of care and from what I've seen he clearly did not. I don't care if MJ injected himself with a quart of propofol, he shouldn't have had access to it at all under those cir****tances.

1121 days ago

Icebaby... is back dude    

Wow, Jacko fans are creepier than Jacko was himself. I'm still amazed at you TMZ; you guys goof off, play around, cover very unimportant people... but you get details in everything before anyone. Creepy Jacko picture by the way, geez.

1121 days ago

Michael Jackson probably couldn't live with himself any longer knowing how many innocent little boys he's hurt over the years. MJ finally realized his mind was sick and twisted and could no longer deal with it.

1121 days ago

Dose Of Reality    

Fans say that the drugs were trying to frame him because they were jealous and wanted money. He never took drugs except once when someone gave him a baby aspirin without his knowledge but he spit it out and it turned into a rainbow for the children of the world to enjoy.

1121 days ago


What a load of crap. Any physician that administers a general anesthetic in a home setting is not a good one. All know better - this one was driven by the huge money he was receiving to care for MJ. Trouble is, he didn't care for him.

The spin these defense lawyers are putting on this is absurd but it's the only defense they can muster.

1121 days ago


Joe Jackson is the real killer! Still milking it. He makes me sick as well as the rest of the clan.
Does anyone realize that Iran had a revolution going on and the death of Michael stopped the momentum of the most significant change that could of happened to that country?
It makes me sick.

1121 days ago


MJ kill he self while Conrad was screamin 'This house sure gone crazy.'

Case closed.

1121 days ago

Dose Of Reality    

BnB: 12 minutes ago

Fans say that the drugs were trying to frame him because they were jealous and wanted money. He never took drugs except once when someone gave him a baby aspirin without his knowledge but he spit it out and it turned into a rainbow for the children of the world to enjoy.

I know, I was being silly. I only did it because I get tired of the fantasy world his fans live in. But just one more....

Michael Jackson had normal heterosexual relationships with adult females. I crack me up..

1121 days ago

This doctor knew better, and only seen dollar sign's! Now he look's like a scared fool! Even if MJ was on other drug's, who care's! He's the doctor he should have known better, what he did is not acceptable! He never should be aloud to practice medicine ever again! MUDERER!

1121 days ago


There is a video that shows what really happened on MJ's last day and what Dr. Murray was doing:

1121 days ago

Rogue Warrior    

What up all you emotionally illiterate, Nancy Disgrace following, irrational, rode wet, mental midgets? FYI, MJ was a drug addicted pedophile who suffered from an identity crisis and took it upon himself to OD!
On the other hand, Dr. Murray is a good man who did the world a favor. Just imagine if any other average Joe had little boys over to his house for sleep overs in his bed and at the entrance of the room there were cameras to alert this average Joe of intruders. Yeah, average Joe would be in prison after getting thoroughly trashed by Nancy Disgrace and her followers.
A grown man has a secret compartment in his room along with security cameras outside his room to alert him of intruders. You have to be one emotional douchebag or douchebagette to think his sleep overs were "innocent"!!
Thank s Again for carrying out justice Dr. Murray, hang in there because you’ll be found NOT GUILTY,, NOT GUILTY, NOT GUILTY!

1121 days ago


I wonder if they call wine Jesus Juice in heaven?

1121 days ago
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