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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.

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* 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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46.

mymjj5.    

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.
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Murray is not honorable. He most likely billed medicaid for the "free" medicine (jmo). The only honorable thing Murray has ever done was to divorce his first wife. At least she's happy and does not have to look at his rump ever again......maybe he's still married.....murray is only committed to swindling, scamming, cheating and lying for his own personal gain.

All this one sided BS by team Murray. No medical records, no equipment, just run and hide for two days by this caring witch doctor murray.......please with the BS!!

Team Murray is going to present what the only eyewitness to michael's death "DID NOT" see as a credible defense?????
hhhmm


GIVE ME A FREAKIN BREAK!!

1061 days ago
47.

mymjj5.    

Chernoff came back from break the defense will show the amounts that Dr. Murray's death could not cause Michael's death.
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TMZ the above sentence makes no sense.

1061 days ago
48.

mymjj5.    

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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Michael Jackson would not get up to get his own breakfast! Let alone injecting himself with anything. The killer poured/pumped that stuff into michael's stomach if any. The killer injected michael with a fatal dose that killed him. It was Murray! Murray is the killer!

1061 days ago
49.

mymjj5.    

Chernoff said Murray had no idea at the time that MJ had a much deeper problem
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We know that. Only a competent physician would know and understand his patient's medical history. Create a treatment plan that's in his client's best medical interest. Not murray. Not one sheet of scribbled notes to cover his own behind regarding the services he provided. Just murray's lying ever changing story.

.....and team murray dares to defend him. I guess there's confidence in knowing that corrupt money and powerful culprits will tip the scale of injustice in murray's favor.....jail or hell either way murray will pay.

1061 days ago
50.

mymjj5.    

The defense will put some of Dr. Murray's patients on the stand to show his level of care.
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If murray would have kept medical records that would have proved his level of care.
Everything murray did and did not do for michael shows his true "level of care".........pleaazzzzzz

Chernoff! sitchoas down with all that stupified foolishness about murray's character. Where was Murray's concern for Michael as he cleaned up the crime scene? Huh Chernoff huh? Talk about that!!!

What in the world is murray buying medicine for others while his children were being deprived of child support? What about that chernoff????? Huh!
Can't hear YoUUUUuuuuuuuuuuuu!!

Taint gottallat mouf now dooyah!!!

1061 days ago
51.

mymjj5.    

Chernoff will present an addiction specialist, who will testify DR. ARNOLD KLEIN ADDICTED MICHAEL JACKSON TO DEMEROL.
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Unless Arnie injected Michael with the fatal dose, the point is moot!!!!
Sitchowas down chernoff.........your desperate lying horns are showing................LOL!

1061 days ago
52.

mymjj5.    

Chernoff will present an addiction specialist, who will testify
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The time to consult with a specialist is while the patient is still alive.
Unless the specialist and or arnie were in the house and injected Michael with the fatal dose of propofol, YOUR POINT IS MOOT!!..........

sitchowas down Chernoff......sitchowas down somewhere. The defense is going nowhere!!!

1061 days ago
53.

maria    

Michael Jackson killed himself maybe not by choice but by excesive drug abuse! he was a lonely , troubled soul,he was big of himself,he changed his skin color,he tried to buy the elephant man remains,he want to be Peter Pan a man who don't want tp grow up! he thought himself he was undestructible he was a GOD! Dr. murray help him as a DR. he can't babysit him 24/7.....This family loves attntion and money is not enough all the money he left to them I don't believe in not one ,specially La Toya ...remember she said to the world "my brother is a pedophile ,he likes to sleep with boys? well just think about! fame and fortune is not enough for this family I wonder what is next ?

1061 days ago
54.

john    

you matter how you slice it (addicted, not addicted), ConMan Murray was NOT the kind of doctor MJ needed for help with a sleep problem. Murray knew that. Murray should have told MJ to find a good sleep specialist---that could be a pulmonologist), a neurologist, a shrink, a hypnotist...you name it, but NOT a cardiologist.

1061 days ago
55.

mymjj5.    

A coroner is a government official who investigates human deaths. Maintains death records. Determines cause of death and issues death certificates.
The coroner's report will foever stand that there were no signs of drug abuse or damage to michael's internal organs.
Only a real stupid person would argue against factual medical evidence by the Coroner's Office.
(well then there's Chernoff ......anyhoo)
Michael Jackson: a drug abuser.... with no signs of drug abuse or damage to his system.

Go ahead you imbeciles. Keep typing calling michael a drug abuser and a junkie.... go ahead and confirm your ignorance in writing.

1061 days ago
56.

mymjj5.    

Chernoff: He looks so "Mens Warehouse"....Don't you agree!

LOL!

1061 days ago
57.

john    

just a little, tiny, itsy bitsy bit strange how it took ConMan (and his lawyers) about 8 months to "figure out" that MJ swallowed Diprivan on his own. Wouldn't ConMan kind of notice when he went into the room...or figure it out a few days later?? No, it took some sick minds most of a year to come up with this cr-p. I bet they couldn't even FIND an ICU nurse who EVER had a patient over the years who managed to drink Diprivan. And there are LOTS of confused and demented patients around the country, on that med.

1061 days ago
58.

Cherwood    

Trial of the Century........
Okay so FINALLY the TRIAL OF THE CENTURY has begun and I have one simple request:
IF YOU'RE NOT INTERESTED IN MICHAEL JACKSON OR THIS TRIAL, GET A LIFE AND GET LOST!!
Okay, now that I got that out of my system, let's talk....
First, let me say this: there are many people on these boards YAKKING about how Michael is responsible--BASED ON WHAT? FYI--even if he did BEG Murray to give him the Propofol, you do realize that it is STILL CRIMINAL for Murray to have aquiesced (given in....sorry, I often forget who I'm talking to.) You people have GOT to stop making this case a stomping ground for your PREJUDICE against Michael Jackson, and simply look at the FACTS of the case. And the FACTS show that MURRAY IS GUILTY because he administered the WRONG substance, in the WRONG setting, without the RIGHT equipment, and then left his patient, and when he went into distress, Murray failed to call 911 right away, and proceeded to LIE to every Medical professional he came into contact with.....
NOW with that in mind, let me hear you tell me Michael has ANYTHING to do with this TRAGEDY.....
Okay so to my Michael Supporters let me say those Opening Statements were UNREAL! Of course, I'm not really referring to the Defense who reverted to type by blaming Michael and Klein...why don't we go ahead and blame Sarah Palin and the Michellin Man while we're at it? But the Prosecution held out on us with that recording of Michael's "Sedated" voice that they got from Murray's IPhone, dated 6-19-09. Murray's team maintain that Michael got Meds from Klein or someone else, but if that's true, Murray should've picked up on that and refused to give him any other meds. Instead, he ordered MORE Propofol and Benzos after that date....Oye.
And it's funny that the defense wants to use the TIRED story that Michael was pushing for the Propofol because that in itself CONVICTS Murray because it says that he KNEW Michael shouldn't be given the Meds, but he CAVED in and gave it to him anyway. Also, he keeps saying he tried to WEAN Michael off of the Propofol, but that statement tells us that he considered Michael to be ADDICTED to the Meds, and it's ILLEGAL for a doctor to give Meds to a KNOWN addict....there goes THAT part of the defense....
As for Ortega's story about June 19th, I had read that Michael had the flu around that time and was probably taking something for that. It would also explain the chills he was having, and the Coroner's Report mentioned he had a slight case of Bronchitus as well.....
HOWEVER, I have a HUGE problem with Ortega's ASSumptions that Michael needed Psychological help. He's not a Doctor, he's a CHOREOGRAPHER for Heaven's sake! And he has the GALL to say Michael was "abusing drugs"? Was he REALLY a witness for the Prosecution? All we needed from him is to verify that Murray was supposed to be in charge of Michael's health, and that he even created a brue over Ortega sending Michael home when he was ill in his last weeks when they had that meeting with Michael, Ortega, Murray and AEG execs.....
Thing is, where did that email come from? I don't recall hearing it mentioned in the Prelim. Not saying I couldn't have missed it, but I find that odd. One thing we have to remember: Ortega was an employee of AEG, so while I believe SOME of what he says, I'm not sure about the rest. I think his testimony may have been carefully constructed to make sure he and AEG come out smelling like a rose when in reality, they're culpable as well. The fact that they claim to have noticed a so-called "deterioration" in Michael tells me they should've called Murray on the carpet and demanded to see some records. And if Ortega supposedly thought Michael was abusing drugs, why didn't they confront him with it?
And then there's also that NAGGING statement the Coroner made that Michael's body showed NO SIGNS OF DRUG ABUSE. If he had been "abusing drugs" as Ortega claims barely a week before he died, it would've showed up in the Tox Report, but it didn't. The Coroner also stated that there was NO OTHER SUBSTANCE FOUND IN MICHAEL'S SYSTEM besides PROPOFOL and the BENZOS....
I certainly hope the Prosecution have STRONGER witnesses than Ortega turned out to be. Not that it would make a difference for Murray because the fact that he gave Michael a stack of Benzos, then topped it off with Propofol in an IMPROPER setting, WITHOUT proper Medical equipment, and then LEFT him to make calls, urine, and emails....and then when he found him in distress, he called everyone BUT 911--who he LIED to when they finally did arrive, and later lied to UCLA ER staff as well....case closed. The only reason Murray didn't throw himself on the mercy of the court is because his defense knows people in this country will swallow anything the Media tells them about Michael.....sad.....
I do realize that Ortega's testimony hurt Murray, however, I have an issue with either side--Prosecution or Defense tarnishing Michael's Reputation in order to prove their point. There is NO PROOF that Michael took ANYTHING but what Murray gave him that day. And I'm STILL waiting for Murray to prove that he had been giving Michael Propofol for 6 weeks. I'll buy the 2 weeks, maybe, but not six. Bottom line, we have NO IDEA whether ANYTHING Murray says is true and that's the crux of this case. Too much of it is based on what MURRAY told the LAPD in that first deposition--the same time frame where he had LIED to the EMT's and UCLA staff....do we REALLY think he wouldn't LIE to the LAPD? C'mon Now!!
......................SIMMERING.............................

1061 days ago
59.

Tetit    

I believe that Dr. Murray did not overdose Michael Jackson with Propofol. He is a doctor and he knows too well that in doing so his patient will die. What will the Doctor profit anyway if Michael dies? He is not a beneficiary of Michael’s insurance policy or real estate. Instead, he will loss a big sum of money for his medical professional fee. By the way, I am an avid fan of the King of Pop for over 25 years until he is gone. I was very sad when I learned of his sudden death. However, I am convinced that there is time to be born and there is time to die (Ecc.3:2). Even if Dr. Murray was in his side at that time, he will still die. That’s it, MJ died just in time. The death of Michael Jackson has lessons for Dr. Murray and for each and every one of us. For me, it reminds me of what my DIVINE CREATOR wants me to live my life. Forgive me if anyone here doesn’t like my line of thought but I just want to express what is in my heart.

1061 days ago
60.

elisabeth    

People who write these disgusting comments about michael jackson should try to find another way to put there lives to better use. It is pathetic to even bother to comment on a person that you clearly dont like. so just let it be and dont waste time on stating things of a man you dont know, or will never know. and I am use that michael when he was alive sure didnt put this much time on commenting you. in fact to him you never even existed. So stop caring or comment on him because you comment will never, then I mean never make a difference. So do everyone a favour and just STOP.

1060 days ago
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