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Michael Jackson's Son Prince

I'll Testify ...

With Strings Attached

9/27/2011 2:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Michael Jackson
's eldest son Prince -- an eyewitness to the horrific scene in the bedroom where his father lost his life -- does not want to testify in the Conrad Murray trial, but he's telling family he'll do what needs to be done to get justice for his departed dad.

Sources close to Prince tell TMZ ... the 14-year-old is "nervous" and worried that if he's called to the stand he might get flustered and "mess up." 

We're told if Prince is called by prosecutors ... Katherine will ask her lawyers to request that the entire courtroom be cleared during his testimony.  Judge Michael Pastor almost certainly will prohibit the media from training a camera on Prince, but it's unlikely he'll clear the courtroom.

As we previously reported, Prince is on the prosecution's witness list, since Dr. Murray summoned Prince to the bedroom for help during the emergency.  When Prince arrived, he dissolved into tears.

The trial starts today.  We'll be livestreaming opening statements.

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People vs. Dr. Conrad Murray

Opening Statements


David Walgren -- Prosecutor's Opening Statement
Updated 9/27/11 at 9:35 AM

Prosecutor David Walgren delivered an opening statement, using a graphic of what appears to be Michael Jackson's body on a gurney.

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* Michael Jackson trusted his life to the medical skills of Dr. Murray and it was "misplaced trust"
* The cause of death was an overdose of Propofol, administered by Dr. Murray
* We will prove Conrad Murray repeatedly acted with gross negligence and incompetence
* Walgren explained that Murray would obtain $150,000 a month, not the $5 million Murray demanded for the duration of the "This is It" tour.
* Murray made arrangements with a pharmacy to purchase very large quantities of Propofol on a regular basis
* Murray lied to the pharmacist by saying he had a clinic in Santa Monica when he did not
* On May 10, 2009, Murray made a voice recording on his iPhone ... the recording documents MJ highly under the influence of "unknown agents" with Murray sitting there.  It shows Murray knew Michael's state and what he was doing to the singer




* In the weeks before MJ died, he was cold, shivering, rambling but Murray kept giving him Propofol, and Kenny Ortega will testify MJ was clearly not well
* A meeting was held at Michael's house on May 20, 2009,  MJ died, with Kenny Ortega, Murray, MJ and others.  Murray scolded Ortega for expressing concerns about his health, saying he was the doctor, adding, "Michael is physically and emotionally fine.  I am the doctor."
* On the day MJ died, at 1 AM, MJ came home from rehearsal and Murray spent the night at the house -- as he did every night for the prior 2 1/2 months -- for the purpose of putting him to sleep with Propofol.
* Walgren acknowledged what TMZ has been reporting almost from the beginning ... that Michael died in his bed -- that he was clinically dead when paramedics arrived.
* Murray was texting and making phone calls while he sat by MJ.  He made 8 phone calls, the last at 11:51 to a girlfriend, and that's when Murray realized there was an emergency.
* Murray calls bodyguard Alberto Alvarez and says Michael Jackson had a "bad reaction."
* Murray instructs Alvarez to essentially hide the evidence in a blue bag ... putting, among other things, the Propofol bottle that was hanging on the IV stand -- Walgren is implying that's the bottle that had the fatal dose
* 911 was called at 12:20.  And, Walgren says, when paramedics arrived, MJ was dead
* Murray never told the EMTs he gave MJ Propofol, even though they asked what drugs Murray had administered
* Paramedics pronounced MJ dead, but Murray insisted he be transported to UCLA
* UCLA doctors asked Murray what drugs had he given MJ, but Murray never mentioned Propofol
* Two days after MJ's death, Murray met with LAPD detectives, and disclosed he was giving MJ nightly doses of Propofol everyday for more than 2 months to put him to sleep. This is the first time Murray fessed up.
* MJ told Murray at around 5 AM that he needed to sleep and they agreed Propofol was the answer.  Murray said he gave MJ 25 milligrams of Propofol, but that would only put him to sleep for minutes.  Prosecutors say much more Propofol was administered.



* Murray explained to cops he went to the bathroom to urinate, came back 2 minutes later to discover MJ wasn't breathing.  Prosecutors says that is called "ABANDONMENT," leaving a patient unattended is medical abandonment. 
* The prosecutor says Murray was on the phone for 45 minutes after giving MJ Propofol
* Conrad Murray acted with gross negligence and was not acting in MJ's best interests ... he was working for $150,000 a month.


People vs. Dr. Conrad Murray

Defense Claims

Michael Jackson Killed Himself


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.




Conrad Murray Trial

YOU BE THE JUDGE!


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You heard the opening statements -- now as the testimony fires up, we gotta ask ...



Dr. Conrad Murray

Arrives at Court


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It begins ... Dr. Conrad Murray just rolled up to the L.A. criminal courthouse with his massive entourage, looking sedate in a gray pinstripe suit.

Katherine, Joe, and Jermaine Jackson arrived moments later. All that's missing is a red carpet.

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Opening statements kick off around 8:30 AM.


230 COMMENTS

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31.

Barblyn    

I am surprised some of those photos were released to the public.

1018 days ago
32.

Lisa    

As a minor I am surprised they wouldn't do this without him asking. They usually protect minor's identity.

1018 days ago
33.

jules    

What is wrong with you people. This is a kid who saw his father die...the only parent he knew. It doesn't make a difference if he was Michael's biological child or adopted child. He loved his father and Michael loved him. Of course he is nervous about messing up! He is only a 14 year old boy. Have a little compassion.

1018 days ago
34.

Les    

There is no way he should have special provisions made for him. He should be treated as any other normal/average citizen. Strange that he mentioned that he might get flustered and "mess up". Sounds like he might be being trained....all he has to do is to tell the truth! But, that's not good enough for the "Jackson" family.

1018 days ago
35.

diana    

i took the time to read all the comments and its very sad that some people are still just so ignorant in this world as far as with comments about the child's skin color, mj not being the dad, etc. as seen he is a child who was not ever told of any other name to be his father but mj and as far as skin color "howard" its discusting to know that there is racist bastards like you in the world... grow up and leave the kid alone ....

1018 days ago
36.

juli    

Prince Michael is a good boy and a goodlooking boy. They all are good kids. I just hope the grandmother stays alive and well till the kids are grown up .

1018 days ago
37.

k9hanlr    

This "Doctor" was administering a drug that should only have been used in a hospital setting, he even lied to get the drugs. He is the one who introduced this drug as a sleep aid. Prior to this "Doctor" Jackson used other drugs to sleep (according to reports). Doctors take an oath to do no harm, this "Doctor" failed miserably. Jackson is not innocent here but certainly neither is this "Doctor".

1018 days ago
38.

Axle505    

Jackson was a drug addicted, pedophile who conned parents into prostituting their children for his twisted evenings. If you don't believe this, then I guess you feel that O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony are innocent too. If even a little of Jackson's pedophilia is true--which is likely--then the man is unacceptable in society. He was overrated as an artist, as well. There are many more musicians and singers who are far more deserving. Let Murry go--the media hype for Jackson is just a vulgarity now. He's just a bad memory for most of the world.

1018 days ago
39.

Jeanne    

I don't care WHAT you people say about Michael Jackson I LOVED HIM. He was loving, kind and committed all his life to helping children although the media loved to chew him up and spit him out with allegations while others wanted his money. He was one of the most Brilliant Music Performers of ALL TIME and will remain in that position long after your own little lives are over. He earned his fame and fortune and did not deserve to die this way. When Medical Professionals aid in the destruction of someones life for profit they should serve the time for administering what they know could become deadly. Period. End of Story. No matter what he looked like, no matter what he needed to sleep... it was his doctors responsibility to properly inform him once he was induced the very first time. Money ruled the show here and because of that GREED a very wonderful loving person has left our world. Michael Jackson will always be remembered with love by millions of people all over this earth. All the hateful comments will never remove the infinite love that Michaels fans had for him. Your hateful comments are dismissed like air. No one will ever take his place. Ever.

1018 days ago
40.

TexasNDN    

I think his request should be honoured & the courtroom cleared. Wasn't it enough that he had to live with the monster that his "father" was ?

1018 days ago
41.

Manxie    

If it had'nt been this doctor it would've been someone else that gave him drugs. He seemed to be a drug addict at the start, paid alot of money to people to say yes to him.
This guy will be the golden scapegoat for 'revenge' of MJ's death...poor soul. All this is really about is another drug overdose by a celebrity. And I'm SURE his family will find a way to make money off of this also, they have on everything else. Let the guy rest in peace and his family get jobs.
The meal train will eventually dry up.
Here's hoping Dr. Murray does'nt have to pay for someone else's addiction!

1018 days ago
42.

Phil    

I read an artical some months before that stated in fact he was going to die for some condition an fall in the time peroid it did happen . How could they come out with that when he was in good health but died of an over dose and yet actualy happen. It was like being for- told but not for what he did die.It's so weird to me.

1018 days ago
43.

babygirladdy    

So, for me there's already a few problems here. The defense's case states "
* 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."

and then goes on to COMPLETELY CONTRADICT that by saying:

"* 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. "

and then "* 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."


So basically what bothers me about their case is that everything was stated in circular chronological order here - the end result was first stated, it went backwards a few days, and then forwards from there, arriving at the end result again. Except - the second end result is different. Which makes no sense. In actual chronological order here, this is what they're saying happened:

1. "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."

2. "Chernoff insists Murray only gave MJ 25 milligrams of Propofol just before MJ died"

3. "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."


So basically - the plan was to not give him Propofol at all, so he gave him "other sedatives instead". Yet then he turned around and gave him supposedly 25mg of Propofol, just before he died - and yet... they're claiming that the "perfect storm" that killed him was ONLY these 8, 2mg Lorazepam, and a self-injected dose of Propofol. The end result that *I* am seeing is that the defense is first stating that Michael did all of this to himself and the doctor did not administer anything himself, and backing that by going on to give exacts amounts of what the doctor administered. So - did he administer anything, or not?! He can't have it both ways.

They're also saying another doctor addicted him to *Demerol* and just before that stated "Michael Jackson told Murray the only way he could sleep was with Propofol and he always took Propofol." So which is it? Someone addicted to one drug isn't going to ask for a different one that specifically - if anything they're going to ask for the one they're addicted to first and may settle for a different one instead if convinced. That makes no sense. The defense's entire statement and points they're making completely contradict each other and make absolutely no sense to me.

1018 days ago
44.

babygirladdy    

So, for me there's already a few problems here. The defense's case states "
* 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."

and then goes on to COMPLETELY CONTRADICT that by saying:

"* 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. "

and then "* 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."


So basically what bothers me about their case is that everything was stated in circular chronological order here - the end result was first stated, it went backwards a few days, and then forwards from there, arriving at the end result again. Except - the second end result is different. Which makes no sense. In actual chronological order here, this is what they're saying happened:

1. "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."

2. "Chernoff insists Murray only gave MJ 25 milligrams of Propofol just before MJ died"

3. "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."


So basically - the plan was to not give him Propofol at all, so he gave him "other sedatives instead". Yet then he turned around and gave him supposedly 25mg of Propofol, just before he died - and yet... they're claiming that the "perfect storm" that killed him was ONLY these 8, 2mg Lorazepam, and a self-injected dose of Propofol. The end result that *I* am seeing is that the defense is first stating that Michael did all of this to himself and the doctor did not administer anything himself, and backing that by going on to give exacts amounts of what the doctor administered. So - did he administer anything, or not?! He can't have it both ways.

They're also saying another doctor addicted him to *Demerol* and just before that stated "Michael Jackson told Murray the only way he could sleep was with Propofol and he always took Propofol." So which is it? Someone addicted to one drug isn't going to ask for a different one that specifically - if anything they're going to ask for the one they're addicted to first and may settle for a different one instead if convinced. That makes no sense. The defense's entire statement and points they're making completely contradict each other and make absolutely no sense to me.

1018 days ago
45.

Kody    

HE'S DEAD...IT'S IN THE PAST!...LET IT GO ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THERE'S NO NEED TO DRAG THIS OUT FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1018 days ago
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