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People vs. Dr. Conrad Murray

Michael Jackson Had "Episode"

Days Before Death

10/5/2011 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Computer Forensic Examiner -- Stephen Marx Testifies
Updated 10/05/11 at
09:55 AM



Dramatic testimony today ... suggesting there were strong signs Michael Jackson's health was deteriorating days before his death.

Stephen Marx -- the forensic expert who analyzed Dr. Conrad Murray's iPhone -- uncovered a voicemail message in which Michael Jackson's manager referred to "an episode" MJ had five days before he died.

Prosecutors played the June 20th message during Marx's testimony -- in which Michael's manager Frank DiLeo says, "I'm sure you're aware [Michael] had an episode last night."

Frank clearly believed Michael had a drug problem, claiming, "He's sick. I think you need to get a blood test on him. We gotta see what he's doing."

You'll recall ... Kenny Ortega and others talked about MIchael's heath problems during rehearsal on June 19, 2009, which triggered a confrontation between Ortega and Murray at MJ's house the next day.

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Pegasus    

If the Propofol was found under the glass table - as the investigator stated - then that pretty much proves that MJ did not inject himself. Because for anyone who has recieved the drug for a procedure knows - that you do not just wake up and pop up. You fade in and out for several minutes. Plus, with all the other drugs in his system - he would have been like a drunk. Had he tried to get out of bed to get the drug to self medicate - he would have collasped and odds are knocked the chair slightly out of the way and the stands and everything on them. They would not have been neatly placed. Also, had he collapsed or stumbled or whatever - Murray surlely would have heard the noise and returned to the room. So the self injection theory is BS! Besides, MJ was afraid of needles!

1077 days ago
17.

Pegasus    

Is it just me or does ConRat seem way too relaxed and cool? I would think, that he would be nervous and sweating bullets or something - especially after the Prosecutor revealed all the drugs that ConRat tried to conceal. Also, I cannot wait to ConRat on the stand - the Prosecutor is going to have the Time of His or Her Life with HIM!!!

ConRat Murray is GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY AND IS GOING DOWN DOWN DOWN DOWN!!!!!!

1077 days ago
18.

sofi    

Prosecutors played the June 20th message during Marx's testimony -- in which Michael's manager Frank DiLeo says, "I'm sure you're aware [Michael] had an episode last night."

Frank clearly believed Michael had a drug problem, claiming, "He's sick. I think you need to get a blood test on him. We gotta see what he's doing."


How come nobody says what the episode was.
Unfortunately mr.Dileo is dead so he can't testify but could he be referring to what K.Ortega testified? That Michael was cold and was worried that the London concerts would be called off because he got sick?

1077 days ago
19.

Mike    

Okay, if I were in the jury, this ALONE would do it for me! Screw all the other testimonies and witnesses. Basically Murray ignored this serious message and kept administering surgical analgesics. This is so messed up. Let's just hope the jury are normal, healthy, rational human beings, and not as ghetto as the "OJ" jury.

1077 days ago
20.

Butterfly    

Is it just me or does ConRat seem way too relaxed and cool? I would think, that he would be nervous and sweating bullets or something - especially after the Prosecutor revealed all the drugs that ConRat tried to conceal. Also, I cannot wait to ConRat on the stand - the Prosecutor is going to have the Time of His or Her Life with HIM!!!

ConRat Murray is GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY AND IS GOING DOWN DOWN DOWN DOWN!!!!!!
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He knew the worst scenario for him is 4 years!!

I`m sure he`ll be paid good enought to sit back and relax!

After a few month he can shake his babymamas again go into `Adult`clubs again and cheers with AEG about his job of his life!

Also he need the Jailtime to write his book ,out of prison he`s to busy with surching for a new waitress( IMO he`s like ´Charly Harper´)
No words for his :I`m the personal MJJ Doc ;to become a(many) actress in his bed !

IMO, nothing can be done to get`s justice for MJJ,only we fans can hold his name high by playing his music and ask those who trying to drag his name in dirth:
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You`ve your knowledge about MJJ also from tabloids ?!
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Not one artist ever can` pass Michael the water`and no human
have a golden heart like Michael!

LOVE AND MISS MJJ

1077 days ago
21.

Lisa    

The only one to blame for MJ's death is MJ himself. A junkie will always kill himself in the end. And what the heck happened to his family. So many brothers and sisters living off his back and not one of them realized this was going on? Ultimately, it is THEM (meaning the family) who need to take a long look at themselves and pray for forgivenes...

1077 days ago
22.

Pegasus    

Conrad Murray Trial Recap: Coroner’s Office Accused Of Making Mistakes Conrad Murray Trial Recap: Coroner’s Office Accused Of Making Mistakes
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Posted on Oct 06, 2011 @ 07:30PM print it send it
Splashnews/WENNBy Radar Staff

The Los Angeles County Coroner's investigator who examined Michael Jackson’s body and bedroom has been accused of making “mistakes”.

Elissa Fleak was questioned in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday by lawyers acting for Dr. Conrad Murray – who is accused of the involuntary manslaughter of the singer in June 2009 – and was quizzed by defense attorney Ed Chernoff on some of her atypical practices.

After saying she always destroys her investigation notes, Elissa admitted she failed to dispose of her do***ents from a second trip to Michael’s house on June 29, four days after his death.

PHOTOS: Key Players In The Trial Of Dr. Conrad Murray

She said she kept the notes because it was unusual to require a second trip to an investigation scene, to which Chernoff asked: "Would you agree with me that you made a substantial number of mistakes in investigating this case?"

Fleak said: “No.”

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Inside Michael Jackson's Mansion On The Day Of His Death

The investigator also admitted she had picked up a bottle of Flumazenil from the floor of the Thriller hitmaker’s bedroom before taking photographs and said she apparently left a partial fingerprint on a syringe found in the room.

Noting she usually wears gloves, she said: "I found [out about the fingerprint] later.”

PHOTOS: Michael Jackson Through The Years

Explaining she thought the fingerprint may have transferred as tables were moved around the room, she added: "I don't remember if I was wearing gloves when the tables were moved.”

Chernoff asked her: "You don't consider any of that a mistake?” but she responded “no”.

PHOTOS: The Jackson Family Arrives To Dr. Conrad Murray’s Trial

Later in the day, Jurors were shown a picture of a child sized porcelain doll, which was dressed in green dungarees and had blonde curly hair lying next to a CD player in Jackson’s bedroom.

The court was also shown a police photograph of ornate dinner plates featuring babies’ faces – believed to be those of the star’s three children – displayed on a chest of drawers alongside family pictures.

PHOTOS: Stage Shots of Michael Jackson Performing

Also shown to the court today was the official toxicology report of tests carried out on Michael’s body after his death from acute Propofol intoxication on June 25, 2009.

The do***ent showed the star had six legal substances in his system, Propofol (Diprivan), Lidocaine, Diazepam (Valium), Lorazepam (Ativan), Midazolam (Versed), and Ephedrine.

PHOTOS: Celebs Involved In Murder

Giving evidence to the court, toxicologist Dan Anderson said that, out of all the substances found, Jackson had the least amount of Propofol actually in his stomach.

Anderson said he found only trace amounts of the drug – the equivalent of a few specks of sugar.

PHOTOS: Celebs Who Died Young

Murray denies administering the fatal dose of Propofol that killed his famous patient. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison.

The case continues

1076 days ago
23.

Pegasus    

Conrad Murray Trial Recap: Coroner’s Office Accused Of Making Mistakes Conrad Murray Trial Recap: Coroner’s Office Accused Of Making Mistakes
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Posted on Oct 06, 2011 @ 07:30PM print it send it
Splashnews/WENNBy Radar Staff

The Los Angeles County Coroner's investigator who examined Michael Jackson’s body and bedroom has been accused of making “mistakes”.

Elissa Fleak was questioned in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday by lawyers acting for Dr. Conrad Murray – who is accused of the involuntary manslaughter of the singer in June 2009 – and was quizzed by defense attorney Ed Chernoff on some of her atypical practices.

After saying she always destroys her investigation notes, Elissa admitted she failed to dispose of her do***ents from a second trip to Michael’s house on June 29, four days after his death.

PHOTOS: Key Players In The Trial Of Dr. Conrad Murray

She said she kept the notes because it was unusual to require a second trip to an investigation scene, to which Chernoff asked: "Would you agree with me that you made a substantial number of mistakes in investigating this case?"

Fleak said: “No.”

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Inside Michael Jackson's Mansion On The Day Of His Death

The investigator also admitted she had picked up a bottle of Flumazenil from the floor of the Thriller hitmaker’s bedroom before taking photographs and said she apparently left a partial fingerprint on a syringe found in the room.

Noting she usually wears gloves, she said: "I found [out about the fingerprint] later.”

PHOTOS: Michael Jackson Through The Years

Explaining she thought the fingerprint may have transferred as tables were moved around the room, she added: "I don't remember if I was wearing gloves when the tables were moved.”

Chernoff asked her: "You don't consider any of that a mistake?” but she responded “no”.

PHOTOS: The Jackson Family Arrives To Dr. Conrad Murray’s Trial

Later in the day, Jurors were shown a picture of a child sized porcelain doll, which was dressed in green dungarees and had blonde curly hair lying next to a CD player in Jackson’s bedroom.

The court was also shown a police photograph of ornate dinner plates featuring babies’ faces – believed to be those of the star’s three children – displayed on a chest of drawers alongside family pictures.

PHOTOS: Stage Shots of Michael Jackson Performing

Also shown to the court today was the official toxicology report of tests carried out on Michael’s body after his death from acute Propofol intoxication on June 25, 2009.

The do***ent showed the star had six legal substances in his system, Propofol (Diprivan), Lidocaine, Diazepam (Valium), Lorazepam (Ativan), Midazolam (Versed), and Ephedrine.

PHOTOS: Celebs Involved In Murder

Giving evidence to the court, toxicologist Dan Anderson said that, out of all the substances found, Jackson had the least amount of Propofol actually in his stomach.

Anderson said he found only trace amounts of the drug – the equivalent of a few specks of sugar.

PHOTOS: Celebs Who Died Young

Murray denies administering the fatal dose of Propofol that killed his famous patient. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison.

The case continues

1076 days ago
24.

Pegasus    

Defense grills investigator about search of Michael Jackson's bedroomBy Alan Duke, CNN
updated 7:37 PM EST, Thu October 6, 2011

Coroner office subpoenaed medical recordsSTORY HIGHLIGHTS
NEW: Toxicologist testimony begins about drugs in Jackson's body
NEW: Dr. Conrad Murray's fingerprint identified on propofol vial prosecution says killed Jackson
Defense suggests coroner's investigator made "significant mistakes"
Judge warns prosecutor about showing Jackson children's medical data
Tune in to HLN for full coverage and analysis of the Conrad Murray trial and watch live, as it happens, on CNN.com/live and CNN's mobile apps.

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Dr. Conrad Murray's lawyer suggested Thursday that a coroner's investigator made "substantial mistakes" when she searched Michael Jackson's bedroom after the pop icon's death and that she has made significant changes in her testimony since the preliminary hearing last January.

The start of testimony Thursday, the eighth day of the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor, was delayed when the judge raised concern that medical information about Jackson's children were displayed in court Wednesday when the prosecution showed their father's medical records.

"These are records that involve minor children of the decedent in this case, and I have very real concerns about their privacy," Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said.

County Coroner's toxicologist Dan Anderson, who studied the drugs in Jackson's body, began his testimony Thursday morning as the prosecution introduces scientific evidence that is key to their effort to prove that Murray is criminally responsible for his death.

Defense questions coroner's methods

Coroner admits omissions

A slurring Jackson heard on recording The pathologist who conducted Jackson's autopsy and ruled his death a homicide could testify later Thursday or Friday, based on the order of witnesses followed by the prosecution in the preliminary hearing.

Jurors should also soon hear the two-hour interview Murray gave to police two days after Jackson's June 25, 2009, death of what the coroner concluded was the result of "acute propofol intoxication" in combination with sedatives.

On Wednesday, Deputy District Attorney David Walgren covered a table with drug vials and medical paraphernalia taken in Coroner's Investigator Elissa Fleak's searches, a visual display of Murray's in-home treatment of Jackson.

Fleak identified a saline bag that was cut open with an empty 100-milliliter propofol bottle inside. The prosecution alleges Murray used it as a makeshift IV drip to administer propofol to Jackson. The defense contends Murray gave Jackson just 25 milliliters of the surgical anesthetic and used a syringe to pu***** in.

Fleak, however, acknowledged under cross-examination Thursday that she never wrote in a report that the bottle was inside the bag until March of this year. She did, however, mention it at in her preliminary hearing in January

Murray's fingerprint was found on that 100-milliliter propofol bottle that prosecutors contend led to Jackson's death, according to a fingerprint analysis accepted by both the prosecution and defense Thursday.

At that January hearing, Fleak testified that she found a broken syringe plunger on the nightstand next to Jackson's bed, with a needle on the floor below.

But Fleak's trial testimony is that she was mistaken about the needle matching up to the syringe. She only realized this after a meeting this year with the prosecutor, she acknowledged when lead defense lawyer Ed Chernoff questioned her.

She also conceded that she moved the syringe before photographs of it were taken and that her fingerprint was later found on it.

"You made substantial mistakes in your investigation?" Chernoff asked.

"No," Fleak replied.

Coroner: No obvious cause of death

Jackson toxicology tests showed propofol

Toxicologist disapproves of questioning Fleak also revealed that she destroyed her handwritten notes from her June 25, 2009, search, but not the notes from the June 29, 2009, search. She said it is her routine practice to destroy her notes after she writes a report.

Twelve bottles of propofol were found in the bedroom during her first search the day Jackson died, including an empty vial found on the floor next to the bed, Fleak said.

Seven bottles of medications were on a nightstand next to the bed, including one with lorazepam pills prescribed by Murray to Jackson.

Murray's defense lawyers say Jackson caused his own death by swallowing eight lorazepam pills and orally ingesting propofol while Murray was out of the room.

Although crucial to prove that Murray is criminally responsible for the pop icon's death, Thursday's forensic testimony is not likely to match Wednesday's emotional drama when jurors heard Jackson's slurred voice telling his doctor, "I hurt, you know, I hurt."

A photograph of Jackson lying dead on a hospital gurney was later projected onto a large screen in the courtroom, a vivid reminder to jurors of why they will listen to a least a month of testimony.

While the court camera feed focused on the disturbing image for just five seconds -- the result of an earlier decision to minimize public exposure to such shocking images -- it was displayed on a large screen in front of the jury for about two minutes.

Forensic computer expert Stephen Marx, who found the Jackson audio file on Murray's iPhone, said it was recorded on May 10, 2009, when Jackson was preparing for his "This Is It" concerts set for London two months later.

Prosecutors, who played a clip of the audio in their opening statement last week, let the jury hear the entire recording at the trial Wednesday.

"Elvis didn't do it. Beatles didn't do it. We have to be phenomenal," Jackson said. "When people leave this show, when people leave my show, I want them to say, 'I've never seen nothing like this in my life. Go. Go. I've never seen nothing like this. Go. It's amazing. He's the greatest entertainer in the world.' I'm taking that money, a million children, children's hospital, the biggest in the world, Michael Jackson Children's Hospital. Going to have a movie theater, game room."

In the portion never before heard in court, Jackson talked about his life and concern for children:

"Children are depressed. The -- in those hospitals, no game room, no movie theater. They're sick because they're depressed. Their mind is depressing them. I want to give them that. I care about them, them angels. God wants me to do it. God wants me to do it. I'm going to do it, Conrad."

Another voice, which the prosecutor said was Murray's, is heard saying, "I know you would."

"Don't have enough hope, no more hope," Jackson said. "That's the next generation that's going to save our planet, starting with -- we'll talk about it. United States, Europe, Prague, my babies. They walk around with no mother. They drop them off, they leave -- a psychological degradation of that. They reach out to me: 'Please take me with you.' "

At the end, Jackson said he was "going to do that for them."

"That will be remembered more than my performances. My performances will be up there helping my children and always be my dream. I love them. I love them because I didn't have a childhood. I had no childhood. I feel their pain. I feel their hurt. I can deal with it. 'Heal the World,' 'We Are the World,' 'Will You Be There,' 'The Lost Children.' These are the songs I've written because I hurt, you know, I hurt."

At the end, Jackson told the doctor, "I am asleep."

In court, his brother Jermaine Jackson wiped tears from his eyes as he listened.

Prosecutors argue that Murray, who was Jackson's personal doctor as he prepared for planned comeback concerts, is criminally responsible for the singer's death because of medical negligence and his reckless use of the propofol to help Jackson sleep.

If convicted of involuntary manslaughter, Murray could spend four years in a California prison and lose his medical license.

1076 days ago
25.

Pegasus    

Defense grills investigator about search of Michael Jackson's bedroomBy Alan Duke, CNN
updated 7:37 PM EST, Thu October 6, 2011

Coroner office subpoenaed medical recordsSTORY HIGHLIGHTS
NEW: Toxicologist testimony begins about drugs in Jackson's body
NEW: Dr. Conrad Murray's fingerprint identified on propofol vial prosecution says killed Jackson
Defense suggests coroner's investigator made "significant mistakes"
Judge warns prosecutor about showing Jackson children's medical data
Tune in to HLN for full coverage and analysis of the Conrad Murray trial and watch live, as it happens, on CNN.com/live and CNN's mobile apps.

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Dr. Conrad Murray's lawyer suggested Thursday that a coroner's investigator made "substantial mistakes" when she searched Michael Jackson's bedroom after the pop icon's death and that she has made significant changes in her testimony since the preliminary hearing last January.

The start of testimony Thursday, the eighth day of the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor, was delayed when the judge raised concern that medical information about Jackson's children were displayed in court Wednesday when the prosecution showed their father's medical records.

"These are records that involve minor children of the decedent in this case, and I have very real concerns about their privacy," Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said.

County Coroner's toxicologist Dan Anderson, who studied the drugs in Jackson's body, began his testimony Thursday morning as the prosecution introduces scientific evidence that is key to their effort to prove that Murray is criminally responsible for his death.

Defense questions coroner's methods

Coroner admits omissions

A slurring Jackson heard on recording The pathologist who conducted Jackson's autopsy and ruled his death a homicide could testify later Thursday or Friday, based on the order of witnesses followed by the prosecution in the preliminary hearing.

Jurors should also soon hear the two-hour interview Murray gave to police two days after Jackson's June 25, 2009, death of what the coroner concluded was the result of "acute propofol intoxication" in combination with sedatives.

On Wednesday, Deputy District Attorney David Walgren covered a table with drug vials and medical paraphernalia taken in Coroner's Investigator Elissa Fleak's searches, a visual display of Murray's in-home treatment of Jackson.

Fleak identified a saline bag that was cut open with an empty 100-milliliter propofol bottle inside. The prosecution alleges Murray used it as a makeshift IV drip to administer propofol to Jackson. The defense contends Murray gave Jackson just 25 milliliters of the surgical anesthetic and used a syringe to pu***** in.

Fleak, however, acknowledged under cross-examination Thursday that she never wrote in a report that the bottle was inside the bag until March of this year. She did, however, mention it at in her preliminary hearing in January

Murray's fingerprint was found on that 100-milliliter propofol bottle that prosecutors contend led to Jackson's death, according to a fingerprint analysis accepted by both the prosecution and defense Thursday.

At that January hearing, Fleak testified that she found a broken syringe plunger on the nightstand next to Jackson's bed, with a needle on the floor below.

But Fleak's trial testimony is that she was mistaken about the needle matching up to the syringe. She only realized this after a meeting this year with the prosecutor, she acknowledged when lead defense lawyer Ed Chernoff questioned her.

She also conceded that she moved the syringe before photographs of it were taken and that her fingerprint was later found on it.

"You made substantial mistakes in your investigation?" Chernoff asked.

"No," Fleak replied.

Coroner: No obvious cause of death

Jackson toxicology tests showed propofol

Toxicologist disapproves of questioning Fleak also revealed that she destroyed her handwritten notes from her June 25, 2009, search, but not the notes from the June 29, 2009, search. She said it is her routine practice to destroy her notes after she writes a report.

Twelve bottles of propofol were found in the bedroom during her first search the day Jackson died, including an empty vial found on the floor next to the bed, Fleak said.

Seven bottles of medications were on a nightstand next to the bed, including one with lorazepam pills prescribed by Murray to Jackson.

Murray's defense lawyers say Jackson caused his own death by swallowing eight lorazepam pills and orally ingesting propofol while Murray was out of the room.

Although crucial to prove that Murray is criminally responsible for the pop icon's death, Thursday's forensic testimony is not likely to match Wednesday's emotional drama when jurors heard Jackson's slurred voice telling his doctor, "I hurt, you know, I hurt."

A photograph of Jackson lying dead on a hospital gurney was later projected onto a large screen in the courtroom, a vivid reminder to jurors of why they will listen to a least a month of testimony.

While the court camera feed focused on the disturbing image for just five seconds -- the result of an earlier decision to minimize public exposure to such shocking images -- it was displayed on a large screen in front of the jury for about two minutes.

Forensic computer expert Stephen Marx, who found the Jackson audio file on Murray's iPhone, said it was recorded on May 10, 2009, when Jackson was preparing for his "This Is It" concerts set for London two months later.

Prosecutors, who played a clip of the audio in their opening statement last week, let the jury hear the entire recording at the trial Wednesday.

"Elvis didn't do it. Beatles didn't do it. We have to be phenomenal," Jackson said. "When people leave this show, when people leave my show, I want them to say, 'I've never seen nothing like this in my life. Go. Go. I've never seen nothing like this. Go. It's amazing. He's the greatest entertainer in the world.' I'm taking that money, a million children, children's hospital, the biggest in the world, Michael Jackson Children's Hospital. Going to have a movie theater, game room."

In the portion never before heard in court, Jackson talked about his life and concern for children:

"Children are depressed. The -- in those hospitals, no game room, no movie theater. They're sick because they're depressed. Their mind is depressing them. I want to give them that. I care about them, them angels. God wants me to do it. God wants me to do it. I'm going to do it, Conrad."

Another voice, which the prosecutor said was Murray's, is heard saying, "I know you would."

"Don't have enough hope, no more hope," Jackson said. "That's the next generation that's going to save our planet, starting with -- we'll talk about it. United States, Europe, Prague, my babies. They walk around with no mother. They drop them off, they leave -- a psychological degradation of that. They reach out to me: 'Please take me with you.' "

At the end, Jackson said he was "going to do that for them."

"That will be remembered more than my performances. My performances will be up there helping my children and always be my dream. I love them. I love them because I didn't have a childhood. I had no childhood. I feel their pain. I feel their hurt. I can deal with it. 'Heal the World,' 'We Are the World,' 'Will You Be There,' 'The Lost Children.' These are the songs I've written because I hurt, you know, I hurt."

At the end, Jackson told the doctor, "I am asleep."

In court, his brother Jermaine Jackson wiped tears from his eyes as he listened.

Prosecutors argue that Murray, who was Jackson's personal doctor as he prepared for planned comeback concerts, is criminally responsible for the singer's death because of medical negligence and his reckless use of the propofol to help Jackson sleep.

If convicted of involuntary manslaughter, Murray could spend four years in a California prison and lose his medical license.

1076 days ago
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Pegasus    

No fist fights here: A methodical approach to get spectators into Conrad Murray trial

A woman receives a ticket to gain access into the Conrad Murray trial in Los Angeles.
October 5th, 2011
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At the Conrad Murray manslaughter trial in downtown Los Angeles, there are no all-night lines, no fistfights, no Sharpie system like the one used by would-be spectators during Casey Anthony’s murder trial.

Trial-watching is a more orderly affair in L.A., which has a long history of sensational courtroom drama.

Spectators start showing up around 7 a.m., and it’s all over by 7:30. Unlike the Casey crowd, who were fighting over a hot ticket into the trial, these folks don’t brawl.


Why not? It’s not that Michael Jackson’s fans, who make up the vast majority of the would-be spectators, are peace-loving folks. They’re just as emotional about the case as the Casey clatchers were.

There’s just no point to acting out.


In Orlando, it was pretty much first come, first served for 50 courtroom seats, and conflict often arose over the varying definitions of “first.”

It got downright scary the night one woman showed up and started her own line, declaring herself No. 1. That did not go down well with the 50+ others who’d passed a Sharpie around to brand themselves with their numbers.

In Los Angeles, there are far fewer seats for the public, so you’d think the law of supply and demand would make the competition more intense. Ah, but L.A. has its lottery system. No matter when you show up, you’re given a ticket, and the other half is tossed in a bowl. The winning numbers are pulled out at random – so far six to nine a day.

If only they’d thought about that in Orlando, they might not have had to call the cops so many times.

“We’ve been doing this a while,” said one court spokeswoman, who offered a knowing smile and nod, but not her name.

1076 days ago
27.

Pegasus    

No fist fights here: A methodical approach to get spectators into Conrad Murray trial

A woman receives a ticket to gain access into the Conrad Murray trial in Los Angeles.
October 5th, 2011
09:32 AM ET
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At the Conrad Murray manslaughter trial in downtown Los Angeles, there are no all-night lines, no fistfights, no Sharpie system like the one used by would-be spectators during Casey Anthony’s murder trial.

Trial-watching is a more orderly affair in L.A., which has a long history of sensational courtroom drama.

Spectators start showing up around 7 a.m., and it’s all over by 7:30. Unlike the Casey crowd, who were fighting over a hot ticket into the trial, these folks don’t brawl.


Why not? It’s not that Michael Jackson’s fans, who make up the vast majority of the would-be spectators, are peace-loving folks. They’re just as emotional about the case as the Casey clatchers were.

There’s just no point to acting out.


In Orlando, it was pretty much first come, first served for 50 courtroom seats, and conflict often arose over the varying definitions of “first.”

It got downright scary the night one woman showed up and started her own line, declaring herself No. 1. That did not go down well with the 50+ others who’d passed a Sharpie around to brand themselves with their numbers.

In Los Angeles, there are far fewer seats for the public, so you’d think the law of supply and demand would make the competition more intense. Ah, but L.A. has its lottery system. No matter when you show up, you’re given a ticket, and the other half is tossed in a bowl. The winning numbers are pulled out at random – so far six to nine a day.

If only they’d thought about that in Orlando, they might not have had to call the cops so many times.

“We’ve been doing this a while,” said one court spokeswoman, who offered a knowing smile and nod, but not her name.

1076 days ago
28.

Pegasus    

Prosecutors to Play Conrad Murray’s Interview With CopsProsecutors to Play Conrad Murray’s Interview With Cops
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Posted on Oct 07, 2011 @ 05:30AM print it send it By Radar Staff

For the first time, we will hear directly from Dr. Conrad Murray in his trial in Los Angeles on Friday.

Prosecutors will play a recording of a police interview conducted with the Houston-based cardiologist just two days after Michael Jackson’s shocking death in June, 2009.

The interview -- which lasted more than two hours -- has never been played in public before. It was conducted by two Los Angeles Police Department detectives.

RadarOnline.com will continue its gavel-to-gavel live stream coverage of the trial, beginning at 8:45am PT/11:45am ET Friday.

Meanwhile, during testimony on Thursday, the Los Angeles County Coroner's investigator who examined the singer’s body and bedroom was accused of making “mistakes”.

Elissa Fleak was questioned by defense attorney Ed Chernoff on some of her atypical practices.

After saying she always destroys her investigation notes, Elissa admitted she failed to dispose of her do***ents from a second trip to Michael’s house on June 29, four days after his death.

PHOTOS: Key Players In The Trial Of Dr. Conrad Murray

She said she kept the notes because it was unusual to require a second trip to an investigation scene, to which Chernoff asked: "Would you agree with me that you made a substantial number of mistakes in investigating this case?"

Fleak said: “No.”

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Inside Michael Jackson's Mansion On The Day Of His Death

The investigator also admitted she had picked up a bottle of Flumazenil from the floor of the Thriller hitmaker’s bedroom before taking photographs and said she apparently left a partial fingerprint on a syringe found in the room.

Noting she usually wears gloves, she said: "I found [out about the fingerprint] later.”

PHOTOS: Michael Jackson Through The Years

Explaining she thought the fingerprint may have transferred as tables were moved around the room, she added: "I don't remember if I was wearing gloves when the tables were moved.”

Chernoff asked her: "You don't consider any of that a mistake?” but she responded “no”.

PHOTOS: The Jackson Family Arrives To Dr. Conrad Murray’s Trial

Later in the day, Jurors were shown a picture of a child sized porcelain doll, which was dressed in green dungarees and had blonde curly hair lying next to a CD player in Jackson’s bedroom.

The court was also shown a police photograph of ornate dinner plates featuring babies’ faces – believed to be those of the star’s three children – displayed on a chest of drawers alongside family pictures.

PHOTOS: Stage Shots of Michael Jackson Performing

Also shown to the court today was the official toxicology report of tests carried out on Michael’s body after his death from acute Propofol intoxication on June 25, 2009.

The do***ent showed the star had six legal substances in his system, Propofol (Diprivan), Lidocaine, Diazepam (Valium), Lorazepam (Ativan), Midazolam (Versed), and Ephedrine.

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Giving evidence to the court, toxicologist Dan Anderson said that, out of all the substances found, Jackson had the least amount of Propofol actually in his stomach.

Anderson said he found only trace amounts of the drug – the equivalent of a few specks of sugar.

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Murray denies administering the fatal dose of Propofol that killed his famous patient. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison.

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Prosecutors to Play Conrad Murray’s Interview With CopsProsecutors to Play Conrad Murray’s Interview With Cops
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Posted on Oct 07, 2011 @ 05:30AM print it send it By Radar Staff

For the first time, we will hear directly from Dr. Conrad Murray in his trial in Los Angeles on Friday.

Prosecutors will play a recording of a police interview conducted with the Houston-based cardiologist just two days after Michael Jackson’s shocking death in June, 2009.

The interview -- which lasted more than two hours -- has never been played in public before. It was conducted by two Los Angeles Police Department detectives.

RadarOnline.com will continue its gavel-to-gavel live stream coverage of the trial, beginning at 8:45am PT/11:45am ET Friday.

Meanwhile, during testimony on Thursday, the Los Angeles County Coroner's investigator who examined the singer’s body and bedroom was accused of making “mistakes”.

Elissa Fleak was questioned by defense attorney Ed Chernoff on some of her atypical practices.

After saying she always destroys her investigation notes, Elissa admitted she failed to dispose of her do***ents from a second trip to Michael’s house on June 29, four days after his death.

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She said she kept the notes because it was unusual to require a second trip to an investigation scene, to which Chernoff asked: "Would you agree with me that you made a substantial number of mistakes in investigating this case?"

Fleak said: “No.”

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The investigator also admitted she had picked up a bottle of Flumazenil from the floor of the Thriller hitmaker’s bedroom before taking photographs and said she apparently left a partial fingerprint on a syringe found in the room.

Noting she usually wears gloves, she said: "I found [out about the fingerprint] later.”

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Explaining she thought the fingerprint may have transferred as tables were moved around the room, she added: "I don't remember if I was wearing gloves when the tables were moved.”

Chernoff asked her: "You don't consider any of that a mistake?” but she responded “no”.

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Later in the day, Jurors were shown a picture of a child sized porcelain doll, which was dressed in green dungarees and had blonde curly hair lying next to a CD player in Jackson’s bedroom.

The court was also shown a police photograph of ornate dinner plates featuring babies’ faces – believed to be those of the star’s three children – displayed on a chest of drawers alongside family pictures.

PHOTOS: Stage Shots of Michael Jackson Performing

Also shown to the court today was the official toxicology report of tests carried out on Michael’s body after his death from acute Propofol intoxication on June 25, 2009.

The do***ent showed the star had six legal substances in his system, Propofol (Diprivan), Lidocaine, Diazepam (Valium), Lorazepam (Ativan), Midazolam (Versed), and Ephedrine.

PHOTOS: Celebs Involved In Murder

Giving evidence to the court, toxicologist Dan Anderson said that, out of all the substances found, Jackson had the least amount of Propofol actually in his stomach.

Anderson said he found only trace amounts of the drug – the equivalent of a few specks of sugar.

PHOTOS: Celebs Who Died Young

Murray denies administering the fatal dose of Propofol that killed his famous patient. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison.

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Dr. Conrad Murray Professes Love For Michael Jackson During Audiotape Interview With CopsDr. Conrad Murray Professes Love For Michael Jackson During Audiotape Interview With Cops
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Posted on Oct 07, 2011 @ 11:25AM print it send it
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Radar Legal Editor

Dr. Conrad Murray told detectives from the Los Angeles Police Robbery Homicide Division during his interview about his love for Michael Jackson, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

Dr. Murray and his lawyer, Ed Chernoff met with cops two days after Michael Jackson tragically died in June, 2009. The meeting was audiotaped, and it's expected that Deputy District Attorney David Walgren will play that interview for the jury Friday in the involuntary manslaughter trial.

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"Dr. Murray told cops that he loved Michael Jackson, and that he was trying to ween him off Propofol. Dr. Murray considered Michael Jackson a very close friend, and he was devastated that Michael Jackson was dead. He got extremely emotional that Michael had died. Dr. Murray said repeatedly how much he loved Michael Jackson," a source close to the case told RadarOnline.com.

The interview lasted "about two hours. Dr. Murray admits to giving Michael Jackson Propofol and several other drugs, including sedatives," the insider tells us.

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Court will be ending today at 2:30 PST, and will not be in session on Monday because of the Columbus Day holiday.

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