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People vs. Dr. Conrad Murray

Propofol Expert:

Michael Jackson Killed Himself

10/28/2011 5:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Propofol Expert -- Dr. Paul White Testifies
Updated 1/11/11 at 8:45 AM
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** Scroll to bottom for today's testimony **

Anesthesiologist and Propofol expert  Dr. Paul White -- the defense team's final witness -- told the jury today, he believes Michael Jackson killed himself by self-injecting Propofol.

The prosecution has argued ... Murray had MJ on a Propofol IV drip the day he died, resulting in an accidental overdose that killed the singer.

But Dr. White testified, there was no evidence -- either on the scene or in Murray's police interview -- that Murray hooked MJ up to a Propofol IV drip the day he died.

It's worth noting -- Murray admitted during his police interview that he had previously administered Propofol to Michael using an IV drip in the weeks before the singer's death.

According to White, the evidence on scene suggests Murray was only responsible for a small, non-fatal Propofol injection -- and he believes MJ was the one who injected the final and fatal dose.

Other highlights:
* Last week, defense attorney J. Michael Flanagan addressed what he called the "elephant in room," asking Dr. White whether he could justify administering Propofol, and then leaving the patient. White answered, "Absolutely not."
* White told jurors the amount of Propofol that Murray said he gave MJ the day he died was barely enough to reduce anxiety and cause a bit of sleepiness.

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* Not to be upstaged by the prosecution ... White did his own Propofol demonstration on Friday, showing it was not only easy but "perfectly safe" to administer Propofol via injection.
* White said he believed Jackson gave himself a dose of Propofol around 11:30 am -- and that, combined with the Lorazepam and the 25 mg Murray gave him earlier, is what killed him.
* During an aggressive cross-examination yesterday, prosecutor David Walgren got Dr. White to acknowledge that Murray deviated from the standard of care when he gave MJ Propofol.
* White told Walgren he's been paid $11,000 for his testimony so far. He said his usual fee is $3,500 a day.
* White also said it's acceptable for a doctor to leave his patient's bedside after 15 to 30 minutes when administering a "small dose" of 25 mg of Propofol.
* During a particularly contentious moment, Walgren asked White whether Murray had an obligation to report all the drugs he administered to MJ. White said sometimes, in cases of emergency, details are "overlooked." Walgren then asked whether Propofol was "a detail that was overlooked." White answered, "Obviously it was overlooked"...  Walgren shot back, "Not obviously... It could also be a lie." White acknowledged that yes, it was possibly a lie.

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* White acknowledged he would have never agreed to administer Propofol as a sleeping aid ... saying, "no amount of money" could persuade him to do it.
* Judge Michael Pastor warned White to stop mentioning personal conversations he had with Murray ...  which could allow the defense to introduce statements by Murray without subjecting him to cross examination. At one point, White suggested Jackson had his own private stash of Propofol... Finally Pastor lost his patience, and excused the jury so he could read White the riot act.
* After the trial resumed, White told jurors it's possible MJ climbed out of bed, found a syringe containing Propofol that Murray left behind and injected himself with the fatal dose.
* Walgren asked White if he thought Jackson intended to kill himself. White answered, "I don't think he realized the potential danger."
* After the defense rested its case, prosecutors recalled Propofol expert, Dr. Steven Shafer, to address a few points raised by Dr. White. White argued that high amounts of unchanged Propofol found in MJ's autopsy urine suggest the singer most likely died from a quick injection rather than a slow drip. But Shafer introduced a 2002 study that showed patients who received Propopfol through a drip in the OR had nearly the same levels.
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91.

sharon    

DR W! THE BACK HANDERS MUST BE FLYING!!!!!!!!! S***BAG!!!

987 days ago
93.

MiMi    


Dr White is just looking for a forum to promote his theory that propofol can be used for sedation and not just anaesthesia.

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Propofol lollipops, anyone?

Dr. Paul White testified that lollipops laced with propofol may be an effective way to sedate patients without having to give them an IV, because the anesthetic can be absorbed through the tissues in the mouth.

That discovery could lead to a new product created by the dueling drug experts at Dr. Conrad Murray's manslaughter trial.

CNN producer Alan Duke reports that White and prosecution witness Dr. Steven Shafer agreed during courthouse chats while waiting to testify that they might be able to develop a propofol lollipop as a "non-invasive sedation device." Both experts conducted studies on the drug prior to this trial and made the same discovery.

The anesthesiologist also gave his opinion on a study done by Shafer. Shafer's research was conducted in Chile, where six human subjects drank propofol with no adverse reactions.

Blood testing of one of the subjects from that study showed the presence of propofol. Dr. White said this could have been the due to absorption through the tissues in the subject's mouth.

In opening statements, defense lawyers for Dr. Conrad Murray alleged that Michael Jackson administered the fatal dose of the drug himself by drinking it while Murray was out of the room. Dr. White agreed with Dr. Shafer that propofol can't be absorbed through the stomach. He says he never concluded Jackson died from drinking it -- he just speculated that it could have contributed to his death.

http://www.hlntv.com/article/2011/10/28/propofol-lollipop...


987 days ago
94.

mymjj5.    

it doesn matter what anyone did or did not do, only murray is resposible for killing michael jackson. unless murray names another killer, he's guilty all by himself. michael's medical history and doctor shopping did not kill him. michael walked away alive from every doctor who ever treated him except for murray........i know just start over and repeat the same old stuff that will never defend or excuse murray's foolish lack of good medical practitioner conduct.

987 days ago
96.

HumanNature    

AFTER DR. WHITE "S*** BAG" PERFORMANCE, I DON'T THINK THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY WOULD GIVE HIM A NOD!!!!


HE JUST RUIN HIS MEDICAL REPUTATION AND THAT POOR DEMONSTRATION THAT HE PERFORMED IN COURT TODAY AGAINST DR. SHAFER JUST MIGHT BE THE NAIL IN THAT EXPERT COFFIN!!!

987 days ago
97.

FACT1    

CHILL OUT PEOPLE!!!!
YOU DON'T "LOVE MICHAEL JACKSON".
IT'S CLEARLY OBVIOUS TO EVERYONE THAT THIS IS AN OLD DOCTOR WHO CAN'T ADMIT HE'S WRONG & OUTDATED.
MURRAY IS GUILTY.
HE ORDERED 5 GALLONS OF PROPAFAL & CLAIMS HE WAS TRYING TO WEEN HIM OFF.
CHILL OUT.
YOU DO NOT LOVE MICHAEL JACKSON THOUGH.

987 days ago
98.

FACT1    

DR. WHITES FAMILY CAN'T STAND HIM.
HE CAN'T ACCEPT CHANGE & HIS WAY IS THE ONLY WAY.
JURORS SEE THIS.
HOW ABOUT THE LAST LOSER BEFORE HIM.
DO THE HATE MICHAEL BECAUSE HE NEVER PAID THEM,
LIKE EVERYONE ELSE HE STIFFED.
MURRAY IS GUILTY, THATS OBVIOUS.
BUT IN REALITY, MICHAEL KILLED HIMSELF.
HE WAS A DRUG ADDICT. DRUG ADDICTS ARE IN DENILE.

987 days ago
99.

FACT1    

2 STARS & ONLY 2 STARS COULD HAVE EVER FAKED THEIR DEATH.
IF THE GOVERNMENT CAN MAKE ONE DISAPPEAR,
WHY CAN'T BILLIONAIRES DO THE SAME.
REMEMBER WHEN MICHAEL WAS LIVING WITH THAT PRINCE IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY??????
NO PICTURE WAS EVER RELEASED WHILE HE WAS THERE.
HE WAS THERE FOR 2 YEARS, WITH HIS KIDS.
WE'LL NEVER KNOW, BUT I'LL BET HIS FAMILY DOES.
JERMAIN & FAMILY WERE GOING TO HAVE MIKE RUSHED OUT OF THE COUNTRY DURING HIS CHILD MOLESTATION CASE.
THINK ABOUT IT, IT'S NOT SO FAR FETCHED.
ELVIS DI LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

987 days ago
100.

justagirl    

So did they find a extra empty syringe at the scene now that had traces of propofol with Michael Jackson's fingerprints on it?! I don't recall seeing that in evidence.

987 days ago
101.

mymjj5.    

WE'LL NEVER KNOW, BUT I'LL BET HIS FAMILY DOES.
JERMAIN & FAMILY WERE GOING TO HAVE MIKE RUSHED OUT OF THE COUNTRY DURING HIS CHILD MOLESTATION CASE.
THINK ABOUT IT, IT'S NOT SO FAR FETCHED.
ELVIS DI LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
___________________________________________________________
What are you going through? I mean really? To be truthful!
Elvis, Di Live????? Too bad we can't say the same thing about your brain.

987 days ago
102.

mymjj5.    

MURRAY IS GUILTY, THATS OBVIOUS.
BUT IN REALITY, MICHAEL KILLED HIMSELF.
HE WAS A DRUG ADDICT. DRUG ADDICTS ARE IN DENILE
___________________________________________________________
Just log off!!!!

987 days ago
103.

HumanNature    

FACT1:


JUST CHANGE YOUR SCREEN NAME TO "QUACK1"!!!


WE KNOW THAT YOUR BRAIN IS MADE OF "ROCKS"

987 days ago
104.

HumanNature    

FACT1 IS WHACK JUST LIKE THAT "QUACK"!!!

987 days ago
105.

mel    

HOAX!
How can I do If I was sedated enough to even be able to move? AND COULD HANDLE WITH A PURPOSE AS GERING otherwise a milky REMOVE THOSE BOTTLES IN NEED OF A SKILL

987 days ago
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