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Conrad Murray Trial

Defense Lawyers Split

Over Murray Testifying

11/1/2011 9:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Dr. Conrad Murray's lawyers are split over whether the doc should take the stand in his own defense ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected with the case tell TMZ Ed Chernoff is adamant -- he does NOT want Murray to testify because he would be crucified on cross-examination.

Michael Flanagan feels the opposite -- that Murray MUST take the stand because without his testimony the jury will convict him.

We're told Murray will defer to his lawyers, but Murray and Chernoff are joined at the hip and it's almost certain the doc will follow his lead.  Besides, Chernoff is the lead counsel and when push comes to shove -- he wins.

Our 2 cents -- Murray testifying would be a disaster for the defense.

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KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes! Murray will probably get off anyway!

1036 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

they should dig up wacko jacko and get the low down from him first hand...dr murry will go down in history as a hero...

1036 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

I want Murray to testify. The prosecution will bury him alive !

1036 days ago
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shyone    

Because his actions that day seem indefensible and because it would be such a disaster is precisely why some of us want to hear what CM has to say to explain what he did/didn't do.

1036 days ago
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FACT1    

MURRAY SHOULD HAVE NEVER HIRED LAWYERS HE MET AT THE TOPLESS BAR.
THEY'RE BUFFOONS!!!!

1036 days ago
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Mary Ann McQueen    

I don't think there is anything Murray can say that will save him. I think it's likely he will be convicted but do very little if any jail time. There's a reason the charge was negligent manslaughter....and not something much worse.

I think he just NOT testify.

1036 days ago
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DAVID B    

I wanna see Walgren make Murray cry into submission on the stand!!!!!!!!

Either way this guy should go to jail for a long time

1036 days ago
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JiLL1    

If they can't convict this guy with all the evidence there is, then there is something seriously wrong with our judicial system

1036 days ago
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Ashley    

At this point, it doesn't matter whether or not he testifies. He was negligent. He was wrong. He was irresponsible in dealing with Michael as a patient. He should face the consequences of his actions. I would like to see him on the stand and see the prosecution ask him to explain why he thought it would be ok to bring Propofol into the home, use it without the proper monitors, leave the room while his patient was unconscious and not monitored correctly, clean up the scene and delay calling 911 and avoid telling the ER doctors the full story.

1036 days ago
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Holly    

Dont do it!

1036 days ago
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Stiletto    

He is doomed either way. He might as well get his side of the story out and on the record...whether it is the truth or not is up to the jury to decide.

Then again, if he is going to lose his license, he might as well keep quiet and sign a book deal afterwards.

1036 days ago
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Karl Hungus    

Murray will be convicted, no matter if he will testify or not.
Chernoff is propably smart enough to know that, but what the hell is wrong with Flanagan ? This is by far the worst court performance of a defense lawyer I have ever seen.

1036 days ago
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mac the knife    

bah... all these guess work what MJ had in him--IF MURRAY WAS KEEPING RECORDS WITH HIS INJECTIONS/TREATMENTS ON MICHAEL? THERE WILL BE NO NEED ON ALL THESE HYPOTHETICALS..

ALSO.. WAS THERE ANY ANY ORDER OF PILL FORM ON THESE DRUGS? BEC IT WILL BE REDUNDANT-- IF THERE WAS NO PILL FORM ORDERS.. IN OTHER WORDS.. IT WILL ALL BE LIGUID FORM WH MEANS.. THERE IS NO LEEWAY FOR MURRAY TO WIGGLE HIS FAT BUM OUT OF.. WHICH IS WHAT WHITE & FLANAGAN ARE TRYING TO DO RIGHT NOW..,

1036 days ago
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Willie'sNelson    

I'd love to here what he has to say but I'd beleive it like I'd beleive the words out of the mouth of a talkin horse.

1036 days ago
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Mary    

His testify will not change a thing, he is DIRECTLY responsible for the death of MJ.

1036 days ago
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