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Conrad Murray Legal Team

We Didn't Get a Red Cent

From Doc Murray Doc

11/10/2011 6:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Dr. Conrad Murray
's legal team didn't get any money -- directly or indirectly -- from the Murray documentary that's about to air on MSNBC ... this according to sources directly connected to the Dr.'s defense team.

There are reports out today that MSNBC funded Murray's legal defense, but our sources say it is "absolute B.S."  

We're told Murray's lead attorney, Ed Chernoff, is about to leave the case -- possibly before an appeal is filed -- because he needs to get back to his practice in Houston and make some money, because the Murray case almost put him under.

We're told Murray got $1 for his participation in the documentary.  But the people who are saying he got a buck will not say if he'll share in profits from selling the show.

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16.

Heidi    

TMZ, YOU ARE REPORTING THAT CHERNOFF IS 'LEAVING', HOWEVER, RADAR ONLINE IS REPORTING THAT 'FLANAGAN' IS LEAVING ?????? WHICH OF YOUR 'SOURCES' ARE CORRECT?????????????

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18.

I Was About To Say    

@HumanNature, I don't think the FBI would like you calling them idiots. They searched for 10yrs and found NOTHING, so ummm, why don't you talk to them about the bs you just wrote cuz they do not agree with you and no one else does either. LOL

1076 days ago
19.

Joi    

The only reason the Jackson Estate is upset is because their greedy asses aren't getting any money. They used MJ for money when he was alive, and they are using MJ for money now that he is dead. Gimme a break.

1076 days ago
20.

faye    

NBC Slime.. More proof.. But then again, Jermaine Jackson seems to be making the rounds plugging his book about his brother.. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

1076 days ago
21.

Katz    

Who cares if he makes a money. What is the Jackson family upset they didn't get the money to support that enire clan?

1076 days ago
22.

Anna    

Why do they keep calling him Dr. Conrad Murray? He is not a doctor, he is a murderer. Conrad Murray is his name. Doctor is a privilege that people earn when they save other people's lives not when they take them!!!

1076 days ago
23.

OhWowLike    

I thought it was illegal for one who commits a crime to profit from it? Harvey?

1076 days ago
24.

Just Reading    

Sounds as if Mr. Chernoff wants to distance himself from this mess as soon as possible. Can't really blame him. The fact of the matter is regardless of the Jackson family dynamics or the character of Michael Jackson, there is no excuse for Murray's actions as a physician. He deviated from the standards of care, that reckless choice resulted in death and he did it all for money and celebrity association. Chernoff may not have put on the most effective defense, but he seems to understand any further work on the case is pointless and just keeps his high profile "lost" in the minds of the public. Move on, make money and put a lien on any current and future assets of Murray's to get his fees...aka next.

1076 days ago
25.

mj fan forever    

CHERNOFF PUT "ALMOST UNDER" DUE TO THIS CASE???? MURDERER'S TEAM OF LOSERS ARE JUST WORTHY OF HIM THEY ARE LIARS SOCIOPATHS JUST LIKE HIM!!!!! I DON'T THINK AT ALL THEY ACCEPTED THE CASE IF IT COULD "PUT THEM UNDER" THEY JUST WANTED TO BE IN THE MEDIA ATTENTION AND ARE JUST PISSED OFF THEY MISERABLY LOST!!!!! LOSERS LIARS!!!!! AND MURDERER FOR SURE WANTS TO HAVE PROFITS EITHER IT'S TRUE OR NOT HE GOT JUST A BUCK GREEDY AS HE IS THE MURDERER WANTED $5 MILLION PER YEAR TO BE MICHAEL JACKSON DOCTOR!!!!! HE EVEN HAD THE CHEEK OF DOING THIS DOCU-TRASH TO MAKE MONEY AT MICHAEL'S BACK INSULTING HIM COZ HE IS SOOOO JEALOUS OF HIM!!!!! SO OF COURSE HE DID NOT IT FOR FREE!!!!!!! MURDERER IS A MONEY-HUNGRY LIAR SOCIOPATH GREEDY AND THIS DOCU-TRASH NEEDS TO BE STOPPED THE MURDERER NEEDS TO ROT IN JAIL FOR THIS TOO AND BURN IN HELL!!!!!!! REALLY HOPE THE JUDGE WILL BE MORE SEVERE WITH A MURDERER!!!! JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL JACKSON!!!!!!!

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26.

Mary    

FOR ALL THE HATERS, CAN MJ RIP NOW! BLAME THE LEGAL SYSTEM IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE A VALID CASE, NOT THE DECEASED!!!! GO AFTER ALL THE POPES WALKING AROUND DESTROYING CHILDREN'S LIVES NOT A DEAD MAN, PUT YOUR ANGER TO WORK!!!!!!

1076 days ago
27.

Mary    

"YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR". SORRY DR. MURRAY.

1076 days ago
28.

Elwyn    

I agree with nof---Michael Jackson hired this guy Murray to give him the proprofol--it wasn't Murray's idea. Not once did I hear them bring this up at trial and they should have! This was an accident you fools--he was negligent, yes but it was still not what you are calling "murder" because it was not something it did on purpose--it was an accident! MJ was addicted to drugs for years--it wasn't a secret--and other drs were responsible too like Klein--I don't understand how they're getting off the hook.

1076 days ago
29.

HumanNature    

Did British do***entary pay for Murray's costly defense?


Michael Jackson's physician, convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death, was deeply in debt when he began working for Jackson. NBC purchased the film for broadcast this weekend.


The verdict is in, the jury has been dismissed, and Dr. Conrad Murray sits behind bars, but one question about the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor remains: Who paid for the defense?

Speculation about how the cash-strapped physician funded an expansive legal team focused Wednesday on a British do***entary made with Murray's cooperation and purchased recently by NBC for broadcast on its cable network MSNBC this weekend. Representatives of Jackson's estate demanded the network cancel the program, entitled "Michael Jackson and the Doctor: A Fatal Friendship," in part because of unanswered questions about whether Murray was compensated for giving filmmakers interviews and allowing camera crews to follow him and his lawyers.

"We would like to know how much money in total was paid for this privileged 'access,' " estate co-executors John Branca and John McClain wrote in a letter Wednesday to executives at NBC, MSNBC and its parent company, Comcast. "It doesn't matter to us if it was a production company, Comcast, NBC Universal or MSNBC that paid for access to Dr. Murray because all are morally culpable."

Full coverage: The trial of Conrad Murray

Murray was in debt close to $800,000 on the day Jackson died and his financial cir****tances worsened in the months that followed as intense media coverage hurt his ability to earn money as a cardiologist. But after signing a deal with a British producer in 2009, he was able to assemble a defense team that included four attorneys, a jury consultant, a publicist, and a host of medical experts. He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter Monday.

Those involved in the do***entary refused to discuss details of the deal with Murray. They repeatedly reiterated a statement by October Films, the London-based production company, that it paid only a nominal $1 fee to Murray. Left unaddressed, though, were questions about whether the doctor received a portion of fees paid by television outlets in Britain, Australia and at least 10 other countries that will air the program.

The cir****tances surrounding the do***entary raise a host of thorny issues, including how carefully NBC investigated the provenance of a film that offered exclusive interviews and footage in a highly competitive news story, and whether the doctor violated a court-imposed gag order, even as he shielded from his own lawyers the extent of his cooperation with the filmmakers.

In the final days of his manslaughter trial, Murray sat for wide-ranging interviews about Jackson's death with NBC and a British outlet as part of the do***entary package those networks purchased. Murray's criminal attorneys said they were never told of the interviews, given despite their warnings about "the dangers of talking about June 25th" — the day the singer died

"They just didn't tell me because they know I'd freak out," said lead defense attorney Ed Chernoff, who said he learned of the interviews the morning after the verdict when portions aired on NBC.

Murray, who decided not to take the stand in his own defense, is in jail pending sentencing later this month and could not be reached for comment.

All payments to Murray's lawyers came directly from the doctor, not the filmmakers, Chernoff said. He acknowledged telling Murray shortly after they met that financial resources were crucial to a court case in which the prosecution seemed to have an unlimited budget for forensic experts and investigators.

"I told him early and I told him often that the only way he was going to be able to defend himself was to have money. He had to fund his case or he would never be able to defend himself," Chernoff said.

At the time Murray's Las Vegas home was in foreclosure. He was behind on child support and student loan payments. He owed money to credit companies and a medical equipment supplier. And because Jackson never signed his contract, Murray never received any of the $150,000-a month fee he was supposed to get as the singer's personal physician.

Subsequently, Murray was approached by Leon Lecash, a British photographer turned entrepreneur whose ventures included a butler service that, according to one press report, "promises to solve any problem." Lecash was among hundreds of outlets begging Murray for an interview, but according to the doctor's former publicist, Miranda Sevcik, Lecash's company – what's it all about? productions – was the only one willing to delay broadcast until after a verdict.

"This was the only group that approached us that agreed to that caveat — until all litigation was complete," Sevcik said.

Camera crews began trailing Murray to church, his charity clinic in Houston and meetings with his lawyers. Chernoff said he sought advice from the California State Bar before agreeing to be filmed. The doctor began providing him money, he said, but he never asked about the source.

"It wasn't pertinent to what I was doing," he said. Asked whether he assumed the money came from the do***entary, Chernoff replied, "I can't say that because I don't know for sure."

Others on Murray's team said they agreed to be filmed, but purposefully avoided discussions about the do***entary and Murray's deal with producers.

"I specifically asked not to be involved in any of the financial aspects," said defense publicist Mark Fierro.


http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-1110-murray-doc-20111110,0,879493.story

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30.

mac the knife    

phish,, everyone is abandoning this loser's ship! they're realizing the sooner they get away-- the better..Murray won't do any good for their reputation.

what a bunch of lame defenders-- granted it was so hard to defend this bastard..

let's take Chernoff's opening statement.. it was a perfect storm etc.. that MJ swallowed pills( oops.. they FORGOT there was NO propofol PILLS in hand nor ever ordered.. as it doesn't come in pill form.. so they nixed this)

then they insisted MJ injected himself that killed him-- Murray in this doc keeps extolling this scenario..

NOW.. LET'S SCRUTINISE THIS ONE.. MJ WOKE SEEING MURRAY NOT IN SIGHT..THE 25CC HE GAVE WORE OFF.. HE WAS SO DESPERATE HE OD'ED ON PROPOFOL..

HMMM... WHAT IS VERY WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?????!!!!!

NOW.. BY ALL ACCOUNTS.. MJ HAD DEAD VEINS PRETTY MUCH--WHY HE WAS BEING INJECTED BELOW THE KNEE..
SO MJ GROGGILY WOKE UP? NO MURRAY.. HE TTOK THIS HUGE SYRINGE.. ;LOOKED FOR THAT RUBBER THINGY.. LOOKED FOR A VEIN TO INJECT HIMSELF.. & STUCK IT FULKL FORCE??!!

CHERNOFF STATED.. MJ DIED INSTANTLY WITH HIS OWN HANDS!!!!

HMM.. IF THIS IS INDEED THE CASE? THEN MURRAY SHOULD HAVE FOUND MJ HAVING THAT SYRINGE STUCKED IN HIS LEG( OR ANY BODY PART) PROPOFOL BOTTLE BY HIS SIDE.. MJ IN CONTORTION.. ETC..

AND BETTER BELIEVE.. IF MURRAY FOUND MJ IN THIS MANNER-- HE WOULD HAVE CALLED SECURITY PRONTO & 911.. NOT TOUCHING ANYTHING IN THAT BEDROOM.. & MESS UP THATSCENE--AS HE WILL MAKE SURE HE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT!

SO HOW COME-- THIS DIDN'T HAPPEN?????? BEC MICHAEL DIED IN MURRAY'S HANDS.

AND BETTER SHUT UP-- HE SHOULD HAVE WALKED AWAY.. GEEZ.. YEAH.. TAPING MJ TO MAKE SURE-- YOU'RE NEVER FIRED!

SAME TOKEN.. THIS BULL-- YOU WERE OUT OF THE ROOM FOR ONLY 2 MINS.. WHEN YOUR OWN D AMN PHINE RECORDS.. PROVE.. WHAT YOU WERE DOING..

HA.. MURRAY IS A PU*SY! & HIS BABY MAMA BETTER START LOOKING FOR THE POLE TO EARN HER LIVING..

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