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We Didn't Get a Red Cent

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

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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Dr. Conrad Murray Loses A Lawyer Amid Internal BickeringDr. Conrad Murray Loses A Lawyer Amid Internal Bickering
Posted on Nov 09, 2011 @ 11:00PM print it send it
WENNBy Jen Heger,
Radar Legal Editor

Dr. Conrad Murray and one of his lawyers, Michael Flanagan have parted ways, is exclusively reporting.

The cardiologist was convicted of involuntary manslaughter on Monday, in connection with the death of his former patient, pop superstar Michael Jackson. Los Angeles Judge Michael Pastor remanded Dr. Murray into custody, citing security concerns, immediately after the jury delivered the verdict.

Ed Chernoff, Dr. Murray's lead attorney, says they plan on appealing the verdict, but they will be doing now without one of their original team.

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"Michael [Flanagan] wants absolutely nothing to deal with the appeal. He will most likely be at the sentencing, but after that, his work on the case is essentially over," a source close to the situation tells "Ed and Michael aren't even talking to each other right now, and that has been the status quo for at the past two weeks,".

As previously reported, Chernoff, Dr. Murray's lead attorney, is from Houston, Texas and had been staying with Flanagan to save his client money. However, Ed moved out from Flanagan's posh digs in San Marino, just two weeks into the trial.

"Ed didn't like the way Michael was handling the prosecution witnesses. Ed felt that Michael was too abrasive and caustic with his questioning and that Michael allowed witnesses to clarify points that only helped the prosecution's case. Things were getting very tense and he's moved into a hotel in Santa Monica," an insider told about the sudden move.

Another source of strife between the former legal buddies was Flanagan's decision to order a study be done on Beagle dogs. The beagles were given propofol, to try to back up the defense's claim that Michael Jackson died at his own hand after drinking the powerful anesthetic.

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"It just didn't make any sense to Ed that Michael would have a study conducted on the dogs. How are dogs and humans the same, if the defense were going to pursue that theory at trial? The D.A. actually had volunteers, including Dr. Shafer drink propofol, and their test concluded that dying from drinking propofol was nearly impossible," the insider tells

After's exclusive report about the pooches being given propofol, animal rights group PETA demanded a federal investigation.

Read PETA's Letter To The USDA Demanding A Full Investigation

PETA (the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals organization) filed a complaint with the U.S. Department o****riculture (USDA) alleging "cruel drug toxicity tests on beagles commissioned by the defense team of Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician now on trial for his alleged role in Michael Jackson's death.

"PETA asserts that if attorneys from Flanagan, Unger, Grover & McCool did commission the tests for the drug propofol -- the toxic effects of which have been extensively studied in dogs and humans -- those tests were likely conducted in violation of the federal Animal Welfare Act's prohibition against tests on animals that duplicate previous experiments. PETA has filed a complaint with the State Bar of California as well."

Flanagan's fate was finally sealed however when he decided to go on a media blitz after Dr. Murray was convicted on Monday.

Page Six reported that Flanagan was picked up at the courthouse by a chauffeur to take him on a first class flight to New York City to appear on The Today Show. Flanagan appeared on The Today Show during the third hour, for approximately 30 seconds.

Dr. Murray will be sentenced on Tuesday, November 29.

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NBC Universal Paid $300k For Dr. Conrad Murray Do***entaryNBC Universal Paid $300k For Dr. Conrad Murray Do***entary
Posted on Nov 09, 2011 @ 06:05PM print it send it
Splash NewsBy Jen Heger - Radar Legal Editor

NBC Universal paid $300k for a do***entary featuring Dr. Conrad Murray discussing the death of his former patient, Michael Jackson, that is going to be broadcast on MSNBC on Friday night, is exclusively reporting.

Murray was found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of Jackson on Monday, he is currently in custody awaiting sentencing.

"NBC Universal paid the production company approximately $300k for the right to air the do***entary,” an insider tells exclusively. “Much of that money will go to pay Dr. Murray's lawyers, Ed Chernoff, Michael Flanagan, and Nareg Gourjian. If there is any money left over, it will go to Dr. Murray's current girlfriend and mother of their son, Nicole Alvarez. Dr. Murray will not directly profit from the sale of the do***entary.”

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As previously reported, the executors of Michael Jackson's Estate, John Branca and John McClain fired off a letter to NBC expressing their outrage about the do***entary.

The letter states: "No sooner was Conrad Murray ordered led away in handcuffs after his conviction on manslaughter charges in the death of Michael Jackson than we discovered your MSNBC network inexplicably will showcase him in primetime Friday night as if he is worthy of celebrity.

DO***ENT: Michael Jackson Estate Fire Off Blistering Letter Over Conrad Murray Do***entary

"Dr. Murray's victim, Michael Jackson was a loving father, an incredible talent and someone who had much left to give the world. Dr. Murray is a convicted felon who a judge felt compelled to have placed in handcuffs and jailed immediately after the jury delivered its verdict. He is not someone NBC Universal should be giving a platform on a prime-time pedestal. We demand that you exercise proper judgment and refrain from airing this program."

Dr. Murray will be sentenced on November 29, 2011, and could face four years in state prison. Dr. Murray was placed in custody immediately after the jury announced their verdict.

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Michael Jackson and the Doctor: A Fatal Friendship is scheduled to air on Friday night.

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Let's boycot the do***entary. Let's no*****ch it!

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mac the knife    

K,, have a huge laugh!!! that's about all it's good for.. considering from the snippets I've seen-- he was totally debunked in the trial!

anyhow.. this will just backfire on him-- HE'S MADE SURE HE WON'T HAVE A LIFE WHEN HE GETS OUT OF PRISON!

as keep in mind-- when he made these huge pronouncements was pre-verdict.. he's soooo damn delusional he & his'instrument'; assumed he'll be acquitted.& be a celebof sorts..

OH well..

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I would really like a good look into Murray´s financial status. The i moron has had two bodyguards for two and a half year - they even accompanied him and The Instrument on vacation.
All that costs a lot of money. A LOT. Where does Murray have money from, or who is paying? Did he possibly steal money from Michael´s mansion - he had a lot of free time and space to roam the house while Michael was under, and no one else there... We all now know that Michael hid cash (millions...), under carpets in trash bags or where-ever.
Could that even have been a motive for MURDER? Murray discovered a stash of MILLIONS and KILLED Michael intentionally, because Michael would have known that it was Murray who had stolen the money.
It is strange that he can afford so extravagant things. I put nothing past this man, he is a hardened liar and a criminal.

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Ok what I dont understand is why the lawyer who gave the interview to the Today Show got in trouble and the jury is not allowed to tal*****il after the trail right? So whyyyy can Murray be out doing interviews and making do***entaries?
Does anybody find that weird? And whyyyyyyyyy didn't anyone stand-up when the verdict was read in court has anyone ever seen that before? And what about Joe Jackson saying that's not all?

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Watch this last night (Thursday our time) and it was crap. Most of what was on there we already knew if one had followed the case. It was quite boring except some of the images of his rooms which was interesting.

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Murray got ripped off then because MSNBC is going to make a trainload of money off this story - unless people boycott, which we know will not happen.

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Good night - Idiot!
L.O.V.E. You really need it!

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Watching do***entary in the UK hope Judge sees it before sentencing! MURRAY ARROGANT MAN

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Of course Murray only gets one single dollar.
Would he receive a bigger sum of money he'd have to be afraid that it would be taken away from him.
So he probably chose a dummy or a "woman of straw2 – The Instrument?? At least she pretends to be an actress. How fitting.

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They R all Liars N Grifters    

I won't miss it. Evidently the Jackson;s are concerned about it in a negative way and that makes me curious.

What's the problem, Jacksons?
You weren't allowed to put your " THIS IS IT - MICHAEL JACKSON was a Demi-God" airbrush spin on it?

Well Michael Jackson sure wasn't "IT" and he sure wasn't a demigod.
He was a flesh-and-blood performer who was RIFE with personal issues just like any other celebrity might be.

His biggest issue was that he had the burden of dragging the entire Jackson Clan through life on his lone shoulders, feeding them, clothing them, housing them, giving them spending money and pocket change.

No wonder he was weighted down by Life and suffering the way he was. No wonder he couldn't sleep with the weight of the Jackson Clan on his shoulders.

Bring on the Murray do***entary, his own version of "This Is It!"

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