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Dr. Conrad Murray

Why I DIDN'T Call 911 Right Away

11/12/2011 4:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


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Dr. Conrad Murray says he didn't call 911 right away the morning Michael Jackson died because he is a "trained" cardiologist -- and he could do whatever paramedics could do.

Murray made that boastful statement during a strategy session, and appears in the documentary, "Michael Jackson and the Doctor: A Fatal Friendship" ... which first aired in the U.K. on Thursday night. However, this footage did not air in the U.S. version which aired Friday night on MSNBC.

Murray's delay in calling 911 was a key topic during his manslaughter trial -- but ultimately, his attorneys never put on any evidence to support the explanation Murray mentions in the documentary.

The doc goes on to say he would have quit working for MJ if he woke up that morning -- because Murray believes what happened to Jackson was the result of "his own hands." 

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106.

theresa    

He impeaches himself with this statement: he states he knew there was the potential Michael could self inject. Proper dilligence and ethical application, would prevent him from leaving Michael alone in any room where he could be enabled to do such self harm.

887 days ago
107.

MiMi    


"Trained catdiologist"???? This man is NOT even board certified and for him to even consider that he could of done anything that paramedics could do is pathetic. If that was the case Michael would still be alive.

This man is a delusional sociopath who believes he can do no wrong and continues to blame the victim for his errors and mistakes.


Somebody get a straight jacket for him pleezzzzzzz.....

887 days ago
108.

ohyesidid    

Hahahahaha! Trained cardiologist?! The man couldn't even do CPR correctly.

887 days ago
109.

jack     

i wonder why they gave the americans a dumbed down version?

887 days ago
110.

Kari    

This man has taken arrogance to such a level, he is despised. It's why he'll be spending the next few years in prison. And it's why he'll never get to practice medicine again. Good luck trying to convince your fellow prisoners you are "special". We all know you are not.

887 days ago
111.

MiMi    

Jail time is not the only problem looming for the doctor convicted in Michael Jackson's death. Lawsuits, medical licensing issues and possible payments to Jackson's family await.


Some of the matters have been on hold since Dr. Conrad Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter in February 2010, and the cardiologist's attorneys have so far fended off attempts to end his ability to practice medicine.

Now, with the jury's guilty verdict announced Monday, the efforts to hold Murray accountable in civil courts will speed up and the loss of his medical privileges are all but guaranteed.


The Houston-based physician is being sued by Jackson's father, embroiled in a fight with the provider of his medical malpractice insurance and may be ordered to pay restitution to Jackson's family when he is sentenced for involuntary manslaughter on Nov. 29.


But Murray won't go quietly. His civil attorney said that if the lawsuits proceed, they will delve into territory unexplored during the doctor's six-week criminal trial, including possible culpability by other doctors. Murray's team will also look into options for Murray to relinquish his medical license in Texas — with an eye on trying to return to medicine within a year.


Brian Oxman, who represents father Joe Jackson in a wrongful death lawsuit against Murray, said his civil case "will absolutely focus on what happened before the last few hours of Michael's life."


Oxman is also working with Murray's attorney, Charles Peckham, to possibly expand the case to include other physicians who treated Jackson, namely dermatologist Arnold Klein.


"We are looking at ways to expand the scope and view of this lawsuit to all those who are actually responsible for the death of Michael Jackson," Peckham said Thursday.


Murray's criminal attorneys frequently mentioned Klein to jurors and presented evidence about Demerol treatments that Klein gave Jackson in the months before the singer's June 2009 death, but a judge blocked the dermatologist from testifying.


Peckham said some of Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor's rulings — which were intended to keep the focus on Murray's care of Jackson — "severely restrained testimony that would have pointed to Dr. Murray's innocence."


"There is substantial proof that supports the belief that the insomnia Michael Jackson was experiencing was a result of the overmedication of Michael Jackson with Demerol," Peckham said.


No Demerol was found in Jackson's system when he died, but a defense expert told jurors in the criminal case that some of the symptoms of withdrawal from the drug are similar to those caused by use of the anesthetic propofol, which is what killed Jackson. Murray said he was giving the pop superstar propofol treatments so that he could sleep as he prepared for a planned series of comeback concerts.


Klein's attorney, Garo Ghazerian, did not return a phone message seeking comment Thursday.


Murray's attorneys are planning an appeal of his criminal conviction and he remains jailed without bail until his sentencing. At that hearing, prosecutors could seek restitution for Jackson's family, although his mother and children have received millions in support from the singer's estate since his passing.


In 2009, a judge ordered record producer Phil Spector to pay $26,000 in restitution fees after he was convicted of second-degree murder for shooting ****tail waitress Lana Clarkson. Nearly $10,000 was allocated for a state victims' restitution fund, while the rest was set aside for Clarkson's funeral expenses.


The prospects of recouping any money from Murray are uncertain — he was never paid for his work with Jackson and is being pursued by creditors. It is unknown how much money Murray has or will receive as a result of a do***entary project that is to air Friday night on MSNBC.


"As a convicted felon, he is not permitted to profit from his crime," Oxman said. "The family has the right to receive those funds."


The do***entary has been sold to broadcasters in several countries and has already been shown in Britain.


Murray has been fighting with his malpractice insurer, Medicus Insurance Co., in a Houston court since August 2010. Medicus is asking a judge to rule that it is not responsible for paying any of Murray's legal bills in his fights with various medical boards, Joe Jackson's lawsuit or his criminal defense. The case was on hiatus until after the criminal trial.


Peckham said he still contends the policy, purchased a month before Jackson's death, should cover Murray's legal bills.


Murray's conviction should mean an end to his medical career, although Peckham said efforts are under way to protect a Houston clinic founded in honor of Murray's father.


"We are working to make sure that Dr. Murray's patients get the same type of stellar health care they got with Dr. Murray," Peckham said.


The attorney acknowledged Murray's medical license will be suspended — an effort a Texas Medical Board spokeswoman confirms is under way. Peckham said he is exploring whether Murray may agree to a revocation of his license to allow him to reapply to become a physician later.


Texas law allows a physician to apply for re-instatement one year after their license is revoked.


Murray's medical license in California has been suspended since January. In Las Vegas, where Murray operates another clinic and where he first met Jackson, the doctor's medical privileges will also likely be revoked as a result of his conviction.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2011-11-11/mich...

887 days ago
112.

Marcy    

hahahahah this man is not a doctor is the impersofinication of the word: liar.

887 days ago
113.

Ms. Scorpio    

Murray deserves to die for what he did to Michael Jackson sending him to prison is like sending him on vacation. He violated all the rules of medicine and being a doctor. He does not deserve to be called "doctor" but should in fact be called "The Murderer". He's garbage and deserves nothing less of being given the electric chair or a lethal injection.

887 days ago
114.

Dee    

I'm sorry, but if Dr. Murray is a trained cardiologist then he would have at least known you can't do c.p.r on the bed. Took first aid classes since I was in high school and they always tell you to do the compression on a hard surface or nothing is going to work!

887 days ago
115.

kar    

Murray (not entitled to be called a Dr )you got the medications that Michael needed. No one put a gun to your head making you do this. If you were a good Dr you would have said no, you need help and would have did anything you could to get him in some kind of treatment program. The only thing you wanted was all the money he was paying you. Yes, I am sure Michael would have moved on to another Dr but you would not be in the trouble you are if you did the RIGHT THING. I do not feel sorry for STUPID DOCTORS LIKE YOU!

887 days ago
116.

Gretel    

Not meaning to sound so haughty here but in a hospital setting it's usually the nursing staff that does the dirty work while the docs bark out orders. So I suppose Murray pretty much did that ordering people to listen to him on the phone, ordering MJ's children to be there, ordering staff to call 911 after god really knows how long ... oh yeah, and "administering CPR" to a patient in a bed while talking on the phone. Not quite.

887 days ago
117.

There's a problem here    

I had assumed it was pure and simple greed that made Murray overdose Jackson. Apparently there was also a very healthy sense of arrogance there too. He couldn't even figure out how to do CPR efficiently, but that's supposed to be okay because he's a cardiologist. I think someone has a god complex.

887 days ago
118.

There's a problem here    

PS: @MiMi comment #126. Forget the cut and paste, a first grader can do that. I'm guessing no one read it because it was way too long, far too time consuming, and had nothing to do with you making a comment.

887 days ago
119.

Jo Anne    

A 'trained cardiologist' would know that you can't do CPR when the patient is still lying on a bed - you have to move them to the hard floor for it to be effective. What a piece of work; he'll spend his life not taking accountability, which makes him a dangerous man!

887 days ago
120.

TeeJayH    

Conrad Murray's lips move and all I hear is QUACK ! QUACK ! QUACK !!!

887 days ago
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