Category: Conrad Murray

Conrad Murray: Theory of the Case

Early last Wednesday morning (10/12/11), Conrad Murray’s lawyer, J. Michael Flanagan, shocked the courtroom by announcing:”We are not going to assert at any point in time in this trial that Michael Jackson orally ingested Propofol.” This announcement was based on medical studies that show Propofol has no major effects on a person when swallowed. Flanagan said that a defense-commissioned study showed the effect of swallowing the anesthetic Propofol would be “trivial.”

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Conrad Murray: Cross-Examination

Dr. Murray’s attorneys made a bold move in their opening argument by promising the jury they would prove that Michael Jackson self-administered lethal doses of Propofol and Lorazepam. The linchpin of the defense, at least as set out in the opening argument, is that Jackson killed himself by taking the drugs when Murray left the room. Prosecutors contend Murray used a drip bag as an IV to administer the Propofol to Jackson; the defense counters Murray gave Jackson only 25 ml of Propofol via syringe and he took the rest on his own.

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Conrad Murray: The Last Minute

I am enjoying the Conrad Murray case, not because of its substance, but because it provides concrete examples which give me loads of opportunities to comment on. One reason I teach my law school class through mock trials is that I need concrete examples in order to teach the dynamics of a trial, human behavior, and how the rules work with them. This trial provides plenty of concrete!

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Conrad Murray: The Opening Arguments

I switched between CourtTV (sorry, Tru TV) and HLN leading up to the start of court yesterday. They were interviewing right in the middle of the crazies waiting outside for the games to begin. I have been there before and the clients and lawyers have to battle through the scrum to get into the courthouse. It can be unnerving to everyone, let alone the defendant who is scared to death already. I hope Murray has good security because he is going to need it. Jackson collects a lot of fanatics.

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