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November 29, 2011

Dr. Conrad Murray sentenced to 4 years in jail

Posted: 01:45 PM ET

A judge told Dr. Conrad Murray on Tuesday that he should serve four years in the Los Angeles County Jail.

Judge Michael Pastor gave Murray the maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter. The court did not have the authority to send Murray to state prison, due to recent California legislation.

Murray will get credit for 46 days he has already spent in custody. He also must pay $800 in restitution and must pay other court fees. Further proceedings for restitution sought by Jackson's family will convene January 23, 2012.

On November 7, a jury convicted Murray of killing Michael Jackson. The judge sent him to jail that day, where he has remained.

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November 16, 2011

Dr. Conrad Murray's anesthesiology expert found in contempt

Posted: 01:00 PM ET

Dr. Conrad Murray's anesthesiology expert was found in contempt of court Wednesday for violating the judge's order not to mention his private talks with Dr. Murray during his testimony in the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor.

 Dr. Paul White was given 30 days to pay a $250 fine imposed by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor.

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Filed under: Conrad Murray • Michael Jackson • Testimony


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November 9, 2011

Did MJ foreshadow his own death?

Posted: 09:15 PM ET

Michael Jackson is considered one of the greatest songwriters to ever make music. His lyrics were laced with stories of pain, deception by women and pleas for a better world.  One subject rarely covered in his catalog was drugs.

That was until 1997 on his remix album, “Blood on the Dance Floor.” “Blood” is widely considered Jackson’s darkest album, and was a change of pace for the artist, following his admission of addiction to pain killers in 1993 and child abuse allegations the same year. The track that best embodies this shift in Jackson’s mood is a song titled “Morphine.”

It’s a haunting song, solely written, composed, and produced by Jackson. The song seems to rebuke untrustworthy handlers and deceptive women at first; but in the hook, Jackson gets to the subject at hand. Singing from the perspective of morphine, Jackson pleads:

Trust in me

Just in me

Put all your trust in me

You're doin' morphine

Jackson then goes a step further as he sings about the drug’s effect. The most jarring section of this song, which is over six minutes long, shifts from a focus on morphine to another highly addictive drug, Demerol.

Relax

This won't hurt you

Before I put it in

Close your eyes and count to ten

Don't cry 

I won't convert you

There's no need to dismay

Close your eyes and drift away

Demerol

Demerol

Oh God he's taking

Demerol

Demerol

Demerol

Oh God he's taking Demerol

He's tried

Hard to convince her

To be over what he had

Today he wants it twice as bad

Don't cry 

I won't resent you

Yesterday you had his trust

Today he's taking twice as much

The section about Demerol also makes a huge shift in mood. Jackson goes from a hard rock sound to a ballad, as if singing a love song about the drug.

During Jackson’s autopsy in 2009, it was discovered that Jackson had prescription meds in his system. Part of Dr. Conrad Murray’s defense is that Jackson’s insomnia was caused by an addiction to Demerol, and Jackson was so desperate for sleep, he gave himself the anesthetic propofol to get to sleep. During court on Thursday, Dr. Robert Waldman, an addiction specialist for the defense testified, “I believe there’s evidence he [Michael Jackson] was dependent on Demerol.” Waldman also testified that Jackson was given large doses of the drug while being treated by his longtime dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein.

Could Jackson have been trying to make his fans aware of a Demerol addiction as far back as 1997? Was this song a cry for help? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.


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November 7, 2011

Conrad Murray found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

Posted: 04:18 PM ET

A jury says Dr. Conrad Murray is guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death.

Jurors deliberated for over ten hours to reach the unanimous decision.

The jury was made up of seven men and five women. Two of the men identified themselves as fans of Jackson in their jury questionnaires.

California law says jurors can only reach a guilty verdict if they all agree that the prosecution proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt. Their guilty verdict means they all believe the doctor committed a crime that posed a high risk of death or great bodily injury, and that the crime caused Michael Jackson's death.

The maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter is four years in prison. However, because of prison overcrowding and budgetary concerns a new California law allows for a possibility that Dr. Murray could serve his sentence on house arrest.

Dr. Murray's legal troubles are far from over. Jackson's father Joe Jackson is pursuing a wrongful death suit against Dr. Murray. Dr. Murray will also have to fight to keep his medical licenses in California, Nevada and Texas.

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Gallery: Dr. Arnold Klein with Michael Jackson

Posted: 12:58 PM ET

Photo with Dr. Klein, Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Penny Marshall and others- This photo was taken at the Laguna Art Museum Event "Art for Aids: A Tribute to Rock Hudson" on Feb. 7, 2003.

Photo with Dr. Klein, Michael Jackson, Paris, Prince, and Blanket- This photo was taken Christmas Eve 2008 at Michaels house on Carolwood Dr.

Christmas photo with Dr. Klein, Michael Jackson, and Carrie Fisher- This photo was taken Christmas Eve 2008 at Michaels house on Carolwood Dr.


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November 6, 2011

Exclusive: Doctor says MJ was addicted to propofol

Posted: 11:50 PM ET

Michael Jackson was "totally addicted to propofol," the surgical anesthetic the coroner ruled killed him, the pop star's dermatologist said in an interview with the In Session network.

Dr. Arnold Klein said he personally tried several times to prevent other doctors from administering propofol to Jackson for sleep.

"I knew this problem existed," Klein said in the interview Saturday. "I did my best to prevent it. Whenever I could, I prevented it, but I'm only one man and I have to support my own life and take care of myself."

Klein disputed the argument by Dr. Conrad Murray's lawyers that he addicted Jackson to Demerol in the months before his death, saying he used only low doses of the painkiller while repairing Jackson's collapsed nose and jawline.

Because Demerol was not found in Jackson's blood, the judge did not allow Dr. Murray's defense to call Klein as a witness in Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial, in which jurors are scheduled to resume deliberations Monday morning. But medical records of Jackson's visit to Klein's Beverly Hills clinic were introduced as evidence.

Klein described three instances in which he said he was involved as interventions to prevent Jackson from getting propofol, although Klein gave no indication of when the incidents occurred.

In the first instance, Klein said he chartered a plane to Las Vegas when he heard Jackson was getting propofol at a hotel where the singer was staying. Klein claimed he threw out the doctor involved to prevent him from giving Jackson the drug.

In another encounter in Hawaii, Klein said he and his nurse slept on the floor of Jackson's room to prevent him from getting propofol from a plastic surgeon.

Klein claimed he once "saved" Jackson in New York when another doctor administered propofol, combined with another drug. It made Jackson go "running down the street," Klein said.

A Los Angeles County jury is deliberating the fate of Murray, the physician caring for Michael Jackson when he died in June 2009.

Klein, interviewed in his Beverly Hills home, said that while it was too upsetting to watch much of the trial, he watched enough to believe Murray wanted to "make me look like a demon" and "make me as a scapegoat."

Murray's defense contends Jackson became addicted to Demerol through frequent visits to Klein's Beverly Hills dermatology clinic in the months before his death. Murray was unaware of the addiction, and therefore unable to understand why he could not help Jackson sleep, the defense contends.

Medical records presented to the jury showed at least 24 visits by Jackson to Klein's office from March 12 until June 22, 2009, three days before Jackson's death. The defense previously said Jackson was given 6,500 milligrams of Demerol at Klein's clinic during those visits.

Jackson received 900 milligrams of Demerol at Klein's clinic over three days in early May, the records showed. "I would never give a person those doses they attributed to me," Klein said. The records are misleading because he was in Paris during most of May, he said. Other doctors working out of Klein's office may have given Jackson that larger doses of Demerol, he said.

When asked if Murray's defense team knew they were not all Klein's medical records, Klein responded by saying, "They absolutely had to know. Why do you think they covered the signature on the bottom of the chart?"

It was noted during testimony that no doctor's signature was on the medical records. 
Murray's defense team, which is under an order from the judge not to talk to reporters about the case, did not immediately respond to Klein's comments.

Klein said he began the slow and painful process of rebuilding some of Jackson's facial skin in early April after his nose collapsed and after he lost his jaw line.

Jackson, who was preparing for his comeback concert tour, wanted to look his best, Klein said. "Michael was an absolute perfectionist," he said.

Klein said he is being attacked because he is different. He likened his plight to Galileo and Michael Jackson. He cited the molestation trial of Jackson as an example of how the singer was targeted for being different.

Klein said he was angry about Jackson's death under Murray's care. 
"Where did they find this man?" he said. Jackson recruited Murray to work as his personal physician after Murray had treated him and his children for minor illnesses while they were in Las Vegas, according to testimony.

Klein said he did not believe Jackson would approve of the current trial of his doctor. "This is insanity," he said.

Tune in to In Session on truTv at 9:00AM ET to watch the entire interview.  Stay tuned to HLN throughout the day as our legal team awaits a verdict in the case of CA v. Murray. 

Filed under: Conrad Murray • Michael Jackson


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November 4, 2011

Read the jury instructions

Posted: 01:06 PM ET

Judge Michael Pastor has given the jury in the Conrad Murray trial specific instructions to follow as they deliberate.  Check them out here.

Filed under: Conrad Murray • Court docs • Michael Jackson


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November 3, 2011

Who will decide Conrad Murray's fate?

Posted: 05:00 PM ET

Jury selection can prove to be the most important step in a trial like Conrad Murray's. Ultimately, his fate is in their hands. Check out our juror-by-juror breakdown!

Filed under: Conrad Murray • Court docs • Jury selection • Michael Jackson • Trial Updates • Trials


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The 10 most shocking Murray trial moments

Posted: 03:00 PM ET

After 22 days of testimony and 50 witnesses, we are in the final moments of the Conrad Murray trial. Take a look at the top ten moments so far!

Filed under: Conrad Murray • Michael Jackson • Trial Updates • Trials


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Gallery: Inside Michael Jackson's autopsy file

Posted: 01:12 PM ET

Michael Jackson's appearance has been cause for speculation over the years.  Plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Romo analyzed Jackson's autopsy report and theorized what the pop star may have done to his body. Click here to dive into the autopsy report.

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