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October 28, 2011

Hiltons show their support for the Jackson family

Posted: 01:11 PM ET

Kathy and Rick Hilton attended Dr. Conrad Murray's trial on Friday to show their support for the Jacksons. There was no sign of their daughter Paris.

HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell caught up with them as they walked into court.

"We are here for Michael and the family and we love all the support for the family and the children of Michael," Kathy said.

"A lot of questions need to be answered," Rick said.

Kathy was a long-time friend of Michael Jackson. She joined CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight back in May.

"We met when I was 13 and he [Michael Jackson] was 14 and developed a friendship and a bond throughout the years," Kathy told Piers. "And we always kept in touch. And then when I moved to New York and he would come, and we'd always go to his concerts... We used to make prank phone calls together. And we were little kids. We had a really great time. And then he came and visited when Paris was born." Read the rest of this entry »

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October 25, 2011

Jermaine: Pressure caused MJ's insomnia

Posted: 12:00 AM ET

The defense is arguing that Michael Jackson's sleep disorder was caused by his addiction to the painkiller Demerol.

MJ's brother Jermaine Jackson stated on twitter Monday that testimony from defense witness Dr. Allan Metzger proves stress caused MJ's sleep problems not painkillers.

Jackson received treatment from Dr. Metzger for close to 20 years for multiple issues including nutrition, sleep and pain.

Dr. Metzger testified that the King of Pop had a long battle with a sleep disorder.

Defense attorney Ed Chernoff said, “At what point did Michael Jackson bring to your attention that he had a sleep disorder?”

“Long ago . . . I would say 15 or 20 years, especially after performing. He could not come down,” replied Dr. Metzger.

Dr. Metzger’s testimony inspired Jermaine to tweet his feelings on his brother’s bouts with insomnia.

Check out Jermaine's comments here:

Complete courtroom coverage of the Conrad Murray trial airs live on HLN from gavel to gavel. It’s also on In Session on truTV from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET every weekday.

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October 20, 2011

Jackson family 'pleased' with the prosecution's case

Posted: 11:57 AM ET

Prosecutors are quickly nearing the end of their case and we wanted to know: How does the Jackson family think they've done so far? HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell caught up with Joe, Katherine and Rebbie Jackson as they were making their way into the courthouse this morning.

Joe said, "They're doing okay." Katherine and Rebbie both said they are pleased.

Complete courtroom coverage of the Conrad Murray trial airs live on HLN from gavel to gavel. It’s also on In Session on truTV from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET every weekday.

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October 13, 2011

Family: Conrad lied, snubbed MJ's kids in ER

Posted: 06:04 PM ET

In total contrast to what Dr. Conrad Murray told investigators in a taped statement to the LAPD, Michael Jackson's son, Prince, says the cardiologist didn't comfort him or his siblings at all in the moments after their father died.

In an exclusive report, CNN's Alan Duke writes:

"Prince Jackson told his family that Murray's account played in his involuntary manslaughter trial this week was not true, Trent Jackson, the nephew of Katherine and Joe Jackson, said Thursday.

Jackson family members were upset that jurors may sympathize with Murray because of perceived compassion for the children that day, Jackson told CNN.

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October 12, 2011

Gallery: Doctors steal the show at Conrad trial

Posted: 05:53 PM ET

Cardiologist Dr. Alon Steinberg testified that Dr. Conrad Murray violated the standard of care for Michael Jackson in numerous ways.

Dr. Conrad Murray's defense team dropped their claim that Michael Jackson orally self-ingested propofol. They now argue the pop star used a syringe and catheter.

Prosecution expert Dr. Alon Steinberg testified that Dr. Murray exhibited "gross negligence" in his decision to use propofol to help Michael Jackson sleep.

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October 11, 2011

MJ fans coach each other outside courthouse

Posted: 09:24 PM ET

After a long holiday weekend, the Michael Jackson death trial was back in session today.  And outside the court family and fans were back showing their support.

Jackson family matriarch Katherine Jackson stepped into court for the first time since honoring Michael in a tribute concert over the weekend.

Not to be overlooked, fans from both sides showed off their new signs and some even started "coaching" other fans on how to put their best foot forward for the camera. One of them called it "TV 101 Hollywood." Only in L.A.!

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The LAPD Interview: Top 5 revelations

Posted: 01:57 PM ET

45 more minutes of Dr. Conrad Murray's LAPD interview were played in court this morning.  His statement included several significant and interesting pieces of information. But we're here to help you cut to the chase, so here are the 5 "must know" details from what was played today in court.

1. Cause of death  Jackson's family members asked Dr. Murray why MJ died and he says he told them he didn’t know. Dr. Murray says "that's the reason why I was recommending to the family to have an autopsy, because I also wanted to know."

2. The 'other' doctor  Dr. Murray said he heard that Jackson visited Dr. Arnold Klein three times a week.  During defense attorney Ed Chernoff’s opening statement, he said Dr. Klein administered the painkiller Demerol to Jackson and the pop star was addicted to it. A toxicologist has testified Demerol was not in Jackson’s system.

3. Marijuana  Detectives asked Dr. Murray about marijuana found in Jackson’s home and whether Jackson smoked weed.  Dr. Murray replied he didn’t know, but Jackson wore “excessive cologne” that may have masked it.

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MJ's kids "cried and cried and cried"

Posted: 12:24 PM ET

Dr. Conrad Murray to LAPD: Michael's children "cried and cried and cried" when they found out their father had died.

His powerful statement to investigators just aired live on HLN and In Session.  Did you watch it?  What stood out? What did you think when you heard Dr. Murray describe Jackson's kids' reaction?

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October 5, 2011

Star's family, fans stunned as MJ audio played

Posted: 05:30 PM ET

The jury was focused on their transcripts as an audio recording of what sounded like a drugged Michael Jackson played out in court.

But family and fans of Michael Jackson were not nearly so reserved while the recording made six weeks before Jackson's death amplified across the court.

"The audio was all over, it was like surround sound in that courtroom," said In Session correspondent Jean Casarez, who is attending the trial.

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October 3, 2011

A.J. Hammer: Cedric and Cirque boost Jackson legacy

Posted: 10:50 PM ET

I've got a big week here in L.A. for the Conrad Murray trial and I can't wait to bring you Cedric The Entertainer's thoughts and reflections tonight on ‘Showbiz Tonight.’

Why Cedric?  Well he's getting set to host the Soul Train Music Awards in November.  As you might recall Michael Jackson was honored many times at that awards show and one of Jackson’s performance, which has always stood out for me, was when Jackson brought the house down in 1993 with 'Remember The Time.' (if you've never seen it, scroll down)

Cedric is a close friend of Michael's mom, Katherine.  In fact, she considers him like a son.  So you know he has some very special insight into how Katherine must be handling the trial – certainly a difficult time for her.

I was actually quite pleased to know Katherine got out of town over the weekend for the debut of Cirque de Soleil's "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour" along with MJ's kids.  Next, they're off to Wales for the "Michael Forever" tribute concert.  So she'll be absent from court this week.  I know the concert has been controversial because of the timing, but I'm sure it will do Katherine and the kids good to celebrate Michael this weekend.

Complete coverage of the Conrad Murray trial live on HLN from gavel to gavel and on In Session from 9am to 3pm ET every week day.

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