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October 1, 2012

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Posted: 02:54 PM ET

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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.

Filed under: Breaking News • Conrad Murray • Michael Jackson • Trials • Verdict!


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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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October 13, 2011

Using Dr. Murray's own words against him

Posted: 11:50 AM ET

The testimony of cardiologist Dr. Alon Steinberg was "outstanding," according to Morning Express with Robin Meade contributor Ryan Smith. Why? Because he used Conrad Murray's own words against him.

Smith says Dr. Steinberg effectively went point-by-point through the recording of a police interview conducted just days after Jackson's death and refuted a number of actions Murray claimed he took to save the King of Pop.

Do you have questions about the trial for Ryan? Remember he's an attorney, not a doctor... so keep 'em legal and he'll answer some on the air over the next few days. You can tweet him @RyanSmithTV or just leave a comment 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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Has Conrad's defense team backed themselves into a corner?

Posted: 11:14 AM ET

Our anchor and legal expert Ryan Smith says you may not have noticed, but something very important has happened in the courtroom.

A study was introduced by the prosecution that showed drinking propofol has no effect on a person. Emphasis on "drinking."  That poses a problem for the defense, who has argued at times that Michael Jackson self-administered the anesthetic in a number of ways, including by drinking it.

With that off the table, they are locked into the idea that Michael Jackson injected the propofol himself. So how do they plan to prove it?

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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Doctor: Treating insomnia with propofol is "inconceivable"

Posted: 06:05 AM ET

Pulmonary and sleep expert Dr. Nader Kamangar testified that using propofol to treat a sleep disorder is an extreme departure from the standard of care calling it, “inconceivable.”

Dr. Kamangar said using propofol outside of a hospital setting without monitoring equipment is “nothing we would even really conceive of doing.”

Two days after Michael Jackson died Dr. Conrad Murray told L.A.P.D. detectives he gave Jackson the anesthetic propofol along with other sedatives to help him sleep.

Dr. Kamangar said the method Dr. Murray used to administer two of those sedatives was improper.

Prosecutor David Walgren asked Dr. Kamangar: The lorazepam and midazolam were given by intravenous administration . . . was that an extreme deviation from the standard of care?

Dr. Kamangar replied, “Absolutely.”

The defense is arguing that Dr. Murray’s actions did not cause Jackson’s death. Instead the defense is pushing the theory that Jackson gave himself propofol and other sleep medications without Dr. Murray knowing, creating the lethal cocktail that killed him.

Dr. Kamangar testified that having drugs around a person like Jackson with a potential history of drug abuse could lead to a foreseeable situation where Jackson self-administered.

Walgren said, “If one assumes that Mr. Jackson self-administered… Conrad Murray is still responsible for creating a life-endangering situation . . . Conrad Murray played a direct role in causing Michael Jackson’s death?”

Dr. Kamangar replied, “That’s correct.”

The defense will begin it's cross-examination of Dr. Kamangar Thursday morning. After the defense finishes with Dr. Kamangar, the state is expected to call its last witness anesthesiologist, Dr. Steven Shafer.

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 12, 2011

Michael Jackson autopsy photo shocks courtroom

Posted: 12:58 PM ET

The big debate following Tuesday's testimony focused on the prosecution's decision to display a photo of a deceased and nearly naked Michael Jackson during testimony from the medical examiner who performed his autopsy. We hear some people were brought to tears by the image, including one Michael Jackson fan who was seated in the gallery and had to leave the room.

But difficult as it might have been for many to view, HLN correspondent and In Session anchor Ryan Smith says the controversial decision to show the picture may have been made to get the jury to "connect with the victim."

The image in question does not appear in the video below:

Get up to speed on the what happened in the Conrad Murray trial each morning on HLN's "Morning Express with Robin Meade."

Follow Ryan on Twitter: @RyanSmithTV and get gavel to gavel courtroom coverage of the Conrad Murray trial on HLN. Also from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET every weekday on In Session on truTV.

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Anesthesiologist: 'Never abandon the patient'

Posted: 08:51 AM ET

One of the most chilling moments of the Conrad Murray trial was the playing of that slurred audio recording of Michael Jackson, allegedly taped by Dr. Murray.

For many, that recording is proof that the King of Pop suffered from substance abuse. However, Dr. Murray alleges that he had no idea that other doctors were supplying MJ with drugs, in his jaw-dropping statement to police.

Dr. John Dombrowski, an anesthesiologist and pain-management specialist, appeared on Dr. Drew’s HLN show Tuesday night to discuss this issue.

“When a patient comes to me in the operating room, I have to know every medication he or she is on, so I know how the anesthetic will interact with the individual,” Dr. Dombrowski explained. “We as anesthesiologists are personally responsible for that patient … you have to know the medication he is getting. If you use propofol, you will know how to monitor the patient and how much to give the patient.”

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October 11, 2011

Conrad Murray Trial Week 3: Will the prosecution rest by Friday?

Posted: 08:07 AM ET

Morning Express with Robin Meade correspondent and In Session Anchor Ryan Smith along with In Session correspondent Beth Karas say it's possible we could see the prosecution rest this week.

As we enter week three (court was not in session yesterday for Columbus Day) we're expecting that the trial will pick right back up where it left off... with that fascinating interview police conducted with Dr. Conrad Murray just days after Michael Jackson died.

Also coming up this week and maybe even as early as today, the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy on Michael Jackson could take the stand.

An expert on "standard of care" is also on the witness list. He's an anesthesiologist and pharmacologist and he is the KEY WITNESS for the prosecution when it comes to the science... and we are moving into that phase of the prosecution's case. Expect to learn a lot about propofol, how the body metabolizes it, etc. Beth says, "It's going to get very technical, but it's important."

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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