With Conrad Murray finally charged for the death of Michael Jackson, those who’ve suffered the most from his alleged negligence are rushing to prepare to file wrongful death lawsuits against the doc. Oh, we’re not Michael’s kids—we mean his estranged father! Joe Jackson‘s lawyer has told TMZ the allegedly abusive papa will be suing for punitive damages, economic support, loss of companionship and loss of consortium (which doesn’t inherently refer to sex, folks, just a familial relationship). You may think the allegations are odd, considering MJ avoided all contact with dear old dad and left him out of his will—oh, the companionship he’s lost!—but then Joe doesn’t really like that will much either.
According to Murray’s lawyer, Joe’s welcome to chase whatever cash Murray has left once the Trial Of The 21st Century is over (“[this suit is] like throwing a bucket of water on a man drowning in the ocean”). Considering that we’re talking about a father who charged fans $3,000 to watch This Is It with him, don’t think Joe won’t take whatever he can get.
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According to testimony discovered by the Associated Press, Dr. Conrad Murray stopped CPR on a dying Michael Jackson in order to hide evidence of drugs. Jackson logistics director Alberto Alvarez told police that Murray had him remove an IV bag and several vials of drugs from Jackson’s bedroom before allowing him to call paramedics. Murray, who had been performing CPR with one hand before cleaning the room, also allegedly told Alvarez and driver Faheem Muhammad that he had never attempted the resuscitation method before. After traveling with Jackson’s body to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Michael Amir Williams, Jackson’s personal assistant, says Murray asked to be brought back to the house to remove items, and left the building through a side door when they refused to help. Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter last month.
Murray’s lawyer Ed Chernoff, denied the charges, saying Murray had performed CPR numerous times and noting Alvarez failed to bring up the drugs at his first police interview (Murray showed the missing chemicals—hidden in a closet at Jackson’s—to police after questioning). Since Murray is legally qualified to administer Propofol, the anesthetic believed to have killed Michael Jackson, the trial against the doctor hinges on whether Murray was negligent in his administration of the drug, and his treatment of Jackson’s “bad reaction.”
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Nearly seven months after the death of Michael Jackson (and more than five after his death was ruled a homicide), Dr. Conrad Murray has finally been charged with involuntary manslaughter for administering the overdose of Propofol that killed the superstar. “Murray’s criminal conduct and reckless actions taken in the care and treatment of his patient Michael Jackson make him a danger to the public,” said the Medical Board of California in court papers requesting his license to be suspended (for now, the court ordered the doctor not to administer sedatives or anesthetics). Murray, who pleaded not guilty to the charge, was released on $75,000 bail.
Jackson’s parents and many of his siblings, who attended the arraignment, express disappointment with the lesser charge. “He’s a monster,” she told reporters. “He should have pleaded guilty. He killed my son.” “Michael was murdered and although he died at the hands of Dr. Conrad Murray, I believe Dr. Murray was a part of a much larger plan,” said sister LaToya. “There are other individuals involved and I will not rest and I will continue to fight until all of the proper individuals are brought forth and justice is served.” Murray’s next court date is on April 5th.
The long road to Dr. Conrad Murray‘s arrest for the death of Michael Jackson was supposed to reach it’s end today with his arraignment on manslaughter charges. But TMZ reports that, after months of investigation and case-building (he was originally expected to be charged last August), the District Attorney’s office and LAPD are now feuding over how Murray will arrive in court. Seems the lawyers worked out a plan where the doctor would arrive in court of his own free will. Unfortunately, no one told the cops, who prefer a more public affair when murder is involved—the kind with handcuffs and whirling sirens.
Jackson’s family aren’t the only ones irritated with these delays; Murray’s legal team calls the dilemma “insane.” “Dr. Murray will wait for a call as to where and when he will surrender,” said a representative, but promised they’ll arrive in court at 1:30pm PST if they haven’t been contacted, whether or not charges are filed. Murray has been accused of criminal negligence in his administering of the drug Propofol, leading to the superstar’s lethal overdose. He is expected to plead not guilty.
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The investigation into the death of Michael Jackson is complete, says TMZ, and it’s “all but certain” that Dr. Conrad Murray will face charges for his part in the superstar’s passing. While it has been known for months that Jackson’s heart failure was caused by the drug Propofol, which Murray had administered, the LAPD was determined to perform the most thorough investigation possible before arresting him. While Propofol—usually used as an anesthetic—is a dangerous drug to use as a sleeping aid, it isn’t illegal to provide it. To be found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, the charge Murray will most likely face, they must prove he was grossly negligent in his treatment of Jackson.
The docotr has been under the spotlight for months (charges against Murray were alleged to be filed several months ago), and members of the Jackson family have called for swift prosecution. But along with the desire for an airtight case, TMZ also reports the delay in charging Murray is due to the number of officials from the LAPD and DA’s office that will be present when the investigation is delivered. If Murray doesn’t cop a deal with prosecution, this circus may have only begun.
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There was speculation for a few weeks, but now it is confirmed: Michael Jackson‘s doctor, Conrad Murray, had admitted to giving Jackson an IV drip of the anesthetic propofol – which Jackson relied on to sleep – the night of his death. The doctor told police that he administered the drug sometime after midnight on June 25. It is thought that after Dr. Murray started the IV drip he fell asleep himself and when he awoke, Jackson’s heart had already failed. Things don’t really look good for the doctor at this point, as the manslaughter evidence keeps piling up against him.
Propofol is generally only used for anesthesia; to use it regularly as a sleep aid, as Jackson did for at least two years, is inappropriate as it causes breathing to slow and lowers heart rate and blood pressure. TMZ also explains that patients are usually hooked up to an EKG while on propofol so the heart rate can be monitored, and Jackson was not hooked up to anything. Murray, who practices medicine in California, Texas and Nevada, is currently being investigated by the Medical Board of California, which could strip him of his ability to practice in the state. His Houston office was raided last Wednesday as well in a search for propofol. The doctor remains in seclusion in his Las Vegas home. [Photo: GettyImages]