Michael Jackson's Trials

Michael Jackson's Trials


The Ongoing Trials of The Late Michael Jackson

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Defence Question Dr Shafer

Dr Conrad Murray's defence lawyer, Ed Chernoff, cross-examined Dr Steven Shafer in court.

Mr Chernoff questioned Dr Shafer's contention that Michael Jackson had been hooked up to an IV drip of the anesthetic propofol, and was then left alone by Dr Conrad Murray.

"That's a bold claim, isn't it?" Mr Chernoff asked.

Dr Shafer replied:

"It's an honest statement."

Mr Chernoff went on to suggest that Dr Shafer had drawn conclusions that were not necessarily supported by the evidence. Mr Chernoff said the type of IV line that Dr Shafer used in a demonstration for the jury was never found at Jackson's house.

Friday, October 21, 2011


Dr Steven Shafer continued to give evidence at the trail of Dr Conrad Muraay yesterday.

He told the court that Michael Jackson was so heavily sedated shortly before he died, that he could not have possibly self-administered an additional, lethal dose of propofol.

He dismissed suggestions by the defence that Jackson self administered the drug as "crazy".

Dr Shafer also suggested that Dr Murray gave Jackson 100ml of propofol, a much larger amount than the 25ml Dr Murray claims that he administered.


"This fits all of the data in this case and I am not aware of a single piece of data that is inconsistent with this explanation."

The trial continues.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

"Clueless" in "Never-Never Land"

The trial of Dr Conrad Murray has resumed, and Dr Steven Shafer has returned to the witness box.

In Dr Shafer's view Dr Murray made 17 flagrant violations when administering propofol to Michael Jackson. Dr Shafer told the court that the drug should never be used to treat insomnia, and Dr Conrad Murray's negligence was directly responsible for Jackson's death.

He went on to castigate Dr Murray as being "clueless" about the drug.

Dr Shafer sated that Dr Murray did not know how to respond when Jackson stopped breathing, and was dumbfounded by the delay in calling 911:

"I almost don't know what to say. That is so completely and utterly inexcusable."

Wrt using propofol as a sleeping aid, Dr Shafer said caustically:

"We are in pharmacological never-never land here, something that was done to Michael Jackson and no one else in history to my knowledge..

A competent doctor would know you do not do this."

The trial continues.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Further Delay To Trial

The trial of Dr Conrad Murray has been put on hold at least until Wednesday, in order to give defence council the time to study new lab test results wrt the contents of Michael Jackson's stomach.

The prosecution contends that the results show that that Jackson did not orally ingest a fatal overdose of lorazepam (a sedative).

The Los Angeles County coroner tested Jackson's stomach contents for lorazepam last Wednesday, at the request of the prosecution.

The defence have contended that Jackson orally ingested 8 tablets on the day he died.

The trial will resume, at the earliest on Wednesday.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Trial Put On Hold

The trial of Dr Conrad Murray has been temporarily put on hold, following the death of a member of the family of Dr Stevan Shafer (a witness for the prosecution).

Judge Michael Pastor will meet with prosecutors and defence lawyers today, to discuss when to resume the trial.