Michael Jackson’s Doctor, Conrad Murray, and his attorneys are challenging testimony given by anesthesiology expert Dr. Steven Shafer, the day after he gave damaging testimonial evidence against Murray at his trial.
Dr. Murray was charged with manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson, which was found to be due to an overdose of propofol (a hypnotic agent) and other sedatives.
Shafer used an IV system during his testimony and used it to set up a demonstration of how Dr. Murray may have wrongfully administered propofol to Michael Jackson but Murray’s defense attorneys are denying such an IV system was used.
When asked, by Ed Chernoff : “You certainly do consider that what you have claimed occurred in this case is an extraordinary claim?”
Shafer repiled : “Not at all”
Shafer did admit, however, that a vented IV tube, such as was used in the demonstration, was not found in Michael Jackson’s bedroom but also stated that one could easily have been balled up and pocketed by Murray before leaving the Jackson’s home.
Prior testimony indicates that an IV stand, bags of saline and vials of propofol were found in Jackson’s bedroom and in his closet after his death in June of 2009.
Jurors have heard prior testimony that an IV pole, saline bags and propofol vials were among the items found in Jackson’s bedroom and closet after he died on June 25, 2009.
Murray does admit having given 25 milligrams of propofol on that day, which is a fairly small dose, but defense attorneys are standing firmly against the idea that Murray may have administed as much as 40 times that amount, through an IV, afterward and have said that it may have been Michael Jackson himself who administered the fatal dose.
Murray has admitted that on the day Jackson died he gave the singer a relatively small dose of 25 milligrams of propofol for sleep. Defense attorneys are challenging the prosecution’s argument that Murray could have administered as much as 40 times that amount of the drug afterward through an IV.
Defense attorneys are expected to call Dr. Paul White, a propofol expert, to the witness stand next week. This promises to create a bit of drama because, while Shafer says he considers White a friend, White was scolded by a judge for saying the word “scumbag” in court, after prosecutors helped in the IV demonstration.
And, since “scum” used to be a euphemism for “jizz” that means he basically called Shafer a used condom. AWESOME!
We’ll see how this plays out. If convicted, Murray faces as much as 4 years in prison.