The prosecution has rested its case against Dr. Conrad Murray, who is on trial for involuntary manslaughter of his patient, Michael Jackson. Now, the defense has kicked off its portion of the trial, calling several medical personnel to the stand. We're not lawyers or even law students ourselves, but the approach appears to have backfired, as Murray's decision to give his patient propofol is viewed as a massive, egregious abuse of his medical license at every turn.
For the second year in a row, Michael Jackson, who died on June 25, 2009, has been named the 'Top-Earning Dead Celebrity' by Forbes. According to the list, Jackson's estate raked in more than $170 million thanks to music sales, the King of Pop's "stake in the Sony/ATV catalog," and other contributing factors like Cirque Du Soleil's show 'Immortal,' which is based off of Jackson's life and career.
During yesterday's testimony, prosecution witness Dr. Steven Shafer, an expert on the powerful drug propofol, called the behavior of Michael Jackson's doctor "completely and utterly inexcusable." Those are not exactly words you want to hear associated with a doctor and how he treats patients.
The Michael Jackson trial resumed today, with Dr. Steven Shafer, an authority on the drug propofol which ultimately killed the singer, testifying about the usage and effects of the powerful anaesthetic. Reuters reports that the doctor wanted to dispel the pervasive myths surrounding the drug, which have arisen as a result of its unfortunate association with Jackson's death.
Following the massive success of Michael Forever -- The Tribute Concert in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday, Michael Jackson's estate is planning two more tributes to the fallen star. Michael's siblings will perform in Tokyo, Japan; proceeds will go towards Japan’s ASHINAGA charity, which helps child survivors of the tragedy.
Today, Tuesday, Oct. 11, jury members in the Michael Jackson manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray will be listening to the remaining portions of an interview that police conducted with Jackson's former personal physician. The recordings were taped in June 2009 right after Jackson's death, and members of the court have already heard parts of the interview, including the fact that Murray actually informed Jackson's mother and children of the singer's passing.