September 7th, 2011
02:41 PM ET

Judge questions prosecution evidence in Conrad Murray trial

Evidence intended to prove Michael Jackson could not have caused his own death may not be allowed in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, the judge said Wednesday.

A California appeals court Wednesday denied Murray's petition by for a stay in his trial so that the issue of jury sequestration could be reconsidered, a defense lawyer said.  The denial cleared the way for jury selection to start Thursday.

Murray's defense is built on the theory that Jackson drank propofol, the surgical anesthetic the coroner concluded killed him, while the doctor was away from his bedside on the morning of June 25, 2009.

Prosecutors want jurors to hear expert testimony based on a recent experiment conducted on six university students in Chile they argue proves there is "zero possibility that the propofol was orally ingested."

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor raised questions about the experiment in a hearing Wednesday.

"I need more information about the underlying data since it is not a scientific published article," Pastor said. "I don't know the source of the information."


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  1. banasy©

    Judge Pastor is correct, IMO.
    No one needs junk science to muddy the waters.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob F

      Yes, sir, and we live in a swamp.

      September 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • terri

      Murray didn't give the drug. Look at the stories. He was trying to find a way to get him away from the drugs. Michael had the same drugs in his house when he was accused of child molestation. They have footage of it from the police raids. Murray wanted to get him off the drugs and give him a better life. Why would Murray want an otopsy done if he knew Michael had the drug in him??????? Media has always pushed the buttons. Michael was a good man. Murray is also a good man. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time trying to help a friend. I hope none of you end up in the same situation.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dj floppycok

    Yo yo yo! My beatz is slammin son!! Dats cause I use my junk to cut up the 1's and 2's!

    September 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MC shiithead

    Yo dem beats is sick son. Im the illest MC in the game rite now. We should steal some more of mike jacks beats and we'll be famous rappers yo. We could make millions off dead people. Dat would be gangsta and jewwish at the same time!

    September 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Thug nation

    Gang bangin is thugged out. I listen 2 billy jean while me and my homies gang bang my lil sister!

    September 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. yada

    I think the doctor knew exactly what he was doing: supplying a drug that was deadly when mis-used. I don't think he meant to kill MJ, but his judgement was marred by his desire for big money. And of course his lawyers are going to try to get a not guilty verdict. That's what defense lawyers are paid to do. I hope the doc is never allowed to "practice" again!

    September 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • terri

      It is sad that you don't pay attention to the new. Michael had the drug back when he was in the child molestation case. Look it up. Police raided the house and found a drawer full. Murray didn't give it to him. He didn't even know he had it in his system. Why would Murray ask for an otopsy to be done if he knew what killed him???? Dah. Murray is a great doctor. Check and see how many people he has saved. He would even save your life if it came to it even thou you wanted his license, May you end up in the wrong place at the wrong time and get charged with taking someone's life rather than trying to help a friend......

      September 8, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. Chutney blumpkin

    Chris Brown is like the 10th person to steal the "human nature" beat

    September 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RUFFNUTT (kcmo resident and smoker of fine purple kush)

    i like the number #1's cd...

    September 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. raven

    I think it was an accidental O.D. I think MJ was an active participant in his own death. I think Murray got greedy and that got in the way of common sense. If Murray hadnt done it MJ woulda found a Dr who would. They both were responsible, no disrespect intended .

    September 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Geminikick

    This guy knew that giving ANYBODY those drugs outside of a hospital, without monitoring equipment was against EVERYTHING he learned in med school and from malpractice attorneys but, he chose to anyway because the (client/patient) demanded it?! Who was the patient and who was the doctor? Since when does a doctor give CPR on a bed? If you're doing those unethical acts..why not cover your ass and watch the patient? Why was he on the phone so long before calling 911? Murray is (probably) in with the Nation of Islam and SONY. For MJJ to give so much to world and be treated like that in the end...Bad Doctor...Bad Boy!

    September 7, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Geminikick

    Hey (Thug nation) Shut up, grow up and....GO AWAY!!!

    September 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Paul

    U.S. media have killed Michael. They killed a man, an innocent man. Journalists in this country are people devoid of any rules. They killed a man who did nothing wrong. Now hide behind the Murray, because he gave propofol. He could not sleep. Media did not allow him to sleep. The journalists were doing everything to not fall asleep even for a minute. These are people cruel. Their lies have led to the drama. Now his children lost their father. Calling Michael pedophile is like to shoot at him with a gun. He was innocent. A completely innocent man was lynched. America is not a country of human rights. You killed an innocent man, his own countryman. Now, like cowards refuge in the Murray. He handed him propofol, but the media gave him a lethal injection. l

    September 8, 2011 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |