Wednesday, October 5, 2011

He successfully defended Michael Jackson in his 2005 child molestation trial and now he’s speaking out about Conrad Murray’s case.
“[Murray] looks unprofessional, he looks mediocre, he looks narcissistic and selfish," Tom Mesereau told Jane Velez-Mitchell. "At a time when he should be caring about his patient, he seems to be always caring about himself and I think it may take him down.”
Complete courtroom coverage of the Conrad Murray trial airs live on HLN from gavel to gavel and is on In Session from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET every week day.
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Forget a smoking gun, best evidence is a cell phone

Posted: 07:35 PM ET
Commentary by HLN legal analyst B.J. Bernstein
Today's Conrad Murray proceedings showed the modern state of evidence today and made clear that thanks to our adoption of technology, we all carry around stylish, de facto evidence machines capable of containing significant information to help recreate events for a trial.
Our phones and our love to connect create virtual roadmaps for prosecution or substantiating a defense: dates, times, documents, phone numbers, photos and audio recordings. All these details are now able to be preserved, for better or for worse, by our devices.
While the rules of law require a detailed foundation to admit the evidence, which seems to slow the "excitement" of a trial, these crucial details can often make or break a case.
Today we saw how all this information plays out in court, with exact dates and times made available for Dr. Murray's phone calls and e-mails in the days and hours before Michael Jackson's death.
Clearly the most momentous result was the finding of an audio recording on Dr. Conrad Murray's phone.
Four minutes and 12 seconds that cannot help but move you.
Evidence that amplifies the tragedy of Jackson's death.
Evidence also subject to different interpretation.
Does it show Dr. Murray's lack of care or Michael's desperation to succeed on tour and do anything to get the rest he needed to perform? It's too early to know.  The only agreement is how this recording revealed the depth of pain felt by Michael Jackson and his desire to make a difference with his music.

Coroner: No obvious cause of death

Posted: 06:53 PM ET
On the stand, Los Angeles County Coroner Investigator, Elissa Fleak said she had difficulty determining the cause of Michael Jackson's death. From the coroner’s report, he appeared to be a healthy 50-year-old man. But the peculiar circumstances of his death led the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office to open a death investigation.
Prosecutor David Walgren walked Fleak through her investigation of the crime scene at Jackson's home on Carolwood Drive.
On her first trip to Jackson's home, Fleak said she found multiple bottles of the anesthetic propofol, a bottle of the sedative lorazapam, and a drug used to combat the effects of lorazapam, flumazenil. Fleak also testified that she found a prescription of the muscle relaxer tizanidine. Dr. Arnold Klein had prescribed that drug to Omar Arnold, one of Jackson's many aliases.
On her second trip to Jackson's home, Fleak found the bags of medication that Dr. Conrad Murray had stashed during the frantic scene after Jackson stopped breathing. Jackson's security guard Alberto Alvarez helped Dr. Murray hide the bags in a cabinet in another bedroom. Fleak testified these bags contained vials of the topical anesthetic lidocaine, propofol, lorzapam, and a pediatric anesthetic midazolam.
Complete courtroom coverage of the Conrad Murray trial airs live on HLN from gavel to gavel and is on In Session from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET every week day.
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Full transcript of Michael Jackson's recorded talk with Dr. Murray

Posted: 06:09 PM ET
Dr. Murray's iPhone is displayed for the court by prosecutor David Walgren. Dr Murray used this phone to record his conversation with a drowsy, possibly drugged Michael Jackson.
This is the official court transcript of the recording made by Dr. Conrad Murray of an apparently drugged Michael Jackson on May 10, 2009. The conversation lasts a little more than four minutes and was recorded by an application on Dr. Murray's cell phone.  The pop icon died six weeks after the recording was made.
Jackson:  Elvis didn’t do it.  Beatles didn’t do it.  We have to be phenomenal.  When people leave this show, when people leave my show, I am them to say, “I’ve never seen nothing like this in my life.  Go. Go.  I’ve never seen nothing like this.  Go. It’s amazing.  He’s the greatest entertainer in the world.”  I’m taking that money, a million children, children’s hospital, the biggest in the world, Michael Jackson’s Children’s Hospital.  Gonna have a movie theater, game room. Children are depressed. The –in those hospitals, no game room, no movie theater. They’re sick because they’re depressed.  Their mind is depressing them.  I want to give them that.  I care about them, them angels.  God wants me to do it.  God wants me to do it.  I’m gonna do it, Conrad.
Filed under: Conrad Murray • Evidence • Michael Jackson

Star's family, fans stunned as MJ audio played

Posted: 05:30 PM ET
The jury was focused on their transcripts as an audio recording of what sounded like a drugged Michael Jackson played out in court.
But family and fans of Michael Jackson were not nearly so reserved while the recording made six weeks before Jackson's death amplified across the court.
"The audio was all over, it was like surround sound in that courtroom," said In Session correspondent Jean Casarez, who is attending the trial.
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The many (many) names of Michael Jackson

Posted: 04:17 PM ET
According to the affidavit requesting a search warrant for Michael Jackson's medical records, these are the aliases Jackson would use with the different doctors he saw.  This evidence seems to corroborate the defense's position that Jackson was taking drugs unbeknownst to Dr. Conrad Murray.
All this information was gathered by the Los Angeles Police Department as they investigated Jackson's death:
Jackson’s aliases used with Dr.  Conrad Murray:
  • Omar Arnold
  • Paul Farance
  • Paul Farnce

Recording: A slurring Michael Jackson talks to Dr. Murray

Posted: 03:12 PM ET
The voice of a slurring, impaired Michael Jackson brought the Dr. Conrad Murray trial to a standstill today.
The recording was made by Dr. Murray on his iPhone while speaking with Jackson about his upcoming tour. The audio was timestamped May 10, 2009.
DEA forensics expert Stephen Marx conducted analysis on Dr. Conrad Murray’s iPhone.  Marx testified that he found the recording while examining an application on the phone called iTalk.

Michael Jackson audio recording: "I hurt, you know? I hurt."

Posted: 02:51 PM ET
Here is the full transcript of the audio  just played in court of an impaired Michael Jackson talking to Dr. Conrad Murray about his tour.
These images are from the overhead projection that was displayed in court. We'll have much more on this emotional, significant piece of evidence posted here soon.
You can also listen to the actual full length recording right here.
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Complete courtroom coverage of the Conrad Murray trial airs live on HLN from gavel to gavel and is on In Session from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET every week day.
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MJ's doctor's credit card declined

Posted: 02:20 PM ET
The first witness the prosecution called Wednesday morning was a medical sales representative who testified Dr. Conrad Murray's credit card was declined.
Sally Hirschberg works for Seacoast Medical Supply company and told the court her company did not fulfill an order from Dr. Murray for an infusion I.V. set because of the card being rejected.
Hirschberg said, "The account, I believe, had a credit card declined and so the paper work was pulled from the warehouse prior to being ordered or shipped."
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Michael Jackson, aka...

Posted: 01:40 PM ET
An examination of prescriptions written by Dr. Conrad Murray revealed an abundance of orders for a patient named Omar Arnold.  Was that his alias for Michael Jackson? It certainly seems so, though it's yet to be confirmed on the witness stand.
The testimony of Stephen Marx, a computer forensics analyst, is turning up plenty of fresh information about both Dr. Murray and Jackson. Drug orders, who was filling them, how often they were made.  And it's also apparently revealed the pop star's pseudonym.
Complete courtroom coverage of the Conrad Murray trial airs live on HLN from gavel to gavel and is on In Session from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET every week day.

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