Michael Jackson Homicide Trial: Day One
Some big-picture observations of the Conrad Murray involuntary manslaughter trial at the close of the first day:
- The prosecution should focus on the introduction of controlled substances and a dangerous anesthetic into the home of a person with a history of substance abuse as an inherently dangerous activity, the probable result of which was overdose.
- The prosecution should never use the word “sleep” when referring to an anesthesia-induced coma.
- Michael Jackson likely thought propofol actually made him sleep (vs. inducing a coma). Informed consent would not have existed under these circumstances.
- Murray should have coordinated the care of physicians certified in sleep, pain, addiction, and dermatology. An addiction medicine physician would have tested for drugs in the patient’s urine.
- Under the defense’s theory, who prescribed propofol to Michael Jackson before Murray, making it necessary for Murray to wean him off of it?
- Is it reasonable to take two months to “wean” a patient off of a substance while simultaneously ordering greater and greater quantities of the substance?
- Oral self-administration of propofol could not have caused death within two minutes.
- The prosecution’s characterization of the relationship between Michael Jackson and Murray as that of an employer and employee (vs. patient and physician) was effective.