Published by on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm.
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Conrad Murray may not be able to reach out and touch folks physically, but a report says he is able dial up and talk to who ever he wants. The imprisoned doctor is said to have his own person cell phone in the pokey.
According to a source close to the matter, Conrad isn’t able to get incoming calls but he can place calls to who ever he wants. The reason he was given the cell was a matter of practicality: constantly taking him back and forth to the jail’s pay phone (since there are constant requests to talk to him) would require a great deal of resources.
But, don’t worry, the locked-down doc isn’t abusing his privilege. The main folks on his speed dial are his attorney, his girlfriend Nicole Alvarez and his baby’s mama. Besides, he’ll be out soon anyway, and he’ll be able to talk to folks in person.
Published by on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 10:00 am.
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La Toya Jackson and Conrad Murray, surprisingly, have something in common: both are backing away from statements that could incriminate them.
As we told you before, Omarosa is planning to sue La Toya for “false, vicious and defamatory” comments she made about her — saying Omarosa probably was behind the death of her fiancé, Michael Clarke Duncan. La Toya’s words flew after being fired on last Sunday’s episode of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.
Now La Toya is saying her comments were misunderstood. Appearing on the Today Show, Jackson said she wasn’t implying that Omarosa’s behavior may have somehow contributed to Clarke’s death. “I didn’t mean it that way at all, not at all,” she said. “I think when you are under a lot of pressure, and people are just nudging you and nudging you… but absolutely not. I mean he’s a kind guy. He’s a sweet guy. He was.” We’ll see if Ms. Jackson’s clarification was enough for Omarosa to call off her lawyers.
In the other Jackson Family news, Conrad plans on not talking for a deposition regarding Katherine Jackson’s lawsuit against AEG — as a result, his depo has been canceled. Momma Jackson is suing AEG in connection with her son Michael Jackson’s death, claiming the company was negligent in how it hired and supervised Murray… Basically, the ex-doc probably wants no more to do with spilling the beans on himself about the death of MJ.
Published by on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 10:00 am.
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Dr. Conrad Murray thinks that jail is killing him.
In a recorded jailhouse conversation, the former doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson told a friend that he had to be rushed to USC Medical Center earlier this week after fearing he was suffering from deadly blood clots in his legs.
“It progressed until the leg felt numb,” he complained, “… it was painful all to the top of my foot … around the medial aspect of my ankle and all the way to the mid-calf.”
After Murray was examined, the doctors determined there were no blood clots. And Murray was returned to his cell. But he insists that the pain and numbness continues.
“I have had to lay in bed for most of the day,” he said, “because there is no way to elevate my feet. One of the recommendations by the doctor is to keep my legs elevated and to increase my activity which is impossible in a 5×7 cell.”
Obviously Murray doesn’t know that a lot of institutionalized dudes get most of their time to work out and keep in shape while being locked down. Maybe if he got with that program it would help him serve his time with a little ease… But if he wants to suffer, well, that’s what jail is for.
Published by Dior Noir on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 1:11 pm.
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Conrad Murray is reportedly glad he did the documentary that pissed off the judge in his involuntary manslaughter for the death of Michael Jackson and he doesn’t seem to phased by the verdict either.
In an interview in the documentary, that aired on MSNBC the day Murray was convicted, the doctor claims, “I don’t feel guilty, because I didn’t do anything wrong” and said he felt betrayed by Michael. The broadcast eventually came back to bite him when prosecutors included parts of it as evidence. Judge Michael Pastor said he was shocked to hear Murray’s remorseless attitude and had some harsh words in response.
The entire broadcast debacle probably helped cement the doctors fate at getting the maximum four-year sentence, but even still, TMZ reports that Murray says he’s glad he did the documentary because he wanted the public to hear his side of the story (he declined to testify on his own behalf in court).
In fact, Murray doesn’t seem to be to phased by the ruling. His appeared unmoved when the sentence was read and has reportedly said he’s “surprisingly upbeat” about the sentence, telling one friend, “I’m just relieved it’s finally over,” and waved of the jail term adding, “Don’t worry, I’m fine, and I’ll be out soon.” Which might be truer than some justice seekers would like: his sentence will be automatically cut in half to two years and there’s already speculation that it could be even less than that.
For now, the Judge Pastor has denied Murray’s request for probation especially since he didn’t acknowledge any wrongdoing or express any remorse. “Why give probation to someone who is offended by the whole idea that the person is even before the court?” Pastor said.
Published by on Friday, October 28, 2011 at 10:00 am.
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With Conrad Murray’s defense team up to bat, their main focus Thursday was shifting the blame to another doctor and different drug than the one the prosecutors claim killed Michael Jackson.
The defense’s top witness, addiction expert Dr. Robert Waldman, claimed Michael Jackson became physically dependent on the pain killer Demerol in the months before he died.
Jackson, said Waldman, received “unusually large” amounts of the extremely-addictive drug during at least 24 visits to his dermatologist between March and June 2009. And, as of a result of his addiction, one of Jackson’s symptoms of withdrawal from the drug was insomnia—a condition MJ was known to suffer from.
Ed Chernoff, Murray’s defense attorney, went over medical records from Jackson’s dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein, showing each time the pop icon went in for a botox and anti-perspiration treatments he, in turn, got a boatload of Demerol.
During an extremely tense cross examination, Waldman did admit he couldn’t confirm whether Jackson was addicted to Demerol. But he would diagnose him as “dependent.”
While the defense seems to be grasping for straws, the trial still sounds interesting.
Published by on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 10:00 am.
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In the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s personal doctor, Conrad Murray, prosecutors could rest their case as soon as Thursday.
If that is the case, then the defendant’s legal team is up to do what it has claimed it would do since the beginning: prove that the King of Pop took the lethal dose of Propofol himself. A laughable task, but an entertaining one as their cross-examination strategies have gone nowhere or yielded any cause for doubt.
Ed Chernoff, Murray’s lead defense counsel, told the jury in his opening statement last month that he would stake the case on “powerful science” from an expert anesthesiologist. Though, so far, the team has proved nothing with any argument it’s presented.
At this point, they may need some skill at playing Jedi mind tricks.