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Did Michael Jackson Cause His Own Death?
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Did Michael Jackson Cause His Own Death?

That there were dangerous drugs in Michael Jackson’s body when he died is not up for debate. Nor is the fact that his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray was in the house, but not in the room. But, what is at the center of the trial surrounding the pop star’s death is who is really at fault and who actually administered the final dose of a powerful drug that is reported to have killed him so quickly that his eyes did not have time to close.

The prosecution has presented much of its case in opening statements, hitting several key points  including the type of drugs being used, where Dr. Murray was before and after the death of the singer and the other points of gross negligence. the first on that extensive list was the very drug itself. Propofol, a very powerful anesthetic is typically used in hospitals for patients who are being medically sedated or during surgery. Because of its strength, it is typically only used in strictly monitored situations, not in a home based setting. In addition to the danger of this medication, Jackson’s home was not set up for his care- there was no resuscitation equipment available for use.

But, the prosecutors called other key points into question as well. Jackson did not appear to have signed a consent form for this drug, and if he had, that document is missing. Even more troubling, according to the prosecution, is the lack of more important documentation, the kind of information that the doctor should have been keeping all along. There was no evidence found at the scene that would indicate that Murray was monitoring Jackson’s vital signs nor keeping track of his dosage for any of the medications that he was being given.

Murray’s defense attorney, Ed Chernoff claims that Murray had stepped away for a few minutes when Jackson himself gave the lethal mix of Propofol and lorazapam which killed him almost immediately. When Murray walked in, Jackson was dead and there was nothing Murray could have done, even with life saving equipment. Chernoff has said that his defense will reveal how stressed out the singer actually was, suggesting that the prosecution purposely undersold the importance of the upcoming This is It tour, which would have marked Jackson’s comeback after ten years of retirement.

The doctor’s defense team is going to hinge much of their platform on that remarkable stress and how much Jackson was counting on the tour and upcoming movies to reestablish himself in the pop world. But, they are going to be taking a classic defense as well: blame the victim. Murray says that he was not the one that gave the final dose of the drugs that killed his patient, but no one can understand why it was being used in this type of setting in the first place. When Murray found the singer dead, he delayed called 911 and he did not inform the paramedics or the hospital staff about the use of propofol.


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