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Katherine Jackson Unable Attend London Premiere. 31-10-'11

Katherine Jackson has cancelled her appearance at the World Premiere of Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon on 2nd November and will remain in Los Angeles for the closing stages of the trial of Dr Conrad Murray, accused of the involuntary manslaughter of her son in 2009. The World Premiere event will go-ahead with Michael’s brother Tito, sister Rebbie and producer David Gest in attendance to answer questions submitted by Michael Jackson fans in a global live Q&A to launch the movie about the pop icon’s life.

Katherine Jackson has issued the following statement:

Katherine Jackson said, “I am very sorry that I cannot attend the World Premiere in London of a film I so strongly believe in, Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon. Due to the verdict in the trial of Dr Conrad Murray possibly being at that time, I want to be present in the court room for reasons I am sure everyone in the world will understand. David Gest, who was one of Michael’s closest life-long friends, has done a brilliant job in enlightening people to who the real Michael Jackson was. This movie is a true vindication of my son and some of the terrible things that he was put through in his life. I hope people will watch this film and understand more.”

Source: Billie Jean


Rebbie: I'll See Michael Again. 31-10-'11

Michael Jackson's sister Rebbie was recently quoted as saying that she knows she will see her brother again one day.

"It's true that he's gone but I am firm about believing in the fact that one day I'll see him again and that's what I'm looking forward to," she said.

Michael died of acute Propofol intoxication. His personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray is currently on trial for his involuntary manslaughter.

Rebbie admits that thought is one of the things that keeps her going and helps her to get through the hard times - like sitting through the court proceedings.

"Going through something like a tragedy such as this it's not just you dealing with it, family wise. The thing you have to also remember and take in [is] the fact that the public is involved as well and that makes it very difficult."

Rebbie says she believes only the people who spent time with her brother are the ones who really knew him.

"What I always like to really share with people is that I guess the world and people in general look at him differently than we as a family do because he was a brother first and then of course an entertainer," she explained. "So when I think in terms of what's happened with him I think of him as my brother, more than anything else. I'm doing this right now because I feel it's something I should do for myself as well as for him and his kids. I just feel it's a good thing and I should be involved."

Source: MJFC / music-news / Billie Jean


Statement From John Branca About The Immortal Album (MJ Estate). 31-10-'11

“I’m very appreciative that a number of Michael’s fans were able to come to Montreal to see the rehearsals and share in the creation of this wonderful new show. The show has only gotten better since then, and the reviews have been extremely positive, as Michael deserves.

What also excites me is the opportunity it provides for those just discovering Michael for the first time. As much as Immortal is for Michael Jackson fans, it offers new fans a magical journey into Michael’s music, his dance and his compassion for others. The show’s creative team, led by writer/director Jamie King, have done a masterful job of weaving Michael’s songs, choreography, videos, voice, and, most important, Michael’s spirit into this experience.

The Immortal soundtrack album will be released on November 21. Kevin Antunes worked with Jamie King in reimagining Michael’s original recordings for the show, as they sync with the visuals onscreen and the live action on stage. The music is incredibly exciting, and it stands on its own as a listening experience. While no one can improve upon Michael’s music, these remixes, mashups and enhancements, while intended for the show, give us the chance to hear Michael’s music in a new and fresh way. All in all, we think it is a must-have album. My favorite way to listen to the album is from start to finish because it brings back vivid memories of the Immortal show, but I also enjoyed listening to the music before I ever saw the show.

The physical album is available for pre-order now. The digital album will be available for pre-order on iTunes on Tuesday, and people who pre-order the deluxe version of the digital album will be able to download the Mega Mix single immediately. This will be everyone’s chance to hear one of the show-stopping highlights from Immortal, and begin to understand how incredible this album really is. The single track will also be available for purchase.

Because we all love Michael and believe that he is the greatest artist of all time, we want to encourage Michael’s fans to unite in a worldwide campaign to support this album during its first week of release – November 21-28. We are asking for everyone to help the album debut as high as possible on charts around the world.

This is for Michael – he deserves it!

John”

Source: The Michael Jackson Estate / Billie Jean


The 10th Anniversary Of The Invincible Album. 29-10-'11

Michael dedicates album "Invincible" (released October 29, 2001) to 15-year-old murdered African-Norwegian, Benjamin Hermansen, advising on the importance of not judging a person by race, but by character.

The album was the Michael’s first in 10 years that featured all new material. Invincible spent two years in production and cost approximately $30 million to make; reportedly the most expensive album ever made. The album featured 16 tracks, 14 of which Michael wrote or co-wrote; “Unbreakable”, “Heartbreaker”, “Invincible”, “Heaven Can Wait”, “You Rock My World”, “Speechless”, “2000 Watts”, “You Are My Life”, “Privacy”, “Don’t Walk Away”, “The Lost Children” and “Threatened”. R. Kelly contributed the anthem track “Cry” and UK duo Floetry contributed the beautiful “Butterflies”. Slash performed a guitar solo on “Privacy” and Santana contributed a guitar performance to “Whatever Happens”.

The album featured two posthumous appearances; a rap performance by Notorious B.I.G on “Unbreakable” and samples of Rod Sterling’s voice on “Threatened”. Brandy contributed additional vocals to “Unbreakable”. Michael brought in Rodney Jerkins of Darkchild to produce and write on six of the tracks. Again, Michael produced the entire project himself and played many of the musical instruments. The album was initially released with cover art that came in five limited edition colours. Invincible went to number 1 in 13 countries including the US, UK and Australia. The album showed incredible first week sales in the US, selling over 300,000 copies. Invincible sold a massive 5.4 million copies in just two months of its release.

Source: Billie Jean


The Official Michael Jackson Calendar 2012. 29-10-'11

The official Michael Jackson Calendar 2012 is now available to buy, celebrating Michael Jackson’s Bad album.

Click here to buy

Source: Amazon / Billie Jean


Who Michael Really Was, The Truth Behind The Myth. 29-10-'11

This video is really a recommendation to show people who do not see the kind huming being but only the Michael Jackson product and the way he has been and still is shown by part of the media. Unethical journalists – like Martin Bashir – think they can publish anything about anyone just for money. Fans watching this video will experience pain and sorrow about our common loss.

The video also shows the great work Thomas Mesereau is doing for our fan community. He is constantly defending Michael, talking about Michael the man and telling the truth. Everyone can see that Thomas really loved Michael as a human being. Besides Thomas Michael had other true friends also. Whoopi Goldberg states “Yes. I would leave my children with him. Yes I would.”

This is a video you’ve got to see!

Source: Waling Moon Studios / vimeo.com/ / Billie Jean


Trial Testimony Update - Friday. 28-10-'11

In day 20 of the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, the defense's anesthesiology expert told jurors that Michael Jackson likely caused his own death by injecting himself with the fatal dose of propofol while Murray wasn't in the room.

In his testimony, defense expert Paul White directly challenged the theory put forth by the prosecution's anesthesiology expert, Dr. Steven Shafer.

Shafer testified that the only plausible scenario was that Murray had left an intravenous drip of propofol hooked up to Jackson for three hours, even after he had stopped breathing. Shafer said that was the only scenario that would explain the level of the anesthetic found in Jackson's blood during autopsy.

However, White claimed Shafer’s theory was ruled out by the level of the drug found in Jackson’s urine at autopsy. White said given the urine levels and evidence at the scene, the more likely explanation was that Jackson gave himself the drug.

You think it was self-injection of propofol... between 11:30 and 12 o’clock?" defense attorney Michael Flanagan asked.

"'In my opinion, yes," White said.

White's testimony is the first evidence the defense has presented to support the theory they have argued from the beginning - that Jackson is to blame for his own death, not Murray.

White admitted on Thursday that he had no explanation for what several prosecution medical experts have told the jury repeatedly - that even if Jackson gave himself the drug, Murray was still responsible for the singer’s death for leaving him unattended.

"Let's deal with the elephant in the room here," a defense attorney asked White Thursday. "Conrad Murray has been accused of infusing a dose of propofol and leaving his patient. Can you justify that?"

"Absolutely not," White answered.

The concession indicated the defense may be planning to concede that Murray provided substandard care to Jackson but argue that his conduct did not rise to the level of involuntary manslaughter.

White's testimony also supported the defense's other argument that Jackson took several lorazepam tablets without Murray's knowledge.

"The fact that there is even a tiny amount of free lorazepam [in Jackson’s stomach] is consistent with the theory that he took lorazepam orally," White said.

White is expected to be the defense's final witness. He will be cross-examined by the prosecution on Monday.

Source: MJFC / latimes / Billie Jean


Trial Testimony Update - Thursday. 27-10-'11

During day 19 of of testimony in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, the defense continued to present its case with Dr. Robert Waldman, a specialist in addiction medicine.

Waldman said Michael Jackson was "probably" addicted to Demerol that was provided by his dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein.

Waldman detailed medical records that indicated Klein injected Jackson with increasingly large doses of the painkiller during offices visits for Botox and the wrinkle filler, Restylane.

"I believe there’s evidence he was dependent on Demerol," Waldman said.

Jackson associates have told police that visits to Klein’s office often left the singer woozy.

Waldman said he had no expertise in dermatology, but had consulted doctors in the field who told him the dermatological procedures Jackson was receiving - shots of Botox and Restylane - did not cause the severe pain that would require such doses of Demerol.

Klein’s medical records showed Jackson had received as much as 375 milligrams of Demerol in a 90-minute period. A typical dose is 50 milligrams, Waldman said.

Murray’s defense hinges on a theory that Klein hooked Jackson on Demerol a few months before his death and that the singer suffered chronic insomnia as a result of drug withdrawal.

However, there was no Demerol in Jackson's system when he died. A point the prosecution was quick to point out on cross-examination.

"You understand there is no Demerol in the toxicology findings," Deputy Dist. Attorney David Walgren asked, implying Waldman’s conclusions were irrelevant to the manslaughter case before the jury.

"Correct," Waldman replied.

Walgren also accused the defense's expert of overreaching by relying on secondhand accounts of Jackson’s behavior to make claims of addiction.

"Would you diagnose Michael Jackson as addicted to Demerol based strictly on the documents in my hand?" the prosecutor asked.

"Probably not," Waldman acknowledged.

Walgren then shifted the focus back to Murray asking Waldman, "If a patient asks you to administer a dangerous drug, a drug that could be harmful... would you refuse to administer that drug to the patient?"

"Absolutely," Waldman replied.

Murray's defense called the expert to bolster its theory that painkiller withdrawal caused Jackson's chronic insomnia.

The prosecutor however, noted that Jackson often went long stretches between visits to his dermatologist, Dr. Klein - including a full week shortly before his death. If Demerol addicts could suffer withdrawal after just eight hours, Walgren asked, how had Jackson gone many days?

The defense's expert spectulated on the answer, saying that addicts "often have multiple sources. If they can't get their main med, they will look elsewhere to get it." He added that Klein's records were "inadequate."

Walgren seized on this answer, asking Waldman if he had reviewed Murray's records for Jackson. But, as the jury has heard repeatedly, Murray kept no records in the months before Jackson died.

The judge directed the witness not to answer. "Assumes facts not in evidence," Judge Pastor said.

The defense had wanted to call Dr. Klein as a witness, but prosecutors objected, saying Murray was attempting to confuse the jury by throwing blame on someone else.

Klein was among a number of doctors that were investigated after Jackson's death. Only Murray was charged.

Source: MJFC / latimes.com / Billie Jean


Watch Livestream Of "Life Of An Icon" Premier. 26-10-'11

Universal Studios announced that it will stream the premiere of David Gest's documentary, "Michael Jackson: The Life Of An Icon" live on Wednesday, November 2 from Leicester Square in London.

Fans can watch Jackson's mother, Katherine, and siblings Tito and Rebbie arrive on the red carpet, along with more than one hundred celebrities from music, television, sports, and film. The event will include a Q&A session with the family, moderated by David Gest.

The livestream begins at 1:45pm ET and can be found here.

Currently, the only footage being shown is a trailer for the documentary, but that content should default to the webcast on November 2nd. Addionally, this link also allows viewers to have a reminder sent to them prior to the live premier via the RSVP link.

Source: MJFC / antimusic.com / blu-ray.com / Billie Jean


Trial Testimony Update - Wednesday. 26-10-'11

Day 18 of the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. conrad Murray saw several character witnesses take the stand in support of the doctor as Murray's treatment of heart patients at his practices in Las Vegas and Houston was the focus of the day's proceedings.

"I believe that Dr. Murray is not getting a fair shake," said Andrew Guest of Las Vegas, who was treated by Murray for a heart condition. "I believe he needs support and I appreciate his kindness, his caring and I'm alive today because of that man."

Five of Murray's patients took the stand one after the other to give their opinions of him and the doctor grew emotional, at times wiping tears from his eyes.

Guest and other patients rebutted the prosecution’s portrayal of Murray as a money-grabbing doctor who was reckless in his treatment of Michael Jackson and abandoned him after putting him under sedation with a powerful anesthetic.

"If this man had been greedy, he never would have come to an area or community of Acres Homes, 75% of them poor, on welfare and social security," said Ruby Mosley, another of Murray's patients.

Prosecutors have said Murray was motivated by the $150,000-a-month salary he was to receive when he gave Jackson the surgical anesthetic and then left his side.

One longtime patient and friend, Gerry Causey, testified that he had appointments in Murray’s office that lasted over four hours and that after each appointment, Murray would call Causey's wife to explain what he was going on with his care.

Each of the patients talked about how Murray would provide free care or even help pick up the cost of prescriptions for patients who couldn’t pay.

In his cross-examinations of the character witnesses, Deputy District Attorney David Walgren noted that each of them had been treated by Murray for heart-related illnesses and not for insomnia or drug dependency.

The patients also said that when Murray sedated them for procedures, it was always in a hospital setting with proper monitoring equipment and assistance personnel – precautions that he neglected to take with Jackson.

"Every patient deserves that level of care," Walgren asked Guest.

"Yes," he answered.

In other court proceedings, after jurors were dismissed for the day, Judge Pastor addressed Murray directly on the subject of whether he plans to testify.

"I believe it is my obligation in every criminal case to advise the defendant that a defendant has an absolute right to testify and an absolute right not to testify," Pastor told Murray.

He said he would ask Murray for an answer later in the week, despite his attorneys assertion that it was unnecessary to do so.

"The important thing Dr. Murray, is that it is your decision, nobody else’s," Pastor said.

Murray said he understood.

Source: MJFC / latimes.com / reuters / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Is World's Top Dead Earner. 26-10-'11

For a second straight year Michael Jackson is the world's top dead earner, according to a macabre list compiled by Forbes magazine of stars whose earning power remains undiminished beyond the grave.

The King of Pop, who died two years ago at the age of 50, brought in $170 million for his estate over the past 12 months, enough to place him ahead of every other pop music act of the past year -- both living and dead -- except for Irish rock band U2.

Elvis came in second place, earning $55 million, thanks to his evergreen songbook and a hit Las Vegas stage production featuring his tunes mounted by Cirque de Soleil.

In third place was movie siren Marilyn Monroe, who had $27 million in earnings over the past year.

"Peanuts" cartoon creator Charles Schulz was fourth while Beatles' legend John Lennon tied for fifth place with screen goddess Elizabeth Taylor, both earning $12 million.

While much of Lennon's revenues came as payment from other musicians performing his music, Taylor's largely came from her best-selling perfume White Diamonds. The fragrance had gross sales of $54 million in the United States in 2010, according to industry experts cited by Forbes.

Taylor's estate also appears likely to net handsomely from a December sale later this year by the Christie's auction house featuring the late actress's jewels, art work and gowns. Experts said it could fetch $30 million.

Forbes, which compiled its list by consulting agents, lawyers and other experts, said the year's 15 deceased top earners were:

1. Michael Jackson

2. Elvis Presley

3. Marilyn Monroe

4. "Peanuts" cartoon creator Charles Schulz

5. John Lennon, tied with Elizabeth Taylor

7. Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein

8. Children's author Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel

9. Rock legend Jimi Hendrix; Swedish writer Stieg Larsson; Hollywood actor Steve McQueen; and legendary composer Richard Rodgers

13. Beatle George Harrison, tied with American pin-up girl Bettie Page and pop art creator Andy Warhol.

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


Trial Testimony Update - Tuesday. 25-10-'11

Day 17 of the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray got off to a rocky start due to rain that hindered the juror's arrival. Then the day's first witness, Nurse Cherilyn Lee, hadn't answered the first question when she told the Judge that she was experiencing dizziness and asked for a short break.

"This is just very sensitive for me," she explained.

Once returning to the stand, Lee told the courtroom that she tried to treat Michael Jackson's insomnia with holistic sleep aids in the months before he died. But in April 2009 he asked her about the surgical anesthetic, Dipravan - the brand name of propofol.

Lee said Jackson told her it was the only thing that would knock him out and induce the sleep he needed.

Lee said she had never heard of the drug before but, she researched it and learned of its significant side effects, and that it was only supposed to be administered for surgery in a hospital setting.

She told Jackson the drug was too dangerous to be administered in a home setting, but said Jackson seemed unpersuaded.

She broke down in tears as she said, "He said, 'I will be OK; I only need someone to monitor me with the equipment when I sleep.'"

Lee was called to the stand by the defense, but her testimony had mixed impact. Although she supported the defense theory that Jackson was shopping for someone to provide him with propofol, the prosecution used her testimony to show that she had clearly told Jackson no, pointing out to him the warnings of the drug, and implying that Murray should have known the dangers as well and refused Jackson's request.

Under cross-examination by prosecutor David Walgren, Lee acknowledged a conversation with Jackson in which she told him, "No one who cared or had your best interest at heart would give you this."

On Monday, Jackson's long-time physician Dr. Allen Metzger also testified that Jackson had asked him for an IV anesthetic to use as a sleep aid, never mentioning a specific drug. Metzger also refused and instead prescribed sleeping pills that had been effective in the past.

Also on Tuesday, Murray's lead attorney, Ed Chernoff said his client will not testify on his own behalf. This prompted Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor to say he would later inform Murray of his right to testify, even if that conflicted with the defense strategy.

Chernoff asked if the judge was legally obligated to give that guidance. "It's a requirement under Michael E. Pastor law," Pastor told the attorney.

Judge Pastor also blocked defense attorneys from introducing testimony about Jackson's contract with AEG, the concert promoters of his London shows.

Defense attorneys wanted to show that Jackson would have owed $40 million to the promoter if the concerts were canceled. They contend that Jackson was desperate to make sure the shows continued and needed sleep to get through his rehearsals.

Pastor said there was no evidence Jackson was concerned about the money and allowing testimony about the contract might confuse jurors.

"This is not a contractual dispute. This is a homicide case," Pastor said.

Source: MJFC / chron.com / reuters / Billie Jean


Billie Jean On List Of Top 100 Songs. 25-10-'11

TIME Magazine has named Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" one of the Top 100 Songs of All Time. The unranked list, which includes songs from artists like Nirvana and Lady Gaga, was compiled using three criteria: the songs must demonstrate enduring beauty, power, and inventiveness.

Written by Jackson after a supposed real-life event, in which a woman claimed the King of Pop fathered one of her twins, "Billie Jean" skyrocketed Michael Jackson to superstardom and helped make THRILLER the best selling album of all time. THRILLER's producer, Quincy Jones, initially thought the song too weak to include on the album.

The "Billie Jean" music video, directed by Steve Barron, "snapped the neck of everyone who saw it with its straight-on display of Jackson's star quality," said TIME. The video, along with two others from the album, helped Jackson break the informal color barrier on MTV and proved that music videos could be "potent cinematic statements." It is nearly two minutes into the video before Jackson breaks out the moves he would become known for. Strutting and dancing, the ground glows magically at the touch of his feet.

"The new medium had its ultimate showman, for Michael Jackson was not just the Fred Astaire of music videos but his own beautiful, bad self."

Source: MJFC / TIME / Billie Jean


Trial Testimony Update - Monday. 24-10-'11

The prosecution rested their case Monday on day 16 of the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray after 4 weeks of testimony from 33 witnesses. The defense began presenting their case after a judge rejected their routine motion for a directed verdict of acquittal for Murray during a sidebar conference.

Defense attorneys did not argue the motion, and Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said he would allow the jury to decide the case.

One of the first defense witnesses was Dr. Allan Metzger, who testified that Jackson asked him about intravenous sleep medications roughly two months before his death. Metzger told jurors that he warned Jackson of the risks.

Metzger said he had known for at least 15 years that Jackson had trouble sleeping. He said that during a house call to Jackson's home in April of 2009, the singer asked him about intravenous sleep medications and anesthetics but never mentioned a specific drug that he wanted.

Metzger said he prescribed two oral medications although Jackson told him that he did not believe any oral medication would work. Metzger said Jackson indicated he wanted an anesthetic.

The prosecution was quick to point out the testimony on cross-examination of Metzger, showing that another doctor had rejected Jackson's request that he receive anesthetics as a sleep aid.

"You explained to him that it was dangerous, life-threatening and should not be done outside a hospital, correct?" prosecutor David Walgren asked on cross-examination.

"That's correct," Metzger replied. He added that there was no amount of money that would have prompted him to give Jackson the anesthetic propofol, which he said the singer did not mention by name during their visit.

Metzger was only one of several hostile witnesses the defense plans to call during their case, which began with brief testimony from a 911 records custodian who testified about the time stamps on the emergency call.

The defense also called a police surveillance specialist, two detectives who investigated Murray and Cherilyn Lee, a nurse practitioner who has previously stated Jackson asked her for propofol but she refused to provide it.

Prosecutors rested their case earlier in the day with their final witness, Dr. Steven Shafer who had been on the stand for almost five days.

Shafer, an expert on the anesthetic propofol, remained steadfast in his opinion that Murray is solely responsible for Jackson's death, portraying the doctor as grossly negligent, distracted and "clueless" as to what he should do when Jackson stopped breathing.

In his last moments on the stand, Shafer was asked by defense attorney Ed Chernoff whether the mathematical models on which he based his conclusions actually applied to the doses of propofol given to Jackson by Murray.

Shafer said his mathematical simulations were difficult because Murray kept no records. So he based his reconstruction on Murray's police interview in which he said he had been dosing Jackson with the drug nightly for six weeks.

"There is almost no precedent for this amount of propofol exposure," Shafer explained.

In the coming days, the defense will attempt to counter four weeks of damaging testimony from prosecution witnesses who have cast Murray as an inept, distracted and opportunistic doctor who repeatedly broke legal, ethical and professional guidelines.

Defense lawyers have said they will call about 15 witnesses but they have not revealed whether or not Murray will testify on his own behalf.

Source: MJFC / chron.com / time.com / Billie Jean


Guinness World Records 2012 - Michael Remains The king. 22-10-'11

Though later artists dominated the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records, Michael Jackson is still the king. In fact, he could easily be the Guinness Book of World Record’ most-recognized celebrity ever.

Thriller currently remains the best-selling album of all-time. On February 7, 1984, it was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Michael holds numerous other records including the most Grammy Awards won in a year, most hit singles in the UK charts in a year, best selling album of all time, longest span of No.1 hits by an R&B artist, best selling music video, highest annual earnings ever for a pop star, and most successful pop music family.

Here are a few of the records that are still on Michael’s name:

Most Successful Concert Series – Guinness Book Of World Records: Michael Jackson sold out for seven nights at Wembley Stadium, London, England in the summer of 1988. A total of 504,000 people saw Michael perform July 14-16, 22-23, and August 26-27, 1988.

Biggest Selling Album Of All Time: Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller' album is the biggest selling album of all time, with over 50 million copies sold worldwide. Thriller is also the biggest selling U.S album with sales of 25 million copies.

Most Grammy Award: Michael won a record breaking 8 Grammy Awards in 1984, more than any other artist in one year.

Largest Contract: $890 million (Sony Music) Contract, with prospective earnings of $1 billion.

Greatest Audienc : The highest-ever viewership was 133.4 million viewers watching the NBC transmission of Super Bowl XXVII on June 31, 1993. Michael was spotlighted during the half-time performance.

Bad Tour: Michael Jackson’s world tour brought in a record gross revenue of over $124 million during September 1987-December 1988.

In the new 2012 Guinness Book of World Records release four new records carrying Michael’s name have been listed:

Highest-Earning Deceased Artist: In the 2010 Forbes list, Michael Jackson (USA) topped the survey with earnings of $275 million (£169 million) for the year, which was more than the rest of the Top 10 combined. In the first year after his death on 25 June 2009, his estate is reported to have earned $1.017 billion (£625 million) in revenue, with album sales of over nine million in the US and 24 million outside. In that period, his record sales alone accounted for $383 million (£235 million).

Most Expensive Jacket Sold At Auction: The most valuable jacket sold at auction was the black and red calf leather jacket with winged shoulders worn by US singer Michael Jackson in his renowned 1983 'Thriller' video, which was sold to Milton Verret of Austin, Texas, USA, for £1.1m ($1.8m) at a sale organised by Julien’s Auction in Beverly Hills, USA, on 26 June 2011.

Longest Span Of US Top 40 Singles: Michael Jackson (USA, 1958-2009) holds the record with a span of 39 years and two months. He first charted on the Hot 100 with “Got To Be There” on 6 November 1971 and last hit with 'Hold My Hand' on 1 January 2011.

Largest Poster: The largest poster measures 52.1 m (171 ft) in width by 51.8 m (170 ft) in length, giving a total area of 2,698.78 m² (29,070 ft²), and represents Michael Jackson’s ‘Michael’ album. It was unveiled at Rectory Farm, in Hounslow, UK, on 8 December 2010, and was created by painter Kadir Nelson (USA) in 2009 as a commission from Sony Music UK to promote the album. It took engineers three hours to install the poster, which is less than 3,000 m (9,842 ft) from one of Heathrow’s main runways and viewable by all planes arriving or departing.

Source: Guinness World Records / Billie Jean


Jermaine Jackson Talks About Michael On ‘The Talk’ Show. 22-10-'11

A couple of days before the Murray trial Jermaine Jackson appeared on The Talk show. Introducing his new book You Are Not Alone, Michael: Through a Brother’s Eyes he talks about how he and the family is bracing itself for what’s coming. He does not only talk about Murray but also about ‘they’.

Some things don’t add up, like the tapes from Michael’s home being erased. Jermaine explained that it didn’t happen overnight. He is referring to the fact that Michael was at the rehearsals with his body being very cold, repeating himself, clearly says his body was being toxic. Before that Michael was very healthy and very much alive.

 

Source: CBS / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson’s “Number Ones” Album #168 On Billboard 200 Chart. 22-10-'11

According to the latest Billboard Top 200 chart, Michael’s Number Ones album is at #168. As fans are aware, this particular album includes many of his greatest hits, including Thriller, Man in the Mirror, Smooth Criminal, and the list goes on.

Maybe the trial against Conrad Murray has a positive effect on the general public’s purchases.

Source: Billboard / Billie Jean


Trial Testimony Update - Friday. 21-10-'11

On day 14 of the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, the prosecution's key medical expert was finally cross-examined by the defense.

Lead attorney for Murray, Ed Chernoff questioned Dr. Steven Shafer, who previously testified that the only plausible explanation for the death of Michael Jackson was that the entertainer had been hooked up to an IV drip of the anesthetic propofol and then abandonded by Dr. Murray.

"That's a bold claim, isn't it," Chernoff asked.

"It's an honest statement," Shafer replied.

Chernoff also questioned Shafer about his IV demonstration for jurors on Thursday, suggesting the expert had drawn conclusions that weren't necessarily supported by the evidence.

Shafer said that his explanation was supported by items found in Jackson's bedroom, the singer's autopsy results and Murray's lengthy statement to police.

He used charts and his own experience to explain to jurors that Jackson likely stopped breathing because of the propofol and without anyone there to clear his airway. The propofol would have kept dripping into the IV tube, with gravity carrying it into the singer's body, he said.

He also rejected any notion that Jackson could have given himself the fatal dose of the anesthetic or sedatives.

On Thursday, Shafer said that Murray committed 17 different violations of the standard of care that directly led to Jackson's death.

In other trial business, on Friday Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said that he was considering contempt-of-court charges against a key defense witness for reportedly calling someone in the courtroom "a scumbag."

It is unclear whether Dr. Paul White, who is set to take the stand for the defense next week, was refering to prosecutor David Walgren or to the prosecution's medical expert, Dr. Steven Shafer.

White denied in court making the remark, which was reported by E! Online on Thursday. However, he did acknowledge to Judge Pastor that he made other critical comments about fellow anesthesiologist, Dr. Shafer to E!.

Pastor set a hearing for Nov. 16 for the possible contempt charges against White and Murray's defense attorneys.

Pastor, who previously issued a gag order against trial participants, told White outside the presence of the jury, "You have no business making any of those comments."

Shafer is the most important medical witness for the prosecution, and White serves the same role for the defense. The men are longtime colleagues who have described themselves as friends. They disagree on what the scientific evidence shows about Michael Jackson’s death.

Source: MJFC / msn.com / latimes.com / eonline.com / Billie Jean


Trial Testimony Update - Thursday. 20-10-'11

Day 14 of the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray saw anesthesiology expert Dr. Steven Shafer back on the witness stand under direct examination by the prosecution.

Shafer told jurors there was no way Michael Jackson could have caused his own death by swallowing propofol - a theory defense attorneys had at one point indicated could become the centerpiece of their case. Shafer said it’s impossible for the drug to enter the bloodstream in any sizeable amount if swallowed.

He also told jurors it was highly unlikely Jackson gave himself the fatal injection of the anesthetic.

"The possibility of a direct self-injection seems extremely unlikely," Shafer said, explaining that it would be difficult for Jackson to have time to inject himself based on Murray’s timeline of being out of the singer’s bedroom for only two minutes.

Shafer testified that patients don't wake up from anesthesia that easily saying, "it's a crazy scenario. People just don't wake up from anesthesia like that - wake up, hell-bent on grabbing a syringe and sticking it in again."

Shafer further stated that propofol is painful if not mixed with a painkiller. "You would not want to try to inject this [yourself] into a vein and miss."

Shafer explained it was much more likely that Murray gave Jackson a much higher dose of propofol than he told police.

Attorneys for Dr. Murray have also suggested that Jackson swallowed eight lorazepam pills without Murray’s knowledge and that may have been enough to kill him.

Shafer, however, said the defense’s own testing showed Jackson had not swallowed any lorazepam pills in the four hours before his death, and the amount of the medication found in his stomach was "trivial."

Indeed, prosecutors have said coroner’s officials recently conducted tests that showed the levels of lorazepam in Jackson’s stomach were far lower than defense attorneys have led jurors to believe.

On Wednesday, Shafer told jurors that Murray's treatment of Jackson for insomnia with a "polypharmacy" of multiple drugs was "a pharmacological Never-Never Land" that had never been tried on any other patient and was potentially fatal.

He reminded jurors that Murray purchased more than four gallons of propofol to use on Jackson over the course of his employment, left his patient's bedside to talk on the phone in the hours before Jackson’s death, and delayed calling 911 when he found him unresponsive.

"The worst disasters occur in sedation and they occur when people cut corners," Shafer said. In Jackson’s case, "virtually none of the safeguards were in place," he added.

At times Shafer's voice sounded angry as he told the jury Murray had committed 17 separate "egregious violations" of medical standards. Four of those mistakes were "egregious, unethical and unconscionable," he said. But all 17 were direct causes of Michael Jackson's death, he said.

Shafer said he didn't believe Murray's statement to police that he only left the room for 2 minutes to use the bathroom, returning to find him not breathing. He said it was more likely that Murray was distracted by 45 minutes of phone calls, text messages and e-mails. He said from a distance, it would have been difficult to tell that Jackson was not breathing and Murray wouldn't have realized it for "a considerable period of time," Shafer said. "I actually believe that is what happened," he said.

Shafer said he also didn't believe Murray's statement to police that for about 80 nights he had given Jackson only 50 milligrams of propofol, ending with a smaller, 25-milligram dose on the day of his death. Shafer said the evidence indicated nightly 100-milligram doses.

Shafer said that if Murray, lacking the proper monitoring and resuscitation equipment, had called 911 immediately instead of delaying the call for about 20 minutes, Jackson would have survived but with some brain damage due to the loss of oxygen for about 8 minutes.

If the proper monitoring and resuscitation equipment had been on hand, "Mr. Jackson would be alive and uninjured," Shafer said.

Shafer still has yet to be cross-examined by the defense. He is expected to be the prosecution's final witness. As of this posting, Shafer is still on the witness stand and court was in a short recess.

Source: MJFC / washingtonpost.com / usatoday.com / AP / Billie Jean


Trial Testimony Update - Wednesday. 19-10-'11

The involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray resumed testimony Wednesday after a five day break due to scheduling conflicts, lab tests and a death in the family of the prosecution's expert witness.

In day 13 of the testimony, jurors watched a video of a demonstration of proper propofol use in a proper hospital setting. The video showed an actor pretending to suffer cardiac arrest while under sedation by the drug. It also showed real doctors and nurses successfully reviving the pretend patient using equipment, drugs and staffing that Dr. Murray did not have at Jackson's home when he administered the drug to him.

The video walked jurors through the many precautions doctors take, from checking each piece of equipment before administering anesthesia to using a mechanized pump to dispense exact amounts of propofol.

“This is done before each procedure for every patient. There are no exceptions,” Shafer said.

Repeatedly pausing the video, made at his request by a colleague to emphasize the ways Murray’s actions strayed from the appropriate administration of the drug, anesthesiologist expert Dr. Steven Shafer narrated from the witness stand, explaining step by step how he prepares and administers propofol.

Shafer, who helped develop the national guidelines used for propofol, is crucial to the state's case to prove Jackson's death was caused by Murray's gross negligence in using propofol to help the entertainer sleep while he was preparing for his "This Is It" concert series in London.

When the anesthesiologist in the video discovered his patient not breathing, the words "CALL FOR HELP!" flashed across the top of the screen.

"The first thing you say, the first thing you do is call for help," Shafer said, adding that it was a lesson anesthesiologists learn on their first day of training.

Murray’s delay in summoning an ambulance to Jackson’s home June 25, 2009, is among the many reasons prosecutors contend he is guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Phone records show the reason Murray didn't notice immediately that Jackson was in distress was because he was busy making phone calls and text messages. Even after he did discover Jackson stricken, he waited more than 20 minutes before asking that 911 be called.

In the video, the doctor could be seen administering two-handed CPR with a caption that said resuscitation efforts should continue until the patient was either revived or dead. A Jackson security guard previously testified that Murray performed chest compressions sporadically and with one hand.

The video was presented to jurors over the objections of a defense attorney, who said its only effect would be to inflame jurors.

"It's a terrifying dramatization of a person experiencing cardiac arrest, complete with visual effects," defense attorney Ed Chernoff said in his argument against allowing jurors to see the video.

Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said the video was only intended to inform the jury about the safe methods of administering propofol.

While Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor ordered Walgren to edit several segments from the video, he did allow much of it to be shown in court, including a demonstration of what happens when a patient experiences cardiac arrest while under the drug.

Walgren spent an extended mid-morning break editing the video to delete certain scenes, including those showing the actor patient suffering an airway obstruction and aspiration problems because the prosecution is not alleging those were involved in Jackson's death.

Shafer, who is one of the world's foremost experts on anesthesiology, testified that he is not being paid for his testimony because he did not want people to think money would influence what he had to say.

He said he agreed to testify, at no charge, because he feared the publicity surrounding Jackson's death has harmed "the reputation of physicians," Shafer said. "I felt a need to help restore confidence that physicians put patients first."

"As an anesthesiologist seeing sedation given in ways that do not reflect how anesthesiologists practice, I wished to present how an anesthesiologist approaches sedation so that patients are not afraid," he said.

Propofol, which he uses regularly, has been given a bad reputation, he said.

"I am asked every day, 'Are you going to give me the drug that killed Michael Jackson?'" Shafer said. "This is a fear patients do not need to have."

Judge Pastor indicated if Shafer's testimony is completed Wednesday, court would recess the following day to allow the defense to prepare before presenting its case on Friday.

Prosecutors are nearing the conclusion to their direct presentation, but rebuttal witnesses could be called next week after the defense rests its case.

As of this posting, Dr. Shafer was still on the witness stand.

Source: MJFC / CNN.com / latimes.com / ontheredcarpet / Billie Jean


Prince Jackson Will Not Testify In Murray Trial, Grandmom Says. 19-10'11

With testimony on hold while Dr. Conrad Murray's lawyers study a new lab test that prosecutors plan to use against him, speculation about Michael Jackson's oldest son possibly testifying has increased.

But Katherine Jackson, the matriarch of the Jackson family, reconfirmed to CNN Tuesday that she is opposed to Prince Jackson being called as a witness and that there are no discussions going on with prosecutors about it.

Testimony resumes Wednesday, after a five-day break, with the anesthesiology expert who is likely the last witness before the prosecution rests its direct case. The judge indicated it Dr. Steven Shafer's testimony is completed Wednesday, he would recess court on Thursday to allow the defense to prepare before presenting its case on Friday.

Source: CNN / Billie Jean


TIWT On ABC's Good Morning America. 18-10-'11

"Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour" made its U.S. debut Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, only a handful of miles away from the old Motown Records headquarters where Jackson got his start as a member of The Jackson 5.

Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson: THE IMMORTAL World Tour was featured on ABC's Good Morning America on Monday and the show's Cameron Mathison got an exclusive backstage look at the magic.

To watch a video of the segment, click here.

Source: abcnews.go, The Official Online Team of the Michael Jackson Estate / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Doctor's Trial To Resume Wednesday. 17-10-'11

The judge overseeing the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor says testimony in the case will resume Wednesday.

Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor ordered the delay so that defense attorneys can get more details on test results that the coroner's office recently conducted. The tests dealt with the levels of the sedative lorazepam that were found in Jackson's body.

Attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray have raised the issue of lorazepam levels and told jurors that the amounts were so high they could have put several people to sleep.

Deputy District Attorney David Walgren told Pastor that he asked for the coroner's office to re-test for lorazepam levels and found that they were lower than the defense analysis suggested.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

Source: Yahoo / Billie Jean


This Weekend Marks The One Year Anniversary Of Michael’s Name Being Uncovered! 17-10-'11

Every fan needs some positive highlights during the Murray Trial which reminds us that our hero is not here anymore. This weekend marks the first anniversary of Michael’s name being uncovered from The Gardner St. School’s Michael Jackson Auditorium.

The Jackson Family relocated from a modest, two-bedroom house in Gary Indiana, to a mansion in Los Angeles California, August of 1969. Michael attended public school at Gardner Street Elementary School, as a sixth grader in 1969-70, until becoming home-schooled. He would rehearse with his brothers in the evenings. Though he only went to this school briefly, Michael never forgot it. Twenty years later, the very successful Michael Jackson was invited back to the school for a ceremony in his honor.

Michael had donated some of his earnings so the kids may continue music classes. He paid the music teachers salary and had rose bushes planted by school’s playground. The school dedicated its’ auditorium to him and his name adorned the outside entrance. This was painfully contrasted by ignorant attitudes of harsh pre-judgment to follow. In 2003, as news of allegations over Michael inflamed, the admiration for Michael by the school faltered and his name was covered with plywood boards.

When Michael passed, the boards disturbed fans even more. A group of fans started a movement that led to uncovering Michael’s name exactly one year ago.

Source: Billie Jean


Katherine Furious Over Murray Lies. 16-10-'11

Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine is said to be 'furious' over Dr. Conrad Murray's claims that he comforted her and Michael's three children after her son was declared dead.

During his two-hour recorded interview with LAPD dectives that was played in court last week, Murray told cops that he comforted Mrs. Jackson and Prince, Paris and Blanket after the tragic death.

But reportedly, Mrs. Jackson has claimed that the cardiologist is a liar and made the whole thing up.

Katherine Jackson reportedly called Deputy District Attorney David Walgren last week and told him that she was outraged that Murray would make up such a lie.

"Katherine was almost beside herself with anger after she heard Dr. Murray telling cops that he comforted her and the grandchildren after her son was declared dead," said a Jackson family insider. "It just never happened. Dr. Murray made the whole thing up. She is disgusted and outraged at Dr. Murray for even daring to suggest that he was there for her."

Jackson's oldest son, Prince also reportedly said Dr. Murray never spoke with them, Katherine's nephew, Trent Jackson, told CNN's Alan Duke.

According to Trent, the children were kept in an SUV outside of the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Centre and it was Jackson's manger, Frank DiLeo who escorted the children into the emergency room after their grandmother arrived.

Source: MJFC / news.yahoo / Billie Jean


Conrad Murray Trial May Be Delayed Due To Death In Witness's Family. 16-10-'11

The trial of Michael Jackson's doctor may not resume until Tuesday because the father of the prosecution's last witness died, it was revealed at a hearing Friday.

Testimony in Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial was recessed Thursday afternoon so anesthesiology expert Dr. Steven Shafer could attend a medical conference in Chicago, but Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said Friday that Shafer never made it there because of the death in his family.

Prosecutors allege Murray was criminally responsible for Jackson's death because of his gross negligence in his use of the surgical anesthetic propofol and other drugs in Jackson's home to help him sleep.

The Los Angeles County coroner ruled that Jackson's June 25, 2009, death was from "acute propofol intoxication" in combination with several sedatives, including lorazepam.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor, who is known for keeping tight control on his courtroom, scolded and fined prosecutor Walgren and his co-counsel, Deputy District Attorney Deborah Brazil, for being a few minutes late to Friday morning's hearing.

"People, you were late this morning by six minutes," Pastor said. "What is the reason for this, please?"

"We were just running late, your honor," Walgren said. "We apologize."

"Well, this has happened before," Pastor said, before ordering Walgren and Brazil to pay a $60 fine, $10 for each minute they were tardy to court.

Walgren blamed slow courthouse elevators when he and Brazil were 15 minutes late for a hearing last month.

Shafer, who is expected to give a detailed scientific explanation of how the surgical anesthetic propofol is metabolized in the human body, will be on the witness stand for at least a day once he returns from his father's funeral, according to Walgren.

The defense presentation would follow, lasting until next Friday or the following Monday, according to defense lawyer Nareg Gourjian.

Along with two or three medical experts, the defense has lined up about a dozen patients of Murray to testify about how he's helped them.

On Thursday, a sleep expert testifying for the prosecution said Jackson "clearly" suffered from insomnia that could have been caused by Demerol, a narcotic he was getting frequently from a doctor other than Murray.

Murray's defense team contends Dr. Arnold Klein injected Jackson with 6,500 milligrams of Demerol during visits to his Beverly Hills, California, dermatology clinic in the last three months of his life, and that Murray did not know about it.

Jackson desperately sought sleep the day he died, worried that without rest he could not rehearse that night, which could force the cancellation of his "This Is It" comeback concerts, according to Murray's interview with police.

Dr. Nader Kamangar, a UCLA sleep expert testifying for the prosecution, testified that the combination of drugs Murray gave Jackson "was the perfect storm" that killed him.

"Mr. Jackson was receiving very inappropriate therapy, in the home setting, receiving very potent sedatives, including propofol, lorazepam and midazolam, without monitoring by Murray, and ultimately this cocktail was a recipe for disaster," Kamangar said.

Source: CNN / Billie Jean


MJ Tribute Concert Promoters Accused Of Dodging $200,000 Bill... For Plane Tickets. 15-10-'11

The bills are starting to roll in for the Michael Jackson Tribute Concert in Wales last weekend -- and TMZ has learned, the organizers have already been accused of ducking a $200,000 tab ... for VIP plane tickets.

A rep for the Entertainment Travel Company tells TMZ, Global Live -- the company behind the event -- hired Entertainment Travel to book plane tickets for the Jackson family, Christina Aguilera, her crew, Jamie Foxx, Heavy D, roughly 15 Global Live employees and others.

GL allegedly racked up a $200,000 bill in the process -- which they were SUPPOSED to pay two weeks ago. But Entertainment Travel Co. insists they haven't gotten a cent ... and now GL isn't even returning their phone calls.

Several members of the Jackson family are scheduled to fly back to the U.S. this Sunday -- but Entertainment Travel is getting ready to play hardball ... telling TMZ, they're gonna cancel the Jacksons' tickets if GL doesn't pay up. The next step is a big, fat lawsuit.

TMZ spoke with Global Live CEO Chris Hunt ... who tells us, "All bills are being reconciled and as they have been told, they will be completely paid in full."

Source: TMZ / Billie Jean


Trial Testimony Update - Thursday. 13-10-'11

Day 12 of the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray ended early on Thursday for scheduling reasons. During the day's testimony, jurors heard from a top expert on propofol - the surgical anesthetic that killed Michael Jackson.

Dr. Steven Shafer, professor of anesthesiology at Columbia University, told the court that when the drug was first introduced for sedation in the early 1990s, he conducted the research that established the dosing guidelines that are still in use today.

Shafer testified that in his analysis, he discovered that propofol had to be used carefully because if the dose is “off by just a little,” it could result in a patient taking hours rather than minutes to wake up from sedation.

During questioning by the prosecution, Shafer corrected what one of Murray's defense attorneys had earlier told jurors - that Shafer was a student of the defense’s main medical expert, Dr. Paul White.

Shafer testified that while the two experts are longtime friends and colleagues, he has never been a student of White's.

Shafer was only on the witness stand long enough to detail his lengthy qualifications before court adjourned for the day due to scheduling reasons. His testimony will resume on Friday.

Earlier Thursday, a defense attorney asked a sleep specialists who reviewed Murray’s care of Jackson for the California Medical Board if Murray was culpable even if Jackson gave himself the drugs that killed him.

Defense attorney Michael Flanagan asked, “Is it your position that even if Michael Jackson self-medicated with excessive amounts of lorazepam... [and] pushed 25 milligrams of propofol, Dr. Murray is still responsible for his death?”

“Absolutely,” Dr. Nader Kamangar responded.

Flanagan then asked if a doctor who prescribed 30 Ambien sleeping pills to a patient who takes them all at once in order to commit suicide would be responsible for that patient’s death as well.

A prosecutor objected to the question, and Judge Pastor would not allow it.

Flanagan also pressed Kamangar about a 2010 Chinese study of the use of propofol to induce sleep for patients with severe insomnia that appeared to show the drug helped those people.

Kamangar said the Chinese study was extremely experimental and did not justify using propofol as a sleep aid in a hospital setting, let alone a home.

"Even the authors in the end explain that this is just a very preliminary experiment and it needs way more studies to even imagine using this drug for [insomnia]," Kamangar said.

Upon additional questioning by the prosecution, Kamangar testified that “knowing when to say no” when a patient asks for something that could be harmful is one of the fundamental elements of the doctor-patient relationship.

“No matter how much the patient may complain, no matter how much the patient may beg, you as the doctor should say no?” Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren asked.

“That’s correct,” Kamangar answered.

Walgren then asked whether Murray's actions directly resulted in Jackson's death.

“In this case, Conrad Murray was grossly negligent in multiple instances and that gross negligence directly caused the death of Michael Jackson, is that correct?” he asked.

“That’s correct,” Kamangar said.

Source: MJFC / latimes / msn / Billie Jean


Dick Zimmerman Appeared On The US TV Show Dr. Drew And Talk About Michael. 13-10-'11

Dick Zimmerman, the man who created the iconic cover of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' album for Sony in 1982, appeared yesterday on the HLN TV Show Dr. Drew. He also created wedding portraits of Michael and Lisa Marie Presley, and the portrait of Michael for the Steven Spielberg's ET Storybook album, which Michael narrated.

Zimmerman shared a very sad and touching conversation he had with Michael about the media always negative portrayals of him and shared a very touching story of meeting with Michael in his and Lisa Marie's suite after the wedding portraits were done. Dick says that as they talked, the subject turned to the abusive media. Michael had tears in his eyes as he talked about the media's s portrayal of him after the television interview he did with Diane Sawyer.

Zimmerman sold the iconic 'Thriller' suit to Sotherby's some years ago for auction. It raised $27.000. Today it would sell for millions.


Source: HLN TV / Billie Jean


Trial Testimony Update - Wednesday. 12-10-'11

Day 11 of the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray saw the defense dropping its theory that Michael Jackson drank the propofol that killed him. Instead, the defense will now focus solely on their theory that Jackson used a syringe to inject the fatal overdose through a catheter on his left leg while Murray was out of the room.

The possibility that Jackson drank propofol arose during Murray's preliminary hearing in January. Since then, both the defense and the prosecution have conducted tests on animals to determine the "bio-availabity" of propofol if consumed orally. Defense attorney Michael Flanagan agreed Wednesday that the studies showed "propofol, when orally ingested, is not bio-available."

Another study conducted over the summer on university students in Chile, concluded "if you drink propofol, it will have trivial effects on the person," Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said.

"Oral propofol did not kill Michael Jackson," Walgren stated.

The defense, in a rare moment in the trial, agreed with this finding.

"We are not going to assert at any point in time that Michael Jackson orally ingested propofol," Flanagan said.

In other testimony on Wednesday, the prosecution called Dr. Alon Steinberg, a cardiologist working as an expert reviewer for the California Medical Board. Steinberg reviewed Murray's treatment of Jackson after his death.

Steinberg listed numerous ways in which Murray acted with grose negligence in his care of Jackson. He testified that negligence included:

- The use of the anesthetic propofol, which is not medically indicated for insomnia.

- Administering propofol in someone's home without the proper equipment, such as an EKG monitor.

- Administering propofol without the proper support personnel in attendance.

- Administering propofol with inadequate preparation in case of an emergency.

- Improper care during Jackson's respiratory arrest. To this point, Steinberg said, "When he was trying to resuscitate Mr. Jackson, he didn't follow proper protocol." Steinberg called Murray's actions "inexcusable."

- Failure to call 911 in a timely manner. Steinberg noted that Murray first called Jackson's assistant, Michael Amir Williams, when he noticed that the singer wasn't breathing. "It's basic knowledge," Steinberg said, "you don't have to be a health-care professional. When you see someone down, you call 911."

- Failure to maintain proper medical records that could have been handed over to emergency-room personnel when Jackson arrived at UCLA Medical Center.

Citing all of the above deviations from standard care, Steinberg testified Murray's actions directly impacted Jackson's death.

"If these deviations hadn't happened, Mr. Jackson would be alive," Steinberg told the court.

Steinberg also criticized Murray's decision to leave Jackson's side while he was under the influence of propofol - a situation he likened to "leaving a baby who's sleeping on your kitchen countertop."

The prosecution has just three witnesses left to call to the stand before resting its case and closing arguments could be only a week away.

The closing days of the prosecution's case will be filled with science - a stark contrast to previous testimony from Murray's girlfriends, dramatic audio recordings and shocking autopsy photos that highlighted the first 10 days of the trial.

During yesterday's testimony when the startling photo was shown, Jackson's mother Katherine was forewarned by the prosecutor about the photograph and she chose to leave the courtroom before the pathologist who autopsied her son took the witness stand.

As of this posting, the court is in recess for lunch.

Source: MJFC / reuters.com / CNN / Billie Jean

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