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Raymone BainRaymone Bain Talks About Michael Jackson’s Work Ethic. 31-01-'14

Raymone Bain, Michael Jackson’s manager and spokesperson from 2001-2009, told Max Foster the difference about Michael and Justin Bieber, Bieber is a talented but bored young man who needs to be redirected.

She does point out the apparent differences in work ethic between Jackson and Bieber. “Michael Jackson never hung out. Michael Jackson never had a large entourage like that. Michael Jackson never played. I remember in the seven years that I worked for him I suggested we go to a movie and he looked at me as if I were crazy. We went bowling one time when he took the kids. Michael Jackson was about business. He always wanted to be the best. He wanted to be the most successful. He wanted to break the records. He wanted to leave a legacy.”

In the music business, the importance of good management cannot be overemphasised. “I think that his management have done a great job thus far but you know sometimes when you get on the level of Justin Bieber or Michael Jackson it gets a little bit more than one person can handle.”

Jackson was surrounded by a team who supported him, but, as Bain asserts, he encouraged them to tell him when he was wrong. “There is a misconception. Michael Jackson didn’t like ‘yes-men’. When we would sit at the table with him he would get angry when we did not tell him what we really thought, he really would.”

Source CNN / Billie Jean


Grammy AwardsTop Five Record Of The Year Winners. 30-01-'14

From Michael Jackson's "Beat It" and Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" to Coldplay's "Clocks," Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" and more, the 411 staff counts down their top 5 winners for Record of the Year at the Grammys!

The Grammy Awards were held on Sunday, and being as it's one of music's biggest nights of the year we in the Music Zone have turned our attention to the Award Show. One of the chief awards is for Record of the Year, an award that has been given out since 1959 to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to sales or chart position." This week we're looking at a finite list in the top five winners of that particular award.

5. Coldplay - "Clocks"
4. Adele - "Rolling in the Deep"
3. Simon and Garfunkel - "Bridge Over Troubled Water"/"Mrs. Robinson"
2. Michael Jackson - "Beat It"
1. The Eagles - "Hotel California"

Source: 411mania / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson Slot Machine Game. 29-01-'14

The Michael Jackson slot machine game has been an exceptionally popular addition to the casino circuit, out-doing blockbuster Hollywood films like ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Wizard of Oz.’

The game is a great commemorative piece to the late King of Pop, with fantastic graphics and a classic Michael Jackson soundtrack, the attention to detail is superb.

So what makes the Michael Jackson slot machine so amazing?

The slot machine itself doesn’t only appeal to fans of Michael Jackson, but also to fans of slot machines in general. The bonus features add to the gaming experience, giving chances to win extra spins and additional cash prices. The game also has great speakers built into it so you can sing along to all the King of Pop’s classic anthems.

Michael Jackson Slot Machine Game

To gain your free spins you’ll need the ‘Beat It’ bonus, but this is not a regular free spin game, it is supercharged. Every few spins, Michael makes an appearance, doing this trademark moonwalk across the slot, dancing and spinning in the way only he can. As he moves across the screen, he does his classic kicks to transform the symbols into random wilds. The great thing here, is that each wild becomes sticky and remains through the entire free spin bonus round. Michael can appear up to 5 times, which will see your wild symbols rise and your chances of you winning big coins get bigger.

With the big spinning wheel and three other bonus games, the Michael Jackson slot is a guaranteed great play. The game can keep even the most avid slot machine player entertained for hours on end. Plus with the great soundtrack and the supercharged spins, it’s a winner all round.

Download the game here and try it out!

Source: Billie Jean


Matt ForgerMatt Forger Joins Brad Sundberg For 'In The Studio With MJ'. 28-01-'14

What was it like to be in the recording studio as Michael Jackson created the iconic tracks for such monumental albums as "Thriller," "Bad," "Dangerous," "HIStory," and "Blood on the Dance Floor"? Truly dedicated fans will find out from two of the recording engineers who were there with MJ, Quincy Jones, and all the famous musicians as Matt Forger joins Brad Sundberg for the next "In the Studio with MJ" session scheduled for February 8, 2014, in Orlando, Florida.

Together and separately, Forger and Sundberg worked with Michael Jackson on studio recording sessions, video mixes, dance mixes, world tours, and more. In addition, Forger recorded and mixed "Captain EO," the groundbreaking film and music project that involved Jackson, Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas.

"Recalling some of the musical moments from the making of this legendary music will be great fun for us and should be enlightening for everyone who attends," Forger states. "It is going to be terrific to play some of the large number of mixes of tracks from all the projects we worked on. Brad and I have enjoyed so many different aspects of the creative process of Michael's singles and albums and it will be exciting to share them," Forger adds.

Sundberg has presented his "In the Studio with MJ" sessions all over the world and says he loves the "no script" approach that concentrates on the "stories, music and home videos" of many extraordinary sessions.

"With the presentations of music, videos, personal behind-the-scenes stories and photos, this is a unique opportunity for people interested in the music industry, and in Michael Jackson in particular, to see, hear and learn what it was like to work side-by-side with a true music legend," Sundberg states.

The event will be held in a professional recording studio and limited to 50 attendees. "This event is ideal for anyone who is a fan of Michael's music, or who is curious about how those albums were recorded and the staggering amount of tapes, tracks and time that was put into them," Forger notes.

"In The Studio with MJ" will take place from Noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 8 at Starke Lake Studios, 275 North Lakeshore Drive, Ocoee, FL 34761. Tickets are $249, dinner included.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: For ticket information, please visit the event's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/inthestudiowithmj or the event page itself: http://inthestudiowithmj.com/seminar.

Source: Broadway World / Billie Jean


This Is It CD-Single CoverOwnership Of MJ’s Single ‘This Is It’ Being Contested. 28-01-'14

A Boston-based producer who hit his stride in the ‘80s with the electro-funk band the Jonzun Crew is suing the estate of Michael Jackson and Paul “Having My Baby” Anka for $10 million, claiming the King of Pop and the iconic Canadian crooner cut him out of the credits on their Grammy Award-nominated single, “This Is It.”

Michael Jonzun alleges in court filings “This Is It” is nothing more than a remake of the love song “I Never Heard,” which Jackson and Anka co-wrote in 1983 and Jonzun said he was asked to produce and tinker with in 1990. His suit states Jonzun “still has the tapes of the versions he created in his possession.” He told a federal judge yesterday he has a contract to back up his one-third ownership in the hit.

But Los Angeles attorney Jeremiah Reynolds, one of the Jackson estate’s Wilshire Boulevard defenders, told U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper, “We strongly believe these claims do not have merit. I just want that on the record.”

“This Is It” was also the name of Jackson’s swan-song documentary released in 2009 when his sudden death at age 50 derailed plans for a world tour. The film grossed nearly $262 million worldwide.

Jonzun told Casper he believes Massachusetts has jurisdiction over his case because “Mr. Anka performs here regularly,” “the song is being sold in Massachusetts,” and “Jackson has books being sold here. The list goes on and on.”

The online database AllMusic credits Jonzun with discovering New Edition and with producing J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf’s 1984 solo album “Lights Out.”

Casper took under advisement arguments by Reynolds, Boston attorney Catherine Bednar on behalf of Anka, and Boston attorney Brian Devine, representing Jackson’s doomed comeback tour promoter AEG Live, that she should throw Jonzun’s suit out because he filed it in October 2012.

That’s 18 days after the three-year window of opportunity he had to stake a claim against the two superstars under the federal Copyright Act, they said. Jonzun then missed the 120-day deadline to serve them with summonses, they added.

Jonzun, 59, of North Falmouth, weighing in by speaker phone, cautioned Casper, “The defendants are using a smokescreen of sorts to distract you.” He said their protests that his civil action missed the deadline “are really just a wall for stopping me from moving forward because the case has merit.”

Jonzun also sued the metal band Limp Bizkit for copyright infringement in 2003 and reached an undisclosed out-of-court settlement.

He assured Casper yesterday he is actively searching for a lawyer, adding, “It’s not easy getting someone to take on AEG Live, Paul Anka and the estate of Michael Jackson on a contingency fee basis.”

Michael and Michael Jonzun

Source: Boston Herald / Billie Jean


MJ Memorabilia On Ebay. 27-01-'14

Auction Site Ebay has lots of signed and worn memorabilia originally owned by Michael, obviously from Julien’s Auctions, including fedoras, a pillow and a personal mirror from his Carolwood home. We have the Ebay link for you if you would like to browse the lots.

Be warned, these things don’t come cheap!

Here is the link, if you would like to see the items and many photos of the lots.

Source: Ebay / MJWN / Billie Jean


30 Years Ago Today... Michael Jackson Burned His Scalp During Pepsi Commercial. 27-01-'14

It's not often someone's hair catching fire makes news headlines around the world.

But, not everyone is a global megastar, at the height of his performing and money-making powers.

So that's exactly what happened, 30 years ago today, on 27 January 1984, when Michael Jackson was filming a Pepsi Cola commercial, alongside other members of his famous family.

The stars and crew were hard at work, filming a quasi-concert performance inside Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium.

Jackson was busy performing the moves that had made him the biggest star in the world, when a planned pyrotechnic explosion went off too early and accidentally set his hair on fire. Cameras continued to roll for a while, and Jackson continued to perform until, overcome by pain, he curled up and bystanders rushed to help. It turned out the singer had suffered third-degree burns to his scalp.

In the short term, Pepsi made a $1.5million compensation payment, which Jackson donated to a Californian medical centre, who later named a burns treatment wing in his honour.

Pepsi Commercial (27-01-1984)

In the long term, it was this fateful day that was later cited as the turning point in Jackson's rollercoaster life.

Although it was not discussed publicly for many years, it was later reported during the trial into Doctor Conrad Murray's involvement in his death, that Jackson had suffered so much from the burns that he became addicted to medication to ease the pain on his scalp, and to help him sleep.

From that time, it was a relentless decline to his dependence on a catalogue of medicines, both prescribed drugs and other potions, that ultimately led to his death in July 2009. The Los Angeles Coroner's Office declared the cause of death was acute propofol intoxication with benzodiazepine effect.

And, in a final twist of fate for one of the world's most image-conscious entertainers, when his autopsy was made public afterwards, it emerged that Jackson wore a wig, because his hair had never properly grown back after it was burned. It seemed neither Michael Jackson nor his scalp ever really recovered from the disastrous day in 1984.

Source: Huffington Post / Billie Jean


Sony Commercial – Artists And Engineers: Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’. 27-01-'14

This commercial was played tonight during break for the Grammy's.

 

Source: YouTube / Billie Jean


Thriller LiveThriller Live Returns To Manchester Monday To Saturday. 27-01-'14

Thriller – Live, a show in its fifth year in London’s West End returns to Manchester Opera House from Monday to Saturday.

It brings to life the music and dancing of Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 and stars Cleo Higgins, former lead singer of Cleopatra and star of The Voice 2013, and the X Factor’s Rachel Adedeji.

The production blends video footage and effects with choreography by the show’s award-winning director Gary Lloyd.

The show includes more than two-hours of non-stop hit songs including smash hits I Want You Back, ABC, Can You Feel It, Off The Wall, The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal, Beat It, Billie Jean, Dirty Diana, They Don’t care About Us and Thriller.

The singer died on June 25, 2009 aged 50 when Thriller Live was at the Opera House. At that night’s performance a minute’s silence was held, the lights dimmed and a book of condolence was also opened. A year after his death, a permanent West End memorial to Michael was unveiled in the foyer of the Lyric Theatre.

Box office: 0844 871 3018 or www.atgtickets.com/manchester

Source: lep.co / Billie Jean


Fan Event At Santa Monica Pier. 27-01-'14

MJFSC (Michael Jackson Fans of Southern California) are planning an event near Santa Monica Pier, in June this year and are inviting other fans to join them.

On the beach on the South side beyond the pier. Come to Santa Monica Pier and light a Luminary Lantern of LOVE on the beach for Michael. Write your message of LOVE on the Lantern for the event and then take it home with the LED lite for a memento. ♥

Info: Santa Monica beach does not close. The parking is limited as there will be Thursday Night Twilight Concert series taking place at this time. Many of the parking lots close at sunset. However the main 1550 parking lot next to the pier on the north side will be open and does not close.

The 1550 parking lot is where MJ saw Cirque du Soleil in the big white tent for the first time with John Branca.

Come early to enjoy the pier rides: Merry go Round, Bumper Cars, Arcade games, Ferris wheel etc and to assure your parking spot. Please try to carpool and fit as many MJ fans into your car as possible. Many are in L.A. and will rely on others for transportation. MJ fans are great at this!

Fan Event At Santa Monica Pier

Main parking lot:

1550 Pacific Coast Highway

SANTA MONICA CA 90401

Parking rates range from $6 to $12 per hour

There is also metered parking by Hot Dog on A Stick.

WE hope you can go along and enjoy the evening.

Source: MJFSC / Billie Jean


‘Michael Jackson Bobble Glove’ Re-Released For 5th Anniversary Of Michael’s Death. 26-01-'14

Michael Jackson Bobble GloveAs 2014 marks a special remembrance for Michael Jackson fans, official LMJ partner MJFanvention is re-releasing the ‘Michael Jackson Bobble Glove’.

The collectible figurine (which is not a toy) was first released during the 2011 MJFanvention. Now, members of the MJFanvention mailing list can get their own figurine until April 2014. After then, the figurines go on sale to the general public.

- arm and hat measure 7” and sits on a 5” wide base
– the glove is clustered with over 100 rhinestones to simulate the famous glove
– the base says “From Gary, IN with Love”
– materials are resin and plastic
– weighs just under 13 oz.

Price : $ 19.99 (free US Shipping)

http://www.mjfanvention.com/

Source: Legendary Michael Jackson / Billie Jean


Sheryl CrowSheryl Crow On Being Michael Jackson’s Back-Up Singer. 26-01-'14

She’s a chart-topping solo artist, but says she was happiest being on stage with the legend. Could that be anything to do with the fact that this God-fearing, nail-biting party girl forgets the lyrics to her own hit songs?

Being Michael Jackson’s backing singer on his Bad tour from 1987 to 1989. I was in my mid-20s. I hadn’t released any records. I didn’t even own a passport when I landed the job. And there I was, travelling the world with the biggest pop star on the planet.

Walking out in front of full stadiums every night was exhilarating enough. To be performing alongside Jackson was something else altogether. Seeing him dance a few feet away from me was an other-worldly experience. It was the happiest of times.

Source: Daily Mail / Billie Jean


John BrancaJohn Branca: The 2014 Billboard Power 100. 26-01-'14

Staged Michael Jackson’s second posthumous comeback with the debut of “Michael Jackson One,” a permanent Cirque du Soleil residency in Las Vegas.

It’s been a busy year for John Branca. The music super-lawyer, best-known as the co-executor of the Michael Jackson estate, negotiated the sale of Elvis Presley’s intellectual property to Authentic Brands in November and helped Carlos Santana extend his residency at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas through the end of 2014.

As head of the music practice at Ziffren Brittenham, Branca also oversees a cadre of lawyers who represent such acts as Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Shakira, Linkin Park, Selena Gomez, Rick Rubin, Trent Reznor, David Guetta and numerous other A-listers.

Branca also wears a second hat: executive producer. Last year, he produced “Michael Jackson One,” a Cirque du Soleil residency at Mandalay Bay that opened in May. The show, staged in a custom-built theater, complements Branca’s other Cirque du Soleil production, “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour,” which just ended its third year of touring to become the ninth-top-grossing tour in history, earning $325.1 million from 407 performances worldwide since its debut in October 2011, according to Billboard Boxscore.

“With music’s ongoing shift to digital, economic power continues to reside in live touring, artist brands and delivery systems.” For Branca, that means a transition from straight contract deals to becoming a producer who consistently orchestrates new entertainment experiences.

Click here for full 2014 Power 100 listing.

Source: Billboard Biz / Billie Jean


Michael Jackson ONE Contest!! On BET. 25-01-'14

Cirque De Soleil & BET’s 106 & Park are looking to give the biggest Michael Jackson fan with a trip for 2 to Las Vegas to see Michael Jackson: One at the Mandalay Bay.

Dates & Eligibility:
Start: January 24, 2014 @ 06:00 pm (US/Eastern)
End: February 10, 2014 @ 06:00 pm (US/Eastern)
Eligibility: You must be at least 21 years old to enter.

Prizes: A trip for 2 to Las Vegas to see Michael Jackson: One at the Mandalay Bay. Hotel accommodations at the Mandalay Bay and flights for the winner and a guest.

Click here.

The Immortal World Tour

Source: BET / Billie Jean


Apollo TheaterApollo Theater Looks Forward To 80th Anniversary! 24-01-'14

The Apollo Theater isn’t just Harlem’s crown jewel; it’s one of the most influential artistic institutions in the world.

The iconic theater — whose stage has been graced by everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to James Brown, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and even President Barack Obama — turns 80 years old on Sunday.

While Harlem has had its ups and downs over the decades, the theater has remained a beacon of hope for anyone dreaming to make it big, according to the Apollo’s managers.

“There’s something about this place. It’s almost like sacred ground because everyone who comes in just feels so pumped,” said Mikki Shepard, the Apollo’s executive producer.

During the Apollo’s anniversary celebration over the next few weeks, its administrators said they will share with visitors the deep history of the institution while advancing the Apollo’s signature style into the 21st Century.

The Apollo opened on Jan. 26, 1934, a year after the original venue at 253 W. 125th Street, Hurtig and Seamon’s New Burlesque Theater, shut down.

Read mere here.

Source: Amny / Billie Jean


Thriller Live Comes To Westcliff: Michael Jackson’s Life And Music Celebrated In Stage Show. 22-01-'14

Thriller LiveThe life and music of Michael Jackson is being brought to the stage at the Cliffs Pavilion.

Thriller Live was created to mark the career of the performer and features his hits and those of the Jackson 5.

Songs include 'I Want You Back', 'I’ll Be There', 'Can You Feel It', 'Rock With You', 'She’s Out Of My Life', 'Thriller', 'Beat It', 'Billie Jean' and 'Earth Song'.

Cleo Higgins, from Nineties group Cleopatra, who was most recently appeared on BBC1 show the Voice, plays the main female lead and Sean Christopher takes on the role of Jackson.

Also a member of the cast is Rachel Adedeji, who was in the X-Factor and plays the lead female role if Cleo is unable to perform.

The show will be at the Cliffs in Westcliff until Saturday.

For tickets book at southendtheatres.org.uk or call 01702 351135.

Source: Echo / Billie Jean


Rushka BergmanRushka Bergman On Michael Jackson. 22-01-'14

“I was searching for seven days for his contact and one day I sent this e-mail to his lawyer. First off, I didn’t even know if the e-mail address I sent to was the correct one. My phone starts ringing and [the voice] says. ‘I’m the lawyer for Michael Jackson from Washington, DC.’ I already saw myself in the court. And then she says, ‘Mr. Jackson confirms your cover of Vogue magazine.’ So I said, ‘Please Madame, could you confirm this please once more, so that I’m sure that this is the truth’ because I couldn’t believe that this was the truth. And she said, ‘Absolutely.’ I didn’t even count five minutes before the e-mail came already confirming the cover of Vogue with Michael Jackson, and then my life changed.
I learned that when we did the photo shoot with Bruce Weber. It was with literally 1000 [pieces of] clothing. 66 designers and nobody said no. This one jacket he had with sequins was eight kilos! The next day, Michael called my boss and asked if I could style him to be his personal stylist. And then Michael called me and said, ‘Where are you now?’ I said that I was in the house prepping for the next day for my photo shoot. He said, ‘I cancelled your photo shoot. I’ll come to pick you up. We’re going to Las Vegas!’

I never moved out of his house. I was always there. He chose me. When he died, I cried for days. I needed water to calm myself down. I said, ‘Why did you die? Why did you die?’ I think in some way he’s always here. I was in this chair when he died. I almost died too. We were making the shoes and my cousin texted me. ‘Rushka, I don’t know where you are, but can you please press news now? Something is going wrong with Michael Jackson,’ And in the same second when she texted me, someone else said, ‘Sweetheart, where are you? Do I need to come to your studio?’ When I asked why, she said, ‘Something is going wrong.’ The same second, my younger sister asked, ‘Rushka, are you okay? Are you in the studio? I have to tell you some bad news. I don’t know if this is the truth, but your friend Michael Jackson has passed away.’ I have the chills. I said, ‘This is not possible.’ Everybody came here and I was on the floor, screaming. I couldn’t even believe that this was real. I was thinking that this was all made up. Can you imagine myself? I’m making Michael’s shoes with Jonathan (my assistant). Michael was in charge of absolutely everything; if he said, ‘I want this’ then this is it. He was a genius; pure genius.

Michael Jackson was a virtuoso of music, avant-garde dancer and fashion icon. He was the boldest master. His originality and richness defined the music of the 1980′s until today. At the same time, he was a great father and a true humanitarian. His heart was bigger than the planet–even bigger than the galaxy. His gentle and spiritual nature made him one of the greatest people that will ever walk the Earth. The more I got to know him, the more I loved him–it was magic. He was so beautiful, he had the power of love. I miss him very much and I will never forget him. He will stay in my heart and his music will live with us, as we always used to say ‘Forever, Darling!’”

Michael and Rushka Bergman

Source: The Coveteur / Billie Jean


Most Expensive Music Videos Of All Time. 21-01-'14

Business Insider has listed the most expensive music videos ever made, and Michael’s work is highly featured, with Scream, with his sister Janet, being the most expensive. This is a very interesting article beginning with the birth of MTV as a “revolutionary form of marketing” and listing the most expensive offerings, and even calculating the list as adjusted for inflation. Here’s what they said about each video of Michael’s that was listed:

MJ Videos

Bad

At a time when MTV and music videos were bringing songs to the next level and musicians onto a more public platform, Michael Jackson made a name for himself with his lengthy, detailed, and pricey videos.

For 1987′s “Bad,” Jackson recruited an all-star team: famed film director Martin Scorsese and novelist Richard Price. The 18-minute short-film took the team a total of six weeks to shoot.

Compared to “West Side Story,” the video featured Jackson as a teenager who returns to his urban hometown from preppy boarding school. Cue the leather-adorned Jackson street dancing with an impeccably choreographed possé in a Brooklyn subway station.

Price later spoke to New York Magazine about his role, saying:

“Think about it: Richard Price, Scorsese, Michael Jackson, who the hell is going to say no? Of course I was going do it. And everybody did their job. Jackson is not a bad actor, and Scorsese, well, he’s great.”

Black Or White

Any music video starting with a dancing and guitar-playing “Home Alone”-era Macaulay Culkin is bound to be a good one.

Add in Tyra Banks and the revolutionary visual effect called “morphing,” and the result is another memorable Jackson video. The abundance of special effects — a black panther transforms into Jackson at one point — in this 11-minute video makes way for a rather pricey production. Try $300K per minute.

When the John Landis-directed “Black or White” premiered on television in 1991, it was seen by 500 million people, becoming the highest-rated Fox special up until that point.

Scream

Rounding out the list with the most expensive music video of all time is the brother-and-sister duo, Michael and Janet Jackson, and their 1995 hit, “Scream.”

The Mark Romanek-directed video depicts the siblings escaping earth and its overwhelming media backlash via a spacecraft. With 13 pieces to its set, $175,000 in lighting, and a $65,000 computer-generated spaceship, the final bill skyrocketed to a whopping $7 million.

“Scream” won an award for best dance video at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards.

To see the complete list and all the videos click here.

Source: Business Insider / Billie Jean


Conrad Murray Plans To File Petition For Re-Hearing After Courts Deny Appeal. 21-01-'14

Dr. Conrad MurrayConrad Murray is vowing to fight on after an appellate court unanimously rejected his criminal appeal last week, his lawyer told the Daily News.

Defense lawyer Valerie Wass said Monday that her client has reviewed the 68-page ruling from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal and asked her to file a petition for re-hearing before a Jan. 30 deadline.

“We’re both grossly disappointed in the opinion,” Wass told The News after communicating with the cardiologist convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011.

She said it was “ironic” that the Court of Appeal blasted one of Murray’s trial lawyers for a “lack of diligence” – saying the lawyer failed to seek timely testing of bottle residue – but then claimed “counsel’s errors” didn’t adversely affect his defense.

In their ruling, the justices said even if Murray had prevailed with his post-verdict motion to test the bottle of anesthesia suspected of killing Jackson – and even if the tests managed to undermine the prosecution’s theory Jackson was on a drug drip when he died – the jury still had enough to convict.

The justices said it was enough that Murray admitted giving Jackson a 25-milligram injection of propofol in the hours before his death and then talked on the phone without proper monitoring in place.

“I’m really frustrated,” Wass said Monday. “If Jackson wasn’t on a drip, as we contend and I strongly believe, then Murray didn’t have to stay. He gave Jackson a small amount of propofol and monitored him while it was in his system. That fits in exactly with his phone records.”

Murray has maintained that Jackson awoke while he was out of the room on June 25, 2009, and self-administered a fatal dose of propofol with a syringe.

The appellate court found that the self-administration theory was “not supported by the evidence presented at trial.”

“In our view, it is based almost entirely on conjecture and speculation that does not undermine the jury’s verdict,” last week’s ruling stated.

“I think the court’s analysis is replete with speculation,” Wass said Monday.

Murray, 60, was released from jail last October after completing his four-year-sentence in two years thanks to jail overcrowding.

He is fighting to regain his medical license in Texas with a civil lawsuit, but his Texas lawyer told The News Monday that he’s filed a petition to withdraw from the case.

“I can’t talk about the reason – that’s something I can only speak to court about – but I fully support Dr. Murray and I will continue to do so,” Texas lawyer Charles Peckham said of his request to be removed as counsel.

Source: Daily Mail / Billie Jean


MJ Glittery Tattoo Meet & Greet 2014 Event!MJ Glittery Tattoo Meet & Greet 2014 Event! 20-01-'14

♥ All that Glitters… is MJ ♥

What: MJ Glittery Tattoo Meet & Greet 2014

Who: Michael Jackson Fans of Southern California (MJFSC)

When: Sunday, June 22, 2014 – 5 – 9pm

Where: Roosevelt Hotel Lobby on Hollywood Blvd.

We celebrate the life and LOVE of Michael Jackson on a one to one basis. MJ fans from all over the world will meet in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel lobby on Hollywood Blvd. just across the street from MJ’s Hollywood Star and Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Meet those you talk to everyday on Face Book in person… relax in a living room atmosphere. Michael continues to weave his tapestry of LOVE around the world and at this Meet & Greet that world becomes a little smaller as we get to know one another on face to face level. There will be many Glitter Tattoos to choose from including these below in all different glittery colors.

MJ Glitter Tattoos

Click here for details.

Source: Betty Byrnes / MJFSC / Billie Jean

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