Michael Jackson case – Dr. Conrad Murray’s lawyer, ‘I tend to win, and I intend to win this time’
death of Michael Jackson appears at a procedural hearing,
Monday, April 5, 2010, at the Los Angeles Superior Court
downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David McNew, Pool)
Michael Jackson case – Dr. Conrad Murray’s lawyer, ‘I tend to win, and I intend to win this time’ – Dr. Conrad Murray, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of entertainer, Michael Jackson, appeared in court Monday for a procedural hearing. At the hearing, the judge postponed a decision on Dr. Murray’s medical license in the state of California. After the hearing, Ed Chernoff, the doctor’s lawyer, gave an exclusive interview to ABC. ABC broadcast the interview on its Good Morning America program Tuesday morning.
Mr. Chernoff said: “Dr. Murray is not guilty of causing the death of Michael Jackson. Period. A conclusion was made, and the investigation conducted in order to back it up.”
When asked about the police investigation into the case, he responded: “They wrongly blamed my client, and I think it was an easy call for them, and they justified it later.”
Recently, a defense strategy, which may or may not be a rumor, has been floating around the airwaves that the defense may claim that Mr. Jackson injected himself with more propofol in Dr. Murray’s absence, thereby causing his own death. ABC said that Mr. Chernoff would neither confirm nor deny that they may claim this in court.
However, Mr. Chernoff did say:
“I don’t know what Michael Jackson was doing. Dr. Murray is just now learning what he may have been doing. As we get further into the case, and deeper into the case, that may become clearer.”
He went on:
“Dr. Murray has no desire to portray Michael Jackson as anything but a saint. Ok? But Dr. Murray’s on trial for his life, and the facts have to come out, and they have to come out clearly. If that’s injurious to any particular party, then it’s just going to have to be done.”
Mr. Chernoff concluded the interview by throwing down the gauntlet to the prosecution. “I tend to win,” he said, “and I intend to win this time.”
Dr. Conrad Murray was the physician treating the entertainer, Michael Jackson, at the time of his death on June 25, 2009. He has admitted to administering propofol, an operating room anesthetic, to the singer in order to help him sleep. The coroner’s report stated that Michael Jackson, 50, died from “acute propofol intoxication.”
The next date in court for Dr. Murray is another hearing set for June 14, 2010.