The defense lawyer for Conrad Murray, the physician accused of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, has claimed that the King of Pop accidentally killed himself out of despair brought on by his considerable financial problems. Edward Chernoff presented this theory yesterday during a pretrial hearing in Los Angeles, carefully avoiding the word "suicide" but implying that his fatal overdose of sedatives was self-inflicted.
"The crux of the defense is going to be that Michael Jackson engaged in a desperate act and took desperate measures that caused his death," Chernoff told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor. "We believe at the time Michael Jackson died he was a desperate man in relation to his financial affairs."
Chernoff requested access to Jackson’s financial records to support his argument, but Judge Pastor denied it, saying, “I’m not going to turn an involuntary manslaughter trial into some kind of an escapade in analysis of the finances in Michael Jackson’s entire life … Right now this is major deep sea fishing.”
Meanwhile, Deputy District Attorney David Walgren responded to Chernoff's statements by insisting that the defense's claims had nothing to do with whether or not Murray acted with gross negligence when he supplied Jackson with the anesthetic propofol and other sedatives. He dismissed the defense’s strategy as a “irrelevant sideshow” and a “smear.”
The trial’s opening arguments are scheduled for May 9.
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SMH, these bitches . . .