Michael Jackson - 'Possibility' Michael Jackson Caused Own Death

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A medical expert has told jurors it is a "possibility" Michael Jackson could have caused his own death.

Anesthesiologist Dr. Steven Shafer is spending his fourth day on the witness stand today (21.10.11) in the trial of the late singer's personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter of the pop star after he was accused of giving the 'Thriller' hitmaker an overdose of Propofol while trying to help him sleep.

When asked whether Michael could have caused his own death by removing a clamp on an intravenous line of Propofol, Shafer replied: "That's a possibility."

But the medical expert said that hasn't changed his opinion that Murray was culpable in the singer's death.

Coroner's officials have determined the singer died from acute Propofol intoxication and also noted there was anti-anxiety drug lorazepam in Michael's system in June 2009.

Shafer explained there is no way to determine whether Murray or the singer were responsible for starting the flow of the drug that dripped into Michael's veins.

Murray's lawyers claim Michael woke up when the physician left the room and gave himself the drug, but Shafer said this possible outcome was "in no way exculpatory" because Murray would've had to set up the procedure.

Defence lawyer Ed Chernoff began cross-examining Shafer by attacking the conclusions he has reached in court during his testimony.

Chernoff said to him: "You understand that everything you said in the last three days was your opinion."

And Shafer replied: "I stated my name, which I think was a matter of fact."

The defence lawyers are expected to bring forward Murray's case following Shafer's testimony.

Murray - who denies involuntary manslaughter - faces up to four years in prison if he is found guilty.


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hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!! wonder why dr death covered the iv drip before the ems got to mjs home. could it be he knew he was guilty>>>you better believe it. dr has robbed us of a gentle loving entertainer prior to his time. dr is still alive, the greedy pig.
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Because the Dr. Shafer's testimony was so strong and his data and knowlege so powerful in damning Murray, Chernoff was left with no other choice but to attack the the doctor himself. It's cheap but it was Chernoff's only way out. The last two doctors were also very strong for the prosecution so the defense is drowning in bad news. I think Walgren is doing an incredible job. Intelligent, professional, unshakeable. We can only hope Murray is in prison soon, stripped of his license and never able to sell his "soul to the devil" for money again.
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dr s lawyers are making up fantasy possibilities which more than like did NOT occur. bottom line, dr ordered an inordant amount of a stricktly controlled substance, did NOT have the Proper equipment, left a patient when it was his responsibility to stay with mj to ensure mj's saftey, whether dr was in the bathroom,went to take a hike, or was on the phone do not exculpate from the death of michael jackson. dr s lawyers are trying to raise a reasonable doubt, which is not the standard required to be found guilty of the charges against him. it is a case that only has to show probability. that, dear dr death, is NOT in question. you ordered,administered, shipped illegally amounts of narcotics and other drugs under false pretenses. that has already been proven. who in his right mind is going to believe that mj did anything to hurt himself, his family,his children, when he was getting ready for his tour to save the world. stop with the bs buddy. your lawyer was already held in contempt of court. guess that are as blatantly negligent as you were, take it like a man, get your butt to prison. you did the crime, not do the time
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chernoff the arrogant angry PIG had attacked dr Shafer at once saying stupid things and asking stupid the same questions over and over again. This asshole doesn't have any morals and is behaving like JERK not just him the grey haired ugly bastard too. It's very hard to watch them to cross-examinat all prosecutions witnesses. I really hate the all they are poisnous snakes!sss......sss
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