Defense Expert: Murray Screwed Up

Defense says Jackson administered propofol to himself
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2011 2:51 PM CDT
Defense Expert: Murray Screwed Up
Dr. Conrad Murray prepares to leave for mid-morning recess during the final stage of his defense in his involuntary manslaughter trial, October 31, 2011 in Los Angeles.   (Getty Images)

Conrad Murray’s lawyers called an expert anesthesiologist to the stand today, but the jury’s out (no pun intended) on whether his testimony helped or hurt Michael Jackson's doctor. Dr. Paul White contradicted a prosecution expert who said that evidence showed that Murray had pumped Jackson full of propofol via an intravenous tube, but he admitted that Murray violated the standard of medical care by giving Jackson the anesthetic at home, the LA Times reports.

“Have you ever administered propofol in someone’s bedroom?” the prosecutor asked. “No, I have not,” White conceded, nor had he ever heard of it being done prior to Jackson’s death. White also admitted that propofol was dangerous “without careful bedside monitoring” and that it could result in death. Asked if Murray had broken the Hippocratic Oath to “first, do no harm,” White said, “I think he was providing a service to Mr. Jackson which he had requested, in fact insisted upon.” Under cross-examination, White admitted that the defense had so far paid him $11,000 for his services. (More Michael Jackson stories.)

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