Michael Jackson’s Death – Potential Criminal Liability
- November 7, 2016
- Posted by: marlenedubois
- Category: CPR Training
Doctors Move to Hire Criminal Defense Attorney Vital in Protecting His Reputation as well as Liberty within the Jackson Whirlwind
The death of celebrity brings out the worst in humanity. The recent death of singer/entertainer Michael Jackson has Again proven This specific tragic point. We have seen the item all before: the lurid headlines, anonymous sources, as well as grist mill of rumors all designed to insinuate wrongdoing by any as well as every one associated with the celebrity-figure via nanny to granny. To paraphrase American author Ann Morrow Lindberg, we make our heroes in America only to destroy them.
Michael Jackson was a phenomenal individual. His creative genius transcended even greatness. the item was in which creative genius in which allowed him to survive child sexual molestation scandals, a seemingly endless array of medical problems, as well as nagging reports of a litany of drug addictions. The public will never know the whole truth about the private life of Michael Jackson. The purveyors of smut as well as misinformation will see to in which. Mark Twain once said in which a lie will travel around the globe before the truth can put on its socks.
Dr. Conrad Murray, a cardiologist with practiced in Houston as well as Las Vegas, discovered the singer’s near lifeless body within the bedroom of the Los Angeles mansion where Jackson was living. The doctor performed CPR in an effort to revive Jackson as well as was present when Jackson was pronounced dead within the emergency room of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The doctor is usually discovering quickly in which the media does not always get the item right the 1st time.
Almost immediately media reports began to circulate linking Dr. Murray to injections of the narcotic drug Demerol (as well as right now Morphine, Vicodin, Diprivan as well as who knows what else), prior to Jackson’s death. The reports were fueled by misinformation in which Dr. Murray had mysteriously disappeared after reporting Jackson’s death; in which he had refused to meet with Jackson family members; in which he refused to sign a death certificate; as well as was even evading the police who wanted to discuss with him the timeline of events leading up to the singer’s death.
The direct as well as indirect implication of these sensational media reports was in which Dr. Murray was somehow responsible for Jackson’s untimely death. We don’t know what happened in in which Los Angeles mansion the day Jackson died or the events leading up the singer’s death. The Los Angeles police department is usually still investigating in which matter, sifting through the stories trying to determine fact via rumor, in an effort to determine what, if any, criminal wrongdoing may have been associated with the death of the man who gave the globe “Thriller.”
As criminal defense attorneys, we are committed to facts-not speculation, suspicion or innuendo. The news media should be committed to the same principle, however the mainstream media outlets have been so concerned about being left behind the eight ball within the Jackson case in which they have resorted to tabloid-style journalism in their coverage of the singer’s death. Many media outlets have reported rumor as fact resulting in death threats to Dr. Murray. We find This specific entire turn of events to be rather sordid as well as unseemly.
within the meantime, Dr. Murray did the only rational, responsible thing he could do. He hired a Houston criminal defense lawyer, Ed Chernoff, to protect not only his professional integrity however to guide him through the horrific legal maze right now confronting him. Dr. Murray is usually right now speaking through his legal representative to clear up many of the media-generated misrepresentations concerning his involvement in Jackson’s death.
Dr. Murray’s counsel has empathically informed the media, just as Dr. Murray told the LAPD, in which he has never prescribed Demerol or any different addictive pain-killing medication to Jackson. The doctor’s counsel further said Dr. Murray happened to pass Jackson’s bedroom on the afternoon the singer died as well as noticed he was experiencing difficulty breathing. The doctor, according to counsel, immediately began administering
Since the doctor did not know the physical address of the mansion where Jackson was living, he was forced to seek as well as locate staff members who knew the mansion’s physical address as well as who could make the 911 emergency call. Dr. Murray stayed with Jackson as he was transported in an ambulance to the UCLA medical center as well as remained within the emergency room as the medical staff unsuccessfully tried to revive the singer.
When asked to sign a death certificate, Dr. Murray refused, saying he believed an autopsy should be performed to determine the exact cause of death. in which was a responsible decision because the singer had not exhibited any signs of a serious medical problem within the days leading up to his death-a period during which he had engaged in intense rehearsals for an upcoming 50-city concert tour.
Further, according to his lawyer, after Jackson had been officially pronounced dead, Dr. Murray met with members of the Jackson family to inform them about what had transpired leading up to the singer’s death as well as to offer his personal condolences to them.
As evidenced by the criminal indictments returned in connection with the 1977 death of Elvis Presley as well as the 2007 death of Anna Nicole Smith, the item is usually understandable in which there might be speculation about Dr. Murray’s relationship with Michael Jackson, particularly since the doctor only met the singer several months ago.
within the wake of Elvis Presley’s death, the flamboyant singer’s personal physician Dr. George Nichopoolas was indicted on 14 counts of over-prescribing drugs to Presley as well as fellow rockabilly crooner Jerry Lee Lewis. The indictment charged in which Nichopoolas had prescribed 10,000 serious addictive drugs to Presley alone. The doctor, however, was acquitted of all charges, although his medical license was ultimately permanently revoked by a Tennessee medical board.
within the Anna Nicole Smith case, two of Smith’s personal physicians (Sandeep Kapoor as well as Kristine Eroshevich) as well as her attorney/boy friend Howard Stern were indicted for allegedly providing the buxom blonde actress that has a steady diet of pills as well as opiates. In a press conference after the announcement of the indictments, California’s 70-year-old Attorney General as well as possible 2010 gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown told attending reporters in March 2009:
“There is usually a general tolerance as well as indulgence of drugs. Everyone knows a doctor, many people take sleeping pills as well as then they take another pill, we have drug advertising. The American people are being propagandized to be more tolerance of drugs … I personally think This specific is usually damn serious as well as I trust these courts take the item more seriously than they have within the past as well as This specific is usually only one in a series of efforts to crack down on doctors. We’ve already gone after a hundred different doctors as well as we’ll be stepping up the prosecution within the months ahead.”
in which is usually precisely why Dr. Murray quickly secured legal representation. Politicians seeking higher office are worse than tabloid journalists running amuck. There is usually nothing sacred-certainly not the truth, honesty, or integrity.
Attorney General Brown is usually actually a Johnny-come-lately within the crackdown on “pain doctors.” The doctor almost universally recognized as the original “pain doctor” is usually a Virginia physician named William Hurwitz. He believed in prescribing whatever amount of narcotics was necessary to effectively manage pain. Dr. Hurwitz quickly found himself at odds with the Virginia Board of Medicine as well as in 2003 the board found “fault” with some of his prescription practices however ruled the doctor had engaged in them “in not bad faith.”
The federal government was not so kind as well as understanding. Federal prosecutors targeted Hurwitz for drug distribution prosecution. In 2004 the doctor was convicted of more than 50 counts, sentenced to four 25-year terms, as well as forty-six 15-year terms-all of which were to be served concurrently. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, however, in August 2006 reversed his conviction as well as ordered in which the doctor be retried.
The Government was not deterred by This specific appeal setback. In March 2007 the government initiated its second prosecution of Hurwitz. This specific time a jury convicted him of 16 counts of drug trafficking in connection with prescribing pain medication to his patients however acquitted him on another 17 counts of drug trafficking. The trial judge dismissed the remaining 12 counts, as well as in July 2007 the judge sentenced the doctor to four years as well as nine months in a federal prison. He remains in federal custody.
The indictments within the Presley/Smith cases, as well as the multiple convictions of Dr. Hurwitz, virtually guarantees in which there will be criminal indictments flowing via the death of Michael Jackson. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office as well as police investigators have removed a significant amount of physical evidence, reportedly several large bags of drugs as well as possible syringes via the LA mansion where Jackson was living. The LAPD is usually contacting every pharmacist within the county about prescriptions in which may have been intended for the singer (whether in his name or in a fictitious name as is usually common in prescription fraud cases). Michael Jackson was sued by one pharmacy in which claimed the singer owed them over $100,000 for a two year balance on prescriptions they alone had filled for him. Will they be the target of a criminal investigation? Doctors, pharmacists, friends, family, as well as the usual entourage of hangers-on should all follow the lead of Dr. Murray as well as seek the advice, guidance, as well as protection of experienced legal counsel. Anyone in which may have prescribed or administered to Michael Jackson a pill or a shot stands a not bad chance of being swept up within the whirlwind of prosecution in which is usually sure to follow. Top tier legal representation is usually a must for anyone in which is usually questioned by investigators in This specific matter.
As is usually usually the situation in high-profile cases in Los Angeles, legal experts are already lining up to question the integrity of the investigation being conducted by the LAPD. The experts point to the fact in which a moving van of some sort was seen pulling up to the Jackson mansion as well as hauling away undisclosed items shortly after his death. The legal experts have noted in which criminal defense attorneys will have a field day asserting in which the “investigation” was either compromised or impeded by the post-Jackson- death removal of items via the mansion.
within the end, we feel fairly confident in saying Michael Jackson’s death will most likely be resolved in a courtroom by attorneys representing the State of California, the Jackson family, as well as the individuals who may be indicted in connection with the singer’s death. the item will play, as well as end, like most opera tragedies.