Michael Jackson didn't swallow drugs, say lawyers

Thursday October 13, 2011

Lawyers acting for the doctor charged over Michael Jackson's death have dropped their claim that the pop star swallowed a fatal dose of the anaesthetic Propofol behind his doctor’s back.

The move presents a change in direction as the claim has so far been the basis of Dr Conrad Murray's defence during the trial.

Lead defence lawyer, Ed Chernoff, said during opening statements on September 27 that his team would try to show that Michael gave himself the fatal dose of Propofol.

But lawyer J Michael Flanagan, who also represents Dr Murray, has now told the court that any effect from swallowing Propofol would be "trivial"

"We are not going to assert at any time during this trial that Michael Jackson orally administered Propofol." Mr Flanagan added.

Deputy District Attorney, David Walgren, and Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor appeared surprised by the change in tactic, which was not made in front of jurors.

Despite the move, it remains unclear if the defence plans to argue that the singer might have injected himself with the fatal dose.

Dr Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

If he is found guilty, he could spend up to four years in jail and lose his medical license.

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