Conrad Murray's lawyers clash with prosecutors over pre-trial evidence
Attorneys on both sides of the Conrad Murray manslaughter trial made requests to the judge Wednesday in pre-trial maneuvering, seeking to avoid presenting prejudicial information to prospective jurors.
According to the Associated Press, prosecutors want to show images of Michael Jackson dead and alive at the upcoming trial, hoping to contradict defense claims that Jackson was unhealthy or depressed and took his own life.
Jackson died at age 50 on June 25, 2009 in his Los Angeles home from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol and two other sedatives that were prescribed by Murray. His death was classified as a homicide.
If their motions filed Tuesday are granted, the jury will see clips of Jackson in excerpts from the concert movie "This Is It." The wire service also claims that members of the jury will also see Jackson's body on an autopsy table after his death from an overdose of propofol and other sedatives.
Defense attorneys have suggested that Jackson, in desperate financial straits, felt he could not carry out his European concerts unless he could overcome intense insomnia. They say he was so desperate for sleep that he overdosed himself on the anesthetic propofol while his doctor was out of the room.
Defense attorneys have moved to bar the autopsy pictures from being shown, saying they will inflame the passions of the jury. The prosecution motion said the photos will help the jury understand medical testimony.
Referring to the "This Is It" clips, the prosecution said in a motion according to the wire service, "These video clips are completely at odds with someone who, as the defense has claimed, would recklessly take his own life just hours after the last clip was filmed."
Meanwhile, Murray's lawyers filed their own paperwork on Thursday asking a judge to prohibit mention of Murray's extramarital affairs and children he had out of wedlock, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"The prosecution's case involves the treatment and care of Michael Jackson provided by Dr. Murray. It is not about the existence and number of children Dr. Murray has, or about his personal sexual relationship with women," Murray's defense lawyers Ed Chernoff and Nareg Gourjian wrote in court documents according to the newspaper.
Dr. Conrad Murray has pleaded not guilty and the search for a jury to judge him resumes May 4. Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor is to rule on pretrial motions April 21.