Defendant Conrad Murray: Trial and Error

Is there a cure for what ails Dr. Conrad Murray? Judge Michael Pastor may delay the March 24th trial of Michael Jackson’s infamous physician. Judge Pastor is concerned and “extremely distressed about the state of this case and whether the defense is prepared for trial and its obligations to Dr. Murray.” Though Murray’s fate may be delayed, his current state of affairs is no enviable matter. Consider the following: 1) Since his famous patient’s demise, defendant Murray’s ability to practice medicine was compromised when the California Medical Board revoked his license. 2) Murray’s diminished income surely impacts his ability to pay escalating legal fees, prompting defense attorney J. Michael Flanagan to say that he needs “to go to trial right away” because they “don’t have the budget that would let [them] draw this out.” 3) The prosecution has not yet provided surveillance tapes from Jackson’s estate to the defense, and the defense has failed to disclose expert witness statements to the prosecution. Judge Pastor, in an effort to secure the March 24th trial date, will impose a $1,500.00 daily sanction on each attorney should the evidence remain undisclosed. Lady Justice will update with more as events unfold.