Defendant Conrad Murray: iPhones and Propofol

Opening statements began this week in the long anticipated manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray.  The drama-filled day’s zenith included a few moments taken from an iPhone audio recording of a conversation between Murray and Jackson just weeks before the singer died. Jackson’s slurred voice belied his soaring ambition as he said “I want them to say, ‘I’ve never seen nothing like this in my life. He’s the greatest entertainer of all time.’”  His philanthropic nature seemed to shine, as he pledged to take the profits from what would have been his swan song tour, “This Is It” and starting a hospital for children bearing his namesake. Once the recording concluded, Deputy District Attorney David Walgren explained, “That is what Conrad Murray is seeing and observing on May 10, 2009, and what does he do with that knowledge and information? On May 12, he orders another shipment of Propofol and Midazolam.” Following the phone call and a photo of Jackson on a gurney juxtaposed against the pop star in rehearsal just 24 hours prior, defense attorney Ed Chernoff told jurors how Jackson, of his own accord, swallowed enough lorazepam pills the morning of his death to Read More …

9/11: We Will Always Remember

We will always remember the thousands of lives lost and countless affected from the attacks, the 10th anniversary of which is this Sunday.  A decade ago, terrorist attacks were viewed with an almost cavalier indifference in this country.  Since then, several “wars of terror” have placed a massive strain on our military resources, their families, our security policies, and federal budget deficit. Yes, the world took a brief sigh of relief when several supporters of terrorist organizations were either jailed or executed. The images of passenger jet planes crashing into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a rural field in Pennsylvania will always be remembered. The memorial will be unveiled at ground zero with  names of the fallen etched into the construction.  These are the names that should always be remembered.  G-d Bless America!