Conrad Murray (Michael Jackson) Trial: Man in the Mirror vs. Doctor in the Room

The Prosecution says:

Dr. Murray did it for the money. $150,000 a month. Greed before patient care. Gross negligence. Patient Abandonment. Extreme deviation of care. Murray ordered gallons of propofol delivered to his girlfriend’s apartment. No heart monitoring equipment in the room. He left Michael’s bedside just after administering propofol to make calls and respond to emails. Did CPR on the bed. He didn’t call 911. He called Michael’s personal assistant. He didn’t tell the paramedics and ER doctors about giving Michael propofol (deception). He didn’t chart or document the drugs he gave Michael. And, the list goes on.

The Defense says:

Michael dosed himself. Murray was “weaning” Michael off propofol. Murray had refused Michael’s pleas for his “milk” (propofol) for over 10 hours. Michael pleaded he “needed sleep”. Michael “needed to do those shows”. And, the bombshell, the Defense claims there was no propofol in Michael’s system when Murray left the room. Michael died instantly, his eyes didn’t even close. There was nothing Murray could do and no equipment would save Michael. “The science will tell the truth”, the defense claims. Murray was “no celebrity doctor”. He treated the poor. He was “Michael’s friend”.

Likely, a battle of the “propofol experts”.

But, what else can we learn from Michael’s death? Patient care is broken? Drugs are too easy to get? Prescriptions are too easy to get? People shop doctors? Addiction is complicated? Big money is made prescribing drugs? Drug use isn’t always monitored by doctors? Doctors may be enabling addicts? Patient care begins and ends with a prescription? Does greed trump patient care? And, the list goes on.

Michael’s death is an absolute tragedy but, his death is also a tragedy of the system. Do we wait until the courtroom to hold doctors accountable? Is it the criminal justice system’s job to discipline doctors? Absolutely, the criminal justice system should step in when a crime has been committed. But, using the criminal justice system to hold doctors accountable is simply too late and possibly the wrong forum. What about the responsibility of the medical community? Could the medical community have intervened earlier? Say, when 4 gallons of propofol was being delivered to a private residence. Or, when Dr. Murray repeatedly ordered large amounts of propofol and the other drugs within a 2 month period.

Is this really a trial about who has the responsibility to police doctors? To police the prescriptions issued or the amount of prescriptions issued? Is it a judge, jury or the medical community? Maybe, just maybe, the criminal justice system isn’t the catch-all forum. And, maybe, the greater justice isn’t completely served with a conviction or an acquittal.

Anna Nicole was our first wake-up call. Michael Jackson is the second.

We are “the man in the mirror”. Maybe, it’s time for “Michael’s Law”.

Simply my opinion, WHAT SAY YOU?

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2 Comments on “Conrad Murray (Michael Jackson) Trial: Man in the Mirror vs. Doctor in the Room”

  1. Jill Estensen says:

    Can doctors be purchased by their patients, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies? Looks like it is a possibility. If Dr. Murray is convicted, there may be some new laws created to hold doctors accountable for their rx writing. The laws that are on the books now don’t seem to be working. If doctors are held accountable for what they prescribe and how much, will Big Pharma profits fall? What is at stake in this case for the Professional communities involved? I think this case is much bigger than MJ & Dr. M….


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