20 Oct 2011
Conrad Murray Was Clueless, Harmful to Michael Jackson: Expert
Dr. Conrad Murray
The prosecution's main expert on Wednesday called Dr. Conrad Murray's treatment of Michael Jackson "egregious," "difficult to comprehend," and "inexcusable." In fact, Dr. Steven Schafer testified to 17 different "unconscionable" ways Murray's treatment could have contributed to the death of the music legend.
Schafer, an anesthesiologist who wrote the packaging insert for propofol – the main drug blamed in Jackson's death – also told the Los Angeles jury in the fourth week of the involuntary manslaughter trial that Murray behaved more like an employee who was following Jackson's orders than a doctor whose priority was his patient's health.
"If Dr. Murray had acted like a doctor the first time Michael had said, 'I need propofol to sleep,' Dr. Murray would have said, 'You have a sleep disorder and you need to be evaluated by a sleep doctor. I am not giving you anything,' " testified Schafer, a professor of anesthesiology at Columbia University and one of the prosecution's final witnesses.