Doctor hires lawyer, family gets pathologist

Doctor hires lawyer, family gets pathologist

The lawyer, Matt Alford, described on his own website as an “intimidating bad ass” who goes about his work “with a scorched-earth mentality”, went on television with an impassioned defence of his client, Conrad Murray, underlining that he was just a witness and not a suspect.

LA police issued a brief statement after talking to Murray on Saturday, saying he had been cooperative and provided “information which will aid the investigation”.
Murray was with Jackson when he suffered a heart attack at his home in Los Angeles on Thursday. His lawyer said the doctor found Jackson in his bed with a faint pulse, but not breathing, so he immediately began administering CPR. An official post-mortem failed to determine the cause of death, pending toxicology tests that could take four to six weeks.

No painkillers
Murray, who was interviewed this weekend by Los Angeles police detectives, also told investigators that, contrary to news media reports, he did not give the 50-year-old singer the powerful painkillers Demerol or OxyContin in the hours before his death on Thursday, said Alford. “He doesn’t know what caused this,” Alford said.
The Jackson family hired a private pathologist to conduct a second post-mortem examination over the weekend and hinted that they might use the results to press for criminal charges — something the official police investigation has ruled out for the moment.

The family questioned whether the doctor had carried out resuscitation attempts properly, pointing out that on the tape of the emergency call requesting an ambulance he was described as “pumping” Jackson on a bed, not on the floor or another hard surface.

However, the Los Angeles Times quoted a source as saying the police had completed an “extensive interview” on Saturday night with the doctor and that detectives found “no red flag” during discussions about the death.

Obama’s letter
As tributes to the star flooded in, White House adviser David Axelrod said Barack Obama had written a letter to Jackson’s family expressing his condolences. He told NBC: “The president obviously believes that Michael Jackson was an important and magnificent performer and obviously he led a sad life in many ways as well, but his impact is undeniable.”

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