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Conrad Murray trial begins: "Piers Morgan Tonight" has the latest
September 27th, 2011
04:43 PM ET

Conrad Murray trial begins: "Piers Morgan Tonight" has the latest

The Dr. Conrad Murray trial started today, and "Piers Morgan Tonight" will have the latest on what happened during day one, live at 9pmET. Here's some of what took place in the courtroom today.

Piers Morgan interviews Kathy Hilton (longtime Michael Jackson friend), lawyer Mark Geragos, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and more. Live on CNN, 9pmET.

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  1. Jeff

    Why don't you have Herman Cain on your show?

    September 27, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Clair Anderson MD

    Sounds like someone going into or coming out of anesthesia

    September 27, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Lilarose1941

    WHOOOOO is the blond talking on the show now? It would be really great if you would put her name on the screen. We don't ALL know who the Hollywood types are!

    September 27, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. CHM

    I feel sorry for Dr. Murray. Michael's problems should have been addressed by other physicians years ago.

    September 27, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Bestmama3

    I just heard Dr. Gupta say that yes it can be ingested by mouth and that's how you can explain propofol being found in Michael's stomach but that it would take longer to go into the bloodstream that way. Wouldn't it be quite plausible for Dr. Conrad Murray to have given Michael propofol by injection and then for Michael to have wanted more and taken some by mouth? That would explain the propofol being found in his stomach and bloodstream.

    September 27, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • anniedomino

      Its always a good idea to wait for the evidence and listen to the witnesses before you jump to conclusions. Gupta also said that Propofol tastes awful. Apparently people immediately regurgitate it when ingested.
      Murray behaved reprehensibly. He has no real defence – so his lawyer made up a "plausble" story for the sheep.

      September 28, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jaker

    Dr Murray, in my opinion is innocent -because Michael Jackson I'm sorry to say was a drug addict. Also, the prosecutions case on the two main points don't stand up, (1) re; Dr Murray thinking about his 150.000 thousand dollar monthly salary, if he was so much after the money...why would he let Mr Jackson die, because then the money ends with Michael Jackson's death. No (2) Why the good Dr didn't mention anything about the drug, Propofol, to the paramedics & hospital doctors on Michael Jackson's admission to the E&R is that at that early period the doctor didn't know for sure if his patient was truly dead, and or if he could have been brought back round at the hospital. Why? For the very reason Michael wouldn't have wanted his fans to think he was such a drug addict that the concerts may not be a success.

    There is no getting away with the fact, Mr Jackson was a very demanding patient & as he was very much a habitual drug addict then he would always have been asking not just this doctor but doctors before Dr Murray to let him have what drugs he needed to help him sleep. The more he could demand – the more he'd want, especially if he was a chronic insomniac. That's the way I see it, that's also why I can't see Dr Murray guilty of this charge.

    September 27, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chris

      I agree.

      September 27, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • anniedomino

      You miss the point entirely...No-one is accusing the doctor of intentionally doing anything. He was negligent. There was not much consideration for the consequences just gross incompetence.
      And how do you know Michael Jackson was a demanding patient. Are you one of his physicians?

      September 28, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Lynda

    Dr. Murray's action were irresponsible. Adminstration of propofol, an anaesthetic agent, is intended for in-hospital care where the patient is continually monitored by a team of trained professionals. Murray's use of propofol is not within his scope of practice as a cardiologist.
    No one seems to be mentioning this fact! He should be held responsible for this malpractice and resulting death.

    September 27, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • anniedomino

      I agree. Murray's actions were totally negligent. The defence is trying the ole "razzle dazzle". Talking about all kinds of irrelevant things. Notice how they avoided discussion of the ACTUAL EVENTS of June 25th.

      September 28, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Matilda

        Always rferhseing to hear a rational answer.

        December 24, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
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  8. Mariee

    The patients you had on tonight are clueless to what happened to Michael Jackson. all they are proving is a doctor should stick to his specialty and not give meds that he is not trained to use. Did he even have an active CPR card? This drug you can't give to yourself and never, never given in a home setting. This guy did it for the money and now he needs to pay. He needs to be smarted than his patients, not go along , no matter how much money is offered.

    September 27, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lilarose1941

      Mariee, are you on the jury? If so, you should not be posting here. I ask you that because you seem to have all the answers even though the trial is just starting. Where did you get all of your information about the doctor and his credentials? And where did you get your information about the drug that killed Jackson and how it should be or can be administered? How do you know Murray did it for the money?

      September 27, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • anniedomino

        Mariee is probably a fan. And us fans have been investigating Michael Jackson's death, Propofol and Conrad Murray for 2 years and a bit. We have been awaiting this trial so that Michael can get justice. If you want to know more about Michael Jacksons life you should visit sites like Vindicating Michael, MJJ_777, MJJC, MJFC or even the Lipstick Alley. You will learn a lot more about Michael's life, his true character as well as the facts around his 2005 trial and Conrad Murray.

        September 28, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Jaker

      There you're talking about the money again, if he needed money, why would he cut of the supplier of that money ...who was Michael Jackson. Also, his patients said money wasn't his motivator & that he was just a good caring doctor. Regards giving the drug...if there was anyone who would know what too much of that drug would do to his patient, it would be Dr Murray. Period.

      September 27, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Lilarose1941

    Remember the African American female nurse who came forward shortly after Jackson's death. She was on the media a lot over a few days and said that Michael had asked her to give him medication (not sure if it was propophol). What ever happened to her?

    September 27, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. BJM

    28 stents in one person! That is what one of your patient guests stated that Dr. Murray placed in his brother. As a physician I find it extrememtly hard to believe that any interventionalist would place that many stents in one person. That in itself raises one's eyebrows about the validitiy of your patient guest statements.

    Dr. Murray was wrong to use propofol in an outpatient setting, period! It is a shame that we will have to watch the antics of this trial take over the evening news when there are so many more important things to report on in this world. This doctor was wrong to have done this and he should be responsible, at least in part, for the death of this important American icon.

    September 27, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jaker

      If you're a physician? What do you specialize in, or is it that you're just a family doctor. Dr Murray is a highly respected heart specialist (& would know a person can have a limitless number of stents placed in their artery's, if fact, you can have stents placed within a stent a number of times) &whom it seems is a very good one, so good that Michael Jackson hired him. Now, if I was to have a heart attack he'd be the doctor I want around me & I wouldn't care if he placed 208 stents in me, if it kept me alive. Now, what kind of doctor/physician did you say you were?

      September 27, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. janet smith

    an ethical dr. would never leave any kind of drugs within reach of any patient,let alone a drug addict.why did u erase my earlier message about kathy keeping her mouth shut when she clearly knows something.

    September 27, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. SteveG722

    10:03 PM 9/27/2011


    First off, let me say the crux of this post is "rather critical of Piers Morgan" HOWEVER my hope is he elects to change his

    ways and tap into possibilities to perhaps become a real journalist (choose better guests, ask the right questions, and use

    his "position in life to improve the world vs just make $ for himself). I believe Piers understands "what I'm sayin'".
    Understand he and CNN can do as they choose BUT I really hope before I'm dead that "the media" finally comes back to

    understanding and getting back to its role/responsibility as the "4th estate" in our American Republic.

    Sorry to say but after periodically checking out Piers' shows/guests/behavior, I've come to the conclusion that he's an

    "opportunist", goes for the "ratings"/forget "what's important to society, etc. Why CNN got so enthralled pushing a "Brit"

    up our butts is beyond me.
    The program I happened to pass by now re Michael Jackson re Dr Conrad Murray is what finally prompted me to take the time to

    actually chase down your website and post something re Piers.
    From what I've seen (including the laughable interview with poor little Kathy Hilton) of this debacle, Piers has spent his

    time "schmoozing up with his guests" and behaving like "poor Michael somehow got screwed".
    WAKE UP PIERS! How old are you and have you learned a friggin' thing about life yet? While Michael Jackson had reports out

    he was "broke", etc I'm quite confident he had a net worth much higher than mine.

    As I understand the facts, Michael was age-50 when he died. Wouldn't you think that Michael Jackson at age 50 (and his

    "loving family and close friends" would have realized there MIGHT BE people around him that MIGHT be "up to no-good"? IF

    not, either they're lyers OR they're totally brain dead.

    IF all his family and "close friends" (eg, Kathy Hilton) now want to claim Michael never "over-did any drugs" and the first

    they know about any problem was the day Michael was DOA at the hospital, WHERE WERE THEY AS REAL FRIENDS????

    (answer=nowhere). Either they're all lying OR they were "NOT really close to Michael as they're now representing they were"

    OR they're totally irresponsible. In any case, real friends or loving family SHOULD HAVE KNOWN WHAT WAS GOING ON AND


    No doubt Dr Murray may have had a $motive BUT and it sure SEEMS he did some things in treating his patient that were NOT in

    the best interests of his patient...HOWEVER, HOW did Michael (a 50yr old MAN) and his "LOVING FAMILY" and his "CLOSE FRIENDS"


    Something's crazy about all this....Dr Murray is not the ONLY opportunist here; there are STILL people "playing the whole

    story to make $" and NOT asking the obvious questions of the right people.

    What's even worse is CNN pumping this kind of crap out to "the world" negatively influences peoples' perception of their REAL PRIMARY responsibility in life (in my opinion) make the world a better place while we're here.

    As far as I know, We can NOT take $ or social "position" with you when we leave this life.

    Piers, you MIGHT be a decent guy in person but on CNN you're nothing but an OPPORTUNIST, an IGNORAMIS, and a JOKE....please

    Should you elect to keep you priorities as they've apparently been, please spare us your public presence as we've already got enough laughing vis a vis with our $hungry politicians!

    Good Luck and
    Have a great day,
    Smithfield, RI

    September 27, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jaker

      Wow! Steve, good post, with very good points. But Piers at least heard from both sides & one other thing his moderator's allowed your comment through, If I had written such to other big names on CNN, (not mentioning any names) it wouldn't have seen the light of day. So good on you..& keep shooting from the might even shake up the politicians out of their stupor, while you're at it. Keep them ballast comments coming & best of luck to you.

      September 27, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. joseph

    Whats interesting is the Jackson family knew michael was an addict and the drugs he was taking. I guess exertions has forgotten Jermaine, and later Janet were both on Larry King acknowledging their brothers addictions. Janet even stated when asked by Larry what could be done. Janet said "what can you do?" So, suddenly noone had ever heard Michael sounding like so lethargic before. So now the media moves to character assassinate the doctor and we haven't even gotten into the facts. Whats going to be interesting, is I can see the defense producing tons of records regarding all the prescriptions he ordered, his drug history, etc.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. CarolO

    I'm beginning to think the rest of the Jackson clan are as phoney as Michael was. Why are they pretending they didn't know Michael was an addict when everyone else has known it for years? And why are people always so shocked when a drug addict dies? Health Ledger, Elvis, Anna Nicole, John Belusi and Michael Jackson, among others. Jackson was taking drugs for years. Three years ago he showed up in his pajamas for court because he couldn't even get out of bed. But yet, it's the doctor who was with him for one month before he died that must have done it? He got drugs from this doctor but he also got them for numerous doctors. He even ordered drugs in his kids names and that come out years ago.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. CarolO was also mentioned by someone in the household that Michael had been refusing to even see his family members much of the time in the last few months and wouldn't allow his father to visit at all.
    Suddenly they want everyone to think they were this wonderful, tight knit family. I'd like to know how great of a father Michael could be when he was a drug addict?

    September 28, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse | Reply







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    • Alicia Cooley

      As a retired peri-operative RN. I was very familiar with the drug Propofol used to induce and maintain anesthesia for surgical or other procedures. Patients are always placed on monitors for the duration and until the patient was fully awake. Propofol was called the "milk of amnesia". Could this be the "cream" that Dr. Murray wanted to go back and get after M.J. Was pronounced at the hospital?

      September 28, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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