Analysis: Jackson case will change the tune for concert, artist insurance

File photo of popstar Michael Jackson performing during his concert in Vienna

By Sue Zeidler -¬†LOS ANGELES (Reuters) When Britney Spears takes the stage this December for the first of a heavily hyped 100-show two-year residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, the loudest cheers may come from her insurance underwriters. Along with the sound engineers and roadies who help … [Read more...]

Jackson doctor gets 4 years in jail, no probation

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, on Tuesday was sentenced to four years in jail without probation for involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's death. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor gave Murray the maximum … [Read more...]

Convicted Jackson doctor could be free within months

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Jackson's doctor may spend as little as a few months behind bars despite being convicted on Monday of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of the "Thriller" singer. Legal experts said that Dr. Conrad Murray was ultimately likely to … [Read more...]

Michael Jackson doctor found guilty of manslaughter

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By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Jackson's personal doctor was found guilty on Monday of involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death following a six-week trial that captivated Jackson fans around the world. Dr. Conrad Murray had pleaded not guilty to giving the "Thriller" … [Read more...]

Michael Jackson doctor says won’t testify at trial

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Jackson's doctor said Tuesday he will not testify in his own defense during his trial on a charge of involuntary manslaughter stemming from the 2009 death of the pop star. Dr. Conrad Murray was asked by the trial judge whether he wanted to take the witness stand … [Read more...]

Prosecutors ridicule Jackson self-injection scenario

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An expert defence witness suggested on Monday that Michael Jackson could have risen from his bed, picked up a syringe left by his doctor and given himself a fatal dose of a powerful aesthetic in 2009. But the testimony by Dr. Paul White in the trial … [Read more...]

Expert – Jackson likely gave self fatal propofol shot

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Jackson likely injected himself with a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol after popping an extra eight sedatives without his doctor's knowledge, a Los Angeles court heard on Friday. Dr. Paul White, the last defence witness in the … [Read more...]

Jackson dependent on painkiller, trial expert says

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Jackson was getting large regular shots of a painkiller, along with Botox treatments, in the months before his death, a Los Angeles court heard on Thursday. But in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, stemming from … [Read more...]

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The latest news on today's hottest celebrities ... MURRAY: Jurors in Los Angeles heard testimony from former patients Wednesday in Dr. Conrad Murray's trial in the drug-fueled death of pop singer Michael Jackson. Murray, who was Jackson's personal doctor, has pleaded not guilty to involuntary … [Read more...]

Nurse says Jackson sought anesthetic for sleep

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A nurse said on Tuesday that Michael Jackson sought her help to get the anesthetic propofol for sleep, but she could not persuade the pop star to avoid the drug that ultimately led to his death in 2009. Nurse Cherilyn Lee, a nutritionist who worked … [Read more...]

Prosecution rests in Michael Jackson doctor trial

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Prosecutors rested their case against Michael Jackson's doctor on Monday after nearly four weeks of testimony and evidence against the man accused of involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's death. The final witness to testify for prosecutors in … [Read more...]

Jackson doctor’s attorneys challenge drug expert

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray on Friday challenged a top anaesthesiology expert over assumptions he made in a courtroom demonstration on how Murray could have given Michael Jackson a deadly drug infusion. The cross examination of Dr. Steven Shafer … [Read more...]

Propofol infusion dominates Jackson doctor’s trial

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A top medical expert offered damaging testimony against Michael Jackson's former doctor on Thursday, calling one defense theory a "crazy scenario" and offering a dramatic look at how the drug that killed the pop star could have been infused into his … [Read more...]

Jurors in Jackson trial see video on propofol use

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A medical expert testified on Wednesday that Michael Jackson's doctor acted more like an employee than a physician by agreeing to give the pop star nightly doses of the potent anaesthetic propofol to treat insomnia. Dr. Steven Shafer, regarded as one … [Read more...]

Jackson doctor trial put on hold for Monday

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor has been put on hold for one day due to a death in the family of one prosecution witness, a court official said on Sunday. Dr. Steven Shafer had been scheduled to testify on Monday, and is the final witness the prosecution … [Read more...]

Doctor’s defence faces tough task in Jackson trial

By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The defence in the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor takes centre stage next week with a major question still to be answered: will Dr. Conrad Murray take the witness stand? After three weeks of often damaging evidence against the doctor accused of … [Read more...]

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