Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor agreed to a motion by prosecutors to exclude six of Jackson’s former doctors — including Dr. Arnold Klein. He must be feeling like he got a get out of jail free card after the latest filings and counter claims in his bankruptcy.
In court papers filed Monday, defense attorneys Edward Chernoff and Nareg Gourjian alleged that Klein “administered frequent intramuscular injections of Demerol to Mr. Jackson for no valid medical purpose,” and that Jackson “became physiologically and psychologically dependent on Demerol.”
“I do not think it is relevant,” Judge Pastor said. Pastor also ruled that the defense could not make any reference to the 2003 search of Jackson’s ranch in Santa Barbara county, saying that it had no bearing on his death. So those drugs and the allegations of needle marks is out for Murray’s defense as well, what a win for the D. A. in this case.
Chernoff argued that the testimony would show that Jackson was “addicted to and withdrawing from Demerol” a factor Chernoff said was “important to our defense” . Judge Pastor said nope, no can do.
Pastor said he would allow testimony from two other doctors, Allen Metzger and David Adams. Murray’s defense team says Jackson asked Metzger in April 2009 to give him an intravenous sedative, a request the physician refused to grant.
Adams meanwhile gave Jackson the anesthetic propofol on four occasions in 2008, after the singer had oral surgery. Jackson also by many accounts used the drug as a sleep aid. Pastor also approved testimony from a nurse who treated Jackson in 2009.
Dr. Murray is facing charges for involuntary homicide in Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009. Murray could face up to four years in prison if convicted.
His defense team is expected to argue that Jackson gave himself an excessive dose of the drug while the doctor was out of the room at the singer’s mansion in the affluent Holmby Hills neighborhood near Los Angeles. The defense has also floated the theory that Jackson committed suicide.
Jury selection will begin on September 8, with opening statements scheduled for September 20 or 27.
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