Speaking Point: 1)Involuntary Manslaughter: The unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought and in the commission of a misdemeanor or a lawful act without due caution.
Speaking Point: 2) The prosecution does not have to prove that Dr. Conrad intended to kill his patient (Michael Jackson). But, rather, that Dr. Murray had a legal duty owed to MJ, he failed to perform that legal duty, and that the failure was criminally negligent and the failure caused MJ’s death.
Speaking Point: 3) Criminally Negligent Homicide is a subcategory of Involuntary Manslaughter: A high degree of negligence to warrant liability such as serious recklessness or willful blindness.
Speaking Point: 4) Here, the prosecution will attempt to show that Dr. Murray acted in a reckless way that created a high degree of risk of death or bodily injury, and, that a reasonable person would have known that acting in that way would create such a risk.
Speaking Point: 5) For example, as MJ’s physician and trusted caretaker, the prosecution will attempt to show that Dr. Murray failed to notice that on June 25, 2009, MJ had taken a massive a fatal dose of the surgical anesthetic Propofol or was given another dose that led to acute Propofol poisoning.
Speaking Point: 6) Wait a second, isn’t Dr. Murray a cardiologist? Yes. And, Dr. Murray should also be very concerned about not only the misrepresentations to obtain large amounts of Propofol from a Las Vegas pharmacy for MJ but his duty to inform the paramedics that he had ever given Propofol to MJ.
Speaking Point: 7) In defense, Dr. Conrad Murray will portray MJ as the drug dependent pop star who was responsible for his death. But, if Dr. Murray was aware of MJ’s drug addictions, then why did he continue to prescribe and administer addictive drugs to him? The jury will decide on that matter.
Speaking Point: 8) The prosecution will try reverse MJ’s legal history and present MJ as the victim and not the victimizer (child molester).
Speaking Point: 9) Under California law, involuntary manslaughter may be punishable up to four (4) years in state prison.