Things are Not Looking For Dr. Conrad Murray

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Things are Not Looking For Dr. Conrad Murray
In the Dr. Conrad Murray trial, the prosecution called in expert witness anesthesiologist Steven Shafer to talk about the effects of Propofol, the drug that caused Michael's death.

Shafer said it's "extremely unlikely" that Michael Jackson caused his own death by administering his own dose of the anesthetic Propofol.

The autopsy found that Michael had Propofol in his stomach, meaning that he had swallowed the drug, however, Shafer testified that swallowing the drug would not be lethal enough to cause an overdose.

He also says that Dr. Conrad Murray testified that he left Michael's side for approximately two minutes, Shafer says there is no way this is enough time for Michael to come to consciousness and inject himself with Propofol.

"The possibility of a direct self-injection seems extremely unlikely," says Shafer, "He can't give himself an injection if he's asleep. People don't wake up from anesthesia hell bent to pick up a syringe and pump it into the IV. It's a crazy scenario."

Shafer also explains how the injection of propfol is a complicated process, it's more than just a syringe. He demonstrated in court the process for injected the drug and says there's no way Michael could have done it to himself, in less than two minutes, while already having been groggy from the other drugs administered throughout the night.

Also, Shafer explains that if Michael had given himself injection of Propofol and another anti-anxiety drug called lorazepam then the dosage that Michael could have hypothetically injected himself would only account for 10% of all the drugs found in his system that night.

"it's only 10 percent of what was measured, so this did not happen," says Shafer.

Murray denies involuntary manslaughter and could face up to four years in prison if convicted. The defense will call witnesses in tomorrow.

Shafer also said that Murray violated the Hippocratic oath by bringing an aesthetic into the popstars home and using it as a sleep aid.

Quoting the Hippocratic oath he said, "In every house where I come, I will enter only for the good of my patients." He says he used the drug in a way it was never intended for and that he wouldn't say no to his patient.

"Saying yes is not what doctors do," he testified, "A competent doctor would know you do not do this."

"We are in pharmacological never-never land here, something that was done to Michael Jackson and no one else in history to my knowledge."
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