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- Posted on Apr 7th 2011 4:10PM by Cameron Matthews
According to the AP, attorney Edward Chernoff said during a pretrial hearing, "The crux of the defense is going to be that Michael Jackson engaged in a desperate act and took desperate measures that caused his death. We believe at the time Michael Jackson died he was a desperate man in relation to his financial affairs."
While Chernoff steered clear of saying that Jackson committed suicide, he did imply that the extra dose of drugs was an intentional act by the singer, not Murray.
"This is an irrelevant sideshow designed to take issues away from the jury and smear Michael Jackson," Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said. "It has nothing to do with the case on which Dr. Murray is being prosecuted."
After Chernoff requested Jackson's financial records to help with the case, Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said that the trial would not be subjected to "some kind of an escapade in analysis of the finances in Michael Jackson's entire life. Right now this is major deep-sea fishing."