Today News of the World released what we knew would happen; an article that continues to drag Michael Jackson's name through the mud, even nearly two years after his death. As the world watches, the Conrad Murray defense team has thrown many defense theories out in an attempt to taint the jury pool. Apparently, News of the World published this article but then decided to charge to read it. MJNA was kind enough to post it so others would not have to pay. The original article can be read here. I'm going to go through each statement NOTW made, and then expose their sensationalistic tactic for blatant lies.
NOTW claims that the Murray defense team will use testimony and evidence gained in the Michael Jackson '05 child allegation trial to bolster their defense. (Sidenote: This is exactly why MJ fans protested when Nareg Gourjian was admitted onto the defense team. For those who do not know, Gourjian served as defense counsel for Jackson, under the supervision of Mark Geragos. Therefore most MJ fans felt that this was a conflict of interest, however Judge Pastor disagreed and admitted him to the Conrad Murray defense.) Among those testimonies and evidence NOTW claims will be used are:
1. "toxicologists reported traces of cocaine, along with a cocktail of other drugs, were found in two pairs of (Jackson's) Calvin Klein briefs when Neverland was raided 8 years ago. ...The Santa Barbara County Sheriff document also reveals traces of Demerol, sleeping aid...powerful headache drug...and morphine substitute in (Jackson's) pants. Tiny amounts of blood were found, believed to be the result of a Demerol jab in his groin."
Rebuttal: What NOTW failed to mention is that the cocaine found on the outside of the underwear was scant at the very best. They also did not state that although small amounts of cocaine were found on the outside of the underwear, no cocaine was found in Jackson's blood.
As you can see by the court document above, there is no mention of any other drug than cocaine mentioned on the suspicious underwear. The drops of blood are explained by Messereau as being a side effect of Jackson's vitiligo medication. Just exactly how the cocaine wound up on the underwear is unknown, but what is known is that Michael Jackson had no traces of cocaine in his blood, therefore showing that Jackson did not use cocaine.
2. NOTW states that Murray claims that Jackson started orally ingesting propofol because the doctor refused to hook him up to an IV and administer it to him. We've of course heard this theory before.
Rebuttal: This article  states that "oral administration of propofol has not been considered therapeutically effective." In plain English, propofol does not have the same effect when taken orally in that only 5% of the drug is absorbed into the body, therefore it is medically impossible to overdose on propofol through oral ingestion.
3. NOTW states that former bodyguard (and L.A. Sheriff) Michael Laperruque made statements to the Santa Barbara Sheriff that Jackson was self-injecting Demerol in 2003-2004. (This is why Steve Robel of SB County Sheriff has been called as a defense witness.)
Rebuttal: When doing a google search on Laperruque, it seems the source of this story was TMZ. However, even if Laperruque did make this statement, he also had some other statements to make about Jackson. In an ABC article in the days after Jackson's death, Laperruque stated that "I always saw what they were eating and it was always healthy--chicken, brown rice, vegetables. He was always eating healthy." In 2004, Laperruque told Roger Friedman that "Michael Jackson is the most down to earth person I've ever met." Is it just me, or is this in direct opposition to a demerol addict? The image of a guy that is self-injecting demerol uncontrollably, yet continues to eat healthy and is completely down to earth, just doesn't bode well with me.
4. Last point: NOTW states that "Dr. Raj Kumar, Beverly Hills pharmacist, said: 'Jackson was a serial drug addict. There was no way for Murray to control his patient. He could easily argue he had no idea he was taking such large volumes of drugs."
Rebuttal: I looked up Dr. Raj Kumar in the pharmacist lookup on the California State Board of Pharmacy website. I could not find a Dr. Raj Kumar under registered pharmacists. I could find one under Pharmacy Technicians, but when I went to take the screenshot, the site was down for maintenance. You can try it for yourself and if you find him, please let me know. I also did a google search for a Dr. Raj Kumar, from Beverly Hills, with no results. So just who is this Dr. Raj Kumar?
The bottom line here is that not one statement from NOTW is even relevant to the Murray trial. Michael Jackson's autopsy report clearly states that the cause of death is homicide, by acute propofol intoxication with a benzodiazapine effect. There was no demerol found in Jackson's system at the time of death. There were no illegal drugs found in Jackson's body either. What was found was a lethal amount of propofol and other respiratory depressants that Murray admitted he administered.
Murray also admitted he administered benzodiapines, then adminstered an anesthetic in a home setting without proper monitoring equipment and left Jackson unattended.
These factors and these factors only, are what is relevant in the Murray trial, and that, Michael Jackson fans, is the equivalent of criminal negligence and a surefire involuntary manslaughter conviction. It is only a matter of time before Murray is convicted and we are one step closer to justice for Michael Jackson.