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Anesthesiologist Concludes Impossible For Michael Jackson to Swallow Propofol

LOS ANGELES | April 30, 2011

A motion to continue will be heard on Monday said Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor on the Michael Jackson matter as the attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray asked for a delay in the trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter, claiming that new scientific theories presented by the prosecution witnesses the day before the trial have left them in need of further preparation.

The judge noted the time and expense the trial has already taken stating that the trial has cost “funds in excess of six figures,” and that numerous cases have had to be rescheduled.

Murray’s attorneys said they needed more time because of new medical expert reports turned over by prosecutors. "In one of those reports, Dr. Steven Shafer, an anesthesiologist, concluded that it was impossible for Michael Jackson to have swallowed the fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic Propofol, attorneys told the judge," according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

The statement by the anesthesiologist directly contradicts the defense version as to the events leading up to the death of Michael Jackson. The defense claim that Michael Jackson was desperate for sleep so that he could be ready for rehearsals for his comeback tour and drank or injected himself with the drug while Murray was out of the room.

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Halle Berry And Gabriel Aubry In Court Over Custody Settlement

LOS ANGELES | 4/12/2011

Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry were seen leaving Department 67 of the Los Angeles Superior Court Stanley Mosk Courthouse on Tuesday after trying to finalize a custody settlement over daughter Nahla before Judge Mark Juhas who claimed while TMZ was in the courtroom that "[w]e’re making huge progress. We need to stick with it."

Halle Berry who was present with her lawyers, Neal Hersh and Judy Bogen of Hersh, Mannis & Bogen LLP of Beverly Hills went into chambers to talk with the judge. Before that TMZ reports that Gabriel Aubry and his lawyers, Gary Fishbein and Kristina Royce of Buter, Buzard, Fishbein & Royce of Brentwood went into chambers.


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Lindsay Lohan Warned Options Are Dwindling – Jail if No Deal

Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan appeared in court today in Los Angeles’ Airport Courthouse  on Thursday, March 10, 2011 and rejected a plea deal that would have put her behind bars as a part of the agreement. Lohan is charged with felony grand theft in the case and needs to return to court on March 25 to offer a final decision as to whether she will take or leave the plea deal.  If she leaves it, the preliminary hearing will be set for April 22, 2011 before a different judge.

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Judge Keith Schwartz who Lindsay appeared before today warned her that her options were dwindling, suggesting that she’d go to jail if a deal couldn’t be reached.  Regardless, if found guilty, Lohan faces up to three years prison time.

“One of the things about me is that I treat everybody the same,” Schwartz said at a prior hearing. “What I look to in sentencing is, ‘What is the prior record?’ In this particular case, there has been so much speculation in the press [that] I’m just going to tell you a couple of things: If you plead in front of me, you are going to jail. There might be an issue about the amount of time, but if the case settles here, you will be going to jail.”

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