Sep 07 2011

Dr. Barry Friedberg’s Recent Explosive Comments About the Murray Trial

Category: JusticeSeven @ 5:44 pm

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A man by the name of Dr. Caleb Pilgrim wrote up a very detailed article about the Conrad Murray case. While Pilgrim seems somewhat sympathetic to Conrad Murray in the case, he also seems to believe that Murray is essentially doomed in regards to his trial and attributes this to “bad luck“. I don’t buy that. Murray’s grossly irresponsible behavior landed him where he is today, not “bad luck“.  Everything Murray did in regards to Michael’s death and indeed the rest of his life was a choice, not chance. And, regardless the picture of doom Dr. Pilgrim seems to paint for Murray in this case, he could still very well walk free of his crime. We know Murray’s defense has all sorts of tricks up its sleeve that it will deploy in an attempt to defend Murray’s indefensible behavior.

But Pilgrim’s thoughts aren’t the most interesting thing you’ll see in the article. What’s more interesting and certainly more explosive, are the comments made in response to Pilgrim’s article by Dr. Barry Friedberg, who I’ve featured or mentioned on this site many times, and particularly here.

What we learn is one thing that we pretty much already knew, and one that we (or at least I) didn’t know. We knew that there were no “drips” of propofol. This means that Conrad Murray injected propofol right into Michael’s veins in apparently large amounts (“boluses“). Dr. Friedberg refers to this as “mainlining” propofol and according to him this is horrendously arrogant and dangerous. Coming from an expert of his stature, this could be quite damning to Murray’s case if it is somehow stated in the courtroom by Friedberg or any other expert.

What we (I) did not know was that Dr. Friedberg had been called as a witness on behalf of Murray’s defense. Again, with his expertise and opinion of this case, this could be very damning to Murray thus I’m guessing that the defense probably scrubbed him as a witness. If they did, perhaps the prosecution ought to call him instead.

In response to Dr. Pilgrim’s article, Dr. Friedberg said:

In a California that could not convict the clearly guilty OJ Simpson, it is not clear that a conviction can be obtained for the equally guilty Conrad Murray.

That being said, no amount of defense attorney posturing or attempts to create reasonable doubt can ever relieve Murray of his responsibility to have watched and monitored Jackson.

I was interviewed by Michael Flanagan, one of Murray’s defense attorneys, as the first anesthesiologist chosen to be a witness on behalf of Murray’s defense.

Prior to this interview, when I had written the Michael Jackson chapter in ‘Getting Over Going Under,’ I assumed Murray was over his clinical training and expertise giving propofol.

Flanagan dispelled that impression when he described how Murray gave propofol for cardioversions (electrical activity delivered to a heart with atrial rhythm disturbance). Flanagan said, ‘Murray did not even start an intravenous. He simply ‘mainlined’ the propofol directly into a vein.’

I told Flanagan that he impressed me but not at all in the manner in which he had hoped.

There is no word in the English language to describe the recklessness of Murray ‘mainlining’ propofol for cardioversion. Not even a day one intern right our of medical school would be so reckless and cavalier.

The only thing more reckless than Murray’s conduct at Jackson’s home would have been to have taken Jackson up in a plane and pushed him out without a parachute.

‘Mainlining’ propofol along with Murray’s failure to provide child support for the multiple illegitimate children he has fathered with multiple women & his long history of failure to honor other financial obligations leads me to reassess my diagnosis of Murray’s personality.

Murray is the ‘poster child’ for Sociopaths of America.

He is not an ignorant fool but a person who does not think the norms of behavior apply to him.

When he disclaims responsibility for the death of Michael Jackson, it is the sociopath speaking who is convinced of his own words and clearly believes he will convince a jury as well.

Another attempt to rehabilitate Murray’s image to the public included a release saying he had never been sued for malpractice. As if never being sued would be to give testimony to his wonderful doctoring. An informed listener should quickly recognize this record is a greater testimony to a sociopath’s slick talking, not to great doctoring.

Do not believe a single Murray utterance that cannot be independently confirmed.

Sadly, even if convicted and deprived of a license to practice medicine, Murray is unlikely to stop practicing. The rules just don’t apply to him, at least, in his mind anyway.


Also, just two weeks ago, Dr. Friedberg posted the following comment in response to an article on UPI about the trial:

The American system of justice provides for the presumption of innocence until guilt is found.

By PUBLICLY stating, “I gave Michael Jackson propofol,” and “I left the room,” Murray has confessed to the most egregious of anesthesia errors: patient abandonment.

For more than 20 years, tens, if not hundreds, of millions of patients have safely received propofol for 2 fundamental reasons: 1) someone was watching, & 2) someone was monitoring them.

When a patient is abandoned, it is not possible to provide the safe environment for propofol described above. Murray unequivocally created the unsafe conditions that led to Jackson’s avoidable death.

Because of his public statements, Murray can no longer be afforded the customary presumption of innocence.

However, in a state that could not convict an obviously guilty OJ Simpson, do not make book on a manslaughter conviction for the equally culpable Murray.

Many of us have discussed whether Conrad Murray may be a sociopath. After all his patterns of behavior, not only in treating Michael Jackson, but also in the way he’s managed the rest of his life and relationships, indicate that he may well be. According to Dr. Robert Hare, the leading expert on the psychopathic personality, the characteristics of a sociopath are as follows:

  • superficial charm
  • self-centered & self-important
  • need for stimulation & prone to boredom
  • deceptive behavior & lying
  • conning & manipulative
  • little remorse or guilt
  • shallow emotional response
  • callous with a lack of empathy
  • living off others or predatory attitude
  • poor self-control
  • promiscuous sexual behavior
  • early behavioral problems
  • lack of realistic long term goals
  • impulsive lifestyle
  • irresponsible behavior
  • blaming others for their actions
  • short term relationships
  • juvenile delinquency
  • breaking parole or probation
  • varied criminal activity

You can see that many of these given what we’ve seen of Conrad Murray’s behavior both in his private life and as a doctor, do in fact apply. The promiscuous sexual behavior, poor self-control, showing little remorse or guilt, impulsive lifestyle, blaming others for his actions, varied criminal activity (charged with domestic violence and in trouble for non-payment of child support for one of the 7 children he’s had by six different women), self-centered and self-important, deceptive behavior and lying, and so on.

Conrad Murray’s defense had requested a stay in the trial pending reconsideration of Judge Pastor’s decision not to sequester the jury. The stay was today denied. Thus, jury selection for the trial will begin on September 8th.

Below is the schedule for the commencement of the trial as it currently stands:

September 8, 9, 12
Prospective jurors summoned to answer 117-question, 30-page jury questionnaire. Approximately 450 people are expected to be evaluated for jury duty in this trial, 160 on Thursday, September 8th and a similar number on the 9th and 12th.

September 13-16
Attorneys review completed questionnaires

Week of September 19
Jury selection begins

Opening Statements
September 26th or 27, 2011


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MORE from MJJ-777 about the the case:

Watch that spin:
Dr. Barry Friedberg: “Michael’s Death, a Predictable, Avoidable Tragedy:
Lisa the Lawyer completely deflates Conrad Murray’s defense:
A suggested alternative to Discovery’s (autopsy re-enactment) programming:
Conrad Murrays ridiculous attempts at defending the indefensible:
It wasn’t an accidental overdose:
Was Michael an Addict?:
Wanna be Startin’ Somethin’:

And, many additional detailed facts and research covering Michael’s death, propofol, and other drugs can be found on Nikki’s website:

12 Responses to “Dr. Barry Friedberg’s Recent Explosive Comments About the Murray Trial”

  1. Seven says:

    Yes I’ve heard of this “God” complex – very common among doctors.

    Yet, I also believe – particularly considering Murray’s conduct in his private life, his lies and deceptions about what happened June 25th, 2009, and his pretentious and contrived emotional facade, he is additionally a sociopath.

  2. lynande51 says:

    Actually it is know in medical circles as the “God Complex”. An MD that thinks he can do nothing wrong. A nightmare to other Doctors, Nurses and Patient and it is unfortunately very commonplace.Interesting that Murray knew exactly what he was doing. That makes it murder not manslughter.

  3. ultravioletrae says:

    I also believe Murray is a sociopath, thank you for talking about this. His considerable charm and campaign for sympathy is the first tip off. We mistakenly believe that sociopaths look scary and crazy. Not so, they are people that you are likely to find quite pleasant and charming. We all know sociopaths, but it’s quite rare that we are aware of it. Sociopaths are smart enough to pretend they do have a conscience in order to manipulate sympathy for themselves. People will forgive most anything if they have sympathy for someone and the sociopath uses this to their advantage. I don’t believe Murray has a care in the world that he murdered the world’s greatest artist, humanitarian and father. His only concern is getting out of the charges and the insurance claims. It’s hard to spot a sociopath because those of us who do have a conscience can’t even imagine that it’s even possible not to have one, so we don’t suspect it in another. It would sicken me but not surprise me if Murray finds a way to beat these charges for the simple fact he’ll throw anyone under the bus, tell any lie, do any horrible deed for even a little profit for himself. His only concern is himself and he is very, very skilled at manipulation.

  4. carina for mjj says:

    The psychopath or sociopath is manipulative and there is the concept;psychopathic charm,a useful tool in manipulation.-Great article by Dr.Friedberg.

  5. Ada says:

    Hi Seven…..As a Canadian, I have very little knowledge of the American justice system….still, as someone who has read the (public) facts of this case, I fail to understand why the authorities in CA did not charge Murray with at least second degree murder. Perhaps you can do a post on this? I’m sure that there are many more who ask the same question.

  6. zenriver says:

    thank you Seven for your thorough reporting and analysis. it must break your heart as you do it, and still you persevere through the power of your l.o.v.e.

    you’re making an incredible contribution in establishing the basis of fact to counteract immoral media bias. bless you.

  7. KC says:

    I pray the truth will be revealed & justice will be done in regards to this case. Michael Jackson is not on trial & is the victim. I hope the facts show Dr. Conrad Murray’s incompetence & irresponsible behavior towards his patient. Thank you Seven for the wonderful article.

  8. Susanne says:

    Murray being a sociopath is very much possible. Even the photos I have seen of him corroborate that. If you consider that he had a photographer with him when he visited Forrest Lawn or when he was jogging on the beach once, and then spread the photos to make him look sensitive and decent. The same with his internet statement. This was an aggressive kind of self-portrait which shows his true personality. I hope the jury will be able to look behind this curtain.

  9. cjg says:

    Love Dr. Friedberg. Thank God for people like him who will speak up and speak out. I raise the question – again – which I would assume/hope the prosecution, family, or someone has done and that is what are Murray’s credentials? I want deep delving into his educational background to PROVE that he is a legitimate, licensed physician. It is not unusual for sociopaths/psychopaths to charm and lie their way through life posing as something they are not. The remarks by Friedberg feed my desire for an answer to this question even more. What kind of trained doctor mainlines an anesthetic for a heart procedure or any procedure for that matter? I am forever grateful for this forum.

  10. razlin86 says:

    Seven, u r the best and dedicated writer ever. And yes,Dr.friedberg is a great man. And what he said is te thing that I always streesed out, the main thing that must be considered are, 1) the nurderer gave Michael propofol at HOME! 2) LEFT the room for such a long time. This already guilty and totally wrong!! And he lied all the time. He mixed ppfl with other sedatives, which also could bring to death. U can never do that, mix ppfl and other sedatives.

  11. Max says:

    I am stunned with Dr. Friedberg’s courageous, honest assessment. I hope he will testify for the prosecution. Keep it coming, Seven. Things are heating up. We need you now more than ever.

  12. Deborah Ffrench says:

    Great post with great links. Thank you Seven.