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As much as I’ve tried to stay away from what many are calling the Michael Jackson “murder trial,” the thirst for blood not only from the prosecution — but also from the millions of MJ fans around the globe who feel the King of Pop was in fact murdered — won’t let me. So here is the latest.

Things seemed to be wrapping up with the prosecution last week, but the death of the father of the final witness, anesthesiologist Steven Shafer, has put things on hold until tomorrow. Shafer is expected to give a key piece of evidence to counter the defense’s claim that Jackson self-administered the fatal 25 mg dose of propofol through an IV catheter in his leg. Once Shafer gives his testimony, the defense will present its case and call an estimated 15 witnesses, extending the testimony through Friday at least.

Perhaps the anticipation of Shafer’s evidence is what caused the defense to switch gears last week from proving that Michael took a deadly dose of propofol by himself when Dr. Conrad Murray was out of the room, to alleging that he self-administered an overdose of lorazepam instead. Either way, it’s not like Dr. Murray has a chance in hell with the court of public opinion, particularly after the release of the tape featuring Michael’s slurred speech and his autopsy photos.

It will be interesting to see how this change in strategy affects the defense who claims authorities ignored the effects lorazapam may have had on Michael. But even if Dr. Murray escapes the charge of involuntary manslaughter, his reputation as a medical professional has been tarnished and in the eyes of many he is already seen as being guilty of the events that occurred on June 25, 2009. The trial at this point just seems like a technicality.

Is there a purpose to this trial, when the public sees him as guilty?

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