Defense drops propofol claim in Jackson trial

LOS ANGELES,  (Reuters) – Dr Conrad Murray’s defense  in the death of Michael Jackson suffered major blows yesterday when his attorneys dropped a claim that the singer  swallowed a fatal dose of an anesthetic, and two doctors  slammed his treatment standards.

As the prosecution neared the end of its case in the third  week of the involuntary manslaughter trial, the two doctors  testified that even if Jackson gave himself propofol, Murray  would still be responsible for his death.

“It’s like leaving a baby that’s sleeping on your kitchen  countertop,” Dr. Alon Steinberg told jurors. “You look at it  and it’s probably going to be OK and you’re just going to go  grab some diapers or go to the bathroom but you would never do  it.”

Murray, who denies involuntary manslaughter, has admitted  giving Jackson a relatively small dose of 25 milligrams of  propofol — which is normally used in surgery — as a sleep aid  on June 25, 2009.

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