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    Conrad Murray Trial: Will the Jury Be Able to Focus on Facts Alone?

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    The full truth will never be known as to exactly what happened the night of Michael Jackson's overdose. What we have instead includes weeks of testimony and now the closing arguments of Dr. Conrad Murray's trial. And after that, the jury's left with a huge responsibility. 

    Murray, who's charged with involuntary manslaughter for not properly administering the dangerous drug propofol and thus causing the sleep-deprived singer's death, could face up to four years in prison and the loss of his medical license if found guilty.   

    But the real question is, Will the jurors be able to focus purely on the facts? Will Jackson's celebrity status and past drug abuse ultimately decide things? 

    We checked in with outspoken legal expert Nancy Grace to get her comments.

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    "I always thought this case was under-charged," she said, also saying that Murray should have been charged with murder one. "Doesn't matter that he didn't intend to kill [Jackson], but his actions caused him to die." 

    Accusations of other doctors having overprescribed Jackson with drugs have also been made during the trial. Should, then, Murray be the only doctor charged when other physicians may have contributed to Jackson's addictions? Might jurors think it doesn't really matter in the end since he took so many drugs regularly?

    "That is not the issue," Nancy snapped, raising her voice several octaves. 

    "I am stunned that anyone is being considered accountable here other than the doctor who was on duty. Anyone else who was not present at the time of [Jackson's] death is irrelevant," she goes on to say. 

    The defense for Dr. Murray has been doing what any good legal team should do, parading in former patients who sing the doctor's praises—not to mention their own propofol expert, Dr. Paul White, who testified that it was possible that Michael gave himself the lethal final dose.

    This testimony is contrary to the prosecution's propofol expert, Dr. Steven Shafer, who helped write the directions on the drug's label none the less.

    But the prosecution cross-examined White, who stated that he would never give anyone propofol as a sleep aid, "not for any amount of money."

    Dr. Murray has also been making a documentary himself with an unnamed production company. Turns out Murray thought this would be a good idea to ensure some extra cash was rolling in to pay his hefty legal fees and has been shopping it to various networks.

    What do you think will be the outcome of this trial? Do you think jurors will be able to divorce Jackson's past drug-abuse from the death itself? Sound off below in the comments!

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