Another point to the prosecution. Doesn't sound like Dr. Conrad Murray's team can handle their own drama, much less defend their client!
Words has it that things have taken a turn for the worst for Dr. Murray's legal team, who is handling his case in the Michael Jackson death trial. The lawyers are fighting with each other and their work is suffering for it!
As Dr. Murray can't practice medicine anymore, he doesn't really have the funds to take care of his team the way he should. Ed Chernoff, Dr. Murray's lead attorney, is from Houston, TX, and as he didn't want to put any more financial burden on his client, he moved in with Michael Flanagan, another member of the team, to save Conrad some money. However, Ed moved out of Mike's place a week and a half ago and things have been volatile ever since. A source explains:
"Ed didn't like the way Michael was handling the prosecution witnesses. Ed felt that Michael was too abrasive and caustic with his questioning, and that Michael allowed witnesses to clarify points that only helped the prosecution's case. Things were getting very tense, and he's moved into a hotel in Santa Monica."
Things got even worse between the men when Ed insisted on taking over the cross-examination of the DA's Propofol witness, Dr. Steven Shafer. In insider adds:
"When Ed told Michael that he would be handling Dr. Shafer, he felt like the rug was pulled out from under him. There is nothing Michael can do about it because Ed is the lead attorney. Michael was specifically brought on board to handle the medical aspects of the case, along with the witnesses. Ed and Michael are barely talking to each other right now. Michael has essentially been frozen out for the time being."
Whoa! Conrad, time to have a pow-wow or something. Your team is crumbling at the seams, which can't mean good things for your "defense".
On a side note though, doesn't this have the makings of a perfect new drama though. Lawyers who live together who have to balance their professional relationships with the personal ones! Right?!
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