When the only witness to the death of the “King of Pop” was his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who had hurriedly run away from a dying Michael Jackson and also from his own expensive automobile before law enforcement officials could collect their thoughts, an APB should have gone out for him. He was at least a material witness, if not a criminal suspect.
Dr. Murray has retained a lawyer and he may invoke not only the physician-patient privilege but also the privilege against self-incrimination. Waiver of the physician-patient privilege may become a heavily litigated issue in any grand jury investigation of Michael Jackson’s death.
Of course, New York said that the attorney-client privilege belongs to a Black attorney, and it did not belong to Tawana Brawley and Al Sharpton. This is not the law that is applied to whites, however. A two-tiered system of justice can have disastrous consequences.
Based on the facts, the Los Angeles district attorney’s office should have immediately convened a grand jury. Neither a district attorney’s office nor a police department has subpoena powers. This means that the grand jury and not the police has investigatory powers. Otherwise, we must question the messenger for the message.
If hospital infections are a major cause of death in this country, you have to question the propriety of the medical doctor treating Michael in his personal residence. This becomes more puzzling if the doctor may have administered Demerol to an allegedly heavily medicated body.
When a medical detective (a.k.a., a pathologist) examines a body, toxicology reports become important. In many cases, the medical detective is like L.A. Detective Mark Furhman, who became infamous during the prosecution of California v. Simpson. Since these medical detectives are arms of police departments, the family has to be alarmed.
A call for a second opinion is reasonable. Deaths are classified into natural deaths, accidental deaths, suicides and homicides. Someone will be affected by the medical detective’s final opinion, which is influenced by economics and politics.
In the Brawley case, New York, for example, said that Harry Crist Jr., a police officer and suspect in the kidnapping and rape of 15-year-old Tawana Brawley, committed suicide. I publicly begged to differ. A cover-up was running amuck.
Once Crist’s death was ruled a suicide, the murder suspects were relieved. A suicide designation prevents a murder prosecution. A suicide classification may also prevent the payment of an insurance policy. In my humble opinion, there should be a presumption against suicide.
When I said that Crist’s death was a homicide, Gov. Mario Cuomo and New York Attorney General obert Abrams hit the ceiling. You would have thought that I had stepped on their toes. They had already hidden the autopsy report and had concealed the identity of the pathologist who examined Crist’s body.
When I finally found the pathologist amid the defamation trial 10 years later, I subpoenaed him to give trial testimony. His autopsy report showed that Crist had been murdered. There was no suicide note and no gun found at the crime scene. There was no gunpowder residue on his hands. New York had disbarred me for exposing a cover-up.
In the death of Michael Jackson, the pharmaceutical industry is a major stakeholder. The captains of industry sponsor law enforcement agencies that will do the bidding of drug dealers and medical quacks. The truth is invariably compromised.
The key concern is liability. When you mix a myriad of drugs, there must be concerns about risks. The pharmaceutical industry will have an influence on these medical detectives because the industry will seek to thwart or undermine financial liability. So far, the cause of Michael’s death is cardiac arrest. Medical malpractice is lurking in the back-ground. Medical detectives will be steered towards claiming a drug overdose. Either Michael or the Black doctor will be left holding the bag.
After 11 white transit cops fatally beat Michael Stewart into a coma, New York City had to get busy. When Stewart died, Dr. Elliot Gross said that his death was caused by cardiac arrest, which is a red flag for professional or police misconduct. This would mean that there was no need for a grand jury investigation. Louis Clayton Jones and Michael Warren had been retained by the Stewart family. They asked me to ride shotgun. This trio would alter many legal-medical rules.
After we compelled the Manhattan district attorney’s office to convene a grand jury, the Manhattan prosecutors put my name on a criminal complaint. On the other hand, Dr. Gross belatedly had to admit that the manner of death was homicide.
If the jury had convicted me of assaulting two court officers, I would have been immediately disbarred and sent to prison. This happened because I was searching for the truth. At some point, an attorney must know his or her place as a junior prosecutor. I continued to cross the line. New York would get even.
Doctors and lawyers are oath takers. They have taken hypocritical oaths. They must serve not only the state but also their clients. In disciplinary proceedings against professionals, due process is wanting. Prisoners have more disciplinary rights than lawyers and doctors.
Michael Jackson effortlessly and stealthily moved white America from Black face to white face and white America enjoyed it. His mission: “We Are the World.” He burglarized MTV and the purported victim became the beneficiary. The world will never say goodbye to Michael. He is gone, but, like Beethoven, he will never be forgotten.
The death of Michael Jackson will prove to be bigger than the California Gold Rush. Ecclesiastical pimps, ambulance chasers and medical quacks are already staking claims to the Jackson trophy. Internationally and domestically, Michael was more popular than President Barack Hussein Obama, Oprah Winfrey or Tiger Woods.
After Michael had been railroaded and had beaten the rap of being an alleged pedophile in California, he fled to Bahrain. His mistake was returning to the United States. This legal experience gave him a different view of this country. He found out how low Uncle Sam could go. It shocked him into reality.
This was a transforming, life-changing experience similar to the penal experience of Malcolm X, who would later explode verbally. Michael, on the other hand, was able to internalize his grievances. His pain was internal. Like with most Blacks, white supremacy was the cause of his pain.
We will never know what Michael would have said on an international stage during his 50-day concert extravaganza. Malcolm X made the same observation of James Baldwin and the 1963 March on Washington. In any event, Uncle Sam was not in the mood for listening.
July 5-August 1: Freedom Retreat for two weeks each for boys and girls ages 7-15 in the Catskill Mountains .This summer retreat was established in 1994. All children will participate in a moot court competition, learn Black history and tour the Underground Railroad in upstate New York.
There is a host of recreational activities including but not limited to swimming, biking, gardening, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, skating, archery, nature walks and basketball. Children will enjoy an overnight bus trip to the Harriet Tubman House and Syracuse University, in addition to a visit to a county fair. This is the only African-centered, sleep away summer retreat in the nation. For more information, call UAM at (718) 834-9034.
July 7: Alton Maddox will argue in favor of a writ of prohibition and he will be opposed by the office of New York State Attorney General, Division of Housing and Community Renewal, and Park West Village’s attorney at Manhattan Supreme Court, Pt. 48, fourth floor., 60 Centre Street in Manhattan at 10 a.m.
July 8: UAM Weekly Forum at Elks Plaza, 1068 Harriet Tubman (Fulton Street) near Classon Avenue in Brooklyn at 7:30 p.m. Take the “C” train to Franklin Avenue. Two blocks to Elks Plaza. Admission is free. At the meeting UAM will be assisting City Council candidates who are opposing incumbents in New York City that favored extending term limits. See www.reinstatealtonmaddox.net.