Murray Defense Witness Held In Contempt

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October 31, 2011 | 10:25pm EST

A key witness in Dr. Conrad Murray’s involuntary manslaughter trial has been held in contempt of court and fined $1,000 for refusing to heed judge Michael Pastor’s warning not to talk about a conversation he had with the defendant.
As the prosecution and defense teams wrapped up their cases in court on Monday before turning to jurors for a decision, there was final drama during expert witness Dr. Paul White’s latest day in court, when he repeatedly violated orders to refrain from testifying about private conversations with Murray.

White is the defense team’s final witness.

It’s the second time Pastor has held White in contempt – he used a profanity during a heated exchange with a member of the prosecution team on 21 October. The judge recalled White back to court for a hearing on 16 November.

On Monday, the courtroom was briefly cleared after Dr. White referred to a conversation he had had with Murray, who is accused of administering the fatal dose of anesthetic propofol which cost pop star Michael Jackson his life. Judge Pastor told him he could not offer up private responses he’d had from Murray.

Less than two hours later, White upset Pastor further when he testified he had additional information to share with the jury but the judge told him he couldn’t.

He was held in contempt and fined.