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Posted at 8:14 AM ET, 08/25/2009

Melanie Griffith Checks into Rehab; Coroner: Jackson Died from Lethal Dose of Anesthetic

By Liz Kelly

Johnny Knoxville arrives at the premiere of the new Mike Judge film 'Extract' Monday in Los Angeles. (AP)

Tuesday

Headlines: Coroner attributes Michael Jackson's death to anesthetic overdose; criminal charges could follow for doctor Conrad Murray... Melanie Griffith checks into rehab... Jessica Biel named most dangerous Internet celebrity search term... LaToya Jackson, Victoria Beckham, Kathy Griffin added to "View" guest host lineup... Katie Holmes inspires updated Scientology uniforms... LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian take their relationship public... Cindy Crawford accepts cellulite... Gwyneth Paltrow expanding London home to 33-room mansion... Bidder backs out of buying crypt above Marilyn Monroe for $4.6 million... Amy Winehouse sues former mother-in-law for sale of love letter.

Pix: The Robert Pattinson shower curtain... Helena Bonham Carter caught in unfortunate swimsuit situation.

Rumor Mill: Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler spotted holding hands in New York... Megan Fox to host "SNL" season opener... New reality show to chronicle Pauly Shore's quest to adopt an African child... Robin Williams to play Susan Boyle?

Not News: Alec Baldwin not planning to run against Joe Lieberman... Brad Pitt did not call Tom Cruise movie "ridiculous," says manager.

Say What?
"I don't think a naked body is particularly shocking or interesting. It's not the culture I was raised in. I was not brought up in the United States. I don't share the [attitude] that you can have graphic violence, but – God forbid – you see someone's nipples." -- "True Blood's" Anna Paquin

By Liz Kelly  | August 25, 2009; 8:14 AM ET
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Comments

I've never seen or read Twilight. But something about that shower curtain appeals to me in a bad 1980s movie apartment way. It would go with my fluorescent city scape!

Posted by: Roxie1 | August 25, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Ahh, there's nothing like being portrayed in your biopic by Robin Williams. That's gotta make Susan Boyle feel great.


When will we start seeing the scientology members wearing pegged jeans?


It's dangerous to search fro Jessica Biel? Thankfully I only search for Scarlet johansson.


There's something disturbing about the Weasel possibly being responsible for a small child.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | August 25, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Katie Holmes inspires updated $cientolocult uniforms

Oh right, folks will want to join just because of the Cruisiness of the uniforms. The article to which Liz links is Britishly snarky (or snarkily British), but lacks photos, just links to these pictures:
http://i32.tinypic.com/sflag2.png


Helena Bonham Carter caught in unfortunate swimsuit situation.

But unlike all the talentless products of plastic surgeons and their ilk who seek to bombard us with their images but no substance (not naming any names here), at least Ms. Bonham Carter is a fine actor. That'll last a whole lot longer than artificial beauty.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 25, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I long for the day when reality TV will be free of Pauly Shore, the quintessential desperate-to-be-a-celebrity.

Posted by: kbockl | August 25, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Cindy Crawford accepts cellulite. Apparently, so does Helena Bonham Carter - she just doesn't have to do press about the fact.

Robin Williams to play Susan Boyle. And after last week's waxing episode, I guess that'll be the post-makeover Boyle.

Jessica Biel named "most dangerous" celebrity search term based on risk of malware infection. But Googling Dakota Fanning could get you arrested...

$cientology has uniforms? Uniforms that make their staffers look like flight attendants and bellhops? Snarkier Lizards than I are going to have to take this on.

Posted by: northgs | August 25, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

You know, come to think of it, Susan Boyle and Mrs. Doubtfire do bare a striking resemblence.

Take it from Michael, home anesthesia is not a good idea folks. Candidate for the Darwin award?

I think the Scientology uniforms make them look like Thetan flight attendants. But otherwise, pretty snappy.

mdreader, your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to tell us what would be in a love letter from Amy Winehouse. I shudder to consider the possibilities.

Posted by: hodie | August 25, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Oops northgs, I did not see your flight attendant comment. I did not mean to steal from you!

Posted by: hodie | August 25, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Right now there's a kid thinking to him- or herself, "I live in the poorest part of the world, home to its most corrupt governments with the worst human rights records, subject to recurring and devastating food shortages and famines, disease outbreaks, civil and international wars, with unprecedented levels of child slavery, AIDS, and other depredations and indignities, and now you want me to go to America and live with Paulie Shore? DO I LOOK LIKE A B*TCH TO YOU? I SAID, DO I LOOK LIKE A B*TCH TO YOU? Then why are you treating me like one? I've SEEN "Biodome," motherf***er, and I am NOT going to do ANYTHING with that Paulie Shore motherf***er that doesn't end with his dismemberment, understand? And don't give me none of that 'We can introduce you to Stephen Baldwin' bullsh*t, either. You can shove THAT motherf***er's autograph where the sun don't shine."

Posted by: byoolin1 | August 25, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Hasn't Africa suffered enough? First colonialism, then Angelina, then Madonna, now Pauly Shore. Please, for just the cost of a cup of coffee a day, you can stop the suffering. We will PAY Pauly Shore to stay away.

Anna Paquin kinda has a point.

Posted by: epjd | August 25, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

(Yes, all African orphan children talk like Jules from Pulp Fiction. You can look it up.)

Posted by: byoolin1 | August 25, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Great minds, Hodie. Pity the poor flight attendants, though: some airlines, the staff gets to wear Givenchy or Christian Lacroix, or - back in the day - Pucci or Oleg Cassini. But at Thetan Air, they have to wear Katie Holmes.

Posted by: northgs | August 25, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

I don't think it's fair to criminally blame Dr. Murray. Jackson had been a hard core narcotics addict for over 20 years. It was inevitable that he would die of a drug overdose or from a drug exacerbated cause. Murray had only been Jackson's doctor for a few weeks and was hired by the concert tour promoter. Murray was just unlucky enough to be left holding the bag when decades of drug addiction finally caught up to Jackson.

Posted by: buffysummers | August 25, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

byoolin
Right now there's a kid thinking to him- or herself, "I live in the poorest part of the world, home to its most corrupt governments with the worst human rights records, subject to recurring and devastating food shortages and famines, disease outbreaks, civil and international wars, with unprecedented levels of child slavery, AIDS, and other depredations and indignities, and now you want me to...

Oops, I figured this was going to end with "wear Katie Holmes-inspired flight attendant fashions."

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 25, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Buffy, you would have a point IF Murray had not aided the addiction. He wrote the prescriptions for the drugs found in MJ's system. Multiple prescriptions, far more than an ethical doctor would prescribe. He admitted providing and administering the drug that killed MJ.

Now, you can say, well MJ would have just gone elsewhere for the drugs. Yes, he would have. But, then Murray would not be responsible for the death because he would not have provided the drugs that killed MJ. The fact that your patient is an addict does not absolve you of responsibility for your own actions.

Posted by: epjd | August 25, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Buffy, you would have a point IF Murray had not aided the addiction. He wrote the prescriptions for the drugs found in MJ's system. Multiple prescriptions, far more than an ethical doctor would prescribe. He admitted providing and administering the drug that killed MJ.

Now, you can say, well MJ would have just gone elsewhere for the drugs. Yes, he would have. But, then Murray would not be responsible for the death because he would not have provided the drugs that killed MJ. The fact that your patient is an addict does not absolve you of responsibility for your own actions.

Posted by: epjd | August 25, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

byoolin
Right now there's a kid thinking to him- or herself, "I live in the poorest part of the world, home to its most corrupt governments with the worst human rights records, subject to recurring and devastating food shortages and famines, disease outbreaks, civil and international wars, with unprecedented levels of child slavery, AIDS, and other depredations and indignities, and now you want me to...

Oops, I figured this was going to end with "wear Katie Holmes-inspired flight attendant fashions."

Posted by: Nosy_Parker

So did I.

Posted by: lostcyclist | August 25, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

someone made a comment that it's not fair that dr. murray may get charged w/jackson's death. wah wah wah. the protocol for this medication is that it is never administered outside of a hospital setting. the doctor knew or should have known about that, but he caved, either due to the money or proximity to some form of has been celebrity. if ever a case was negligent homicide or manslaughter, this is it. it's a sad situation. the doctor isn't a bad guy. he didn't get up that day and think "gee, i'm going to kill michael jackson today", but his actions or inactions did exactly that. he obviously had nothing to gain by harming jackson. it's negligence. yes, jackson is an addict, but the other drugs/medications he took didn't kill him per the coroner's report. the propofol administered by murray did. we'll see what happens. from all available information to date, the dr. is incompetent. there has to be accountability for that.

Posted by: frieda406 | August 25, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Nosy, you can use the Katie line; you just have to change the reference to "Biodome" to "Dawson's Creek" and the reference to Stephen Baldwin to Tom Cruise.

Now you're good to go.

Posted by: byoolin1 | August 25, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

What Paquin says there cant be said enough. Once upon a time we didnt show violence in film - we'd see shadows or hear it in the background - and it forced directors to do interesting things to play at the edges. Somewhere along the line we decided carving people up with chainsaws would be ok for a saturday afternoon - but man do we fine people for wardrobe malfunctions. It's really rather bizarre where the culture warriors have decided to draw this line - esp considering the whole 'religion of peace' thing they carry around in their back pocket. I swear the disconnect just grows every day...

Posted by: quintiliusvarus | August 25, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

The Vagina Monologues, Part duh:

"Amy is currently trying to win back her former love and has been sending Blake a series of internet messages posing as her cat and recently begged him to take her back during an emotional phone call."

Posted by: mdreader01 | August 25, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

byoolin, I think you've devised an all-purpose introductory rant here. Good work!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 25, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

quintiliusvarus, might one also add the culture of "corpse porn" on all those crime procedural shows on TV (even my favorite, "Bones")?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 25, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

If Dr. Murray had cut Jackson off on the first day he was hired, Jackson probably would have died of a heart attack within hours caused by withdrawl symptoms. Remember Jackson only weighed 110 pounds and had numerous chronic illnesses. Nothing short of the LA sheriffs forceably taking Jackson to a hospital for an involuntary psychiatic hold (know as a 5150 in California) would have stopped Jackson from getting his "milk." Did Murray have an obligation to take it upon himself to "save" Jackson from himself? Maybe Murray thought it was safer for a physician to administer these drugs to Jackson then to have him get them from one of his maid or driver. Sure Murray made mistakes, but does that make him guilty of manslaughter?

Posted by: buffysummers | August 25, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Viva La Vida, part II....


I used to rule the world
A ten-room flat with my kids and girl.
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Then sweep 23 more rooms I own

'Cause Gwyn knocked down the walls
And installed five other halls.
Now she yells at the other end,
"Where are the children? Where are the children?"

One minute I held the key
Next the roof came down on me.
It was replaced by three more floors.
Do you know what it costs to buy all-wood doors?

I hear carpenters' hammers ringing
All their circular saws are singing
Artisans plastering all the laths
Custom tilework in all the baths

For some reason I can't explain
My dearest Gwynnie has gone insane
The price tag makes me want to hurl
And that was when I ruled the world

Posted by: mdreader01 | August 25, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Buffy, since his mistake resulted in the man's death, YES, he is guilty of manslaughter.

A driver who ran over a kid because they weren't paying attention would be, too.

Posted by: zeureka | August 25, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Buffy, I hear what you're saying but I disagree wholeheartedly. The doctors first responsibility is to Do No Harm. And yes, when he entered into the doctor-patient relationship with Michael, it became his responsiblity to get Michael the help he needed to end his addiction and not feed it. It looks as though he tried in the beginning but caved either to increasing pressure from the patient or money (or both). He crossed some lines with his treatment and he needs to take responsibility rather than blame the patient, whose addiction was the illness.

Posted by: hodie | August 25, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Was that Eliot Spitzer who was going to pay $4.6 mil to be on top of Marilyn Monroe?

Posted by: kabuki3 | August 25, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

The 'Working Girl' star's rep tells ET, "She is there to reinforce her commitment to stay healthy. This is part of a routine plan that was designed between her and her doctors years ago."

Brilliant! Makes it sound like this rehab stint is something she's been meaning to do but just hasn't gotten around to, like reorganizing the sock drawer or getting the dog his annual shots. Move along folks! No story here!

Posted by: 44west | August 25, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Helena looks fine - isn't she in her 40's? So the bathing suit isn't perfect for her - but I think she looks pretty happy and relaxed.

And again, she's a real actress - not a model pretending to "act" but really just showing off her body - I'm speaking to you, Meghan Annoying Fox.

Posted by: Amelia5 | August 25, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Hey now Amelia, Megan Fox is a fine actress and maybe one day we'll all recognize her for her talent. You know after she's done playing lesbian vampires or whatever.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | August 25, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Melanie Griffith checks into rehab....
for plastic surgery abuse?

I'd accept cellulite too if I looked like Cindy Crawford.

Posted by: spartan123 | August 25, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

mdreader - THANKS A LOT!! now I have the stupid song running through my head and I have work to do this afternoon! (but entertaining nonetheless.)
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Anna - Thank you for bringing sanity into the discussion. I wonder how it would fly to have a bunch of naked people hacking each other up with chainsaws. I'd like to see the "advocacy" groups pick the lesser of two "evils" in that flick.
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And to follow up on the "Dr." Murray item: "everyone else was providing illegal access to drugs" is not a legal defense.

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44West: The 'Working Girl' star's rep tells ET, "She is there to reinforce her commitment to stay healthy. This is part of a routine plan that was designed between her and her doctors years ago."

I was going to say it was designed to be implemented whenever she fell off the wagon.

Posted by: anonymouslurker | August 25, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

"The View" is trying to save on furniture -- if Kathy Griffin and Posh guest-hosted the same day, they can share one chair with room to spare for LaToya's purse.

Not sure what to make of the aforementioned Scientologist-cum-flight-attendant uniforms. I'm getting a weird "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" vibe. Then again, at least they're real clothes -- I'll take those uniforms any day over the polo-and-shorts attire of the Southwest Airlines crews.

I'm conflicting about Pauly. Bravo to him for adopting, though I can't imagine any child making a difficult transition would be helped by having cameras pointed at him 24/7 cameras. I hope some of the residuals are earmarked for therapy.

That guy buried above Marilyn had an understanding wife, that's all I gotta say.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | August 25, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Amen, Nosy and Amelia. Good for Helena.

Checking into rehab as a "routine plan to stay healthy"? Oh-KAY. I guess Melanie's agents think we were all born yesterday AND just fell off the turnip truck.

The whole Jacko saga just gets more and more distasteful. A movie? A travelling memorabilia show? Not burying the guy? Enough already.

$cientolocult has a uniform? Oy vey.

Posted by: Californian11 | August 25, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

td, you are absolutely right about the uniforms and the World of Tomorrow vibe. I'll wear it only if I get to wear the nifty eye-patch with it. Maybe I can borrow Wee Tom's.

Bet that Pauly's reality show is really going to be a mockumentry.

Posted by: hodie | August 25, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Bet that Pauly's reality show is really going to be a mockumentry.

Posted by: hodie | August 25, 2009 1:20 PM
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Your bet is my hope. This is a genre of television that is just asking for a biting, disturbing parody. I don't know if Pauly's the guy for the job, however.

Posted by: mdreader01 | August 25, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Rehab as a "routine plan to stay healthy"?

I'm inclined to lay off Melanie on this one, because it's vastly preferable to the alternatives. More power to her for (probably) nipping a relapse in the bud before it gets out of hand (sorry for mixing metaphors).

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 25, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

"Helena looks fine - isn't she in her 40's? So the bathing suit isn't perfect for her - but I think she looks pretty happy and relaxed."

That bathing suit about 2 sizes too small just looks uncomfortable. She doesn't have to be a stick figure (I can relate- I'm in the late 30's-early 40s range w/two young kids and still have baby paunch). But certainly she can afford to get a new swim suit in a larger size that's comfortable enough not to ride up her behind... I'm just saying.

Anna Paquin is right on the money IMO.

mdreader01- that's a funny version of Vida La Vida.

Are those pics supporting the rumor that Jen and Gerard B. are dating? Cause they're captioned as scenes from their upcoming movie. Maybe Jen doesn't have a "love" crisis afterall. Maybe she generates rumors and innuendo to get people to see one of her craptastic movies.

Posted by: plamar1031 | August 25, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

mdreader, your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to tell us what would be in a love letter from Amy Winehouse. I shudder to consider the possibilities.

Posted by: hodie | August 25, 2009 9:20 AM ==========
Gauntlet...THROWN.
==========

Dear Blakey,

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

1. I'm still smartin' from the tattoo that I got of you on my upper thigh.

2. The swellin' has gone down underneath my left eye. But the bruise is still there and matches my eyeshadow.

3. I had no idea lice itched this much.

5. I forgot what number 4 was.

6. My needle tracks, when viewed at a distance, look like an outline of the Mona Lisa.

7. It's not a concussion, but a contusion.

8. It takes 5 glasses of vodka to get me to vomit.

9. Your eyes are so soulful, but not first thing in the morning.

10. The NHS covers that new, once-a-day herpes pill!

For this all all of that, I am forever truly yours,

Amy
xxxoooo


Posted by: mdreader01 | August 25, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

plamar, shame on you for implying that Jen would use her own relationship status to attract attention.

Posted by: reddragon1 | August 25, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Sure Murray made mistakes, but does that make him guilty of manslaughter?
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yes, it does. read the defintion of negligent homicide and/or manslaughter.

Posted by: frieda406 | August 25, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

mdreader01 wins!!

Fabulous poetry!

Posted by: Amelia5 | August 25, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Sure Murray made mistakes, but does that make him guilty of manslaughter?
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frieda
yes, it does. read the defintion of negligent homicide and/or manslaughter.

Not to go all technical on you, but doesn't it mean at this juncture that he might be CHARGED, and possibly TRIED, for negligent homicide and/or manslaughter?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 25, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Anna Paquin is absolutely right. And I've decided she is one of the finest actresses in the world for one simple reason: she's been reasonably convincing in her scenes where she says "Eww, gross, I hate him" etc in reference to the simply divine Alexander Skarsgaard on True Blood. She also, lucky girl, has had two naked make out scenes with him. So really she's making those "see, nudity is no big deal" statements out in public just to make Stephen feel better.

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | August 25, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

RIP, V/O announcer Ed "You're in good hands with Allstate" Reimers.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 25, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Re MJ's Doctor: So a city in broke California is going to spend MILLIONS of dollars to try someone for murdering a drug addict who had been in effect trying to kill himself for years. Maybe the doctor should get a fine but not some circus murder trial. If there is a trial I would love to represent Dr. Murray - there would be too many holes in the prosecution's case.
1. Did MJ inject himself?
2. Had someone else injected MJ
3. Is the cornor's report clouded by all the other drugs MJ self-medicated with
4. Did anyone else provide MJ with propofol in the 30 days leading up to his death
5. Did any other drugs compound the effects of propofol

Remember - the prosecution has to prove that ONE injection of propofol from Dr. Murray killed MJ. They are going to have a very difficult time proving that in a court of law.

Posted by: honeylamb | August 25, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

RIP, V/O announcer Ed "You're in good hands with Allstate" Reimers.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 25, 2009 3:27 PM
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We held our brief tribute for Ed last week when one of the lizards remarked upon our "summer of death" and I chided said lizard saying that now, we are overrun with celebrities. As time goes by, we'll lose one every 15 minutes. Thank you, Andy Warhol!

So, yeah, I stepped all over our tribute to the late Ed what's-his-voice.

Posted by: mdreader01 | August 25, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

So to make up for it, I'd also like to mention that Ed Reimers was in the Star Trek episode, "The Trouble With Tribbles."

He will be missed.

Posted by: mdreader01 | August 25, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Totally jumping on the Anna P. bandwagon today and all that. Some of the old farts like Jack N can freely walk around with their moobs (man boobs) hanging in the wind, but apparently that is ENTIRELY different than the female equivilent.

The amazing thing is the number of folks who call things like breastfeeding disgusting - but probably enjoy slasher-porn...

Posted by: LTL1 | August 25, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Exactly what will be Megan Fox's schtick as host of SNL? Will she drop an upper decker backstage?

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | August 25, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler spotted holding hands in New York.......so?????

You just admit that it's more tasteful than if they were spotted holding each other's denim fruit.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | August 25, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

LTL1, that's especially true when some of those moobs are bigger than some ladies' sets. But hey, it's a (free) Puritan country, after all, right?

Posted by: northgs | August 25, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Exactly what will be Megan Fox's schtick as host of SNL? Will she drop an upper decker backstage?

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | August 25, 2009 4:30 PM |
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I'm looking forward to her appearing on Weekend Update as the N1H1 virus.

Posted by: mdreader01 | August 25, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

More like the HSV-2 virus.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | August 25, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Totally will put a smile on your face:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FA5DkFUSxk&feature=related

I guess you could say I'm hot for teacher ;-) What a charmer.

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | August 25, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I mentioned Ed last week in the summer of death list.

No, the prosecutors only have to prove that Murray's negligence in administering the anesthetic outside the hospital setting contributed to MJ's death. That is what negligent homicide is. Not behaving as a reasonable person would and that failure results in someone's death.

Posted by: epjd | August 25, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

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