Dr. Daniel Wohlgelernter, who practices in Santa Monica and who has taught at Yale and UCLA medical schools, spent Tuesday as an expert witness testifying on behalf of Jackson’s mother and three children, who have filed a wrongful death suit against
Wohlgelernter said the fact that Dr.
The witness also said that Murray’s request for a CPR machine, written into his contract, a device used when patients undergo
“What is this doctor planning to do?” Wohlgelernter asked. “What are his treatment plans in taking care of Michael Jackson?”
Another warning, he said, was Jackson’s request for Murray, considering the singer’s background with drug use.
“It’s a red flag to the extent that Michael Jackson has a history of
The Jackson’s legal team called Wohlgelernter to the stand to show that not only was Murray unfit to serve as the singer’s doctor, but that AEG executives should have picked up on the danger signs.
The Jacksons claim that AEG negligently hired and supervised Murray, who gave Jackson a fatal dose of the anesthetic
AEG maintains that Murray worked for Jackson and had treated him since 2006, and that company payments to the doctor were actually part of an advance that Jackson would have to repay.
Wohlgelernter also said he was troubled by a section of Murray’s contract that said the doctor was to “Perform the Services reasonably requested by the Producer,” which was AEG.
That meant Murray was “responsible and accountable to a third party, namely AEG Live,” Wohlgelernter said, not his patient, leading to a conflict of interest.
The expert witness said only anesthesiologists administer propofol because the patient can stop breathing. He said he had never heard of the anesthetic being used at home or to treat insomnia, as Murray had.
Asked if he had ever administered propfol, Wohlgelernter replied, “Not nowhere, not nohow.
The cardiologist said he is paid $4,250 for half a day of expert testimony and $450 an hour to prepare for testifying.