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ISSC 351 Term Paper
ISSC 351 TERM PAPER
The case of Dr. Murray’s lethal prescriptions
This case is about the criminal trial in America of the personal physician to Michael
Jackson (Dr. Murray). Conrad Murray was arraigned in court due to unwillingly manslaughter for
the death of singer Jackson on 25th June 2009, due to overdose for the anesthetic propofol. The
case's trial which began on 27th September 2011, occurred in the superior court of Los Angeles
County in the California state, before a Judge by the name Michael Pastor. Digital forensics did a
vital role in this case's trial. After Michael Jackson’s sudden death in the year 2009, an autopsy
discovered that the singer died because of prescription drugs. Investigators of this case found
documentation on the doctor’s computer which revealed his authorization of the lethal drugs
amounts, and hence Dr. Conrad Murray was charged for unwilling manslaughter for singer's death.
He was granted a jail term of two years and he also lost the medical license. While analysing the
case, the attention shall mostly be to the investigation process, securing evidence, data recovery,
along with the custody chain (Kim, 2014).
The investigation process took place through various stages: the Autopsies; the body of
Jackson was flown using a helicopter to county offices of coroner in Los Angeles, Lincoln Heights,
where an autopsy was conducted for three hours the following day on county coroner’s behalf by
a senior medical examiner. The family of the singer conducted the second autopsy, the practice
which could result in albeit, expedited, and limited report. After the completion of the preliminary
autopsy, the chief investigator in the office of coroner stated that the evidence of trauma, as well
as foul play, was not available.
ISSC 351 TERM PAPER
Coroner privately kept the toxicology report which was complete, as asked by police as
well as district attorney. The autopsy report sho...