The Jackson family is learning that nothing is sacred anymore. As the first week of the Conrad Murray trial comes to a close, one of the most damning pieces of evidence brought forth by the defense was a photograph which shows Michael Jackson lying lifeless on a gurney in the hospital.
Lawyer for the prosecution, Brian Oxman recalls that the family fought viciously to ban the defense from releasing the photo to the media and were distraught to see their brother and son portrayed that way.
“Katherine is very upset. We have spoken among the family that we did not want this released to the public. It is not right,” Oxman told ‘The Sun’. Sister to the King of Pop, Latoya Jackson tweeted that the picture was utterly “heartwrenching”. The photo was accompanied by an equally disturbing audio clip of Jackson drugged to the point of slurring his words.
As shocking as it was for fans and family of the pop star to see him depicted in this a manner, was the defense ethical in their decision to release such sensitive information? Or is this to be expected from a case as high-profile as this?