Criticism of Dr. Conrad Murray Intensifies in Jackson Case

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In one of the more head-scratching statements in the Michael Jackson case so far, the lawyer repping Dr. Conrad Murray claims his client didn't call 911 immediately upon discovering Jackson unable to breathe and with only a faint pulse.

He waited 30 minutes before calling for help.

Attorney Edward Chernoff explained this somewhat odd revelation regarding the Michael Jackson 911 call by saying that Dr. Conrad Murray didn't call from his cellphone because know the exact address of Michael Jackson's rented mansion.

The house Jackson was renting is just above Sunset Blvd. in Beverly Hills, one of the most famous streets in the entire United States if not the world.

Chernoff said Murray eventually got someone in the house to make the 911 call. That (presently unknown) person is who is heard on the reporting.

Conrad Murray has already taken heat for performing CPR on Jackson as he was lying on a bed. CPR is usually done on a hard surface, like a floor.

Chernoff's excuse: it was a "firm bed."

Conrad Murray is not a suspect in any crime. Yet to some people close to the Michael Jackson case, his decisions on Thursday and prior to that may have been suspect.

Lastly, the doctor's attorney says the cardiologist - whose certification expired as of December 31 - is owed $300,000 by the promoter of the star's concerts.

Chernoff said that AEG Live is two months behind on paying Dr. Conrad Murray to serve as Jackson's personal physician during the run of the shows in London.

Randy Phillips, CEO and president of AEG Live, says the contract to pay Dr. Murray required Jackson's signature. Phillips says Jackson didn't sign the agreement.

Phillips says the firm had been negotiating to pay Murray $150,000 a month.

He says the company was only advancing the money to Michael Jackson, and the doctor's claim may now be against the singer's estate, over which disputes are already building. There is some confusion over whether a will exists and what it says.

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