As police ramp up their investigation of Michael Jackson's death, a felony charge of manslaughter or even worse seems like an inevitability for Dr. Conrad Murray.
The best (or only) defense for Jackson's personal physician, a number of legal experts believe, may be a total smear campaign against the deceased music star.
Police are currently tracking Propofol shipments sent to Murray at the time he treated Jackson, believing the anesthetic to be the drug that killed the singer.
Mark Geragos, who successfully represented Michael Jackson during his 2004 child molestation trial, and most recently defended Chris Brown, spoke to E! Thursday, explaining why he rejected an overture to defend Dr. Conrad Murray.
Geragos thinks the doctor may wind up charged with murder, and that the embattled Murray will be forced to employ a scathing criticism of Jackson as a strategy.
"Ultimately, that may be what the defense is, to say things about Michael that I'm just not going to say," Geragos said. "Whatever is required by somebody who is going to defend the doctor, is not something I can do ethically."
Or personally. "I've been approached," he said of the possibility that he would defend Dr. Conrad Murray. "But clearly I have a conflict of interest."
"I have represented Michael Jackson and I would not ever want to be in a position where I was deprecating Michael in any way, shape or form."
Rehashing Jackson's drug addictions and alleged doctor shopping - reports claim the singer sought prescriptions under 19 aliases - is one angle.
Three prescription drugs, including Xanax, were found in Jackson's system at his time of death, and Geragos suspects efforts at tracking down the drugs' source s the reason for the indefinitely delayed Michael Jackson toxicology results.