Murray's star witness sanctioned by judge

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on November 16, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 16 at 1:06 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A scientist who was the star defense witness in the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor has been sanctioned by the trial judge and fined $250 for violating a court order during his testimony.

Dr. Paul White, a pioneer in the use of the anesthetic propofol, said Wednesday he didn't think he was doing anything wrong when he told jurors the judge had forbidden him to testify about conversations with Dr. Conrad Murray.

Murray lawyer J. Michael Flanagan argued that White was inexperienced as a witness. But prosecutor David Walgren accused White of purposely trying to sabotage the case.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said his instructions to White and the lawyers were clear and were disobeyed. He gave White until Dec. 16 to pay the fine or appeal.

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