- - Wednesday, December 29, 2010

CALIFORNIA

Jackson case lawyer: Suicide to be issue

LOS ANGELES | A prosecutor says defense lawyers for Michael Jackson’s doctor will claim at his involuntary manslaughter trial that the singer killed himself.

The statement by Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney David Walgren came at a hearing Wednesday where a lawyer for Dr. Conrad Murray clashed with the prosecutor over who should test residue from two syringes found in Jackson’s bedroom.

Defense attorney J. Michael Flanagan said a huge amount of the anesthetic Propofol was found in Jackson’s body but his client has said he gave him only 25 milligrams of the drug.

Mr. Walgren suggested the defense will claim Jackson killed himself by injecting more of the drug. A preliminary hearing in the case begins Jan. 4.

IDAHO

IPhone dispute leads to charges

BOISE | Police say a man on a Southwest Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Boise struck a teenager who refused to turn off his cellular phone.

Officers arrested 68-year-old Russell E. Miller at the Boise airport on suspicion of misdemeanor battery Tuesday. He has been released from jail on bond.

KBOI-TV reports witnesses told police the 15-year-old was playing games and listening to music on an iPhone when flight attendants instructed passengers to turn off their electronic devices. Boise police spokesman Charles McClure say the plane was leaving the Las Vegas airport at the time.

Witnesses say when the teen didn’t respond, Mr. Miller got angry and struck the boy in the arm. According to the Idaho Statesman, Mr. Miller says he “tapped” the teen on the shoulder after he refused to turn off the phone. He told the paper that he may have “overreacted” but did not punch the teen.

NEVADA

Robbery-hit casino to unvalue big chips

LAS VEGAS | Las Vegas casino bosses are serving notice to the bandit who made off with $1.5 million in chips from the Bellagio: Try to redeem those worth $25,000 soon or they’ll become worthless.

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