The picture prosecutor David Walgren projected during his opening statement in the Dr. Conrad Murray trial was meant to startle the jury: a grainy photo depicted an emaciated Michael Jackson lying dead on a hospital gurney with a long white piece of tape between his nose and lips. The word "Homicide" was superimposed on to the picture in white letters.
The picture made its impact, but it reportedly upset the family of Michael Jackson who wanted to keep the picture private. Brian Oxman, an attorney for the family, said Michael's mother was especially upset: "We have spoken among the family that we did not want this released to the public. It is not right."
The gruesome image begged the question: What are lawyers allowed to show juries during an opening statement?