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Dr. Conrad Murray Sentenced in Michael Jackson Manslaughter Trial

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Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the Michael Jackson case, has been sentenced to the maximum of four years in the Los Angeles County Jail.

Murray was denied probation. He was facing up to four years behind bars, plus revocation of his medical license. He received the maximum sentence for violating the trust of his patient, his engagement in deceitful conduct and endeavoring to cover up his actions, along with violating the trust of the medical community and his colleagues. The fact that he had no sense or remorse or fault convinced the court that he remains a danger to society.

Murray was convicted after damning testimonies regarding his treatment of his famous patient were revealed. The crux of the case and subsequent conviction surrounded Murray administering the powerful sedative propofol to Jackson as a sleep aid. The drug is meant to be used in an operating room only, but Murray exercised incredibly bad judgment in injecting Jackson with the drug in his home. Jackson died of an overdose of the medication. Murray’s defense team tried to argue that Jackson gave himself the final dose.

Murray also behaved dishonorably while handling Jackson in his final hours. He was reportedly making phone calls while his patient was dying, as opposed to administering care and trying to save his patient’s life.

When his lawyers argued for leniency, we learned that Murray was born in a dirt-poor community and that he didn’t even have working electricity until he was aged 10. He worked his way up through school and became a doctor amidst many hardships.

When judge Michael E. Pastor spoke about the case, he referred to criminal negligence, which is what happens when a person commits acts that are not ordinary careless behaviors or mistakes in judgment. He attributed the totality of circumstance to Murray — Jackson’s death was not an accident or a mistake, but was instead caused by Murray. He was disgusted by the fact that Murray said he did not feel guilty and by the way he misused his medical license. The judge did not appreciate the lack of remorse, the fact that he blamed the victim by calling him deceptive about his health, and the overall medicinal mishaps and sophisticated schemes that occurred while Jackson was on Murray’s watch.

Murray certainly is not in the financial clear, either. His case is also headed to civil court, as well.

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