Michael Jackson’s Doctor Conrad Murray Convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter

Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted tonight of involuntary manslaughter in the June 25, 2009, death of Michael Jackson. 

Murray showed no emotion as the judge read his verdict. 
Throughout the six-week trial, prosecutors portrayed Murray, 58, as a reckless doctor who for $150,000 a month sold out the Hippocratic oath, and to treat Jackson’s insomnia, gave the King of Pop a nightly drip of propofol, an unpredictable and potentially fatal anesthetic. 

“It’s bizarre behavior from anyone, let alone a doctor, this extreme criminal negligence,” Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney David Walgren told jurors in his closing argument Nov. 3. 

During the case, prosecutors attempted to show that Murray set the stage for tragedy by also failing to use proper monitoring equipment and devices to help Jackson breathe under heavy anesthesia. The doctor, they said, also repeatedly left Jackson’s bedside to check e-mails and make phone calls, which Walgren characterized as “abandonment.” 

“Defense attorneys showed that, before Jackson hired Murray as his personal doctor for his “This Is It” tour, he’d concluded that propofol was the only treatment for his insomnia. The attorneys and their medical expert, Dr. Paul White, suggested that Jackson injected extra propofol, and swallowed several tablets of the sedative lorazepam, during moments that morning when Murray’s back was turned – causing Jackson to die so suddenly that Murray could not have saved him. 

They also suggested that Murray was in the difficult position of safeguarding the health of a past-his-prime pop star who got routine demerol injections from his dermatologist and who was under extreme pressure to perform 50 sold-out concerts in London. When Jackson paid the ultimate price for his peculiar pharmaceutical predilections, Murray became the fall guy, they said.

“He was just a little fish in a big, dirty pond,” defense attorney Ed Chernoff told the jury. 

Conceding that Murray didn’t do everything by the book in his treatment of Jackson, Chernoff said Murray nonetheless should be acquitted because the prosecution failed to prove that these shortcomings caused Jackson’s death.

Walgren said that even if the jury believed that Jackson took the extra drugs behind Murray’s back, Murray still was responsible for Jackson’s death by leaving fatal drugs within reach of someone he believed had a drug addiction or obsession.”

Murray was denied bail and will now be sentenced on Tuesday November 29th.

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