Jackson doctor guilty of manslaughter

2011-11-07 23:24

Los Angeles - Michael Jackson's personal doctor was found guilty on Monday of involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's death.

Dr Conrad Murray had pleaded not guilty to giving the Thriller singer a fatal dose of the powerful anaesthetic propofol, which was ruled as the main cause of his death on June 25 2009.

Prosecutors argued during the six-week trial that Murray was grossly negligent in administering the propofol to help Jackson sleep as he prepared for a series of comeback concerts.

Defence attorneys said Jackson gave himself the fatal dose of propofol.

Murray faces up to four years in jail for his role in Jackson's death, and there is speculation he could end up serving his sentence with an electronic tag, because of California's chronic jail overcrowding.

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  • Henry - 2011-11-07 23:31

    Does that mean he held a gun to Michael's head and forced him to take the pills?

      Nick - 2011-11-07 23:34

      No. Manslaughter is equivalent to culpable homicide in our legal system - meaning he had a duty to perform and failed in that duty, making him negligent in MJ's death.

      Henry - 2011-11-07 23:40

      Thanks Nick...I was merely being sarcastic...but reasonable at the same time.

      Vusi - 2011-11-07 23:55

      My Grandfather is on Warfarin to thin his blood, prescribed by a cardiologist. If he drinks the whole bottle, he'll die! Does this make every doctor in this country guilty of manslaughter if their patients drink all their Warfarin at once??????? No of course not! Michael Jackson loved DRAMA! He created his own Final Act! He was a Thriller!

      christo.stone - 2011-11-08 05:55

      Exactly Vusi! Freakin Americans...

      Merven - 2011-11-08 07:16

      George, you're an idiot. Vusi is right, MJ made his own bed, and he slept in it.

      George - 2011-11-08 08:10

      @Merven, so you are overturning the court findings with Vusi. The jurors and the judge listened to all the experts testify and you hereby assert that they got it all wrong despite the evidence they scrutinised. The problem with SA semi illiterate bloggers is that they dont have a culture of accepting valid court rulings. You guys are trapped in some sort of lynch vigilante mentality where court evidence and finding does not matter except your own silly perverted coach potato findings. Conrad was found guilty in a competent court of law. What is disturbing is that you sort of band together io some dillusionary fools paradise while peddling your unproven theories.

  • Cracker - 2011-11-07 23:57

    Michael Jackson was an addict. No problem with it. It was his life and he had the right to do with it as he pleased. It included his arrangement with the doctor, now convicted by a silly American justice system. Imagine the huge size of the pot of gold the living Jacksons can now tap into. It is all sick. The doctor and Jackson had a mutually convenient arrangement. The one pays and the other provides. Nobody had the right to interfere with the arrangement while it lasted. Why now get involved after one party is no more? Jackson knew what he was letting himself in for. Of course the rest of the greedy Jackson clan got involved after the fact, not respecting Michael’s habits and wishes. The world’s hypocrisy is truly amazing. This is not to criticize Michael Jackson. His life simply took a turn not usually experienced by the rest of us. Weird he was. To cut a potentially long story short, his family and the legal rules being applied are uncalled for and ridiculous. As for the doctor convicted, I wish I were a doctor with clients / patients like Michael Jackson. The American judge who presided over the trial has a huge problem. Like the rest of his co-American judges, he performs for the publicity and importance he thinks he can muster and of course the ego trip with it. In this case the judge made a complete fool of himself in terms of logical reasons why the bail of the accused was not extended.

  • Cracker - 2011-11-07 23:59

    The American judge who presided over the trial has a huge problem. Like the rest of his co-American judges, he performs for the publicity and importance he thinks he can muster and of course the ego trip with it. In this case the judge made a complete fool of himself in terms of logical reasons why the bail of the accused was not extended. As much as one admires the basic human rights contained in the American constitution, one must be very careful of the quality of their presiding officers. I so wish that the judge could make himself heard here so he can be interrogated. The FOOL!

  • sean.looney - 2011-11-08 00:40

    its sad that we live in a society where someone's status means that their own recklessness leads to the apportion of blame. failed justice is what comes to mind.. but then again, what is justice?

  • marco.tomaso - 2011-11-08 02:08

    Amazing how calm Conrad Murray looked when he was handcuffed and taken away into custody without bail by the courtroom officials that led him out of the courtroom.Does that tell you something about the man or what?In just nine hours over two days the seven-man + five-woman jurors decided the cardiologist fate--a guilty verdict you popstar killer! The Los Angeles crowd,especially the Jackson's fans,erupted as each of the 12 jurors gave a "yes" to the guilty verdict.Stone-faced Murray showed no emotional reaction to the verdict,he just sat there looking like as if...you know. 25 milligrams of propofol was a lethal dose of a powerful anesthetic Dr Murray or didn't he bother to check up on that.And then his Defense Lawyers claimed that Micheal Jackson injected that lethal dose into himself to make it look like he committed suicide--how cheap is that! Conrad Murray got paid $150000(US)a month being Jackson's doctor,injecting the star with nightly infusions of propofol and still he was greedy for more money.All other ethical doctors would never do stuff like this,only Murray would and did and for that it was bye bye Micheal Jackson.

      Jackie - 2011-11-08 14:02

      Bit of a fan??

  • Yar - 2011-11-08 03:13

    Thank you Dr Murray for making the world a safer place for children.

  • Silvana - 2011-11-08 05:58

    This is not news. We know all that. What is his sentence?

  • damonsb - 2011-11-08 07:27

    Did it ever occur to you that MJ time was up. That man is innocent ,MJ killed himself since the first time he started using types of stuff to keep him healthy. Would you one day treat Jesus more that you treat MJ.

  • Kevin - 2011-11-08 07:57

    Michael was a druggie and no one can be held responsible .

  • Kameel - 2011-11-08 09:27

    The good doctor should be given a medal for taking out this child abuser scum.

  • Julian - 2011-11-08 09:32

    Conrad Murray was a doctor. A trained medical professional. He had a duty of care to his patient. He had to have known that that amount of propofol was dangerous. At the least, he should have been more careful and if necessary, refused to be Michael's personal physician. He didn't. He was negligent, and the conviction is correct.

  • Lynn - 2011-11-09 20:56

    Moral of the Story. Never be a Doctor to a Famous Drug Addict.....

  • Lynn - 2011-11-09 21:01

    Yep, he made his bed and kept it warm with young boys. After the court case he could not handle life and turned to MORE drugs than he normally used, hence the total addiction. Poor Doctor, just looking out for his patient. Bet MJ threatened him that he would never get another job and blackmailed him to give him the drugs everyone of his family actually know he was dependant on.

  • Bill - 2011-11-16 23:08

    He had to be found guilty because if it was proved that MJ had taken it himself the estate would not have paid out. It would then been classified as suicide.

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