Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, has been sentenced to four years for involuntary manslaughter. Due to a new California law, Murray will not serve his time in prison, but will stay in L.A. County jail, and will most likely serve two of his four years, according to TMZ.
In a lengthy statement before imposing the sentence, Judge Michael Pastor said "Dr. Murray abandoned his patient," and called Murray's conduct "a disgrace to the medical profession." He added, "There are those who feel Dr. Murray is a saint. There are those who feel he's the devil. He is neither. He is a human being."
The big question of whether Prince Michael Jackson, 14, will testify as a witness in his father's murder trial has yet to be answered, but in a recent meeting with Prince and Deputy D.A. David Walgren, the possibility was discussed.
The meeting was held at the home of Jackson's mother, Katherine, who is reportedly against Prince Michael taking the stand, but understands "this is something he feels he must do if asked," revealed an inside source on The Hollywood Gossip.
On Tuesday, jurors in the Dr. Conrad Murray involuntary manslaughter case will hear the last 45 minutes of the police interview audio with Murray. Most of the tape was played on Friday.
The tape revealed Michael Jackson's heartbroken daughter, Paris, who broke down after his death and sobbed, "You save lots of patients and you couldn't save my dad."
Although he's on trial for involuntary manslaughter, it seems as though Dr. Conrad Murray is living his life as normally as possible, going for a pedicure this past weekend and even squeezing in a late-night workout on Monday.
Murray, who was bombarded by paparazzi after exiting the gym, spoke out about his defense team when someone asked, "You think they're doing a good job?" The doc replied, "I think so."
There's nothing like a good foot scrubbing to help you forget you're on trial for involuntary manslaughter.
After a stressful week in court, Dr. Conrad Murray went for a spa pedicure over the weekend at an L.A. nail salon, reports RadarOnline. The Houston-based doc reportedly tipped the worker $5, before slipping out through the back of the shop.
The concert promoter and producer of Michael Jackson's "This Is It" tour will return to the stand on Wednesday to continue his testimony in day two of the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.
Paul Gongaware, an executive with AEG Live, said Michael insisted on choosing Dr. Murray as his physician for his London tour, and that Murray had initially asked for a $5-million-a-year salary, claiming he would need to close four clinics and lay off employees. Gongaware said, "I told him there was no way that was going to happen." Instead, Murray accepted the job for $150K per month.
The hearing of Dr. Conrad Murray in the involuntary manslaughter death of Michael Jackson continued Tuesday in a Los Angeles courtroom, where the beleaguered physician told Judge Michael Pastor, "Your honor, I am an innocent man. I therefore plead not guilty," reports Reuters.
There will be another hearing on February 7 to determine whether TV cameras will be allowed in the courtroom of the case, which holds worldwide interest. The trial is expected to last up to eight weeks.
Murray's medical license has been suspended as a condition of his bail. He is facing up to four years imprisonment if found guilty. Jury selection for the trial is scheduled to begin March 28. In the meantime, his medical license is still active in Texas and Nevada, where he will continue to treat patients.
In the pre-trial hearing, witnesses testified that the 57-year-old cardiologist delayed calling for help and said he tried to hide evidence of drugs before medical personnel arrived. It has not yet been decided whether the doctor will testify in his own defense.
Murray's lawyers have suggested that the pop legend injected himself with a deadly overdose of propofol, a drug usually used only in a surgical setting.
Jackson died June 25, 2009 at age 50.
The L.A. Coroner announced Michael Jackson's official cause of death was homicide caused by "acute propofol intoxication," and Dr. Conrad Murray is under fire for administering Jackson's drug cocktail.
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