Conrad Murray: GUILTY In The Death of Michael Jackson
Six years ago, the world applauded, scoffed, judged, and rejoiced as Michael Jackson was acquitted of the second round of sexual abuse charges. As he mounted a car and pulled off a few dance moves to the delight of the crowd, no one could have predicted that day would mark the beginning of the end. Today, after another verdict regarding the King of Pop, crowds roared with thunderous applause.
But there was no Michael.
It has been two years since Michael Jackson, the greatest entertainer to walk the face of the earth, passed away due to cardiac arrest caused by acute propofol intoxication. Since then, the world has wondered why. As the two-month trial wore on, jurors learned of the mounting pressures facing Michael Jackson, in the midst of planning a comeback tour. They also learned of his dependency on painkillers that caused his insomnia. Jackson was so bad off he asked to be put to sleep by anesthesia.
Dr. Conrad Murray, who was paid $150,000 a month to perform medical services for Jackson, obliged this request although it wasn’t good medical practice. He also failed to keep records, and failed to monitor Jackson while he was on the drug. Most damning, however, is the fact that when Michael Jackson went into cardiac arrest, Murray made phone calls, sent text messages and e-mails, and later lied to emergency doctors and paramedics.
While his defense team attempted to sway the jury with the theory that Michael Jackson administered the propofol himself and caused his own death, the facts remain: By leaving MJ with access to the drug, Murray still committed medical negligence.
The trial, like most, proved to be an emotional roller coaster with recordings of Jackson’s last few days, a picture of Jackson’s corpse, and touching character witnesses who attested to the integrity and service of Conrad Murray.
However, the verdict is still a guilty one. Experts have said in the hours since that the jury instructions seemed quite confusing and that the case may very probably be successfully appealed. Of course, that’s a process that will take years. In the meantime, Murray has been denied bail and will be held in custody until his sentencing on November 27.
Murray faces a maximum of four years in prison.
Source: Los Angeles Times