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Playinghardball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 12:20 PM
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Conrad Murray sentenced to four years behind bars
Source: MSNBC

LOS ANGELES The doctor who was convicted in the overdose death of Michael Jackson was sentenced to the maximum four years in prison Tuesday in a finale to the tormented saga of the King of Pop.

Dr. Conrad Murray sat stoically with his hands crossed as Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor repeatedly chastised him for what he called a "horrific violation of trust" while caring for Jackson.

Murray will likely only serve two years due to California jail overcrowding.

"Dr. Murray created a set of circumstances and became involved in a cycle of horrible medicine," the judge said. "The practice of propofol for medicine madness, which violated his sworn obligation, for money, fame, prestige and whatever else may have occurred."


Read more: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/45468611/ns/today-enterta... /
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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 12:24 PM
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1. The maximum? GOOD!
Murray's California medical license expired on Feb. 28 this year http://www2.mbc.ca.gov/LicenseLookupSystem/PhysicianSur...
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 12:31 PM
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2. Interesting that the judge
defered any further discussion on the subject of loss of earnings by Michael Jackson until the amount claimed of US$101 million can be substantiated. He appeared to consider the figure incredible.
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itsrobert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 12:38 PM
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3. He probably made more after his death
So maybe Murray should get a percentage of his after death earnings?
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d_legendary1 Donating Member (28 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 12:50 PM
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4. Sammy Haggar once said
I once had a drug problem and now I can afford it. This guy is living proof of such a statement.
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 01:00 PM
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5. yawn-- the irony is that Jackson simply bought whatever he wanted...
...and if Murray didn't sell it to him, someone else would. Frankly, I've always regarded Jackson's death as slow suicide by someone with the means to subvert all of life's "safety instructions." Elvis Presley did the same thing, IMO.
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 02:16 PM
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6. If LIndsay Lohan can only spend a few minutes in jail
Why wouldn't that be an appropriate penalty here? Besides the Jackson family is going to spend the rest of their miserable untalented lives making his life miserable (for free, no taxpayer dollars required), isn't that enough?

He's not a danger to anyone anymore, now that he has his prescription pad taken away.
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LibDemAlways Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 03:04 PM
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7. Michael Jackson would have found a way to get what he wanted
with or without Dr. Murray. Murray was one of many who assisted him along the way, but he is taking the rap for them all. I hope the others recognize their good fortune.
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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 10:16 PM
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8. Jackson doctor gets 4-year sentence, judge's ire
Source: AP-Excite

By LINDA DEUTSCH

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It was clear that Michael Jackson's doctor was going to get the maximum four-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter before the judge even finished speaking.

In a nearly half-hour tongue lashing, Dr. Conrad Murray was denounced as a greedy, remorseless physician who committed a "horrific violation of trust" and killed the King of Pop during an experiment.

"Dr. Murray created a set of circumstances and became involved in a cycle of horrible medicine," Judge Michael Pastor said in a stern voice.

Pastor said Murray sold out his profession for a promised fee of $150,000 a month when he agreed to give Jackson a powerful anesthetic every night as an unorthodox cure for insomnia.

Read more: http://apnews.excite.com/article/20111130/D9RAOLGO0.htm...




Dr. Conrad Murray turns to the courtroom audience after he was sentenced to four years in county jail for his involuntary manslaughter conviction in the death of pop star Michael Jackson on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 in Superior Court in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mario Anzuoni, Pool)
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 10:16 PM
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9. Michael's whole story is such a tragic mess.
Sigh.
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tabatha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 10:17 PM
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10. Because of prison overcrowding
it has been reduced to two years of solitary.

I bet he writes a book about Michael.
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 01:50 PM
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11. If you'd manned up and taken a plea deal, doc, you could have been past this by now,
Edited on Wed Nov-30-11 02:31 PM by rocktivity
and possibly without doing hard time or losing your license. Instead, you tried to place the blame on someone who was too dead to defend himself!


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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 01:55 PM
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12. When he gets out, he should become Jerry Sandusky's personal physician
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wandago Donating Member (8 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 02:05 PM
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13. Dr. Murray still has his M.D., and could go back to Trinidad
after completing his sentence. They need doctors there. I hope he has a nice life, and can forget all about this.
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