Michael Jackson’s Doctor To Be Released From Prison Only Halfway Through Sentence

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Conrad Murray, the physician who was convicted of manslaughter in the overdose of the superstar Michael Jackson, only needs to serve half of his four-year term and is scheduled to be released in Oct. 2013. The early release is due to the overcrowding in California’s penal system, but he has earned it for good behavior. California law gives a credit of one day of freedom for every day of good behavior while in custody, so barring any additional incidents, he will be released on Oct. 28.
The pop star’s personal physician was convicted of administering a powerful sedative to Jackson when the singer overdosed. Although Murray contended that Jackson was taking the drug on his own, a jury convicted him. Jackson’s family has allegedly expressed their anger at the early release of the doctor, and some of them apparently believe that he should have received a much harsher sentence from the start. Jackson’s mother, Katherine, told CNN that she would never see her son again and that four years in custody wasn’t enough punishment for his death.
Murray’s attorney has attempted to appeal the case and claimed that the physician didn’t receive a fair trial because the singer is so famous. She added that all of the publicity that surrounded his death and the case affected the outcome of the trial. Court paperwork that she submitted stated that she thought Jackson could have given himself the drugs. She also contended that the judge was looking for publicity and was biased in the case.
Murray didn’t testify in the criminal trial but could take the witness stand in a pending wrongful death lawsuit. He left a message to a friend that used the phrase “imminent nuclear warning” in conjunction with information he has in the case and added that he doesn’t want to release his testimony. Additional rumors are swirling that he could appear on television for a tell-all interview about the Jackson family. The family is also pursuing legal action against his concert promoters, AEG Live, and has alleged that they pushed the pop star too hard, which led to his eventual death.

Conrad Murray, the physician who was convicted of manslaughter in the overdose of the superstar Michael Jackson, only needs to serve half of his four-year term and is scheduled to be released in Oct. 2013. The early release is due to the overcrowding in California’s penal system, but he has earned it for good behavior. California law gives a credit of one day of freedom for every day of good behavior while in custody, so barring any additional incidents, he will be released on Oct. 28.

The pop star’s personal physician was convicted of administering a powerful sedative to Jackson when the singer overdosed. Although Murray contended that Jackson was taking the drug on his own, a jury convicted him. Jackson’s family has allegedly expressed their anger at the early release of the doctor, and some of them apparently believe that he should have received a much harsher sentence from the start. Jackson’s mother, Katherine, told CNN that she would never see her son again and that four years in custody wasn’t enough punishment for his death.

Murray’s attorney has attempted to appeal the case and claimed that the physician didn’t receive a fair trial because the singer is so famous. She added that all of the publicity that surrounded his death and the case affected the outcome of the trial. Court paperwork that she submitted stated that she thought Jackson could have given himself the drugs. She also contended that the judge was looking for publicity and was biased in the case.

Murray didn’t testify in the criminal trial but could take the witness stand in a pending wrongful death lawsuit. He left a message to a friend that used the phrase “imminent nuclear warning” in conjunction with information he has in the case and added that he doesn’t want to release his testimony. Additional rumors are swirling that he could appear on television for a tell-all interview about the Jackson family. The family is also pursuing legal action against his concert promoters, AEG Live, and has alleged that they pushed the pop star too hard, which led to his eventual death.

 

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