Michael Jackson doctor to stand trial for manslaughter

After six days of testimony in a Los Angeles court, Judge Michael Pastor has ruled there is sufficient evidence in order to bring Dr. Conrad Murray, the doctor who was present when Michael Jackson died in 2009, to trial for manslaughter. As part of his ruling, the judge suspended the physician’s California licence until the trial’s conclusion. In his closing statement, Deputy District Attorney David Walgren told the judge, “Michael Jackson is not here today because of the negligence and reckless acts of Dr. Murray.” Prosecution witnesses testified that the doctor had acted outside the general standard of medical care by giving Jackson the powerful anaesthetic Propofol as a sleep aid. Jackson’s security guards revealed that Murray had asked them to remove evidence from the singer’s bedside before calling 911. Dr. Murray, who faces a maximum of four years in prison if found guilty, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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  1. ally • January 12, 2011 @ 1:17 PM

    Four years? This killer should get life in prison!

  2. anonymous2 • January 12, 2011 @ 2:41 PM

    Michael was a drug addict who wanted his “milk” so it’s not murder so the doctor shouldn’t spend his life in prison just lose his medical license.

  3. L1feless • January 12, 2011 @ 2:47 PM

    Ahh let’s not be so hasty to judge. We have no idea what sort of arrangement with the family this man had. Let’s change the end scenario to Michael Jackson overdoses and lives rather than overdoses and dies from the medication. Do you not think his actions would have been welcomed by the Jackson family in that scenario? I encourage you to be objective in your answer to that question. When the call was being made to 911 Jackson was alive. I think before we all cry out for the executioner on this one we need to wait for all the facts to come forward.

  4. Terrence • January 12, 2011 @ 2:59 PM

    Four years for being a completely negligent doctor and causing death by giving someone a drug they should never have had does not seem enough. I hope in addition they take away his medical license forever. He’s a dangerous person and obviously does not take the Hippocratic oath seriously.

  5. Myles • January 12, 2011 @ 4:25 PM

    Just becasue a patient asks for something does not mean the Dr has to give it to them. THIS IS THE LAW!! He broke the law and will pay for it. 4 years is hardly enough.

  6. Myles • January 12, 2011 @ 4:25 PM

    Just because a patient asks for something does not mean the Dr has to give it to them. THIS IS THE LAW!! He broke the law and will pay for it. 4 years is hardly enough.

  7. L1feless • January 12, 2011 @ 4:52 PM

    Myles are you serious? Who’s to say that this medication was not put away with specific instructions given not to use until the doctor is present? Again your comment presume something which you have no evidence of. As I mentioned earlier I will wait for the facts of the trial to be brought forward then pass my judgement.

  8. Shakedown • January 13, 2011 @ 10:33 AM

    Lifeless, give your head a think. If instructions were given not to use this drug until the doctor is present, the drug would not have been available for anyone to get their hands on it. The doctor would bring the drug with him at the time he was going to be present for it to be administered. Gee, don’t we ALL have our cupboards and fridges just full of harmful drugs that we just wouldn’t take unless a doctor was present? He sold this drug to Jackson for the almighty dollar with no regard for the consequences at all. It’s like giving an alcoholic a case of liquor and expecting them not to drink any unless someone is present to watch that they don’t have too much.

  9. Sandie • January 14, 2011 @ 5:03 PM

    the whole thing is a mess. the drug should have never been administered and the doctor knew better. who knows though, jackson may have gotten it elsewhere if the doc wouldn’t give it to him. the part that really bothers me is the lying and cover-up. telling the guards to get rid of the evidence BEFORE calling 911!!!! that should earn him some extra time behind bars right there as far as i’m concerned. who knows, maybe if he had just called the ambulance instead of worrying about covering his own butt, jackson may still be alive

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