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Conrad Murray Judge -- So Tough, So Smart

4/5/2010 1:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sources tell TMZ the judge who will get the Conrad Murray manslaughter case is one of the toughest, smartest judges on the bench in L.A. County.

Court sources tell TMZ that L.A. County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor will be assigned Murray's case today, following a brief hearing with the Supervising Judge of the L.A. County Superior Court.

Judge Pastor has handled some high-profile cases, including the case involving topless pics of Cameron Diaz, Jason Priestley's DUI case, and a slew of other high-profile, non-celeb cases.

Note to lawyers in the case -- Pastor is extremely tough, and nothing gets past him. He reads every legal doc in his cases and makes it a point to become an expert on whatever the case involves.

Judge Pastor also knows something about addiction -- he's renowned at the courthouse as having a frequent flier mileage addiction, often flying pointlessly over a weekend just to rack up mileage points.

He's getting the Judicial Excellence Award from the L.A. County Criminal Courts Bar Association this weekend.

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cheznaz    

responding to comment #7 (by cleogirlbird) where the poster writes Michael bears responsibility. Really? So if you go to the doctor tomorrow and he tells you - you should take demerol for your pain and keeps re-prescribing it - is it your fault that you got addicted or is your doctor's fault for continuing to prescribing something that is highly addictive?

Michael's only fault was to give in to the guilt he felt for refusing to do the Pepsi commercial. If pepsi commericial had not happened, we would have enjoyed a different Michael - although I am not sure how many of his fans would then have stuck with him because it was the plastic surgery and the bizzare accusations that kept him in the limelight (bad news sells).

Michael did so many great things in life but that was shoved under the rug and instead, unrelated mess was brought out claiming it was Michael's mess.

He is gone. Thank God he is not in pain anymore. But ask him, and those of us who loved him, we would rather have him in pain (and he would agree) and alive than not!

Michael was NOT a drug addict. Demerol was not found in his system during the autopsy. The only thing found was what dr death conrad murray gave him. If Michael was a drug addict, he would have sent one of his enablers to go purchase drugs off the street - but no, Michael needed HELP with pain and insomnia - and so he enlisted someone he considered SAFE. How much safer can you get than in the company with a doctor?

Michael was betrayed at every point in life. And this conrad murray was a leech who agreed to suck out Michael's life for a fee of $150K per month! SHAME ON HIM and shame on all the powers that be who have continued to allow him to practice medicine!

1601 days ago
17.

Simon    

YOU KNOW WHAT? I DONT CARE IF DR. MURRAY GOES TO JAIL OR GETS OFF.
THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS IS THAT FREAK WACKO JACKO IS DEAD. SO ALL
HIS WEIRD FREAKY FANS CAN GRIEVE AND SAY HOW UNFAIR IT IS ALL THEY
WANT. THE FREAK AIN'T COMING BACK. HE'S DEAD.....SO I'M HAPPY
;)

1601 days ago
18.

kimberly    

JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL J. JACKSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1601 days ago
19.

Simon    

Hope Dr.Murray gets acquitted just like the pedo got off.

1601 days ago
20.

Not-A-Fan    

Hopefully Judge Pastor has the good sense to keep the cameras out of his courtroom—this trial is already going to be a ridiculous media circus!

1601 days ago
21.

duda    

Everyone will see the king.. BAM BAM BAM

1601 days ago
22.

Lorraine    

I really hope justice is served for MJ. Let's pray it's not another OJ Simpson! I pray for his children, Prince, Paris and Blanket!
They miss their father so much!

1601 days ago
23.

astabasta    

Posted at 2:53PM on Apr 5th 2010 by The Netherlands

Uhm, you really, REALLY don´t like Murray!

1601 days ago
24.

Butterfly    

27. Posted at 2:53PM on Apr 5th 2010 by The Netherlands

Uhm, you really, REALLY don´t like Murray!

Posted at 3:03PM on Apr 5th 2010 by astabasta

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LOL

1601 days ago
25.

scum bag TMZ    

really, is the judge sponsored by Coke brand too. LMAO. Hum, LKL -CNN reports this judge...TMZ, is this a hoax.

From Larry King Blog:

"Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza is expected to set a date for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require the 57-year-old doctor to stand trial on the felony charge filed Feb. 9."

1601 days ago
26.

Thunder Thighs    

18. YOU KNOW WHAT? I DONT CARE IF DR. MURRAY GOES TO JAIL OR GETS OFF.
THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS IS THAT FREAK WACKO JACKO IS DEAD. SO ALL
HIS WEIRD FREAKY FANS CAN GRIEVE AND SAY HOW UNFAIR IT IS ALL THEY
WANT. THE FREAK AIN'T COMING BACK. HE'S DEAD.....SO I'M HAPPY
;)

Posted at 2:45PM on Apr 5th 2010 by Tellit


ah duh, this is not tellit, tellit can spell...it's Oh Well, you can tell by the post formatting. sorry, loser...again, go back and get your education.

how's ric....! you people are nuts. get a job, you'll feel better about your life and circumstances.

Loser!

1601 days ago
27.

NeverMind    

7. mj haters need propofol:
I am a fan.I also take a balanced view on things. Haters don't.

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2010/04/05/conrad-murray-judge-michael-jackson-la-county-superior-court-manslaughter/1#comments#ixzz0kFrBUFrM

Do you believe that dividing the human kind into 2 categories ("fans" and "haters") is indicative of the "balanced view on things"? That is funny...

1601 days ago
28.

dolphin    

i have a question for all of you. CAN YOU BE A FAN AND STILL REALIZE MJ WAS SERIOUSLY ADDICTED TO DRUGS?

1601 days ago
29.

Linda Lovelest    

33 Posted at 3:34PM on Apr 5th 2010 by The Netherlands

Moron

1601 days ago
30.

kimberly    

What is it going to take? Him to kill someone else for them to revoke his lisence? He took an oath and went against that oath when he gave Michael Jackson propofol in his home without the proper equipment. Oh yeah,that's right it's illegal to give sedatives/propofol in the home Michael would still be alive today if it weren't for this doctor.

JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL JACKSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1601 days ago
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