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Conrad Murray

He Could Get More Time

Because He Killed MJ

11/29/2011 6:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Judges, prosecutors and criminal lawyers who have spoken with TMZ agree ... Conrad Murray should not get the maximum sentence -- 4 years in prison -- but the fact that he killed Michael Jackson changes everything.

It's not supposed to be this way -- the fame of the victim should be irrelevant -- but it's hard to ignore the fame of the victim.

The people we spoke with say the typical sentence for someone in a similar position -- no criminal history, an otherwise unblemished record -- would be a "blended sentence" -- a year or 2 in jail, and then a year or 2 of community service. 

Judge Michael Pastor made it clear when he denied Murray bail -- he views the crime as extremely serious, possibly telegraphing a maximum sentence.  It's hard to tell what Pastor will do, but almost everyone considers him a fair but stern judge.

The fact that the D.A. is asking for $100 million in restitution shows how much of a difference it makes that MJ is the victim.  The reality is  -- in terms of money -- Michael is worth more dead than alive, so there should be no restitution.  His 3 kids will now get hundreds of millions in a windfall.

Here's the reality ... Murray will not serve a day in prison.  Because of a new California law, any time he gets will be served in L.A. County Jail, and the amount of time will automatically be cut in half.  And, Murray would be eligible for house arrest.



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Wow TMZ, you've sunk to a new low. Now you make the argument that MJ was worth more to his kids dead than alive. Do you really think that there is any amount of money to compensate a child for the loss of a loving parent? What money would you take for yours?

1021 days ago


Report the stories about the dead and living when you have full coverage. I am sick of seeing these two IDIOTS..

1021 days ago

King of TMZ    

a Doctor who gives Heroine or Coke to an addict is GUILTY. just because your client asks for it doesn't mean you should give it. Why is this so hard to understand for some? or some haters are just hating for the love to hate????

1021 days ago

Mumra the Ever Living    

Q> What song was sung in every orphanage in the USA the day Michael Jackson died?
A> (s)He's Out of My Life
BTW you folks all talk about his "Children". Did he every officially adopt those kids, because they certainly arn

1021 days ago

I lol'd     

nobody gave a **** about mj while he was alive and now everyone wants to crucify the doc. your beloved mj was a ******* junkie, it's time to accept it and move on.

1021 days ago


Take a 16 year old girl with a fantastic body. Put her in a house in front of an all boys school. Put a huge front picture window in the front of the house facing the school. Now have her dance nekked in front of it day and night, laughing, smiling and waving at the boys. Try numerous interventions to get her to stop. Get it on record that all her friends and family agree she has a problem.

Oh, and then blame the boy that finally breaks in one night and rapes her.

That MJ was a drug addict is obvious
That MJ was slumming for any doctor who would do what he wanted, is obvious
That MJ was eventually going to die from his own addictions, is obvious
Holding the guy left standing when the music stops responsible? Absurd.

1021 days ago


The Today show commentator just announced Murrays on suicide watch because he never "prepared" himself for jail...Can I "WATCH" him tonight?

1021 days ago


TMZ, what is with this pop up you have on the site now? So annoying. I usually check this website a couple times an hour but you have now been blocked at my office because of the pop up! Remove it. You do not need it and it is a hassle for your loyal viewers!

1021 days ago


HE is a MURDERER who was on the phone with hookers and busy hiding propofol when his patient was dying!

1021 days ago

middle finger    

give him the max...instead of him being out in a few hours..he will be out in a few days...and MJ will still be pushing up daisys....
the kids should send a card,and thank murray for doing the world a favor

1021 days ago

Mumra the Ever Living    

BTW you folks all talk about his "Children". Did he every officially adopt those kids, because they certainly aren't his biologically. I always thought of them more along the lines of an "investment" rather than children.

1021 days ago

Cheryl A.    

So what exactly is the point of this article?

1021 days ago


Life for a life... it should be like that. MJ's kids lost a loving dad and the world lost an icon. Hang the doctor, that is the best sentence and hang those who can't read and who keep accusing MJ for things that he didn't do. His accusers admitted they LIED!

1021 days ago


Yes MJ was a boy molester!....period! just because he paid his way out of being convicted, does not make him anymore innocent than OJ simpson was as he was set free after he commited a double murder.

1021 days ago

middle finger    

insurance doesnt pay off for suicide...the jacksons needed a conviction,and it didnt matter who it was...

1021 days ago
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