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Dr. Conrad Murray

Sentenced to the Maximum

11/29/2011 11:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Judge Michael Pastor threw the book at Dr. Conrad Murray
Judge Michael Pastor threw the book at Dr. Conrad Murray, sentencing him to 4 YEARS IN PRISON.  But Murray will not spend a single day in prison because of a new California law.  He'll serve his time in L.A. County Jail.  And in jail, at most Murray will only serve half the sentence.
 
The judge was angry, talking repeatedly about Dr. Murray's documentary in which he laid the blame at Michael Jackson's doorstep.  The documentary clearly weighed in the judge's decision to give Murray the max.

As for restitution, Judge Pastor ordered Dr. Murray to pay "appropriate restitution" to the Estate and to MJ's kids at a later date ... but the judge seemed dubious about the $100 million request by the prosecution.  

Judge Pastor ruled Murray must pay an $800 fine, a $30 court security fee, and a $40 criminal conviction assessment. 

Judge Pastor said, "There are those who feel Dr. Murray is a saint.  There are those who feel he's the devil.  He is neither.  He's a human being." 

Judge Pastor says it's irrelevant to him that Michael might have met this fate with some other doctor.  The fact is, Pastor said, Michael Jackson died because of the actions of ... Dr. Murray."

The judge said he looked at Murray's whole life, and he was impressed.  But he added Dr. Murray's recklessness with Jackson overshadowed the doc's good deeds, calling the treatment, "a cycle of horrible medicine."

The Judge noted, "Dr. Murray engaged in a recurring, continuous pattern of deceit and lies."
 
The Judge was incredulous, saying far from being remorseful, "There's umbrage and outrage on the part of Dr. Murray against the decedent."  The judge was making note of Murray's critical comments about MJ in his recently-aired documentary.

In the end, the judge said, "Dr. Murray abandoned his patient," calling his conduct ... "medicine madness,"  "egregious" and "a disgrace to the medical profession."

Brian Panish, attorney for Jackson family, read a statement:  "We still look at each other in disbelief.  Is it really possible he is gone?"  The statement goes on ...  "We are not here to seek revenge.  There is nothing you can do here today that will bring Michael back."  In terms of the sentence, the family said: "We respectfully request you impose a sentence that reminds physicians they cannot sell their services to the highest bidder."

Prosecutor David Walgren, who asked the judge to impose the maximum, 4-year prison sentence, reminded the judge ... Dr. Murray repeatedly lied to authorities about the events in the bedroom where Michael died.  He also noted the recklessness of Murray's medical treatment.   Walgren called Murray's treatment a "pharmaceutical experiment."  Walgren said, "The defendant was playing Russian Roulette with Michael Jackson's life every single night."

Walgren also asked for $100 million in restitution for MJ's kids, because that's what Michael Jackson would have made in the "This Is It" tour. Walgren also wanted Murray to pay a fair amount for the $1.8 million funeral.

Murray's lawyer, Ed Chernoff, told Judge Pastor, Dr. Murray did not want to address the court, but the lawyer said no doubt Jackson's death is a tragedy that demands punishment, but Murray's "book of life" is much better than this one chapter.  Chernoff noted Murray was born "dirt poor" in Grenada and led an exemplary life that made him a cardiologist. But Chernoff noted Murray "will always be known as the guy who killed Michael Jackson."  Chernoff did say, "Michael Jackson was a drug seeker, and Dr. Murray was wrong in providing it."

As for restitution ... Chernoff shockingly never addressed the obvious -- that Jackson is worth more dead than alive.  All he said was Murray couldn't afford to pay it..

Murray Found Guilty

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181.

Truth    

THIS WAS A COMPLETE MEDICAL MALPRACTICE SUIT WITHOUT FORGIVENESS OR RESPONSIBILITY FROM DR MURRAY AT ANY TIME. INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER IS THE CORRECT CHARGE YET THE RECORDING MADE IT BORDERLINE VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER IF NOT 2ND DEGREE MURDER UNDER GUISE OF BLACKMAIL. THE JUDGE WAS FAIR AND ACCURATE IN HIS ASSESSMENT. HE SAID MANY TIMES CONRAD MURRAY COULD HAVE HAVE SAID NO AND HAD MANY CHANCES TO WALK AWAY WHILST MJ WAS STILL ALIVE BUT DID NOT. THAT IS THE KEY TO NO REASONABLE DOUBT IN THIS CASE. THAT IS THE REASON HE GOT MAX SENTENCE. OTHERWISE THE DUDE COULD BE WALKING FREE AND SOME OTHER DOC WOULD BE UP FOR THE CHARGE. YOU KNOW DRUG ADDICT MJ WOULD HAVE FOUND SOMEONE WHO WOULD SAY YES EVENTUALLY... TRUTH!!

1002 days ago
182.

gayforliztaylor    

jacko family encouraged his child worship rekigious brainwashing cult. i have no sympathy for ghetto gimps and lowlifes.
if mj just wanted to self-destruct, it was his choice, but he was allowed to be a liar to his children! no wonder paris denies that chris brown punched rihanna... as long as mj was promoted as a misunderstood superstar, the mj kids don't care.

1002 days ago
183.

me    

Am I the only one who misses Michael?

1002 days ago
184.

Faun    

So Michael is not responsible for anything. Not doctor shopping or pill popping or paying a great deal of money for the drugs of his choice. Figures. That's justice for you. Murray is an idiot but Jackson is just as responsible. I guess where money is involved they can even make a skunk smell like a rose.

1002 days ago
185.

Missy    

It's always interesting to hear what the judge has been thinking all along at sentencing, what they cannot express during trial, especially with regard to the voice recording of an intoxicated Michael Jackson.

I found it insulting when Chernoff implied that Murray will spend the rest of his life as a barrista or greeter at Walmart. What's wrong with earning an honest living? Frankly, as a convicted felon, he wouldn't be hired at Walmart!

Murray has shown no remorse. He should have stood up and beaten his chest in remorse. Instead, he sat in his seat, looking furious.

People say that Murray, like Lindsay Lohan, will be released in hours. Not so. Lohan was a DUI-probation violation, not manslaughter. Apples to oranges. He may be released early for good behaviour, but not for over-crowding.

1002 days ago
186.

erwt    

LONG LIVE THE KING

1002 days ago
187.

Carl    

Why do you think it is shocking that Chernoff didn't say Jackson was worth more dead than alive? The judge and the public would have been livid at the suggestion. In essence he would be saying Murray's actions benefited Jackson's children.

1002 days ago
188.

justin    

Incredible. This guy didn't kill MJ. MJ killed himself. If conrad murray didn't provide him with the drugs that he wanted, he would've found them some other way. He wasn't a highly ethical guy, but he didn't MURDER Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson chose the path he wanted to go down. Once you begin heading down the path of the type of addictions he was dealing with there is really only one way out.

1002 days ago
189.

Krissy    

Anyone notice the lawyer playing with his phone under the table?

1002 days ago
190.

k    

This judge needs to take over Lindsay Lohan's case(s). He seems tough, maybe he would do her some good.
RIP MJ

1002 days ago
191.

Nicole    

mj did it to himself, just give conrad house arrest...or a medal who cares already

1002 days ago
192.

Lala956    

Dr. Conrad Murray does not deserve to do time. Its not his fault Michael Jackson was a druggy, but since it was Jackson he's probably gonna get the 4 yrs cuz they dont want to give that child molester a bad name.. He's dead because he was a druggy not because of what Dr Murray did.. stupid law always favoring the famous and rich.

1002 days ago
193.

Jennifer    

Why does everyone keep blaming what happened on the fact that MJ was a "drug user" or that he "demanded" propofol? Bottom line: it doesn't matter! Murray was the doctor, not MJ, and as such Murray had a LEGAL and MORAL obligation to say, NO!

1002 days ago
194.

Steve     

All this is fine and well, but they shouldn't be making a hero out of a child molester. This 'doctor' should go to jail, but the pervert he killed should have been in prison years ago

1002 days ago
195.

dolphin    

If Murray had any morals at all or cared about Michael he would have done something to get Michael help, not pump him full of more drugs. He then could have come back and done the concerts and be alive.

He could see that Michael was in trouble with prescription drugs, going to Dr. Klein and all the rest. As a doctor and actually being in his house, this was the time that someone finally could have forced him to get help by postponing the concerts until he got help. I suspect AEG knew all of this but again $$$$$$ won out.

1002 days ago
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