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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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196.

Caroline    

I agree with the judge's reasoning that probation is for someone who shows remorse and accepts responsibility for their actions. Murray clearly doesn't fall into that category as he hasn't shown a modi*** of remorse and continues to blame everyone but himself for what happened. Running his fat mouth in that do***entary was a very bad idea. Hope he's in a cell as long as possible under the new law and that his medical license is revoked in every state he's licensed to practice in.

1009 days ago
197.

mj fan forever    

JUDGE PASTOR ORDERED HIM TO L.A. COUNTY JAIL NOT FOR THE EFFECT OF THE NEW LAW BUT I WOULD HAVE WISHED HE HAD SAID STATE PRISON I HOPE THE DA WILL APPEAL!!!!!! ANYWAY THANK YOU JUDGE PASTOR FOR GIVING A MURDERER THE MAXIMUM SENTENCE AND MAKE SURE THAT MURDERER ROTS IN A DAMNED JAIL HE IS A MURDERER!!!!!!! WE ARRIVED HERE TODAY THANKS TO THE BRILLIANT WORK OF PROSECUTORS WHO PRESENTED THE CASE IN AN EXCELLENT WAY TO MAKE SURE THE MURDERER WAS FOUND GUILTY AND CONTINUED TO WORK TO MAKE SURE HE GOT THE MAXIMUM SENTENCE EVEN IF FOR ME THE DEATH PENALTY WAS THE MOST RIGHT SENTENCE FOR A MURDERER!!!!!! DA COOLEY SAID THE MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE WAS THE MOST APPROPRIATE BASED ON JURY INSTRUCTION!!!!! SO IF NOT THEY WOULD HAVE CHARGED MURDERER WITH MURDER!!!!! I DID LOVE HOW JUDGE PASTOR SPOKE AND HOW HE POINTED OUT THE MANY LIES OF MURDERER AT THE END THE DISGUSTING DOCU-TRASH LIKE HIM WAS USEFUL TO THE PROSECUTION THANK YOU VERY MUCH MR WALGREN AND MS BRAZIL EXCELLENT JOB!!!!!! THE MURDERER IS FINALLY ROTTING IN JAIL BEFORE ROTTING IN HELL!!!!!!!! JUSTICE HAS BEEN DONE FOR MICHAEL JACKSON!!!!!!!!!

1009 days ago
198.

Kanaia    

This judge is an idiot. He let public sentiment and his fear of being a "racist" influence the sentencing. Murray should "Pay a good portion of the $1 mil+ funeral" really? A funeral is roughly $5K. That is the law. Anything over and above typical or usual the family should pay. Is everyone hallucinating? MJ was a drug addict!!! Murray acting irresponsibly and most likely contributed to his death (no one saw him give him the medication so how do you know if he self medicated?) and is a terrible doctor and should never practice ever again but MJ wanted the drugs and paid large fees for the drugs JUST LIKE A DRUG ADDICT ON THE STREET. If anyone else overdid the drugs on the street no one would care. No one can handle that MJ was an addict mostly the family and the judge doesn't want to be a racist. Murry deserves punishment but please......people get a grip on reality. What about Anna Nicole Smith? Same thing except for the question of if she self administered or not. Murray is going to talk an excessive sentence due to the family and public not wanting to admit the truth (and potentially lose money). ADMIT HE WAS AN ADDICT!

1009 days ago
199.

Jenny Jones     

I believe MJ was an addict and no is not in an addicts vocabulary ur not gonna tell MJ no AND ur really not going to tell an addict no the only thing he was worried about was going to sleep and for an addict sleep is really hard to get Murrey is no different than the grandmother down ur street giving her son some of her extra pain meds i think there both to blame THAT IS if u can blame an addict can u

1009 days ago
200.

HumanNature    

LOOK HERE "DUMB AS DIRT" CROWD!!!!!


ANYBODY REGARDLESS OF SKIN COLOR BREAK THE LAW DESERVE TO BE PUNISH AND THROW IN JAIL!!!!!


ANYBODY WHO USES THEIR PROFESSIONAL LICENSE FOR "GREED" SHOULD BE THROWN UNDER THAT JAIL CELL!!!!


STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR CRIMINALS!!!!!


DUMMY!!!!

1009 days ago
201.

Jenny Jones     

I believe MJ was an addict and no is not in an addicts vocabulary ur not gonna tell MJ no AND ur really not going to tell an addict no the only thing he was worried about was going to sleep and for an addict sleep is really hard to get Murray is no different than the grandmother down ur street giving her son some of her extra pain meds i think there both to blame THAT IS if u can blame an addict can u

1009 days ago
202.

eddie     

(JUSTICE HAS NOT BEEN SERVED, IN THIS SO-CALLED INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER TRIAL!!) THIS TRIAL HAS MADE A "MOCKERY" OUT OF (THE CALIFORNIA JUDICIAL SYSTEM!!!! )

(THE MAXIMUM SENTENCE IS "ONLY 4YRS IN PRISON FOR MURDER" IS A BIG JOKE!)


According to the ( California Penal Code Section 190.2 )


The penalty for a defendant (Conrat Murray) , if he is founded quilty of "MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE" is death or imprisonment in the State Prison for life without the possibility of parole, if one or more of the following special cir***tances has been found under (Section 190.4 of the California Penal Code) to be true.


(1) "INTENTIONALLY" and Carrying out the Murder of (Michael Jackson) for FINANCIAL GAIN"! ($150,000 per month x 12 = to $1,800,000 million per year salary from AEG ...),this proves that "Conrat Murray" really should've been charged by the DA's Office with (Murder in the First Degree)!! He should've not been undercharged with "Involuntary Manslaughter"!! (IMO)


http://law.onecle.com/california/penal/190.2.html


NOW!! Is the time for "EVERYONE" who believe in "JUSTICE for MICHAEL JACKSON and the World" I'm asking that you,Please! contact: California Governor "Jerry Brown" and the District Attorney "Steve Cooley" requesting an answer from them on, Why the DA's office Undercharged "Conrad Murray" (2 YEARS AGO BEFORE HIS MURDER TRIAL STARTED) with "Involuntary Manslaughter" and not "Murder in the First Degree", for the Murder of "The Great Michael Joseph Jackson"?

(THE CHARGE DON'T FIT THE CRIME of PREMEDITATED MURDER!!)


I'm not buying into this (ACCIDENTAL OVERDOSE ARGUMENT) BS that the "PROSECUTION" is claiming was the procedures, that Conrat Murray used to murder "Michael Jackson"!!!


Mailing Addresses:


Governor Jerry Brown
State Capital,Suite 1173
Sacramento,CA 95814

Phone:(916) 445-2841
Fax:(916)558-3160...
http://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php


LA District Attorney Steve Cooley
210 West Temple Street,Suite 18000
Los Angeles, CA 90012-3210

Phone: (213) 974-1484
Fax:(213) 974-1484
TTY (800) 457-7778
8:30am-5:00pm M-F

http://da.co.la.ca.us/feedback.htm#feedback.htm#feedback

1009 days ago
203.

karlew    

But Chernoff noted Murray "will always be known as the guy who killed Michael Jackson."

And that will make him a hero to about 1/2 the population.

1009 days ago
204.

Siggisis    

I see all the haters are out in full force. Grumpy over the verdict much? Just sayin`....

1009 days ago
205.

billybob    

Palpatine says, this is Gooooooooood!

1009 days ago
206.

Siggisis    

Verdict and sentence, I meant to say.

1009 days ago
207.

LVX156    

At least he got the 4 years. He murdered Michael Jackson and gets a slap on the wrist. Jail is hard time. Sad he will be out in a year but I sure hope they make him do everyday.
RIP Michael

1009 days ago
208.

yvonne from uk    

Loved Judge Pastors speech, he really went for Murray, i still don't think the sentence fits the crime though, especially as Murray will probably be out well before his 4 years are served. One thing for sure the s***bags life is in ruins, his greed backfired and i hope every remaining day of his useless life is a living hell, he deserves no sympathy, he showed no remorse whatsoever and for that alone i hate the man so so much.

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210.

Dose Of Reality    

Knowing what you can no longer deny after this trial, how do you think MJ would have done on his tour even if he never met Murray?

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