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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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Oval Beach    

You know...have any of you Californians ever asked yourselves "Why do we have a Spartan on our state seal?" I mean, WHY?

955 days ago
17.

Jay W.     

Screw you and your privacy issues!

955 days ago
18.

Siggisis    

Love Judge Pastor.

955 days ago
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Siggisis    

canreadbutnotwrite: 15 minutes ago

aaaaaand Mr. Walgren ;))))))))))))

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Absolutely!

955 days ago
20.

BlueTiger    

What we learn from all of this...Is not to trust BLACK DOCTER'S!!!

955 days ago
21.

Michael    

Good Morning USA, EUROPE, ASIA, AUSTRALIAS or where ever you may be...Now where were we?. I am going to tell you what I tell every witness in every case. The first: Please sit back and relax. The second: Please speak in a loud voice so we can hear you. The third: If you're called upon to provide a yes or no answer to a question, use those terms rather than slang, "uh huh" "uh uh" which can be confusing. And lastly, please wait until you hear an entire question before you even start to answer. In our daily lives many of us speak over each other, but in a courtroom we need to hear a whole question first before answering. Is that all okay? . . . Nope i think we moved on from that maybe it was Judge to jurors: you must follow the law as I give you. Pay careful attention to this instructions and follow them closely....No moved on from that...Oh! i remember now it's the sentencing.Stand up DR Murray...Sorry Ex-Doctor Murray. I hereby sentence you too LIFE take him away....Can he do that :)

955 days ago
22.

NOT a fan    

I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL THIS IS OVER! I am so sick of hearing about this stupid trial. MJ was a FREAK - everyone knew it (including his family)! They are just trying to save his name in order to make more money off of it. This man should be set free! Michael killed himself. Freak. Period.

955 days ago
23.

Mikey    

He'll get jail time and work on death row as the guy that gives the injections.

955 days ago
24.

Mikey    

They're doing this to Conrad Murray cause he's black.

955 days ago
25.

nick    

Yes Dr.Murray did wrong.So did the Jackson family!They knew what was going on,they knew he was in no shape to perform,THEY ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN.Why? Greed,bling and more bling.The flash,the sunglasses,the body guards,the pretense.They need to ask God's forgiveness!

955 days ago
26.

dd    

Arrogance always rears it's ugly head to bite you in the ass!

955 days ago
27.

Mikey    

Call me crazy but I still think they could make a ton of money during a Michael Jackson Weekend At Bernies Tour.

955 days ago
28.

Chell     

The family wants to be reimbursed 1.8 million for his funeral/memorial expense? Who the hell would spend 1.8 million on a memorial/funeral. What a bunch of over spending greedy jerk-offs. They chose to make a huge spectacle of his death- pay your own dam bills!

955 days ago
29.

Siggisis    

Bravo Walgren!

955 days ago
30.

canreadbutnotwrite    

Thank you Mr. Walgren

955 days ago
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