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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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Dr. Expert    

This black on black crime has to stop. It's genocide.
You are killing your own people.

1058 days ago


Michael Jackson was a CHILD MOLESTER!!! Hello people!! Stop acting like Michael was a saint! He loved little boys and he was also a drug addict, with or without Conrad Murrays help.
Murray did us all a favor...good riddance!!

1058 days ago


S***bag got what he deserved, even if MJ was a filthy PEDOPHILE who DESERVED DEATH!

Leaving your patient was egregious and lying and deceiving was doubley bad. Good thing he's big cause the udder brodders was gonna bang him up da backside fo sho!

1058 days ago

Leslie from Newmarket, On, Canada    


1058 days ago


Hope the Judge sealed the lips of those that say "it's Michael's own fault he died." And for Oh Well, you heard what the Judge said about all you Oh Well people. LOL!!!

1058 days ago


That is one fame-whoring "judge"! Needs some propofol, stat!

1058 days ago


TMZs comments are totally biased against Michael Jackson. Morons

1058 days ago


does anyone remember that MJ paid a family 20,000,000 --> TWENTY MILLION to NOT file child molestation charges ???? its ALL about money folks....Murray just didn't have enough to buy his way out.. People glorify M J for his musical talent but forget that he was a child molester thats a shame... M J SHOULD have been in jail long before he O D'd ...if he HAD been in jail he probably would still be alive.... maybe justice has been served????

1058 days ago


Very sad, but no one wins. Michael Jackson was an addict, even if his family refuses to believe it. Michael Jackson loved medication and he found a friend in Dr. Murray. Dr. Murray wanted the money. Dr. Murray is not the only person responsib;e for his death. We should look at the other doctors who gave Michael Jackson medicine and his own family, who saw that he had problems, but brushed it under the rug.

1058 days ago

Dose Of Reality    

The amount of money is a joke. It will not or can not ever be paid. If 1% is ever paid, it will be a miracle.

Those poor kids. First they were taken from their mother's, now this.

1058 days ago

Ozzie X    

...and he will be released in 24 hours because of overcrowding.

1058 days ago


Thank you Dr. Conrad for helping this accused child molester end his own pathetic life. The world is a better place without Michael Jackson, and that is a fact.

1058 days ago


why are all the female deputies leading the doc out of the courtroom midgets? they're all at least 2 - 3 feet shorter than him. If he or any other defendant wanted to make a break for it, he'd have 5 or six deputies clinging to his legs.

1058 days ago

Jay W.     

Damn... Conrad, you can use a sheet to hang yourself. It will be ok. I will not look down on you if you end your own life. It's about your only option since your liable for $100,865,000 + some change.

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