Earlier this month we learned that Conrad Murray was found guilty of the manslaughter death of Michael Jackson and today we learn the fate of his conviction. Murray was back in court this morning to be sentenced for the crime he was convicted of and the ruling judge decided to throw the book at him. The maximum punishment for manslaughter is 4 years in prison … and that is exactly the sentence that Murray got slapped with. BUT, not so fast … because of a new law in California, Murray will NOT go to prison — he’ll go to jail instead. Nor will he serve the full 4 years — he’ll likely be out after 2 years. In addition, Murray has been ordered to pay restitution of about $900. So that works out to … 2 years in jail and $900 for the death of Michael Jackson. I guess justice has been served.
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. 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 — a documentary which apparently bit Murray in the butt. In the end, the judge said, “Dr. Murray abandoned his patient,” calling his conduct “egregious” and “a disgrace to the medical profession.”
One might think that the punishment for having a hand in the untimely death of the King of Pop might be more severe … but circumstances being what they are … Murray will actually only serve about 2 years in a cushy county jail … and will only be forced to pay $900. I mean … wow … can you believe this? I guess the judge decided to throw the book at Murray because he knew that would be the ONLY way for him to serve any kind of punishment at all. A lesser sentence would’ve been watered down to almost no jail time at all. I know the Jackson family was hoping for the maximum sentence … but I sincerely doubt they will be happy with the reality of Murray’s punishment.
What do y’all think? Has justice been served? Is this enough punishment to pay for the death of Michael Jackson?