Defense: Murray Just a Little Fish in 'Big, Dirty Pond'

By: CBS
By: CBS

Dr. Conrad Murray was led away in handcuffs, found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's 2009 death. The judge said Murray is a risk to society.

"Dr. Murray's reckless conduct in this case poses a demonstrable risk to the safety of the public.,' said presiding Judge Michael E. Pastor.

The jury sided with the prosecution, agreeing that Dr. Murray administered a fatal dose of the anesthetic Propofol to the pop star in the run-up to his big concert comeback.

"Our sympathies go out to Jackson family for the loss that they have suffered," said prosecutor David Walgen. "Not a pop icon, but a son and a brother."

Jackson's fans and supporters erupted in cheers outside court.

"We had no doubt. That's why we're here!"

Family members have been in court throughout the trial. Jackson's sister LaToya expressed her joy.

"Michael was watching over us. He was watching over us. (are you happy?) Yes. Very happy."

Jurors deliberated fewer than nine hours and were escorted from the building after the verdict was read. Murray's attorneys left the courthouse without commenting.

The defense tried to portray Jackson as an addict, desperate for sleep. They claimed Murray was a victim of Michael Jackson.

"He was just a little fish in a big dirty pond," said defense attorney Ed Chernoff.

Dr. Murray faces up to fours years in prison at his sentencing on November 29. Murray's medical license will be suspended, and he could lose it for good.

Murray could end up serving less time to overcrowding in the California jail system.


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  • by Beck Location: UT on Nov 14, 2011 at 12:48 PM
    Let's just slap him on the wrist and send him on his way, are you Kidding ME!!! He Killed someone and 4 years is all they are thinking of giving him if that because of crowded Jails! Ridiculous!! OUTRAGEOUS! UNACCEPTABLE!
  • by James Location: Dothan on Nov 8, 2011 at 08:08 AM
    Does this mean that none of us are responsible for what we put, or allow to be put, in our bodies? Where does personal responsibility come in?
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      by Anonymous on Nov 12, 2011 at 08:08 AM in reply to James
      Good question James! This will open up so many doors to other things. This will set a precedent for years to come.
  • by Theresa Location: Slocomb on Nov 8, 2011 at 04:01 AM
    I agree with the doctor that testified and said that Conrad Murray was responsible for every drop of Propofal in Michael Jackson's house. If he really cared for Michael Jackson, why would he allow all the drugs that Dr. Murray brought or prescribed himself for Michael Jackson. He even recorded how bad he was addicted, why didn't he wing him off over the years he was his doctor instead of pumping him full of more and more drugs...Just his part.. he was the Doctor. Don't understand why he didn't get him some kind of help over the years. He should have been tried for murder and unethical procedures done by a doctor for bringing the drug to his home alone, and with no monitoring equipment on top of that ! Not a DR. in my opinion !!
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