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


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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