Dr Conrad Murray – Is He Guilty or Not? The Jury is Out
The death of singer Michael Jackson caused shockwaves around the world and it sometimes seems as though the world has been watching the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, accused of involuntary manslaughter. After many dramatic trial scenes over the course of six weeks, millions are now waiting to see if Conrad Murray is guilty or not as the jury is out.
The prosecution claims that Murray is responsible for the death of singer Michael Jackson by administering him with propofol to aid sleep and neglecting to monitor its affects. Meanwhile Murray’s defense maintains that Jackson caused his own death by administering the drug himself. Testimony at the Los Angeles Superior Court has been watched across the world and closing arguments were presented on Thursday after 49 witnesses had been called and over 300 pieces of evidence presented. The jury consisting of 7 men and 5 women deliberated on Friday but no verdict has been reached yet and they will resume discussions tomorrow (Monday).
In summing up, David Walgren for the prosecution appealed to the jury saying, “Conrad Murray left Prince, Paris, and Blanket without a father, for them this case doesn’t end today, or tomorrow, or the next day. For Michael’s children, this case will go on forever because they do not have a father,” according to ITN News. Walgren continued, “I will be asking that you return with a verdict of guilty as to the sole count of involuntary manslaughter because Conrad Murray caused the death of Michael Jackson. Conrad Murray abandoned Michael Jackson. Conrad Murray gave him propofol and abandoned him. Conrad Murray is criminally liable, justice demands a guilty verdict.”
Ed Chernoff for the defense said, “Dr. Murray’s greatest personality defect is his greatest character strength. He got brought into this situation because he thought he could help, because he thought he could help. He could help Michael Jackson succeed. He could help him sleep normally.” Summing up he continued, “If you’re going to hold Dr. Murray responsible, don’t do it because it’s Michael Jackson.” Dr. Murray chose not to give evidence at the trial.
Fans of Michael Jackson who have gathered outside the court have been holding signs requesting a “one way ticket to jail” for Murray, according to BBC News. While the jury was deliberating on Friday neither Dr. Murray or his legal team made an appearance but once a verdict is reached they will receive a two-hour notice. If Conrad Murray is found guilty of involuntary manslaughter he faces up to 4 years in prison and losing his license to practice medicine. We’d like to hear your thoughts on Dr. Conrad Murray and the death of Michael Jackson. Which way do you think the verdict will go? Which way do you think it should go? Let us know with your comments.
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