Michael Jackson's Doc Found Guilty

Cha Thorpe

Photo Illustration by Grace Singer

Mixed emotions continue to swirl from a Nov. 7 verdict finding Dr. Conrad Murray guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

Jackson’s death came as a shock to the public and droves of fans when news of his death broke June 25, 2009. Jackson, 50, was preparing to embark on his final music tour; a tour that would never happen due to a fatal dose of the anesthetic Propofol.

Dr. Conrad Murray, 58, was Jackson’s personal physician and allegedly administrated the injection of the medication to Jackson in efforts to help him sleep. Murray took the job as Jackson’s doctor weeks before Jackson’s anticipated world tour, “This Is It”, was supposed to start. Several other doctors declined.

After six weeks of arguments Murray was ultimately found guilty and could face up to four years in state prison and lose his medical license. However, some think that Murray could walk away with just a slap on the wrist.

According to District Attorney Steven Cooley, in a public statement released to the media, it is going to be difficult to place Murray in prison due to the fact that he has no prior criminal record and the the current overcrowding of prison facilities.

Despite those facts, Judge Michael Pastor denied requests by Murray’s lawyers to allow him to remain free while awaiting sentencing on Nov. 29. Judge Pastor stated that public safety demanded that Murray be remanded to jail, unavoidably.

“This is a crime where the end result was the death of a human being,” Pastor said.

As the verdict was read, Murray revealed little to no emotion. Members of Jackson’s family were present including his parents Joe and Katherine Jackson, as well as his siblings Latoya, Rebbie and Jermaine. Family friends Rick and Kathy Hilton, heirs to the Hilton Hotel franchise, were also in attendance to show their support.

Jury members took approximately nine hours to come to a final verdict, deliberating for six hours the first day and almost three hours on the second. Overall Murray was charged with administering an anesthetic, not properly supervising his patient and not properly aiding Jackson when he stopped breathing.

Once the news broke that Murray was found guilty the swarm of fans and onlookers that gathered in front of the court house unleashed a roar of cheers and relief.. Still, uncertainty linger.

“There’s more”, Joe Jackson simply said as he exited the courtroom.

Some feel as if justice has not been served and that the court proceedings were more of a spectacle than an even fairway to unveil right and wrong. Many of Jackson’s fans felt like Murray’s punishment was not severe enough.

“Dr. Murray knew that the medicine he was giving Michael was dangerous and should have only been given in a hospital setting. He knew what he was doing and how to do it, but he chose to do wrong. He’s guilty as charged,” said Jackson fan and student of Florida State College Kris Blackwell.

“I don’t feel Conrad Murray is a murderer. A murderer is someone that has intent to kill. I just think that he did not exercise good medical judgment and was under a lot of pressure,” shared University of Central Florida pharmaceutical major Gabbi Norman.

This is a story that it seems will never be concluded. There are too many questions that have yet to be answered, and fates that are yet to be determined. However, one thing seems certain – that in this matter this is not it.