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November 30, 2011 | By Anthony McCartney, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - The doctor convicted in the overdose death of Michael Jackson was sentenced Tuesday to the maximum four years behind bars by a judge who denounced him as a reckless physician whose actions were a "disgrace to the medical profession. " Conrad Murray, 58, sat stoically with his hands crossed as Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor repeatedly chastised him for what he called a "horrific violation of trust" while caring for Jackson. However, Pastor conceded his sentence was constrained by a recent change in California law that requires Murray to serve his sentence in county jail rather than state prison.
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November 4, 2011 | By Linda Deutsch, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - The case against the doctor accused of killing singer Michael Jackson has gone to the jury, with deliberations set to begin Friday. The seven-man, five-woman panel got the involuntary-manslaughter case Thursday after spirited, daylong closing arguments by a prosecutor and defense attorney. Prosecutor David Walgren urged the group to convict Conrad Murray, arguing that the Houston-based cardiologist was reckless with Jackson's life and left his children without a father when he gave the singer an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid. Defense attorney Ed Chernoff countered that Jackson injected himself with the fatal dose and that prosecutors were trying to convict Murray for Jackson's actions.
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October 17, 2011 | By Anthony McCartney, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - The trial of Michael Jackson's doctor will soon enter a new phase as attorneys for Conrad Murray look to counter three weeks of damaging testimony and try to show that the singer caused his own death. Murray's attorneys have told jurors that his involuntary manslaughter case would hinge on the science of what killed Jackson in June 2009. They will call their own experts to counter prosecution witnesses who have repeatedly told the jury that Murray was reckless when he gave Jackson a powerful anesthetic to help him sleep.
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October 23, 2011 | By Linda Deutsch, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - The lead attorney for the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death challenged a key prosecution expert Friday about his contention that the physician was responsible for the death of the singer. Attorney Ed Chernoff cross-examined Steven Shafer, who previously testified that the only plausible explanation for the death was that Jackson had been hooked up to an IV drip of the anesthetic propofol, then left alone by Conrad Murray. "That's a bold claim, isn't it?"
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November 10, 2011 | By David Hiltbrand, INQUIRER TELEVISION WRITER
She lasted longer than anyone thought she would. Longer than most of us thought she should. But the end came Tuesday night for nasty cable legal analyst Nancy Grace on Dancing With the Stars . She was sent home, along with her long-suffering partner, Tristan McManus. That leaves four celebrities in next week's semifinals: current front-runner J.R. Martinez, the former soldier-turned-actor, who earned two perfect scores from the judges this week; his main competitor, actress and former TV host Ricki Lake; soccer star goalie Hope Solo; and famous-for-no-reason Rob Kardashian.
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October 13, 2011 | By Linda Deutsch, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Conrad Murray's defense Wednesday abandoned a theory it had touted for more than a year that Michael Jackson swallowed the drug that killed him, an abrupt shift in strategy that undermines its case. The reason was clear: The defense had learned its contention that the singer swallowed the anesthetic propofol while Murray was out of the room in June 2009 couldn't be supported with scientific evidence. The developments, along with a medical expert's repudiation of Murray's medical skills, suggested the defense must recoup significant lost ground in its bid to acquit him of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death.
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October 21, 2011 | By Linda Deutsch, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Michael Jackson was so heavily drugged in the hours before his death that he would have been incapable of self-administering the massive dose of propofol that killed him, a medical expert testified Thursday at the trial of Jackson's doctor. Steven Shafer, who presented a number of possible scenarios for Jackson's overdose, said one posed by Conrad Murray's defense - that the star gave himself the powerful anesthetic - was "crazy. " "He can't give himself an injection if he's asleep," Shafer told jurors.
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November 2, 2011 | By Linda Deutsch, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Michael Jackson's doctor finally made a decision he had long delayed, telling a judge Tuesday he would not testify in his involuntary-manslaughter trial. Minutes later, the defense rested its case and the prosecution, after presenting brief rebuttal testimony, closed its presentation of evidence in the six-week trial. Closing arguments begin Thursday. Conrad Murray's announcement came while jurors were out of the room and he was not asked to repeat it for them.
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October 27, 2011 | By Linda Deutsch, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Michael Jackson's doctor, a model of composure throughout his four-week trial, was moved to tears when five patients marched into court Wednesday to offer testimonials about his medical skills. Conrad Murray maintained his typically calm demeanor until Ruby Mosley, a tiny, gray-haired woman with a cane, struggled to the witness stand to defend him. She spoke of knowing his father, also a doctor, in the poor community of Acres Home outside Houston and said she met Murray when he opened a clinic dedicated to his father's memory.
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November 12, 2011 | By Anthony McCartney, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Jail time is not the only problem looming for the doctor convicted in Michael Jackson's death. Lawsuits, medical licensing issues and possible payments to Jackson's family await. Some of the matters have been on hold since Conrad Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter in February 2010, and the cardiologist's attorneys have so far fended off attempts to end his ability to practice medicine. Now, with the jury's guilty verdict announced Monday, the efforts to hold Murray accountable in civil courts will speed up and the loss of his medical privileges are all but guaranteed.
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September 27, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Jackson was an adult fully responsible for his own actions and died because of his own decisions, a lawyer for AEG Live said on Wednesday said in his closing argument in the Jackson family's negligence suit against the company. MJ's family blame the company for hiring Conrad Murray , the physician who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 for giving MJ an overdose of propofol, an anesthetic used in surgery. AEG denies it hired Murray, maintaining that it was MJ who insisted Murray treat him. Attorney Marvin Putnam said that if the company knew of MJ's drug abuse, it would never have partnered with him for his comeback tour.
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September 11, 2013 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vvella@philly.com, 215-854-2513
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June 29, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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June 28, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES - Michael Jackson's eldest son testified yesterday that his father was excited about going back on tour before his death but wasn't happy about the pressure that came with the ill-fated shows. Michael Joseph "Prince" Jackson Jr. told jurors his father wanted more time to rehearse and had several tense phone conversations with promoters of his "This Is It" shows that sometimes ended with his father in tears. The 16-year-old said his father remarked after one of the conversations, "They're going to kill me. " He did not elaborate.
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November 30, 2011 | By Howard Gensler
CONRAD MURRAY , the doctor convicted in the big sleep-induced death of Michael Jackson , was sentenced to the maximum four years behind bars yesterday by Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor , who denounced him as a "disgrace to the medical profession. " He also said Murray was "Dangerous," but he could have just as easily said "Bad" or "Off the Wall. " The doctor sat stoically with his hands crossed as Pastor repeatedly chastised him for what he called a "horrific violation of trust" while caring for Jackson.
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November 30, 2011 | By Anthony McCartney, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - The doctor convicted in the overdose death of Michael Jackson was sentenced Tuesday to the maximum four years behind bars by a judge who denounced him as a reckless physician whose actions were a "disgrace to the medical profession. " Conrad Murray, 58, sat stoically with his hands crossed as Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor repeatedly chastised him for what he called a "horrific violation of trust" while caring for Jackson. However, Pastor conceded his sentence was constrained by a recent change in California law that requires Murray to serve his sentence in county jail rather than state prison.
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