Monday, April 22, 2013

Conrad Murray: Doctor in Michael Jackson death files appeal of conviction

Conrad Murray: Doctor in Michael Jackson death files appeal of conviction, Dr. Conrad Murray is appealing his involuntary manslaughter conviction in the death of Michael Jackson, The Associated Press reported April 22. The appeal comes 18 months after Dr. Murray was convicted in the death of Jackson by giving him an overdose of anesthetic.

Dr. Murray’s appeal argues that numerous legal errors were made during his trial for Jackson’s death.

Coincidentally on Monday, the jury was seated in the civil suit that Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, has filed against concert promoter AEG.

Conrad Murray was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson after a two-month trial. Murray was sentenced to four years in prison. He is eligible for release in October after serving half his sentence.

Attorney Valerie Wass filed a 230-page appellate brief to appeal Dr. Murray’s conviction, detailing numerous reasons the conviction should be overturned.

For one thing, she argued that there is insufficient evidence that Jackson died of an overdose of the anesthetic propofol given by Dr. Murray.

Murray’s appeal also states that it’s possible that Michael Jackson administered the medicine to himself, causing his own overdose — an argument also made during Dr. Murray’s trial.

The appeal also argues that the judge in the case should have banned television cameras from the courtroom during the highly publicized trial. The appeal says that the judge should have granted a motion to sequester jurors to keep them away from any publicity.

The appeal says the judge also should have allowed evidence during the trial of some of Michael Jackson's previous medical records, his contract with concert promoter AEG, and his financial documents.

Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, at age 50, while preparing for his “This is It” concert tour in England.

Jackson allegedly demanded propofol as a sleep aid to help him rest, although the medication is not indicated for that use. Dr. Murray was convicted of administering an overdose of propofol to Michael Jackson, killing him.

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