MJ Doctor Charged With Manslaughter


LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors today charged Michael Jackson’s Doctor Feel Good with involuntary manslaughter in connection to the pop icon’s sudden death, authorities said.

Dr. Conrad Murray will be arraigned this afternoon at a courthouse in the shadows of LA International Airport, ending an odd week of on-again, off-again plans to surrender and face the music.

The Houston-based cardiologist has wanted to turn himself in earlier this month, but LA prosecutors and cops couldn’t agree on how to orchestrate the high-profile arrest.
Murray was charged with a single count of involuntary manslaughter, carrying a punishment ranging from probation to four years in the slammer.

The doctor — with active licenses to practice medicine in California, Nevada and Texas — was the last person to see Jackson, 50, alive on June 25.
He’s admitted giving surgical grade anesthetics to the King of Pop to treat his insomnia, but insists the powerful medication shouldn’t have killed Jackson.
TMZ reported this afternoon that it obtained a copy of the coroner's report detailing Jacko's death. The report concluded that Propofol, a drug administered to him by Murray, killed the singer.

The report has been kept under wraps until the criminal complaint against Murray was filed today and is expected to be the centerpiece of his prosecution.
“Looking for justice,” Jackson’s father, Joe Jackson, said as he walked past a crowd of reporters and into the courthouse.
Jackson, 50, hired Murray to be his personal doctor as he prepared for a strenuous series of comeback concerts in London.
Known as “milk of amnesia,” the drug is only supposed to be administered by an anesthesia professional in a medical setting because it depresses breathing and heart rate while lowering blood pressure.
But Murray’s defense lawyer, Ed Chernoff, has said the doctor is ready to wage legal war for his freedom.
"We’ll make bail ... and we’ll fight like hell," said Chernoff.
Jackson’s loved ones wanted Murray to be charged with murder, and are incensed the doctor only faces involuntary manslaughter.
But legal experts said LA prosecutors have a better shot at conviction with involuntary manslaughter than murder.
"It seems to fit, the defense will have a very tough road," said Loyola Marymount University law professor Stan Goldman.
"Every doctor you talk to says these drugs are so powerful and dangerous you should only be administering them in a clinic setting."
If Murray is convicted, though, there’s no guarantee of time behind bars.
"I could see him being put on probation for this, since he came forward and didn’t seem to hide anything," Goldman said.
"But I could also see a judge thinking this is so bad, that it warrants jail time and he should be sent off for two or three years."
State health officials in Texas and California said yesterday they didn’t plan any immediate action against Murray, despite the involuntary manslaughter accusation.


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