Conrad Murray guilty: 'Michael Jackson got justice,' fan says
As the guilty verdict was read in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, cheers erupted among fans waiting for the verdict out in the hallway. A sheriff’s deputy yelled "Quiet!"
Murray remained expressionless. His lead attorney, Ed Chernoff, leaned forward with his lips pursed.
More than 40 fans and other members of the public entered a lottery early Monday for eight seats inside the courtroom. Shortly before the verdict was read, one fan who was lined up for one of the coveted seats was told by a court official to remove a sequined red armband before she entered the courtroom.
Outside, a crowd of supporters erupted in cheers and chants of "Guilty" and "Justice for Michael."
"Michael Jackson got justice today," said Tina Masters of Long Beach.
Linda Perez, of Silver Lake, said she'd come to the courthouse almost every other day during the trial.
"I had to come," she said. "I love Michael. And I think justice had to be served. Just as it was."
-- Victoria Kim and Paloma Esquivel
Photo: Michael Jackson supporter Anthony Solis holds a "guilty" sign on the sidewalk in front of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times