Conrad Murray: Occupy L.A. protesters go to courthouse
Conrad Murray's supporters and detractors, Michael Jackson fans, Occupy L.A. protesters and a slew of vendors and reporters gathered outside L.A. County Superior Court in downtown Los Angeles on Monday awaiting a verdict in the physician's trial.
The Occupy movement protesters, who walked across the street from their encampment for the occasion, shouted "We are the 99%!" while Jackson supporters shouted "This is it!"
"I've never seen anything like this," said an occupy protester who gave his name as Al Smith.
"My feet hurt, my back hurts but I had to come," said Jackson fan Mary Christian, 65, of Los Angeles, who said she felt compelled to show her support for the pop singer.
"We know he had a lot of trials and tribulations. But you could see the love he had for humanity. And I think that's what draws people here."
-- Paloma Esquivel
Photo: Michael Jackson supporters square off with Conrad Murray supporter Willie Hampton, left, on the sidewalk in front of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, where jurors have been deliberating the involuntary manslaughter charge against Dr. Conrad Murray. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times