Conrad Murray's own words come back to haunt him
Dr. Conrad Murray's own words and lack of remorse as depicted in a documentary that aired before his sentencing Tuesday seem to have played a role in the physician receiving the maximum sentence of four years in prison for Michael Jackson's death.
In blistering and lengthy remarks, the judge lambasted Dr. Conrad Murray for failing to express any remorse for the pop star’s death and suggesting in a recent documentary that Jackson bore responsibility for his own demise.
“Talk about blaming the victim,” Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said. “Not only isn’t there any remorse, there is umbrage and outrage on the part of Dr. Murray against the decedent.”
Michael Jackson died in 2009 of an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, and a jury found Murray guilty of involuntary manslaughter earlier this month.
The British film producer who made "Michael Jackson and the Doctor: A Fatal Friendship," provided Murray and his defense team with free lunches, rides to court and even accompanied the doctor on a shopping trip to upgrade his wardrobe, according to Murray's driver.
The unusual arrangement gave a London-based production company a close-up view unobtainable by any of the news outlets that swarmed around the high-publicity trial.
-- Harriet Ryan at L.A. County Superior Court
Photo: Conrad Murray in court Tuesday. Credit: Pool