Conrad Murray's appeals lawyer says doctor witnessed jail shoving
An appeals attorney for Conrad Murray said she was "shoved" out of an attorneys room at the Men's Central Jail by the son of another of the doctor's attorneys.Valerie Wass said she arrived at the downtown jail on Tuesday to meet with her client, who was the late Michael Jackson's personal physician, to discuss Murray's complaints about his medical care. She found Murray with his trial attorney, J. Michael Flanagan, and Flanagan's son Ryan, who is also an attorney.
Wass said she opened the door and the younger Flanagan "forced me out of the room" and shoved her, and then the altercation became verbal. "My client saw what happened," Wass said.
She said J. Michael Flanagan sought to defuse the situation. Wass said she is Murray's appellate attorney. She and Flanagan both represent Murray before the California Medical Board. Wass said she filed a police report about the incident.
Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said the department was conducting a battery investigation of the alleged altercation.
Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's 2009 death and is appealing his jail sentence.
Wass said after the incident that she met with Murray for three hours about his medical complaints. She said a sheriff's commander was responsive to her requests for help for Murray.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Dr. Conrad Murray in court on Nov. 7, 2011, after a Los Angeles jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles