Dr. Conrad Murray to receive appropriate sentence?

By admin
08 November 2011

The Los Angeles District Attorney thinks it will be "very difficult to achieve an appropriate sentence of incarceration," for Dr. Conrad Murray.

The doctor was found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of singer Michael Jackson – who died of acute Propofol intoxication on in June 2009 while under his care – and in a press conference after the verdict, District Attorney Steve Cooley said he thinks his sentence will be less than he deserves.

Referring to new legislature AB 109 - which concerns 'public safety realignment', and sees many more criminals given alternative or reduced sentences for crimes in California – he said: "Obviously four years is the maximum, the court must consider a number of factors which relate to this particular defendant and crime, l leave that decision to the court.

"I think that unfortunately because of AB 109 - a completely potentially failed system that is now in place - it will be very difficult to achieve an appropriate sentence of incarceration for Conrad Murray."

It has been suggested by legal experts that Dr. Murray – who was remanded in custody until his sentencing on November 29 - could serve very little jail time, and be put on house arrest, due to prison overcrowding.

Cooley also warned the case sets an example to other doctors who administer prescriptions without due care for their patient's needs.

He added: "It is a strong and powerful message that this sort of conduct does rise to the level of criminal negligence and to the extent that if somebody dies as a result of them playing Doctor Feelgood, they will be held accountable.

"Unfortunately prescribed medications is the number one cause of death in the United States of America this year, and in this particular town, Los Angeles, we've seen many examples of high profile people succumbing, giving up their lives because of their addiction to prescribed medications and they are often aided and abetted by unscrupulous corrupt doctors, so fair warning to them."

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