Michael Jackson’s Doctor Seeks to Appeal Verdict
On June 25th, 2009 news broke that the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson, had passed away. If youíre not familiar with Michael Jacksonís success, he has been said to be one of the most recognizable celebrities in the world even going so far as to secure the ìMost Successful Entertainer of All Timeî title from Guinness World Records. This, of course, isnít said without reason as Michael managed to sell an estimated 750 million records globally. During the course of his success Michael Jackson became one of the most loved music icons despite a few legal allegations snags along the way. In fact, Michael Jackson was so popular that the news of his death caused Google to temporarily block searches for his name thinking it was a malicious attack and caused Twitter, AOL Instant Messenger and Wikipedia to crash ñ some of the most highly trafficked websites and applications in the world.
Originally, there was quite a bit of confusion over how the King of Pop had actually died. Some tabloids suggested it was suicide while others said it was due to illicit drugs. However, after an autopsy was performed, Michael Jacksonís death was marked as an accidental drug overdose of propofol, lorazepam and midazolam, allegedly administered by Dr. Conrad Murray. Following this realization the death was then ruled a homicide and Dr. Murray was sent to court.
After what seemed like ages, the jury finally found Dr. Murray guilty of involuntary manslaughter sentencing him to a maximum of 4 years behind bars ñ 2 of which he is expected to serve. However, despite the conviction, Dr. Murray continues to tout his innocence. Just recently itís been made known that Murray and his legal team look to file an appeal with Murray claiming he can prove he wasnít the cause of Jacksonís death. The imprisoned doctor goes on to say that it was in fact Jackson himself who administered the fatal dose of propofol. Murray claims he can prove this by disproving the prosecutionís argument that there had been a drug called lidocaine mixed with the propofol ñ a concoction the doctor was said to have mixed up before leaving Jackson unattended thus resulting in his death.
As of now thereís no telling whether or not Murray will get the appeal or if he will manage to make out better than before. However, from what weíve heard, the doctor does seem very adamant that he is innocent. Weíll have to wait and see.