Less than a month after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, Dr. Conrad Murray has been sentenced to four years in prison. In his decision, Judge Michael Pastor said that Murray engaged in “a cycle of horrible medicine,” and that he viewed it more as a “criminal homicide case” than a medical malpractice case.
Jackson died “not because of an isolated one-off occurrence or incident,” Pastor said. “He died because of a totality of circumstances which are directly attributable to Dr. Murray … because of a series of decisions that Dr. Murray made.”
Murray, he said, became involved in “a cycle of horrible medicine.”
He cited Murray’s “pattern of deceit and lies. That pattern was to assist Dr. Murray.”
A tape recording of Jackson’s slurred voice was Murray’s “insurance policy,” Pastor said. “It was designed to record his patient surreptitiously at that patient’s most vulnerable point. I can’t even imagine that happening to any of us because of the horrific violation of trust.”
…In a sentencing memo filed with the judge last week, prosecutors said Murray has “displayed a complete lack of remorse” about Jackson’s death, and is, “even worse, failing to accept even the slightest level of responsibility.”
The judge’s whole speech is pretty damning:
For their part, the Jackson family had their lawyer and family friend Brian Panish read a statement on their behalf:
“We still look at each other in disbelief. Is it really possible he is gone?” Panish read. “We are not here to seek revenge, there is nothing you can do today that will bring Michael back,” he continued. “But we will keep the love in our hearts that Michael embodied throughout his life. His passion was for unifying the world through… his artistry. We respectably request that you impose a sentence that reminds physicians that they cannot sell their services to the highest bidder and cast aside the Hippocratic oath to do no harm. As we all know from this tragedy, doing so can have devastating results.” The statement concluded with a request for “justice.”
Do you think justice has been served?