Dr. Conrad Murray Does the Perp Walk; Jackson Family in Attendance at Arraignment
It’s a flipping zoo out there, especially with the Michael impersonators, but TMZ is doing a live stream of the situation as it unfolds. Keep refreshing the screen for up-to-the-minute news. From The Los Angeles Times:
Prosecutors on Monday charged Michael Jackson’s personal physician with involuntary manslaughter in connection with administering a combination of surgical anesthetic and sedatives blamed in the music legend’s death last summer.
The complaint filed in Superior Court accused Dr. Conrad Murray, a cardiologist caring for the 50-year-old pop icon during an ambitious comeback attempt, of causing Jackson’s June 25 death by acting “without due caution and circumspection.”
The criminal case comes after a seven-month investigation that stretched from the master bedroom of Jackson’s Holmby Hills mansion to the heart clinic Murray ran in a poor neighborhood of Houston. The focus, however, rarely left Murray.
Yeah, but this latest acquirer of 15 minutes of (in)fame(y) wants to have the spotlight on him, too. A couple of days ago, TMZ reported on and took pictures of Murray trying to visit the final resting place of his former client. I’m shaking my head at this gross disrespect, though from what I heard, no one from the public is allowed to go pay their respects there. It may be locked away. But any conscious individual wouldn’t have dared. The effort calls attention to himself, tries to make him out like he’s some kind of tragic figure. Please.
TMZ just reported that “the media has finally been let into the courtroom. Jackson family members spotted: Joe, Katherine, Jackie, Rebbie, Jermaine, and La Toya.” (Remember, as it is about 4:20 p.m. Central Time as I am writing this, it is about 2:20 p.m. Pacific Time, and 5:20 p.m. Eastern Time.)
UPDATE 2:21 PM PT: Things are done inside the court — [TMZ’s] waiting to catch Dr. Murray on the way out.
UPDATE 2:19 PM PT: Murray just walked out of the courtroom … without handcuffs. His lawyer followed behind him with a bail bondsman.
UPDATE 2:11 PM PT: Bail has been set $75,000 — three times the usual amount in a case like this.
UPDATE 2:05 PM PT: The D.A. is arguing that Murray was born outside the country; Murray’s lawyer says he is a U.S. citiizen.
UPDATE 2:00 PM PT: The D.A. wants bail set at $300,000. Murray’s attorney is objecting — says Murray is not a flight risk.
UPDATE 1:59 PM PT: The medical board just filed a motion to have Murray’s medical license revoked.
UPDATE 1:58 PM PT: Murray just pled not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.
The full coroner’s report confirms the manner in which Michael died from the administering of Propofol was homicide. This conclusion comes from four sources:
1. Circumstances indicate the Propofol and the benzodiazepines were administered by another.
2. Propofol was administered in a non-hospital setting without any appropriate medical indication.
3. The standard of care for administering Propofol was not met. Recommended equipment for patient monitoring, precision dosing and resuscitation was not present.
4. The circumstances do not support self-administration of Propofol.