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A California judge sentenced Dr. Conrad Murray to four years in jail - the maximum possible sentence - for the overdose death of Michael Jackson.
The sentence, and the judge's harsh words for Murray, had CNN.com commenters debating whether Murray got off easy with the involuntary manslaughter conviction, or if he was railroaded because his patient was an international superstar.
"This is just a tragedy all the way around," starryskye said.
"Clearly he did not intend for Michael to die. Clearly, he is still fully responsible for his death. I see a depressed, broken individual, and nothing will bring back Michael. Putting him in prison will not serve any purpose nor protect anyone as he cannot practice medicine again. Sentencing him to therapy and to community service would be more productive and in a sense be more honoring to Michael."
radiogirl886: Let's not forget that Michael Jackson is dead because Michael Jackson was a drug addict. His addiction killed him, and that's on Michael Jackson. Yes, this doctor should be punished because he violated the law by prescriping drugs in a negligent manner, but people act as if justice has been served in a cruel, tragic murder.
The simple fact is that if it was not Dr. Murry, it would have been Dr. Someone Else and Michael Jackson would be just as dead because Michael Jackson was a drug addict. If Michael Jackson couldn't have found a Dr. for prescription drugs to abuse, he would have gotten illegal drugs off the street."
Others, like ChefCHEESE, blamed Murray for Jackson's death.
"4 year for killing a man is very little time. He got of easy. After 4 years he will still have a life while MJ will not neither will his Kid's see their dad ever again."
CuddlyCarla: "I love the people who keep painting Dr. Murray as some innocent victim, clearly they haven't been following the trial. Never mind his lying to doctors and police, secretly taping his patient and breaking the confidentiality clause, ordering hundreds of deadly vials of Propofol, trying to conceal evidence, neglecting patient, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.
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