Michael Jackson's doctor sentenced to 4 years
November 29th, 2011
01:00 PM ET

Michael Jackson's doctor sentenced to 4 years

A California judge sentenced the doctor convicted in Michael Jackson's death by overdose to four years in county jail.

Citing a lack of remorse and failure to accept responsibility, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor denied Conrad Murray's request for probation.

"You can't have probation when there isn't an acknowledgment of rehabilitation or responsibility and remorse," Pastor said. "Dr. Murray engaged in a recurring, continuous pattern of deceit, of lies and regrettably, that pattern was to assist Dr. Murray."

Prosecutors and Jackson's family had requested the maximum sentence of four years. In a statement read aloud at the hearing, Jackson's mother said Murray had failed her son and his family.

The pop star and his children had plans to enter the film industry "as a family" before Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, prosecutor David Walgren said as he read aloud from Katherine Jackson's written statement.

After his death of an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol, Jackson's daughter said she wished she could "go with him," according to the statement.

"Their world collapsed," the prosecutor said. "He violated her son's trust, failed her son and failed his family."

Defense lawyer Ed Chernoff had requested probation, urging the judge to consider testimony from other patients of Murray's who said he'd helped them.

Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter three weeks ago after a trial in which prosecutors successfully argued that Murray's reckless use of the surgical anesthetic propofol to help Jackson sleep, without proper monitoring equipment, led to the singer's death.

Measures to relieve crowding in California prisons and jails could significantly shorten Murray's time locked up.

Murray's mother, Milta Rush, wrote a letter to the judge asking for mercy, saying "his compassion and his soft heartedness for others led to this dilemma."

Prosecutors also asked for more than $100 million in restitution for Jackson's children.

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November 29th, 2011
07:31 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

Dr. Conrad Murray will be sentenced today on involuntary manslaughter charges.  CNN.com Live is your home for gavel-to-gavel coverage of today's hearing.

Today's programming highlights...

8:30 am ET - Gov. Rick Perry picks up endorsement - Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio will announce his backing of GOP presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry today.  Arpaio will campaign with Perry at a diner in Amherst, New Hampshire.

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Conrad Murray found guilty in death of Michael Jackson
Conrad Murray listens as the court clerk reads the jury's guilty verdict.
November 7th, 2011
04:52 PM ET

Conrad Murray found guilty in death of Michael Jackson

Editor's note: A verdict has been reached in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray. Watch the verdict read live on CNN.com or the CNN apps for iPhone and iPad and follow the reaction tonight on HLN with Jane Velez-Mitchell, Nancy Grace, Dr. Drew and Joy Behar.

[Updated at 5:02 p.m. ET] For full coverage of the verdict and the reaction to the verdict read more here.

[Updated at 5:01 p.m. ET] Defense attorney Ed Chernoff told CNN he and his team have not yet decided whether they will appeal the jury's verdict.

Chernoff said right now the team is preparing for sentencing, noting their job right not was to make sure that Conrad Murray will not occupy a jail bed.

Chernoff added that he was not shocked by the verdict.

[Updated at 4:52 p.m. ET] A message from the co-executors of the Michael Jackson estate, John Branca and John McClain has been posted on the michaeljackson.com website. It says:

"The Estate of Michael Jackson and Michael himself has always believed the jury system works and despite the tragedy that brought about this trial we are in agreement with the jury's verdict. In this case justice has been served. Michael is missed on a daily basis but his genius and his music will be with us forever. He is 'the greatest entertainer that has ever lived.'"

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November 7th, 2011
07:47 AM ET

Monday's live video events

CNN.com Live will have coverage of a verdict in Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial when it happens.  The jury will resume its deliberations today.

Today's programming highlights...

10:15 am ET - Bachmann in Washington - GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann looks to boost her struggling campaign as she speaks before the Family Research Council.

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November 4th, 2011
04:03 PM ET

Jury in Conrad Murray trial ends first day of deliberations

[Updated 7:15 p.m. ET] The jury in the Dr. Conrad Murray trial has ended deliberations for the day without reaching a verdict.

[Posted 4:03 p.m. ET] The mother of the late pop icon Michael Jackson has been asked to return to a Los Angeles County courthouse, where a jury is deliberating the case against the physician charged in the death of her son, according to a source close to her.

It was not immediately clear from the source why Katherine Jackson was asked to return to the building.

Dr. Conrad Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson. Closing arguments in the case ended Thursday.

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Jury deliberations in Conrad Murray case begin
Dr. Conrad Murrary is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson.
November 4th, 2011
12:02 PM ET

Jury deliberations in Conrad Murray case begin

The jury has begun deliberations in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of pop icon Michael Jackson.

The seven men and five women heard from 49 witnesses over 23 days, including Murray's girlfriends and patients, Jackson's former employees, investigators, and medical experts for each side.

Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, was caused by "acute propofol intoxication" in combination with two sedatives, the Los Angeles County coroner ruled.

Prosecutors argue that Murray's use of propofol - a surgical anesthetic - in Jackson's home to treat his insomnia was so reckless it was criminally negligent.

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November 4th, 2011
07:35 AM ET

Friday's live events

Watch CNN.com Live for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.  Jury deliberations are expected to begin today.

Today's programming highlights...

12:00 pm ET - Greek parliament debates Papandreou's fate - Greece's parliament holds a final day of debate on a confidence motion in Prime Minister George Papandreou's government.  A vote is expected around 7:00 pm ET.

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November 3rd, 2011
07:14 PM ET

Closing arguments in Conrad Murray case end

Closing arguments concluded Thursday afternoon in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of pop icon Michael Jackson.

Jury deliberations are next in the trial in Los Angeles, though jurors are expected to be dismissed until Friday morning.

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November 3rd, 2011
07:45 AM ET

Thursday's live video events

CNN.com Live is your home for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - Solyndra hearing - A House energy subcommittee meets to discuss whether to subpoena the White House for documents related to troubled solar company Solyndra.

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Murray says he won't testify in Jackson death trial
November 1st, 2011
01:22 PM ET

Murray says he won't testify in Jackson death trial

Editor's note: Tune in to HLN for full coverage and analysis of the Conrad Murray trial and watch live, as it happens, on CNN.com/Live and CNN's mobile apps.


Dr. Conrad Murray, who is facing involuntary manslaughter charges in the death of Michael Jackson, will not testify in the case, he told the court in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor gave Murray until the start of court Tuesday to decide whether he would testify since it is likely to be the last day for testimony in the trial.

The prosecution contends that Murray's use of the surgical anesthetic propofol to treat Jackson's insomnia in his home deviated from the standards of care expected of a doctor so egregiously that it was criminal.

The Los Angeles County coroner ruled Jackson's June 25, 2009, death was the result of "acute propofol intoxication" in combination with several sedatives.

The prosecution contends greed led Murray to leave his medical practice and put his ethics aside to serve as Jackson's private doctor for $150,000 a month.

Prosecutors contend Murray is responsible for his death even if he did not give him the final and fatal dose because he was criminally reckless in using the surgical anesthetic to help Jackson sleep without proper precautions.

The defense theory is that a desperate Jackson, fearing his comeback concerts could be canceled unless he found elusive sleep, self-administered propofol that Murray was trying to wean him off of.

The defense contends Jackson became addicted to the painkiller Demerol through frequent visits to the Beverly Hills dermatology clinic of Dr. Arnold Klein in the months before his death. Murray was unaware of the addiction, and therefore unable to understand why he could not help Jackson sleep, the defense contends.

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November 1st, 2011
07:46 AM ET

Tuesday's live video events

CNN.com Live is your home for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

Today's programming highlights...

11:15 am ET - GOP presidential forum - Five Republican presidential candidates are expected to address the National Association of Manufacturers Presidential Forum in Pella, Iowa.

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October 28th, 2011
07:48 AM ET

Friday's live events

CNN.com Live is your home for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - Herman Cain's breakfast reception - GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is spending the day in Alabama.  He starts with a tea party breakfast reception in McClellan.

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October 27th, 2011
07:48 AM ET

Thursday's live events

CNN.com Live is your home for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - Hillary Clinton on Capitol Hill - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before a House committee on the way forward in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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October 26th, 2011
01:09 PM ET

Character witnesses speak on Murray's behalf

After 17 days of hearing about how pop star Michael Jackson died under Dr. Conrad Murray's care, jurors began hearing Wednesday from people who say the doctor saved lives.

"He's the best doctor I've ever been to," said Gerry Causey, a 68-year-old former patient of the man accused of causing Jackson's death.

The defense will call five witnesses Wednesday to testify about Murray's character as testimony in the doctor's involuntary manslaughter trial nears an end.

"And I just don't think he did what he's being accused of," Causey said under cross-examination by the prosecution.

Much of the prosecution's case has tried to demonstrate that Murray gave reckless and incompetent medical treatment as Jackson's personal doctor in the last months of his life.

Causey met Murray 11 years ago when he was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital with a heart attack, but they' became friends since then, he testified.

"It's because of Dr. Murray, the way he cares for you, the way he makes you feel," Causey said.

Prosecutors contend that Murray abandoned his patients in Las Vegas and Houston, Texas, for the $150,000 a month Jackson had promised him.

"There's no way, he's not greedy," Causey said. "He doesn't charge me my deductable, never has."

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October 26th, 2011
07:58 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

CNN.com Live is your home for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - Alleged Iran terror plot hearing - Two House homeland security subcommittees convene to discuss the alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S.

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October 25th, 2011
07:55 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

CNN.com Live is your home for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

Today's programming highlights...

10:00 am ET - European debt crisis hearing - The news is full of stories about European countries and their problems with debt, but what does that mean for the United States?  A House subcommittee looks into that issue.

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October 24th, 2011
07:44 AM ET

Monday's live events

CNN.com Live is your home for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

Today's programming highlights...

9:15 am ET - Romney in New Hampshire - GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney officially files paperwork to run in next year's New Hampshire primary, then holds a rally in Concord.

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October 21st, 2011
08:02 AM ET

Friday's live events

CNN.com Live is your home for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

Today's programming highlights...

9:00 am ET - Herman Cain in Michigan - GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is expected to provide more details on his "9-9-9" plan when he makes a campaign stop in Detroit.

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October 20th, 2011
07:46 AM ET

Thursday's live events

CNN.com Live is your home for the latest developments from Libya, as well as gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

Today's programming highlights...

9:30 am ET - Romney's Iowa town hall - GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds a town hall-style meeting in Sioux City, Iowa.

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October 19th, 2011
07:53 AM ET

Wednesday's live events

CNN.com Live is your home for gavel-to-gavel coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

Today's programming highlights...

10:30 am ET - Obama promotes hiring veterans - President Obama and the first lady promote the hiring of U.S. military veterans at an event in Hampton, Virginia.

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