Manslaughter case against Jackson doctor Conrad Murray will go to trial
Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's doctor, is accused of causing his death from an overdose of prescription drugs.
January 11th, 2011
07:45 PM ET

Manslaughter case against Jackson doctor Conrad Murray will go to trial

The involuntary manslaughter charge against Dr. Conrad Murray in the death of Michael Jackson will be sent to trial, a Los Angeles judge ruled Tuesday.

Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor also prohibited Murray from using his California medical license until the trial is completed. The state medical board requested that be made a provision of his bail.

While Michael Jackson was Murray's only and last California patient, Murray's lawyer argued a suspension in one state would prompt Texas and Nevada, where he sees patients, to also take action.

Pastor denied the prosecution's request to increase Murray's bail, which is now set at $75,000.

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  1. Steve

    Good. Cant wait to see this guy go down!

    January 11, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Srephanie

    Unfortunately the charges were not increased. I feel for Michael's children and family for having to live through this trial but one step closer to justice!

    January 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barbara Everett

      Whether Michael Jackson was or wasn't a drug addict, Dr.Murray totally violated his "oath", and should be prosecuted much more severly. Inexcusable and tragic. Prayers to the Family.

      January 12, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. John

    Good decision (having the case go forward, not the decision to keep bail where it's at.) Gee, Mr. Defense Attorney, wouldn't that be awful if NV and TX followed suit and suspended his license? They sure as heck should. If Fast Eddie Chernoff finds a doctor or two to say (for pay) that it's fine and dandy to use the medications that ConMan used–in a home setting–then I want to see those pathetic doctor/witnesses. Maybe he'll find someone if he scours the sewers. A good day this was!

    January 11, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Marianne

    Grossly undercharged. It's criminal what this physician did. Doesn't matter who the dead guy is, a doctor this reckless needs to be off the streets. If he hadn't managed to kill Jackson with propofol, he'd have killed him with sepsis from dangerous injection technique.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Micheline

    Good I hope he gets to spend time in Jail,greeds got the best of him, he abuse his position he is no different then a drug dealer, hope he rot in Jail

    January 11, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tina

      I totally agree with you. We put our trust in doctors, we don't expect them to kill us.

      January 12, 2011 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. Lu

    Excuse me, but did anyone FORCE MJ to take all the crap he took? No. If he were Joe Blow, there would be no trial...this whole thing would have been written off as an accidental overdose and it would be done.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • TRUTH

      I'm not so sure about that. It would've only be written off as an accidental overdose if the dead person were not under the direct & present care of a physician.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • LisaMarie

      Um, excuse me.... He didn't take a lot of crap! The doctor GAVE him everything, and there were no "illegal" drugs in his body. You should probably check your facts before you post about things you know nothing about. There was nothing accidental about this.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JJ

    What a waste of county/state money. A doctor who was helping a drug user get drugs is not much of a crime. If it wasn't MJ, he wouldn't get charged. If he is found guilty, he'll probably only get 3 to 6 months at most, probably just probation and a loss of his license in CA. Will probably cost the state a million dollars just when it doesn't have the money. Stupid government at work.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      LOL.... You are an uneducated misinformed individual. If you quit listening to the media and read the actual facts, you would know the reason they are going ahead so strongly is because they proved MJ did not abuse drugs. He had no signs of drug abuse on 1 single organ. This doctor killed a healthy man, sorry, but that's just not ok. Especially this man, cause you think about all the childrens charity's that are now having to go without, it's devastating for them, they say. They counted on that money to survive and most can't now. You need to look at the whole picture and what the world lost.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • LisaMarie

      Do you really know anything about this case?

      January 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Read the autopsy report not the media trash. Jackson's liver and kidney were healthy and normal, unlike a drug abuser. There was no evidence to bring charges against any other doctor and the only drugs in Jackson's system when he died were those Murray gave him. The judge knows those things even if you don't. Check out the facts next time and you won't look so stupid.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacqueline

      JJ is a stupid mind at work. The state of California will manage just fine prosecuting this killer, Conrad Murray, without your financial concerns. Go educate yourself about the facts of this murder case, because the facts are available to the world for free. If you were ever seen by a doctor, you should know you have a stake in this outcome.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ramona

      jj, first of all that county/state money is our money. it is a constant flow from us to them.if we neglect to pay we'd be prosecuted. so, breathe sweety. individually it doesn't amount to one grain of sand compared to what michael has given. second michael is not a drug addict. i think we should really be focusing on the simlarities of the michael/conrad cases vs the mechanism of the system and our common decency. let him without sin cast the first stone.sometimes it's wise to just Listen. Observe. Verify. Evolve. btw,i would take LOVE over money any day.

      January 27, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. willie

    Some people will pat him on the back for taking out a child predator. It's sad that all you have to do is be popular and you can molest all the little boys you want. Remember, he paid the victims family 20 million bucks to keep it out of the courts after it was in the news. Innocent people simply don't do that.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • SKR

      Read this article. It will open your eyes. Simply put, Jackson was the victim of an extortionist.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • LisaMarie

      Really?? So you can just pay people a bunch of money, and you don't have to go to jail or anything?? COOL!!

      You are very misinformed if you believe any of that crap. Michael didn't molest anybody. THAT is why there were no charges filed against him in that case, and why the FBI could find no evidence of anything either. Please educate yourself on these issues before you comment.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I read every word of the court transcripts, did you? Obviously not. Why do none of these kids live in the USA anymore? Why has every single one of them now come forward and say they were forced to lie and make up the molestation? Why could not one of those children could describe MJ's private parts? He has vitiligo!!!! Everywhere!!! Duh!!!! But obviously, very stupid parents and didn't educate their kids enough to lie that good. Thank God!!! Educate yourself properly and quit listening to the media, cause it makes you look stupid, lol....

      January 11, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      After 17 years there is still no proof that Jackson molested anyone. He did not pay anyone to keep it out of the courts, in fact, the settlement specifically said either party could testify in a criminal case. The "victim" wasn't after justice but money so he refused to testify after the settlement, or I should say his father did. In the 2005 trial this same "victim" was asked to testify again and again refused, this time as an adult; in fact he left the country to avoid facing Jackson in court. Anyone who actually reads the trial transcripts will come to the conclusion that Jackson was innocent and the victim of unwarranted and malicious prosecution. However, you have to actually read the embellished trial transcripts you can't just vomit up the media trash as willie has.

      CNN has a responsibility to stop publishing this kind of unsubstantiated trash. If someone wants to say “after 17 years of non-proof I'm still brain dead enough to believe the media spin” OK, but blanket statements such as willies with absolutely no proof should be deleted.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacqueline

      Michael Jackson lived the most dignified life. I see why you are so jealous of him. Many men are inferior to Michael, and the men can't contain their own self-loathing in the shadow of Michael's superiority. No lie will ever diminish Michael's legacy, nor will spreading a lie make you attractive, when you simply are not. Educate yourself, and if you can't become smarter, then just live quietly in your own self-loathing.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • ramona

      assumptions are detrimental to unenlightened souls. one gains more respect when one spreads truth. a wise person studies to show him/herself approved. the truth is out there, all one has to do is want to see it. it is standing right next to a lie, but just a little more gentle and unassuming. the faults we think we detect in others are always glimpses into ourselves. please, don't do to others what you wouldn't want done to you. all is said with love in mind.

      January 27, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. Toronto Canada

    its a shame what happened to Michael, to bad for Dr. Murray, he will now face the music, his greed got to him, $150k per month to look after Michael. I am sure Michael was out of control, but the DOC had to say yes, Michael was his bread and butter. It would have happened sooner or later to another Doctor if Dr. Murray did not take the gig.
    Rest in Peace Michael, you were and always will be the greatest. I wonder what he is saying in the afterlife about these charges against Dr. Murray.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ontario

      Not only did the DOC have to say yes, he had to get the drug illegally which Michael himself couldn't have done. Then it sounded like he didn't even apply CPR properly and he panicked. Great Doctor he is!

      January 11, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • ramonas

      how are u sure michael was out of control?

      January 27, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. Reddy

    I'm sure ol' Doc Murray was shakin' in his boots the whole time he was treating Jackson. Propofal doesn't induce real, restful sleep. There are no dreams, no sense of the passing of time. The propofal state is more like coma, and is usually not given except for short procedures (less than an hour). Constant use of the drug may even impair one's ability to get normal sleep. The Doc was always in financial hot water. Apparently, he allowed Jackson to be the prescribing physician, and gave up his oath for $$$$.It's the sad tale of a con-artist preying on a desperate man. But which was which?

    January 11, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lori

    Justice for MJ – now hopefully the media will not make up stories from the trial.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    This will be another OJ case to keep you distracted. This time, instead of ditracing you from Whitewater and the arming of of a madman, you are being distracted from the Gulf disaster. (pls. visit today's board concering the Gulf Oil "spill" and read my post(s) and share your thoughts. tyvm)

    January 11, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    Blah blah will boil down to this doctor's hand being too big to fit around the needle.

    January 11, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    I wouldda mentioned your being distracted from the real reason Iraq, Afhanistan, and Iran (next) will be/are being occuopied, but that's been going on right under your noses for quite some time now.

    January 11, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    @scotty...happy horsesh/t.

    January 11, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
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