Jackson’s physician found guilty
After over two years of uncertainty, the cause of Michael Jackson’s death has finally been decided. On Nov. 8, Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter of Jackson. Murray, Jackson’s personal physician, was charged with administering a deathly combination of anesthesia and sedatives to the late singer.
The defense attorney claimed Jackson took eight tablets of Lorazepam in order to sleep better. Jackson was on this sedative to combat his tiredness and pre-concert anxiety. The defense attorney went on to say Murray slipped a dose of propofol in with his Lorazepam, which supposedly killed Jackson instantly. When Jackson, a noted insomniac, could not fall asleep, he would use the powerful propofol to find rest.
Murray’s case will now head to civil court where he could face charges of medical malpractice. Surprisingly, Murray’s conviction of manslaughter may not even result in him spending time behind bars—a civil suit is the likely outcome.
Many Carlsbad High students fail to see why Murray has been held accountable for Jackson’s death.
“I think Murray is a good man and was just trying to keep MJ alive,” senior Ryan Black said. “This is all just a huge misunderstanding.”
Other students choose to look pass all the media coverage and still think very fondly of the deceased singer.
“Regardless of what people think of Jackson’s character, the truth is he had an incredible impact on pop music,” senior Peter Schrupp said. “He will live on as an icon.”
Murray was held without bail and still awaits his sentence.