Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, has been found guilty of manslaughter in the singer’s death and faces four years in prison.  Presumably the jury did not believe the defense theory that Jackson took the protofol drug on his own when Muarry was out of the room.  It seems clear to me that Jackson was a helpless drug addict.

The defense portrayed Jackson as a man so desperate to make his comeback concerts a success that he was willing to take wild chances and grew terrified that he would not be able to perform to his own exacting standards without more rest and less stress.

In a previous trial Jackson was found not guilty of child molestation.

Does this verdict vindicate Jackson?

What do you think?


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    The verdict was neutral regarding those charges. All in all,what with his massive and ultimately fatal drug addiction,his cosmetic surgeries,his private playground,he seems like somebody desperately trying to buy happiness,or buy a life. I just wonder whether somebody that creative can also be normal.

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    The verdict does not vidicate anyone, Neil. Jackson was not on trial. And Murray’s conviction does not clear Jackson of complicity in his own death.

    And whether Jackson was a “helpless” drug addict or not, Murray could not have given him any drugs without his original consent.

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    Neil McKenty Says:

    When Jackson died of a drug-overdose (perhaps self-administered) was he compos mentis. If he wasn’t then he bears no responsibility.

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    Barbara Says:

    The problem with Murray is that he is an expensive pusher. As a physician, he should have been more ethical and not provided the drug that Jackson wanted. At one point in time, Jackson was probably compos mentis and decided to take the drug to aid in his sleeping. I doubt he was completely responsible for that decision though, considering the physical and mental mess he appeared to be in. There are no winners here. Being talented or famous does not earn you a get-out-of-life-blameless card,

    It suits the family to maintain a facade of victimhood for Michael Jackson, the more money to be raked in.

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    Barbara says “he should have been more ethical and not provided the drug that Jackson wanted.”
    I agree- (not MORE ethical) but ethical, period. It matters not one bit whether Murray or Jackson delivered the fatal dose. Murray was the supplier of the drug and from what I understand, in the copious amounts stock piled, his intentions were clear…to comply to MJ’s needs.
    Money is the huge arbitrator in this case.
    I think it was a fair verdict, not murder but manslaughter. Mr. Murray is losing his license and hopefully the Judge will impose some jail time, despite crowded prisons.
    It may send a message to other “pushers” to avoid the rich and famous, but I doubt it.
    I understand the family wanting to try to clean up the image of MJ, if only for the children.
    I thought that Michael Jackson was a great artist, and his best was yet to come, but we’ll never know.

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    Neil, whether he was compos mentis or not, he bears exactly the same resonsibility for his own choices that a drunk driver bears when he causes a death while behind the wheel!

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    Cate McB Says:

    The drug Propofol is an anesthetic agent. Its use is usually restricted to the operating room and to areas like ICU where patients are on cardiac monitors. In both of these places, it is used where patients are either on a mechanical ventilator already, or could be put on one quite easily. The issue: Propofol slows down and/or stops breathing as many anesthetic agents do. They are meant to be used in areas where that issue can be dealt with quickly and easily.

    Whether or not Jackson injected this drug himself at the end, Murray is the doctor who provided it and supposedly knew that he was not providing a sleeping pill in the normal sense. So he bears full responsibility.

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    Tony Kondaks Says:

    I remember when, a few weeks or months after Jackson’s death his sister LaToya saying he was murdered. At the time I thought: what a nutcase! Even in death, the shameless Jackson family is seeking publicity.

    How wrong I was. He was killed. By Dr. Murray. Perhaps the crime doesn’t rise to “murder” but being responsible for his death is bad enough.

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    “LaToya saying he was murdered. At the time I thought: what a nutcase!”

    I thought exactly that at the time, and thought it was grief talking.
    Interesting. I guess with so much “news” breaking all the time, we make conclusions.

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