PROSECUTORS CONSIDER DROPPING CHARGES AFTER CONRAD MURRAY ASKS NICELY
March 28 2010
Los Angeles, CA – There are celebrities and then there are celebrities. Heidi Montag is a celebrity, and so is Brad Pitt. Paris Hilton is a celebrity, and so is Tom Cruise. Like anything in life, there is a hierarchy to celebrity, the heights of which are only
accomplished by a combination of factors such as charisma and talent and, of course, luck. Even for the very successful there is another tier to celebrity, the level of icon that very few have ever been able to achieve, the type of person who maybe comes along once in a generation.
One of those rare individuals was of course Michael Jackson whose death last summer proved beyond a doubt that icons still exist, and that he was one of them. Not only one of the best selling musical artists of all time, Jackson’s eccentric personal life put him into the front of many people’s minds but even that cannot fully explain his revered status which sent hundreds of millions across into spasms of bereavement when he died. Like his friend Princess Diana before him, Jackson’s death brought international grief to people regardless of country, race, or religion, creating a unity that Jackson himself had often explored in his music. Now the man responsible for that death, on trial for his freedom, has kindly asked that he be set free, an option prosecutors are reportedly giving very serious thought.
“As he sees it he was just giving Jackson what he had asked for. Jackson paid him very well to take care of him in a specific way and doing anything other than what his employer had asked him to do would have been a breach of contract, just as illegal,” said a Conrad Murray insider. “Conrad Murray didn’t do anything other than what he was asked to do by the terms of his contract with Jackson. Even if he did inject him with lethal doses of drugs, it was at the request of Jackson. He should have known his limits, he didn’t, and he died, but that isn’t Dr. Murray’s fault.”
The Los Angeles County coroner concluded that Jackson had died as a result of a lethal dose of the sedative Propofol. Jackson was not a qualified or trained doctor, unlike Murray.
“Legally we have two questions here. One, were the drugs administered by Dr. Murray enough to cause the death of Jackson? Two, is he criminally responsible for the death simply because he administered those drugs, even if he was acting on behalf of the patient? The former is really a diagnostic issue, but the latter is a matter of moral and ethical judgement, and bringing up that question could put doubt into the minds of a jury,” said Scrape TV Legal analyst Gabe Hawthorne. “The other issue is the material impact of Jackson’s death. Obviously, his children are left without a father but they are probably in a much better financial position. The world too was left with an icon rather than an increasingly bizarre personality. One could argue that Jackson’s death was good for the world.”
Much like Elvis Presley and John Lennon before him, Jackson’s catalogue has dramatically increased in value since his demise.
“Obviously they will have to go through the motions of a trial, but considering these factors and the constant denials of any wrongdoing by Murray, they are going to have a hard time convicting him. You can’t just send someone to jail because you want to, that runs contrary to everything our justice system stands for,” continued Hawthorne. “From what I’ve heard he’s asked very, very nicely to just be let go. He apparently is very complimentary towards the prosecution and not in a self serving way. From what everyone has said he seems genuine in his compliments and concerns and that will go a long way to helping his case.”
It’s believed that Murray’s good nature and consistent request are the reason he has been allowed to continue practicing medicine through the trial.
Mike Michaels, American Correspondent