When Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty by a jury of his peers last month, the Jackson family celebrated the pronouncement of his guilt, but now they are determined to see the man who was convicted of causing the death of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson receive the full extent of the law when the punishment phase of the case is announced today by Judge Pastor, a California Superior Court judge in the State of California. Dr. Murray was remanded into custody once the verdict was rendered, and now the second phase begins.
A friend of the Jackson family, tells Highlight Hollywood, “Katherine Jackson wants Dr. Conrad Murray to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and she wants him to receive the full four year sentence for his crime. She’d like it if he spent more time in prison, but since four years is all he can receive, that’s what she hopes.”
The Jackson family is also expected to take the stand today to testify in the penalty phase, along with those who are on Dr. Murray’s side and want to testify on his behalf. A person close to the prosecution says, that they expect Dr. Murray to even take the stand in his own defense. He essentially feels his life has been destroyed by the conviction and hopes that it will be overturned on appeal. But his defense team has given him a sober view of any possible reversible errors by Judge Pastor, even though they state publicly they see many issues in which an appeal can be launched.
Dr. Murray will most likely not spend too much more time in jail and possibly even less time in the California State Prison system, since prison overcrowding issues may make it feasible to sentence him to house arrest for his crime of involuntary manslaughter. Dr. Murray’s interviews that were given to a documentary film crew during the trial may come back to haunt him, since the judge’s order stated no interviews by any of the parties, including the defendant Conrad Murray during the case.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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