Conrad Murray: was the punishment just?

by Chris Johnson | Staff Writer |

Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter of pop superstar Michael Jackson last November.

With this charge, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor sentenced Murray to the maximum of four years in prison.

Does Murray deserve harsher punishment for caring for Jackson in an illegal matter eventually resulting in the King of Pop’s death?

Some would argue so stemming from the questionable care and gross negligence on Murray’s part that was revealed during the trial, but I feel that the punishment is just.

Lots of people want to point the finger at Murray being that he was the personal doctor, not to mention the fall guy for the untimely death of Jackson. I feel Jackson is the person most responsible for his own death.

His addiction problem to sedatives and pain-killing drugs goes back years, and the dependency he developed is a result of the constant manipulation of the medical system by using alias names, and past doctors in need of high-end clientele and a payday.

During the trial and Elissa Fleak’s testimony it was revealed that Jackson used aliases “Omar Arnold” and “Paul Farance” to get drugs he could no longer receive under his own name.

This alone is enough to reveal just how serious this addiction was.

What separates Murray from Jackson’s past doctors is that they had the common sense to know when to walk away. They knew the addiction was beyond their control and that Jackson’s time was nearing, so they cut ties to save their own asses as opposed to Murray.

Although, I do agree that if Murray had been more attentive during the propofol treatment Jackson would have lived longer.

Do I feel Jackson could have made a full recovery, or even perform the “This is it Tour”?

Not at all. He was in no shape to travel all of Europe and perform in every sold-out concert.

Four days before he died he said that half of his body was cold and half was hot, according to his nurse and holistic practitioner Cherilyn Lee.

This is why I feel involuntary manslaughter fits the bill for Murray.

As Jackson’s personal doctor he had the ethical responsibility to keep most of Jackson’s personal matters private, but at some point his moral sense should have kicked in for the betterment of his career, the Jackson family and loved ones, and most importantly Michael himself.

Some people feel that everything happens for a reason. Hopefully, the unfortunate death of Michael Jackson will prevent future doctors from stepping outside of their ethical boundary and better judgment.

Testimonies of his past patients who claim Murray saved their lives performing surgeries and giving treatment they could not afford offers some truth to how much he cared.

Although, to leave them in abandonment to solely care for Michael Jackson leaves me to wonder.


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