(Contributing Reporters: Jarrod Farensbach, Jeannie Chase, Jess Orlando)
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A key party in the trial over Michael Jackson’s death has been ruled not liable in the death of the pop icon.
AEG Live, the company that was promoting Jackson’s comeback tour in 2009, assigned Dr. Conrad Murray to take care of MJ when he was suffering from a sleep disorder. Jackson was administered a fatal dose of propofol, an anesthetic, that would put Jackson to sleep using chemicals. Following this, the Jackson family filed a negligence lawsuit on AEG Live and claimed that the company ignored Michael’s health and pushed him to rehearse and perform despite his condition.
After a few years of trial and deliberation, Conrad Murray was sentenced to four years in prison on Nov. 29, 2011. The original verdict was that Murray was indeed responsible for giving Jackson a surgery-strength dose of propofol. After two years of his sentence, Murray was found innocent and deemed not liable for the death of Michael Jackson.
Today, Conrad Murrary will be released from a Los Angeles county lockup. Valerie Wass, the attorney handling the appeal of his conviction, said, “His home is with his girlfriend and their 4-year old son. He hasn’t decided yet where they’re going to live when he gets out, but that is his first priority. He needs to spend some time re-adjusting to life as a free man.”
When Murray was originally sentenced, he was relinquished of his medical license and the ability to practice medicine. Now that he is free, his intention is to be able to tell his story and reestablish himself as a credible and professional doctor. He plans to meet with Charles Peckham, a Houston based lawyer, who will help him overturn the decision to revoke Murray’s medical license.
“I am certain that Dr. Murray has a great deal to offer to medicine and will end up practicing again in the future,” Peckham told The New York Daily News.