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Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s physician, released from jail

Michael Jackson's doctor walks out of jail a free man Monday morning after serving two years for involuntary manslaughter in the King of Pop's death. (REUTERS)

Dr. Conrad Murray, convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson in 2009, was released from a Los Angeles jail Monday morning after serving half of his four-year sentence. A California law intended to relieve the state’s crowded prisons allowed his early release.

Murray was attending to Jackson as his personal physician when the singer died of an apparent overdose:

The former cardiologist was convicted in 2011 of causing Jackson’s death in June 2009 by providing the superstar with an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid. Jackson was in the midst of preparations for a series of comeback concerts and Murray was serving as his personal physician.

Murray’s prospects are uncertain: At age 60 his license to practice medicine has been suspended or revoked in three states and his face and name are well known due to his association with Jackson and his highly publicized involuntary manslaughter trial. . . .

No doctor or medical expert has condoned Murray’s treatments of Jackson during either the ex-doctor’s criminal case or the civil litigation. The former cardiologist told police he gave the superstar nightly doses of propofol to help him sleep but lacked the proper medical or monitoring equipment that’s required to administer anesthesia.

Although widely used, propofol is intended only for surgical settings and experts have noted that its effects are not actually sleep.

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According to TMZ, Murray hopes to justify himself in the public eye now that he is free and will not shy away from the media:

Sources connected with the doc tell TMZ ... during his time in L.A. County Jail, Murray penned a large portion of a book about his life and his time with Michael Jackson. We’re told a big chunk of the Jackson story casts blame on others and justifies his conduct in the treatment that ultimately killed the singer and sent Murray to the slammer.

We’re also told Murray would be open to some sort of reality show, following his life after jail. . . .

We’re told he does not have a publisher for the book. We don’t know if any reality show producers have expressed interest, but you can bet they’ll come a-calling.


Legal disputes over Jackson’s legacy continue. His producer, Quincy Jones, sued the singer’s estate last week for royalties he claims he is owed on several enormously popular albums.


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Max Ehrenfreund writes for Wonkblog and compiles Wonkbook, a daily policy newsletter. You can subscribe here. Before joining The Washington Post, Ehrenfreund wrote for the Washington Monthly and The Sacramento Bee.



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