Conrad Murray Sentenced to Four Years For Michaal Jackson Manslaughter

Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced to four years in jail on Tuesday for manslaughter in the death of pop legend Michael Jackson. Murray was found guilty of being responsible for Jackson’s death from an overdose of the powerful sedative propofol on June 25, 2009.

The prosecution in the Michael Jackson death case had asked Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor for the maximum sentence of four years. However, due to prison over-crowding, it is questionable if he will actually serve the full term. More than likely he will serve only two years at most.

In sentencing Murray, Judge Michael Pastor called the doctor’s treatment abhorrent. He also rejected a motion by the defense team to have cameras be thrown out of the courtroom during sentencing.

“Dr. Murray created a set of circumstances and became involved in a cycle of horrible medicine,” the judge said. “The practice of propofol for medicine madness, which violated his sworn obligation, for money, fame prestige and whatever else may have occurred.”

Dr. Conrad Murray’s defense team had asked the court to sentence him to only probation with “substantial community service,” arguing that the defendant’s reputation was already ruined, he would lose his medical license and he had no prior criminal record.

Michael Jackson’s parents and family were present at the sentencing hearing. The family’s attorney, Brian Panish, read a statement to the court on behalf of the Jacksons. In the statement, the family asked the judge to “impose a sentence that reminds physicians they cannot sell their services to the highest bidder.”

Dr. Conrad Murray Sentenced for Michael Jackson Death Today

Dr. Conrad Murray will face a sentencing hearing Tuesday morning for involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop icon Michael Jackson. Prosecutors want Conrad Murray to serve the maximum four year sentence for his crime, but it is likely that jail overcrowding will reduce that term by as much as half. Because of current California law, as a non-violent offender he will also serve any time he is sentenced to in county jail, rather than prison.

Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor will hand down Dr. Conrad Murray’s sentencing this morning. His defense attorneys are arguing for probation, saying he will already lose his medical license and face a lifetime of ostracism over his conviction. They also claim that at least some of the blame should rest with Murray’s patient in contributing to his own death.

“Mr. Jackson’s self-destructive tendencies played a role in the damage suffered in this case and should be regarded as a contributing factor,” defense lawyers Ed Chernoff, J. Michael Flanagan and Nareg Gourjian said in a filing last week.

During his six-week court case in the death of Michael Jackson, Dr. Conrad Murray’s defense team argued that the singer had self-administered the overdose of propofol that killed him. Prosecutors argued that Murray’s lapsed attention on the day of Jackson’s death and shoddy medical care overall was enough for him to be convicted of manslaughter no matter who administered the fatal dose.

“The defendant has displayed a complete lack of remorse for causing Michael Jackson’s death. Even worse than failing to accept the slightest level of responsibility, the defendant has placed blame on everyone else, including the one person no longer here to defend himself, Michael Jackson,” Deputy District Attorneys David Walgren and Deborah Brazil wrote in the prosecution filing on Murray’s sentencing.

Murray admitted he had been giving Michael Jackson doses of propofol at night to help the singer with insomnia. Propofol is a power anesthetic normally used only in a hospital setting with the patient under constant monitoring and observation.

Live Streaming Michael Jackson’s Memorial Service

For those of you who will be away from the TV and it’s wall-to-wall coverage of Michael Jackson’s memorial service today at the Staples Center…here are some live streaming links so you can sneak a peek at work.

TMZ is reporting that Michael’s gold-lined casket is on it’s way to the Center, presumably for a viewing during the service. Snarkista isn’t super keen on this idea…but stranger things have happened. Like this: the Ringling Brothers’ circus starts tomorrow at the Center, and the elephant parade is rumored to be part of what’s shaping up to be THE biggest circus on earth. You just can’t make this stuff up. Billions of people around the world are expected to watch Jacko’s last show.

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The star-studded memorial is set to begin soon, and will include Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Magic Johnson, Smokey Robinson and John Mayer, Brooke Shields, Usher, Stevie Wonder, Motown’s Berry Gordy and Lakers star Kobe Bryant.
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Michael Jackson’s Kids Not Biologically His; Not Legally Adopted

Bombshell news is breaking tonight that Michael Jackson is NOT the biological father of his three children, nor were they legally adopted by him! Debbie Rowe, long thought to be the biological mother of Jackson’s oldest two children, was really just a surrogate mother who carried another woman’s eggs… fertilized by a father who was not Michael Jackson. Jackson’s youngest child was conceived by a different set of egg and sperm donors. TMZ is reporting that none of the three were ever legally adopted by Jackson.

This explosive news is sure to further complicate the already twisted legal consequences of the King of Pop’s death. He died with a 2002 will. We will update this story as more news becomes available.

Michael Jackson’s Drug Destruction

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Paramedics’ monitor shows Jackson, a “50 year old male”, was “not breathing at all’ when the 911 call was received. Photo credit: The Sun

In what is a sad but familiar story in Hollywood, another star has likely lost his life due to a prescription drug overdose…facilitated by doctors who function as “drug ATMs” for their clients. Life & Style reports that Michael Jackson was taking a cocktail of up to seven prescription drugs in the months before his death. He allegedly overdosed on Thursday morning after a Demerol injection, causing respiratory and cardiac arrest.

A Jackson family lawyer told CNN he “feared” the drugs could kill the pop star. The star had been taking prescription painkillers including anti-anxiety drugs Xanax, Zoloft and painkiller Demerol in recent months, according to sources close to Jackson.

Demerol is a powerful, morphine-like painkiller that is highly addictive. It is often reserved for hospital/surgery usage, but can be legally prescribed for pain. Why the Demerol injection? There are reports that Jackson had a broken bone in his leg, but was still rehearsing for his upcoming tour.

What is unclear is why his in-house physicians didn’t have (or use) reversal agents such as Narcan (for opiates like Demerol) and Flumazenil (for benzodiazepines like Xanax.) Jackson’s drug use was well-known, and, like Anna Nicole Smith, was facilitated by compliant health-care professionals.

The Sun is reporting that an emergency room source at UCLA Hospital said Jackson’s aides told medics he had collapsed after a Demerol injection. A Jackson source said: “Shortly after taking the Demerol he started to experience slow shallow breathing. His breathing gradually got slower and slower until it stopped.”

L.A. police would not confirm claims that Jackson had been administered the injection, but last night family spokesman Brian Oxman, alluded to “abuse of medications” while speaking to CNN minutes before Jackson’s death was confirmed.

Oxman confirmed Jackson’s leg injury, and said there were discussions that one day “he is going to be dead”. He went on to detail concerns about Michael’s drug use. He revealed that:

“This family has been trying for months and months and months to take care of Michael Jackson. I do not know the extent of medications he was taking but reports we are receiving from his family was that it was extensive.

“It is something that I feared and something that I warned about…it was something I warned people was going to happen and it has happened… there is no smoke without fire.

“It is a case of abuse of medications.”

Authorities have opened up an investigation into Jackson’s death. Was he another Anna Nicole? Snark Food will continue to update this tragic story as more details become available. TMZ’s coverage of the story is here.

Michael Jackson, Dead At 50

michael_jacksonThe King of Pop, Michael Jackson, suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon at his Holmby Hills, California home and paramedics were unable to revive him. TMZ is reporting that when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back.

Jackson was reportedly dead when paramedics arrived. Once at the hospital, the staff tried to resuscitate him but he was completely unresponsive. TMZ says that Michael’s sister La Toya ran in the hospital sobbing after Jackson was pronounced dead.

Michael is survived by three children: Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince “Blanket” Michael Jackson II.

Is Michael Jackson Dying?

Update: Very sad news today as it appears that Michael Jackson has died.

The one-time King Of Pop, Michael Jackson, is rumored to be incurably ill, and is possibly DYING. Reports are surfacing that Michael, 50, is suffering from a potentially fatal lung disease according to media reports. The actual disease is called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.
Ian Halperin, who authored a tell-all book on Michael, told In Touch magazine:

“He’s had it for years, but it’s gotten worse, He needs a lung transplant but may be too weak to go through with it. He also has emphysema and chronic gastrointestinal bleeding, which his doctors have had a lot of trouble stopping. It’s the bleeding that is the most problematic part. It could kill him.”

The UK’s Daily Express, says the writer says Jackson may now be fighting for his life, but is too weak to undergo surgery.The facemask was always one hint he was worried about his health. The current claim is that his lung condition has left him so weak he can barely speak, and that he is going BLIND as well. Horrific.

Jackson was acquitted 3 years ago of child molestation, but has never shaken rumors of drug or alcohol abuse. Extreme money problems have forced him out of his “Neverland”, and he still has enormous amounts of debt. In fact, illness was the reason he gave to avoid a recent court date in a big money lawsuit. Now, it looks like that excuse was legitimate. Still, he has somehow managed to rent a home in one of the most exclusive areas of L.A. for a whopping $100,000 a month. The $38 million Holmby Hils pad has seven bedrooms, 13 baths, 12 fireplaces, a screening room and, of course, a cellar for Jesus juice. For sleepovers, there’s a guest house, swimming pool and garden. The deal was done several weeks ago under a heavy-duty confidentiality agreement.

There has been no public comment on his health from Jackson’s official spokeswoman. he singer’s brother has simply said it’s not a good time, and that Jackson’s not doing so well. No matter what your opinion of Michael is, he’s become a truly tragic figure. We hope he gets well. Here’s a look at Michael in his prime…when he WAS on top.

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