In a ruling televised live on a number of cable news channels, an angry judge strongly chided Dr. Conrad Murray in a Los Angeles courtroom today before giving him the maximum sentence for his conviction on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Michael Jackson.
Murray has been in jail since he was convicted earlier this month in the pop superstar’s 2009 death. Since that time, the doctor has been in the media, including giving an interview to NBC’s “Today” that was recorded during Murray’s trial and televised after the verdict was revealed, as TVWeek reported earlier this month.
A documentary on Murray, “Michael Jackson and the Doctor: A Fatal Friendship,” was also released, as we reported previously. The documentary suggested that Jackson was to blame for his own death.
These highly public appearances, in which Murray asserted that he didn’t do anything wrong, didn’t sit well with Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor. In sentencing Murray to the maximum of four years in prison, Pastor said, “Talk about blaming the victim. Not only isn’t there any remorse, there is umbrage and outrage on the part of Dr. Murray against the decedent,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
A tape recording Murray made of Jackson slurring his words, apparently under the influence of drugs — which was played during the trial — also came back to bite Murray.
“That tape recording was Dr. Murray’s insurance policy,” the judge said, implying that Murray secretly taped Jackson in an effort to blame the victim if anything went wrong.
Pastor also said of Murray, “I believe he’s a danger to the community,” before giving him the maximum sentence allowed.