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Dr. Conrad Murray Found Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter for the Death of the King of Pop

Cropped from :File:Michael Jackson Star on Hol...Image via Wikipedia On November 7, a Los Angeles jury in the well-publicized criminal trial Dr. Conrad Murray found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the death of Michael Jackson in 2009.  Dr. Murray will remain in custody pending his November 29 sentencing.  He faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison and likely the loss of his medical license.
Following a seven-month investigation, Michael Jackson’s private physician, Dr. Murray, was formally charged with a violation of Penal Code 192(b) PC California’s involuntary manslaughter law.  The complaint, filed by the county district attorney’s office, alleged that Dr. Murray in violation of , “did unlawfully and without malice kill Michael Joseph Jackson, a human being, in the commission of an unlawful act not amounting to a felony; and in the commission of a lawful act which might have produced death, in an unlawful manner, and without due caution and circumspection.”  More specifically, the violation was for administering a lethal dose of propofol, a powerful anesthetic, to Jackson, which led to the singer’s death.
Despite a lengthy investigation and trial, the jury only took a day-and-a-half to come back with a guilty verdict.  Jury members are now able to discuss the case with the public, however, California law prohibits them from profiting from discussion of the case for at least 90 days.
Although it is a serious felony, involuntary manslaughter is the least severe of the possible homicide charges.
California Penal Code 192(b) PC defines “involuntary manslaughter” as an unlawful killing that takes place
  1. during the commission of an unlawful act (not amounting to a felony), or
  2. during the commission of a lawful act which involves a high risk of death or great bodily harm that is committed without due caution or circumspection.
It is an unlawful killing that is done without malice or intent to kill, and the maximum prison sentence is four years.
Hopefully with the news of the guilty verdict, Michael Jackson’s family, friends and fans will be able to find closure after the King of Pop’s tragic and untimely death.
If you’re facing involuntary manslaughter charges or any other serious criminal offense, contact the Orange County Criminal Law firm of Don Ho, LLP immediately for assistance on building your defense.
All factual information taken from the Los Angeles Times
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Tragic Accident Kills Baby During Downtown L.A. Art Walk

A two-month-old baby was killed last Thursday at the Downtown L.A. Art Walk in a tragic accident.  Marcello Vasquez of Montebello was killed when a silver Cadillac DeVille jumped a curb, ran through a parking meter and crashed into Vasquez’ stroller.  LAPD Sargent Jeffrey Siggers addressed the media, stating that the authorities believe the child may have his his head on the concrete sidewalk after being thrown from the stroller.

The driver is a 22-year-old Ladera Heights resident who was driving his girlfriend’s car.  It appears that he was unfamiliar with the vehicle and he was attempting to reverse the vehicle when the accident occurred.  At this point, LAPD authorities are calling this a tragic accident, but the family of the victim is reported angry that the person responsible for the death of their child will not be held accountable.  The child’s aunt, Marlo Ortega, said “[the parents] are devastated and extremely hurt.”

The Downtown Art Walk has been criticized in the past for flooding sidewalks beyond capacity while street traffic remains as busy as always.  The Art Walk’s executive director, Joe Moller, extended sympathies to the family, but declined to directly connect the incident to Art Walk.

Is it fair for this young man to walk away scot-free from any repercussions from this accident?  While he did not intend to commit murder, couldn’t the authorities charge him with involuntary vehicular manslaughter?  Why are the authorities not considering that criminal charge?  It seems that the police considered this a true “accident” that could not be prevented.  Usually, a charge of involuntary manslaughter would follow if someone commits a small crime that resulted in death.  For example, someone who ran a red light and caused a fatal car accident.  In this case, because the driver was not doing anything illegal, the authorities most likely believe it would be difficult to procure a conviction.

All factual information provided by the Los Angeles Times


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