Conrad Murray has been convicted of "Involuntary Manslaughter" where the maximum penalty allowable is only 4 years in jail! From what has come out in the trial, Dr. Murray's actions were FAR FROM "involuntary"! He was in complete control of his actions and he knowingly broke the law and every ethical code for which doctors should stand! He not only showed complete negligence, but complete and utter incompetence! Thankfully, the jury got it right!
Judge Michael Pastor did the right thing and sentenced Conrad Murray to the maximum allowable sentence - 4 years in prison! A small victory, but that judgment, along with Judge Pastor’s admonishments, spoke volumes! "It should be made very clear that experimental medicine is not going to be tolerated, and Mr. Jackson was an experiment," Pastor said. "Dr. Murray was intrigued by the prospect and he engaged in this money for medicine madness that is simply not going to be tolerated by me."
Considering that Conrad Murray may only serve half of that sentence, this deplorable doctor may only serve 2 years in a county jail! This is not acceptable for what many of us see as murder! As Judge Pastor indicated, Conrad Murray has shown absolutely NO REMORSE! In fact, he seems to feel justifiable and above reproach! “Pastor emphasized Murray's statements in a British TV documentary that he didn't feel guilty because he did "nothing wrong" and that he felt betrayed by Jackson. "Yikes! Talk about blaming the victim," Pastor said. Rather than remorse, Murray expressed "umbrage and outrage," he said. "Dr. Murray is offended by that patient dying." Murray repeatedly blamed Jackson and others for the death, the judge said. "To hear Dr. Murray tell it, he was just a bystander."
The jury got it right and Judge Pastor certainly got it right, unfortunately, there is no law on the books that currently give the ‘legal muscle’ required to reprimand Murray in an appropriate fashion. “MICHAEL’S LAW”, would do just that! Give prosecutors and the criminal justice system to put an end to the “Money for Medicine Madness”!
I am proposing to the District Attorney of Los Angeles and to the Governor of California to enact, "MICHAEL'S LAW" and hopefully other states and countries will follow. A law that will make this kind of gross negligence by health care professionals, prosecutable as 2nd Degree Murder, and not just involuntary manslaughter. Doctor's wrongfully and negligently prescribing harmful narcotics has become an epidemic and it must be stopped! Simply having the AMA chastize these doctors or removing their license from one state or area, is NOT acceptable! There needs to be stiffer penalties for doctors that are enabling addiction and causing harm, hardship and DEATH. These doctors are no different than drug lords, who are distributing illegal narcotics! In fact, these doctors are worse, because they are doing it within the system that patients are supposed to be able to trust to HEAL them! These doctors are breaking the law for financial gain, with absolutely no regard for human life! Murder is murder, regardless of the weapon!
Perhaps, even in death, Michael can help to heal and change the world. His music and talent was a wonderful legacy, but he wanted more - he wanted to make the world a better place. Perhaps, "MICHAEL'S LAW" will save others from the extreme deviations in standards of care, from self-serving, greedy doctors like Conrad Murray.
"Think it, see it, believe it, make it happen." One step at a time, positive change in Michael's name.
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NOTE: Doctor Jack Kevorkian was charged with second degree murder and the delivery of a controlled substance for his euthanasia practices. After a two day trial, he was convicted of 10-25 years in prison! Dr. Kevorkian was helping people that were in a great deal of pain to end their lives; his patients wanted his help to die with dignity rather than to continue their suffering! Michael Jackson ONLY commissioned Dr. Murray to help with his insomnia, NOT TO MURDER HIM! Michael Jackson DID NOT CHOOSE TO DIE, like Dr. Kevorkian's patients did, so WHY is Conrad Murray receiving such a lesser penalty?! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Kevorkian
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