Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter. A Los Angeles jury concluded that his grossly negligent behavior led to the 2009 death of famed entertainer Michael Jackson. While Dr. Murray’s overall mistreatment of his personal patient was abhorrent, Involuntary Manslaughter is the least serious form of culpable homicide. It is punishable at most by imprisonment for 4 years.
One of the major disputes in the trial was whether Dr. Murray carelessly administered a fatal dose of propofol, a powerful anesthetic that before the trial few people had heard of. Murray’s defense, which shifted almost hourly, was that Jackson somehow managed to inject himself with a fatal dose of propofol. Either way, Murray was grossly negligent. Even if it were true that a barely-conscious Jackson managed to inject himself, the fact that Murray was nowhere around when he did so (Murray was outside Jackson’s bedroom, talking to one of his many mistresses, unless his wife happened to have beeped in and interrupted his conversation) constituted gross negligence.