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Jackson doctor released, wants return to medicine

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson's doctor was quietly freed from jail on Monday, two years after he was convicted of killing the pop superstar with an overdose of a powerful anesthetic — and he would like to practice medicine again.

Conrad Murray was released at 12:01 a.m. from a jail in downtown Los Angeles after serving about half of his maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter. A change in California law allowed his incarceration time to be significantly reduced.

Murray was taken from the jail a back way, eluding a cluster of TV crews and a few Jackson fans. Sheriff's officials arranged the quiet exit and drove him away for safety reasons, spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

"He was elated to be out of there" and planned to spend time with his girlfriend and children, said Valerie Wass, Murray's attorney.

Murray's prospects are uncertain: At age 60 his license to practice medicine has been suspended or revoked in three states, and his face and name are well known due to his association with Jackson and his highly publicized trial.

Wass said Murray wants to be a doctor again.

"I believe that he will practice medicine again someday, somewhere," Wass said.

Brian Panish, an attorney for the Jackson family, said Murray should not have "a chance to hurt anyone else" by practicing medicine.

"He has shown no remorse and the consequences of his actions will last forever," the lawyer said.

The former cardiologist was convicted in 2011 of causing Jackson's death in June 2009 by providing him with the powerful anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid. Jackson was in the midst of preparations for a series of comeback concerts and Murray was serving as his physician.

The former doctor is appealing his conviction, although an appeals court has questioned whether it needs to hear the case. His attorney has argued that the court should not dismiss the appeal because it could alter Murray's overall sentence and reduce some of the stigma his conviction has caused.

Despite being jailed, Murray hasn't been entirely silent. The ex-doctor told the Today show that he cried tears of joy after a civil jury recently determined that the promoters of Jackson's comeback shows did not negligently hire Murray.

He did not, however, testify in the civil case or take the stand during his criminal trial.

Wass said Murray did a lot of writing behind bars, but she didn't know if he had plans for a book or any other projects that would allow him to earn a living.

Murray previously maintained clinics in Houston and Las Vegas and frequently complained about conditions in jail after his conviction. He was allowed to serve his entire sentence in a Los Angeles jail rather than a state prison due to a law aimed at easing overcrowding by shifting nonviolent offenders to local lockups.

"Dr. Murray has not received any special treatment in jail and in fact has many less privileges than most inmates because of his notoriety," Wass said in a statement earlier this year.

In a lawsuit filed by Jackson's mother against concert giant AEG Live LLC, jurors determined that Murray was not unfit or incompetent to serve as Jackson's tour doctor.

The panel did, however, say it did not condone his conduct.

"That doesn't mean we felt he was ethical," jury foreman Gregg Barden said of Murray after the AEG Live verdict.

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Oct 28, 2013 10:12AM
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It's about time they freed that hero! When's he gonna get a movie about all the racism and bigotry against him?! Unless you liberals are admitting you sanction michael Jackson;s pedophila and it's only nobody's that belong on a child predator list! I guarantee you there's not 1 muslim on that predator list with a child BRIDE on it! All in the name of tolerance of course! the moral of the story? In order to have your pedophilia be acceptable convert to Islam so that these so-called 'CHILD' advocates can say nothing against your child bride without being called racist bigots by the ACLU and the other terrorist worsippers! Or sell a hit record and then you can get your own child RANCH like Michael did! And if your dr happens to accidently kill you, (even though EVERY doctor has deaths on their hands, how the FDA gets away with all their cortpses without being thought of as a terroristic organization is beyond me IF terrorism exists or MURDER is evil) your dr can go to prison EVEN if he is BLACK! DOn;t you just LUV equality Amerika?!
Oct 28, 2013 9:59AM
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I have very mixed feelings about this doctor.  I did not follow this case in detail, but I will imagine that his greed is what led to Jackson's death.  Doctor was on the payroll and Jackson was calling the "shots" in spite of his addiction.  Celebrities always seem to think they know sooo much more than anyone else.  On a personal level, I am glad that Michael Jackson is dead.  He was a pedophile and used his money to get out of his crimes.  Repeatedly. The minute he died this country forgot that he had more or less been forced to live abroad because of the scandals involving children.  Innocent children that he used and abused.  Don't give me the crap about how he was never convicted.  There is NO justice for our children in today's court system.  Most lifelong pedophiles go completely un-prosecuted and none ever get the punishment truly due to them.  Once Jackson was dead he was a hero again, mourned publicly, given love and called "the king" again.  It truly sickens me. This country left Sodom and Gamorrah in the dust long ago. 
Oct 28, 2013 9:18AM
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I am so happy he is out of jail he did not deserve to go there in the first place

Oct 28, 2013 9:12AM
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Wow!  This is sad. I do think, however, those who "thanked" (implying that Murray did a good thing) Murray and/or quote laws, had better pray they are not placed in a similar situation as Michael Jackson or a loved one. Greed kills. Nevertheless,  for Murray to have the audacity to request that his license be reinstated is at best a joke. Perhaps Murray should become the doctor to those who quote the laws or congratulates "Dr. Death."
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