News: Michael Jackson's Doctor Goes Broke, Can't Afford Lawyer

Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011 5:05PM

Written by Biz Jones

Weeks after making headlines for receiving a four year jail sentence for involuntary manslaughter of pop icon Michael Jackson, Dr. Conrad Murray has reportedly asked for a court-appointed lawyer due to financial woes.

According to reports, Jackson's former doctor is unable to afford his own attorney who he would use to appeal the jail sentence.

The cash-strapped Conrad Murray, who has asked for a court-appointed attorney for his appeal process, doesn't seem to be experiencing jail time like some other well-known names. Murray's previous attorney J. Michael Flanagan is outraged at the doctor's treatment in the slammer, telling E! News that "it is crazy and unbelievable how [the sheriffs] are treating" Murray in jail. According to documents obtained by E! News, in the notice of appeal Murray filed this morning (December 13) in Los Angeles Superior Court, Michale Jackson's former doc stated that he is "indigent and respectfully requests the appointment of counsel on appeal." (E! News)

Additoinal reporting claimed Murray was making over a million dollar annual salary as Jackson's personal doctor.

Just weeks after being sent to jail for four years following a conviction on a felony involuntary manslaughter charge in the death of Michael Jackson, cardiologist Conrad Murray is throwing himself on the mercy of the court. The doctor had been slated to earn up to $150,000 a month to act as Jackson's personal physician before the pop icon's death in June 2009 from an overdose of the Murray-administered surgical anesthetic propofol. (MTV)

In late November, Murray received a four year sentence in a Los Angeles court.

The trial of Dr. Conrad Murray in the drug overdose death of Michael Jackson ended with a resounding rebuke from the trial judge, who lambasted his treatment as "money for medicine madness." Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor, in sentencing Murray to the maximum of four years on Tuesday, expressed shock over the doctor's lack of remorse and criticized him for recently televised comments suggesting that the singer had "entrapped" him. "Yipes! Talk about blaming the victim," Pastor declared before sentencing Murray after the seven-week trial. "Not only isn't there any remorse, there is umbrage and outrage on the part of Dr. Murray against the decedent." (Los Angeles Times)

Earlier the same month, Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor handed the case to the seven-man, five-woman jury Thursday after closing arguments by prosecutor David Walgren and lead defense lawyer Ed Chernoff. Over nearly six weeks of testimony, jurors heard from 33 prosecution witnesses and 16 defense witnesses. More than 340 exhibits were available in the jury room as the panel mulled a verdict. (USA Today)

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