Dr. Conrad Murray Files Manslaughter Appealby: Posted:
Following his sentencing to four years in prison, Dr. Conrad Murray has officially filed his appeal of his involuntary manslaughter conviction in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson.
According to MTV News and TMZ, Murray will apparently forego retaining counsel and represent himself. In the appeal documents, he entered "Men's Central Jail" and his booking number in spaces where an attorney of record would normally enter a firm's name and current contact information. TMZ claims that Murray has communicated with Nareg Gourjian, one of the attorneys who championed his innocence during Murray's criminal trial.
"This case presents a gold mine of issues for any appellate lawyer," Gourjian told TMZ. "Dr. Murray is confident that the Court of Appeal will vindicate him."
Lead defense attorney Ed Chernoff foreshadowed an immediate appeal following Murray's initial guilty verdict in Los Angeles. "What matters most right now is trying to keep Dr. Murray from taking up a prison cell in this community. That's what we're focusing on right now, and we'll deal with an appeal after that."
The four-year term is the maximum Murray could've received under California law, but it's been predicted that he likely won't serve the entire sentence. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore predicted that between a 23-day credit for time Murray spent incarcerated between his verdict and his Nov. 29 sentencing and whatever good-behavior credit he may receive, he could serve as little as under two years.
Though Michael's sister LaToya Jackson claimed after Tuesday's verdict that justice had been served, his brother Jermaine Jackson told reporter "It wasn't enough time."