Conrad Murray to appeal conviction
- Bang Showbiz
- 3 December 2011
Dr. Conrad Murray has filed an official appeal of his conviction for the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson
Dr. Conrad Murray is to appeal his conviction for the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson.
The medic - who was sentenced to four years behind bars last week after he was ruled responsible for the 2009 death of the pop superstar - has filed an official appeal to challenge the decision "pro per", meaning he will represent himself.
In preparation for the case, Dr. Murray - who is currently serving his sentence at the Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles - has requested preliminary hearing and trial transcripts, all written motions, and jury instructions, and is said to be "confident" the appeal will see him vindicated for the crime.
Nareg Gourjian - one of the lawyers who represented him in the manslaughter trail, who he is still in frequent contact with - told TMZ: "This case presents a gold mine of issues for any appellate lawyer. Dr. Murray is confident that the Court of Appeal will vindicate him."
Despite the appeal, it is thought the medic could be out of jail by Christmas and allowed to serve most of his sentence under house arrest because of the non violent nature of his crime.
A source recently said: "The Sheriff will determine when Dr. Murray will be released on house arrest. Dr. Murray is hoping that he will be released by Christmas. His lawyers have told him that is a real possibility."