Dr Conrad Murray Sentenced
November 30, 2011 by staff
Dr Conrad Murray Sentenced, Dr. Conrad Murray, convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, was sentenced on Tuesday to four years in prison, the maximum sentence for the crime. On the day the Jackson died and on many occasions before that, Murray gave the singer propofol, an anesthetic drug that has no legitimate medical use outside of surgery, supposedly to help him sleep. During sentencing, the judge angrily slammed Murray for caring more about “money, fame and prestige” than about his patient and for killing Jackson by treating him like “an experiment.”
Still, Murray got just four years in prison. It’s a stark contrast to past cases in which doctors have received decades-long sentences for drug-related charges, even when their link to their patients’ deaths or injuries was much less clear.
Let’s look at the case of Dr. William Hurwitz, a Virginia internist who was first convicted in 2004 of 50 counts of drug trafficking, receiving a 25 year sentence. That sentence was overturned and led a 2007 retrial, where he was convicted of 16 counts of drug trafficking, each of which carried a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years.
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