Michael Jackson - Judge Rejects Conrad Murray's Request For Freedom
Michael Jackson's former physician DR. Conrad Murray has lost his bid for freedom as he appeals his involuntary manslaughter conviction.
The medic was sentenced to serve four years behind bars last year (11) after a jury found him guilty of administering the fatal dose of anaesthetic Propofol, which cost the King of Pop his life in 2009.
He is fighting to overturn the verdict and filed court papers last month (Jan12) asking to be released on bail or placed under house arrest at his girlfriend Nicole Alvarez's home pending the result of his appeal.
But on Friday (24Feb12), Judge Michael Pastor ruled in favour of prosecutors David Walgren and Deborah Brazil, who claimed the doctor had not showed any remorse for his treatment of Jackson and alleged that he was still a flight risk due to his lack of family or business ties to Los Angeles.
Judge Pastor also admitted he was concerned by the fact that Murray thought using surgical anaesthetic Propofol in a home setting was fine, and he denied the doctor's request for bail.
Murray is hoping to prove his tragic patient died from financial stress and recklessly gambled with his life by self-administering the fatal dose of Propofol in June, 2009.
Meanwhile, the Thriller superstar's sister La Toya Jackson has spoken out about Murray's appeal.
During an appearance on U.S. programme The Wendy Williams Show, which aired on Friday (24Feb12), La Toya said, "I know that he (Murray) is appealing this (verdict)... I think he's where he belongs, you don't do things like this."
Asked if he should serve more time in jail, she replied, "Absolutely, absolutely."