Conrad Murray - Los Angeles Sheriff: 'Conrad Murray Is Fine Where He Is'11 October 2012
Lawyers for imprisoned medic Conrad Murray have lost a plea to move the disgraced physician into a larger cell or release him into home confinement for health reasons.
Murray has been held at the Los Angeles County jail since last November (11), when he was found guilty of administering the fatal dose of anaesthetic propofol, which claimed the life of his client Michael Jackson in 2009.
Almost a year into his sentence, the doctor's legal team has gone public with concerns Murray is facing permanent injury due to his cramped living quarters - he is reportedly serving time in a five-foot-by-seven-foot (1.5 metre-by-2.1 metre) space.
The 59 year old was hospitalised last Sunday (07Oct12) for pain in his right shoulder, and he also received treatment for a condition called venous stasis, which can cause clotting due to decreased blood flow from a lack of movement, reports CNN.com.
Lawyers for Murray, who will not be eligible for parole until next year (13), asked Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca to allow their client to serve out the remainder of his sentence under monitored home confinement - or move him to a new location - suggesting the doctor's living conditions are "inhumane", but Sheriff's officials insist he is fine where he is.
In a letter to Baca, lawyers Valerie Wass and Michael Flanagan wrote, "Death or injury at the hands of another prisoner, however, is no worse than a slow death caused by a loss of circulation and atrophy resulting from inhumane confinement of a large man in a tiny space," adding, "If one were to keep a dog in a space just a few inches larger than the dog's length, for any extended period of time, contentions of animal cruelty possibly leading to prosecution would likely result."
But the request has been turned down.
A representative for the Sheriff's Department tells Tmz.com, "Mr. Murray is receiving the appropriate level of care and we are taking into consideration his medical concerns and working with him."