October 25, 2012 12:00

Jailed Michael Jackson doctor to be released by Christmas?

Conrad Murray, convicted of causing Michael Jackson's death, could get out early

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Conrad Murray, the former doctor convicted of causing Michael Jackson's death, could be released by Christmas because of fears of overcrowding in US jails.

Murray was sentenced to four years in an LA jail for involuntary manslaughter in November 2011. However, Murray's lawyer has described keeping her client imprisoned as "a waste of everybody's time" and is confident he will be released early if a deal to replace the sentence with community service can be struck.

Speaking to The Sun, lawyer Valerie Wass said: "I hope Conrad may be allowed to come home for Christmas. It is ridiculous he has been in there for a year. He is not dangerous, violent or the type you need to take off the streets to punish him. They have already stripped him of his medical licence and it is a waste of everybody's time and money to have him in there."

Wass later spoke about Murray's physical state and the effect staying in prison is having on his health, saying: "He's being housed like a piece of veal. He can't even do jumping jacks in his cell. Anybody who watched the trial that ended almost a year ago, they wouldn't recognise him walking on the street today. His hair has turned grey. He's down 20 or 30 pounds. He's very gaunt-looking and has a hard time walking."

Earlier this year Michael Jackson's father dropped a civil case against Murray. Joe Jackson had been seeking financial compensation for loss of income and emotional distress following the death of his son in 2009.

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