US judge upholds Dr Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter conviction

California court rules Michael Jackson did not kill himself

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A California court has upheld Dr Conrad Murray's of the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson.

The ruling comes after Dr Murray, who was released from prison last October after being jailed for his involvement in Jackson's death, continued to protest his innocence and claimed Jackson had killed himself by accidentally overdosing on surgical anaesthetic propofol.

In a 68-page ruling the court wrote that there was substantial evidence Murray had administered the lethal dose that killed Jackson. Murray was handed the maximum sentence of four years in jail for involuntary manslaughter but was released after two to ease prison overcrowding. Upon release Murray filed his appeal, saying the original judge should have stopped jurors from hearing key evidence. The appeals court said it found neither procedural errors nor prejudice against Murray.

The new ruling said Murray had shown a "callous disregard" for Jackson's health, and that the trial had shown he had administered "dangerous" drugs to Jackson without the proper implements. It said: "The evidence demonstrated that Mr Jackson was a vulnerable victim and that Murray was in a position of trust, and that the doctor violated the trust relationship by breaching standards of professional conduct in numerous respects."

Earlier this month, Jackson's mother, Katherine, was denied a new trial in her wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG. She had accused the promoter of showing negligence when it hired Murray to look after her son. A judge rejected her bid for a new trial last Friday (January 10).

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