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November 30, 2011

California judge jails Michael Jackson doctor

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Dr. Conrad Murray, the doctor of the deceased singer Michael Jackson, has been given a four year prison sentence by a judge in the US city of Los Angeles, California, based on a charge of involuntary manslaughter, the maximum sentence he could receive for this offense. Steve Whitmore, a spokesperson for Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, told CBS News that Assembly Bill 109 would automatically halve the sentence to two years.

In November of this year, after a six week trial, a jury found Murray guilty of providing Jackson with an excessive amount of propofol, which caused his death in 2009. Judge Michael Pastor condemned Dr. Murray’s actions, calling his behavior a “continuous pattern of lies and deceit” and him a “danger to the community”, having committed a “horrific violation of trust”. Murray may also lose his medical license.

In the aftermath of the sentencing, Katherine Jackson, the mother of Michael Jackson, told KTLA: “Four years is not enough for someone’s life. It won’t bring him back but at least he got the maximum.” Jackson expressed thanks to the prosecutors and the judge, calling the latter “very, very fair”. Meanwhile, Jermaine Jackson, Michael Jackson’s brother, said “[o]ne hundred years is not enough”.

The defense had requested probation as Murray already faced “a lifetime sentence of self-punishment” and life-long reputation as “the man who killed Michael Jackson”. The judge refused to allow probation, saying it wasn’t justified by Murray’s actions.



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February 9, 2010

Michael Jackson doctor charged with involuntary manslaughter

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Michael Jackson doctor charged with involuntary manslaughter

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

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Dr. Conrad Murray has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection to the death of Michael Jackson, who Murray was doctor to. Dr. Murray was with the singer when he died on June 25 last year.

The doctor is alleged to have acted “unlawfully and without malice”. The prosecution’s complaint said that when Dr. Murray gave Michael Jackson a powerful sedative to attempt to assist Jackson with his sleeping, he acted “without the caution and circumspection required”. During rehearsals for a series of return concerts planned in London, England last year, the entertainer had employed the doctor to be his personal physician for the spring. If convicted of the charges, Dr. Murray could be imprisoned for up to four years.

According to Ed Chernoff, Dr. Murray’s lawyer, he will not plead guilty. Speaking on Monday, before the charge was filed, Chernoff stated: “We’ll make bail, we’ll plead not guilty and we’ll fight like hell.” The coroner’s office in Los Angeles, California, US reported that the death of Michael Jackson was a homicide, with the cause being an overdose of sedatives.


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September 25, 2009

Vienna mayor criticises cancellation of Michael Jackson tribute concert

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Friday, September 25, 2009

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The mayor of Vienna has criticised the cancellation of the original Michael Jackson tribute concert that was due to take place on September 26 in Vienna, Austria.

Michael Häupl, the mayor of Vienna, has said: “[The show would have been] very interesting… had it been properly prepared and organised but it was not.” The tribute concert, which was due to take place in Austria on September 26, was organised mainly by Jermaine Jackson, Michael Jackson’s brother.

Funding for the original concert had been cancelled on September 11 due to the fact that many top stars such as Natalie Cole, Mary J. Blige and Chris Brown couldn’t make the concert because, as Jermaine Jackson said, “Numerous stars were just not able to change their schedules”.

A replacement concert is now due to take place in London, England at some point in June 2010.



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September 24, 2009

New Michael Jackson song to be released

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

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A new Michael Jackson single and compilation album is going to be released in October of this year.

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“This Is It” is the name of what would have been Michael Jackson’s tour, the name of his documentary film, and now a new single and compilation album — both titled “This Is It” — which will be released from his record label Sony Music Entertainment. Sony Music confirmed the plans to release the new two-disc compilation album and single. John McClain, who co-produced the album, said: “This song only defines, once again, what the world already knows — that Michael is one of God’s greatest gifts.”

The single will become available from October 12 this year. It is unknown when exactly it was written and recorded although it has been recently reported that he had been working with such artists as Akon and Will.i.am before his death on June 25, 2009. The track features backing vocals from Jackson’s brothers and will also feature on the compilation album.

The compilation album will be released internationally on October 26 and in North America on October 27 — just one day before the documentary film will be released. The album will have two discs. The first disc will feature some of Jackson’s greatest hits, with the “This Is It” single being the last song. The second disc will feature previously unreleased versions of some of the songs from the singer’s catalogue of big hits. The CD will also contain a 36-page commemorative booklet featuring photos of Michael Jackson from his last “This Is It” rehearsals.



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September 23, 2009

Michael Jackson film “This Is It” to be premiered in at least 15 world cities simultaneously

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Michael Jackson’s This Is It, a documentary film based on world-famous singer Michael Jackson rehearsing for his last tour before his untimely death, will be premiered in at least 15 cinemas in cities all over the world simultaneously.

The film is due to premiere on October 27 and October 28. The world cities may be in different time zones with different dates but they will all be premiering the film at exactly the same time. One such premiere location is Los Angeles, in the US state of California, which will have the film starting at 1800 PT. Another simultaneity is the Odeon Leicester Square cinema in London, England, which will start at 0100 GMT on October 27.

Other locations holding concurrent premieres are the South African city of Johannesburg, New York City in New York, German capital Berlin, Russian capital city Moscow, Japanese capital Tokyo, Australian city Sydney, French capital Paris, South Korean city Seoul, and Rio de Janeiro, a large city in Brazil.

Michael Jackson died on June 25 2009 aged 50, after suffering from a cardiac arrest. The movie will feature some of the rehearsal footage made in the weeks before his death. In total, there will be at least 25 cinemas premiering the film, but not all of them will be released simultaneously. Sony Pictures, the film production company, have yet to announce the other cities involved. Tickets for the film will be available to purchase from Sunday, September 27. The film is directed by Kenny Ortega, who previously directed all the High School Musical films. He also directed some significant Michael Jackson events, such as his This Is It concert and Jackson’s memorial service.

Jeff Blake, chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution for Sony Pictures, said: “Michael Jackson has an army of fans everywhere around the world… we are giving the audiences an incredible opportunity to join together in celebration of Michael Jackson’s incredible career.”



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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

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Michael Jackson’s This Is It, a documentary film based on world-famous singer Michael Jackson rehearsing for his last tour before his untimely death, will be premiered in at least 15 cinemas in cities all over the world simultaneously.

The film is due to premiere on October 27 and October 28. The world cities may be in different time zones with different dates but they will all be premiering the film at exactly the same time. One such premiere location is Los Angeles, in the US state of California, which will have the film starting at 1800 PT. Another simultaneity is the Odeon Leicester Square cinema in London, England, which will start at 0100 GMT on October 27.

Other locations holding concurrent premieres are the South African city of Johannesburg, New York City in New York, German capital Berlin, Russian capital city Moscow, Japanese capital Tokyo, Australian city Sydney, French capital Paris, South Korean city Seoul, and Rio de Janeiro, a large city in Brazil.

Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 aged 50, after suffering from a cardiac arrest. The movie will feature some of the rehearsal footage made in the weeks before his death. In total, there will be at least 25 cinemas premiering the film, but not all of them will be released simultaneously. Sony Pictures, the film production company, have yet to announce the other cities involved. Tickets for the film will be available to purchase from Sunday, September 27. The film is directed by Kenny Ortega, who previously directed all the High School Musical films. He also directed some significant Michael Jackson events, such as his This Is It concert and Jackson’s memorial service.

Jeff Blake, chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution for Sony Pictures, said: “Michael Jackson has an army of fans everywhere around the world… we are giving the audiences an incredible opportunity to join together in celebration of Michael Jackson’s incredible career.”



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September 12, 2009

Michael Jackson tribute concert postponed until 2010

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Michael Jackson tribute concert postponed until 2010

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A tribute concert for Michael Jackson has been postponed and relocated.

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The concert was originally due to take place on September 26, 2009, just outside the Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria. However, the concert has been relocated to the Wembley Stadium in London, England. The date has also been changed to June 2010.

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—Jermaine Jackson

Michael Jackson’s brother Jermaine, who had organised the concert, said: “Numerous stars were just not able to change their schedules to make a live appearance at the Vienna event possible.” Representatives for Mary J. Blige, Natalie Cole and Chris Brown announced that none of these artists could make it to the concert.

Jermaine Jackson stated: “Many artists and performers who I have spoken to personally told me that it would be a great honour to be part of this memorial concert for my late brother. However, due to the short time frame it was not possible for many of them to change their schedules so that they could be on stage in Vienna on 26 September.

“Therefore we decided, after careful consideration, to change the date of the tribute concert to June 2010 – just a few weeks before the first anniversary of his untimely death. Instead of eight weeks we now have eight months to prepare. Some of the stars who were not able to participate in the Vienna concert, but expressed their wish to participate in this event, will be able to perform at Wembley Stadium in London in June 2010,” Jackson explained.

Michael Jackson himself had performed in the original Wembley Stadium 15 times. Jermaine said that he could not understand why the Austrian media were ridiculing the acts, stating: “When artists who have won eight Grammy Awards and sold millions of records around the world and are able to sell out large stadiums are then called ‘B-list artists’, are made fun of and generally disrespected, is something I just cannot understand. If these artists are not welcome in Vienna, London is certainly more than happy to have them.”



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August 24, 2009

Coroner says Michael Jackson\’s death was due to sedative overdose

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According to The Times, Michael Jackson was the victim of a homicide. The Los Angeles County Coroner has concluded Jackson died from a lethal overdose of sedatives. It has been revealed that Jackson was probably killed by an overdose of propofol. His doctor, Conrad Murray, is under investigation for manslaughter.

Murray told the Los Angeles Police Department that for the six weeks prior to the singer’s death he had administered a 50 milligram dose of the drug every night to help Jackson to sleep. He had begun to cut back on the dose after fearing Jackson was becoming addicted and for two days before the death gave him only lorazepam and midazolam.

On the day of his death, Murray said, he injected Jackson with lorazepam, then administered midazolam amongst other drugs. Finally, he gave in to Jackson’s insistence upon propofol, giving him 25 milligrams before going to the toilet. Upon his return, Jackson was no longer breathing.

Investigators have not been able to trace any records of propofol purchases by the doctor. It is also reported that another doctor had previously been approached by Jackson and asked to sell him the drug, but that doctor refused.



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Los Angeles county coroner says Michael Jackson’s death was a homicide

Monday, August 24, 2009

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Michael Jackson was the victim of a homicide, the Los Angeles county coroner has concluded. It has been revealed that Jackson was probably killed by an overdose of propofol and his doctor, Conrad Murray, is under investigation for manslaughter.

Murray told the Los Angeles Police Department that for the six weeks prior to the singer’s death he had administered a 50 milligram dose of the drug every night to help Jackson to sleep. He had begun to cut back on the dose after fearing Jackson was becoming addicted and for two days before the death gave him only lorazepam and midazolam.

The day of Jackson’s death, he said he injected the man with lorazepam, then tried midazolamsince amongst other drugs. Finally, he gave in to Jackson’s insistence upon propofol, giving him 25 milligrams before going to the toilet. Upon his return, Jackson was no longer breathing.

Investigators have not been able to find any trace of recorded propofol purchases by the doctor. It is also reported that another doctor had previously been approached by Jackson and asked to sell him the drug, but that doctor refused.


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Los Angeles county coroner says Michael Jackson’s death was a homicide

Monday, August 24, 2009

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Michael Jackson was the victim of a homicide, the Los Angeles county coroner has concluded. It has been revealed that Jackson was probably killed by an overdose of propofol and his doctor, Conrad Murray, is under investigation for manslaughter.

Murray told the Los Angeles Police Department that for the six weeks prior to the singer’s death he had administered a 50 milligram dose of the drug every night to help Jackson to sleep. He had begun to cut back on the dose after fearing Jackson was becoming addicted and for two days before the death gave him only lorazepam and midazolam.

The day of Jackson’s death, he said he injected the man with lorazepam, then tried midazolamsince amongst other drugs. Finally, he gave in to Jackson’s insistence upon propofol, giving him 25 milligrams before going to the toilet. Upon his return, Jackson was no longer breathing.

Investigators have not been able to find any trace of recorded propofol purchases by the doctor. It is also reported that another doctor had previously been approached by Jackson and asked to sell him the drug, but that doctor refused.


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