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Bail denied for doctor convicted in Michael Jackson's death

Dr. Conrad Murray will not be released from jail while his case is appealed.

February 25, 2012|By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
  • Dr. Conrad Murray remained expressionless as the jury returned with a guilty verdict in his involuntary manslaughter trial in the death of Michael Jackson.
Dr. Conrad Murray remained expressionless as the jury returned with a guilty… (Al Seib, Los Angeles Times )

A judge ruled Friday that the doctor convicted in Michael Jackson's death must remain behind bars while lawyers appeal his case.

Dr. Conrad Murray had asked to be released from jail, where he is serving two years for manslaughter, but Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor denied the bail motion, saying the physician is a flight risk.

"The bottom line is the defense does not have significant property or employment or family ties in the Los Angeles or California area," Pastor said of Murray, a native of the Caribbean who practiced medicine in Nevada and Texas.

The judge said that even with his medical licenses revoked, Murray remained a danger to society.

"If he were to go to another country, that country might very well allow him to practice medicine," Pastor said.

Pastor cited comments Murray made in a documentary last year which, the judge said, suggested that Murray stood by his decision to use a surgical anesthetic to treat Jackson's insomnia.

"Perhaps Dr. Murray is the only person on the planet that believes this," Pastor said. Murray, who was convicted in November, was not in court for the brief hearing.

One of his attorneys, J. Michael Flanagan, said the doctor was being held in solitary confinement "23 hours of the day and sometimes 24" and had lost "30 to 40 pounds."

harriet.ryan@latimes.com

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