Dr. Conrad Murray’s trial was “fundamentally unfair” because of the publicity surrounding his manslaughter case and the fame of his patient, Michael Jackson, the physician’s attorney wrote in papers filed Monday asking an appellate court to throw out his conviction.
Murray’s attorney contended that prosecutors failed at trial to prove that the cardiologist was responsible for the pop icon’s death. She also contended that the trial judge, Michael Pastor, “displayed a bias” against the doctor.
Murray was sentenced to a maximum four-year sentence after his 2011 conviction for involuntary manslaughter.
The appellate attorney, Valerie Wass, argued in her 231-page brief that Jackson probably injected himself with the surgical anesthetic that led to his death and that the judge should have allowed Murray’s defense to present evidence of the pop star's dire finances.
“In more ways than one, Jackson was a desperate man,” she wrote. “Based on his desperate financial state, combined with his physiological problems, Jackson may have acted recklessly and/or irrationally on June 25th by self-injecting.”