Buzz surrounding the involuntary manslaughter trial against Michael Jackson’s former personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray , reached a new high Monday afternoon (November 7) when the jury announced the verdict for the long-awaited case: guilty.
Fans took to the comments section of MTV News, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages, to share their opinions on the verdict, which was reached after almost nine hours of deliberation.
One MTV.com user appeared somewhat pleased with the news, writing, “I feel like though justice was made, it really wasn’t. He gets 4 years prison, but then because of overcrowding gets sentenced reduced and serves at a jail. On top of that his sentence might be reduced further. Just because you have money and you are a doctor does not mean you have the right to be negligent. Michael was someone’s son, brother, uncle, father. It’s unfair. RIP MJ.”
According to Twitter user xAshley_Arianax, the jury came to the right conclusion. “Well, Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. Justice was served. RIP Michael Jackson,” she wrote.
As many celebrated the verdict, others, including Christina Wixson, were on the fence about the ruling. “Man, I don’t know on this. However, I do feel that physicians take an oath…if this guy would have been found not guilty-it would make that oath and the job of physician null and void,” she wrote on MTV News’ Facebook.
Jason Hubbard shared his theory about Conrad Murray: “The Dr. has responsibility and now has to pay his debt. A Doctor’s job is to help the sick not enable a drug addict because they can pay a lot of money.”
Some fans of the late pop icon weren’t pleased that the doctor was only found guilty of involuntary manslaughter instead of a more severe charge. “Dr. Murray’s possible 4 year sentence does not feel like ’justice’ for the death of a hero…. RIP Michael Jackson,” Twitter user WildeScarlette wrote.
Another commenter, Katrina Maxwell, thought Murray was “guilty of breaching medical conduct due to who his client was” but “was paid all that money to do as his client instructed him.”
“He’s not a murderer,” she added.
MTV News will be covering the Conrad Murray case live. Go to MTVNews.com for breaking news, reactions and analysis from Los Angeles or tune to MTV for the latest updates.