Murray was released less than two months ago from a two-year stint in jail following hisNovember 2011 conviction. Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor at the time ruled that the cardiologist, whom Jackson had hired to help him stay healthy ahead of his 50-date This Is It tour, provided care that was “substandard,” illegal and unethical. The doctor had given Jackson propofol on a nightly basis to help him fall asleep, and it was determined that it was a lethal dose of that anesthetic that led to the singer’s cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009.
Murray pleaded not guilty to the felony charge, but Pastor sentenced him to a maximum of four years in prison.
Despite Murray’s appeal, the California 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled on Wednesday the court “did not abuse its discretion,” saying there was enough evidence to prove that Murray did, indeed, give Jackson a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol.
In a 68-page ruling, the court ruled that the trial showed Murray’s “callous disregard for Mr. Jackson’s health and safety.” It upheld that the cardiologist was giving the singer a “a number of dangerous drugs to Mr. Jackson without the appropriate medical equipment, precautions or personnel in place, and to the manner in which he left Mr. Jackson unattended.”
Overall, the court ruled, “The evidence demonstrated that Mr. Jackson was a vulnerable victim and that [Murray] was in a position of trust, and that appellant violated the trust relationship by breaching standards of professional conduct in numerous respects.”