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Conrad Murray wants publicly-funded lawyer for appeal

By | Published on Wednesday 14 December 2011

Conrad Murray

Conrad Murray has filed papers requesting a publicly-funded lawyer to handle his appeal against both his conviction for the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson and the four year jail sentence he received for his crime.

Murray is known to want to appeal both his conviction and his sentence, but has seemingly exhausted all of his funds. This is not surprising, the doctor’s defence lawyer during his initial trial, Ed Chernoff, admitted shortly after Murray was found guilty that the doctor would be unable to pay anything like the legal fees his company would usually expect to charge for working on a case that time consuming.

The doctor’s last court filing, at the LA Superior Court, reportedly says “the defendant is indigent and respectfully requests the appointment of counsel on appeal”.

Murray, of course, was found guilty of causing the death of Michael Jackson by negligently administering the drug propofol, and for failing to properly monitor his patient. He was sentenced to the full four years allowed under Californian law for the crime of involuntary manslaughter.