Michael Jackson's former personal doctor Conrad Murray called in to the Today show this morning to talk about his reaction to the AEG lawsuit verdict reached Wednesday afternoon in an L.A. courtroom. Michael Jackson's family sued concert promoter AEG Live for wrongful death, and Dr. Conrad Murray was at the center of the case. The jury found in favor of AEG, meaning the Jacksons will not see any monetary damages from the promoter giant. Murray said it shows again what happens when bad things happen to "good people".
Murray told Matt Lauer that he cried when he heard about the AEG verdict from behind bars, according to USA Today on Oct. 3. That's where he's serving out a two-year prison sentence for involuntary manslaughter from Jackson's 2009 death.
Murray said that many facts were suppressed during his criminal trial, and that he was relieved that some of them came out during the civil trial against AEG.
The jury's verdict seemed to favor the Jackson family at first, since a key question at trial was who was responsible for hiring Conrad Murray. The jury found AEG was.
However, they then found Murray competent and fit to take care of Michael Jackson in another portion of the verdict, competent at least at the time they hired him.
It's a hard to understand how the jury concluded Murray was competent, when he was administering the powerful drug propofol to Jackson in his bedroom so he could sleep. But jury question only had to address whether Murray was fit and competent to do his job at the time he was hired. The verdict in effect places the blame for what happened more squarely on Michael himself.
Murray also went on to say that he thought the suit brought against AEG by the Jackson family was frivolous. He's scheduled to be released on October 28.
His medical license, in the U.S. at least, has been revoked. The first thing Murray said he wants to do is hug his children. He said he can't wait to reunite with family and friends that have supported him.
"I will re-start my life and, God willing, I will be a model to show the world that when...bad things happen to good people they can re-start their life", he said.
While arguments can certainly be made that Michael Jackson was playing Russian roulette with his life in using propofol as a sleep aid, it's clear Murray's conviction did little to impress upon him his role in the king of pop's death.
What do you think of the AEG verdict?