Seven months after the death of Michael Jackson, formal charges may be filed against the doctor who treated the King of Pop. Dr. Conrad Murray could face involuntary manslaughter for his role in Jackson's death on June 25.
According to the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Police Department has wrapped up its case and will follow the formality of presenting it to the district attorney before an indictment can be sought.
"This is a unique case in that not everyone likes Michael Jackson. So, they might have sympathy for the doctor, as opposed to the victim," said criminal defense attorney, Emily Munoz.
Munoz has defended high-profile clients, like Clara Harris, and knows the ins and outs of cases that grab nation media attention.
"I don't think that the international media firestorm that Michael Jackson's death caused - I don't think he can get a fair trial anywhere," she said.
Dr. Murray has admitted to giving Jackson the powerful anesthetic Propofol, which autopsy reports later showed led to the pop icon's death. If charges are filed against Dr. Murray, he will likely be prosecuted for gross negligence.
"It means that a reasonable doctor in the same circumstance would not have done what they are saying Dr. Murray did," said Munoz.
Dr. Murray's attorney, Ed Chernoff, responded to reports of pending charges in a statement which said, "We have refused to comment on stories involving unnamed sources and will continue to do so. However, we can confirm that we have not received notice of an impaneled grand jury and Dr. Murray has not been invited to testify."
Investigators have searched Murray's Houston clinic and storage unit for evidence, along with his offices in Las Vegas and Los Angeles; evidence the prosecution would likely use during a trial.
"What I would let the jury know is that these types of things happen all the time. We've heard stories about people going into surgery - they're give anesthesia and they don't wake up, well those doctors are not prosecuted obliviously our courts would be full," said Munoz.
Perhaps the biggest hurdle facing Dr. Murray will be overcoming his former patient's fame, and if there is a trial it will likely be a thriller.
Michael Jackson's Doctor Could Face Charges
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