The Jackson family? Not happy. They wanted Murray to faces charges of murder following Michael Jackson‘s death, and think that manslaughter is just a slap on the wrist. Murray? Not happy. He says that he procured the heavy duty anaesthetic that killed Michael Jackson legally, and that he was doing everything he could to wean Michael off it.
Us? Also not happy. Because now it means we’re going to have more Michael Jackson nonsense shoved down our throat until the end of poxy time. Yeah, thanks a lot for dying Michael Jackson, you big sod.
It’s fair to say that things aren’t exactly going in favour of the Jacksons at the moment. What they wanted seems pretty clear – following Michael Jackson’s death, they wanted to haul Dr Conrad Murray across the coals for murder. After all, it was Murray who administered the Propofol that killed Michael Jackson. If he went down for murder, then he’d take all the blame for Jackson’s death and it’d be easier for them to Disneyfy Michael Jackson into a family-friendly brand that could appear on stamps and lunchboxes and money and whatnot.
That’s not going to happen. Dr Conrad Murray hasn’t been charged with murder, he’s been charged with manslaughter. Yesterday in Los Angeles, prosecutors claimed that Murray “did unlawfully, and without malice, kill Michael Joseph Jackson”. Maximum punishment? Four years in jail. It’s quite a long time for a man in his late fifties like Conrad Murray, but nothing compared to what he would have faced with a murder charge.
Worse still, Dr Conrad Murray has pleaded not guilty to the charges. That means that, rather than the open and shut case the Jacksons were expecting, it’s now likely that every harrowing anecdote about Michael Jackson’s drug addiction will be made public. Murray is already planning to use footage of Michael Jackson off his box on drugs as evidence of his innocence, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg, as Sky News reports:
Dr Murray has set the stage for a sensational courtroom drama and a face-off with members of the Jackson family. Dr Murray’s legal team will argue that Michael Jackson was a man well used to taking this kind of drug and sedatives. Statements already released by police have said Dr Murray was attempting to wean Jackson off the sedatives but believed he was being supplied by other doctors.
This is going to be great. We’re going to get the full shebang – wailing witness statements by various members of the Jackson family, long medical explanations about what a hopeless drug addict Michael Jackson had become, possibly the unseen footage from This Is It where Michael shuffles around like a confused old lady dressed up as ET, maybe even a few gratuitous pictures of Michael Jackson’s hollowed-out, surgery-mangled face just for the hell of it. It’ll be everything you ever wanted it to be. It’ll be the trial of the century.
Incidentally, if anyone knows the number of the batty old woman who released a dove into the air every time Michael Jackson was cleared of a different child abuse charge in 2005, you might want to call her up. This could be her big encore.