Murray Denied Bail, Jailed in Isolation

Judge calls him a threat to public safety
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2011 5:40 PM CST
Conrad Murray Denied Bail in Michael Jackson Murder Trial
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy remands Dr. Conrad Murray into custody after the jury returned with a guilty verdict in his involuntary manslaughter trial Monday, Nov. 7, 2011.   (AP Photo/Al Seib, Pool)

Moments after his guilty verdict, Dr. Conrad Murray was ordered held without bail and escorted from the courtroom in handcuffs, the Los Angeles Times reports. "Dr. Murray's reckless conduct" is a threat to public safety, said Judge Michael Pastor. "This is not a crime involving a mistake of judgment. This is a crime where the end result was the death of a human being." A Los Angeles jury found Murray guilty of involuntary manslaughter today in the death of pop icon Michael Jackson.

One bit of good news for Murray: Jail officers will consider him a "keep away inmate" in an effort to protect him behind bars, TMZ reports. In other words, Murray will get his own cell, shower alone, and won't be allowed to mingle with other prisoners. The doctor's lonely spell will be broken on November 29 for sentencing. The Times notes that he faces up to 4 years in state prison and will probably lose his California medical license. (Read about testimony that Murray gave Jackson a propofol dose 40 times higher than the doctor claimed.)

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