Doctor convicted in Michael Jackson death loses appeal

LOS ANGELES,  (Reu-ters) – A California appellate court refused yesterday to overturn the conviction of Michael Jackson’s personal physician, Conrad Murray, who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of the pop star.

The three-judge panel of California 2nd District Court of Appeal unanimously upheld Murray’s 2011 conviction, ruling that there was sufficient evidence and there were no errors during his trial.Grenada-born  Murray, 60, was released from a Los Angeles jail in October after serving two years.

Murray’s six-week trial in 2011 grabbed global attention after Jackson, preparing for a series of comeback concerts in London, died unexpectedly in 2009 at age 50 from an overdose of the surgical anesthetic, propofol.

Prosecutors successfully argued at the trial that Murray, who was hired by concert promoter AEG Live as Jackson’s general practitioner, was grossly negligent in administering the powerful anesthetic, which was used to help the singer sleep.

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Britain’s Carillion collapses after banks pull the plug

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Sri Lanka reimposes women alcohol ban days after it was lifted

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Ugandan lawyers seek to quash Museveni “president for life” law

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