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The Jacksons are up in arms

Conrad Murray, who was formally charged with involuntary manslaughter over the death of Michael Jackson yesterday (no surprise there), has pleaded not guilty, with bail set at $75,000. It has not yet been decided if the case will go to court, but if it does, and Murray is found guilty, he will face up to four years in jail.

Murray gave Jackson the painkiller propofol that led to his death, and the LA District Attorney said that Murray ‘did unlawfully, and without malice, kill Michael Joseph Jackson... in the commission of an unlawful act, not a felony; and in the commission of a lawful act which might have produced death, in an unlawful manner, and without due caution and circumspection.’

However the Jackson family aren’t very happy about this at all, although there are conflicting reasons as to why. Jackson’s dad Joe said that he wanted Murray to face a sterner charge that carried a bigger potential sentence, while his sister La Toya is of the impression that there was a wider plot to kill her brother in which Murray is a mere pawn.

‘This charge is a slap on the wrist,’ said Brian Oxman, a lawyer for Joe. ‘There's great disappointment here. Conrad Murray should've been charged with a higher degree of responsibility. What he did was reckless. It was a disregard for human life.’

‘Michael was murdered and although he died at the hands of Dr Conrad Murray, I believe Dr Murray was a part of a much larger plan,’ said LaToya. ‘There are other individuals involved and I will not rest and I will continue to fight until all of the proper individuals are brought forth and justice is served.’

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