DR. CONRAD MURRAY IS IN JAIL WITH JANET JACKSON’S EX HUSBAND
There are nearly 4,000 inmates at L.A. County Men’s Jail, so imagine the coincidence that Dr. Conrad Murray is in a cell just feet away from Michael Jackson’s former brother-in-law.
James DeBarge, Janet Jackson’s ex-husband — is locked up after being arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and drug charges. DeBarge — who was the lead singer of the wildly popular band, DeBarge — has been placed in Administrative Segregation — the place where famous inmates with security issues are housed.
Murray has been calling the Ad Segregation unit home since his conviction on manslaughter charges last November.
We’re told they occasionally run into each other, most recently last Monday when they were each meeting with their respective lawyers in the visiting room.
DeBarge’s lawyer, Spencer Vodnoy, tells TMZ … the singer is “really upset” he’s so close to Murray. DeBarge says even though he was married to Janet for less than a year back in ’84, he thought of Michael as a brother.
THRILLER, Michael Jackson Tribute
Dr. Conrad Murray is asking the judge in his criminal case to deny Michael Jackson‘s family full restitution, on grounds MJ caused his own death.
Murray filed legal docs yesterday — obtained by TMZ — asking for evidence the defense never received during the trial … evidence that could show Michael self-administered the fatal dose of Propofol.
Murray’s lawyer, Michael Flanagan, argues that in deciding how much restitution the family gets, it’s appropriate to consider the victim’s responsibility for his own demise.
So Murray will concede he’s partly to blame — he can’t argue otherwise because of the conviction — but he still wants to prove that MJ ultimately caused his own death.
The prosecution is asking for around $100 million in restitution, but the judge hasn’t decided on a figure. But once the figure is set, if Flanagan gets his way and the judge were to decide MJ was 50% responsible for his death, the judge would reduce the restitution award by 50%.
So the fat lady hasn’t sung … yet.
Conrad Murray’s medical license suspended
LOS ANGELES (KABC) — The doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson had his license suspended in California.
The Medical Board of California says Murray’s license was automatically suspended as of the date of his incarceration.
In November, an L.A. Superior Court judge sentenced Murray to four years in jail – the maximum sentence for his conviction. Murray was immediately taken into custody.
The Medical Board sent Murray a letter late last week officially notifying him of the suspension and saying he has 15 days to hand over paper copies of his license.
Murray is fighting the manslaughter conviction. He’s expected to serve about two years behind bars.