Skip to main content.

Conrad Murray Convicted in Michael Jackson's Death: Check Out William Heisel's Early Coverage of Murray

Conrad Murray Convicted in Michael Jackson's Death: Check Out William Heisel's Early Coverage of Murray

Picture of Barbara Feder Ostrov

Breaking: Conrad Murray has just been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in singer Michael Jackson's death by drug overdose. Martin Kasindorf reports for USA Today:

As he did throughout the trial, Murray showed no emotion as the verdict was read. His mother also had no visible reaction. Someone in the Jackson family row of seats shrieked.

Murray's lawyers asked for him to remain free on bail until he is sentenced Nov. 29, but Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said no. Noting that Murray was convicted of a homicide, he said his "reckless" behavior in Jackson's death showed a "significant and demonstrable" risk to the public...

...The conviction means Murray will automatically have his California medical license suspended, Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley said at a news conference after the brief court session. He said he hoped the other states where Murray is licensed to practice medicine - Nevada, Texas and Hawaii - would do the same.

Well before Murray's trial, Antidote blogger William Heisel wrote extensively about Murray's conduct, the drug propofol, which was involved in Jackson's death, and medical board oversight of Murray. Here are his posts:

Conrad Murray's Mistakes: Why does Michael Jackson's doctor face criminal charges when others don't?

Conrad Murray's Mistakes 2: Lack of training fueled criminal case in Michael Jackson death

Conrad Murray's Mistakes 3: Using a hospital-only drug in Michael Jackson' bedroom

Conrad Murray's Mistakes, Part 4: When Michael Jackson collapsed, story spun out of doc's control

Conrad Murray's Mistakes, Part 5: Isolated from his peers, Michael Jackson's doctor had no cover

Conrad Murray's Mistakes, Part 6: Bad choices in Michael Jackson's death led to rare homicide finding

Wrong doctor or wrong patient? Michael Jackson's physician has some explaining to do

To see Michael Jackson doctor's alleged slipup, look at the label

Court records show Jackson's doctor acting more like a dealer

Doctors Behaving Badly: Michael Jackson's doctor can add "deadbeat dad" to his resume

Q&A with Dr. John Dombrowski: Michael Jackson's bungled pain management may have killed him

Q&A with Dr. John Dombrowski, Part 2: Anesthetizing Michael Jackson "indefensible"

Making Hepatitis History: Michael Jackson's deadly drug strikes again

Q&A with Dr. Doris K. Cope: Michael Jackson was just a symptom of a pain medicine problem

Home page photo credit: Ninian Reid via Flickr

Leave A Comment


The pandemic is far from over but crucial COVID-19 protections and benefits are gone. In our next webinar, we'll explore the end of renter protections, unemployment benefits and other emergency relief, and what it means for the nation’s pandemic recovery and the health and well-being of low-income people and their communities. Glean story ideas and crucial context. Sign-up here!

Are you passionate about helping journalists understand and illuminate the social factors that contribute to health and health disparities at a time when COVID-19 has highlighted the costs of such inequities? Looking to play a big role in shaping journalism today in the United States?  Apply now for one of our positions. 


Follow Us



CHJ Icon