Jackson doctor found guilty; fans, family cheer verdict

November 8th, 2011 - 8:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Michael Jackson Los Angeles, Nov 8 (IANS) Fans of Michael Jackson erupted in cheers as a US court jury found Jackson’s physician, Conrad Murray, guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the singer’s death after a two-year legal battle.

There were hugs, tears and shrieks of joy among his fans packed outside a Los Angeles and seconds after the verdict was announced Monday one woman yelled out: “Oh my God, guilty!” according to CNN.

Others appeared to almost break out in song; some seemed to start dancing; and a chant soon rose up of “Justice, justice, justice.”

The honking horns and revelry were in contrast to the quiet scene inside the Superior Court, where Judge Michael Pastor had earlier urged people to constrain their emotions. But there were no such restrictions outside.

Hundreds had packed the streets and sidewalks earlier in the day anticipating a verdict. Many held signs calling for Murray’s conviction, like one saying, “Murray, burn in hell.”

A long banner held out by several people had a simpler, more sentimental message: “We miss Michael.”

They were joined by throngs of photographers and videographers. Many flanked a walkway to the courtroom, their flashbulbs popping as Jackson family members, lawyers and others hurriedly walked into the courthouse to learn Murray’s fate.

Murray appeared to show no emotion as the verdict was read by court clerk Sammi Benson, but La Toya Jackson, the late pop icon’s sister, let out a loud, but short, scream.

Murray was immediately handcuffed and taken away by deputies after Pastor denied bail saying, “This is not a crime involving a mistake of judgment. … This was a crime where the end result was the death of a human being.”

Sentencing was set for Nov 29, with Murray facing up to four years in prison on the conviction.

Jackson’s family welcomed the verdict. His sisters La Toya and Rebbie are happy after the court jury found Murray guilty.

“Victory was served,” said La Toya, while her sister added: “I’m just happy it’s over with. Nothing will bring him back, but I’m just happy he (Murray) was found guilty.”

La Toya confirmed she was the courtroom guest who said “Yes!” as the verdict was read.

The Jackson family has been a constant presence in court throughout the trial and Janet Jackson cut short her Australian tour to be at Monday’s climax. She was joined by brothers Randy and Jermaine and her parents Joe and Katherine.

A statement from Katherine and Joe Jackson read: “We have been waiting for this moment for a very long time and we couldn’t hold back tears of joy in the courtroom. Even though nothing can bring back our son, justice has finally been served!”

The two added: “We can’t wait to go home and share this day with Michael’s children.”

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