As predicted Conrad Murray has been convicted and is already off to jail. But, why are TV experts saying he will not serve State Prison time? Yes, California is overcrowded and has started a “realignment.” But, if Murray receives the maximum 4 years he will serve STATE PRISON time. This is not a case that will be first in line for house arrest. Look at the crime and the defendant. There is no doubt that Murray over prescribed dangerous meds and propofol in a home setting. But, he also showed no caring for his patient or other patents. Look, he dropped the other patients like hot potatoes in order to work for Michael Jackson. Murray was more concerned with his many women and cell phone calls. Yep- it’s all about Conrad. Hello EGO. Further evidence of this is on the police interrogation tapes of Murray. It is here that we see Murray trying to manipulate the story while leaving out key elements to the police just as he did with the doctors at the hospital and the 911 responders.
Criminal justice experts understand that there are patterns in criminal thinking and in fact are 8 criminal thinking errors. Three of these spell CONRAD MURRAY- entitlement, grandiosity and mollification. In simple terms, Murray was, and is, oblivious to where his crimes began and where they will end. To support this I would ask people to think about how Murray may still be charged with Federal Crimes like prescription fraud and obstruction of justice. Where is the DEA???
An ironic part of this case is that Murray is facing so little actual prison time. It is the 25th anniversary of the CRACK epidemic and yet prescription drugs are now out of control according to the CDC. SO, are we going to make mandatory minimum prison sentences for doctors and other prescription fraudsters like we have for drug crimes in the Federal system? New York State used to have the Rockefeller Drug Laws. This term is used to denote the statutes dealing with the sale of narcotics like heroin and other illegal street drugs. These laws carried heavy mandatory minimums ranging from 15 years to life for selling as little as 56 grams. In 2009, these laws were revised to remove the mandatory minimum and was made retroactive leading to the release of more than 1000 inmates. Of course, most people convicted under the Rockefeller laws were low-income minorities just like the primary defendants in the Federal system where there are also very heavy mandatory minimum sentences. These sentences however are for “illegal” drugs. Murray was pushing and trafficking in prescription drugs and is being tried in California State court, so he is not facing any mandatory minimums.
As a person who has worked with many people convicted to long sentences on drug crimes, and as an advocate for Equal Justice, I can tell you that our prisons are packed with low-level drug dealers who also have addiction problems. These people usually do not have the options and advantages of Conrad Murray.
So, why does Murray need an Incarcervention? Simply put, he is out of control and reckless without showing signs of remorse or any acceptance of responsibility. Look, he’s on trial in the death of his patient and yet he is seen out and about in Los Angeles as if he doesn’t have a care in the world getting pedicures and going to Disneyland. This from a man who should have learned his lesson years ago as he ran out on children, wives and debts. An Incarcervention may have helped sobered him up with a reality check years ago and maybe even resulted in the loss of his license. If so, would Michael Jackson be alive? Maybe or maybe he would have utilized one of his other doctor feel good’s. But, we must remember that Jackson and the Jackson family are not on trial here- Conrad Murray is.
Conrad, you need to start preparing for prison. I gave you loads of advice and have made it very clear that your attitude needs to change. Conrad you are simply going to have to learn the hard way that there are consequences for all actions. I would rather spend my time working with somebody who wants to make that change.