Judge: Conrad Murray Must Stay in Jail
Michael Jackson's doctor a flight risk during appeal, judge concludes
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2012 1:33 PM CST
Dr. Conrad Murray listens to testimony during his trial in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Mario Anzuoni, Pool)

(Newser) – A judge today shot down Conrad Murray's request that he be released on bail while he appeals his manslaughter conviction, deciding that he was a flight risk and a danger to society. "The bottom line is the defense does not have significant property or employment or family ties in the Los Angeles or California area," Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said, according to the LA Times.

Pastor said that even without his medical license, Murray could be dangerous, because if he fled the country, he might be able to practice elsewhere. He cited a documentary released last year in which Murray said that he still thought giving surgical anesthetic to Michael Jackson was the right decision. "Perhaps Dr. Murray is the only person on the planet that believes this," Pastor quipped.