Dr. Conrad Murray filed an appeal late last week, challenging his conviction for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. He is set to challenge his four year jail term and will represent himself in the appeal process.
Murray filed the document in pro per, which means he has taken perhaps the surprising step of representing himself in the appeal, instead of using a lawyer to help him with his appeal.
On the portion of the document where a lawyer will usually state his or her firm’s contact information,Murray lists “Men’s Central Jail” and includes his booking number.
Perhaps it is less surprising that Conrad Murray is representing himself when you remember that he fell out with his legal team during the trial: a dispute that was televised in the recent documentary. Yes, the documentary thatMurrayprobably regrets making now as his judge used evidence from that documentary to show lack of remorse and order a custodial sentence.
However,Murrayis still communicating with one of the lawyers who represented him in the manslaughter trial, Nareg Gourjian.
Gourjian says the appeal has a “gold mine of issues” to raise in his client’s favour and Murray is confident he will be vindicated.
Only time will tell how sensible a move it is for Conrad Murray to represent himself at the appeal, which will be heard in the next few months.