Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney David Walgren has told the children’s guardian that he would support them wanting to be present at the hearing, at least his eldest two children, and if they wish to address the court either directly or through a letter, he would fully support that too.
Prince, Paris and Michael Jackson are all now under the guardianship of Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother, and she is known to be highly protective of them.
But their lives were changed for ever by the death of Michael Jackson on June 25, 2009. Now Conrad Murray, the man they trusted as their father’s personal physician, has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter over his death. The impact this has had on the three children will be considered in a decision about sentencing Conrad Murray.
The children had initially waned to testify at Conrad Murray’s trial, too. In the end, the prosecution team decided not to call them but secured a conviction anyway.
Now the District Attorney has said that if any of the children want to address the court at a sentencing hearing, or if they want to write a latter to be read out in court by a family member, then he is fully supportive of that.
Other members of the Jackson family will also be allowed to address Judge Michael Pastor on November 29 at Murray’s sentencing. His parents and siblings were in court throughout Conrad Murray’s trial.
Conrad Murray was remanded into custody pending his sentencing, at which he could face up to four years in state prison. However, due to prison overcrowding he is likely to serve a shorter sentence. Who knows what difference hearing from Michael Jackson’s children would make to Conrad Murray’s sentencing.