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Justice Has Been Served

Oct 31, 2011 | gabylinares | Michael Jackson homicide trial | 25 Comments

The defense has concluded its presentation of the facts in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray for the homicide of Michael Jackson.  The jurors will soon be instructed to apply the elements of the crime of involuntary manslaughter to the facts in this case.   A number of variables remain, for example:

When a verdict is rendered, I will have watched this trial from start to finish.  I have done so with an open mind.

The last time I called myself a fan of Michael Jackson was 1984, when I was in 4th grade.  Between then and last month, I only peripherally observed Jackson while I was in line at the grocery store, in the same disengaged way I follow any other popular figure.  I never even paid enough attention to form an opinion.

But I have an opinion now.  Here are the conclusions about Michael Jackson that I have drawn as a result of this case:

While analyzing this trial, I have spoken with and debated a number of individuals, including some of the most visible reporters and high-profile attorneys working in criminal law.  No one has summarized this case more simply and clearly than my mom – the only person I know who is more disengaged from pop culture than I:

It is not fair to blame Michael Jackson for his own death.

Do I believe a conviction is warranted based on the facts presented?  Yes.  What are the odds of a guilty verdict?  I say 70 percent.  No matter what the trial’s ultimate outcome may be, this case has helped me and others learn more about Michael Jackson, his strengths, and challenges, and I now hold an opinion of his life and legacy based on facts sworn to be the truth.  In that regard, justice has been served.

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