On day two of deliberations, the jury in the Michael Jackson death trials reached a verdict, finding Dr. Conrad Murray guilty of involuntary manslaughter. The prosecution’s argument was that Dr. Murray violated all kinds of medical ethics by administering propofol, a highly dangerous drug, to a patient who was clearly addicted to the drug. The defense argued that he couldn’t have been responsible for such an erratic patient’s health.
The verdict comes on the heels of a study from the Centers for Disease Control showing that prescription painkillers are causing more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined, making the issue of who is responsible for overdose deaths—doctor or patient—particularly poignant not just for celebrities like Jackson, but for the American population at large.
What do you think of the verdict?