Criminal Justice

Dr. Conrad Murray Asks for Appointed Counsel, Saying He Is Indigent

Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, has asked for appointed counsel to handle his appeal, on the basis that he is indigent.

The request was filed yesterday in Los Angeles Superior Court, according to the Associated Press.

Murray, a cardiologist, retained the services of Houston lawyer Ed Chernoff and J. Michael Flanagan of Glendale, Calif., to defend him at trial. According to Texas Lawyer, it was a contentious partnership, and Chernoff has declared that he doesn’t intend to work on the appeal.

Additionally, Murray faces a civil wrongful death suit, filed by Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson. In that matter, Murray is represented by Houston lawyer Charles Peckham, according to another AP article.

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