Conrad Murray Files for Appeal
Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray filed an appeal on Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court after he was convicted last month of involuntary manslaughter, CNN reports.
Murray was sentenced to four years in prison in Los Angeles County Jail earlier this week, shortly after he was found guilty of being responsible for Jackson's death in 2009.
Defense lawyer Narej Gourjian said on Friday: "He disagrees with the jury's findings and the pretrial rulings made by the court."
Gourjian said that Murray had not hired an attorney to represent him during the appeal process. Murray signed his appeal notice, which was filed "In Pro Per," in a sense meaning he is representing himself.
Gourjian noted that it was not rare for appeal notices to be filed before a lawyer is chosen.
The doctor's attorneys have complained that decisions made prior to Murray's trial by the Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor limited their chance of defending their client. Pastor had blocked requests to introduce evidence and testimony about the singer's past drug use and financial problems.
According to the defense, Jackson had a fear that his London concerts were axed and led him to use the drugs that ultimately killed him.
Murray's four-year sentence is expected to keep the doctor in jail for only two years since California rules give him credit for two days served for every one day behind bars.