Conrad Murray Verdict: What Michael Jackson's Family Is Saying
Michael Jackson's family was elated Monday after Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in relation to the 2009 death of the pop singer.
Judging by their reactions in and out the courtroom, as well as on Twitter, the Jackson family believes that justice was served.
When the verdict was read, the singer's mom, Katherine, got teary inside the courtroom, while his father, Joe, nodded his head.
Outside the courtroom, a smiling La Toya Jackson, sister to Michael, told E! News that she was "very happy" with the verdict.
"Guess what? He was in the courtroom, and that's why victory was served," she told CNN.
La Toya also hit Twitter to express her elation in a series of tweets:
"VICTORY!!!!!!" she wrote, followed by "Thank you EVERYONE for your love and support! It will ALWAYS be appreciated!"
She then added, without explanation: "Michael I love you and I will continue to fight until ALL are brought to justice!"
When asked whether he was happy with the conviction, Michael's brother Jermaine Jackson told E! News, "Yes." He echoed his sister's sentiment to CNN: "Michael is with us."
Meanwhile, Jermaine Jackson II also hit Twitter to express his happiness.
"Strong victory in court!" he wrote. "Thank you all for your love and support. Step one has been accomplished! We are ready for next!!"
Randy Jackson Jr. also wrote a cryptic tweet, similar to his aunt La Toya's: "The Pawn has been convicted but now its time for the Hidden Hand behind the Plan... JUSTICE will be served. Thank you all for the support!!!"
Another nephew of Michael's, Taj Jackson, wasn't in the courtroom, explaining that he wanted to be there but "couldn't relive it all over again after going thru my mom's murder trial." (His mom, Delores "Dee Dee" Jackson, ex-wife of Michael's brother Tito, was murdered in1994.)
Taj added: "#Justice4MJ," followed by "Thank you everyone for your love and support throughout this difficult time."
Despite all the public enthusiasm, Joe Jackson's attorney, Brian Oxman, told CNN's Erin Burnett that there is still a feeling of emptiness among the family.
"We are still without Michael Jackson, and the kids are without their dad," he said.
Jackson died June 25, 2009, of acute propofol intoxication after suffering cardiac arrest in his home. Murray, Jackson’s personal physician, had been charged with administering the fatal dose.
Following the reading of the verdict, Murray was remanded to custody without bail. He will be sentenced on Nov. 29 at 8:30 a.m. PT and could face up to four years in prison and lose his medical license.