LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story Oct. 28 about the release from prison of Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, The Associated Press reported erroneously that an appeals court was questioning the need to hear an appeal by Murray, who was convicted of causing Jackson's death. The court questioned whether it still needed to address sentencing issues, not the entire appeal.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Jackson doctor released, wants return to medicine
Jackson's doctor released after serving less than 2 years, want to return to medicine
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson's doctor was quietly freed from jail on Monday, two years after he was convicted of killing the pop superstar with an overdose of a powerful anesthetic — and he would like to practice medicine again.
Conrad Murray was released at 12:01 a.m. from a jail in downtown Los Angeles after serving about half of his maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter. A change in California law allowed his incarceration time to be significantly reduced.
Murray was taken from the jail a back way, eluding a cluster of TV crews and a few Jackson fans. Sheriff's officials arranged the quiet exit and drove him away for safety reasons, spokesman Steve Whitmore said.
"He was elated to be out of there" and planned to spend time with his girlfriend and children, said Valerie Wass, Murray's attorney.
Murray's prospects are uncertain: At age 60 his license to practice medicine has been suspended or revoked in three states, and his face and name are well known due to his association with Jackson and his highly publicized trial.
Wass said Murray wants to be a doctor again.
"I believe that he will practice medicine again someday, somewhere," Wass said.
Brian Panish, an attorney for the Jackson family, said Murray should not have "a chance to hurt anyone else" by practicing medicine.
"He has shown no remorse and the consequences of his actions will last forever," the lawyer said.
The former cardiologist was convicted in 2011 of causing Jackson's death in June 2009 by providing him with the powerful anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid. Jackson was in the midst of preparations for a series of comeback concerts and Murray was serving as his physician.