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Michael Jackson's doctor found guilty of manslaughter

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      Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr Conrad Murray, has been found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of the star by a jury in Los Angeles.
   A panel of seven men and five women took two days of deliberation to reach a verdict.Michael Jackson died on 25 June 2009 from an overdose of the powerful anaesthetic propofol.Murray, 58, could now receive a maximum prison term of four years and lose his licence to practise medicine.Dr Murray's lawyers argued that Jackson self-administered a lethal dose of the drug while he was out of the room.Murray was remanded in custody without bail until he receives his sentence, set for 29 November.
    Explaining his decision, the judge said Dr Murray was now a convicted felon and had considerable ties outside the state of California, meaning he could not guarantee that the doctor would remain in the state.
    Dr Murray sat silently in court, shifting slightly in his seat as the verdict was read out.
Court officers began to handcuff the physician as the judge made his final announcements, before leading him away into custody.

  The verdict marked the latest chapter in one of pop culture's most shocking tragedies — the 2009 drug-overdose death of the King of Pop at age 50 as he was about to mount a series of heavily promoted concerts in London  that he hoped would turn his career around after a slide prompted by child-molestation allegations and years of bizarre behavior.