(LOS ANGELES) — Two years after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, Conrad Murray left jail early Monday. He exited a Los Angeles facility just after midnight West Coast time.
Murray was sentenced to four years in jail for involuntary manslaughter after he treated Michael with the powerful anesthetic propofol. He was released two years early due to credit for time served.
Even before his release date, Murray was already looking to get back into medicine. Lawyers for the former doctor have filed petitions in Texas to have his medical license reinstated.
Texas officially revoked Murray’s license — the first state to do so — following his trial. His medical licenses in California and Nevada had already been suspended following his arrest. According to Murray’s attorney Valerie Wass, the California medical board will wait until all appeals have been exhausted before making their decision on revoking his license.
Wass said he is hopeful he will be vindicated on appeal and that he will be able to practice medicine again.
“He’s going to fight it. I think it will be very difficult in California if they uphold the judgment,” Wass told ABCNews.com. “He’s very hopeful. He’s going to practice medicine somewhere is my understanding….He’s prepared to go to federal court to fight.”
Murray’s Texas attorney, Charles Peckham, told ABCNews.com they were hoping to reverse the revocation of Murray’s license, since the California Medical Board was waiting until the appeals process was over making a final decision.
Earlier comments that Murray would pursue getting his medical license sparked Katherine Jackson’s attorney, Brian Panish, to say in a statement sent to ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, “It is clear Conrad Murray was hired by AEG and killed Michael Jackson. We hope he can never practice medicine again and will not violate his Hippocratic oath and hurt another patient.”
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