Aug 25, 2009

Michael Jackson's Death Ruled a Homicide

The L.A. County Coroner has ruled Michael Jackson's death a homicide. Many people confuse homicide with murder, but the term homicide refers to any killing of one person by another, legal or not. Thus, a homicide includes killings done in self-defense. All murders are homicides, but certainly not all homicides are murders.

The coroner's ruling that Michael Jackson's case was a homicide does not mean that someone will be charged with murder.  It's far more likely that at least one of Jackson's doctors will be charged with involuntary manslaughter.  This would require a prosecutor to prove that a doctor's gross negligence in medicating Jackson caused his death.

The most likely defendant is Dr. Conrad Murray, who apparently administered the combination of drugs that caused Jackson's death.  If so, one can feel sorry for Dr. Murray.  Over the years, countless doctors probably helped Jackson abuse drugs.  Poor Dr. Murray had the bad luck to be Jackson's doctor when his body was unable to survive the latest dose.