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Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop star Michael Jackson, has been released from prison after serving two years. He is reportedly looking for a publisher for a book he wrote behind bars and is open to doing a reality show.
Murray, 60, left Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles through the back door to avoid Jackson fans, journalists and photographers, reports The New York Daily News.
“He was released safely and securely,” LA Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore told the Daily News. Whitmore explained that it was decided to send him out the back door because “there was some thought there may be a safety issue.” He called Murray an “exemplary” inmate, although he was separated from the others because of his celebrity.
Murray’s future is unknown, although a TMZ report suggests that he’s written a book that he hopes to find a publisher for. He is also interested in a reality show, but it’s not clear if anyone has actually approached him for that, the site notes.
ABC News reports that he may be interested in getting back into medicine, although Texas has revoked his license to practice medicine. His attorney, Valerie Wass, said the California Medical Board will not make a decision until after he goes through the appeals process.
“He's going to fight it. I think it will be very difficult in California if they uphold the judgment,” Wass told ABC on Sunday. “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 treatment of Jackson was central to the Jackson family’s lawsuit against concert promoter AEG, which claimed that it did not hire Murray to treat the singer. A jury eventually sided with AEG, finding that it was not liable for his 2009 death.
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