Just last week I had to report for jury duty. Yep, fun times – try to contain yourself.
I thought I was home free. I called to check in everyday and was told not to report. Then on Wednesday night, I called and was told to show up for “The Duty”. I don’t so much mind it. My only fear is being put on some gruesome case that keeps me away from my family far too long.
So, I showed up ready to do my civic duty. As I approached the court house I started to see signs and posters held up by random people. There was also press everywhere. I soon realized that I was reporting to the same courthouse where the Michael Jackson/Conrad Murray trial is taking place. Great.
I have been avoiding the frenzy that is this case and now I was smack dab in the middle of it. As I made my way into the building, I couldn’t help but to sort through my thoughts about the case. The lady I was heading into jury duty with described it perfectly. She said it was a “pathetically sad situation”. I totally agree. No matter the outcome, there are no winners here. No matter what you felt about Michael Jackson – he’s gone. No matter what you feel about Conrad Murray – life as he’s known it is finished too.
I tend to think of it this way. In the game of musical chairs, the music stopped and Dr. Murray was left standing without a chair and holding the needle. Now he has to answer for his actions. His response can’t be “I just did what everyone else had done”. Though that may be true, it doesn’t hold up. There were many doctors before him that catered to the whims of the “King of Pop” and he had to know that the minute he said no there would me someone else to take his place. Still, doesn’t make it right.
The apparent addiction of Michael Jackson is sad, and so are the horrible decisions made by the doctor. That’s what makes this so “pathetically sad”. For weeks on end Dr. Murray showed up at our church. His face was full of tension and he clearly didn’t want to be recognized. It was really sad to see. He had to know this trial was going to take everything he had and it was if he was trying to spiritually prepare himself for the fight. I wish him well.
If it wasn’t Dr. Murray it would have been someone else. From the outside looking in – nothing about this looks good. There’s the death of an insanely talented and equally troubled man and the illegal actions of a doctor who put himself in the role of enabler. I do believe he was horribly negligent and for that he has to be held accountable. I also know that no amount of protesting and press coverage is going to make the outcome better for anyone involved – dead or alive. What’s your take?