Conrad Murray Requests Publicly Funded Lawyer to Appeal Conviction

Doctor is serving prison term in connection with Michael Jackson's death

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Dr. Conrad Murray listens as he sits in court during his sentencing for the involuntary manslaughter of singer Michael Jackson.
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Conrad Murray, the physician convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, has asked for a publicly funded lawyer to handle his appeal on that conviction, claiming that he cannot afford to pay for one out of his own pocket.

"The defendant is indigent and respectfully requests the appointment of counsel on appeal," read court papers filed by Murray in Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday. Murray said he wished to appeal both his conviction and his sentence but has not yet filed formal papers with the California appeals court. He is currently serving a four-year jail term.

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