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Taxpayers to pay for Murray's appeal

Dr. Conrad Murray says he can't pay a lawyer to fight his conviction in the death of Michael Jackson - so the taxpayers might have to. That’s because Murray wants a public defender to represent him in his appeal. He made that request official on Tuesday, when he amended his notice of appeal with Superior Court of California.

The notice says, “The defendant is indigent and respectfully requests the appointment of counsel on appeal. The issues on appeal will be determined by counsel after review of the record.”

Click here to read Murray’s request for a public defender (PDF)

Murray is appealing his involuntary manslaughter conviction by a jury in November. Judge Michael Pastor sentenced Murray to the maximum of four years in the Los Angeles County Jail. It’s likely that Murray will only be incarcerated for a maximum of two years because of California’s overcrowded prisons and jails.

Click here to read more of In Session/HLNTV's coverage of the Conrad Murray trial

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