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Conrad Murray Leaves Jail

Barcroft Media /Barcoft Media via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Two years after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, Conrad Murray left jail early Monday. He exited a Los Angeles facility just after midnight West Coast time.

Murray was sentenced to four years in jail for involuntary manslaughter after he treated Michael with the powerful anesthetic propofol. He was released two years early due to credit for time served.

Even before his release date, Murray was already looking to get back into medicine. Lawyers for the former doctor have filed petitions in Texas to have his medical license reinstated.

Texas officially revoked Murray's license -- the first state to do so -- following his trial. His medical licenses in California and Nevada had already been suspended following his arrest. According to Murray's attorney Valerie Wass, the California medical board will wait until all appeals have been exhausted before making their decision on revoking his license.

Wass said he is hopeful he will be vindicated on appeal and that he will be able to practice medicine again.

"He's going to fight it. I think it will be very difficult in California if they uphold the judgment," Wass told "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 Texas attorney, Charles Peckham, told they were hoping to reverse the revocation of Murray's license, since the California Medical Board was waiting until the appeals process was over making a final decision.

Earlier comments that Murray would pursue getting his medical license sparked Katherine Jackson's attorney, Brian Panish, to say in a statement sent to ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, "It is clear Conrad Murray was hired by AEG and killed Michael Jackson. We hope he can never practice medicine again and will not violate his Hippocratic oath and hurt another patient."

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Joe Jackson Drops Conrad Murray Lawsuit

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael Jackson’s father, Joe Jackson, has dropped a wrongful death lawsuit he filed against Conrad Murray, the jailed doctor who was convicted in the King of Pop's death.

A request for dismissal was granted Monday, according to court records.  No reason is given for the suit being dropped.

Joe Jackson filed the suit against Murray back in June 2010, on the one-year anniversary of Michael’s death.  When a federal judge declined to hear the case, it was re-filed in state court in Los Angeles.

He'd claimed, among other things, that Murray lied to doctors about giving Michael the drug that caused his death, the powerful anesthetic propofol.

Murray's attorney said in a statement, "We are relieved that the civil suit has been dismissed voluntarily. It has been a miserable three years for Dr. Murray and he continues to pray for the peace and well being of the entire Jackson family."

Still pending is a case brought by Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, against promoter AEG Live, alleging negligence in hiring Murray.  AEG Live was behind Michael's London concerts that he was preparing for at the time of his death.  That case is scheduled for trial in April 2013.

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Conrad Murray Still Maintains His Innocence

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Although it's been three years since Michael Jackson died in his Los Angeles home, the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death still maintains his innocence.

Through his lawyers, Dr. Conrad Murray told E! News that although he was found guilty of giving Jackson the lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol, he was trying to wean the singer off the drug.  He also shared that the King of Pop developed his propofol addiction from his severe insomnia.

Murray says he regrets that he didn't do more to prove he didn't do anything wrong, including not testifying at trial.  When asked if he felt the Jackson family deserved an apology, Murray said through his lawyers that he didn't.  In fact, Murray said the family needs to give the fallen King of Pop an apology.

Murray also claims that Jackson did not want to be buried in California.  Instead, he claims the singer wanted to be cremated, with his ashes thrown in the Pacific Ocean.  Jackson is currently buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif.

Behind bars, where he's serving a four-year sentence, Murray spends a lot of time reading letters sent to him from around the world, most of which he claims are positive. 

His lawyers say Murray also "reads a lot of historical fiction.  He probably spends 10 hours a day reading."

Murray, who so far has served seven months of his sentence, is required by law to serve all four years.

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Conrad Murray's Medical License Suspended by California Board

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- More bad news for Michael Jackson's former doctor. Conrad Murray has had his medical license suspended by the Medical Board of California.

The decision was made because of his felony conviction.  Murray was convicted in November of involuntary manslaughter in connection with Michael Jackson's death in 2009.

The board states that Murray cannot practice medicine while his license is suspended.  He's currently serving a four year sentence in a Los Angeles jail, but is appealing his conviction.

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Conrad Murray Appeals Involuntary Manslaughter Conviction

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted last month of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson, has filed an appeal, according to TMZ.

The document is filed in "pro per," meaning that he's representing himself instead of using a lawyer. In the section of the document in which a lawyer usually states his or her firm's contact information, Murray lists "Men's Central Jail," as well as his booking number.

Although he is representing himself, Murray is still in communication with Nareg Gourjian, one of the lawyers who represented him in the manslaughter trial.

Gourjian has told TMZ, "This case presents a gold mine of issues for any appellate lawyer. Dr. Murray is confident that the Court of Appeal will vindicate him."

Murray was sentenced to four years behind bars for his involvement in the propofol-related death of the King of Pop.

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Conrad Murray to Be Sentenced Tuesday Morning

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Approximately three weeks after he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death, Conrad Murray will be sentenced by a Los Angeles judge Tuesday morning.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Pacific time.  The doctor has been in jail since his conviction.

Prosecutors are calling for a four-year prison sentence for Murray.  His lawyers have asked the judge to sentence him to probation.

ABC News legal analyst Royal Oakes has speculated that if Murray does get the maximum sentence, it's possible he won't spend much time behind bars due to overcrowding.  Because of overcrowded conditions at California prisons, a new policy keeps non-violent offenders in county jails rather than prison.  If he does receive a prison sentence, Murray may end up doing his time at the L.A. County Jail.

Murray's mother is hoping that his sentence will be a light one.

E! News reports that in a letter Milta Rush wrote for his defense team that will be presented at Tuesday's hearing, she said, "He has never been in trouble with the law before and I am barely standing, scared and worried sick about him being incarcerated."

Murray had been accused of administering a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol to Jackson in 2009.

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Prosecutors Want Four-Year Prison Sentence for Conrad Murray

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Prosecutors in the Conrad Murray case want a Los Angeles judge to sentence Michael Jackson's doctor to four years in prison, according to court documents filed last week.

Prosecutors also said they want Murray to pay $100 million to Jackson's children for profits lost when the King of Pop died in June of 2009.

Murray's defense team also filed court documents last week, asking the judge to sentence the doctor to probation.  Murray will be sentenced on Tuesday.

Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death on Nov. 7, and has been in jail since then.

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Conrad Murray: I Didn't Know Michael Jackson Was an Addict

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Conrad Murray, who was convicted this week of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death, believes the King of Pop misled him regarding his medical history.

In an interview with NBC's Today show taped before a verdict was reached in his trial, the doctor said he wishes that Jackson "would have been more forthcoming and honest to tell me these things about himself."

When Today's Savannah Guthrie asked Murray whether he thinks Jackson lied to him, he replied, "Definitely," then explained, "Certainly he was deceptive by not showing me his whole medical history, doctors he was seeing, treatments that he might have been receiving."

Murray, who was accused of administering a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol to Jackson, claims he did not know that the singer had an addiction problem.

Murray said it was difficult for him to be blamed for Jackson's death.

"I loved Michael too.  I'm as much of a fan as any of the others.  To be blamed for his death has not been an easy thing," he said.

More of Guthrie's interview with Murray will air on the Today show on Friday.  In addition, MSNBC will air a documentary on the case Friday.  Jackson's estate and various family members have criticized the cable network for scheduling the program.

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Michael Jackson Death: Conrad Murray Found Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

The prosecution triumphed after six weeks of impassioned arguments and witness testimonies.

Murray did not flinch and showed no emotion as the verdict was read.

The Jackson family arrived at the courthouse an hour before the reading of the verdict, led by parents Joe and Katherine Jackson. Randy, LaToya, Rebbie, Jermaine and Jermaine's wife were all in court. Family friends Rick and Kathy Hilton were also in attendance.

Monday was the second day of deliberations. The jury deliberated for about six hours on Friday and for less than three hours Monday before reaching a decision.

Murray was accused of causing the singer's death by administering the powerful anesthetic propofol and not properly supervising his patient or taking proper steps after Jackson stopped breathing.

Murray contended that Jackson gave himself the fatal dose while the doctor was out of the room.

Jurors listened to 49 witnesses over 22 days of testimony. Murray did not testify.

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Jury to Resume Deliberations in Conrad Murray Trial

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The jury in Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial will resume deliberations Monday in Los Angeles.  The jurors ended their first day of deliberations on Friday without reaching a verdict.

Two former Michael Jackson bodyguards say the late pop star would not have wanted his personal physician to be on trial.

Javon Beard argues, "There's no way in hell that Dr. Conrad wanted to kill Mr. Jackson -- you know, why would he kill his paycheck?"

Another former Jackson bodyguard, Bill Whitfield, says of the entertainer, "He would never step into another courtroom again -- this trial brought him back into the courtroom -- his character was back into question."

Murray is accused of giving Jackson a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol in 2009.  He has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

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