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Dr. Conrad Murray's defense team has brought out the big guns.

The physician's mother is among the latest of his friends, family, patients and colleagues writing to the judge who will decide Murray's fate at sentencing today.

Murray was found guilty this month of involuntary manslaughter in the June 2009 death of Michael Jackson, and Michael Pastor will decide how much time he does.

He could get up to four years in prison ... but will he?

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Not if his mother has any say in it. "Nothing like this has ever happened to him before," asserted Murray's mom, Milta Rush, in a letter obtained by E! News.

"He has never been in trouble with the law before and I am barely standing, I am so scared and worried sick about him being incarcerated."

She may get her wish, despite what you might think.

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Dr. Conrad Murray will be sentenced next Tuesday, and how much jail time he serves will depend on what a judge decides after hearing arguments from both the defense and prosecution - which will be poles apart as you might expect.

The D.A. wants Michael Jackson's former personal physician to spend the maximum possible four years in prison for his involuntary manslaughter conviction.

Meanwhile, defense attorneys asked that he only receive probation.

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Prosecutors David Walgren and Deborah Brazil told Judge Michael Pastor that Murray showed no remorse for Jackson's death and has blamed others instead.

Moreover, he chose to slander the King of Pop both at trial and in the documentary he filmed during it, making a lenient sentence for the doctor inexcusable.

The film does not portray MJ flatteringly. In one interview for it, Dr. Conrad Murray actually says, "I don't feel guilty because I did not do anything wrong."

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Happy Thanksgiving to all from The Hollywood Gossip!

What would this holiday be without family, food, football and reflection upon the things we appreciate most ... in the case of THG, that means some of the turkeys we have had the privilege, the honor and the burden of covering in the past year.

We are talking some fowl individuals here ... real bird brains.

Without further ado, THG's Top 10 Turkeys of 2011 ...

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Who will win the 5th Annual Spencer Pratt Thanksgiving Turkey Award!?

10. President Obama and GOP presidential candidates (tie). On a day when we share the blessings this nation has provided us, we'll also share the blame for a polarized electorate and a federal government destined for perennial gridlock.

9. Taylor Armstrong. Refining shamelessness, one episode at a time.

8. Gloria Allred. Loudmouth lawyer for accusers in seemingly every random celebrity scandal always wants to talk turkey ... and gobble up publicity.

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Dr. Conrad Murray's decision to film a documentary about the Michael Jackson involuntary manslaughter trial could hurt his bid for a lenient sentence, sources say.

Murray, who is said to be mulling suicide in jail, told British reporter Savannah Guthrie in the documentary, which aired on MSNBC, that he basically isn't to blame.

“I don't feel guilty, because I did not do anything wrong, I am very, very sorry for the loss of Michael. Michael is a personal friend. It's heartfelt. It's been painful."

Murray's documentary could be played by the District Attorney at the sentencing hearing November 29. He was recently convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

"The DA is considering playing excerpts of Murray's interviews. It's admissible, and completely legal. It's very compelling evidence," said a source close to the case.

Among that evidence? Murray telling investigators a very different series of events that took place, than what he revealed during what was aired on television.

“[D.A. David] Walgren hasn't decided if he is going to play the video, but it only makes his case stronger that Judge Pastor should sentence Murray to four years."

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Dr. Conrad Murray is on suicide watch, and for good reason.

Sources say he's been telling the people who have visited him in jail that he's lost the will to live and has talked openly about wanting to off himself.

Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson earlier this month, and cannot process that fact. Even though his lawyers told him he needed to be prepared for a guilty verdict, it never computed with him.

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He clearly believes - as espoused in the controversial Conrad Murray documentary - that he didn't do anything wrong, and was totally unprepared for this.

Murray has told various people - baby mama Nicole Alvarez, his bodyguard Jeff and his lawyers that he has lost his will to live and wants to commit suicide.

The cardiologist also remains in the medical ward at Los Angeles County Jail, which is where he's been for more than a week already, for unknown reasons.

Sources directly connected with Murray say he has no ailments and he is there simply because he's on suicide watch. Again, apparently for good reason.

Steve Whitmore, the spokesperson for the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept., would not comment on why Murray has been in the ward, citing confidentiality laws.

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In an interview conducted shortly before he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, Dr. Conrad Murray says he doesn't feel guilty about Michael Jackson dying.

"I didn't do anything wrong," the cardiologist insists.

The Today Show aired portions of an intense sit-down interview with Murray that was conducted before the guilty verdict was reached by a jury earlier this week.

In it, he completely contradicts what he told police.

During the interview, Murray says he put Jackson to sleep that fateful day, then left the room to talk on the phone, because he didn't want to wake Michael up.

How courteous. Except MJ was on a hospital-grade anesthetic and shouldn't have been unmonitored ... and he told cops he only went to the can for two minutes.

Murray's admission seems to alter the timeline, again. Asked if he regretted leaving the room, he thought about it and said, "I regret that Michael has passed."

Read: I regret that I was blamed for it, due to my own gross negligence, and will now make a shameless film to slander the dead in a desperate PR move.

Tonight, MSNBC aired its controversial documentary, Michael Jackson and the Doctor: A Fatal Friendship, which paints the singer in a very unflattering light.

Among other things, it reveals potentially embarrassing medical details and shows Murray's legal strategy meetings. Watch part one above and the rest below:

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Michael Jackson is not exactly portrayed glowingly in the new documentary centered on Dr. Conrad Murray. No wonder there is outrage among his family and fans.

The controversial film debuted in the UK last night, just three days after Murray was found guilty of manslaughter in the death of Jackson. One major revelation:

Emphatically, the doctor states that AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips told him before the This Is It tour Michael Jackson "does not have a f**king cent" to his name.

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Murray claims Phillips pulled him aside after a meeting about the London concerts and angrily said: "What's this bullshit all about? Listen this guy is next to skid row."

"He's going to be homeless. Nine security guards? Why does he need that? I'm paying for that s**t. I'm paying for the toilet paper he wipes his f**king ass with."

Or so Murray says in the documentary. Phillips took the stand during the manslaughter trial and, under oath, denied that conversation with Murray ever happened.

"Michael Jackson and the Doctor: A Fatal Friendship" also reveals the strategy meetings between Dr. Murray and his two attorneys, Ed Chernoff and J. Michael Flanagan.

During one session, Flanagan's wife, Susan, offers this insight:

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La Toya Jackson is irate over the documentary featuring Dr. Conrad Murray to air on MSNBC. She's demanding it be pulled out of respect for her brother Michael.

The late pop singer's sister says the controversial documentary, which will air tomorrow, essentially gives "a murderer and convicted felon ... celebrity status."

Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, not murder, but MJ's estate and fans are still understandably upset about the Conrad Murray documentary.

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La Toya fired off a letter to MSNBC, claiming it's outrageous that Michael cannot defend himself against Murray's claims, of which there are apparently many.

Some of Murray's comments about MJ in the film, taken during the run-up to his trial, which ended in a guilty verdict earlier this week, are extremely critical.

La Toya says Murray will profit from "homicidal acts that left my family without a brother, my niece and nephews without a father, my parents without a son ..."

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As previously reported, MSNBC is planning to air a controversial documentary about Dr. Conrad Murray this weekend, and Michael Jackson's estate is absolutely livid.

The star's executors issued a statement, saying, "Like so many of Michael’s fans, the Estate is disgusted by MSNBC’s irresponsible and inexplicable decision."

"Co-Executors John Branca and John McClain are sending a letter to executives at Comcast, NBC Universal and MSNBC to express disdain for their actions."

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Jackson's fans are understandably up in arms as well, with the group "Justice 4 MJ" trying to organize a global boycott of the documentary about Murray. "The only documentary we want to see is the one of Murray enjoying prison life," they said.

Murray was found guilty of manslaughter earlier this week.

"Michael Jackson and The Doctor: A Fatal Friendship," filmed during the lead-up to the trial, does not paint the late singer in a flattering light.

Branca and McClean are irate that Murray has no qualms about "smearing the reputation of his 'friend,'" even though he refused to testify under penalty of perjury in his trial, and at the network for giving him a platform.

The co-executors doubt MSNBC's claim that Murray got paid only $1 for his participation, claiming "moral loopholes" (such as those they're reportedly using to try to lure Casey Anthony) to "boost ratings at a struggling network."

Murray will be sentenced November 29.

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Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Monday, as jurors decreed this physician played a deciding factor in the death of Michael Jackson.

It wasn't challenging for Murray's peers to arrive at this conclusion, either, one of them told TMZ yesterday.

"It was a concrete decision," a juror said, adding that all members of the panel were in agreement not long after closing arguments.

While many following the case figured Murray's interview with LAPD detectives likely led to his conviction, this juror pointed to the overall body of evidence as proof the doctor acted dangerously and irresponsibly. It wasn't one item, it was all of them combined.

There was never any doubt, the source concluded. Now, he/she is simply happy to return to a "normal life," a luxury Murray will never enjoy again.

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Dr. Conrad Murray Conrad Murray is the doctor who was personally treating Michael Jackson at the time of his death. Due to this fact, and the suspicious... More »
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