(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles judge has refused to release Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray on bail while he appeals his conviction for involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's death.
Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor rejected Murray's bid for bail Friday. Murray was not present. Pastor says Murray is a flight risk and would be a danger to society if he tries to practice medicine again. The judge says he was scared when he heard Murray say during a documentary interview that he thought it was permissible to give the anesthetic propofol in a home setting.
Murray was found guilty after a trial focusing on his use of the anesthetic propofol as a sleeping medication for the superstar, who died of an overdose of the drug in June 2009.
Murray's attorney's asked that the doctor, who is currently serving a four-year jail sentence, be released either on bail or on his own recognizance with an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet.
Because Murray's appeal is expected to take over a year to move through the courts, the attorney said it would be unfair to keep him jailed in the interim. His appeal has not yet been filed. Conceivably, he could serve his entire sentence before the appeal is decided.
Prosecutors contended that Murray practiced a very dangerous and experimental form of medicine on Jackson and his sentence was appropriate under the circumstances.