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Prosecutors oppose Conrad Murray's bail bid, say 4-year sentence is appropriate

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(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray was properly sentenced to four years behind bars in the star's death and should not be released on bail, prosecutors argued Tuesday. This was in response to his bid for release while his case is appealed.

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Conrad 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 have 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 contend that Murray practiced a very dangerous and experimental form of medicine on Jackson and his sentence was appropriate under the circumstances. 

They state in the motion that he would be a danger to the community "based on his failure to accept responsibility for the decisions he made, his complete lack of remorse and lack of insight into the danger of his criminally negligent conduct."

Prosecutors also noted that Murray, who has many contacts outside of the state and country, constituted a flight risk.

A hearing on the motion was set for Friday.

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