LOS ANGELES (CMC):
Less than two years after he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of the American pop star Michael Jackson, the Grenada-born personal physician has been released from jail.
Dr Conrad Murray, 60, who was raised in Trinidad and Tobago, was set free on Monday after serving half of the statutory maximum of four years in jail.
Prison officials said he was released because of a United States Supreme Court decision on state prison conditions that diverted Murray to the overcrowded Los Angeles County jail.
Released to a representative
Officials also said the cardiologist was released to a representative.
"He did lose some weight, but he was doing great when I spoke to him. He was elated to be out," his lawyer, Valerie Wass, told reporters.
The lawyer said her client plans to proceed with his criminal appeal for injecting Jackson with a fatal dose of propofol in 2009. She said Murray would also fight revocation of his medical licences in Texas and California.
But Brian Panish, an attorney for the Jackson family, said the cardiologist should not have "a chance to hurt anyone else" by practising medicine.