Ever since Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter 10 days ago, Michael Jackson's personal physician has been hanging out in the medical ward of Los Angeles county jail while he awaits his November 29th sentencing. What ails Murray? Sadness. According to TMZ, the doctor is on full-time suicide watch since the guilty verdict, telling anyone who visits him -- his (many) girlfriends, his bodyguard, lawyers, etc. -- that he no longer wants to live. He reportedly still can't compute the fact he was found guilty, even though his lawyers warned him during jury deliberations that the verdict was a very real possibility. Murray is a globally reviled figure now because of his role in Jackson's death, and that won't change any time soon. However, the doc shouldn't be turning his pillowcase into a makeshift noose just yet, because the situation probably isn't as grim as he thinks it is.
As The Amp wrote after Murray was found guilty, even though the doctor faces a maximum of four years behind bars, it's unlikely he'll spend even one day in a federal prison. Thanks to a recent California law, the court takes it easy on convicted felons who didn't commit a violent crime. More than likely, Murray will be sentenced to a Los Angeles county jail, and as Lindsay Lohan learned, if you're supposed to spend 30 days in the county jail, that only translates to about a few hours because of overcrowding. Still, Murray's lawyers will aim to skip that whole lockup process and ask the judge to be lenient: Instead of being fitted for an orange jumpsuit, they're seeking that Murray simply be given probation and/or house arrest for a few years, TMZ reports. So, Murray shouldn't go self-administering himself with a fatal dose of Propofol.