Today, The New York Daily News reported that Conrad Murray has filed his notice of appeal against his conviction for Michael’s involuntary manslaughter.
J. Michael Flanagan, who represented him during his trial, said that Murray signed the papers in jail, and is to represent himself for the appeal, as he cannot afford private legal help. This will be a step towards getting court-appointed counsel.
“There’s probably going to be a restitution decision that puts him underwater,” Flanagan explained.
“We’re helping him with the appeal paperwork, and eventually there’s a possibility we might be appointed to work on his appeal. We know the case and think we’re the logical people to be appointed, but you never know,” he said.
A court spokeswoman confirmed the court’s receipt of the form.
Despite his max sentence, Murray is expected to serve less than two years because a new state law means he’ll bypass state prison and remain in Los Angeles County’s notoriously overcrowded jail.
“He’ll probably be released in winter 2013,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore told The News. “He’ll be a keep-away inmate who’s escorted everywhere he goes. He will not mingle with the jail population.”