Doctor convicted in MJ death denied appeal

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LOS ANGELES-The California Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to hear an appeal by Michael Jackson’s personal physician, Conrad Murray, who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the pop star’s death.
Murray was released from a Los Angeles jail in October after serving two years but wants to clear his name. His attorney had asked the court to overturn his 2011 conviction on the grounds that the intense media coverage of his trial could have influenced the jury.
The cardiologist’s attorney, Valerie Wass, said Murray will likely attempt to overturn his conviction in federal court. ‘I think that especially with a non-sequestered jury in a high-profile case that’s televised, it’s impossible to get a fair trial,’ Wass said, adding that she believes federal courts need to rule on how social media and the Internet can influence a jury.
The trial of Grenada-born Murray, 61, grabbed global attention after Jackson, who was preparing for a series of comeback concerts in London, died unexpectedly in 2009 at age 50 from an overdose of the surgical anesthetic, propofol. A lower court upheld Murray’s conviction in January ruling that there were no errors during his trial.
Murray was convicted after prosecutors successfully argued that the physician was grossly negligent in administering the powerful anesthetic, which was used to help the singer sleep

April 25, 2014 Posted Under: Google News   Read More

Frozen soundtrack biggest sales week

froznLOS ANGELES- The soundtrack for Disney’s hit film Frozen notched its 11th nonconsecutive week at the top spot of the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, earning its best sales week and becoming the animated-film soundtrack with the longest run at the top of the charts.
Frozen, which features the Oscar-winning song ‘Let It Go,’ sold 259,000 copies last week, boosted by Easter holiday shopping, bringing its total US sales to 2.3 million since its release in November 2013. Frozen also ousted Disney’s 1994 ‘The Lion King’ as the animated-film soundtrack with the longest run; ‘Lion’ had held the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart for 10 weeks. Four new albums debuted in the top 10 of the chart this week, starting with hip-hop artist August Alsina’s ‘Testimony’ at No 2. Rockers Needtobreathe entered the chart at No 3 with Rivers in the Wasteland.
R&B singer Jason Derulo was No  4 with ‘Talk Dirty,’ and singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson came in at No 5 with ‘Lights Out.’ For the week ended April 20, overall album sales totaled 5.3 million, down 2 percent compared to the same week in 2013, Billboard said

April 25, 2014 Posted Under: Google News   Read More

Telenor pleased to have won 3G licence

LAHORE: Telenor Pakistan has said that it is proud to have won the next generation spectrum licence in the recently held auction. 
The company has said this will enable it to offer broadband Internet to customers on their mobile phones with innovative data packages through 3G platform. “We are very pleased to have won the licence to launch 3G services in Pakistan and be a frontrunner of the fraternity that is taking Pakistan to a whole new level of technological advancement. Telenor Pakistan believes that access to communication technology can contribute immensely towards empowering societies,” Lars Christian Iuel, Chief Executive Officer, Telenor Pakistan said in a message. “We’re grateful to Government of Pakistan for addressing all concerns of telecom operators before the auction process and ensure Telenor Pakistan’s full support in their vision to bring ICT headway to Pakistan,” he added.

April 25, 2014 Posted Under: News update   Read More

Police record statement of Hamid Mir

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KARACHI: Police investigation team on Thursday recorded statement of Hamid Mir, Geo News reported.

 

In the statement, Mir provided details of his arrival at Karachi airport, attack on him and reaching the hospital.

 

The probe team including SSP Investigation and other police officers recorded the detailed statement of Mir for nearly an hour. Police recorded two-page statement under section 161 and 162.

 

Hamid Mir said as soon as he reached at Jinnah bridge from airport he heard bullet sounds. “I felt some pain in the stomach after window of my vehicle smashed”, he said.

 

Mir said his drive took him to Agha Khan hospital in critical condition, adding he only remembered that he was got into the stretcher.

 

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