Daily Archives: November 7, 2011
Los Angeles: On November 2, 2011, at around 11:40 p.m., Rampart Division officers responded to a radio call of an “Assault suspect armed with a gun” at a hotel located in the 300 block of N. Vermont Avenue. When the officer’s arrived, they saw a man on the ground being held by two citizens.
Shortly before police arrived, the desk clerk at a local hotel took notice of a man with a back pack who walked into the lobby and began to suspiciously look around. He asked the clerk about the price of a room, and then pointed a gun at him and demanded money. The suspect walked around the counter where the clerk stood and told him to open the cash register. The clerk, fearing he was going to be shot, opened the register and gave the suspect money.
During the robbery, an elevator door opened, and two hotel guests who happened to be martial arts experts visiting Los Angeles from Oregon for a martial arts’ tournament heard the clerk’s cry for help and immediately took action. The pair grabbed the suspect who was holding a gun in his right hand. During the tussle with the suspect, the Good Samaritans repeatedly asked him to drop the gun and stop struggling. The pair was finally able to wrestle the gun from the suspect and took him to the ground with a leg sweep and then held him on the ground until Rampart Division officers arrived.
The suspect, identified as 31-year-old Luis Rosales, a resident of Los Angeles, was taken into custody without further incident. In addition, a loaded 9mm handgun and the money taken from the cash register were found inside Rosales’ backpack. Rosales was booked for armed robbery with a firearm. His bail is set at $101,250.
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To say you’re shocked to hear this verdict, would be ridiculous. Conrad Murray was administering drugs that are not made for consumption while at home.
Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor handed the case to the seven-man, five-woman jury Thursday after closing arguments by prosecutor David Walgren and lead defense lawyer Ed Chernoff. Over nearly six weeks of testimony, jurors heard from 33 prosecution witnesses and 16 defense witnesses. More than 340 exhibits were available in the jury room as the panel mulled a verdict.
Jackson, 50, died on June 25, 2009, of an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol, aggravated by effects of the sedative lorazepam. Murray, 58, was charged with a single count of involuntary manslaughter. He pleaded not guilty.
So I know I’m going to royally piss quite a few of you off, but I feel this is my blog and I can voice my opinion as I choose. Michael Jackson may or may not be guilty of the child molestation claims, but personally, I feel it isn’t that far-fetched. While the man did make some amazing music and was a highly talented artist, I feel due to his childhood problems, he himself was a sick man. Sadly, I blame his upbringing on this, but seeing as he was 50-years-old when he died, he was an adult and I believe his actions reflected the life of a mature, sick child.
Seeing as he had more money than imaginable at one point, he would be willing to spend lavishly. This spending included paying off people to do things for him that were sometimes illegal; Conrad Murray falls into this category. If he didn’t administer the propofol to Mr. Jackson, somebody would have likely agreed to do the job and get paid the money. Yes, he was being a bit negligent and for that I believe he deserves to be punished. I agree with the verdict, but felt I must voice my opinion into the entire matter while I had the chance.
Point being, if you’re asked to do something illegal by someone who is rich and had a shitty childhood, DON’T DO IT! The money is not worth it, especially if you’re convicted of manslaughter.
- Conrad Murray trial: Jurors begin second day of deliberations (abclocal.go.com)
- Conrad Murray trial: Odds ‘heavily stacked’ toward guilty, expert says (latimesblogs.latimes.com)
- Conrad Murray Trial Goes to Jury (rollingstone.com)