The end of the year is often a time we use to reflect and tally our successes and failures. Most of us do this late at night on bended knee with our head in a toilet after having drunk way too much on New Year's Eve.
Now, prosecutors have the rock solid, slam dunk Conrad Murray conviction under their belt which could very well add new energy to cases pending against doctors in other states.
The loudest Jackson detractors are often the most guilty of using Jackson and riding the hysteria surrounding him to launch and sustain careers "reporting" on Michael Jackson's life.
When asked "What do you think really killed Michael Jackson?' Anjelica Huston didn't hesitate: "Michael had a broken heart. For this he died. The truth is that they broke his heart."
Whether the young heartthrob will come out of it singing "the kid is not my son" or confessing "I am your father," doesn't really matter. Why?
It was Conrad Murray's defense lawyer who reminded jurors that "this is not a reality show, it's reality." Unfortunately, no one in Michael Jackson's sad, strange and shockingly friendless life, seemed to know the difference.
In the final analysis, Conrad Murray was the person was most responsible for Michael's death. But a host of others played a significant role. They ought to thank their lucky stars that the sins of the many have fallen on the shoulders of one.
When anyone's negligence causes someone else to die -- white coat, stethoscope or not -- there must be repercussions. Because everyone is a star, a superstar, in their own universe, and each family deserves this satisfaction.
After seeing Michael Jackson's handwritten affirmations on his bedroom mirror and reading his children's message to him on a chalkboard in the kitchen, I am moved beyond words. I can no longer just write these articles as one who is not emotionally affected by this trial. I am angry.
Michael Jackson was arguably the most famous performer in the world and his support has been worldwide. Fans have traveled from around the world, to stand with banners in front of the courthouse. Here's what some of them had to say.
Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour offers a feast for the senses as it celebrates the creative output and social ideals of the late King of Pop.
It would have been an exercise in futility for anyone to try and prepare Mrs. Jackson for the pain she was going to endure as the scab of grief, longing and tragedy was ripped from her healing heart.
As I reluctantly pulled myself out of bed the other morning, plopped down at the computer and slowly began slipping into my morning routine, I was struck by the trending topic everywhere I clicked -- Michael Jackson.
By precluding evidence of the origin, duration and course of Michael Jackson's drug addiction, the ability to ascertain the truth at trial has been compromised ... There is no statute of limitations on addiction.
The astonishing evidence that has been presented so far in the case against Dr. Conrad Murray highlights the pressing societal challenge of substance dependency that permeates our culture and extends far beyond the courtroom walls.
Week two of the People vs. Dr. Conrad Murray Hollywood trial introduced the world to a new cast of characters. The witnesses were colorful, brilliant, arrogant, frustrated, pretty and aloof. Week two of the Michael Jackson manslaughter trial was reality TV worth watching.