Lawyer says Jackson doctor under tight security

December 14, 2011 • Entertainment

FILE – In this Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, photo, Dr. Conrad Murray waits to leave the courtroom for the day during the final stage of his involuntary manslaughter trial in the death of singer Michael Jackson at the Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles. Murray indicated in a court filing on Tuesday, Dec. 13, that he should be declared indigent so that he has access to a court-paid attorney for the appeal of his involuntary manslaughter conviction. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, Pool)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson is coping with tight security and isolation and remains optimistic that he will win an upcoming appeal, his civil attorney said Tuesday.

Charles Peckham said sheriff’s deputies appear to be subjecting Conrad Murray to more security than other inmates at Men’s Central Jail and that the physician was left heavily shackled during their jailhouse meeting.

“Treating him like Hannibal Lecter is offensive,” Peckham said, referring to the fictional serial killer from popular books and films. A sheriff’s officials defended the security measures, saying they were for Murray’s safety.

The attorney had to obtain a court order Tuesday to meet with Murray to discuss strategy on a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Jackson’s father. Peckham said despite the Login to read more

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