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Quote Box: Reactions to Jackson doc guilty verdict

The Associated Press, Monday, November 7, 2011, 2:43pm (PST)

Reaction to Monday's involuntary manslaughter conviction of Dr. Conrad Murray in the death of Michael Jackson:

— "Michael was looking over us." — Jackson's sister La Toya Jackson speaking to an Associated Press reporter on the way out of the courtroom.

— "I feel better now." Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, who says she was confident this would be the outcome of the trial.

— "This man didn't deserve this. They needed a scapegoat." — Former Murray patient and current friend, Donna DiGiacomo, 53, in Las Vegas. DiGiacomo sobbed as she spoke of the verdict and what she said she thought was "overwhelming pressure to convict."

— "The defense lawyers should be cited for misrepresenting the truth about Michael's demerol use and the deliberate misinterpretation of my medical records which caused confusion and wrongly placed blame on me. Put simply they lied. Any sentencing Murray would get would be less than if he had stolen my car. It's time to find out who allowed this incompetent individual to be Michael Jackson's doctor." — Dr. Arnold Klein, Jackson's longtime dermatologist, who was an element in the trial although he wasn't charged with any wrongdoing and wasn't a witness.

— "Certainly I feel that more punishment could and should have been served but I am pleased that this jury didn't blame Michael for his own death. ... I feel that Dr. Murray and others who benefited from Michael but didn't protect him got off relatively lightly. Michael lost his life and we lost one of the greatest entertainers that ever lived. I lost a friend and will never forget him." — Rev. Al Sharpton, a friend of the Jackson family.

— "Absolutely justice was served," La Toya Jackson upon leaving the courthouse.

— "Justice was done," family patriarch Joe Jackson as he was leaving the courthouse.

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