As with any event that leads to intense emotional release, following Conrad Murray’s involuntary manslaughter conviction Monday, the public at large to turned to Twitter … to try to make sense of it all in 140 characters or less.
Below is a collection of reactions to Murray’s guilty verdict — from Michael Jackson’s family and other prominent members of the modern-day Algonquin Round Table known as the Twitter-verse.
Jackson’s sister LaToya Jackson offered her thoughts on the verdict via Twitter, writing, “VICTORY!!!!!! … Michael I love you and I will continue to fight until ALL are brought to justice!”
Jackson’s nephew, Randy Jackson Jr., also applied an “and-justice-for-all mentality” to the guilty verdict, writing, somewhat cryptically, “The Pawn has been convicted but now its time for the Hidden Hand behind the Plan… JUSTICE will be served. Thank you all for the support!!!”
Another of Jackson’s nephews, Jermaine Jackson Jr., hinted at things to come — a civil lawsuit, perhaps? — in his own tweet, offering, “Strong victory in court! Thank you all for your love and support. Step one has been accomplished! We are ready for next!!”
Meanwhile, former “View” co-host Star Jones weighed in to express her glee in Monopoly-related terms, writing, “Dang #conradmurray has been remanded to jail pending sentence. Go directly to jail…do not collect $200. Go to jail!”
“Pink Friday” singer Nicki Minaj offered a bittersweet reflection on the verdict, opining, “People are cheering but there really are no winners here. This has been an utter tragedy from beginning to end. #RIPMichaelJackson.”
CNN host Piers Morgan offered a measured assessment of the case, offering, “Whichever way you viewed the evidence, #ConradMurray ‘s behaviour was clearly unethical for a doctor. Right verdict … #ConradMurray didn’t deliberately kill #MichaelJackson, but his negligent actions allowed the death to occur.”
Of course, as with any topic, there were those who used Twitter to mock and belittle what others hold sacred. Reliable Twitter crank Colin Quinn took the opportunity to crack wise, tossing out, “Feel bad about Conrad Murray. A brother can’t even get his prescription pad on in this country.”
Quinn’s fellow SNL alum and sardonic word-slinger David Spade likewise made mirth, but took aim at Jackson — specifically, his effeminate demeanor.
“Oh my god Dr.conrad murray is convicted of man-ish slaughter,” Spade wrote.
Meanwhile, among the hoi-polloi of the Twitter community, the phrase #DoctorsBetterThanConradMurray became a trending topic.
Among those physicians deemed superior to Jackson’s newly guilty caretaker? Dr. Pepper, Julius Erving (aka NBA legend Dr. J), Dr. Seuss and Dr. Hannibal Lecter.