Nancy Grace: Conrad Murray 'deserves life behind bars'
Nancy Grace says Conrad Murray, a doctor recently convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson, deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison.
The physician was found guilty by a jury on Monday morning after a six-week trial and faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison and the loss of his medical license. He is currently in jail until his sentencing date, which was set for November 29.
"I only wish it had been guilty on Murder One, because Murray deserves life behind bars," Grace told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "Not four years."
Grace, a 51-year-old television personality and legal expert, made her comments to OnTheRedCarpet.com on Monday evening after she and partner Tristan MacManus, 29, performed during week 8 of the 13th season of "Dancing With The Stars."
Grace had made headlines earlier this year for slamming a jury's decision to acquit Casey Anthony, who she dubbed "Tot Mom," of murder in the death of her daughter Caylee. Following the July verdict, Grace had said on the cable network HLN that "the devil is dancing tonight."
She and McManus received a score of 24 out of 30 from the judges for their Tango, and 20 out of 30 for their Jive on ABC's hit celebrity ballroom dancing series (read recap). The pair earned the lowest combined score of the night with a 44, placing them again in the bottom spot for the evening. They have placed last before.
"Whether we perform a perfect Waltz, or a perfect Rumba, the judges always give us, basically, the same score," Grace said. "So I've gotten immune to that, and I just chalk it up to the way that the show runs - I keep trying to do my best."
Grace went on to express her appreciation for getting to be a part of the competition.
"I'm just happy to be here," she said. "And, you know, I always brace for the worst and hope for the best."
"You dance for the live audience and you dance for the audience at home," MacManus added. "Everyone's going to judge you - just not everyone gets to give you scores."
J.R. Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff soared above the rest with their Jive and their Waltz in week 8, earning the first perfect score of the season - not one, but two perfect scores of 30 out of 30.
The five remaining pairs return on Tuesday, November 8 for an elimination episode, during which the eighth couple is expected to be sent packing.
Jackson, who died on June 25, 2009, will also be honored on the show that day, ABC announced earlier this week. Dancers and acrobats from the new Cirque du Soleil show, "Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour," will perform in what will mark the production's television premiere. The show is touring North America and is set to hit Europe in the fall of 2012. Its soundtrack is set to hit stores on November 21.
Tuesday's episode will also feature performances from singer Andrea Bocelli. He is promoting his new CD and DVD "Andrea Bocelli Concerto: One Night in Central Park," which is due to be released on November 15. Rapper Flo Rida is also scheduled to perform on the elimination show to promote his new single, "Good Feeling."check for local TV listings).