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Murray seeks public defender for appeal

Dr. Conrad Murray is seen at his involuntary manslaughter trial in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011.

December 13, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Dr. Conrad Murray, convicted in the death of Michael Jackson, wants a public defender to handle his appeal.

Murray filed a notice with the court Tuesday saying he doesn't have the money to pay for his own attorney.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that felony convicts have a constitutional right to assistance of counsel.

Murray is fighting last month's manslaughter conviction. He's expected to serve about two years behind bars.

"Dr. Murray created a set of circumstances and became involved in a cycle of horrible medicine. The practice of propofol for medicine madness, which violated his sworn obligation for money," Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said at sentencing.

View photos from the sentencing of Conrad Murray.