Dr. Murray's Mom to the Judge: My Son is Sorry

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As Dr. Conrad Murray's sentencing hearing is scheduled for tomorrow, Murray's mother, Mrs. Milta Rush, 80, has sent a letter to Judge Pastor asking him for leniency in regards to her son's case.

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"This is the first time [Murray] is facing such an ordeal," wrote Rush, who stated that Murray is still the "obedient, caring and respectful" person that she says he was as a child. "Nothing like this has ever happened to him before. He has never been in trouble with the law before and I am barely standing, scared and worried sick about him being incarcerated. He is saddened and remorseful about the death of his friend Michael Jackson and I do believe he is certainly learning the toughest lesson of his life. I also believe his compassion and his soft heartedness for others led to this dilemma and what a debt to pay."

Still, Rush did express sympathy for Michael Jackson's family, especially Jackson's mother Katherine, writing, "I feel her pain for having lost her son. I sense she was very close to her son. I really wanted to approach her personally and tell her I am sorry for the loss of her son but I was unsure if she would be receptive, and I did not want to take the chance of violating court rules."

Rush concluded, "I humbly beg for your heartfelt consideration of everything I have said about Conrad, and ask for your compassion and leniency in giving him probation or community service."