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Michael Jackson estate furious over MSNBC special

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

Conrad Murray on MSNBC

The estate of Michael Jackson is furious over a planned MSNBC special featuring Conrad Murray and are demanding the network scrap their plans.

Conrad Murray on MSNBCThe ink is barely dry on the conviction, but already MSNBC is planning a special promising a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Conrad Murray's relationship with Michael Jackson -- a special which the executors of the late pop star's estate speculate is little more than an attempt to smear his name.

In a letter to network President Phil Griffin, John Branca and John McClain call the planned TV event "reprehensible" and say it is a thinly-veiled attempt "to shift the blame post-conviction to Michael Jackson, even though a jury considered the evidence and rejected this very argument."

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The special consists of a documentary by a team that followed Murray for two years throughout the trial process and an exclusive interview with the doctor himself.

"No sooner was Conrad Murray ordered led away in handcuffs after his conviction on manslaughter charges in the death of Michael Jackson than we discovered your MSNBC network inexplicably will showcase him in primetime Friday night as if he is worthy of celebrity," reads the letter.

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"Dr. Murray's victim, Michael Jackson, was a loving father, an incredible talent and someone who had much left to give the world. Dr. Murray is a convicted felon who a judge felt compelled to have placed in handcuffs and jailed immediately after the jury delivered its verdict. He is not someone NBC Universal should be giving a platform on a prime-time pedestal. We demand that you exercise proper judgment and refrain from airing this program."

Conrad Murray was convicted of manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. He is currently in protective custody in jail while awaiting sentencing later this month and faces up to four years in prison.

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