*One by one, members of Michael Jackson’s family filed out of the courthouse in downtown Los Angeles following this afternoon’s guilty verdict in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the King of Pop’s death.
As the family members made their way to waiting cars, HLN’s Jane Velez Mitchell was able to nab quick quotes from Jermaine Jackson, La Toya Jackson and Rebbie Jackson (whose daughter Yashi Brown screamed out inside of the courtroom when Dr. Murray was pronounced guilty.)
Jermaine Jackson: Justice was served. It wasn’t enough time, though. Michael is with us. Michael is with us.
Rebbie Jackson: I’m just so happy it’s over with. Nothing will bring him back, but I’m happy [Dr. Murray] was found guilty.
La Toya Jackson: Thank you America. Thank all the fans, thank the prosecuting team, Walgren you were great, everybody was wonderful. I just want to thank you. Michael loves everybody out here, I love him, we all love him. And guess what, he was in that court room and that’s why victory was served.
When Rebbie’s daughter Yashi was asked to comment on the guilty verdict, she smiled and said one word: “Handcuffs.”
Also commenting on the verdict was Paris Hilton’s mother Kathy Hilton, a longtime Jackson family friend who grew up with the siblings in the same neighborhood. Hilton said she’s “thrilled,” that justice was served, “but still, Mr. and Mrs. Jackson and their family are leaving today without their son.”