*Reverend Al Sharpton released a statement expressing “mixed emotions” on the guilty verdict handed to Michael Jackson’s personal doctor Conrad Murray this afternoon.

The close friend of the Jackson family and eulogist at Michael Jackson’s funeral states:

“I received the news of the guilty verdict in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray with mixed emotions feeling that only a down payment of justice has been served. Certainly I feel that more punishment could and should have been served but I am pleased that this jury didn’t blame Michael for his own death. For the Jackson family, particularly his mother and children that have gone this horrific ordeal, to hear a verdict that buried Michael again would have been devastating. I am happy that they didn’t have to suffer that indignity. I feel that Dr. Murray and others who benefited from Michael but didn’t protect him got off relatively lightly. Michael lost his life and we lost one of the greatest entertainers that ever lived. I lost a friend and will never forget him.”