A lawyer for Michael Jackson's family told a judge sentencing Dr Conrad Murray that the family aren't seeking revenge but want a stiff sentence that serves as a warning to opportunistic doctors.
Attorney Brian Panish did not specifically request the maximum term of four years in jail for Murray, but said the cardiologist should be punished in a way that reminds physicians they cannot sell their services to the highest bidder.
"The Bible reminds us that men cannot do justice, they can only seek justice," the family said in a statement read by Panish. "That is all we can ask as a family, and that is all we ask for here."
The statement went on to say: "We are not here to seek revenge. There is nothing you can do today that will bring Michael back."
Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor was expected to sentence Murray later in the day after hearing from lawyers on both sides.
Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after a six-week trial that presented the most detailed account yet of Jackson's final hours but left many questions about Murray's treatment of the superstar with an operating-room anaesthetic as he battled insomnia.
Prosecutors want Pastor to sentence Murray to a maximum four-year term that is likely to be cut at least in half due to jail overcrowding. Defence attorneys want probation for the cardiologist, saying he will lose his ability to practice medicine and likely face a lifetime of ostracism.
Several members of Jackson's family, including mother Katherine and siblings LaToya, Jermaine, Randy and Rebbie, attended the proceedings.
Murray stared straight ahead as Deputy District Attorney David Walgren told the judge he lacked remorse throughout the case.
Jackson's death in June 2009 stunned the world, as did the ensuing investigation that led to Murray being charged in February 2010.