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Michael Jackson's family was a constant presence in the courtroom during the six-week trial of Dr. Conrad Murray. So after Michael's personal physician was convicted of involuntary manslaughter on Monday, the Jacksons expressed their relief that they could put the trial behind them.
"I'm just happy it's over with," Michael's sister Rebbie said as she left the courthouse. "Nothing will bring him back, but I'm just happy (Murray) was found guilty."
"Justice was served," brother Randy Jackson told CNN. "Michael is with us."
Michael's sister La Toya Jackson, who could be heard shouting "Yes!" after the guilty verdict was read, told E! News that she was "very happy" about the trial's outcome.
The Jackson siblings also expressed their gratitude on Twitter -- but hinted that Conrad Murray is not the only person who needs to be held accountable for Michael's untimely 2009 death.
"Michael I love you and I will continue to fight until ALL are brought to justice!" wrote La Toya.
Randy tweeted: "The Pawn has been convicted but now its time for the Hidden Hand behind the Plan... JUSTICE will be served. Thank you all for the support!!!"
Jermaine Jackson posted a similar reaction, twittering: "Strong victory in court! Thank you all for your love and support. Step one has been accomplished! We are ready for next!!"
The family's cryptic tweets may be a reference to the conspiracy theory which La Toya has openly promoted: that Jackson was killed by a group of people seeking to profit from his death. Father Joe Jackson has also espoused the fringe theory, saying that Murray is "just the fall guy" for the real criminals.
Not everyone in the Jackson family thinks his death was part of a master plan, though; Michael's mother Katherine has shot down the theory, saying that she has "not seen one shred of evidence that anyone associated with Michael's estate conspired to bring about Michael's untimely death."
When asked by reporters if she was happy with the "guilty" verdict, Katherine responded simply, "I am."
Friends and acquaintances of the family have also been expressing their gratitude at the conviction. Piers Morgan tweeted: "Whichever way you viewed the evidence, Conrad Murray's behavior was clearly unethical for a doctor. Right verdict."
Family friend Kathy Hilton told HLN that the verdict would bring Michael's parents "some kind of relief, some kind of closure."
And the Rev. Al Sharpton tweeted that Murray's conviction is "just a down payment for the family of Michael Jackson" (whatever that means!).
Even though the healing isn't done, those close to Michael clearly found some peace in the jury's decision.
"Michael loves everybody out here," La Toya told HLN following the trial. "I love him. We all love him. And guess what, he was in that courtroom and that’s why victory was served."