Conrad Murray Faces Judge, Michael Jackson’s Family in Court

April 5th, 2010 by Daniel Kreps Leave a reply »

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Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s personal physician who was charged with involuntary manslaughter for the King of Pop’s death, faced the judge that will oversee his trial and several members of the Jackson family — the star’s parents Joe and Katherine as well as siblings Janet, Jermaine and Randy — at a preliminary hearing at a Los Angeles courthouse today. Fans wearing T-shirts calling for “Justice for Michael” gathered outside the court, according to USA Today.

At this afternoon’s hearing, Murray learned that the judge presiding over his case will be Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor, who TMZ calls “one of the toughest, smartest” judges in the county. Pastor has previously overseen celebrity cases involving Cameron Diaz and Jason Priestley as well as a multitude of high-profile, non-celebrity cases.

One of the issues on the docket today involved the California Attorney General and medical board’s calls to revoke Murray’s medical license as a condition of his bail. As Rolling Stone previously reported, Murray’s legal team asked the court to refuse the request, arguing that the “domino effect” would cripple the doctor’s ability to pay for his defense team. Even though Murray doesn’t practice medicine in California, he feared losing his medical license in California would affect his status as a doctor in both Nevada and Texas. Earlier in the day Murray reached an agreement with the Texas medical board to keep his license as long as he doesn’t administer any sedatives to any of his patients. Ultimately, Judge Cantor opted not to revoke Murray’s California license.

Though Murray’s legal team has yet to official lay out its defense in court, TMZ claims the doctor’s defense is an argument that ...

Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily


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