Doctor Charged in Jackson Death Fights to Keep Medical License

April 2nd, 2010 by Daniel Kreps Leave a reply »

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As Dr. Conrad Murray’s April 5th hearing approaches, lawyers representing Michael Jackson’s personal physician have filed legal papers fighting the California Attorney General and medical board’s attempts to have his medical license revoked in the state, citing financial difficulties. “[Murray] is, without fear of overstatement, hanging on by a thread,” his attorney wrote in court papers filed yesterday. “His ability to pay for his own defense depends almost entirely on his ability to continue to treat patients.” Murray also owes money in child support payments and his employees’ salaries, the AP reports.

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As Rolling Stone previously reported, Murray pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges stemming from Jackson’s 2009 death, which was ruled a homicide after the singer died of “acute Propofol intoxication.” While losing his medical license in California won’t affect Murray’s finances immediately — he has no patients or clinics in the state — Murray fears the California’s medical board ruling would have a “domino effect” in states where he does practice, namely Texas and Nevada.

In fact, the impact of California’s move against Murray has already reached Nevada, where the medical board filed a formal complaint against Murray alleging that the doctor failed to report delinquent payments in his child support when filing to renew his medical license. According to the AP, the complaint could result in the revocation of Murray’s Nevada medical license. The verdict in that case isn’t expected until September. “If Dr. Murray is unable to practice medicine in Texas, and especially Nevada, he will likely be faced with the inability to adequately defend hi...

Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily


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