Prosecutors want Michael Jackson’s doctor’s license suspended
NOW, they want Murray out! They’ve had this “information” all this time, and never did anything to stop him from going back to his practice, until NOW…
March 23, 2010, 4:05PM
By Andrew Blankstein and Shelby Grad, Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES – California prosecutors filed court papers seeking to suspend the medical license of Dr. Conrad Murray, who was charged last month in the death of Michael Jackson.
When Murray was charged, the judge agreed he should be barred from administering anesthetics like the ones prosecutors said killed the pop star last year when he was in Murray’s care.
But now, California Attorney General Jerry Brown wants Murray to stop practicing medicine as part of the terms of his bail.
The move came the same day a source told the Los Angeles Times a security guard for Jackson informed Los Angeles police investigators that Murray collected vials of medication from the singer’s bedroom before the guard called authorities the day Jackson died.
The guard’s statements mark the latest allegations involving the final moments of Jackson’s life and the actions of Murray, his personal physician, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the pop star’s death.
Documents obtained by the Associated Press on Monday stated that Alberto Alvarez, Jackson’s logistics director, alleged that Murray had delayed calling 911 so he could collect the vials.
The source, however, presented a somewhat different account of Alvarez’s narrative.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak, said Murray collected the vials and an intravenous drip as he was performing CPR on Jackson.
Alvarez told authorities that Murray put the items in a bag and asked the security guard to hold on to them.
Moments later, Alvarez called 911, the source said.
Murray’s attorney, Edward Chernoff, said his client never tried to hide medications or anything else.
He said Alvarez’s claim was inconsistent with other statements the bodyguard had provided to police.
“Mr. Alvarez made this statement but he also made other statements,” Chernoff said. “What he said is inconsistent with the physical evidence found at the scene. … We just need to get everybody under oath and have a trial.”
Jackson had high levels of the powerful anesthetic propofol in his system when he died, authorities said.
The 51-page coroner’s report of Jackson’s death on June 25 suggests that to prove manslaughter, prosecutors, who worked closely with the office’s medical investigators and experts in building a criminal case, will focus on Murray’s use of propofol as a sleep aid.
The coroner’s office had previously said Jackson died from “acute propofol intoxication” in combination with the use of sedatives.
The documents obtained by Associated Press described the level of anesthetic as enough to render a patient unconscious for “major surgery.”
Murray told investigators that Jackson, 50, was a chronic insomniac who had depended for years on propofol – a white liquid that the singer called “milk” – to sleep, according to police affidavits filed in court
In a statement, Brown called Murray’s conduct “reprehensible.” Murray has denied any wrongdoing.