Jackson doctor avoids having license suspended
The Murray saga continues… interesting stuff in this article,lol Who pays his FIVE lawyers??? LOL
Where he’s “working” (or for whom, most likely,lol) is not indicated…. And check out the date for his next court day: JUNE 25!
Interesting that TMZ didn’t have this story, at least , not that I saw… They’re ALWAYS the first to break a story when it comes to MJ…
May. 07, 2010
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
By DOUG MCMURDO
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Dr. Conrad Murray won a legal skirmish Friday when a child support hearing master denied a prosecutor’s push to suspend his Nevada medical license for failing to pay $16,000 in child support.
Murray, the doctor accused of playing a role in the death of pop icon Michael Jackson in June, could dodge the license suspension if a California judge allows the mother of his child to formally waive the back payments at a hearing later this month.
“Because the arrears are approximately $16,000, that triggers a potential professional license suspension,” said Clark County Chief Deputy District Attorney Gerard Constantian.
Accompanied by five attorneys, including three from Texas who will defend him against involuntary manslaughter charges related to Jackson’s overdose death, Murray remained silent during the hearing.
Chris Aaron, his Nevada child support lawyer, advised Hearing Master Elliott Yug that the doctor has made regular and full payments of $1,003 per month as ordered in November.
At that time, Nenita Malibirin agreed to waive the multiple thousands of dollars Murray owes her in back child support.
Aaron and Constantian were at odds over whether Murray has paid any arrears. Aaron told Yug that $203 of Murray’s monthly payments goes to child support.
Constantian disagreed. “He has not paid one iota,” he said. “His current child support obligation is $1,003.”
Aaron said Murray has never been disciplined as a doctor or been accused of malpractice. He indicated Murray, a cardiologist, is working in Texas.
“He wants to work,” Aaron said. “He wants to resolve this.”
Exactly where Murray is working was not indicated.
In any event, a judge in Santa Clara County, California, did not accept Malibirin’s waiver and set a hearing for May 27. Constantian said there is no guarantee the judge will grant the waiver. He said Murray would not be harmed if Yug moved to suspend the license prior to the California hearing.
He said it would be two weeks before the suspension became an order, and Murray would then have a month to appeal the decision.
Aaron disagreed, saying it is the policy of Texas to suspend licenses in tandem with other states, such as Nevada.
Citing judicial economy, Yug denied the request pending the May 27 hearing.
After the hearing, when asked how Murray could be expected to pay child support or arrears if his medical license was suspended, Constantian said the Legislature enacted laws to allow the suspension because it is a proven motivator.
“It could be a driver’s license, a barber’s license. It could be any license,” Constantian said. “We don’t want to harm Doctor Murray. We want to be fair to him as we would any noncustodial parent.”
California is the original jurisdiction of the child support case involving a son, now 12. Constantian said Nevada became involved when Murray moved his practice to Las Vegas and the case transferred to Nevada.
Yug set another hearing for 10 a.m. June 25.
Contact reporter Doug McMurdo at email@example.com or 702-224-5512.
Hearing on Jackson doctor’s license held in Vegas
By KEN RITTER / Associated Press
A court officer in Las Vegas postponed a decision Friday on whether the doctor accused of administering a fatal dose of anesthetic to pop star Michael Jackson should be allowed to keep practicing medicine in his home state of Nevada.
Dr. Conrad Murray’s professional fate rests not with the Nevada state Board of Medical Examiners, but with a ruling in Clark County Family Court.
Clark County Prosecutor Gerard Costantian tried Friday to convince a Family Court hearing master to recommend Murray’s medical license be suspended because he’s almost $16,000 behind in child support to the mother of his 12-year-old son in Santa Clara County, Calif.
The hearing officer, Elliot Yug, set a June 25 hearing date in order to have the results of a May 27 court hearing in Santa Clara where Murray’s lawyer said the woman will formally waive the doctor’s past child support debt.
“She’s going to forgive the debt because she wants to,” attorney Charles Peckham said.
Murray has kept current paying $1,003 a month since November, after appearing before a Family Court judge who expressed surprise but accepted an informal agreement that the woman would forgive his past debt if Murray began paying monthly. The judge at that time set a July 5 hearing to ensure the agreement was working.
Costantian said Friday he filed a request April 1 to go after Murray’s medical license after Murray failed to produce a California court order formalizing the debt forgiveness.
Nevada law allows Family Court judges to order suspensions of medical, professional and recreational licenses for nonpayment of child support.
Murray’s license to practice medicine in California has been restricted by a judge who arraigned him in February on a felony involuntary manslaughter charge in Jackson’s death and allowed him to remain free on $75,000 bail pending trial. A court hearing regarding his California medical license is scheduled for June 14.
Murray, 57, a cardiologist, has clinics in Las Vegas and Houston, where Texas medical authorities followed the California judge’s order and restricted him from administering the drug authorities say was responsible for killing Jackson.
His medical license in Nevada is unrestricted, but police and Medical Board officials have said they are aware of the California judge’s order.
Jackson, 50, was about to launch a world comeback tour when he died last June after being found unresponsive with Murray at his bedside in a Beverly Hills mansion. Murray had been hired at $150,000 a month to be Jackson’s personal physician. He told police he administered the anesthetic propofol to Jackson as a treatment for insomnia.
Murray’s lawyers have pleaded with judges to allow Murray to continue to practice medicine so he can pay his bills, including his legal expenses and his child support obligation.