Suspension sought for Jacko’s ‘reckless’ doctor

Feb 9, 2010
Sophie Taylor

As Conrad Murray gets bail, California medical board complains of ‘utter disregard for pop star’s well-being’

The Medical Board of California has requested that Dr Conrad Murray, charged yesterday with the involuntary manslaughter of pop star Michael Jackson, be banned from practising medicine until the case is resolved because he is a "danger to the public".

The judge made it a condition of Murray's bail - set at $75,000, three times the norm - that he should not possess or prescribe anaesthetics, including Propofol, which he has admitted administering to Jackson just before his death. "I do not want you sedating people," the judge said. But he did not suspend Murray's license.

It is understood the judge will now consider the Medical Board's request at a separate hearing after it claimed in documents filed yesterday that Murray showed "extremely poor medical judgment and ultimately took the life of his patient [Michael Jackson]."

The board said Murray had shown "utter disregard for the care and well-being of the persons entrusted to his care" and that his conduct was "unprofessional and reckless".

Murray pleaded not guilty at his arraignment yesterday while members of Jackson's family looked on and fans demonstrated outside the courthouse, many carrying banners proclaiming 'Justice for Michael' and shouting 'Murderer!'.

If found guilty of involuntary manslaughter - defined as a killing that results from negligence or recklessness, but not malice - Murray faces up to four years in jail.

It is now more than seven months since the pop star died at his home in the Hollywood Hills after Murray administered Propofol to help Jackson - a chronic insomniac - sleep. It was just before 11 am on June 25.

According to court documents, Murray, who was hired at Jackson's request by the promoters of his upcoming London concerts, then went to the lavatory. By the time he returned, Jackson was unconscious and never responded to Murray's attempts to revive him.

When the trial eventually begins, the court will want to know why an ambulance was not called until 12.21pm and whether it is true that Murray spent the intervening time making mystery phone calls - and if so, why and to whom.

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