Jackson Doctor Pleads with Judge to Continue Practicing Medicine
Dr. Conrad Murray says he desperately needs to continue practicing medicine and filed legal papers pleading with the judge.
According to court papers, the Jackson doctor is "hanging on by a thread" and needs to keep his medical license in order to pay for his defense, the Associated Press reports.
Apparently, Murray who was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the King of Pop's death already is facing serious financial problems.
Murray's lawyers are responding to the State Attorney General Jerry Brown's motion urging the court to revoke his license, as previously discussed.
The petition asked that the 57-year-old cardiologist be barred from practicing medicine in California. Brown said the doctor showed a serious lack of judgment.
Joe Jackson's lawyer, Brian Oxman, said he also plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Murray for the death of his son Michael Jackson, TMZ reports.
The filing by California Attorney General Jerry Brown would ultimately stop Murray from practicing medicine during prosecution.
In general, state legislators believe that by requiring a license for doctors, they can help ensure that you will receive quality medical care. If a doctor does not care for you in medically acceptable ways, the doctor may be disciplined by license revocation or suspension
But Murray's lawyer, Ed Chernoff is concerned that if his license is revoked then Texas and Nevada will follow suit and the doctor will not be able pay the money required to mount a defense.
His attorneys also argue that the state is unfairly trying to cut off Murray's right to a full hearing by the medical board.
- Michael Jackson's heart beat briefly at hospital, father's attorney says (Los Angeles Times)
- What Is Propofol? (Fox News)
- Why do doctors need a license? (FindLaw)
- The Physician-Patient Privilege in Wrongful Death Cases (provided by Law Offices of Elliott Kanter, A P.C.)
- Wrongful Death Overview (provided by Hartley Hampton)