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February 17, 2012

Dr. Conrad Murray's Texas medical license suspended

Posted: 03:20 PM ET

As of February 10, 2012 Dr. Conrad Murray could have practiced medicine in Texas, though he would have had to stay away from anesthetics.

Murray was restricted from prescribing heavy sedatives and anesthetics in the Lone Star state. Now the Texas Medical Board has suspended his license to practice medicine completely.

Murray was found guilty of killing Michael Jackson on November 7, 2011.

Murray is licensed to practice medicine in Texas, Nevada, and California. His license in California is also suspended. The Nevada State Medical board lists Murray's license as "Suspended NP-Active-Restricted."

Click here to read Texas Medical Board's order suspending Murray's license

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December 15, 2011

Taxpayers to pay for Murray's appeal

Posted: 08:49 AM ET

Dr. Conrad Murray says he can't pay a lawyer to fight his conviction in the death of Michael Jackson - so the taxpayers might have to. That’s because Murray wants a public defender to represent him in his appeal. He made that request official on Tuesday, when he amended his notice of appeal with Superior Court of California.

The notice says, “The defendant is indigent and respectfully requests the appointment of counsel on appeal. The issues on appeal will be determined by counsel after review of the record.”

Click here to read Murray’s request for a public defender (PDF)

Murray is appealing his involuntary manslaughter conviction by a jury in November. Judge Michael Pastor sentenced Murray to the maximum of four years in the Los Angeles County Jail. It’s likely that Murray will only be incarcerated for a maximum of two years because of California’s overcrowded prisons and jails.

Click here to read more of In Session/HLNTV's coverage of the Conrad Murray trial

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December 6, 2011

Conrad Murray to appeal conviction

Posted: 07:38 PM ET

Dr. Conrad Murray notified the Los Angeles Superior Court Friday that he will exercise his right to appeal his manslaughter conviction in the death of Michael Jackson.

Murray was sentenced to four years in the Los Angeles County Jail on November 29, three weeks after the jury found him guilty of killing the pop star.

Click here to read Murray’s notice of appeal

One of Murray’s defense attorneys, Nareg Gourjian said, "He disagrees with the jury's findings and the pretrial rulings made by the court." Murray has not hired a appellate attorney to represent him in the process, said Gourjian.

The appeal notice was filed "In Pro Per," which that means he's representing himself. Gourjian said it’s common for the notice of appeal to be filed before an appellate attorney is hired.

In the court of public opinion, the appeal casts an even darker shadow on Murray.

"Conrad Murray refuses to take responsibility for his own actions in MJ’s death,”BuzzInTheCity posted on Twitter. "Him filling an appeal is just…" You can fill in the blank for yourself.

Legal expert Mari Fagel calls the appeal "delusional."

"Even more offensive than his total lack of remorse is his expectation that the public foot the bill for his appeal," Fagel wrote in a Huffington Post article.

"Do you think he stands a chance?" 983TheCoast asked on Twitter. Let us know what you think!

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November 29, 2011

Dr. Conrad Murray sentenced to 4 years in jail

Posted: 01:45 PM ET

A judge told Dr. Conrad Murray on Tuesday that he should serve four years in the Los Angeles County Jail.

Judge Michael Pastor gave Murray the maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter. The court did not have the authority to send Murray to state prison, due to recent California legislation.

Murray will get credit for 46 days he has already spent in custody. He also must pay $800 in restitution and must pay other court fees. Further proceedings for restitution sought by Jackson's family will convene January 23, 2012.

On November 7, a jury convicted Murray of killing Michael Jackson. The judge sent him to jail that day, where he has remained.

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November 28, 2011

Will Dr. Conrad Murray get probation or prison time Tuesday?

Posted: 09:10 PM ET

Dr. Conrad Murray, convicted of involuntary manslaughter on November 7 in the death of Michael Jackson, will be back in court Tuesday to find out how much longer he could spend behind bars.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner ruled Jackson’s death was caused by acute propofol intoxication, and prosecutors believed Murray administered the fatal dose of the anesthetic.

Prosecutor David Walgren has asked Judge Michael Pastor to impose the maximum jail term of four years, and has given the judge guidance that Murray should compensate the Jackson family for their loss. California’s Victims Rights Law says victims are entitled to restitution, but it’s up to the judge to determine how much that is. Walgren has cited Murray's interview, aired after the verdict, where he continued to deny wrongdoing as support for imposing the maximum sentence.

Defense attorney Ed Chernoff asked the judge to give Murray probation and community service, highlighting the fact that Murray has already paid a high price because he may never practice medicine again. The defense filed numerous letters of support from family, friends, and colleagues of Murray attesting to his good work as a doctor and his standing as a family man.

It is possible for the judge to grant probation in this case, but In Session correspondent Beth Karas says the more likely scenario is a state prison term. Karas also says that if Murray is sentenced to prison, a new law aimed at reducing overcrowding means Murray will likely remain in Los Angeles County jail. The sheriff could also place him under house arrest.

During sentencing, the Jackson family can make statements in open court about their loss and the judge can consider those statements when he’s deciding Murray’s fate. A law enforcement source says that, as of last week, the family hadn’t decided whether there would be one family member reading a statement on behalf of the entire Jackson family or whether we’ll hear from several of the Jacksons.

Sources close to the Jackson family say Katherine and Jermaine will be in attendance Tuesday for the sentencing, but that it is “highly doubtful” that Michael’s kids will attend.

In Session will have live coverage of the sentencing beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET. You can follow along with us on Twitter at @INSESSION and by using the hashtag #MurrayTrial.

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November 16, 2011

Dr. Conrad Murray's anesthesiology expert found in contempt

Posted: 01:00 PM ET

Dr. Conrad Murray's anesthesiology expert was found in contempt of court Wednesday for violating the judge's order not to mention his private talks with Dr. Murray during his testimony in the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor.

 Dr. Paul White was given 30 days to pay a $250 fine imposed by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor.

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November 9, 2011

Did MJ foreshadow his own death?

Posted: 09:15 PM ET

Michael Jackson is considered one of the greatest songwriters to ever make music. His lyrics were laced with stories of pain, deception by women and pleas for a better world.  One subject rarely covered in his catalog was drugs.

That was until 1997 on his remix album, “Blood on the Dance Floor.” “Blood” is widely considered Jackson’s darkest album, and was a change of pace for the artist, following his admission of addiction to pain killers in 1993 and child abuse allegations the same year. The track that best embodies this shift in Jackson’s mood is a song titled “Morphine.”

It’s a haunting song, solely written, composed, and produced by Jackson. The song seems to rebuke untrustworthy handlers and deceptive women at first; but in the hook, Jackson gets to the subject at hand. Singing from the perspective of morphine, Jackson pleads:

Trust in me

Just in me

Put all your trust in me

You're doin' morphine

Jackson then goes a step further as he sings about the drug’s effect. The most jarring section of this song, which is over six minutes long, shifts from a focus on morphine to another highly addictive drug, Demerol.

Relax

This won't hurt you

Before I put it in

Close your eyes and count to ten

Don't cry 

I won't convert you

There's no need to dismay

Close your eyes and drift away

Demerol

Demerol

Oh God he's taking

Demerol

Demerol

Demerol

Oh God he's taking Demerol

He's tried

Hard to convince her

To be over what he had

Today he wants it twice as bad

Don't cry 

I won't resent you

Yesterday you had his trust

Today he's taking twice as much

The section about Demerol also makes a huge shift in mood. Jackson goes from a hard rock sound to a ballad, as if singing a love song about the drug.

During Jackson’s autopsy in 2009, it was discovered that Jackson had prescription meds in his system. Part of Dr. Conrad Murray’s defense is that Jackson’s insomnia was caused by an addiction to Demerol, and Jackson was so desperate for sleep, he gave himself the anesthetic propofol to get to sleep. During court on Thursday, Dr. Robert Waldman, an addiction specialist for the defense testified, “I believe there’s evidence he [Michael Jackson] was dependent on Demerol.” Waldman also testified that Jackson was given large doses of the drug while being treated by his longtime dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein.

Could Jackson have been trying to make his fans aware of a Demerol addiction as far back as 1997? Was this song a cry for help? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.


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November 7, 2011

Conrad Murray found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

Posted: 04:18 PM ET

A jury says Dr. Conrad Murray is guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death.

Jurors deliberated for over ten hours to reach the unanimous decision.

The jury was made up of seven men and five women. Two of the men identified themselves as fans of Jackson in their jury questionnaires.

California law says jurors can only reach a guilty verdict if they all agree that the prosecution proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt. Their guilty verdict means they all believe the doctor committed a crime that posed a high risk of death or great bodily injury, and that the crime caused Michael Jackson's death.

The maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter is four years in prison. However, because of prison overcrowding and budgetary concerns a new California law allows for a possibility that Dr. Murray could serve his sentence on house arrest.

Dr. Murray's legal troubles are far from over. Jackson's father Joe Jackson is pursuing a wrongful death suit against Dr. Murray. Dr. Murray will also have to fight to keep his medical licenses in California, Nevada and Texas.

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Gallery: Dr. Arnold Klein with Michael Jackson

Posted: 12:58 PM ET

Photo with Dr. Klein, Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, Penny Marshall and others- This photo was taken at the Laguna Art Museum Event "Art for Aids: A Tribute to Rock Hudson" on Feb. 7, 2003.

Photo with Dr. Klein, Michael Jackson, Paris, Prince, and Blanket- This photo was taken Christmas Eve 2008 at Michaels house on Carolwood Dr.

Christmas photo with Dr. Klein, Michael Jackson, and Carrie Fisher- This photo was taken Christmas Eve 2008 at Michaels house on Carolwood Dr.


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November 6, 2011

Exclusive: Doctor says MJ was addicted to propofol

Posted: 11:50 PM ET

Michael Jackson was "totally addicted to propofol," the surgical anesthetic the coroner ruled killed him, the pop star's dermatologist said in an interview with the In Session network.

Dr. Arnold Klein said he personally tried several times to prevent other doctors from administering propofol to Jackson for sleep.

"I knew this problem existed," Klein said in the interview Saturday. "I did my best to prevent it. Whenever I could, I prevented it, but I'm only one man and I have to support my own life and take care of myself."

Klein disputed the argument by Dr. Conrad Murray's lawyers that he addicted Jackson to Demerol in the months before his death, saying he used only low doses of the painkiller while repairing Jackson's collapsed nose and jawline.

Because Demerol was not found in Jackson's blood, the judge did not allow Dr. Murray's defense to call Klein as a witness in Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial, in which jurors are scheduled to resume deliberations Monday morning. But medical records of Jackson's visit to Klein's Beverly Hills clinic were introduced as evidence.

Klein described three instances in which he said he was involved as interventions to prevent Jackson from getting propofol, although Klein gave no indication of when the incidents occurred.

In the first instance, Klein said he chartered a plane to Las Vegas when he heard Jackson was getting propofol at a hotel where the singer was staying. Klein claimed he threw out the doctor involved to prevent him from giving Jackson the drug.

In another encounter in Hawaii, Klein said he and his nurse slept on the floor of Jackson's room to prevent him from getting propofol from a plastic surgeon.

Klein claimed he once "saved" Jackson in New York when another doctor administered propofol, combined with another drug. It made Jackson go "running down the street," Klein said.

A Los Angeles County jury is deliberating the fate of Murray, the physician caring for Michael Jackson when he died in June 2009.

Klein, interviewed in his Beverly Hills home, said that while it was too upsetting to watch much of the trial, he watched enough to believe Murray wanted to "make me look like a demon" and "make me as a scapegoat."

Murray's defense contends Jackson became addicted to Demerol through frequent visits to Klein's Beverly Hills dermatology clinic in the months before his death. Murray was unaware of the addiction, and therefore unable to understand why he could not help Jackson sleep, the defense contends.

Medical records presented to the jury showed at least 24 visits by Jackson to Klein's office from March 12 until June 22, 2009, three days before Jackson's death. The defense previously said Jackson was given 6,500 milligrams of Demerol at Klein's clinic during those visits.

Jackson received 900 milligrams of Demerol at Klein's clinic over three days in early May, the records showed. "I would never give a person those doses they attributed to me," Klein said. The records are misleading because he was in Paris during most of May, he said. Other doctors working out of Klein's office may have given Jackson that larger doses of Demerol, he said.

When asked if Murray's defense team knew they were not all Klein's medical records, Klein responded by saying, "They absolutely had to know. Why do you think they covered the signature on the bottom of the chart?"

It was noted during testimony that no doctor's signature was on the medical records. 
Murray's defense team, which is under an order from the judge not to talk to reporters about the case, did not immediately respond to Klein's comments.

Klein said he began the slow and painful process of rebuilding some of Jackson's facial skin in early April after his nose collapsed and after he lost his jaw line.

Jackson, who was preparing for his comeback concert tour, wanted to look his best, Klein said. "Michael was an absolute perfectionist," he said.

Klein said he is being attacked because he is different. He likened his plight to Galileo and Michael Jackson. He cited the molestation trial of Jackson as an example of how the singer was targeted for being different.

Klein said he was angry about Jackson's death under Murray's care. 
"Where did they find this man?" he said. Jackson recruited Murray to work as his personal physician after Murray had treated him and his children for minor illnesses while they were in Las Vegas, according to testimony.

Klein said he did not believe Jackson would approve of the current trial of his doctor. "This is insanity," he said.

Tune in to In Session on truTv at 9:00AM ET to watch the entire interview.  Stay tuned to HLN throughout the day as our legal team awaits a verdict in the case of CA v. Murray. 

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