Michael Jackson's Doc Can Keep License -- for Now
Dr. Conrad Murray -- Michael Jackson's personal physician who has pleaded not guilty to an involuntary manslaughter charge related to the singer's death -- remains a licensed doctor ... for now.
At a brief proceeding Monday at Los Angeles Superior Court, newly appointed Judge Michael Pastor set another court date for June 14. At that hearing, it is expected that he will decide whether Murray's California medical license should be suspended pending trial, at the request of the state attorney general.
"We’re relieved that the doctor can continue earn a living," Murray's spokesperson Miranda Sevcik tells UsMagazine.com.
But Brian Oxman, an attorney for Joe Jackson, tells Us that "Mr and Mrs. Jackson were both upset that nothing had happened in regard to the attorney general request. They thought that was strange. Nothing was done. They feel that the case is moving at a snail's pace and the charges are still insufficient."
Several members of the Jackson family, including father Joe, mother Katherine, Janet, Randy and Jermaine, were present at Monday's proceeding, as were a slew of Jackson fans who booed Murray, 57, as he entered the courthouse. (Murray is accused of giving Jackson lethal levels of the anesthetic propofol last June.)
Singing "We are the World," the fans held anti-Murray placards and wore Jackson T-shirts that read "Justice for Michael."
"It’s been brutal," Sevcik, Murray's rep, tells Us of the negative scrutiny. "He has not been found guilty of anything, yet he’s been treated as though he has. It's been difficult. He’s been concentrating on taking care of his patients and family and working really hard."