Michael Jackson’s Physician Named Target of Police Investigation

The personal physician of Michael Jackson was identified as the target of a police manslaughter investigation in court records filed Thursday, the L.A. Times reports.

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The news comes one day after federal drug agents and Los Angeles Police Department investigators raided Dr. Conrad Murray's Houston medical clinic and a public storage unit rented by him.

According to the warrant filed in Harris County District Court, authorities were looking for "items constituting evidence of the offense of manslaughter that tend to show that Dr. Conrad Murray committed the said criminal offense."

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Among the items seized from the storage unit were two computer hard drives, a Medical Board certificate, letters to a former employee, a list of contacts and papers pertaining to his practice. Among those is a "suspension notice Doctor's Hospital" and "papers regarding incomplete chart Doctor's Hospital."

Authorities also seized letters from the Internal Revenue Service, Texas Department of Public Safety controlled substance registration and public records from the Texas controller.

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An administrative assistant at Doctor's Hospital in Houston said Murray is currently suspended from practicing at the hospital. She said, however, that the offense was "very much" routine and minor and "probably had something to do with a chart that needs to be signed."

An inventory of items taken in the search of Murray's office included vials of two drugs: 27 tablets of phentermine, a prescription appetite suppressant; and one tablet of clonazepam, a muscle relaxant.

Authorities also confiscated a computer, a Rolodex card with Federal Express information and e-mails from one of Murray's former employees.

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Murray's attorney, Ed Chernoff, said Wednesday that the doctor would cooperate with investigators. "We reviewed the warrant and remained on the premises while the search was being executed," he said.

Murray, Chernoff added, "was the last doctor standing when Michael Jackson died and it seems all the fury is directed toward him. Dr. Murray is frustrated by negative and often erroneous media reports, he has to walk around 24-7 with a bodyguard. He can't operate his practice. He can't go to work because he is harassed no matter where he goes."

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