Surrender of Michael Jackson's doctor now in doubt
February 4, 2010 | 11:17 pm
Negotiations between prosecutors and defense attorneys to secure the surrender of Michael Jackson's physician on involuntary manslaughter charges have broken down, throwing into doubt when charges might be filed in the singer's death, law enforcement sources said late Thursday.
Defense attorneys have objected to prosecutors' calls for Dr. Conrad Murray to make a formal court appearance where a judge would set the terms of his bail and dictate any restrictions on his movements, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Instead, the attorneys want their client to be allowed to post bail at a police station, the sources said.
The dispute could delay plans to file involuntary manslaughter charges, which had been expected as early as Friday.
"It's very unclear," said one of the sources. "The defense attorneys apparently don't want him to go to a public hearing."
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