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Michael Jackson's doctor to appear in court in bid to keep medical license

April 5, 2010 |  8:05 am

Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician who was with Michael Jackson at the time of the music legend's death last year, is escorted by a law enforcement officer into the Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles, where he was charged with involuntary manslaughter. Murray pleaded not guilty and bail was set at $75,000.

Dr. Conrad Murray, who faces involuntary manslaughter charges in the death of Michael Jackson, will be in court for a hearing Monday morning.

The California attorney general's office is seeking to have Murray's medical license suspended. Murray is fighting that move, saying he needs to practice medicine to make ends meet.

The pop singer had high levels of the powerful anesthetic propofol in his system when he died last year, according to the L.A. County coroner’s office.

Murray has pleaded not guilty and maintains that he did nothing wrong. Murray told investigators that Jackson, 50, was a chronic insomniac who had depended for years on propofol -- a white liquid that the singer called "milk" -- to sleep, according to police affidavits filed in court.

When Murray was charged earlier this year, some Jackson family members attended the hearing. It's unclear whether any family members will attend Monday's hearing.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Conrad Murray. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

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