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Michael Jackson family members wanted harsher charges against his doctor, attorney says

February 8, 2010 | 12:13 pm

Members of Michael Jackson's family entered the courthouse near Los Angeles International Airport on Monday to attend the court hearing for the pop star's doctor, Conrad Murray, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with Jackson's death.

Parents Joe and Kathryn Jackson as well as brother Jermaine were seen entering the courthouse.

Brian Oxman, Joe Jackson’s attorney, said some family members were disappointed that the physician was charged only with involuntary manslaughter.

He said he had spoken Monday to the singer’s father and his sister, LaToya, and that they both feel more serious charges should have been filed. “There was danger to human life,” Oxman said. “I knew it; everyone else who knew about the prescription medication knew it. To say the perpetrator didn’t know it I find to be unacceptable.”

“They thought the charges should be more serious than involuntary manslaughter,” he said of Joe and LaToya Jackson. “There was disregard for the safety of human life.”

-- Victoria Kim and Richard Winton at the Airport Courthouse