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Jerry Brown wants Michael Jackson's doctor barred from practicing medicine in California

March 23, 2010 |  5:38 pm

Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown asked a Los Angeles court Tuesday to restrict Conrad Murray's license to practice medicine in California while he is subject to criminal proceedings.

"Murray administered a lethal dose of propofol, as well as other drugs to Michael Jackson," Brown said in his filing with the Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of the California Medical Board. "We will argue in court that Murray was reckless in giving Jackson such a dangerous drug and has demonstrated a serious lack of judgment that should prohibit him from practicing medicine."

Murray has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the pop singer's June 25 death from what the county coroner's office attributed to "acute propofol intoxication" in combination with sedatives.

Murray pleaded not guilty to the charges and has denied any wrongdoing. He told investigators that Jackson, 50, was a chronic insomniac and had become dependent on propofol to fall asleep, according to police files.

Houston lawyer Edward Chernoff, who represents Murray, didn't immediately return phone calls or e-mails.

The California Medical Board is responsible for protecting the public from dangerous, incompetent or impaired doctors.

-- Carol J. Williams