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Michael Jackson doctor 'hanging by a thread,' fighting to keep medical license

April 2, 2010 |  7:13 am

Conrad murray Lawyers representing Michael Jackson’s former doctor filed court papers Thursday urging a court not to suspend his California medical license, saying such a move would cripple his ability to fight an involuntary manslaughter charge in the pop singer’s death.

Dr. Conrad Murray is “hanging on by a thread,” and losing his ability to practice medicine in California would likely prompt Texas and Nevada to take similar action against him, according to the filing by attorneys Ed Chernoff and Joseph H. Low IV.

The result “would be financially and personally devastating” for Murray, they wrote. The doctor is not treating patients in California but is actively practicing medicine in Texas and Nevada, Chernoff said.

The filing comes after the California attorney general’s office asked a Los Angeles judge last month to prohibit Murray from practicing medicine until his criminal case is completed. Murray is expected to appear in Los Angeles court on Monday.

-- Jack Leonard

Photo: Conrad Murray in court. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times