Michael Jackson Doc to Be Tried for Involuntary Manslaughter in Singer's Death

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At the conclusion of a preliminary hearing, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge today ordered the personal physician for Michael Jackson to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in the world-famous pop singer’s 2009 death.

After hearing testimony that Dr. Conrad Murray, 57, violated the standard of care by giving Jackson the intravenous anesthetic propofol and then leaving him unattended, Judge Michael Pastor also stripped Murray of his California medical license, saying that he posed “an imminent danger to public safety,” according to the Associated Press and the L.A. Now blog of the Los Angeles Times.

Defendants generally say little at a preliminary hearing, but Murray and his lawyers have repeatedly said that he did nothing that should have caused Jackson’s death.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com (June 2009): “Probe of Michael Jackson’s Death Zeros In On Prescription Drug Issues”

ABAJournal.com (Feb. 2010): “Doc is Charged in Michael Jackson’s Death”

ABAJournal.com (June 2010): “Accused in Michael Jackson’s Death, Doc Can Still Practice Medicine”

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