Jackson doctor dealt double blow

A judge has dealt the doctor
charged in Michael Jackson’s death two setbacks, bringing him a step closer to
a trial that could end with him being sent to prison and also taking away his
livelihood.

Los
Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor told Dr. Conrad Murray that after
listening to six days of testimony at a preliminary hearing, he thought there
was enough evidence to support a possible finding of guilt at trial for the
cardiologist to be convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

The
ruling sets the stage for a high-profile trial that will examine all aspects of
the pop star’s death and try to finally place responsibility for his demise at
the age of 50.

Moments
after he delivered the ruling, Pastor also suspended Murray’s license to
practice medicine in California, a move that the physician’s attorney warned
could prompt two other state where he has clinics to do the same.

Murray
has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s June 2009 death,
with prosecutors accusing him of providing the singer with a lethal dose of the
anaesthetic propofol and other sedatives. The doctor has pleaded not guilty and
is due back in court on 25 January for another arraignment.

Pastor
made minimal comments on his ruling that there was enough evidence for Murray,
57, to stand trial. But the judge was clear that he thought Jackson’s former
personal physician may pose an “imminent danger” if allowed to keep
his medical license.

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