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Michael Jackson’s Doctor to Face Charges Tomorrow – UPDATE

It appears now that Michael Jackson’s personal doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray, with offices in Texas and Las Vegas, will most likely formally face involuntary manslaughter charges tomorrow in Los Angeles, California. 

UPDATE:  Dr. Murray WAS indeed going to face charges today, Feb. 5.  And, in fact, was in Los Angeles waiting – begging – to turn himself in, but Los Angeles authorities refused to act on his pleading, saying they will on Mon.,  Feb. 8.  We apologize for any inconvenience this caused in your day. 

Dr. Murray has been investigated for the past seven months since the pop icon’s untimely death. 

The charge results from improperly administering Michael Jackson the propofyl sleep inducing drug that ultimately ended his life. 

The charge, many feel, is a mere legal wrist slap, probably being a 4-year prison term, if that, if deemed guilty.

Yesterday, Dr. Murray was supposed to appear in a $130,000 civil suit in Las Vegas, but decided not to appear, losing the case. 

Las Vegas Backstage Access has covered the entire Michael Jackson case, with numerous articles posted.

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Michael Jackson’s Doctor Appears Before Judge Today in Las Vegas Court

Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician at the heart of Michael Jackson’s ongoing death investigation, appeared in Clark County Family Court today in Las Vegas because of his delinquent child support payments. 

In a surprise move, the child’s mother agreed to not force him to pay the $14,000 in back child support payments. Going forth, however, Murray will be required to pay $1,003 a month. 

Murray appeared to explain why he’s fallen behind in the support payments to a California woman and her son. 

Murray’s attorney, Christopher Aaron, argued that his client is unable to get work because of Michael Jackson’s death publicity. 

Dr. Murray admits giving proponyl to Jackson just before his death.

When the hearing was over, city marshals also made a rare move, blocking the media from leaving the courtroom. They let Murray get to his car and leave before they allowed media out of the courtroom. 

“They were making a decision that they needed to protect the safety of others in the building. They wanted to maintain a level of decorum throughout the building,” said court spokesman Michael Sommermeyer. 

Aaron says Murray had to close his medical practice and move due to personal threats following Jackson’s death June 25.

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Michael Jackson’s Doctor Can’t Afford to Pay Child Support in Las Vegas

The doctor being investigated in Michael Jackson’s death told a court he can’t afford to pay $13,000 in child support and other debts because he was forced to close his medical practice in Las Vegas after physical threats against him and his staff. 

A family court in Las Vegas set a Nov. 16 hearing to consider a recommendation that Dr. Conrad Murray be arrested for not appearing in court this month to explain the unpaid support. 

A ruling on the recommendation had been expected last week, but Murray’s lawyer Chris Aaron objected, saying in court documents the 56-year-old doctor supposedly didn’t receive notice of the hearing. 

It was not immediately clear whether Clark County District Attorney David Roger would fight the objection over the arrest recommendation. His office said he planned to file a response by today. 

Roger previously said he planned to ask the state medical board to suspend Murray’s license. Nevada laws allow prosecutors to go after professional licenses belonging to those behind on child support. 

Murray had serious financial problems when he signed on in May at $150,000 a month to serve as Jackson’s personnel physician through a series of comeback shows planned in London, according to court records. 

The cardiologist owed at least $780,000 for settlements against his business, outstanding mortgage payments on his house, delinquent student loans, child support and credit cards. 

An ongoing homicide investigation by Los Angeles police continues to be focused squarely on Murray, who told investigators he administered a powerful anesthetic to Jackson shortly before he died June 25. No charges have been filed as of yet.

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Michael Jackson Celebrations ‘Round the World

Pop music icon Michael Jackson died on June 25 from a potent cocktail of sleep and pain sedatives, although the Los Angeles coroner’s office is holding firm, not releasing the complete autopsy and toxicology reports pending completion of the homicide investigation currently in progress.   And, of course,  Dr. Conrad Murray, the central figure in the investigation, is mum on commenting further, save his recent YouTube video of self-exoneration. 

Despite the lack of closure, Saturday celebrations for Michael Jackson were heard around the world for the King of Pop.    

Saturday, Aug. 29 would have been Jackson’s 51st birthday. 

 Although the true era of Michael Jackson was mostly over decades before the singer died, a curious and strange eerie aura pervaded the celebrations– it was like he never died. 

With Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman declaring Aug, 29, “Michael Jackson Day,” almost 20 Las Vegas entertainment acts responded in kind by performing a “Las Vegas Celebrates the Music of Michael Jackson” concert at the Pearl Theatre in the Palms Casino & Hotel, spearheaded by Jersey Boys star Erich Bergen, as a tribute to Jackson and his music before a sell-out crowd of 2,600, while raising more $100,000 for music education programs throughout Clark County, Nevada.   

Michael Jackson would most likely have loved it, expressing before his death the desire to perform a thank-you concert to Palms owner George Maloof for enabling him to use the venue earlier for his recording sessions and a secluded family R&R retreat.

 Family patriarch and dad Joe Jackson said he was unable to attend Saturday’s memorial concert in Las Vegas for his son because of a prior commitment, but a friend said it was more a case of the event being too emotional.  He was on hand, however, on Saturday night for a celebrity star dedication at the Brendan Theatres at the Palms. 

Some of the biggest ovations at the Pearl Theatre performance went to:  11-year-old Elijah Johnson of “The Lion King,” performing “Dancing;” the cast members from “Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular” and “Jersey Boys” combining on “Theme from Free Willie,” the Australian groups Human Nature (“I Want You Back”) and Signature (“Billy Jean”) and the Las Vegas Mass Choir, decked out in black pants, white shirts, black fedoras and, of course, the glove on the right hand, singing “Man in the Mirror.” 

Other Las Vegas tribute performances included the American Superstars at the Stratosphere, Hawaiian Tropic Zone, and the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. 

But Las Vegas was just the tip of the iceberg for worldwide Jackson tributes on Saturday.  A group of Michael Jackson fans in Leicester, England attempted a world record for the most number of people dancing to the singer’s ‘Thriller’ in one place on his 51st birthday. Some 475 people dressed as zombies packed into Orton Square participate in the event. 

Not to be topped, a Michael Jackson impersonator named Hector Jackson (not related) really kicked the competition into overdrive and led what is purportedly the largest gathering of people dancing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in Mexico City, with reportedly 12,937 people dancing and wearing red and gold sequined jackets.   

The current record for a group “Thriller” was performed in May by 242 students of the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Guinness Book of World Records will determine if the Mexico City performance breaks that record. 

Although the bulk of birthday celebration tributes are largely completed, speculation continues to swirl on what’s next in the after-life career of Jackson. 

Talks reportedly continue on moving parts of Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara, California to Las Vegas.  Other plans call for Jackson-themed show, with the Hilton being considered.   Some even say a Jackson-themed Las Vegas casino would be appropriate.   The great news is that any of these ideas have the potential impact of reviving a sputtering Las Vegas economy. 

But, whoa there, partner, let’s not get the cart before the horse- Jackson hasn’t even been buried yet!  He will be finally laid to rest after two months of patiently waiting this Thursday, Sept. 3 at Forest Lawn Cemetery near Los Angeles, California at 7 p.m. in a private service. 

R.I.P, Michael.

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Breaking: Michael Jackson’s Death Ruled a Homicide

News is just breaking on this story, but L.A. County coroner’s officials earlier found lethal levels of the powerful anesthetic propofol after examining Michael Jackson’s body.  Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, told detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department that he had been treating Jackson for insomnia for about six weeks. He had been giving Jackson 50 milligrams of propofol every night using an intravenous line, according to the court records.

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Michael Jackson’s Las Vegas Doctor Courted Stripper Girlfriend

Dr. Conrad Murray took his longtime stripper girlfriend to meet Michael Jackson in Las Vegas two years ago.  The woman, Nicole Alvarez, bore Murray’s seventh child earlier this year, their first, according to a former Las Vegas resident who said Alvarez worked at two Las Vegas strip clubs. 

Aspiring actor and author Ben Harris Jr., who said he attended Las Vegas Academy for three years, said Murray met Alvarez at the Crazy Horse Too in Las Vegas in December 2005. 

Harris said Alvarez had been fired at Spearmint Rhino strip club in Las Vegas, where she had paired up with another stripper to form a tandem act called “Fire and Ice.” After Alvarez was fired over a dispute, he drove her to Las Vegas the week she met Murray. 

“I was with her that night. She showed me a $3,500 check that was written out to her,” Harris said. “She said, ‘I hit the jackpot.’ She thought this was going to be her big break.” 

Despite owing many people lots of past due owed money, Murray reportedly set up Alvarez in suites at the Luxor and Mandalay Bay while she was working weekends in Las Vegas. 

Murray, who had a medical practice in Las Vegas before joining Jackson as his personal physician in June, is currently under investigation in connection with Jackson’s June 25 death. 

Harris, who enrolled at Las Vegas Academy in 1998, said he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career and met Alvarez in the spring of 2004 on the set of a commercial.

 Harris, 26, said he has telephone records that would prove his relationship with Alvarez, 27, a native of Puerto Rico. “We talked for hours at a time,” he said, adding the last time he saw her was last year. 

A book he has been working on includes their “weird friendship,” he said. Harris finished the manuscript several months before Jackson died. His e-mail address is benharrisjr@yahoo.com

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Suffocating Evidence Mounts Against Michael Jackson’s Doctor

It doesn’t look good for Dr. Conrad Murray.  As the investigation into the death of Michael Jackson continues, the evidence that his personal physician, Dr. Murray may have supplied the pop icon with the powerful anesthetic propofol (also known as Diprivan) continues to mount.

On Thursday, TMZ reported that Murray kept a supply of the drug hidden in a closet in Jackson’s rented Los Angeles home. The site claimed that Murray may have also either “stored propofol elsewhere or had a steady stream of FedEx deliveries” of the drug to the home, since the amount found was reportedly only enough for one night. The site claimed that unnamed law enforcement sources said they found three large bottles of the drug and five smaller vials at Jackson’s home in a closet attached to Murray’s bedroom. According to reports, Jackson was found in Murray’s bedroom on the morning he died.

Jackson reportedly used the drug — which is meant to be used ONLY in a hospital clinical setting to render patients unconscious before surgery — to combat chronic insomnia, and experts told TMZ that the bottles and vials found by police would have only been enough to keep Jackson asleep for eight hours.

 According to the search warrant (now posted on TMZ) for the Las Vegas pharmacy raided on Tuesday, authorities were looking for credit card receipts and other documents related to drugs purchased by Murray on May 12, specifically mentioning a type of propofol that was found in Jackson’s rented Holmby Hills home. 

A law enforcement official confirmed to The Associated Press that officials removed evidence this Tuesday that proved Murray bought the propofol from Las Vegas’ Applied Pharmacy Services and that he also administered the drugs from that purchase to Jackson in the hours before his death. 

Although Murray has not yet been charged with any crime and his lawyer has said he did not administer anything to Jackson that “should have” caused his death, Murray  reportedly told investigators that he gave Jackson propofol, along with several other sedatives, in the hours before Jackson died. 

New reports surfaced on Thursday that investigators believe the doctor curiously left the room where Jackson was sleeping to make personal phone calls and call his office and returned to find that the singer was no longer breathing. 

Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Los Angeles Police Department and local jurisdictions have previously served search warrants on Murray’s Las Vegas home and medical offices and on his Houston medical offices and a storage locker. 

The results of an autopsy on Jackson have been completed, but the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office said this week that it is keeping the information under a security hold until police complete their investigation. 

Murray’s lawyer, Edward Chernoff, told the Los Angeles Times this Wednesday that after agreeing to serve as Jackson’s personal physician for $150,000 a month in the lead-up to the singer’s attempted 50-show comeback residency at the O2 Arena in London, the doctor “realized that Michael Jackson had some very unusual problems.” 

“When he accepted the job, he was not aware of any specific requirements regarding medications that Michael Jackson was taking or any addictions that he was suffering from,” Chernoff said. The lawyer criticized what he called a string of leaks by investigators that he said were part of a rush to portray his client as guilty and propofol as the cause of Jackson’s death. 

“From the beginning, they leaked that propofol killed him,” Chernoff said. “It has appeared the investigation was designed to support a conclusion they already made with regard to Dr. Murray.” 

At least five other doctors have been investigated by the LAPD and DEA in connection with the Jackson case, though Murray is the only one to be publicly identified as a strong person of interest in the case, the Times said. 

Chernoff added that it was clear to him from the searches of Murray’s properties in Las Vegas and Houston that investigators thought drugs other than propofol played a role in Jackson’s death and that officials were looking for evidence that Murray prescribed Jackson other medications. “I have no doubt they came up completely empty in that regard,” he said. Chernoff has refused to comment on whether Murray administered propofol to Jackson, but has strongly denied that the doctor supplied any painkillers to the pop star. 

A spokesperson for Chernoff also told CNN that Dr. Murray did not conduct any prior drug tests on Jackson and thus had no way of knowing, other than what the singer told him, whether Jackson was taking other drugs.

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