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Michael Jackson doctor faces licence suspension

Conrad Murray
Dr Conrad Murray pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in February

Michael Jackson's former doctor should not practise while he faces charges in connection with the performer's death, California's attorney general has said.

In a petition filed on Tuesday, Edmund Brown said Dr Conrad Murray should have his medical licence restricted while he faces involuntary manslaughter charges.

The petition accuses Dr Murray of "poor professional judgment and placing the life of a patient in jeopardy".

Dr Murray was bailed last month after pleading not guilty to the charges.

The 57-year-old cardiologist, who faces four years in prison if convicted, is charged with "unlawfully, and without malice, killing Michael Joseph Jackson".

Dr Murray, who was hired as Jackson's personal physician last May, was attending to the 50-year-old performer before his sudden death in June.

Michael Jackson
The cardiologist was hired as Jackson's personal physician last May

Police say he has admitted giving the singer the powerful anaesthetic Propofol to help him sleep in the run-up to his planned 50-date residency at London's 02 arena.

"[The] defendant is alleged to have administered a lethal dose of Propofol and other powerful drugs to patient MJ, which resulted in the patient's death," Mr Brown said in his 12-page filing.

"The exercise of such poor professional judgment and placing the life of a patient in jeopardy requires that the [California Medical] Board take measures to protect the public from future harm."

Dr Murray, who is due back in court on April, is licensed to practise medicine in Nevada, California and Texas.

Last month a judge rejected a request by Los Angeles prosecutors to suspend his licence but ordered him not to use anaesthesia on his patients.

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