Conrad Murray's medical license suspended
The California medical license of Conrad Murray, the cardiologist and surgeon convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, has been suspended.
Murray has been in prison since his November conviction. He was charged in February 2010 and in January 2011, he was ordered to stand trial for the Jackson death case and was told to "immediately cease and desist from practicing medicine" in California. A felony conviction prompts an automatic suspension of person's medical license. Murray's was suspended on December 29, records show.
The physician was Jackson's private doctor and treated him for insomnia in the moments before he suffered a cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home. Autopsy results show that the singer died at age 50 on June 25, 2009 from an overdose of propofol, a powerful anesthetic that the singer referred to as his "milk," and other sedatives that Murray had administered to the singer at his request.
On November 29, Murray was sentenced to four years in prison, the maximum punishment (see videos from the courtroom). Murray has vowed to appeal.
Murray did not maintain a medical practice in California but did manage clinics in Nevada and Texas. He left them to care only for Jackson as the singer prepared for a series of London concerts in the months before his death. His criminal charges prompted the latter states' medical boards to issued restrictions that prohibit him from using or administering most anesthetic agents, including propofol.
Before he handed down his prison sentence, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor had said: "Dr. Murray repeatedly lied, engaged in deceitful misconduct ... He has absolutely no sense of remorse, absolutely no sense of fault and is and remains dangerous. I believe he's a danger to the community."
The judge also ordered Murray to pay an $800 in restitution costs to Jackson's children and other family members, as well as smaller legal fees. A hearing about the matter was set for Jan. 23, 2012.
The District Attorney's Office has said that according to family records, Jackson was set to earn $100 million for his sold-out "This Is It" concert series. It also said the singer's funeral, memorial services and other associated expenditures cost more than $1.8 million.
The jurors' guilty verdict was unanimous. The jury was made up of seven men and five women (check out more details about them). One of them, Debbie Franklin, told ABC's "Good Morning America" that she and the other jurors believe Jackson would "absolutely" be alive today if not for Murray.