Michael Jackson’s dad is suing Conrad Murray for poor professional judgment and placing the life of his son in jeopardy.
Michael Jackson’s dad, Joe Jackson, plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Conrad Murray. Murray is the late pop star’s physician. The suit, to be filed within 90 days, claims that the doctor’s actions amounted to murder.
“I want justice for Michael,” Joe Jackson said in a statement. “They think they can sweep this under the rug, but I want justice.”
Jackson, 50, was pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center on June 25, 2009. The time of death was about two hours after he arrived by ambulance from his Holmby Hills home. A prosecution report leaked to the media last week suggested that Murray stopped resuscitation efforts, so he could collect propofol bottles.
It’s another bizarre twist on what happened to Michael Jackson during his last moments. There are some reports that Jackson was still alive when he was transported to the hospital. Conrad Murray himself has also stated that Jackson had a heartbeat when he arrived at UCLA.
Joe Jackson’s lawyer, Brian Oxman, plans to file the suit. He claims that the amount of the powerful anesthetic propofol given to Michael was reckless. The lawyer also said that it amounts to second-degree murder.
“The continuous administration of drugs over six weeks, he (Murray) gave him propofol every night, that is Russian roulette, that is loading six bullets into a gun with only six chambers,” Oxman said in a statement.
Doctor Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter
Prosecutors have charged Murray with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. The pop star had been rehearsing for a series of concerts scheduled in London before he died. Murray had been hired by concert promoter AEG Live to care for the singer in the months leading to the London shows.
Los Angeles officials have ruled the death a homicide caused by “acute propofol intoxication” at a level that was equivalent to that used for anesthesia during “major surgery.” According to Murray, Jackson had been taking propofol for insomnia. The physician administered the drug to him the day he died.
Dr. Conrad Murry
A petition has been filed to prevent Michael Jackson’s doctor from practicing medicine. California’s Attorney General submitted papers stating that Dr. Conrad Murray should have his medical license revoked while he faces involuntary manslaughter charges. The petition also states that Murray acted on “poor professional judgment and placing the life of a patient in jeopardy.”
“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,” Attorney General Jerry Brown said in a statement.
Dr. Murray, who returns to court in April, is currently licensed to practice medicine in Texas, California and Nevada. Last month, a judge ordered the 57-year-old physician not to use anaesthesia on his patients but rejected requests to have his license suspended. Murray faces up to four years in prison.