World Mourns Michael Jackson’s Death

Written by  Janet

Before his comeback in London, death claimed Pop King Michael Jackson, yesterday at age 50.  

The dramatic death of the brilliant singer seemed to obscure his recent controversies and kindle warmer memories of Jackson the child star and Jackson the show-stopping, moonwalking headliner.  The worldwide chorus of grief united the famous — statesmen and superstars alike — and the legions of ordinary people who grew up with “Thriller” and “Beat It.”

His death jolted everyone from a young man in Colombia who was named after the King of Pop, to Malaysians who named a soy drink for him, to a generation of people around the world who have tried, in vain, to moonwalk.

Actress Sophia Loren said it was horrible, and she and her children had been frequent visitors to his Neverland Ranch.  

London, shocked fans gathered at the Lyric Theatre, where a live show based on Jackson’s record-selling album “Thriller” is being performed, and waited for news about refunds for some 750,000 tickets to his sold-out, 50-night run.

A spokeswoman for AEG Live — the promoters for the London concerts — declined to say how ticket refunds would be handled. She spoke on condition of anonymity, saying she was not authorized to speak to the media.

There were poignant memories of his final public appearance when he came to London for a March news conference to announce his “This is it” concerts, which he said would mark his farewell to the London stage. A candlelight vigil at London’s Trafalgar Square was planned to honor the singer. Former South African President Nelson Mandela issued a message through his foundation saying Jackson’s loss would be felt worldwide.

Jackson sang at a birthday concert for Mandela in 1998. In 1999, according to local media reports at the time, he lunched with Mandela at a small gathering at which the South African anti-apartheid leader celebrated both his 81st birthday and his and wife Graca Machel’s first wedding anniversary.

Several world leaders weighed in.

Britain’s prime minister Gordon Brown said his thoughts are with Jackson’s family. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called it “lamentable news,” though he criticized the media for giving it so much attention. Former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, who had met Jackson, said: “We lost a hero of the world.”

“I don’t think anyone can be indifferent to Michael Jackson, my husband included,” French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy told RTL radio in France. “I will enormously miss his voice, his songs and his presence in our world,” she said.

In Romania, where a tumultuous Jackson concert in 1992 helped mark the country’s new freedoms after the fall of the Soviet bloc, singer Lucian Viziru said he was stunned by the tragedy.

In Bogota, Colombia, a 24-year-old tattoo artist named Michael Tarquino said his parents named him after Jackson. He recalled growing up with electricity rationing for hours at a time and waiting for the power to return.

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    Police focus on medical treatment in Jackson death

    Police are now investigating the medical treatment he received on Friday. Also they are seeking to interview one of the pop king’s doctors and seizing a car that they said may contain drugs or other evidence.

    the car belongs to one of Jackson’s doctors whom police wanted to interview. Rayner said she did not know the doctor’s identity and stressed the doctor was not under criminal investigation.

    The autopsy began Friday morning and was expected to last several hours. An official determination on cause of death was not expected for weeks or longer, until more sophisticated tests are completed.

    In a 911 call released by fire officials, a caller reports Jackson was on a bed and not breathing or responding to CPR. The unidentified caller said Jackson only was with his personal doctor at the time. The pop star died later Thursday afternoon at UCLA Medical Center.

    Lisa Marie Presley, briefly married to the pop icon in the mid-1990s, said he had confided to her 14 years ago that he worried about facing the same tragic fate as her father, Elvis Presley, who died of a drug overdose at age 42.

    The White House also weighed in for the first time, with a spokesman saying President Barack Obama saw Jackson as a spectacular performer and music icon whose life nonetheless had sad and tragic aspects. The House of Representatives observed a moment of silence.

    Brian Oxman, a former Jackson attorney and a family friend, said Friday he had been concerned about Jackson’s use of painkillers and had warned the singer’s family about possible abuse.

    After Jackson was acquitted on child molestation charges in 2005, prosecutors argued against returning to Jackson items including syringes, the drug Demerol and prescriptions for various drugs, mainly antibiotics, in different people’s names.

    Jackson died after being stricken at his rented home in the posh Los Angeles neighborhood of Holmby Hills. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him for three-quarter of an hours there before rushing him to the hospital.

    His brother Jermaine said Jackson apparently suffered cardiac arrest, an abnormal heart rhythm that stops the heart from pumping blood to the body. It can occur after a heart attack or be caused by other heart problems.

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    Jackson lived like king but died awash in debt

    Michael Jackson the singer was also Michael Jackson the billion-dollar business.
    Yet after selling more than 61 million albums in the U.S. and having a decade-long attraction open at Disney theme parks, the “King of Pop” died Thursday at age 50 reportedly awash in about $400 million in debt, on the cusp of a final comeback after well over a decade of scandal.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/06/25/financial/f205416D28.DTL&tsp=1

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    Sad Picture of Michael Jackson Emerges as Shock of His Death Fades

    There’s quite a bit more news and updates:

    Here is a picture of the singer’s tortured lifestyle is emerging, one populated by prescription drugs, sycophants, plastic surgery, lavish spending, and an ever-failing quest to recapture the fame of his “Thriller” days of the early 1980s.

    A source close to him says since the 1990s, he traveled with a personal physician. At one point, he was doing quite a bit of skin grafting. Jackson tried to replace his missing family with hangers-on, said the source. If he didn’t have a doctor with him, he had a manager, lawyers, or publicist. He surrounded himself with people who used him, and he was terribly paranoid about people using him, so he fired staff constantly. It was just nonstop people in and out of his life.

    Jackson’s massive debt is estimated to be at $400 million at the time of his death. The one person he trusted and felt comfortable with was Mowtown founder Barry Gordy.

    Most of Michael Jackson’s family members have gathered in their Encino compound, where they are contemplating funeral arrangements and caring for his three children. They are feeling confused, upset and angry by the lack of information about those who were around the pop superstar in his final days.

    His family wants to know more about AEG, the concert promoter that was staging his 50 concert tour. Jackson never communicated to his family who he had in place to handle his business affairs, the person said, adding that they were told by the singer’s phalanx of advisers that the singer likely had a will, but it may be many years old. The family is distrustful of what they are being told — but they are determined to find out more.

    Randy Phillips, AEG Live president and chief executive, said earlier Friday that it was Jackson who insisted that Dr. Conrad Murray, a financially troubled cardiologist who was with the entertainer when he collapsed Thursday, be put on the tour payroll.

    Records reveal years of financial troubles for Murray, who practices medicine in California, Nevada and Texas; his Nevada medical practice, Global Cardiovascular Associates, was slapped with more than $400,000 in court judgments, and he faces at least two other pending cases and several tax liens.

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    The cause of Michael Jackson’s death is still undetermined, and won’t be known for four to six weeks, but the Los Angeles coroner’s office declared Friday evening that so far there are no medical signs of foul play or trauma to the body.

    Coroner’s spokesman Craig Harvey said Jackson was taking some prescription medications but declined to disclose or discuss them. He said Jackson’s sudden demise became a coroner’s case because there was no doctor to sign the death certificate.

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    Michael Jackson’s Doctor Speaks to Police

    Los Angeles Police on Saturday night questioned the personal physician who was at Michael Jackson’s side at the time of his death. During his three-hour LAPD interview, said a spokeswoman for Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician responded to “every and all questions.”

    Murray, according to the statement by his rep, Miranda Sevcik, “helped identify the circumstances around the death of the pop icon and clarified some inconsistencies.”

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    Michael Jackson’s Mother Files for Guardianship of Son’s Three Children

    A court document says Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine, has filed for guardianship of the singer’s three children.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,529387,00.html

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    Doctor tried to find working phone for 30 minutes while Michael Jackson was dying, lawyer says

    Michael Jackson’s doctor scrambled for 30 minutes to find a working phone to call 911 as the superstar lay dying in his palatial Bel Air mansion, the doctor’s lawyer revealed Monday.

    The land lines in the rented mansion were all shut down for “privacy reasons,” and Dr. Carlton Murray didn’t use his cell phone to get help because he didn’t know Jackson’s address, the lawyer said.

    Amazingly, Murray called for security, but no one answered. The doctor finally had to run downstairs to get a chef to summon help for the dying King of Pop.

    It wasn’t immediately clear whether the stunning phone snafu contributed to Jackson’s death on Thursday, but every moment is critical when reviving a patient in cardiac arrest like Jackson.

    Paramedics raced to the home and spent 42 minutes trying to resuscitate the 50-year-old superstar. They then took him to UCLA Medical Center, where doctors spent another hour in a futile effort to keep him alive.

    The new revelations about his last moments came as Jackson’s 79-year-old mother won temporary guardianship of his three children Monday and asked a judge to put her in charge of his estate.

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    As the saying goes > money begets greed

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    This is getting out of hand…a woman so distraught over his death set a bar bathroom on fire..

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,529566,00.html

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    Jackson’s will cuts out ex-wife Debbie Rowe

    Michael Jackson’s 7-year-old will was filed Wednesday in a Los Angeles court, giving his entire estate to a family trust but cutting out his former wife Debbie Rowe.

    The will, dated July 7, 2002, estimated his estate at that time at more than $500 million.

    It gives the entire estate to the Michael Jackson Family Trust.

    The documents said Jackson’s estate consisted almost entirely of “non-cash, non-liquid assets, including primarily an interest in a catalogue of music royalty rights which is currently being administered by Sony ATV, and the interests of various entities.”

    His mother, Katherine Jackson, is named as a beneficiary of the trust and the guardian of Jackson’s three young children, who are named in the will.

    The will names Diana Ross as a successor trustee to Jackson’s mother if necessary.

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    Drugs Hell, Secret Love of Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson had a long-standing secret girlfriend and developed an addiction to drugs supplied by unscrupulous doctors, his bodyguard told Sky News in an exclusive interview.

    The astonishing claims were made by Matt Fiddes, the tragic singer’s friend and U.K. bodyguard, who told how he and Uri Geller found and hid drugs and even needles from his room.

    He also quashed rumours that Jackson was gay and said he had met the secret girlfriend on several occasons although he refused to identify her.

    He became friends and worked as the superstar’s bodyguard on visits to the U.K. over the following decade, although he was never paid. He volunteered his services for free after Jackson complained that security services charged him a fortune.

    Matt says he and Uri tried in vain to keep drugs away from Jackson only for him to get more from the doctors, who he accused of charging fans up to $20,000 for introductions to their idol.

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    This whole thing is getting tiresome…all the accusations, fighting over money, now a botched police investigation….and questionable behavior over why Janet Jackson was allowed in his home, and removed items.

    Los Angeles police under scrutiny in Jackson death

    The investigation of Michael Jackson’s death is widening as questions intensify about the drugs he took, the doctors who provided them and the actions of police.

    Why didn’t police seal the mansion where he had been living? Why didn’t they get immediate search warrants? Why did they tow away a doctor’s car right after the death but not declare the home a crime scene? And why was Jackson’s sister Janet allowed to move possessions out of the mansion two days after the death, before police searched it?

    Los Angeles police say proper procedures were followed based on the circumstances officers encountered when they were called to the home at 12:21 p.m. on June 25. A doctor was attending to Jackson and stayed with him when he was placed in an ambulance at 1:07 p.m. There was no sign of foul play.

    Others say police should have assumed it was possible a crime occurred and taken precautions to ensure the scene was not disrupted so evidence wasn’t lost or tainted.

    “If I was the chief detective on the case, I would have said, ‘We don’t know what’s going on. We should seal the scene,'” said defense attorney Harland Braun, who has represented celebrities including Robert Blake, Roseanne and Gary Busey. “You always have to think of the worst-case scenario and you have to think fast. I would have sealed the scene just because it was Michael Jackson.”

    Whether the Jackson probe turns into a criminal investigation hinges on what evidence emerges involving the drugs. Charges could be brought if authorities determine Jackson had been overly prescribed medications, if he had been given drugs inappropriate for his medical needs, or if doctors knowingly prescribed Jackson medications under an assumed name.

    It’s still not known what caused Jackson’s death at age 50. The pop star went into cardiac arrest in his bedroom and his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, performed CPR while an ambulance was called, according to Murray’s lawyers. Murray has spoken to police and authorities say he is not a suspect, though his actions have come under scrutiny because his own lawyers acknowledge it may have taken up to a half-hour for an ambulance to be summoned.

    An autopsy was conducted but results are not expected for several weeks. The Jackson family had a second autopsy performed and those results also are pending.

    On Wednesday, The Associated Press learned Los Angeles police asked the Drug Enforcement Administration to assist in the investigation.

    DEA agents participated in the investigation of the 2007 overdose death of Anna Nicole Smith at a Florida hotel. California Attorney General Jerry Brown investigated her former boyfriend and two of her doctors.

    Brown handed the investigation over to the Los Angeles district attorney’s office, which filed charges of conspiring to provide Smith with prescription drugs.

    Brown said the suspects broke the law because Smith was a “known addict.” The former boyfriend and doctors denied the charges.

    The DEA also probed whether painkillers found in actor Heath Ledger’s system after his death last year were obtained illegally. Federal prosecutors did not charge anyone.

    Jean Rosenbluth, a University of Southern California law professor, said the agency’s involvement in the Jackson case suggests authorities are looking into whether drugs came from out of state. Murray lives in Las Vegas and is licensed to practice in Texas, Nevada and California.

    Federal drug regulations include controls over whether and how frequently a doctor can write prescriptions over the phone, and DEA agents could be looking to see if these rules were broken, Rosenbluth said.

    “You can’t just get on the phone and continue to prescribe something for someone without having seen them for a long period of time,” she said.

    Jackson had a well-known history of using prescription medications, especially painkillers. Following his death, Cherilyn Lee, a registered nurse who had worked for Jackson, told the AP she repeatedly rejected his demands for the drug Diprivan, also known as Propofol. It’s a potent anesthetic used in operating rooms and it would be highly unusual to have it in a private home.

    Uri Geller, a former Jackson confidant, said he tried to keep Jackson from abusing painkillers and other prescription drugs, but others in the singer’s circle kept him supplied.

    “When Michael asked for something, he got it,” Geller said in a telephone interview from his suburban London home.

    Jackson had multiple doctors and many others like Geller who came in and out of his life. Which people are being interviewed by police is unclear because the LAPD has said virtually nothing about the probe.

    “I am not going to make any comments on the investigation,” Commander Patrick Gannon, the designated police spokesman on the Jackson case, said by e-mail Thursday.

    Any evidence would be turned over to the district attorney’s office, which has final say on criminal charges.

    One of the key questions is why it took four days for police to issue a search warrant and remove medications from Jackson’s home. In the meantime, several people, including Janet Jackson, removed unknown items from the home.

    Although the home wasn’t declared a crime scene, police did tow Murray’s car the evening of the death to look for potential evidence.

    Vernon J. Geberth, former commanding officer of the Bronx Homicide Task force in New York, said police should have known they were dealing with an extraordinary situation.

    “If it’s a high-profile person, you have to do more than you would do ordinarily,” he said.

    Still, Geberth, who now acts as a private forensic consultant, said he believes the LAPD acted appropriately.

    “Having a doctor present altered the equation. It was not a homicide scene. It was an emergency medical scene,” he said.

    Rosenbluth said if the case ends up as a criminal prosecution, any defense attorney would seize on the LAPD’s failure to immediately seal Jackson’s home.

    “If you can get even one juror think, I don’t know, maybe somebody fiddled with the medicine before the police came in and collected it, that’s reasonable doubt,” she said. “All that the defense attorney needs is one juror.”

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    Source: Powerful Sedative Propofol Found at Michael Jackson’s Mansion

    The powerful sedative Propofol — also known as Diprivan — was among several narcotics found in Michael Jackson’s rented suburban Los Angeles mansion, a law enforcement source tells FOXNews.com.

    Given intravenously, Propofol is used as part of inducing general anesthesia in the operating room, and for heavy sedation of patients who are intubated in the intensive care unit.

    Cherilyn Lee, a nurse who worked for Jackson, claims the pop star begged her for the drug, and that just four days before his death, a member of Jackson’s staff called and said “‘Michael needs to see you right away.” She says she heard Michael in the background saying, “One side of my body is hot, it’s hot, and one side of my body is cold. It’s very cold.”

    Lee’s description of Jackson’s condition mirrors a 2007 FDA alert to healthcare professionals detailing “several clusters of patients who have experienced chills, fever, and body aches shortly after receiving propofol for sedation or general anesthesia.”

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    Television networks planning Jackson coverage

    NBC executives changed their minds Sunday and decided to join other networks that will televise Michael Jackson’s memorial service live this week.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090705/ap_on_en_tv/us_michael_jackson_tv

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    A couple of updates….

    Jackson’s kids want to live with sister Janet

    Next week’s courtroom showdown, in which Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, and ex-wife Debbie Rowe are expected to vie for temporary custody of two of the late pop star’s children, could come with an unexpected twist.

    According to a new report, the kids in question, Prince Michael, 12, and Paris-Michael Katherine, 11, along with their 7-year-old brother Prince Michael II (aka Blanket), have made their own decision. They want their late father’s sister, Janet Jackson, to raise them.

    “Janet has completely bonded with those children in the last two weeks,” a family friend revealed to OK! magazine. “She has been their rock. It’s clear to everyone that they are looking to her for comfort and guidance.”

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31926909/ns/entertainment-gossip/

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    Update #2

    Cops Deny Dubbing Jackson Death a Homicide

    Los Angeles police are denying a Web site’s report that they’re treating Michael Jackson’s death as a homicide.

    Celebrity Web site TMZ.com, which cited “multiple law enforcement sources” in saying the investigation is indeed now is a homicide probe, also says the pop icon’s cardiologist is the focus of that probe.

    But Police Officer Sara Faden, speaking on behalf of the Los Angeles Police Department, tells CBS News the investigation hasn’t turned into a homicide probe at this point. She adds she doesn’t know where TMZ is getting that information.

    The official autopsy results aren’t due out until at least next week, “Early Show” national correspondent Hattie Kauffman pointed out Wednesday, but TMZ says, “The evidence points to the anesthesia Propofol as the primary cause of Jackson’s death. As we first reported, vials of Propofol were found in Jackson’s home after he died. Jackson’s home after he died.”

    “Law enforcement sources say there is already ‘plenty of powerful evidence’ linking Dr. Murray as the person who administered the drug to Jackson,” TMZ continued, including “various items found in Jackson’s house, including the Propofol, an IV stand and oxygen tank.”

    TMZ adds that “police have already talked to the L.A. district attorney’s office about possible homicide charges.”

    Neither the LAPD nor Dr. Murray has commented on the TMZ report.

    Both Latoya Jackson, Michael’s sister, and his father, Joe Jackson, have said they suspect Jackson was a victim of foul play.

    Murray isn’t the only doctor under scrutiny, Kauffman notes. A coroner’s official served a subpoena on the office of Dr. Arnold Klein, a Beverly Hills dermatologist who treated Jackson for years and was a close friend.

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    Michael Jackson’s mother asked for a judge’s ruling Friday on whether she can challenge the authority of two men named in her son’s will as executors of his estate without being disinherited.

    The filing does not formally challenge the appointment of attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain as executors of Michael Jackson’s estate.

    But a favorable ruling could pave the way for 79-year-old Katherine Jackson to seek control of her son’s estate, which has an estimated value of more than $500 million.

    A judge granted her temporary control over roughly 2,000 items taken from her son’s Neverland Ranch and slated for auction, but her authority expired and was given to Branca and McClain. She had sought to control Jackson’s estate, but that was before the singer’s 2002 will was filed in Los Angeles.

    It names Branca and McClain as Jackson’s choice for co-executors of the will, and states his estate should be placed in a private trust.

    Jackson’s trust included a “no contest” clause that calls for anyone who challenges the will to be disinherited. Katherine Jackson, her three grandchildren and unnamed charities are beneficiaries of the estate.

    The filing states that Katherine Jackson’s attorneys continue to confer with attorneys for McClain and Branca and no final decisions have been made.

    “Mrs. Jackson and her counsel have not yet decided whether to object to the appointment of the named executors or to suggest an alternate appointment,” the filing states.

    A phone message left after business hours Friday for Paul Gordon Hoffman, an attorney representing Branca and McClain, was not immediately returned.

    The filing was first reported by RadarOnline.com.

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff will consider how to handle the filing at a hearing on Aug 3. Lingering issues about Jackson’s estate could be decided then, and the hearing will also focus on whether Katherine Jackson will be allowed to keep custody of her son’s children, who range in ages from 7 to 12.

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    Joe Jackson denies abusing Michael

    Michael Jackson’s father told CNN’s Larry King Monday night that he never beat his son or made any mistakes in raising him.
    http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/07/21/joe.jackson/index.html

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    DEA raids Jackson doctor’s Houston clinic

    Federal drug agents searched the Houston clinic of Michael Jackson’s doctor Wednesday, according to a news report, even as investigators in California sought more information from the man.

    KTRK-TV reported that officials with the Drug Enforcement Administration were at Dr. Conrad Murray’s clinic in north Houston. Video showed two Houston police officers guarding the front door.

    Murray was Michael Jackson’s personal physician, and was with Jackson when he died. Murray, who is based in Las Vegas and is licensed in California, Nevada and Texas, has been interviewed by police but he has not been considered a suspect in the singer’s death.

    Meanwhile, investigators in California are also seeking more information from Murray, according to his attorney, Edward Chernoff.

    The attorney posted a statement on his law firm’s Web site late Tuesday saying investigators from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office have asked for medical records in addition to those already provided by Murray.

    “The coroner wants to clear up the cause of death; we share that goal,” Chernoff said in his statement. “Based on Dr. Murray’s minute-by-minute and item-by-item description of Michael Jackson’s last days, he should not be a target of criminal charges.”

    Murray has emerged as a central figure in the investigation into Jackson’s death. The doctor, who had been recently hired by Jackson, was with him in his mansion and tried to revive him.

    Although Chernoff has said the doctor didn’t give the pop star any drugs that contributed to his death, Murray has nonetheless received attention from those angry over the singer’s death.

    “Dr. Murray was the last doctor standing when Michael Jackson died and it seems all the fury is directed toward him,” Chernoff said. “Dr. Murray is frustrated by negative and often erroneous media reports, he has to walk around 24-7 with a bodyguard. He can’t operate his practice. He can’t go to work because he is harassed no matter where he goes.”

    Investigators found the powerful anesthetic propofol in Jackson’s home, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation. The person is not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity. The officials are working with the Drug Enforcement Administration and California attorney general’s office to determine how the medications got there.

    Police detectives have already spoken to Murray twice – once immediately after the singer’s death and again two days later. Police investigators say Murray is cooperating in their investigation.

    A cause of death has yet to be determined for the pop star. The coroner’s office is expecting to release autopsy results next week.

    Chernoff’s spokeswoman Miranda Sevcik said the interview with coroner’s investigators might happen Friday. Murray is currently in Las Vegas, where he has a medical office, she said, and Chernoff would be speaking to investigators without the doctor being present.

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    Jackson estate lawyers seek allowance for children

    Attorneys handling Michael Jackson’s estate say they have asked a judge to approve an allowance for the singer’s three children and his mother.

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    Sheriff probing coroner’s employees

    Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators have begun an inquiry into whether coroner’s employees illegally leaked or sold private information related to the investigation of Michael Jackson’s death.

    Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore says investigators spoke to the coroner’s office Friday and will handle the inquiry with the district attorney’s office. He says the department was asked to conduct the inquiry by county supervisors.

    Whitmore stresses the preliminary nature of the probe.

    On Wednesday the coroner’s office said Jackson’s death certificate was improperly viewed by at least a half-dozen employees who had no role in investigating the cause of his death.

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    Katherine Jackson Asks for Allowance from Son’s Estate

    Michael Jackson’s mother will seek a monthly allowance from the pop star’s estate.

    Jackson provided the main financial support for his mom, Katherine Jackson, 79, when he was alive, and his estate should continue to provide her with a stipend, the temporary administrators of his estate plan to argue at a hearing next week.

    http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=10791605

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    Jackson mom’s request for estate info rejected

    The legal team for Michael Jackson’s mother on Tuesday asked a judge for the power to press the administrators of her son’s estate for more information ahead of a key hearing next week, but the judge rebuffed the effort.

    Lawyers for Katherine Jackson on Tuesday requested the authority to interview attorney John Branca and former music executive John McClain this Friday, as well as demand they produce business contracts and other documents related to the late pop star.

    Her lawyers argued in a court filing that the information was “potentially crucial” to a hearing set for Monday that could determine the permanent representatives of Jackson’s estate, which is estimated to be worth more than $500 million.

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff put off dealing with their request until Monday, effectively quashing it.

    Beckloff may determine at Monday’s hearing whether special administrators Branca and McClain will transition from temporary to permanent representatives of the estate, and whether an allowance will be granted to Katherine and Jackson’s three children.

    Jackson’s 2002 will puts his assets in a trust that benefits Katherine, his three children and unnamed children’s charities.

    Tuesday’s filing was meant to expedite the process of obtaining “important personal, business and legal information and documents relating to Michael Jackson” including his deal with concert promoter AEG Live, according to a written statement from L. Londell McMillan, who is part of Katherine Jackson’s legal team.

    They’re also seeking “life insurance policies, settlements and disputes as well as agreements between the temporary special administrators and Michael Jackson (and others).”

    McMillan said they’d requested some of the documents before and had hoped to see them before the Aug. 3 hearing.

    Katherine Jackson’s lawyers alleged in filings that Branca and McClain were “intent on keeping her in the dark as much and for as long as possible.”

    Branca and McClain’s legal team responded that the singer’s mother had made “voluminous, burdensome and invasive discovery demands” that were impossible to meet in a short time frame.

    It added that it could not produce the contract detailing Jackson’s comeback tour with promoter AEG Live because of confidentiality provisions, but was willing to share the contract if Katherine Jackson agreed to the provisions. The parties were unable to agree on the terms.

    The administrators’ legal team also argued that it was unclear why Katherine Jackson was demanding so much information. Her subpoena and deposition notices had “all the earmarks of a protracted and expensive legal battle which does not appear to be justified,” the administrators’ lawyers said in a filing.

    Attorney Howard Weitzman, who represents Branca and McClain, said in a statement issued Tuesday evening that comments McMillan has made on Mrs. Jackson’s behalf indicate “they want to rewrite Michael’s will to make Mrs. Jackson ‘Guardian of the Estate’ and have her appointed as an Executor and Trustee of Michael Jackson’s Estate.”

    “In his will, Michael was very specific that his mother act as the Guardian of his children and that Mr. Branca and Mr. McClain be the Executors of his Will and Trustees of his trust,” Weitzman said.

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    Police warrant outlines Dr. Murray investigation details

    News 3 was there this week when federal detectives raided the Las Vegas home and office of Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray

    http://www.kvbc.com/Global/story.asp?S=10825208

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    Is the greed starting to show….

    Imagine dozens of lawyers now involved…

    Michael Jackson’s mom to seek control of estate

    Katherine Jackson’s legal battle for some control of her son’s estate has returned to court in front of the same judge who is expected to award her permanent guardianship of Michael Jackson’s children.

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/08/03/michael.jackson/index.html

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    Judge names Katherine Jackson permanent guardian

    A judge says Michael Jackson’s mother should raise the King of Pop’s children.

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff appointed Katherine Jackson as the permanent guardian of the singer’s three children during a court hearing in Los Angeles on Monday.

    Mrs. Jackson was named by Jackson as his first choice to raise his children in a 2002 will filed with the court. The 79-year-old is the only person to formally petition for custody of the children since Jackson’s death on June 25 at age 50.

    Mrs. Jackson and her son’s ex-wife Deborah Rowe reached a custody agreement last week.

    The three children, who range in age from 7 to 12, have been living with Mrs. Jackson at the family’s home in the San Fernando Valley since their father’s death. The two eldest children signed declarations apparently indicating they wanted to remain with Mrs. Jackson.

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    Joe Jackson won’t help raise son’s children

    In a statement filed in court, he says he only occasionally visits family home

    Joe Jackson doesn’t plan to help raise Michael Jackson’s three children.

    The Jackson family patriarch lives in Las Vegas and wrote in a statement filed in a Los Angeles court on Monday that he only occasionally visits the family home in the San Fernando Valley, north of downtown Los Angeles.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32290483/ns/entertainment-music/

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    UK actor ‘not father of Jackson child’

    SOURCES “very close” to Michael Jackson’s family have denied claims by former British child acting star Mark Lester that he could be the biological father of the singer’s daughter Paris, People magazine reported.
    Lester, who played Oliver Twist in the 1968 film musical Oliver! told the British tabloid News of the World: “I gave Michael my sperm so that he could have kids — and I believe Paris is my daughter”.

    The 51-year-old Briton, who was a friend of Jackson and is godfather to all three of his children, said he was willing to take a paternity test to establish whether or not he is the father of 11-year-old Paris.

    But People, citing sources close to the King of Pop’s family, said Lester has never claimed to be Paris’s father, although they acknowledged he had donated sperm to Jackson, who died on June 25 aged 50.

    “They twisted his words around. He’s not claiming to be the father of Paris Jackson,” one source told the magazine, which specialises in news about entertainment stars.

    Jackson family lawyer Londell McMillan, downplayed the reports, saying “these are just merely claims with no legal standing whatsoever”.

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    Agents search Vegas pharmacy in Jackson probe

    Police and federal drug agents searched a pharmacy Tuesday as part of the investigation into Michael Jackson’s death.

    Drug Enforcement Administration agents and Los Angeles and Las Vegas police served a sealed search warrant and a notice of inspection around 9:20 a.m. at Applied Pharmacy Services, several miles west of the Las Vegas Strip.

    “They are looking at everything that was provided by that pharmacy,” including records of controlled substances, DEA spokesman Jose Martinez said.

    Dr. Conrad Murray of Las Vegas, Jackson’s personal physician who was with the pop star when he died in Los Angeles on June 25, is the focus of what Los Angeles police have called a manslaughter investigation. He has not been charged and police have stopped short of calling him a suspect.

    Authorities previously served search warrants at Murray’s Las Vegas home and his businesses in Las Vegas and Houston. It was not immediately clear whether Murray had business dealings with Applied Pharmacy.

    Investigators are also looking into Jackson’s interactions with at least six other doctors, court documents show.

    Authorities are trying to determine to what extent medications may have contributed to Jackson’s death at age 50. Murray told investigators he administered the powerful anesthetic propofol and multiple sedatives to Jackson in the hours before he died, a law enforcement official has told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

    Michael Flanagan, assistant special agent in charge of the DEA in Las Vegas, said the search warrant was issued “without incident” and the pharmacy staff was cooperating. He said authorities were searching for any and all paper documents and electronic records, but he declined to provide any details.

    Agents could be seen wheeling at least four cases from the pharmacy building.

    The Los Angeles County coroner’s office announced Monday that it has completed its autopsy of Jackson but said it would not release its findings while the police investigation is ongoing.

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    NJ man says Jackson memorabilia stolen in Nevada

    A New Jersey businessman alleges part of his collection of Michael Jackson memorabilia was stolen from a southern Nevada storage facility and auctioned without his knowledge.

    North Las Vegas police said Thursday they are investigating after Henry Vaccaro filed a police report July 31 alleging his storage facility was burglarized and valuable Jackson items were missing.

    The auction happened five days earlier, on July 26.

    Clark County Public Auction owner Mario Trabado says he auctioned Michael Jackson items he bought legally from an unidentified private collector. Trabado says the auction netted about $37,000.

    The 69-year-old Vaccaro lives in Asbury Park, N.J. He tells The Associated Press that lyrics, notebooks and costumes he obtained years ago are among the missing items.

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    Michael Jackson will be buried on his 51st birthday

    Michael Jackson will be buried Saturday, August 29, on what would have been the singer’s 51st birthday, according to a statement from publicist Ken Sunshine.

    The private ceremony will take place at Holly Terrace in The Great Mausoleum at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, and “will be limited to family and close friends,” the statement said.

    Jackson died June 25 of cardiac arrest. The famed entertainer was 50.

    Other Jackson plans have moved sluggishly. Monday, a judge delayed his approval of the exhibition agreement between concert promoter AEG Live and the Jackson estate until Friday, when he will hear testimony about why Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, thinks it should be renegotiated.

    The three-city exhibition of Jackson memorabilia could be derailed, as relations between Jackson’s mother, the men Jackson named as executors of his will and the promoter of his planned comeback concerts have been challenging.

    Questions surrounding Michael Jackson’s death and AEG Live’s role in his last days are an “obvious source of tension” as Katherine Jackson objects to the agreement, Jackson attorney Burt Levitch said.

    Michael Jackson’s family has “floated” the possibility of filing a wrongful-death lawsuit against AEG Live because of its “very, very active role in Michael’s life during the last six months,” Levitch said Monday.

    Levitch said AEG Live “apparently paid for the services of Dr. Conrad Murray, who we’re told is under criminal investigation in connection with the decedent’s death.”

    Warrants used to search Murray’s home and clinics indicated police were investigating his role in Jackson’s June 25 death. A source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN that Murray gave the anesthetic propofol to Jackson in the 24 hours before he died.

    “There’s an obvious link between AEG and concerns that we have about the decedent’s demise,” Levitch said. “So, that’s one obvious source of tension right now.”

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    Michael Jackson’s Doctor to Be Charged With Manslaughter

    Michael Jackson’s personal physician will be charged with manslaughter within the next two weeks. The source initially said Dr. Conrad Murray could be arrested as soon as next Wednesday — but investigators have decided to execute one more search warrant, likely at a Los Angeles pharmacy, next week in an attempt to gather more evidence against him. The arrest is now expected the following week.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,540540,00.html

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    Judge says Jackson’s estate can pay for funeral

    Michael Jackson’s estate will pay what are being called “extraordinary” expenses for the pop singer’s funeral, attorneys and a judge said Wednesday.

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff authorized the current administrators of Jackson’s estate to pay for Jackson’s funeral and interment, which are scheduled for Thursday evening.

    Attorneys for Jackson’s mother, Katherine, had asked the judge to sign off on the expenses, which have not been disclosed.

    No one contested who would pay the costs, but Beckloff said he had concerns about whether Jackson’s estate could afford it.

    Jeryll Cohen, an attorney for the administrators of Jackson’s estate, said the costs will be paid. She said the debt-ridden estate has enough cash to pay for the funeral.

    “The expenses are extraordinary, however, Michael Jackson was extraordinary,” Cohen said.

    Few details about the service have been disclosed. Cohen said during the hearing that part of the reason it was so expensive was because 12 burial spaces were being bought.

    Beckloff said normally, costs of a funeral would be paid by the estate after the service. But Jackson’s family couldn’t afford to pay the costs upfront and wait for reimbursement.

    Jackson is scheduled to be interred in a mausoleum at Forest Lawn Glendale, which is about eight miles north of downtown Los Angeles. He will be placed in the Great Mausoleum, where he’ll join Hollywood legends such as Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, W.C. Fields and Red Skelton, as well as “The Last Supper Window,” a life-size stained glass recreation of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece.

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    Michael Jackson’s ex-wife seeks $500K
    Debbie Rowe suing a woman who claimed she was after Jackson’s money

    A Florida woman who told a television interviewer that Michael Jackson’s ex-wife was only interested in getting money from the singer’s family and wasn’t interested in gaining custody of her two children is being sued.

    In a filing last week, Deborah Rowe’s attorneys said the mother of Jackson’s two oldest children should be awarded $490,000 in general and punitive damages.

    Rowe sued Rebecca White in July for White’s comments to the television show “Extra.” White hasn’t responded to the lawsuit and Rowe is seeking a default judgment against the Key West, Fla. resident.

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    : Jackson’s doctor returning to work

    Michael Jackson’s former personal physician is returning to work at his Houston clinic for the first time since before the pop singer’s death, his lawyer said.

    Dr. Conrad Murray is set to resume office hours Monday at his Armstrong Medical Clinic in Houston, attorney Edward Chernoff told The Associated Press.

    “He has not been able to earn a living since the death of Michael Jackson,” Chernoff said Sunday of his client, a 56-year-old cardiologist licensed in Nevada, California and Texas.

    “His legal fees are enormous and his debts have mounted to the point where it is unclear whether he will be able to keep his house or support his family,” Chernoff said from Houston. “His intentions are to attend to these patients who have continued to support him, despite the attention and despite the threats.”

    Chernoff said Murray visited the Armstrong clinic Friday to see 16 patients who had requested appointments. Murray last worked at the clinic in April, before suspending his regular practices in Las Vegas and Houston to take a lucrative $150,000-per-month job as Jackson’s personal physician.

    Chernoff said Murray was never paid for the time he worked for Jackson.

    “In effect, he has had no income for seven months,” the lawyer said. He noted that Murray paid $700 in borrowed cash last Monday in a Las Vegas court to avoid going to jail for nonpayment of child support due to a California woman and their 11-year-old son. The woman agreed to forgive some $15,000 Murray already owed.

    Murray on Sunday attended Antioch Missionary Baptist Church and Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, thanking parishioners and friends for their support, a spokeswoman for Chernoff and Murray said.

    “He said he’s back,” spokeswoman Miranda Sevcik said.

    Murray, who lives in Las Vegas, was at Jackson’s bedside when the 50-year-old pop singer died June 25. The doctor has been the focus of a Los Angeles police homicide investigation since telling investigators he administered propofol, a powerful operating room anesthetic, to Jackson to help the pop star sleep.

    Authorities searched Murray’s Houston clinic and a rented storage unit on July 22, and conducted searches later at Murray’s home and office in Las Vegas, at properties in Los Angeles, and at a Las Vegas pharmacy where police say Murray bought five 100-milliliter bottles of propofol.

    Murray has not been charged with a crime.

    Chernoff said Murray has been followed and threatened since Jackson died, and felt he had to close his Las Vegas office because patients were being harassed as they came and went.

    “Ultimately, he will reopen his office in Vegas,” Chernoff said.

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    FBI assisted authorities in Jackson probes

    Newly released documents show the FBI assisted local authorities in the U.S. and in Britain as they investigated Michael Jackson for child molestation.

    According to documents released Tuesday through a Freedom of Information Act request from The Associated Press and other media, the FBI assisted local authorities on several occasions from 1993 to 2005.

    The FBI’s legal office in London assisted local authorities with a child molestation probe in 1993 and in 1995 U.S. customs officials asked the FBI to analyze a VHS videotape as part of a child pornography investigation.

    The files also detail an investigation in Los Angeles into extortion threats against Jackson and others in 1992.

    The subject of that investigation pled guilty and was sentenced to prison in 1993.

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    Michael Jackson doctor charged in singer’s death

    Michael Jackson’s doctor was charged Monday with involuntary manslaughter, capping an exhaustive investigation into the pop star’s stunning death last summer and setting up the prospect of another sensational celebrity courtroom drama.

    http://home.peoplepc.com/psp/newsstory.asp?cat=topstories&id=20100208/5875e0a6-bd39-4a64-88e5-6031c69b377c

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    Jackson doctor out on bail, back for April hearing

    Michael Jackson’s doctor returns to court in April to find out the date for the next major step in the case – a proceeding that will reveal for the first time the evidence the prosecution believes will show his “gross negligence” was the direct cause of the pop star’s death.

    Dr. Conrad Murray pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge of involuntary manslaughter and a judge released him on $75,000 bail.

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    Witness: Michael Jackson doctor interrupted CPR

    Michael Jackson’s doctor halted CPR on the dying pop star and delayed calling paramedics so he could collect drug vials at the scene, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press that shed new light on the singer’s chaotic final moments.

    The explosive allegation that Dr. Conrad Murray may have tried to hide evidence is likely to be a focus as prosecutors move ahead with their involuntary manslaughter case against him.

    The account was given to investigators by Alberto Alvarez, Jackson’s logistics director, who was summoned to the stricken star’s side as he was dying on June 25. His statement and those from two other Jackson employees also obtained by the AP paint a grisly scene in Jackson’s bedroom.

    Alvarez told investigators that he rushed to Jackson’s room and saw the star lying in his bed, an IV attached to his leg. Jackson’s mouth was agape, eyes open and there was no sign of life. Murray worked frantically, at one point performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while Alvarez took over CPR.

    Two of the star’s children, Prince and Paris, came in the room and cried as they saw Murray trying to save their father. A nanny was called to usher them away and they were taken to wait outside in a vehicle.

    The documents also detail an odd encounter with Murray after Jackson was declared dead at a nearby hospital. Murray insisted he needed to return to the mansion to get cream that Jackson had “so the world wouldn’t find out about it,” according to the statements, which provide no elaboration.

    Murray’s lawyer, Ed Chernoff, rejected the notion his client tried to hide drugs. He also noted Alvarez was interviewed twice by police and gave different accounts of what happened in Jackson’s bedroom. During the first interview, Alvarez made no mention of being told to tidy away medicine vials.

    “He didn’t say any of those things, then two months later, all of a sudden, the doc is throwing bottles into the bag,” Chernoff said. “Alvarez’s statement is inconsistent with his previous statement. We will deal with that at trial.”

    Alvarez and the others who gave the statements, Jackson’s personal assistant Michael Amir Williams and driver/bodyguard Faheem Muhammad, could be key witnesses should Murray go to trial. Except for the brief appearances by the nanny and the children, Alvarez and Muhammad were the only others in the room with Murray as he tried to save Jackson before paramedics arrived.

    A call to Alvarez’s attorney was not immediately returned.

    Jackson, 50, hired Murray to be his personal physician as he prepared for a series of comeback performances in London. He was participating in strenuous rehearsals and Murray would routinely meet him at the star’s home in the evening for treatments.

    The Los Angeles coroner ruled Jackson’s death a homicide caused by an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol and two other sedatives given to get the chronic insomniac to sleep. Propofol, a milky white liquid, is supposed to be administered only by anesthesia professionals in medical settings. Patients require constant monitoring because the drug depresses breathing and heart rate while lowering blood pressure, a potentially deadly combination.

    Murray, 57, a cardiologist licensed in Nevada, California and Texas, has acknowledged briefly leaving Jackson’s bedside the day he died but maintained from the outset that nothing he gave the singer should have killed him. It wasn’t illegal for him to administer propofol, though whether he followed proper procedures while Jackson was under the influence is a key part of the case.

    Alvarez, Muhammad and Williams are all represented by attorney Carl Douglas and gave their statements separately on Aug. 31 at the lawyer’s Beverly Hills office. None of the three has spoken publicly about the events of June 25.

    Alvarez told police he arrived at Jackson’s home around 10:20 a.m. He was awaiting instructions for the day in a security trailer outside Jackson’s rented mansion when, at 12:17 p.m., his phone rang. It was Williams.

    Williams told Alvarez that Murray had just called to say Jackson was in trouble. Alvarez rushed into the mansion and up the stairs to Jackson’s room, where he saw Murray standing at the pop star’s bedside, performing CPR with one hand, according to the statements.

    Alvarez asked the doctor what had happened.

    “He had a reaction, he had a bad reaction,” Murray replied, according to Alvarez’s statement.

    Murray then grabbed a few vials with rubber tops and told Alvarez to put them in a bag, Alvarez told investigators. Alvarez picked up a plastic bag from the floor and Murray put the bottles inside, then Murray told Alvarez to put that plastic bag inside a brown canvas bag, according to the account.

    Alvarez said Murray then told him to remove an IV bag from a stand and put it in a blue canvas bag. He did, and noticed the bag had a connector with a milky white substance in it. Alvarez didn’t say what happened to the bags, nor did he identify what was in the vials.

    Two days after Jackson’s death, under several hours of questioning by police, Murray eventually directed them to a closet in Jackson’s bedroom. In it, they found propofol and other sedatives in a bag.

    On the day Jackson died, Murray waited until the bags were filled before telling Alvarez to call 911, according to Alvarez’s statement.

    “I need an ambulance as soon as possible,” Alvarez told a dispatcher. “We have a gentleman here that needs help and he’s not breathing.”

    The dispatcher told Alvarez to put Jackson on the floor.

    At that moment, Muhammad rushed into the room and began helping with chest compressions while Murray attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

    Murray told the men it was his first time performing CPR, Alvarez said, though Chernoff said Murray had administered CPR many times before.

    Murray then placed a dark brown machine with wires onto Jackson’s fingers, Alvarez said. Police later said they found a pulse oximeter at Jackson’s home, a medical device that shows heart rate and the amount of oxygen in the blood.

    By 12:27 p.m., paramedics arrived at the house. According to their report, Jackson was not breathing and had no pulse at 12:29 p.m. However, Murray stated he could feel a weak pulse in Jackson’s upper thigh area, Alvarez and Muhammad said.

    According to the paramedic report, emergency responders tried two rounds of resuscitation attempts and were ready to discontinue treatment, but Murray said he would take responsibility and insisted resuscitation be continued in the ambulance.

    At 1:07 p.m., the singer was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where doctors attempted a range of resuscitation techniques. Jackson was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m.

    At the hospital, after the death had been called, Williams said he saw Murray crying.

    Murray asked Williams if he or someone else could take him back to the mansion so he could pick up the cream, according to Williams’ statement.

    Williams said he didn’t think it was a good idea for Murray to return to the house. He spoke to Muhammad and they agreed they wouldn’t take Murray back. They concocted a story that police had taken all the keys to the vehicles as part of the investigation.

    Murray said he would take a cab, and Williams said he saw him leave the hospital through a side door.

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    Michael Jackson’s father plans wrongful death suit

    A lawyer for Michael Jackson’s father said Tuesday he intends to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the late pop star’s doctor within 90 days, claiming the physician’s actions amounted to murder.

    Brian Oxman, who represents Joe Jackson, said the amount of the powerful anesthetic propofol given to the “Thriller” singer by Dr Conrad Murray before Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009 “was reckless, and 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 told Reuters.

    As part of a criminal investigation, prosecutors have charged Murray with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Jackson, 50, who had been rehearsing for a series of concerts in London before his death.

    Murray had been hired by concert promoter AEG Live to care for Jackson in the months leading to the London shows.

    The wrongful death lawsuit would be a civil lawsuit, which can run in parallel with the criminal suit. The criminal suit can result in a jail sentence whereas the civil lawsuit’s main purpose is winning monetary damages against a defendant.

    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.”

    Jackson had been taking propofol for insomnia, and Murray has admitted administering the drug to him the day he died. Murray has said he did nothing wrong and has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

    The singer also had other sedatives in his system including lorazepam which contributed to his death, the Los Angeles County Coroner has concluded.

    Oxman said private investigators have been piecing together evidence and testimony, and his group has concluded that Murray bears responsibility.

    He said California law requires anyone filing a wrongful death lawsuit to do so within one year of a person’s death and to give the defendant 90 days’ notice before the filing.

    Oxman said Joe Jackson decided to notify Murray’s lawyer, Houston-based Ed Chernoff, now to meet the one-year requirement because the anniversary of his son’s death is 90 days away and because it has taken this long to gather evidence.

    “Having records, instead of just speculation, has been very important and hard to do, but we (now) finally have the records so we can tell what happened,” Oxman said.

    A spokeswoman for Chernoff said he had not yet received the notice and would have no comment until he had seen it.

    Oxman said it was not yet clear if other Jackson family members, including mother Katherine Jackson who is a beneficiary of her son’s multimillion dollar estate, will join in the lawsuit.

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    Lawyer for Jackson’s doctor says no plea bargain

    The lawyer for Michael Jackson’s doctor says there will be no plea bargain in the involuntary manslaughter case, though he worries whether an impartial jury can be seated for a trial in the death of one of the world’s most famous and idolized entertainers.

    The case against Dr. Conrad Murray is complicated, involving drugs, dosages, medical protocols and other complex issues. Defense lawyers and prosecutors are crafting their legal strategies ahead of a summertime preliminary hearing where much of the evidence may become public.

    Already, potentially damaging information about Murray has been revealed.

    An autopsy report found Jackson died from an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol. In a statement to police, Murray acknowledged giving Jackson the drug and other sedatives to help him sleep, then briefly leaving his bedside. Cellular phone records show he made at least three personal calls around the time Jackson was stricken.

    A Jackson employee who said he was in the room while Murray worked to save the pop star told police the doctor interrupted CPR to collect drug vials.

    Murray maintains his innocence, and his lawyer, Ed Chernoff, has said nothing that he gave Jackson “should have” killed him. Chernoff noted the Jackson employee gave a different version of events to police in another statement.

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    Michael Jackson’s Doctor Will Keep California License

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor ruled Monday that Dr. Conrad Murray will keep his medical license, rejecting a request by California authorities to suspend Murray’s license to practice medicine in the state.

    http://www.kwtx.com/nationalnews/headlines/96322469.html

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