Dr. Conrad Murray will be allowed to continue to practice medicine in California while awaiting trial in his Michael Jackson involuntary manslaughter case. During a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, Judge Michael Pastor declined to grant a request by California authorities to suspend Murray’s license to practice, CNN reports.
Murray’s attorneys fought the restriction, arguing that it would prompt authorities in Texas and Nevada to take similar action. The doctor has clinics in both states, but authorities in those jurisdictions have barred him from using anesthetics on his patients.
The former personal physician to music legend Michael Jackson has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of the King of Pop. The judge has set Aug. 23, 2010 as the date for the start of the preliminary hearing in Murray’s case. The proceedings could last up to a week.