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Another helping of Jacko news

By | Published on Wednesday 29 July 2009

Back to Jacko, and the feds have searched both the home and office of Michael Jackson’s personal physician who remains at the top of the agenda of those investigating the circumstances around the late king of pop’s death.

As previously reported, while the results of toxicology tests are still pending, most involved in the case now seem certain Jackson died from a cardiac arrest brought on by the use of a powerful anaesthetic, probably propofol, administered by Dr Conrad Murray about twelve hours before the singer’s death.

The raid on Murray’s home was reportedly designed to find any hidden files relating to Michael Jackson’s health, including any that had been filed under fake names. Murray was apparently present at the time of the search and complied with investigators.

Although police have confirmed Murray is of great interest to them, they have shied away from calling him a suspect. Assuming the doc didn’t give Jackson an overdose of propofol, whether deliberately or by accident, then it’s debatable whether the physician could be held liable for the singer’s death.

Some may argue the administration of a drug like propofol seemingly as a cure for insomnia is in itself reckless, and that there might therefore be grounds for manslaughter. But given the singer allegedly received the drug on a regular basis, and at his insistence, others would air caution about transferring liability to Murray for Jackson’s demise.

Elsewhere in Jacko news, Katherine Jackson yesterday asked the courts for the power to press the administrators of her son’s estate for more information about the state of his affairs, but the judge hearing the application did not comply. As previously reported, Michael Jackson’s mother is taking legal action to try and get herself named as a trustee on her late son’s estate alongside the two administrators named in the singer’s will, John Branca and John McClain.

There is a hearing on that matter next week, and the Jackson camp said they needed more information from the existing administrators to help them prepare. They wanted the court to order Branca and McClain to give interviews to Mrs Jackson’s attorneys, and to force the two men to hand over some key documents about Jackson’s affairs. But Judge Mitchell Beckloff refused to consider the application before next week’s hearing, which essentially amounts to him declining the Jackson clan’s request.