Michael Jackson‘s family left court on Monday disappointed and angry over the judge’s decision not to suspend Dr. Conrad Murray‘s medical license in California.
Outside the Los Angeles courthouse, Jackson’s sister La Toya responded to the verdict by telling reporters: “It’s not what we expected.”
Tito, Katherine, and Joe Jackson were also in attendance. As they deparrted, Tito muttered profanities and Joe waved off reporters’ questions with the dismissive statement, “You can read it in the papers.”
The family’s sour mood was no doubt due to Judge Michael Pastor’s ruling not to take away Murray’s medical license.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Judge Pastor refused to overturn the decision made by the last judge to hear the case, telling the court, “I don’t have ability to revisit the actions of one of my colleagues. I do not have jurisdiction to revisit this matter. It doesn’t have anything to do with how I feel or what I think. It has to do with the law and this court’s ability to follow the law,” Pastor said.
The Monday hearing in Los Angeles was the fourth time the office of California’s attorney general, on behalf of the state’s medical board, attempted to suspend Murray’s medical license. Murray is also facing criminal charges in the death of Jackson.
Murray’s defense said he has been in “absolute compliance” with the restrictions already placed on him (not using propofol and not practicing in California). They later brought up the recent incident of Murray helping a sick passenger during a flight as an example of Murray’s continued use as a physician.
The prosecution countered saying Murray’s actions were “egregious” and therefore the medical board does not want him using medical tools to continue practicing on the public.