Dr. Conrad Murray Fights Back To Keep Medical License

Apr. 1 2010, Published 2:33 p.m. ET

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Dr. Conrad Murray's attorney, Ed Chernoff has filed legal docs firing back California Attorney General, Jerry Brown, for trying to revoke his client's medical license. In the court papers, obtained by, Chernoff states, "The Attorney General makes no claim that circumstances have changed with regard to the State of California or Defendant.  In fact, there is no information presented to his Honor that Defendant has seen or treated any patients in California since his arraignment on February 8, 2010.  It was made clear at the arraignment setting that Defendant has no medical offices in the State of California.

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“Additionally, Defendant has no intention to see or treat any patients in California or undertake the expense of opening a new practice or relocate either of his two offices in Nevada or Houston.

It is alleged by the Attorney General that further restriction on Defendant’s ability to practice medicine is necessary for the protection of California’s citizens, but he has given the Court no information that this protection is any more important than it was at the time of the initial bail decision by Judge Schwartz.  Further, the Attorney General has presented no evidence that Defendant has violated any of the restrictions already placed on his ability to practice medicine."

Chernoff doesn't mince words when it comes to what he thinks of Jerry Brown's latest legal move, he goes on to state, "In effect, what the Attorney General seeks to do is to take another bite at the apple, albeit this time with a different Judge.  Prevention of this practice is precisely the reasoning given by the Appeals court in Alberto for requiring the showing of changed circumstances."

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Chernoff says that if Murray's medical license is revoked in California, it could have devastating effect for him in Texas and Nevada, he states, "As a practical matter, an order that prohibits Defendant from practicing medicine in California will have no effect on the citizens of California. Dr. Murray has not seen patients in California for over eight months and does not presently intend to practice in the state any time soon. The order would be a shallow one, designed only to prove a point rather than make a difference.

“However, with regard to Dr. Murray, the effect of such a prohibition on his medical practice would be financially and personally devastating. As the California Medical Board and Attorney General well know, other states may, and in some circumstances must, use his Honor’s order to institute administrative action against Dr. Murray.  This domino effect is insured by the reciprocity rules that govern the Medical Boards in those states."

Dr. Murray will be in court on Monday, April 5th.



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