Los Angeles, California — The appointment of a new judge to preside over the criminal trial of Dr. Conrad Murray delayed for two months a decision on if Michael Jackson’s last doctor can keep his California medical license.
Jackson’s parents and three siblings came to court Monday to hear the state medical board argue for Murray’s license suspension, but Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor put the hearing off until June 14.
A group of Jackson fans hissed and groaned loudly as Murray walked by them in the court hallway, but the doctor remained stone-faced. Deputies who separated them warned the fans that they would be escorted out if there were other outbursts.
Murray spoke only a few words in court, replying, “Yes, your honor,” when Pastor asked if he agreed to the delay. He also waived his right to a speedy preliminary hearing.
Michael Jackson’s parents Joe and Kathryn, brothers Jermaine and Randy, and sister Janet Jackson sat just a few feet away from Murray during the hearing. About a dozen members of the public — mostly Michael Jackson fans — sat behind them.