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Warrant served for Jackson's doctor

July 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Los Angeles police and federal agents are combing through computer records and documents seized at the Houston office of Michael Jackson's doctorInvestigators are tracking any unusual patterns of drug prescriptions, trying to see if Dr. Conrad Murray ordered the drug Diprivan. It is unclear what investigators have found so far, but Dr. Murray's warrant cites Murray as the target of a manslaughter investigation. That warrant was served in Houston Thursday.

"Ordinarily, drug cases against a doctor are very difficult because doctors legitimately have access to different prescription medication," said Laurie Levenson, Professor, Loyola School of Law.

Levenson says there are unusual elements in this case. The drug in question, Diprivan, is a sedative accessed primarily by anesthesiologists. Murray is a cardiologist.

Diprivan is a drug that is not controlled. The DEA has never investigated a Diprivan abuse case for a manslaughter charge.

"They're going to have to show, if they charge the doctor, that he is the one who actually administered it to Michael Jackson, or ordered somebody to do so," said Levenson. "And then when he did it, did he realize -- or should he have realized -- the risk he was taking."

The Los Angeles Times cites a source close to the investigation about what was seized. The source says information about Murray's FedEx account, receipts for a storage unit, a cell phone, e-mails from a former employee and pamphlets advertising a sleep clinic were all taken. According to Levenson, the objective is to find any record of a connection to an irregular use of drugs.

"How much does he order? Who does he use it on? What records does he take and keep of his patients? That's going to be critical," said Levenson.

Jackson's family is pursuing other legal matters. Katherine Jackson says she needs a regular allowance to cover expenses for her and the children. The kids are the primary beneficiaries named in Jackson's will. Attorneys for the estate say they will ask a judge to approve the request at a hearing on August 3.

Toxicology test results are due for Michael Jackson next week.

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