Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Conrad Murray, the doctor who was convicted of killing Michael Jackson, is currently serving four years for involuntary manslaughter. He recently filed a lawsuit in Texas attempting to prevent the revocation of his medical license. He sued the Texas Medical Board in Travis County Court, arguing that he only agreed to an indefinite suspension of his license pending the outcome of the California criminal case. The board went ahead and revoked his license on the basis that he has been preliminarily convicted of a felony in California.
Mr. Murray is seeking injunctive relief arguing that since his appeal is still pending, that conviction is not final and the board cannot yet revoke his license. The complaint indicates that, under Texas rules of evidence, a pending appeal makes evidence of a conviction inadmissible and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals precedent holds that convictions are not final until appeals are complete.
See David Lee, Michael Jackson's Doctor Wants to Keep License, Courthouse News Service, Oct. 2, 2012.
Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this to my attention.