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    Conrad Murray Will Keep Medical License (For Now)

    This isn't exactly the result Jermaine, Randy, Joe, Katherine and La Toya Jackson were hoping for when they gathered in a Los Angeles courthouse this afternoon.

    And despite the fact that today's hearing had nothing to do (at least not directly) with Michael Jackson's death, but instead was about whether or not Conrad Murray should keep his California medical license, the not-so-good doctor entered the building to the now-routine screams of "tell the truth" and "murderer" from the assembled crowds.

    But their cries did nothing to sway the court, as it was decided for the second time this year that Murray would be allowed to keep his license.

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael E. Pastor made the call this afternoon, rejecting requests to suspend Murray's ability to practice medicine.

    Pastor, who will also preside over Murray's forthcoming trial, said he did not have the authority to make such a ruling.

    "I simply don't have the ability to revisit the action of one of my colleagues," he said, referring to the prior judge's decision to retain his license, but bar him from prescribing or administering propofol or other sedatives pending his trial.

    To do otherwise, Pastor said, would be to act as a "one-judge appellate court."

    Team Murray was obviously pleased with the result.

    "They want to stop this man from helping people," his attorney, Joseph Low, said in court.

    Fighting for the revocation was the California Medical Board and California Attorney General Jerry Brown.

    Brown today argued for the license to be suspended as one of the conditions of Murray's ongoing bail, as he pleaded not guilty in February to involuntary manslaughter in the King of Pop's death.

    "We do have a right and obligation to protect the public," a spokesperson for Brown said in court.

    As part of their defense, Murray's lawyers pointed to an incident that took place on a flight last month, in which then-passenger Murray revived a twentysomething woman mid-air.

    Back in April, Murray's lawyers argued that the doctor needed to keep his medical license in order to stay financially afloat as it is his only source of income. Documents filed at the time stated that Murray was, "without fear of overstatement, hanging on by a thread."

    The district attorney's office is expected to turn over 1,300 pages and 58 CDs and DVDs full of discovery evidence to Murray's defense team later today. They have about two months to sort through it.

    The preliminary hearing in Murray's case has been set for Aug. 23. It's expected to last roughly one week.

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