Two years since his conviction in the death of pop icon Michael Jackson, and just days after his release from jail, Dr. Conrad Murray is seeking to resume his medical career.
His first step: reinstating his license to practice in Texas.
In a petition filed this week in Travis County district court, Murray is requesting that a judge review the revocation of his license by the state medical board, alleging the agency acted prematurely and went against laws in California that say a defendant must exhaust all of his appeals before his privileges can be taken away.
“Effectively, the Texas Medical Board has said to California, ‘Your laws don’t matter,’” said Houston lawyer Charles Peckham, who has represented Murray on the issue since November 2009. “It has resulted in an improper and illegal domino effect based on that fact that (the board) is disregarding the United States Constitution.”
The court papers were filed three days before Murray’s Oct. 28 release from Los Angeles County Jail after serving nearly two years on a felony conviction of involuntary manslaughter.
The repeal of his license in Texas in August opens him to the risk of also losing his license in the state of California, which he says would cause him “irreparable harm” as he has four dependents and no ability to make income, the records state. In a court declaration, he says he owes more than $400,000 in debts.
Peckham said Murray had agreed to only a temporary suspension while his criminal case was pending and is now requesting a judicial review. The case could go to trial next year, the attorney said.
Murray is asking for injunctive relief, the petition says.
A spokesman with the Texas Medical Board declined comment, citing pending litigation.
The cardiologist, hired by Jackson as his personal physician during his 2009 comeback tour, was convicted in November 2011 after a highly publicized trial. Jurors found that his negligence had led to Jackson’s death from an overdose of a surgical anesthetic.
Murray served two years of a four-year sentence.
Outside the Los Angeles jail this week, Murray’s lawyers told reporters that he would attempt to have his medical licenses reinstated in California, Texas and Nevada so he can continue his interrupted medical career, national news outlets reported.
“Dr. Murray’s patients are eagerly awaiting his return to Houston,” Peckham said. “They desperately need him at Acreage Homes, an underprivileged area where he previously had his practice.”