June 15, 2010
Posted: 04:02 PM ET
The California medical board had asked the judge to add the prohibition to bail conditions for Murray, who was the pop star's personal physician when he died.
Michael Jackson's parents, Joe and Katherine, sat next to each other on the front row in the small courtroom, along with the pop icon's brothers Jermaine and Randy and sister LaToya Jackson.
"Dr. Murray's the fall guy," Jermaine Jackson said after the hearing. "This is bulls**t."
Several members of the Jackson family have said they suspect that Michael Jackson's death was the result of a murder conspiracy, although they've not made public any evidence. A lawyer for Joe Jackson has said he was preparing a civil wrongful-death lawsuit in the singer's death.
Judge Michael Pastor set August 23 as the date for the start of the preliminary hearing for Murray, which the prosecutor said could last a week.
Murray's defense lawyers argued that the state was "forum shopping" by asking Pastor to reverse the decision by the first judge in the case not to suspend Murray's license.
Pastor agreed. "I simply don't have the ability to revisit the actions of one of my colleagues," he said.
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