A judge ruled that the embattled Dr. Conrad Murray will be allowed to continue to practice medicine in California while awaiting trial on manslaughter charges.
On Monday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor declined to grant a request by California authorities to suspend Murray's license indefinitely.
Dr. Murray's attorneys fought the restriction, arguing that it would prompt authorities in Texas and Nevada, where he also practices, to take similar action.
Murray, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the June 25, 2009 death of Michael Jackson, has been ordered not to use anesthetics on patients.
The most surprising development Monday was the arrival of Michael Jackson's parents, Joe and Katherine, who then sat next to each other in the front row.
The doc is still in. Who'd be treated by him is another story.
The Jackson patriarchs didn’t speak to each other much, according to reports, and Joe appeared to have dozed off at one point. Nevertheless, it was a shock.
After all, Joe said over the weekend that Katherine Jackson is to blame for Michael's death, since they were so close and she did not do enough to intervene.
Then again, Murray will argue Michael Jackson killed himself, so he's not the only one finger-pointing. Joe throwing his own wife under the bus, though? Wow.
Despicable stuff, but apparently not enough for her to cut him out of her life. Jermaine, Randy, and LaToya Jackson also attended the hearing, reports CNN.
Yesterday's hearing was held only to determine whether Murray could maintain his California medical license, and did not directly concern the criminal case.
The judge set August 23, 2010, as the date for the start of Murray's preliminary hearing to determine if he will stand trial on the manslaughter charge.
The prosecutor said that hearing could last a week.
Joe Jackson surfaces in court. No new accusations this hour.