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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.

Dr. Murray Photo

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.

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In a surprise move, Joe Jackson is looking not to stir the proverbial pot.

The late Michael Jackson's father is trying to prevent armies of famously passionate Michael Jackson fans from exploding on Dr. Conrad Murray supporters ... which apparently exist ... at the doctor's upcoming hearing in court.

Vintage Michael Jackson

Joe's begging Michael's fans to not "lower" themselves to "their" level.

It's unclear who they even are, but in a letter to MJ's fans, Joe says:

Joe would also love you to pick up MJ's greatest hits.

"We would like to urge fans that are planning to attend to please do so in peace, unity and love for Michael. There should be NO violence, NO slander, NO yelling, and NO bad-mouthing or name-calling of Murray or his supporters."

Joe added, "By calling names, we are lowering ourselves to their level."

The elder Jackson says the message is simple, "Justice for Michael."

Never thought we'd see the day, but we have nothing bad to say about Joe here. Perhaps he's just letting his own wrongful death suit against Murray do the talking.

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Michael Jackson's father, Joe, is "horrified" at the prospect of Dr. Conrad Murray's legal team arguing that Michael Jackson killed himself with a lethal dose of Propofol.

The defense believes MJ woke up shortly before noon on the day he died, when Dr. Conrad Murray stepped out of the room, and decided to up his dosage. Big time.

Akon and Michael Jackson

Murray's lawyers are ready to argue that Michael's addictive personality makes it more than feasible that he injected far too much Propofol and stopped his heart.

But Joe Jackson ain't buying it.

"I don't believe it. It's not true," he said, asserting that Murray covered up evidence. "Why would he [Dr. Murray] hide all the bottles if such a story were true. The Coroner's report shows the story is not true. It really upsets me to hear this."

Joe Jackson never met a Michael Jackson CD lawsuit he didn't like.

While Murray's story definitely seems a bit out there, one can never really trust the motives of Michael's father, either. Sure, he's probably upset Michael died.

But any chance to make money, he pounces on!

Joe has also fired a wrongful death lawsuit against Murray, claiming he needs a big payday his actions were "reckless" and "amount to second degree murder."

Joe Jackson's lawyer, Brian Oxman, won't go that far, but adds, "His [Dr. Murray's] story is medically inconsistent with the autopsy findings ... I would need to see the photographs of the scene in order to assess his story."

He's been saying for some time that the involuntary manslaughter charge against Murray is not enough. Looks like Joe's now taking things into his own hands.

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The involuntary manslaughter charge filed against Dr. Conrad Murray in the death of Michael Jackson wasn't nearly enough to satisfy the late icon's father, Joe.

Following Murray's arraignment on Monday, a disappointed Joe did what he does best - went on Larry King Live to ridiculously say that Michael was murdered.

Joe Jackson never met a microphone he didn't like to babble nonsensically into, and somehow managed once again to make Michael's sad death all about him.

The Jackson family patriarch said that Michael's death was part of a larger plot and Murray got off easy. Michael's sister La Toya issued a similar statement.

Here's Joe Jackson on Larry King Live last night ...

Attorney Brian Oxman seconded that the reckless administration of Propofol by Murray would constitute second degree murder for any victim not named MJ.

Never mind that the charge came after a six-month investigation and that there was clearly no intent by Murray, however careless he was, for Michael to die.

Yesterday, Katherine Jackson, Michael's mother, labeled Murray a monster. That he may be, but a murderer in the eyes of the law is quite another matter.