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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.

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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 the latest of his increasingly outrageous statements about the late Michael Jackson, the singer's father, Joe is again pointing fingers regarding his death.

Only this time, he's not just accusing Dr. Conrad Murray of murder - he's blaming the inaction of his wife, Katherine Jackson, for Michael Jackson's demise.

Michael J. Walks

It's as shocking a statement as it is terrible.

Joe tells the UK's News of the World personally that he noticed Michael was "looking kinda funny and and frail" and asked Katherine to check up on him.

She refused, Joe claims, because she didn't want to invade his privacy. They argued about this before Michael's June 25, 2009 death, but she was firm.

After Michael died, he said to Katherine, "I said this would have never happened if you had went and been with him." What a despicable human being.

For reasons unknown, Joe Jackson has turned on Katherine.

Intentionally cut out of MJ's will, Joe is fighting to get an allowance from the estate, even as Katherine has been giving her estranged spouse money.

We'll see if that continues thanks to the latest installment in his "rich history of reckless, untrue comments," as her lawyer, Adam Streisand, puts it.

"The world knows that Mrs. Jackson has always been a loving mother and grandmother, and that she and Michael had a very special relationship." 

Steisand continues with a brutal, but accurate dig at Joe: "The world also knows who Joe Jackson is and he seems bent on never letting us forget."

Howard Weitzman, lawyer for the Estate of Michael Jackson, also came to the defense of the pop icon's mother and guardian of his three children.

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As we reported in late April, Katherine Jackson wants four of her grandkids out of her house so that she can better care for Michael Jackson's children.

The problem is Alejandra Jackson, who's gearing up for a fight.

Paris and Prince Michael Jackson

She's been living at the family compound in Encino with kids Donte, Randy Jr., Jaafar and Jermajesty - two born to Randy and two to Jermaine Jackson.

Jaafar's bid to taser Blanket a few months ago sparked a DCFS probe and prompted Katherine to kick them out so she can care for Michael's offspring.

Katherine's bid to give Michael's kids a better environment is being challenged.

While downsizing the brood at home, Katherine Jackson is allowing Alejandra and her kids to move into a nearby condo owned by the Jackson family.

But Alejandra is far from pleased here.

When Katherine, who is out of town until June 10, comes back to L.A., Alejandra has to move. But she's lawyered up to negotiate a separation deal.

Alejandra wants some assurance that her family will be financially protected and is likely to challenge the move until she gets something on paper.

Also, Alejandra has gone after Jermaine in the past for failing to pay child support, and given this forced move, that battle has been reignited too.

Never a dull moment with the Jackson family, that's for sure.

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Katherine Jackson is cutting down on the number of grandchildren living with her after the recent stun gun attack on Blanket. Probably a smart move.

Sources with direct knowledge of the situation say Katherine told Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza to take her kids and move out of the estate next week.

Michael Jackson Kids at Handprint Ceremony

Katherine is the late Michael Jackson's mother. Alejandra lives with her along with two of her children by Randy Jackson and two by Jermaine Jackson.

Supervising seven children is just too much for the 79-year-old grandmother, as evidenced by Jaafar Jackson trying to taser Blanket earlier this year.

FOR THE KIDS: Katherine made the right move.

The L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services came, took the gun and conducted interviewed. No charges were filed, or actions taken.

The family denies the stun gun incident was as bad as what was reported, but apparently whatever happened prompted the kids' change in location.

KJ is not heartless, though - Alejandra, Jermajesty, Donte, Randy Jr. and Jaafar Jackson are headed to a San Fernando Valley condo the estate owns.

As of next week, Prince, Paris and Blanket will have the run of the mansion, unobstructed and stun gun free. That's probably better for all involved.

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Jermaine Jackson, brother of the late Michael Jackson, has had some interesting things happen in his life. Most recently, his teenage son tried to taser Blanket.

A messy divorce between Jermaine and his ex-wife likely set events in motion that resulted in the stun gun drama that made headlines in this slow news week.

The L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services came knockin' at the Jackson family home in L.A. after reports of the kids playing with a taser.

Here's the lowdown. Jermaine filed for divorce from Alejandra Jackson in 2004. The couple fought hard over child support. Pretty standard stuff at the time.

Despite their split, Jermaine pressured Alejandra to live with their two kids - Jaafar and Jermajesty (yes, Jer-effing-majesty) in the Jackson family home.

That way, he wouldn't have to pay her support.

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DON'T TASE ME BRO: Jermaine could use a good zap.

However, Alejandra complained most of the support money she received actually came from Katherine Jackson, mother of Jermaine, Michael, Janet et al.

That support was often doled out in gift cards to Ralph's ... where Jaafar bought a credit card so he could buy a stun gun online to allegedly zap Blanket.

Resourceful little devil, no?

Alejandra Jackson has indeed been living at Katherine's with Jaafar and Jermajesty, plus Genevieve and Randall, her two children with ... Randy Jackson.

Yup, she was also married to another Jackson brother at one point.

Michael Jackson's three children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, have been living with Katherine, as per Michael Jackson's will, since he passed away last June.

She's got a lot on her plate, in other words, for a 79-year-old. As a result, the occasional taser may or may not slip through the cracks. Give her a break.

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A lawyer for Katherine Jackson is electrocuting reports that Jermaine Jackson's teenage son, Jaafar, allegedly tried to harm Michael Jackson's youngest kid.

The L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services visited the Jacksons home amid rumors that Jaafar ordered a stun gun online to taser Blanket.

Prince and Blanket

But the family insists it was all overblown.

"Blanket Jackson never saw or heard the stun gun," says attorney Adam Streisand in a statement released to the media last night. "Neither did Paris Jackson."

"Prince (Michael's oldest son, not to be confused with Blanket, who is also Prince) saw the stun gun in the possession of security. There is no second stun gun."

BLANKET STATEMENT: The Jacksons deny he was in danger.

A rep for the DCFS declined to comment at this time.

Streisand says Jaafar, who lives with mother Alejandra at the home, ordered a stun gun online two weeks ago and opened the package alone in his bathroom.

"Mrs. Jackson and security heard the sound coming from the second floor," the lawyer says. "Immediately, security went upstairs and confiscated the stun gun."

"Mrs. Jackson took control over it and then had it removed from the house. There was no other incident. All of the kids are happy, healthy and wonderful."

"That is always Mrs. Jackson's only objective and concern."

We can only hope that's true ... and Jafaar is grounded.

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Katherine Jackson is reportedly considering sending Michael Jackson's three kids to one of the most elite private schools in Los Angeles, according to sources.

The Jackson matriarch, who has full custody of MJ's children, is talking about enrolling Michael Jr. (Prince), Paris, and Prince (Blanket) in the Buckley School, where Tito Jackson's three kids went, along with other Jackson family members.

Michael Jr., Paris and Prince, now living with Katherine after Michael's death (officially ruled a homicide yesterday) have always been home schooled.

Sources say the family has talked to friends and school reps about enrolling the kids. Katherine used to show up for different events at the school and just loves the place - great education, close to their Encino home, and heavy security.

Michael Jr., Paris and Prince Michael (Blanket) Jackson.

The school isn't that easy to get into, however, and classes start this week - it's unclear if the kids have even applied and whether they would start in time.

One brief note that Katherine may want to consider: Paris Hilton attended the Buckley School as well as ... (gulp) ... Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian.

Maybe they offer a course in sex tapes and unplanned pregnancy?

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While Joe Jackson says son Michael will be buried on his birthday (August 29), Michael's mother Katherine reportedly is mulling filing a wrongful death suit.

Police are investigating who is responsible for The King of Pop's June 25 cardiac arrest, and his mother, who has full guardianship of his children, wants justice.

Farewell, Michael Jackson

Authorities probing Jackson's death are focusing on Dr. Conrad Murray, his personal physician, who is suspected of giving him the powerful anesthetic Propofol.

"The possibility of a wrongful death action has been floated," Katherine Jackson's lawyer Burt Levitch said. "In that regard, no decision has been finalized."

"Dr. Conrad Murray's name has been floated [as a possible defendant in the potential lawsuit] because he is under investigation," the attorney added.

Katherine Jackson will raise MJ's kids and receive 40 percent of his estate.

Just how negligent was Murray? Police think he may have left the singer unattended after administering the lethal dose, leaving him dead for five hours before a 911 call was placed, during which he tried to "clean up" his actions.

Nevertheless, we emphasize that this is only one theory, and while the investigation is ongoing, the doctor denies wrongdoing and has not been charged.

L.A. County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff also approved a merchandising agreement expected to add $15 million to Michael Jackson's estate.

A decision to green-light a deal for a proposed three-city tour of Michael Jackson memorabilia was put on hold, however, in light of objections by Katherine.

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The late Michael Jackson had a contentious relationship with his father, who he said abused him mentally and physically. The dude is also kind of insane, so it stands to reason that people don't want him near Michael's children.

Well, he won't be. Much, anyway.

A declaration from Joe Jackson, filed in court this week, makes clear that the family patriarch supports Michael Jackson's decision to make his wife Katherine the legal guardian of his three kids, and that he will keep his distance.

Joe says in the declaration: "I have had a close family relationship with the grandchildren since their birth. I do visit the family residence from time to time and will continue to do so, however I will not be involved in raising the children."

Joe and Michael Jackson in 2005. [Photo: Fame Pictures]

Joe continues, "I understand that all decision-making authority regarding the children will rest with Katherine Jackson. Katherine is a wonderful caretaker and guardian, and has done an excellent job raising our children and other grandchildren."

Katherine Jackson was awarded full custody of Paris, Prince and Blanket at this week's hearing, as stipulated in Michael Jackson's last will, signed in 2002.

Joe seems more or less cool with that, even if he wants to stop by from time to time. He had no further comment on whether Omer Bhatti is Michael's son.

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Katherine Jackson, 79, was awarded full, permanent guardianship of Michael Jackson's three children during a custody hearing in Los Angeles this morning.

Here's the hearing blow-by-blow from TMZ, which was on hand for the proceedings this morning. As you can see, everything went down more or less as expected, although there were some odd twists (and a Mark Vincent Kaplan sighting) in there ...

11:56 a.m.: Katherine, Randy and La Toya Jackson arrived and were escorted upstairs to the courtroom. Rebbie Jackson, Michael's older sister, also showed up. Reports suggest that, day to day, she will be the one taking care of Michael's kids.

12:14 p.m.: The judge took the bench, and said that he will be dealing with the guardianship settlement between Katherine Jackson and Debbie Rowe first.

12:17 p.m.: In a strange development, Mark Vincent Kaplan (K-Fed's lawyer) just showed up on behalf of Dr. Arnold Klein. Kaplan says Klein has a "long-standing commitment" to Michael Jackson and has concerns about Joe Jackson being involved.

There are reports Arnold Klein is their biological father, but he hasn't confirmed or denied that, only saying "to the best of his knowledge" he is not.

12:18 p.m.: The judge wanted to know what legal standing Dr. Arnold Klein has, but he ultimately ruled that Klein has no legal standing to lodge an objection, and that Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe are the parents of the children.

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Today's players: Arnold Klein, Debbie Rowe and Katherine Jackson.

12:26 p.m.: Debbie Rowe's lawyer, Eric George, just said he won't object to Katherine being appointed temporary guardian, but permanent guardianship could be delayed. Curious, given the supposed settlement between Debbie and Katherine.

12:37 p.m.: The judge named Katherine permanent guardian of all three kids, then granted her a financial allowance for six months. The amount wasn't discussed.

12:40 p.m.: Debbie Rowe will have visitation with her two kids and will continue getting spousal support based on the deal she struck with Michael years ago.

12:42 p.m.: The judge has just granted 83.5 percent of what was requested for the children's allowance. Specific amounts of the allowance were not discussed.

12:55 p.m.: The judge decided on the lesser amount because of concerns about duplicate expenses for the monthly allowance approved for Katherine Jackson.

2:58 p.m.: The judge has ruled that AEG, Michael Jackson's would-be concert promoter, has to provide a copy of their contract with him to Katherine Jackson.

3:00 p.m.: The judge just admitted Michael Jackson's 2002 will into probate. The will names John Branca and John McClain as co-executors. Katherine has an unspecified objection to this. Will she ask that she be named as a third executor?

4:55 p.m.: Katherine Jackson just withdrew her petition asking that she be put in charge of the estate. This petition was filed before she knew a will existed.

5:05 p.m.: Judge Mitchell Beckloff ruled that Jackson's longtime attorney Branca and McClain will continue to administer the star's estate until at least October.

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