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Over the objections of Katherine Jackson, a Los Angeles probate judge today ruled that Michael Jackson's 2002 will is valid and that, per the singer's wishes, attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain are executors of his estate.

A lawyer for Michael Jackson's mother, John Schreiber, argued to the judge that "there is concern over handing over the keys to the kingdom so quickly."

But Judge Mitchell Beckloff refused, telling Schreiber, "Someone needs to be at the helm of the ship." Jackson's estate is estimated at $500 million-plus.

Katherine Jackson had been appointed temporary executor last week, when the family still believed the star had died without a will. But Branca surfaced with a five-page will written seven years ago, establishing him and McClain as executors.

The estate will be split among the singer's mother, his three children and charities, dissing ex-wife Debbie Rowe and giving Katherine custody of his kids.

At a press conference, Branca's attorney, Howard Weitzman, said that the executors were pleased with the ruling and sent condolences to the family.

"We believe Judge Beckloff made the correct decision. We intend to carry out the wishes Michael Jackson set forth. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jackson family this week in remembering Michael as a beloved father, son and brother."

Michael Jackson with his parents, Joseph and Katherine Jackson.

Meanwhile, the court confirmed that another will, dated from 1997, was filed this week, also listing Branca as executor. The judge's ruling should not be affected, because Michael Jackson's last will from 2002 would trump any older one.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, a friend of the Jacksons, appeared on Good Morning America earlier today, expressing disappointment that the hearing wasn't delayed.

"I think it has been very insensitive, particularly to this family, that you would even think of scheduling a court hearing on the status of the mother the day before she has to go to the cemetery for her son," Sharpton said. "It's almost insulting."

Sure thing. Beckloff said he believed Branca and McClain would act in the best interest of the estate and be best equipped to sort through various complicated legal and financial problems, ranging from lingering IOUs and lawsuits.

The singer's private funeral and public memorial take place tomorrow.

The next hearing in the probate case is set for August 3. For more details, click to enlarge some of the key portions of Michael Jackson's will ...

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U.S. Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.) says Michael Jackson was a “pervert” and is calling on society to stop “glorifying” the late entertainer.

King believes the singer - whom he called a “low-life” - is being unfairly glorified in the days after Jackson's death on June 25 at the age of 50.

Meanwhile, according to this member of Congress, our pathetic society is "ignoring the efforts" of teachers, police officers, firefighters and veterans.

King claims the “day in and day out” coverage of Jackson’s death is “too politically correct” and calls on America to “knock out the psychobabble.”

“He was a pervert, a child molester; he was a pedophile. To be giving this much coverage to him, day in and day out, what does it say about us as a country?"

While King does raise a somewhat valid point of Michael's troubled last 10-15 years rarely being mentioned in the wake of his death, what more is there to say?

Everyone knows Michael had issues in his past, and no one is denying them. Should we refrain from honoring the legacy of a legend simply for that reason?

His remarks are also flawed for two reasons:

  1. The media covering Michael Jackson isn't related to coverage of our men and women in uniform, who were honored nationally this past weekend. Morons capitalizing on their sacrifice for a good sound bite are also a problem.
  2. Michael Jackson was unquestionably a strange, disturbed individual with myriad personal problems, but was not actually convicted of any charges, nor was he determined to be a pedophile by psychologists in his 2005 trial.

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The conspiracy theorists out there just pulled an Andy Samberg over this.

In the below clip, excerpted from CNN's recent tour of Neverland Ranch, the infamous home of Michael Jackson for many years, Michael's ghost made a surprise appearance and his official afterlife debut on the network's Larry King Live.

That, or someone walked by a window and cast a shadow. Hard to tell.

Larry King was interviewing Jermaine Jackson on his talk show when Michael apparently decided to stop by as well. No word on how Elvis or Tupac are doing, though.

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Dr. Conrad Murray, the doctor who was at Michael Jackson's home the day he died did not give Jackson OxyContin or Demerol that day, according to his attorney.

His lawyer, Edward Chernoff, wouldn't make the same statement about the powerful anesthesia, Propofol, that was found at the late star's home, however.

Law enforcement sources say the information Dr. Murray gave police regarding drugs at Jackson's home was enough for cops to secure a warrant from a judge.

This alone is a significant development, as a search warrant can only be issued if there is probable cause to believe a crime has been committed.

The facts: When police searched the home, they found Propofol. It was specifically labeled Propofol. There was no indication it had been prescribed to anyone.

Chernoff reiterated earlier claims that his client did not give Demerol or OxyContin to Jackson the day he died. But he would not take the same stand on Propofol.

Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

Chernoff told TMZ when asked for comment on the subject, "I have no statement on whether the doctor prescribed or administered Propofol," adding, "We're confident whatever the doctor prescribed did not kill Michael Jackson."

Police obtained a search warrant the day after Michael Jackson died. Another warrant was issued two days after Dr. Conrad Murray's interview with LAPD investigators, and that's the one that led cops to the Propofol discovery.

A second warrant may have been needed if the first covered prescription medications only. DEA and LAPD officials are trying to determine how the Propofol - a drug that should never be administered outside a hospital - ended up in MJ's home.

Jackson's medical records and billing info may be the key to unraveling the mystery of who prescribed what to him and when - and holding the doctors responsible.

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Cameron Diaz paid tribute to Madonna on the cover of V Magazine.

On July 4, the reigning queen of pop paid tribute to the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, with a musical tribute to the star at the O2 arena in London.

In the same arena where Jackson, who died of cardiac arrest June 25, was set to stage his This Is It! series of concerts beginning July 13, Madonna sang "Holiday" while a Jackson impersonator took the stage, sporting a sequin-embellished jacket.

An image of a young Michael Jackson was projected in the background. The impersonator then moonwalked to his hit "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'."

Madonna said, "Let's give it up for one of the greatest artists the world has ever known." She and her dancers donned jeweled gloves on their right hands to honor MJ for their final dance. Check out the video of Madonna's tribute below ...

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Myriad questions and numerous individuals are at the center of the Michael Jackson investigation, but there may be one central key to uncovering the truth.

Drs. Conrad Murray, Arnold Klein, Allan Metzger and others have come under suspicion as officials try to determine who supplied and administered the anesthesia Propofol and other drugs to the late star. But details so far have been sketchy.

Michael, Paris and Prince Jackson

When dealing with celebrities, some doctors use pseudonyms for patients and sometimes their medical records and charts mysteriously get "lost."

But TMZ reports that most doctors leave one indelible footprint when it comes to treating their patients, and it all starts with billing information.

Many doctors use medical software systems from MD Systems, NexTech and others. These companies provide software in which doctors input billing data.

Doctors typically input the patient's name, billing amount, the type of treatment, type of drugs prescribed and administered, and the date of service.

The clincher? That data cannot be deleted from the server.

Michael Jackson's cause of death is unknown ... for now.

The system allows doctors to add other data like medical charts, which can be deleted. But if someone deletes data, the software shows the name of the user who did it in addition to the date it took place. Basic billing information will not go away.

The police found Propofol - a powerful anesthesia that should never be outside a hospital - in Jackson's house. If cops find who supplied and administered it, the doctor(s) could face very serious questions and possibly even criminal charges.

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A doctor tied to Michael Jackson, Dr. Allan Metzger, was reprimanded by a Medical Board in September 2000 for "fraudulent medical practice based on prescriptions written for an international entertainer, using a false/fictitious name."

Dr. Metzger confirmed to TMZ that this entertainer is Janet Jackson.

The doctor has also treated Michael Jackson, gone on tour with the star on his HIStory tour in the 1990s and videotaped his wedding to Debbie Rowe.

He is a lupus specialist - Michael Jackson reportedly had the disease.

In the late 90s, Metzger wrote prescriptions for Janet Jackson using the name of her chef, Ricardo Macchi, he admits, saying the prescriptions were for diuretics.

Macchi sued Dr. Metzger over the matter but the suit was dropped.

He also wrote a prescription for a hepatitis B injection - he says he wrote it because Janet was going on tour and wanted to guard against the disease.

"I had done this for Janet for her anonymity," he said.

Allan Metzger

Michael Jackson with Dr. Arnold Metzger. [Photo: TMZ]

As for Michael Jackson, Metzger claimed, "I have not treated Michael Jackson for many years." He says he has talked to Jackson on the phone over the years, even giving him medical advice. As for whether he prescribed meds for Jackson?

"I am not at liberty to discuss Michael's medical care," he said.

Doctors associated with Jackson are coming under intense scrutiny due to the singer's death June 25 from what is looking more and more like a drug overdose.

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Michael Jackson fans will get a chance to say goodbye to the King of Pop at a public memorial service to be held at L.A.'s Staples Center on Tuesday.

Tickets will be available to the general public and will be free of charge.

Fans from around the world are expected to fly to Los Angeles to say farewell to Jackson, who died at 50 after suffering cardiac arrest on June 25.

Jackson's final rehearsal took place at Staples, where he was prepping for his London tour, sponsored by AEG Live (which owns Staples Center).

Preliminary details of the funeral service are as follows:

  • The main event will be at the Staples Center and will be simulcast at the adjacent Nokia Theatre in the same complex throughout.
  • There is a lottery set up to obtain tickets. You can sign up on the Staples Center website, if it's not crashed by the time you do.
  • 17,500 tickets are available for the event - 11,000 for Staples and 6,500 for Nokia - a maximum of two per person is allowed.
  • If you are one of the 8,750 people selected, you will be given further instructions Sunday. Sounds Mission: Impossible-like.
  • Only U.S. citizens can apply for tickets to Jackson's funeral.
  • Still unclear is whether Jackson's body will be there.

The late Michael Jackson (1958-2009).

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Dr. Arnold Klein, Michael Jackson's longtime dermatologist and friend, spoke briefly to celebrity news photographers outside his home this morning.

Klein has been the subject of some rumors about Jackson - namely that he may have administered medical treatment to the star in the recent past.

There is also a report that Arnold Klein is the biological father of MJ's kids Prince, 12, and Paris, 11. Us Weekly made that claim earlier this week.

Debbie Rowe, the mother (also disputed), was his former nurse.

The LAPD wants to speak with him about drugs and Michael. Asked about the allegations, he said, "There are no allegations about me. I guarantee it."

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Arnold Klein says he tries to be "the best doctor I can be."

The biggest problem in this case, and the world, Klein says, is that whether the treating rich or poor, "sometimes, doctors do things they shouldn't do."

Hard to argue with that.

In a mostly polite, only slightly pointed two-minute interaction, he reiterated that there are allegations about "doctors," but not about him personally.

For a time, Dr. Arnold Klein also held up a small red pillow in front of his face, which reads "Botox saved my marriage." Take from that what you will.

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Debbie Rowe plans to fight for custody of her two children - Prince, 12, and Paris, 11 - with the late Michael Jackson, according to the star's ex-wife herself.

"I want my children," Rowe told NBCLA's Chuck Henry.

While the interview was not broadcast, Rowe allegedly told Henry that she will seek a restraining order to keep Jackson's dad, Joseph, away from the kids.

"I am stepping up," Rowe said. "I have to."

Rowe also said she was willing to submit to any testing, including DNA to prove that she is the children's biological mother in the looming custody fight.

She also said she would submit to psychological testing.

Rowe wed Jackson in 1996. He was a patient of dermatologist Arnold Klein, for whom she worked as a nurse. The children were born via artificial insemination.

Us Weekly reports that Arnold Klein is the children's biological father. Separate reports on TMZ suggest Debbie Rowe is not the real mother of the kids, either.

In his last will, Michael Jackson named his mother Katherine as guardian of his three children – Prince, Paris and Blanket, 7. If Katherine died before him or couldn't serve, Jackson nominated Diana Ross as their guardian.

Katherine has temporary legal guardianship of the children at the moment.

Rowe's lawyer sought to downplay her client's statements in the interview, but did reiterate that Rowe is indeed the biological mother of Paris and Prince, and also confirmed that she will at least be at next week's custody hearing.

Click to enlarge Debbie Rowe pictures from this week at her horse farm ...

  • Debbie Rowe and Friend
  • Debbie Rowe: Rough
  • Deborah Rowe
  • Debbie Rowe, Horse
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  • Debbie Rowe in 2009

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Michael Jackson Biography

Michael Jackson mug shot Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, with the best-selling album of all-time and more than a dozen massive hits. After years of physical... More »
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Gary, Indiana
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Michael Joseph Jackson
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