Dr. Conrad Murray Arrest Derailed By Infighting

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The now-infamous doctor expected to be charged in the death of Michael Jackson, Dr. Conrad Murray, was going to be arrested, booked and arrainged today.

But, well ...

There's a feud between the L.A. County D.A.'s office and the LAPD over the terms of his surrender. These agencies are both intimately involved, and at odds.

It sounds like mostly politics, rather than any cracks in the case, but here's the very basic gist: the LAPD is bent out of shape about being kept in the dark.

The D.A.'s office had been working with lawyers for Dr. Conrad Murray to arrange his voluntary surrender in court at the time of the arraignment today.

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Infighting bought Dr. Conrad Murray at least a few hours.

Dr. Murray's lawyers were to drive him to the L.A. County Sheriff's Office at the Airport Courthouse in L.A. at 5:30 a.m. Friday, along with a bail bondsman.

He would be booked, post bail and then walk into court without cuffs or chains. This is often done to avoid the media circus and spectacle of a public arrest.

However, the LAPD objected, as cops want to arrest Conrad Murray, book him and bring him into court in handcuffs, something standard in homicide cases.

The D.A. reportedly backed off, and plan for Murray's voluntary surrender fell apart. According to TMZ, there is no arraignment today now. But we'll see.

When and if the authorities straighten this out, Murray is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge in connection the June 25 death of the King of Pop.