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Jacko death trial doctor fights to stop ban

A COURT is being urged to bar Michael Jackson's former doctor from practising medicine while he faces charges in connection with the star's death.

Attorney General Jerry Brown filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of the California Medical Board asking that a judge restrict the medical licence of Conrad Murray, who faces involuntary manslaughter charges, as a condition of his bail.

Murray was attending to Jackson before his sudden death last June 25 and police said he admitted to investigators that he gave the singer the drug propofol to help him sleep.

The powerful anaesthetic is typically used on patients undergoing surgery.

Murray, a cardiologist who was hired last May to care for Jackson as the entertainer prepared for a series of comeback concerts, has pleaded not guilty. He is free on bail and faces four years in prison if convicted.

Murray has been the focus of a police probe since the Los Angeles coroner's office ruled Jackson's death was a homicide, caused by propofol and the sedative lorazepam.

Toxicology tests following an autopsy also found sedatives and a stimulant in Jackson's body. Murray and his legal defence team have insisted he did nothing wrong and Murray told police he was not the first doctor to give Jackson propofol to help him sleep.

Last month, a judge rejected a request by prosecutors to suspend Murray's licence.