A judge in Los Angeles has postponed a ruling on whether Michael Jackson's doctor CONRAD MURRAY can continue practising medicine while he awaits trial over the superstar's death.
The physician, who is accused of administering the powerful anaesthetic Propofol that killed Jackson last June (09), was in court on Monday (05Apr10) for a pre-trial hearing and his lawyers argued against a request from California's attorney general to suspend the cardiologist's medical licence.
Murray's legal team told the judge that the medic's financial problems over the last few months have left him "hanging on by a thread" and claimed he won't be able to pay for his defence if his licence is suspended.
Judge Michael Pastor declined to revoke the doctor's licence until after another court hearing on 14 June (10), but Murray will still have to adhere to a condition of his bail which bans him from administering anaesthetic to patients.
The doctor, who has clinics in Las Vegas and Houston, Texas, as well as California, has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of the King of Pop.