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7 of Michael Jackson's doctors will not face criminal charges

By Alan Duke, CNN
Seven of Michael Jackson's doctors will not face charges in a drug probe, officials announced Wednesday.
Seven of Michael Jackson's doctors will not face charges in a drug probe, officials announced Wednesday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • LAPD asks state drug agents to probe seven Jackson doctors, one nurse
  • One doctor referred to medical board
  • Attorney General: No evidence to support criminal prosecution
  • Dr. Conrad Murray already faces a criminal charge
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Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- None of the seven doctors and one nurse investigated by the state will face criminal prosecution in the death of singer Michael Jackson, the state attorney general's office said Wednesday.

But a doctor who prescribed drugs to the pop singer using a fake name shortly before the singer's death could be disciplined by the California medical board, according to Christine Gasparac, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Jerry Brown.

Investigators did not find sufficient evidence to recommend criminal prosecution of any of the medical practitioners, she said.

She would not identify the doctor referred to the medical board for consideration of administrative action or the others who were cleared.

Dr. Conrad Murray, who was Jackson's personal physician when he died a year ago, was not part of the probe, Gasparac said. Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter earlier this year in the entertainer's death.

The Los Angeles Police Department asked the California Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement to investigate the prescription practices of seven doctors and a nurse, Gasparac said.

"After reviewing hundreds of pages of records and documents obtained from the medical practitioners, the attorney general's office has referred one doctor, who wrote prescriptions to an alias known to have been used by Jackson, to the California medical board for further review," she said.

State drug agents executed search warrants at several doctors' offices last summer and at least one pharmacy.

Agents spent several hours inside the Mickey Fine Pharmacy just below the Beverly Hills practice of Dr. Arnold Klein, Jackson's dermatologist.

Investigators also visited Klein's office, where Jackson was seen several times in the weeks before his June 25, 2009 death.

Klein told CNN last year that he never prescribed dangerous drugs to the singer.

Searches of Jackson's rented mansion revealed a long list of prescription drugs in his bedroom after his death, according to court documents and the autopsy report.

The Los Angeles County coroner ruled that Jackson's death was from an overdose of propofol, a powerful anesthesia used to put surgical patients to sleep.

A consultant's report included in the autopsy said the level of lorazepam, a powerful anti-anxiety agent found in Jackson's body "would have accentuated the respiratory and cardiovascular depression from propofol."

CNN's Carey Bodenheimer contributed to this report.