Doctors probed by state in Michael Jackson’s death

LOS ANGELES – California’s attorney general said on Wednesday his office has run several doctors’ names and several potential aliases through its prescription drug database to aid police investigating the death of Michael Jackson. Attorney General Jerry Brown said his office was not the lead agency in probing Jackson’s sudden death – a role it took in the fatal overdose of Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith in 2007 – but was assisting other agencies as they try to track down prescription drugs that may have killed the King of Pop.“We’ve found some things, but this is early on” to provide details, Brown told Reuters. Brown’s office monitors all over-the-counter prescription transactions in California, using a database that contains the name of each doctor, patient, medication and quantity. He said his investigators were given “dozens” of names to run through its system by police probing Jackson’s sudden death, several of them doctors and others potential aliases thought to have been used in obtaining the prescription drugs. The findings could be used to show that “there were drugs in quantities and character that are lethal in combination,” which in conjunction with the official autopsy could lead investigators to determine exactly what killed the 50-year-old singer and dancer. Brown declined to say if he thought murder or manslaughter charges could be brought in the case, but said those kinds of crimes could not be ruled out “any time you’ve got a dead body and you’ve got chemicals in large quantities.”

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