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Michael Jackson's doctor hires new attorney

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dr. Conrad Murray has hired a California criminal defense attorney as the investigation into his alleged role in Michael Jackson's death nears completion.

Attorney J. Michael Flanagan confirmed Friday he was hired last week to join Houston attorney Edward Chernoff in representing Murray. The news comes as The Associated Press learned that prosecutors plan to pursue an involuntary manslaughter indictment against the doctor.

Jackson died at his Los Angeles home in June while under Murray's care. The drug propofol was found in the singer's system.

Flanagan says he handled a case involving propofol several years ago. He also is familiar with the media spotlight, having represented Britney Spears when she was charged with hit and run.

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