AG’s office enters Michael Jackson death probe

California Attorney General Jerry Brown announced today that, at the Los Angeles Police Department’s request, agents from his office have launched an independent probe into matters uncovered in the investigation of “King of Pop” Michael Jackson’s death.

“Responding to a request from the LAPD, agents from my office will investigate several physicians whose names have come up in the course of the Michael Jackson death inquiry,” Brown said in a news release. “This investigation is at its earliest stages, and no conclusions can be drawn at this point.”

LAPD met Aug. 20 with representatives from the Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to discuss information uncovered during its investigation. Brown’s release said BNE agents will review relevant records and documents in coming weeks, but LAPD remains the primary agency respsonsible for investigating Jackson’s death.

The Attorney General’s office maintains a prescription drug monitoring system, known as CURES (Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System), designed to identify and deter drug abuse and diversion through accurate and rapid tracking of controlled substances.

First Anna Nicole Smith, now Michael Jackson. Who’ll be the next celebrity-death case jacket to be opened in Brown’s office?

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.


  1. Hey Josh, this sort of celeb investigation is taken seriously in LA. The Bay Area will take its turn when the AG investigates ill health in the sea lion community.

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