The FBI is investigating death threats made in connection with Conrad Murray's release from jail ... and it appears they're being made by a group of Michael Jackson fanatics.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... the threats have been targeted at Murray's lawyer, Valerie Wass. Here are some of them:
-- "One blow to the head is all you need."
-- "If you think MJ fans are insignificant ... you are dead wrong, DEAD wrong"
-- "Better get that hair brushed and be ready because MJ fans will be everywhere setting yours and Murray's lies straight."
As for why the fans are targeting Wass, there are 2 reasons. First, because they don't know how to reach Murray. The second reason is based on video from the night of Murray's release, when Wass confronted a screaming Jackson fan who claimed Murray was a murderer. Wass fired back, "If you were not so ignorant, you would know he was not convicted of murder!" And she continued to rant.
Wass also said after Murray's release, "There's a small group of these Jackson fanatics. They're annoying, but insignificant."
We're told Wass called the FBI and was told they would investigate.
The FBI wouldn't confirm or deny threats were being investigated.
If Murray's Allowed to Practice
He'll Kill Again
11/3/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Jackson's family fears Dr. Conrad Murray will KILL someone else if he's allowed to practice medicine again ... TMZ has learned.
Sources close to the family tell TMZ ... most of them are both offended and afraid at Murray's bid to regain his right to practice. They can't believe Murray would have a ghost of a chance to practice after being convicted and jailed for the death of Michael.
The family scoffs at the notion that he didn't harm anyone other than MJ during his 20 years of practice. They believe Murray acted so recklessly with Michael -- partly out of greed and partly because he was a starf**ker.
But the family will almost certainly not appear at any medical board hearing over Murray's license. We're told they've had more than enough of dealing with the good doc.
To Regain MD License
10/31/2013 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Conrad Murray has sued the State of Texas to win back his medical license.
As you probably know ...the Lone Star State took swift action after the whole Michael Jackson thing and yanked his license for good in August of last year.
TMZ first reported ... the doc will challenge both Texas and California for putting the brakes on his ability to practice medicine.
Murray clearly needs something to do to earn cash. In the docs he filed ... Murray says he's more than $400K in debt and can't even afford to pay court costs.
MJ Would Be 'Appalled'
At the Way I'm Treated
10/30/2013 12:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Jackson would be appalled at the way people are disparaging Conrad Murray .... so says the doctor who just got out of jail for killing the singer.
Dr. Murray -- who clearly uncapped a tube of Just for Men since his release from jail -- says unequivocally -- "I never harmed him [Michael]."
TMZ broke the story ... Murray believes Jackson injected himself with the fatal dose of Propofol when the doc wasn't looking.
Dr. Conrad Murray
Curries Favor With Mom
10/29/2013 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Conrad Murray is getting just what the doctor ordered -- his mother, who flew in from Trinidad to make him a delicious, home-cooked meal.
We've learned Murray is spending time at an undisclosed location with GF/baby mama Nicole Alvarez, their kid and Murray's mother, Milta. The mom flew in and greeted Murray hours after he left L.A. County Jail.
Not to be outdone by Murray's post-jail In-N-Out run, Milta cooked the good doc chicken curry and roti, a flat bread.
Murray is trying to figure out whether he'll stay in California or go back to Texas.
As we previously reported, Murray wants to practice medicine again, but our medical board sources say that's not gonna happen. He also wrote a big chunk of a book in jail and we're told he's open to doing a reality show.
'Disgusted' By Murray's Release
10/28/2013 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jermaine Jackson isn't just furious that Conrad Murray is a free man -- just 2 years after Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter -- Jermaine is "disgusted."
Michael's bro expressed his ire moments ago at LAX, but you really have to watch the video to get a feel for it.
Tito Jackson was also there, but he was feeling a little less talkative.
As we reported, Murray was released from jail in L.A. early this AM ... and immediately hit up an In-N-Out for some burger therapy.
10/28/2013 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Conrad Murray is a shadow of his former self, looking noticeably older and gray, as he chowed down on his first post-pokey meal -- IN-N-OUT!
Murray looked business casual after wearing standard issue orange for 2 years. He was able to evade cameras as he left jail at 12:01 AM, thanks to the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept.
According to his receipt, the whole meal cost him $8.94, including two Double-Doubles, something he probably dreamed about for months.
For comparison's sake, here's Murray's mug shot from 2011, taken moments after he was convicted of manslaughtering Michael Jackson. The good doc looks a good 20 lbs lighter now.
Jail -- better than Jenny Craig.
Book, Possible Reality Show
10/28/2013 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Conrad Murray has had money on his mind while he sat behind bars, and now that he's a free man again, he's using the power of the media to make a quick buck ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected with the doc tell TMZ ... during his time in L.A. County Jail, Murray penned a large portion of a book about his life and his time with Michael Jackson. We're told a big chunk of the Jackson story casts blame on others and justifies his conduct in the treatment that ultimately killed the singer and sent Murray to the slammer.
We're also told Murray would be open to some sort of reality show, following his life after jail. Fact is ... it would probably be entertaining. Remember Murray singing to Anderson Cooper?
We're told he does not have a publisher for the book. We don't know if any reality show producers have expressed interest, but you can bet they'll come a calling.
Dr. Conrad Murray
A Free Man Again
10/28/2013 12:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dr. Conrad Murray is a FREE MAN ... after serving a 2-year jail sentence for killing Michael Jackson ... and Murray didn't spend an extra minute in jail.
According to the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. ... Murray was released at 12:01 AM Monday -- however, he did not make a triumphant walk out of jail ... choosing, instead, to sneak out away from photogs who had gathered.
By remaining unseen ... Murray obviously knows he raises the price tag of that coveted first interview with him.
A group of hecklers was clearly irritated they were not permitted to voice their disdain face-to-face -- and took it out on Murray's lawyer, Valerie Wass. As for why the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. made the accommodation to keep Murray's release secret ... all they would say is "safety" and "security."
The good doc has been locked up since November '11 after being convicted of manslaughter. He was sentenced to 4 years in prison ... but 2 is normal for a 4-year sentence.
As we previously reported ... Murray plans to try and get his medical license back in Nevada and block revocation in California -- our sources say he doesn't stand a chance.
He's also looking to hire a publicist once he's out -- to help change his image.
Freedom will clearly also have its challenges.
Pay Child Support
Or Go Directly to Jail
10/22/2013 5:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jermaine Jackson could be playing to 5,000 people soon ... the inmates at a L.A. County Jail ... a place he may be calling home soon if he doesn't ante up back child support.
Jermaine is falling farther and farther behind .... he's required to pay baby mama Alejandra Jackson $3K a month for 13-year-old Jermajesty and 17-year-old Jaafar … but the mailbox has been empty for months.
Court docs obtained by TMZ show … of the $12K that he owes in back payments … he’s only coughed up a measly 85 bucks.
The L.A. County Child Support Services Dept. has filed papers asking a judge to hold Jermaine in contempt ... which could put him behind bars for 20 days.
BTW, this isn’t the first time Jermaine has slacked off. He belatedly paid $80,000 back in March 2011 … and anted up another $33K in back support this past May. He's also had his wages garnished.
If the current case goes before a judge, Jermaine is gonna have a hard time explaining how he dropped $160K last month for a Ferrari.
Med Board Says You'll Practice
Over Our Dead Bodies!
10/17/2013 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Medical Board of California will NOT let Dr. Conrad Murray practice medicine again, despite Murray's plan to fight license revocation ... sources connected with the Board tell TMZ.
TMZ broke the story ... Murray wants to practice medicine again after he's released from jail later this month. The Medical Board started the ball rolling to revoke Murray's license, but it's been put on hold while he tries to get an appeals court to reverse the verdict.
Our sources -- which have inside info into the case -- tell TMZ members of the Board believe Murray is unfit to practice medicine based on what he did to Michael Jackson. One source put it bluntly, "He's not getting his license back."
As for why ... we're told board members have already discussed the case -- the fact that Murray was fueling MJ with Propofol for 60 days straight and allowed him to massively OD just before he died. They also think it's unconscionable that Murray shockingly abused Propofol by using it as a sleeping aid.
We're told the Board will often give a doctor one pass for misdeeds, like cocaine use or even hurting a patient. But they believe the circumstances surrounding Michael's death involve a "moral failing" which is unforgivable.
Dr. Conrad Murray
I Want to Practice Medicine Again
10/16/2013 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dr. Conrad Murray will make his move after his release from jail in 2 weeks ... and sources tell TMZ, he's vowing to break back into the business of doctoring.
Sources directly connected with Murray tell us ... he plans to fight the revocation of his license in Texas. As for California ... revocation proceedings are on hold, but we're told he will fight that as well -- partly on grounds that he was singled out for unfair treatment because the patient -- Michael Jackson -- was incredibly famous.
Fact is ... Murray has practiced for 20 years and aside from the Propofol disaster, his record is unblemished. In fact, Murray has a legion of loyal patients who actually demonstrated on his behalf and were more than willing to fly from Texas to California to support him in court.
Murray is also taking solace in the fact that the jury in the MJ wrongful death trial concluded AEG was not off base in hiring him because he was a competent general practitioner.
Short story -- Murray has a built-in patient base if he can get his license back.
If he can't practice in the U.S., we're told he's not foreclosing the possibility of practicing out of the country.
Our sources say when Murray gets out of jail on October 28, he'll go off the radar for several weeks and then make his move.
When Murray resurfaces ... we're told he will fight fiercely to regain the right to practice medicine.
Conrad Murray's Walking Free
And My Family is PISSED
10/13/2013 11:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Jackson's family is suffering its second crushing blow this month -- Conrad Murray is about to be a free man ... and Jermaine Jackson says it's almost too much for them to handle.
Jermaine downplayed his mother, Katherine Jackson's recent loss to AEG in the wrongful death trial, telling us ... "It's not about the money. This guy is walking this month. He's walking free this month!"
Murray is scheduled to be released from jail on October 28, completing his sentence for the involuntary manslaughter of MJ. Murray actually got 4-years, but that was reduced to 2, due to jail overcrowding.
Watch the clip ... Jermaine unloads on our camera guy about what he views as Murray's way-too-brief time behind bars -- adding his family is still hurting.
Bonus footage: Jermaine's take on his mom being pissed he blew $160,000 on a new Ferrari ... while he's behind on child support. Trust us, Jermaine ... Mama's not happy.