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February 8th, 2010
04:41 PM ET

What is involuntary manslaughter?

Dr. Conrad Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson

Dr. Conrad Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson

Beth Karas and Ann O'Neill
CNN

To prove involuntary manslaughter, prosecutors will have to convince jurors that Michael Jackson's doctor took risks he shouldn't have - and that other doctors wouldn't have, legal experts say.

"It's not the same as malpractice," said Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School. To prove a physician's actions are criminally negligent, she added, "it has to be really extreme for no good reason."

Jackson, 50, died on June 25 after Dr. Conrad Murray gave him several prescription medications over the course of a sleepless night, according to court records.

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