LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge says he will review medical records from Michael Jackson's longtime dermatologist before deciding whether they should be turned over to attorneys defending the doctor charged in his death.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said during a hearing Tuesday that he will review records kept by Dr. Arnie Klein for the last nine months of Jackson's life.
Attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray contend Klein got Jackson addicted to the painkiller Demerol through frequent injections.
Garo Ghazarian, an attorney for Klein, denies that claim.
Klein had asked to quash a subpoena to give the files to Murray's attorneys, but Pastor said he wanted to review the records first to see if their release violated patient-doctor confidentiality.
The judge will review the files in chambers on April 6.
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