Christine Spines
July 30, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

The AP reports that investigators searching the properties of Jackson’s cardiologist, Dr. Conrad Murray, were looking for evidence that the doctor had prescribed powerful anesthetics to the singer despite knowing he was an addict. The use of the word “addict” in the search warrants is important, because it is against the law for a doctor to knowingly prescribe drugs to a patient thought to have a chemical dependence. UPDATE: According to People, court documents indicate that Jackson sought prescriptions using a variety of aliases, including the names of his personal chef, his son (Prince Michael), a personal assistant, the novelist Jack London, and the actress, Josephine Baker. Authorities obtained this information while investigating Murray.

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