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Dr. Conrad Murray sits in court after he was sentenced for the involuntary manslaughter of singer Michael Jackson at the Los Angeles Superior Court on November 29, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  Judge Michael E. Pastor sentenced Murray to four years in the Los Angeles County Jail for the involuntary manslaughter of Jackson.  A restitution hearing has been scheduled for January 23, 2012 to determine the amount of restitution to be paid to the Jackson family.  (Photo by Mario Anzuoni-Pool/Getty Images)

Dr. Conrad Murray sits in court after he was sentenced for the involuntary manslaughter of singer Michael Jackson at the Los Angeles Superior Court on November 29, 2011 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Mario Anzuoni-Pool/Getty Images)

AUSTIN (AP) - The Texas doctor convicted in the death of pop superstar Michael Jackson has sued the state over stripping his right to practice medicine.

Conrad Murray accuses the Texas Medical Board of prematurely revoking his license. The former Houston cardiologist was released from a California jail this week after serving less than two years for involuntary manslaughter.

Murray was convicted in 2011 of giving Jackson a lethal overdose of a powerful anesthetic. But in a lawsuit filed in Austin this week, Murray claims his conviction isn’t final in California until his appeals are exhausted.

Murray states in an affidavit that he’s more than $400,000 in debt and can’t afford to pay court costs.

Texas Medical Board spokesman Jarrett Schneider said the agency cannot comment on pending litigation.

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