No criminal charges in Prince’s death, lawyer states

No criminal charges will be submitted in relation to Prince’s April 2016 death, Carver County lawyer Mark Metz stated in a press conference on Thursday. Prince, who struggled with an opiate addiction, passed away of an unintentional fentanyl overdose after taking counterfeit Vicodin tablets that were laced with fentanyl, Metz stated. ” Prince had no idea he was taking a fake tablet that might eliminate him,” the lawyer stated. There is no proof demonstrating how Prince got those counterfeit tablets and no proof regarding their source, Metz stated. Because of that, there will be no criminal charges submitted in the event.The statement came almost 2 years after Prince, the epic recording artist, was found unresponsive in an elevator at Paisley Park, his home and recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He was 57. Fentanyl is an effective pain reliever about 30 to 50 times more powerful than heroin. Prince’s death is a terrible example that opioid addiction and overdose deaths do not discriminate, no matter the group,” Metz stated.

Prince’s medical professional settles civil accusations

Although there will be no criminal charges, the Minnesota doctor who saw Prince two times in the weeks before the artist’s death accepted pay $30,000 to the United States to settle civil accusations that he prescribed drugs to another person knowing that Prince would take them. Dr. Michael Schulenberg prescribed the pain reliever Percocet to Prince but put the one-time prescription in the name of Kirk Johnson, Prince’s previous drummer and long-time good friend, Metz stated on Thursday. He made that choice to secure Prince’s privacy, Metz stated. Prince had an exceptionally high concentration of fentanyl in his body when he passed away Prince had an ‘extremely high’ concentration of fentanyl in his body when he passed away Schulenberg did not confess liability as part of the contract, which settled what police authorities competed was a civil offense of the Controlled Substances Act. ” Doctors are relied on doctor and, in the middle of our opioid crisis, they need to become part of the option,” stated US Attorney Greg Brooker. “As certified experts, physicians are held to a high level of responsibility in their recommending practices, particularly when it pertains to extremely addicting pain relievers.”

Amy S. Conners, Schulenberg’s lawyer, stated in a declaration the settlement was made “in order to prevent the expenditure, hold-up, and unidentified result of litigation.” Conners stated that Schulenberg verified he did not recommend opiates to any patient with the objective that they be provided to Prince. ” After he discovered of Prince’s addiction, he right away worked to refer Prince to a treatment center and to move care to a chemical dependence professional,” Conners stated. “Dr. Schulenberg has actually formerly revealed all info concerning his care and treatment of Prince to his companies, police, and regulative authorities in the course of his complete cooperation with all associated examinations. Clayton Tyler, a lawyer for Johnson, stated Johnson was eased that no charges have actually been submitted versus him. ” He continues to reject that he had anything to do with the death of his friend, Prince,” Tyler stated in a declaration gotten by CNN affiliate WCCO. “Prince’s death was a catastrophe that couple of might experience more deeply than Kirk Johnson. Today’s choice verifies his innocence, and he will continue to grieve and honor his good friend every day.”