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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Live
« Reply #45 on: April 02, 2013, 07:23:42 PM »
Conrad Murray Deposition Canceled As He Refuses To Answer Questions In Katherine Jackson Lawsuit
Posted on Mar 18, 2013 @ 10:57AM | By jenheger


Conrad Murray’s deposition in Katherine Jackson’s lawsuit against AEG has been canceled because Michael Jackson’s jailed former doc was going to refuse to answer any questions, RadarOnline.com is reporting exclusively.

Murray, behind bars after being found guilty in connection with Michael’s death, plans to appeal and was going to exercise his Fifth Amendment right in the depo.

“Conrad Murray’s deposition was canceled late Friday because he was going to take the fifth Amendment and refuse to answer any questions,” a source told Radar exclusively.

“Murray is appealing his involuntary manslaughter conviction. Katherine’s attorneys feel they have a very strong case without him.”

There was some confusion as Murray’s attorney Valerie Wass gave lawyers conflicting messages, said a source. “In one phone call she indicated Murray wouldn’t be testifying, the next minute, (she indicated) he would talk. So at the end of the day Friday, the decision was made to just pull the plug on it,” a source said.

As RadarOnline.com was first to report, the King of Pop’s oldest son, Prince, plans on testifying at the upcoming trial.

Katherine is suing AEG in connection with Michael’s death, saying the company was negligent in how it hired and supervised Murray.

AEG was the concert promoter for Michael’s comeback concerts that were scheduled to take place in London.

“Prince very much wants to take the stand and plans to tell jurors about specific conversations he had with his father about AEG,” the source told Radar. “Prince will also testify about the day his father died as he was an eyewitness to the efforts made to save his life. There are no plans for either Paris or Blanket to testify though.”

Murray was convicted in 2011 for the involuntary manslaughter death of Michael after administering a fatal dose of propofol to help the pop singer sleep.

Murray had not signed his employment contract with AEG at the time of Michael’s death.

The trial is scheduled to begin on April 1.

http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2013/03/conrad-murray-deposition-canceled-katherine-jackson-lawsuit/

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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Live
« Reply #46 on: April 02, 2013, 07:26:42 PM »
MICHAEL JACKSON'S FAMILY DON'T ASK 'WHO'S THE DADDY?
3/19/2013 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Michael Jackson's family is pleading with the judge in their wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live to EXCLUDE any evidence of the paternity of MJ's 3 kids.

TMZ has obtained legal docs in which Katherine Jackson, Blanket, Paris and Prince argue ... it's irrelevant for a jury to hear evidence about the conception of the 3 kids. Specifically, they believe AEG has no right to delve into their biological parentage. 

The Jackson crew also wants to exclude any evidence that MJ's siblings have financial problems.  They worry AEG might try to argue that the real force behind the lawsuit is the need for cash.

And mama Jackson and the kids want the judge to bar evidence or any mention of child molestation allegations, partly because MJ was never found guilty.

A judge has yet to rule on the motions.

http://www.tmz.com/2013/03/19/michael-jackson-wrongful-death-lawsuit-evidence-paternity-child-molestation-katherine-jackson-blanket-paris-prince/

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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Live
« Reply #47 on: April 02, 2013, 07:35:46 PM »
Paris Jackson Deposed In Katherine Jackson’s Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against AEG
Posted on Mar 21, 2013 @ 11:38AM | By jenheger


UPDATE: 1:43 p.m. PDT: Paris Jackson is about to begin her deposition, and is wearing a blue top, jeans, and brown Ugg boots. TJ Jackson, her co-guardian, is also with her.

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Michael Jackson‘s daughter, Paris, is being deposed Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles in connection with a wrongful death lawsuit her grandmother, Katherine Jackson, filed against concert promoter, AEG, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

Katherine contends that AEG was responsible for her son’s death because they were responsible for hiring Dr. Conrad Murray to be his physician.

“The deposition will take place in a private interview room that is big enough to accomodate lawyers for Katherine, and AEG, beginning at 1:30,” a source tells RadarOnline.com exclusively.

As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Prince plans on testifying at the trial, which is scheduled to begin in April.

Katherine suffered a huge legal setback recently when a California court dismissed all but one of her claims against AEG and its president, Tim Leiweke.

The defendants have filed legal documents with the Court of Appeal in California to dismiss that one claim, on the question of whether AEG Live negligently hired Murray, Jackson’s long time personal physician. Additionally, all but one of her claims against the remaining defendants were dismissed and the California Court of Appeals ordered Michael’s medical records unsealed.

Murray was convicted in 2011 for the involuntary manslaughter death of Michael after administering a fatal dose of propofol to help the pop singer sleep.

Murray hadn’t formally signed his employment contract with AEG at the time of Michael’s death, and say they aren’t responsible for his tragic death.

http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2013/03/paris-jackson-deposed-katherine-jackson-wrongful-death-lawsuit-aeg-exclusive/

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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Live
« Reply #48 on: April 02, 2013, 07:37:30 PM »
Judge sets rules for suit over Jackson doctor
Posted: Mar 21, 2013 9:42 PM GST
Updated: Mar 22, 2013 1:11 AM GST
By LINDA DEUTSCH


AP Special Correspondent LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles judge set the stage Thursday for trial of a civil suit by Michael Jackson's mother against concert giant AEG Live.
Katherine Jackson claims the company negligently hired the doctor later convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death and failed to oversee him. She and the singer's two eldest children are expected to testify about the singer's last days.

Legal rulings by Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos anticipated a three-month trial that will revisit events preceding the singer's death from an anesthetic overdose in 2009.

Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of manslaughter for administering the drug propofol, is not named in the lawsuit. But the judge agreed to allow him to be brought to court from jail to testify outside the jury's presence. He has said he would invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to testify. But lawyers said he could possibly talk about non-criminal issues.

The judge said jury selection would begin April 2 and attorneys estimated the search for a panel could be long and difficult because of the notoriety of the parties and the estimated length of the trial.

The judge granted several plaintiff's motions and rejected a few.

She refused to bar AEG from raising the subject of child molestation charges against Jackson from years ago. Lawyers for his mother claim it's irrelevant because he was acquitted.

Katherine Jackson's attorney, Kevin Boyle, argued that "There is nothing more prejudicial than dropping that bomb in court, mentioning child molestation."

But Palazuelos said she would allow testimony that Jackson became despondent and reliant on drugs because of the charges.

She refused to approve inquiry into the finances of Jackson's siblings and barred any testimony about a claim that Katherine Jackson was kidnapped by family members and taken to Arizona last year.

She wouldn't permit AEG lawyers to ask questions about possible discord in the marriage of Katherine and Joe Jackson and she barred any inquiry into the identity of the biological parents of Jackson's three children.

Katherine Jackson's suit seeks hundreds of millions of dollars from AEG including $200 million in non-economic damages, including emotional distress.

The case centers on whether AEG did an appropriate investigation of Murray and whether they controlled him while he was preparing Jackson for a series of concerts in London.

During arguments, the question arose of why Katherine Jackson did not sue Murray. Attorneys disclosed that Jackson's son Prince and his daughter, Paris, testified in depositions that they believed Murray was "a good person" and didn't want him sued. But Katherine Jackson, who had the decision, testified it was financial, they said.

The judge said AEG could have sued Murray as well.

"The same questions can be asked of you," she told AEG lawyers. "Why didn't you sue him?"

"Because we're not required to," attorney Marvin Putnam said.

The judge called the issue "a side show."

"He has no money and that's why they're not suing him," Putnam said.

http://www.newson6.com/story/21761026/judge-sets-rules-for-suit-over-jackson-doctor

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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Live
« Reply #49 on: April 02, 2013, 07:40:02 PM »
Jackson's sex abuse case may feature in new trial over death
LOS ANGELES | Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:18pm EDT


(Reuters) - Michael Jackson's 2005 trial and acquittal on child sex abuse charges may be revisited in a civil lawsuit next month that pits the pop singer's mother against concert promoters AEG Live, a Los Angeles judge ruled on Thursday.

Katherine Jackson is suing AEG Live for the wrongful death of her son, alleging that the concert promoter was negligent in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray to care for the singer ahead of a series of London comeback concerts set for July 2009.



 
Jackson, 50, died in June 2009 in Los Angeles after a rehearsal for the concerts. Murray was found guilty in 2011 of responsibility for Jackson's death by giving him the surgical anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid, and is serving a four-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos ruled that attorneys for AEG Live could raise Jackson's molestation trial as part of their defense in the wrongful death case as it may be relevant to his history of drug abuse and despondency.

After years of legal wrangling, the civil trial is due to get underway on April 2 and could last up to three months.

Katherine Jackson and the "Thriller" singer's two oldest children, Prince and Paris, could be called as witnesses, Palazuelos ruled in a pre-trial hearing.

Murray may also be called to testify, although Katherine Jackson's lawyer said the physician was planning to assert his Fifth Amendment rights and remain silent.

Katherine Jackson sued AEG Live a year after the "Thriller" singer's death on behalf of his three children, Prince, Paris and Prince II, known as Blanket. She is not suing Murray.

The pop star stood trial in central California in 2005 on charges of molesting a 13-year-old boy he had befriended and hosted at his Neverland Ranch. After a more than four-month trial, the singer was acquitted on all counts.

(Reporting By Jill Serjeant; Editing by Sandra Maler)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/22/entertainment-us-michaeljackson-aeg-idUSBRE92L00N20130322

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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Live
« Reply #50 on: April 02, 2013, 07:44:33 PM »
Paris Jackson questioned about dad's death in lawsuit
By Alan Duke, CNN
March 22, 2013 -- Updated 1232 GMT (2032 HKT)


Los Angeles (CNN) -- Paris Jackson, the 14-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson, is being questioned Thursday about her father's last days as part of her family's wrongful death lawsuit against a concert promoter.

In addition, Jackson lawyers told the judge in a court filing this week they were concerned that lawyers for AEG Live, the company accused of liability in Jackson's death, were "behaving aggressively and erratically" in their questioning of the Jackson children.

AEG Live asked Los Angeles Superior Judge Yvette Palazuelos to order Blanket Jackson to appear for a deposition, but his doctor warned it would be "medically detrimental" to the 10-year-old boy, according to the court filing.

When AEG Live lawyers deposed Prince Jackson, 16, earlier this month, they asked questions intended "to agitate the boy, creating serious concern among his guardians and attorneys," the document said.

Prince "testified that he was intimately involved in his father's affairs," an AEG Live lawyer said in an e-mail defending the questioning.

The wrongful death lawsuit is a high-stakes contest. Prince, Paris, Blanket and their grandmother, Katherine Jackson, are suing AEG Live for billions of dollars. The trial is set to begin in Los Angeles next month.

Jackson lawyers complained that AEG Live lawyers engaged in "a concerted tactical effort made to harass and burden the Jackson family through these abusive discovery processes."

While Blanket -- who was just 6 when his father died on June 25, 2009 -- will not be called as a witness in the trial, AEG Live has tried to force him to sit for a deposition, the filing said.

Blanket's doctor provided a letter saying it would be "medically detrimental" to the boy. "Yet defendants still to this day say they may move to compel Blanket's deposition," the Jackson filing said.

Jackson lawyers accused AEG Live lawyers of mistreating Prince when he was deposed on a recent Saturday. They "behaved in a manner designed to agitate the boy, creating serious concern among his guardians and attorneys," their filing said.

"Defense counsel asked the boy completely irrelevant and repetitive personal questions about whether he sends text messages, whether he send text messages from his phone, and whether he 'tweets,'" they said. "Defense counsel also asked the boy about every place he had ever lived, every teacher he had ever had and about his current efforts to start a career in addition to being a full-time student -- none of which have anything to do with the case at hand."

AEG Live lawyer Jessica Stebbins Bina, in an e-mail included in the court filing, defended her co-counsel Marvin Putnam's questioning of Prince.

"My understanding is that the deposition proceeded with appropriate questioning, and that the questions were legitimate questions appropriate to a wrongful death suit," she said.

The Jackson lawyers also complained about the questioning of family matriarch Katherine Jackson, who is 82. AEG Live lawyers deposed her for nine hours over three days and are asking for a fourth chance, they said. The questioning could have been easily done in two or three hours, they told the judge.

The lawsuit contends that AEG Live is responsible for Jackson's death because it hired and supervised Dr. Conrad Murray, who was administering the surgical anesthetic propofol to Jackson each night for a month to induce sleep as he prepared for a series of concerts organized by AEG Live.

AEG Live contends that Michael Jackson chose Murray as his personal physician. The promoter denies having hired or supervised Murray.
A jury found Murray guilty of involuntary manslaughter after hearing testimony that he violated medical standards in his treatment of Jackson.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/21/showbiz/paris-jackson-testimony/

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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Live
« Reply #51 on: April 02, 2013, 08:19:22 PM »
PRINCE Rogers Nelson Could Be Called to Testify in MJ Wrongful Death Suit
3/31/2013 8:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Prince and Michael Jackson never worked together in their illustrious careers ... until now ... because TMZ has learned Katherine Jackson intends to call Prince as a witness in her wrongful death lawsuit against AEG.

As TMZ first reported, MJ's mom and three kids are seeking $40 billion in damages from AEG for its alleged negligent hiring and supervision of Dr. Conrad Murray.

According to docs filed earlier this month, Katherine's legal team plans to call nearly 100 witnesses ... with one of them being Prince.

It's curious, since Prince and MJ never collaborated, but we're hearing Katherine's legal team believes Prince had a bad experience with AEG in the past that could be relevant.

Can you imagine Prince on the witness stand?

http://www.tmz.com/2013/03/31/michael-jackson-prince-aeg-wrongful-death-lawsuit/

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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Live
« Reply #52 on: April 02, 2013, 08:24:19 PM »
This is it: Katherine Jackson vs. tour promoter
By HLNtv.com Staff
updated 1:10 PM EDT, Mon April 01, 2013


This week marks the beginning of a second trial to get to the bottom of pop icon Michael Jackson's death.

Jury selection is set to start Tuesday for the civil suit Katherine Jackson filed against concert promoter AEG Live in the death of her son.

She claims that AEG pushed her son too hard during his comeback tour "This Is It" and negligently hired Dr. Conrad Murray to help the superstar sleep. Murray was convicted in a separate trial in 2011 and sentenced to four years in prison for involuntary manslaughter of the pop star.

Though Murray has refused to testify in this upcoming trial, there is a lot at stake for the Jackson family, who estimate that Michael Jackson would have earned in excess of $40 billion over the years had he not died prematurely in 2009.

That amount -- $40 billion -- is how much the 82-year-old matriarch is suing the concert promoter for, alleging that AEG is responsible for Murray's negligent behavior in issuing massive amounts of sleeping aids to Michael Jackson, which eventually led to his death.

Two of Jackson's three children, who are currently in their grandmother's custody, will also be involved in the trial proceedings. Prince and Paris are slated to testify in the upcoming trial about their father's overdose in 2009 and what they saw and heard in the months preceding his death.

Jackson's children seem to have adjusted well since the death of their father. Prince Jackson, 16, just signed on as a special guest correspondent for "Entertainment Tonight" and is looking to build a long career in Hollywood.

Paris, 14, has been making waves in the cheerleading world, rooting for her high school basketball team and even reportedly gaining interest from the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleading squad who admired her "poise, confidence, and enthusiasm," according to TMZ. Jackson's youngest son, affectionately called Blanket, is now 10.

http://www.hlntv.com/article/2013/04/01/katherine-jackson-vs-aeg-what-know

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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Live
« Reply #53 on: April 02, 2013, 08:30:55 PM »
LIVE TWEETS FROM JURY SELECTION FROM @ABC7Courts

Good morning everyone. Today the civil trial in the wrongful death of Michael Jackson begins. Katherine Jackson and the kids are suing AEG.

First on the agenda was a motion brought by the media to ask the judge to allow the trial to be televised, just like in Murray trial.

Brian Panish, atty for Katherine Jackson and the children, argued in favor of cameras. "All we ask is that the truth be seen by everyone."

Marvin Putnam, attorney for AEG, argued against camera, saying it could interfere with the due process and intimidate witnesses.

Judge Yvette Palazuelos, who's presiding over the trial, took camera request under submission and will rule on it before opening statement.

We are told Katherine Jackson plans to attend the entire trial, but won't be present until opening statements are set to begin.

One panel with 35 potential jurors came into the courtroom to begin the jury selection process. Judge read a statement of the case to them.

Judge told potential jurors that trial is estimated to last 90 days. Then, judge asked them to answer whether they can serve that long.

First panel of 35 jurors have been ordered to return at 1:30p to discuss their answer to whether they can serve 90 days.

Judge said trial will be Mon-Thu from 9:30 am to noon, 1:30 pm to 4:00/4:30 pm and Fridays 9:00 am to noon, 2:30 to 4:00/4;30 pm.

We'll be covering the trial daily and will tweet as much as possible. Judge has denied live tweeting, but that's still under discussion.

Attys for all sides are now looking at the answers provided by the jurors. Once they are qualified for time, they'll answer a questionnaire.

Some Michael Jackson fans are in the courtroom as well. Jury selection has been moved to a bigger courtroom to accommodate everyone.

The lengthy questionnaire has 25 pages and 123 questions. I'm going over the doc now and will tweet the most relevant questions.

Before I forget, kudos to Judge Palazuelos and her staff for being very friendly to everyone present, whether media rep or public members!

Attorneys talking to the judge and telling her which jurors they want to jointly dismiss and the ones they want to question further.

This part of jury selection is just excuse for hardship, which means excuse the people who can't serve on a trial for 90 days.

Everyone now excused for lunch break. We'll be back at 1:30 pm.

After jurors are qualified based on time, they'll be given a questionnaire. First questions are personal: residency area, level of education

Jury questionnaire begins with personal questions: name, date of birth, residency, level of education, employment, jury experience.

Questionnaire asks if juror knows any judges, attorneys, court personnel. Also, it asks about medical conditions and if he/she was ever sued

Questionnaire asks if juror follows the news and, if so, from where (TV, Internet, radio, etc) It asks if the person has ever written a blog

Then questionnaire goes into social media, asking if the person has Facebook or twitter. Next is point of view, from conservative to liberal

Questionnaire asks if juror has declared bankruptcy or had major financial problems. It asks about if he person ever felt harassed at work.

Questionnaire: do you have any negative feelings about people who bring lawsuits for monetary damages? Should there be limits on the award?

Question: wound it be difficult to award multi millions of dollars to plaintiffs who sued for the death of a family member?

Question: would you find it difficult to award $0 damages to plaintiffs who sued for the death of a family member, even if failed to prove?

Question: do you believe that lawsuits only drive up costs & do little good? Are lawsuits against companies an unfair reach to deep pockets?

Question: do you think celebrities and high profile people feel they are entitled to act however they please?

Question: are you familiar with the medications: sleeping pills, Propofol, Demerol, Vicodin, morphine, Valium, Ativan.

Question: do you believe that people who develop a drug dependency can choose to stop of they want to?

Question: have you ever heard, read, seen or otherwise become aware of the issue of drug dependency among entertainers/performers?

Question: have you ever heard/read/seen in the media any stories linking Michael Jackson and prescription drug dependency?

Questionnaire wants to know if the juror considers themselves fans of Michael Jackson and what opinion they have about him.

Then questionnaire goes into the "This Is It" tour, asking jurors familiarity with it and with the documentary. Also it asks about AEG.

As to AEG, questionnaire wants to know if jurors know about the entity and their executives Brandon Phillips and Paul Gongaware.

Questionnaire wants to know if juror knows Katherine Jackson and Prince, Paris and Blanket and whether they have an opinion about them.

Question: have you heard/read/seen anything about a 2005 trial/allegations in which Michael Jackson was accused of molesting a child?

Question: have you formed an opinion already about anything related to this case? Do you think you can be fair and impartial juror?

Then questionnaire inquires about Dr. Conrad Murray's trial and how much a person followed it.

Question: have you already formed a strong unchangeable opinion that Dr. Conrad Murray is entirely responsible for Michael Jackson's death?

Question: have you already formed a strong unchangeable opinion that Michael Jackson cannot be held responsible for his own death?

Questionnaire asks if juror has heard anything about this case and of they have formed opinion about it one way or the other.
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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Live
« Reply #54 on: April 02, 2013, 08:41:25 PM »
AEG Live to put Michael Jackson on trial in own death
By Alan Duke
April 2, 2013 -- Updated 0934 GMT (1734 HKT)


Los Angeles (CNN) -- Michael Jackson's last concert promoter will defend itself in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the pop icon's family by arguing that Jackson was responsible for his own demise.

Child molestation accusations against Jackson, for which he was acquitted after a trial, and evidence of his drug addiction will likely be presented by AEG Live's lawyers as they argue that the company had no liability in his death.

The Jackson v. AEG Live trial, which could last two or three months, begins in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday.
Jackson died two weeks before his "This Is It" comeback concerts, organized by AEG Live, were to have debuted in London in the summer of 2009.

"I don't know how you can't look to Mr. Jackson's responsibility there," AEG lawyer Marvin Putnam said. "He was a grown man." Putnam was interviewed for "Michael Jackson: The Final Days," a CNN documentary that will premiere at 10 p.m. Friday.

Mr. Jackson is a person who was known to doctor shop," Putnam said. "He was known to be someone who would tell one doctor one thing and another doctor something else."

The child molestation trial is relevant because it "resulted in an incredible increase in his drug intake," Putnam said.

"We're talking about Michael Jackson," Putnam said. "This is a man who would show up in pajamas. This is a man who would stop traffic and get out and dance on top of his car. This is a man who would go to public events with a monkey named Bubbles. This is a man who said he slept in an oxygen chamber."

Lawyers for Jackson's mother, Katherine, and children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, argue that AEG Live is liable because the company hired and supervised Dr. Conrad Murray, who used a surgical anesthetic in a fatal effort to treat the singer's insomnia as he prepared for the comeback concerts. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and is serving a prison sentence.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos ruled in February that Jackson lawyers have shown enough evidence to warrant a jury trial on the negligent hiring case. She also ruled there was evidence to support the Jacksons' claim that AEG Live executives could have foreseen that Murray would use dangerous drugs in treating the singer.

The lawsuit seeks a judgment against AEG Live equal to the money Jackson would have earned over the course of his remaining lifetime if he had not died in 2009. If AEG Live is found liable, it could cost the company several billion dollars, according to estimates of Jackson's income potential. AEG Live is a subsidiary of AEG, a global entertainment company that was for sale recently with an $8 billion asking price.

The judge will hear arguments for television cameras in the Los Angeles courtroom just before jury selection starts Tuesday morning. While the Jackson lawyers are expected to support CNN's request to televise the trial, AEG lawyers say they are worried it could create a fan "frenzy" outside the courthouse.

The wrongful death trial, which could last several months, is expected to include testimony from Jackson's mother and his two oldest children, Prince and Paris.

Putnam questioned why their lawyers would call them to testify, suggesting it was "for the emotional response."

"I can't understand why bringing them to the stand has anything to do with whether or not Dr. Conrad Murray was hired by AEG or hired negligently. But perhaps they're bringing them to the stand for different reasons."

He bristled at the allegation, made by the Jackson lawyers in a court filing last month, that he was "behaving aggressively and erratically" in his questioning of Prince Jackson.

"We went out of our way to ensure we did precisely not that," Putnam said. "They may want to try to make the world believe that AEG Live is doing something inappropriate as to these children, but I'd ask the world to pause for a moment and look at what's actually happening here. They're the ones who are bringing this lawsuit and they're the ones who are saying they're going to put these children on the stand, something that I'm relatively certain their father would never, ever want to occur."

Jackson lawyers, he said, "are trying to sensationalize things that never happened" with their allegations about the way Prince was treated, he said. "I think in that scenario they're going to try to whip things up into a frenzy in the hopes that justice will not be served."

The only way AEG Live can lose the case, he said, "would be on an emotional basis outside of the facts."

Murray worked for Michael Jackson, not AEG, lawyer says

The key to AEG Live's defense is its contention that Murray was never an AEG employee but rather was chosen and paid by Michael Jackson for nearly four years until Jackson died.

While Murray has indicated he would invoke his Fifth Amendment right to avoid answering questions, Putnam pointed to the interview the doctor gave to police two days after Jackson's June 25, 2009, death. Murray told detectives it was his understanding that he was Jackson's employee, not AEG Live's, even though the concert promoter would be the party cutting his paychecks.

Conrad Murray says he won't testify in Jackson trial

"He was chosen by Michael Jackson," Putnam said. "He was brought to Los Angeles by Michael Jackson. He had been Michael Jackson's long-time physician and continued in that capacity and was directed by him and could only be fired at will by him."

AEG Live became involved with Murray only after Jackson had persuaded him to join his "tour party" for the "This Is It" concerts, Putnam said. "Then what happens is AEG starts to go back and forth with him and his attorney, Dr. Conrad Murray, with drafts of contracts."
Although Murray began treating Jackson six days a week in May, it was only the night before Jackson's death that Murray signed a contract. AEG executives and Jackson never signed it, Putnam said. The Jackson lawyers will argue the signed contract was not necessary to establish employment.

The unsigned contract and the oral understanding with Murray called for the doctor to be paid $150,000 a month while he served as Jackson's personal physician while he performed 50 shows at London's O2 Arena in the second half of 2009 and into 2010.
AEG's role was like MasterCard, lawyer says

AEG Live's role with Murray was only to "forward" money owed to him by Jackson, just as a patient would use their "MasterCard," Putnam said. "If you go to your doctor and you pay with a credit card, obviously MasterCard in that instance, depending on your credit card, is providing the money to that doctor for services until you pay it back. Now, are you telling them MasterCard in some measure in that instance, did MasterCard hire the doctor or did you? Well, clearly you did. I think the analogy works in this instance."

In fact, Putnam said, he learned during the discovery process that Michael Jackson was paying Murray during the last two months of his life. "He was paying for him during his entire time in Los Angeles and during the time we're talking about, Dr. Conrad Murray was being paid by Michael Jackson," he said. "We know this. We know this because the plaintiffs have said so."

The revelation that Jackson paid Murray during that period has not been reported. Jackson lawyers declined to comment, citing ethical limitations to their ability to talk to the media about the case.

E-mails reveal AEG's involvement, Jacksons say

A cornerstone of the Jacksons' case is an e-mail AEG Live Co-CEO Paul Gongaware wrote 11 days before Jackson's death. The e-mail to show director Kenny Ortega addressed concerns that Murray had kept Jackson from a rehearsal the day before: "We want to remind (Murray) that it is AEG, not MJ, who is paying his salary. We want to remind him what is expected of him."

Jackson lawyers argue the e-mail is evidence that AEG Live used Murray's fear of losing his lucrative job as Jackson's personal physician to pressure him to have Jackson ready for rehearsals despite his fragile health.

The AEG Live lawyers say the Jackson lawyers have "taken it completely out of context." Gongaware and the others were only concerned with making sure Murray had all the help he needed, such as perhaps a physical therapist or a nutritionist for his patient, Putnam said.
Alleged 'smoking gun' e-mail revealed

"Not only was there no such pressure, there couldn't be in a professional relationship," Putnam said in his CNN interview. "To say that that was the case would say that a doctor in some measure was not abiding by his Hippocratic Oath. If there's a professional who's providing a service for you, others outside of that professional relationship may go to that person, as you might any doctor and say, 'Are you doing all the things necessary for Mr. Jackson?' That doesn't apply pressure or control."

Ortega, who had worked closely with Jackson on previous tours, sounded a loud warning about his health after Jackson showed up for a rehearsal shivering just over a week before his death. He wrote in an e-mail to AEG Live President Randy Phillips: "It is like there are two people there. One (deep inside) trying to hold on to what he was and still can be and not wanting us to quit him, the other in this weakened and troubled state. I believe we need professional guidance in this matter."

In the e-mail, which was disclosed during Ortega's testimony at Murray's criminal trial, the show director also said he was worried about "real emotional stuff" Jackson appeared to be dealing with. "Everything in me says he should be psychologically evaluated," he wrote. Ortega said Jackson had "strong signs of paranoia, anxiety and obsessive-like behavior" and suggested they hire a "top psychiatrist in to evaluate him ASAP."

AEG Live worried about the flu, not drugs, lawyer says

The Ortega e-mail was not sounding an alarm about Jackson's health but just telling Phillips that Jackson was suffering "flu-like symptoms," Putnam said.

"Mr. Jackson was not in a position to get up on the stage and do the rehearsal because he had flu-like symptoms," Putnam said. "He was cold, he was shaky and as a result he didn't perform that evening."

"People were worried about that flu," so AEG Live executives called a meeting with Jackson and Murray the next day at Jackson's home to discuss it, he said.

"So Mr. Phillips went to that meeting at Mr. Jackson's home, that would be on the 20th of June, that's five days before Mr. Jackson passed," Putnam said. "And they got there, and Mr. Jackson was emphatic about the idea that he was great. 'You guys are all worrying about nothing. Look at me. I am fine.'"

Phillips sent Ortega a glowing endorsement of Murray: "This doctor is extremely successful (we check everyone out) and does not need this gig so he is totally unbiased and ethical."

The flu scare was one of only "a couple of occasions" that AEG Live's president had to be concerned about Jackson's health, Putnam said.
Other than "little instances like that," there "was nothing that ultimately gave rise any time before Mr. Jackson's death that there was any problem with Mr. Jackson," he said.

AEG Live would not have rushed Jackson, lawyer says

If there had been a health problem with Jackson, AEG Live would have had no problem postponing the start of the tour, he said.

"AEG Live had already moved the concerts because they weren't going to be ready in time for early July because of the number of set pieces Mr. Jackson wanted," he said. "There would be no rush for AEG Live to have to get to the stage by, I think at that point, by July 13th. If there was a problem here AEG wanted to know there was a problem because they could simply move the concerts."
The 50 shows were to be spread out over a year in the O2 Arena, which AEG owned and controlled, he said. "AEG had no interest in rushing to get to July 13th. On the contrary, if there was an issue they would have wanted to know."

What did Randy Phillips know?

An earlier e-mail leaked to the Los Angeles Times last year suggests that AEG Live's president saw Jackson's problems first-hand the day the pop star was to appear at the O2 Arena to publicly announce the shows. "MJ is locked in his room drunk and despondent," Phillips wrote in a March 5, 2009, e-mail to AEG Live's parent company, the paper reported. "I (am) trying to sober him up."

"I screamed at him so loud the walls are shaking," Phillips wrote. "He is an emotionally paralyzed mess riddled with self-loathing and doubt now that it is show time."

Despite this, Putnam insisted that Phillips was "incredibly impressed" and "saw a really engaged, interested, very smart, and savvy Michael Jackson."

Michael Jackson's assistant accuses promoter

The AEG Live chief had only "certain limited encounters" with Jackson in the months leading up to the scheduled shows, but he did get glowing reports, Putnam said. "Mr. Phillips kept hearing from various people in the tour party from rehearsals, and practices and meetings with various promoters, meetings with people who were going to do clothes, makeup, things of that nature," he said. "It was the same, that Mr. Jackson was incredibly engaged, was incredibly interested and seemed great."

AEG Live executives also had "no indication at any point that there was a problem with Conrad Murray," Putnam said. "He was licensed in four states. He had never been reprimanded. There were no indicators or warning signs of a problem. "

"Mr. Phillips had met him once, and he seemed quite happy that this was a fine, outstanding doctor in all appearances and he liked that fact," Putnam said. "And he liked that fact that he didn't appear to be a sycophant."

Trial judge thinks Jackson may have a case

Palazuelos, in her ruling rejecting an AEG Live's request to have the case thrown out, said she agreed that the Jackson lawyers had provided evidence that AEG Live didn't do "a sufficient background check of Dr. Murray, which would have established that Murray was deeply in debt."

Jackson's previous relationship with Murray, who treated him and his children for minor illnesses in Las Vegas, did not relieve AEG Live of liability, "although the fact may be relevant in determining proportional liability and damages," she said.

While the AEG Live lawyers argued the company could not have foreseen that Murray might use dangerous drugs on Jackson in preparation for the tour, Palazuelos said there was evidence that Gongaware had "previous tour experiences" with Jackson in which "tour doctors" gave "large amounts of drugs/controlled substances to him."

Gongaware testified in Murray's trial that he worked as tour manager for Jackson's "Dangerous" and "History" tours before joining AEG Live.

The judge cited "Gongaware's general knowledge of the ethical issues surrounding 'tour doctors' and the practice of administering drugs to performing artists."

"There is a triable issue of fact as to whether it was foreseeable that such a physician under strong financial pressure may compromise his Hippocratic Oath and do what was known by AEG Live's executives to be an unfortunate practice in the entertainment industry for financial gain," the judge wrote.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/01/showbiz/jackson-death-trial/?hpt=en_c2

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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Live
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Juror Questionnaire Asks About Drug Use & Molestation Case
Posted on Apr 2, 2013 @ 12:52PM | By jenheger


Prospective jurors in the $40 billion Michael Jackson wrongful death lawsuit that his mother, Katherine, filed against concert promoter, AEG Live, have been given a 29 page questionnaire to fill out – consisting of 122 questions ranging from the King of Pop’s molestation trial to his alleged drug abuse – RadarOnline.com is reporting.

The lengthy questionnaire is being given to potential jurors in hopes of finding a fair and impartial panel to hear the case – as part of their defense strategy, AEG is going to present alleged evidence and witnesses to back up their claim that Jackson became dependent on drugs during 2005 when he stood trial on child molestation charges – and that it was around this time his downward spiral into addiction began.

Read The 29-Page Juror Questionnaire http://amradaronline.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/katherine-jackson-vs-aeg-jury-questionnaire.pdf

Two groups of 35 potential jurors will be extensively questioned Tuesday as attorneys on both sides begin the grueling process of whittling down the jury pool to the eventual 12 who will sit in judgment.

Question 77 asks, “Have you ever heard/read/seen in the media any stories linking Michael Jackson and prescription drug dependency? If yes, please explain.”

The questionnaire also asks if jurors are familiar with sleeping pills, Propofol, Diprivan, Valium, or Ativan, and if they know anyone who has been addicted to drugs or alcohol.

The molestation trial features in question 108, “Have you heard/read/seen anything about a 2005 trial/allegations in which Michael Jackson was accused of molesting a child? If yes, please explain.”

Katherine Jackson is expected to attend the trial every day and Michael’s two oldest children, Prince Michael, 16, and Paris, 14, are expected to testify. Jackson’s youngest child, Blanket, will not take the stand.

As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Jackson died just two weeks before his This is It world tour, organized by AEG Live, was set to have kicked off at London’s O2 arena in the summer of 2009 – it was to be the Thriller singer’s much anticipated comeback.

Attorneys for Jackson’s family maintain that AEG is liable for his death as the concert promoter hired Dr. Conrad Murray to be Jackson’s personal physician throughout the tour — Murray used the powerful surgical anesthetic Propofol to help treat the singer’s insomnia.

In November 2011 Murray was convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of Jackson, and was sentenced to four years in county jail.

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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Live
« Reply #56 on: April 02, 2013, 09:19:14 PM »
This audio was taken from 'The Talk' on April 2nd.
Sharon Osbourne Message To Jackson's

http://mj-upbeat.com/SharonOsbourneMessageToJacksons.htm

…. And the thing is, there were certain people that worked at that company that knew that Michael Jackson was not well. And didn’t care because it was business. At the end of the day, whether he performed or he didn’t, they would still make money.  And I’ve had conversations with certain people at that company who have said exactly that to me. And  if they would like me to go to court, the Jacksons family, I will stand up and tell you who said that to me

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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Live
« Reply #57 on: April 02, 2013, 09:42:10 PM »
LIVE TWEETS FROM JURY SELECTION FROM @ABC7Courts


Second panel now in the courtroom. We'll tweet updates as soon as we are able too, since judge doesn't want live tweets from the courtroom.

Potential jurors who filed out form saying this trial would be a hardship are being questioned 1 by 1. Judge decides whether 2 dismiss them.

Court session concluded for the day. Out of this morning's panel10 jurors filled out questionnaires and 25 were excused due to hardship.

From this afternoon's panel, so far 4 potential jurors were ordered to fill out questionnaires. Others have been dismissed, but no final #

Tomorrow will be the same drill: two panels with 35 potential jurors in each will be screened for hardship. Court resumes at 10 am PT.

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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Live
« Reply #58 on: April 03, 2013, 11:46:57 PM »
Jackson doctor refuses to testify at AEG Live trial
By Michael Thurston (AFP) – 20 hours ago


LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson's jailed former doctor refused to testify at a trial in which the singer's mother is seeking massive damages from tour promoters she blames for hiring the medic.

Commenting as jury selection began for the wrongful death civil trial between Katherine Jackson and AEG Live, Conrad Murray said he is appealing his 2011 involuntary manslaughter conviction and does not want to incriminate himself.

"I've not been subpoenaed. I'm not interested in giving testimony in the trial,' he told CNN. "I will invoke my 5th Amendment right, because ... if there is a future trial I don't want to have any issues of self-incrimination."

The interview, his first since he was jailed, came hours after prospective jurors filed into a Los Angeles courtroom to begin the process of choosing the 12-strong panel that will decide if AEG ends up paying billions of dollars.

Judge Yvette Palazuelos started proceedings by reading out the allegations by Katherine Jackson and the late star's children against AEG Live, promoters of the self-styled King of Pop's doomed "This is It" tour.

Opening statements will only begin once a jury is chosen -- likely to take more than a week. After answering an initial questionnaire, prospective jurors were asked to return to court next Wednesday for further questioning.

Jackson died at his Los Angeles mansion on June 25, 2009, from an overdose of propofol, a powerful sedative administered by Murray to help the "Thriller" legend deal with chronic insomnia.

His 82-year-old mother accuses AEG Live of negligently hiring Murray to look after 50-year-old Jackson as he rehearsed in Los Angeles for the London shows scheduled for that summer.

Katherine Jackson argues that AEG Live pushed her son too hard to prepare for 50 or more performances, in what was seen as an attempt to revive his lucrative career four years after emerging from the shadow of child molestation charges.

But AEG says Jackson had a history of drug abuse long before the singer met Murray, who was hired to care for him before and during the shows at London's O2 Arena.

Murray has always maintained his innocence, and did so again Tuesday.
"I am an innocent man ... I maintain that innocence," he told CNN. "I am extremely sorry that Michael has passed. It's a tremendous loss for me."

"He was very close to me ... we were absolutely great friends," he added.

While Murray says he will not testify, Katherine Jackson herself, as well as the late pop star's two elder children, are expected to give evidence in the trial, which could last more than two months.

No Jackson family members were in court for the initial jury proceedings Tuesday. There were also few Jackson fans, such as those who turned out day after day during Murray's trial two years ago.

According to celebrity news website TMZ, Jackson's mother and his three children -- Prince, 16, Paris, 14 and 11-year-old Blanket -- want more than $40 billion from AEG for loss of future earnings and other damages.

But Jackson family attorney Kevin Boyle rejected the report, telling CNN: "No demand has been made by the Jackson family for $40 billion from AEG. That is just not true."

Before jury selection began in the LA Superior Court, the judge heard arguments by both sides over a request by CNN for live television coverage of the proceedings. She did not immediately rule on the issue.

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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Live
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Michael Jackson's Death On Trial: AEG Vs. The Jackson Family
4/02/2013


Jury selection begins today in the trial of Katherine Jackson and Michael’s children against concert promoter AEG Live.  The Jackson heirs reportedly will ask the jury for $40 billion in damages against AEG Live.  They blame the company for Dr. Conrad Murray’s ill-fated propofol treatment of the late King of Pop.

What is this trial really about?  Can the concert promoter be held legally responsible for Dr. Murray’ criminal mistreatment of Michael Jackson?

The answers are complicated and will be sorted out over the course of the next two to three months in front of a Los Angeles jury.  The trial will turn on two key questions:  Did AEG Live “hire” Dr. Murray to treat Michael Jackson, and if so, was it foreseeable to AEG that Dr. Murray could overdose Michael?  If the jury determines that the answer to both questions is yes, then it would then have to determine how much blame should be laid at the feet of AEG Live.

Katherine Jackson and her lawyers claim that AEG Live hired, supervised and controlled Dr. Murray, “putting its desire for massive profits from the Tour over the health and safety of Michael Jackson.”  AEG Live says that only Michael hired the doctor and it had no responsibility for how Dr. Murray treated Michael.

Originally, the heirs’ attorneys brought many different wrongful death claims against AEG Live, its parent corporation, and others associated with it.  But the defendants asked the judge to dismiss the claims for various reasons.  The judge agreed that AEG Live breached no direct duties of care to Michael Jackson and could not be legally responsible for Dr. Murray’s actions as an employee.  But the judge allowed one claim to proceed to trial.

The claim of negligent hiring, training, and supervision will be decided by the jury.  The judge determined that, while AEG Live had not entered into a written contract with Dr. Murray to care for Michael (one was prepared but Michael died before it was signed), it may have verbally agreed to hire him as an independent contractor, even before the contract was signed.  For example, the judge noted that AEG Live communicated with Dr. Murray regarding Michael’s care and treatment and included the costs of his services in the tour budget.

The judge also felt that there was enough evidence that AEG Live could have foreseen the harm presented by Dr. Murray to allow the claim to survive the motion for dismissal.  Dr. Murray was deeply in debt and had no other source of income (other than $150,000 per month he was to be paid for treating Michael).  More importantly, the judge pointed to AEG Live’s experience with other “tour doctors” who unethically administered large amounts of drugs to Michael in the past.  The judge ruled that only the jury could determine if AEG Live should have been aware that the strong financial pressure Dr. Murray was under was enough to cause him to potentially put Michael at risk of harm by over-medicating him.

The jury will be asked to wade through mountains of evidence, including thousands of pages of documents, witness testimony from dozens of witnesses, and more.  For example, AEG Live will focus on Michael Jackson’s troubled past, including his child molestation trial, in an effort to shift the blame onto Michael.  Its legal team will try to focus on Michael’s drug addictions and say he — not AEG Live — was responsible for compelling Dr. Murray to administer so much propofol.

The Jackson heirs will rely heavily on key e-mails between AEG executives, including ones that stated that AEG, not Michael Jackson, was paying Dr. Murray, and another that stated that AEG had checked out Dr. Murray, who was “extremely successful”.  Further, other emails showed that someone within AEG was so concerned with Michael’s health and well-being in the months leading up to his death that he recommended immediate psychological intervention.  That request was denied by the head of AEG Live.

AEG Live’s lead counsel told CNN that they are confident that AEG Live will win if the jury focuses on the facts, not the emotions.  He questions why the Jackson lawyers plan to call Michael’s children — Prince and Paris — as witnesses during trial.  The Jackson attorneys, in turn, believe that the emails and other evidence paint a compelling picture of AEG Live pressuring Dr. Murray with fear of losing his lucrative job, so that he would do anything to get Michael ready for the tour, despite his fragile health.  They feel that the one claim that survived dismissal is the cleanest and easiest claim to present to a jury during trial.

The trial promises to be emotional, heated, and dramatic.  At times, Michael Jackson’s oddities and personal demons will take center stage.  Other times, it will be the corporate executives’ desire for profit — even in the face of concerns over Michael’s health.

Until the evidence is revealed, it is too close to call at this time who is likely to come out on top.  But it will be a fascinating ride along the way.

By Danielle and Andrew Mayoras,

http://www.forbes.com/sites/trialandheirs/2013/04/02/michael-jacksons-death-on-trial-aeg-vs-the-jackson-family/