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Katherine Jackson Files Appeal

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Legal Issues

Katherine JacksonMichael Jackson's mother has appealed the verdict of her $40 billion wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live.

Katherine Jackson filed new court documents in Los Angeles yesterday morning in a bid to have the jury's decision - which ruled the concert promoter was not responsible for the King of Pop's death in 2009 and was not wrong for hiring Dr. Conrad Murray to be the late singer's medical practitioner - overturned, according to gossip website TMZ.com.

It was previously revealed that the 83-year-old Jackson family matriarch was still hopeful after hearing comments made the jury following the conclusion of the five-month trial last month and her lawyer Brian Panish confirmed they were gathering information for an appeal. "She isn't throwing in the towel. We can't give up until we gather all the information. Today is another chapter," he said.

The jury decided on October 2 that AEG Live, the promoter of Michael's This Is It comeback concerts, hired Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in November 2011, but were not liable for the disgraced physician's actions that led to the "Thriller" hitmaker's death in 2009 because he was neither "unfit" nor "incompetent" when they hired him.

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Conrad Murray Released from Prison

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Conrad MurrayConrad Murray has been released from prison.

The disgraced physician was sentenced to four years in jail for the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson - who died of acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009 - but was allowed to walk free this morning after spending less than two years behind bars because of good behavior.

The 60-year-old doctor was secretly released out of a back exit of the Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles as it was believed there could be a "safety issue" because a group of Jackson fans were camped outside the Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles waiting for him. Murray's lawyer, Valerie Wass, told reporters outside the prison that her client was anxious to "hug his family," and he was planning to get his medical licenses reinstated in California, Texas and Nevada so he can resume his medical career.

"He wants to take some time and see his family. Believe me; after you've been locked up in this place for two years, it's a shock emotionally and physically," she said.

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Conrad Murray to Plead the Fifth at Jackson Trial

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Dr. Conrad MurrayConrad Murray will plead the Fifth at Michael Jackson's wrongful death lawsuit trial.

Although the shamed doctor has been called to take the stand at Michael's mother Katherine's civil case against AEG Live - which accuses the company of being responsible for negligently hiring Conrad to care for Michael - he will not answer questions because the responses could affect his appeal, according to TMZ.

The medic has already served a year and a half in prison after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter following Michael's death, but his lawyer Valerie Wass is set to file documents arguing she is appealing his conviction and whatever he says in Katherine's lawsuit could be used against him.

Michael's son, Prince Michael, is expected to give evidence on conversations he had with his father about the concert promoter. "Prince absolutely plans on testifying," a source previously said.


Michael Jackson’s Son to Testify in Wrongful Death Case

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Prince JacksonMichael Jackson's son will testify at his wrongful death lawsuit trial.

Prince Jackson will take the stand in his grandmother Katherine Jackson's civil case against AEG Live - which accuses the company of being responsible for negligently hiring Dr. Conrad Murray to care for the late King of Pop - and is expected to give evidence on conversations he had with his father about the concert promoter.

"Prince absolutely plans on testifying. Prince very much wants to take the stand and plans to tell jurors about specific conversations he had with his father about AEG. Prince will also testify about the fateful day his father died, as he was an eyewitness to the efforts that were made to save his life," a source said.

In the lawsuit, Katherine, 82, contends that AEG Live - which was behind the late singer's This Is It comeback concerts at The O2 arena in London - were responsible for Dr. Murray, who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter following Michael's death, and failed to properly vet the physician before hiring him. The "Thriller" hitmaker died in June 2009 after being administered a lethal dose of Propofol by Murray.

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Katherine Jackson’s Lawsuit to Go to Trial

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Katherine JacksonKatherine Jackson's civil lawsuit against AEG Live will go to trial.

Katherine wants the concert promoter to face action as she says they were responsible for hiring Doctor Conrad Murray to care for her son Michael Jackson prior to his death from acute Propofol intoxication in 2009.

And while Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos dismissed all but one claim in Katherine's lawsuit, her allegation AEG negligently hired and supervised Dr. Murray while he cared for her son will go to trial. The ruling dismissed claims AEG could be held liable for Murray's conduct and breached its duty to properly care for the pop superstar.

The trial will start on April 2.

AEG Live was promoting Michael's This Is It comeback concerts at The O2 arena in London, but the "Thriller" hitmaker died in June 2009, aged 50, while in final preparations for the shows after Murray administered a lethal dose of the anaesthetic Propofol in Michael's bedroom.


Conrad Murray Writing a Michael Jackson Book

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Drugs, Rumors

Conrad MurrayDr. Conrad Murray is writing a "tell-all" book about Michael Jackson.

The disgraced physician - who was sentenced to four years imprisonment for the involuntary manslaughter of the King of Pop - is reportedly penning a memoir about his work for the singer, with friends claiming the "Thriller" hitmaker confided his "inner-most secrets" to him.

"Dr. Murray spends most of his days writing what he is telling friends will be a tell-all book about what really happened in the final days of Michael Jackson's life. Murray believes that the public will want to hear about the time he spent with Michael. Conrad says that Michael confided his inner-most secrets about his true feelings about his family, the child molestation trial and his three children. Murray contends that Michael's kids viewed him as a family member and loved him," a source close to Murray said.

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Joe Jackson Drops Suit Against Conrad Murray

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Drugs, Legal Issues, Obituaries

Conrad MurrayMichael Jackson's father has dropped his wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Conrad Murray.

Joe Jackson filed a request with a Los Angeles court asking for his 2010 suit against the doctor - who was convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of the King of Pop in November 2011 - to be dismissed without prejudice. In the suit, Joe had alleged Murray withheld vital information from the doctors and emergency room staff who tried to save Michael's life on the day he died in June 2009.

Joe claimed Murray wrongfully provided the powerful anaesthetic Propofol and a "polypharmacy" of other drugs to his son just before he died and alleged the doctor asked a security guard to clean the room in which Michael died of medication before police arrived at the Los Angeles mansion.

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Michael Jackson Manslaughter Trial Will Be Televised

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Dr. Conrad Murray

The trial for Michael Jackson’s manslaughter case will be televised.

Judge Michael Pastor made the ruling on Monday, one that will shine a spotlight on Dr. Conrad Murray. Dr. Murray is the physician who was responsibly caring for Jackson at the time of the singer’s death.

Opening statements for the trial will begin in April.

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Conrad Murray: Ordered to Stand Trial for Michael Jackson Manslaughter

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Music, Child Stars, Legal Issues

His legal defense seemed a little shaky from the word go.

Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician who cared for pop star Michael Jackson during the singer’s final days, has been ordered to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter. Murray claimed that Jackson injected himself with a lethal dose of Propofol, but the judge has ruled that Murray's case will continue.

Meanwhile, Murray has been stripped of his medical license. Members of the Jackson family (Katherine, Janet, La Toya, Jackie, Jermaine and Marlon) were present during last week’s hearing, which ended in the current ruling. “I’m happy so far,” said La Toya of the events.

Testimony in the hearing took six days, where more than 20 witnesses were heard for the prosecution. No witnesses were called for the defense during the hearing.

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Conrad Murray Defense: Michael Jackson Killed Himself

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Music, Child Stars, Legal Issues, Rumors

The prosecutor in Dr. Conrad Murray’s manslaughter case believes the defense will place the blame on Michael Jackson.

Murray is charged with killing the Prince of Pop by administering a fatal dose of Propofol.

“I do think it's clear the defense is operating under the theory that the victim, Michael Jackson, killed himself,” said Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney David Walgren.

According to TMZ, Murray says Jackson administered the drug to himself while the doctor was momentarily out of the room.

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