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Jury: AEG not liable for Michael Jackson’s death

I have to confess to not paying much attention to the 21-week trial that had Michael Jackson’s estate suing AEG Live for hiring the doctor responsible for the star’s drug overdose death in 2009.

But if you have been paying attention, you should know that the jury’s verdict was announced this afternoon and the concert promoter has prevailed. Jackson lawyers have said they have grounds for an appeal so this thing could take years to decide.

CNN reports that the jury decided that Dr. Conrad Murray was competent, so even though AEG Live hired him, it was not liable for Jackson’s death and didn’t owe the Jackson family millions of dollars in compensation.

“I counted Michael Jackson a creative partner and a friend,” the company’s CEO Randy Phillips said. “We lost one of the world’s greatest musical geniuses, but I am relieved and deeply grateful that the jury recognized that neither I, nor anyone else at AEG Live, played any part in Michael’s tragic death.”

Jackson, just about to launch a comeback concert tour, died of an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol, which Murray told investigators he was using to treat the singer’s insomnia so he could rest for rehearsals.

Murray is set to be released from jail later this month after serving two years for involuntary manslaughter.

“We felt (Murray) was competent” to be Jackson’s general practitioner, said juror Greg Barden. “That doesn’t mean we felt he was ethical.”



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