Jury Selection Begins In Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Category: Society / Apr 02, 2013 4:04PM EDT
Jury selection began on Tuesday (April 2) in the wrongful death suit filed by Michael Jackson's mother against concert promoters AEG. 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. Murray may be called to testify in this trial, although Katherine Jackson's lawyer said the physician was planning to assert his Fifth Amendment rights and remain silent. A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge 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 a lengthy process to seat 12 jurors, the actual case could last up to three months. Video Source: Reuters