Michael Jackson Vs. AEG Live- Trial Now Waits For Jury's Decision
The Jackson family's attorney, Brian Panish, has delivered his closing statement for the negligence trial and stated how much money AEG Live should pay in damages.
Michael Jackson's attorney told a courtroom on Tuesday that the late singers death was caused by the actions of concert promotion company AEG Live.
They allegedly hired the doctor who gave the 'king of pop' a fatal dose of an anaesthetic and are being sued the Jackson family for negligence and his death.
The Jackson's family attorney, Brian Panish, asked the jurors in his closing statement "Do people do things they shouldn't do for money? People do it every day."
The accused Dr Conrad Murray, who gave Jackson the anaesthetic, was in $500,000 worth of debt, so it w sin his own interest to prolong the $150,000 a month pay check he was receiving for treating the singer.
Panish reiterated that if Dr Murray was not hired to by AEG Michael Jackson would still be alive, "No Murray, no AEG, no propofol, Michael's still here," he said.
The Jacksons have sued AEG for negligence in hiring and supervising the services of Dr Murray, even though the promotion company maintain that the doctor worked for Jackson and any money the firm was supposed to pay the doctor was an advance to Michael.
This is the first time in the five moth long trial that a price has been suggested by the Jackson's for damages as they ask the jury to award Michael's three children $85 million dollars each and $35 million to his mother.
Panish further reminded the jury of an expert witness who testified that the singer was set to earn $1.2 billion to $1.6 billion from new tours, new music and a Las Vegas residency. "We're not looking for sympathy," Panish said. "We're looking for justice, full and complete."
Dr Murray was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to the maximum penalty of 4 years in prison, in which he is likely to serve 2 years.
The 12 jurors will now begin deliberations but a unanimous verdict is not required, only 9 of the 12 jurors must agree.
Dr Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in 2011
Jackson was set to make between $1.2 billion and $1.6 billion in new music, tours, and a Las Vegas show