By: Dana Brenklin
September 26, 2013
After five months of testimony, over 50 witnesses and a countless number of doctors, the fate of Mrs. Jackson, Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., Paris Katherine Michael Jackson, Prince Michael “Blanket” Jackson and AEG Lives’ Lives lie in the hands of 12 people that no one knew of five months ago.
Thursday afternoon a Los Angeles Judge gave her final instructions and handed the case over to the jury.
Brian Panish, Katherine Jackson’s lawyer gave his rebuttal to the defense’s final closing arguments before the jury was given the case. Panish told the jury that Michael was pushed into doing 50 dates for his London comeback tour and that AEG hired Conrad Murray.
The king of pop’s mother Katherine Jackson and Michael’s three children are suing AEG Live, arguing that the concert promoters negligently hired, supervised or retained Conrad Murray and are liable in the drug overdose of Michael Jackson.
Murray was convicted in 2011 for the death of Michael Jackson and plaintiff’s Brian Panish says that Michael Jackson paid for his hand in this with his life, Murray paid and AEG doesn’t want to take responsibility for their part.
Panish responded to Putnam’s closing argument that all AEG “wanted to do was put on a concert”, telling the jury that AEG didn’t care about Michael Jackson, “they are a money making machine” and that is all they wanted to do, put on a concert.
Mr. Panish responded to Putnam telling the jury to watch “This Is It” by saying, who made the move, AEG. Panish reminded the jury of the email between two AEG executives, (one of whom is the head counsel for AEG Live) which has one referring to Michael Jackson as a freak and the other saying it was creepy that he was going to meet him the next day, telling them, this is how they refer to people they are going to make millions of dollars off of.
Mr. Panish showed pictures of three key executives of AEG, who for the most part could not recall and told them not to believe a word they said. “How dare they come up here and accept no responsibility and blame it all on Michael” Panish said in his rebuttal.
Panish also said in his rebuttal that they have always accepted their share and that Michael’s share is 20% and that 80% of the blame should belong to AEG Live.
Mr. Panish said that Michael did have a problem with Demerol and did have a sleep problem and he was charged years ago, but what does that have to do with this trial. He referred to AEG as big bad AEG and said if I have an army of lawyers, they have the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, referring to Putman’s closing arguments. Michael Jackson was found not guilty of the crimes he was charged with and acquitted.
Michael Jackson did use Propofol before 2009, but he didn’t die until Conrad Murray negotiated a contract with AEG Live, Jackson attorney said.
The case has gone to the jury and they deliberated for two hours Thursday afternoon and will be back for a full day of deliberations Friday Morning at 9:30am.
Mrs. Jackson was seen greeting fans with hugs, smiles and tears after court. Rebbie Jackson, Taj Jackson and TJ Jackson were all in attendance.
If AEG is found liable for the death of the king of pop, Mrs. Jackson and her grandchildren could be awarded as much as 1.5 billion dollars.
- Jackson Wrongful Death Trial: Who Hired Conrad Murray? (danabrenklinsperspective.wordpress.com)