Jackson Wrongful Death Trial: Deliberations Begin




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. 





Recovering Drug Addicted Dr. Gives Michael Jackson “Grave Prognosis”


Mrs. Jackson was not in attendance today as she has been absent during most of the defense’s Case.  Today addiction medicine specialist Dr. Paul Henry Early took to the stand for a second day of questioning. 


Wednesday addiction specialist and recovering heroin addict Dr. Early’s credibility was severely scrutinized by plaintiff’s Kevin Boyle, after saying yesterday that Michael had been playing Russian roulette with each dose of propofol he was given by his doctor back in 2009.


Early was questioned about two blogs he wrote, one, just weeks after Jackson’s death and the other one after Conrad Murray was convicted of manslaughter for the death of the King of Pop.  “Michael Jackson: Addiction and The Privileged” and “Murray Convicted – Addiction Wins”.  The witness says that he did not mean that Michael was addicted, he just wanted to shed some light on the subject and that if he died from a propofol overdose that it would not be a far stretch to say that he was addicted.   The doctor was questioned about guidelines and ethics about diagnosing people in the public eye.   He said he was following the guidelines and did not break any rules.


This is not all the doctor came under fire for.  The doctor says that AEG Live, LLC funded his research on propofol with $53,000, which plaintiffs say created a conflict of interest and they also cite and bring to the court’s attention again, a code of ethics.  Boyle says that the instructions are that he is to add in the research article who funded his research and that it is supposed to be on the title page and the witnesses recognition of AEG Live shows up on the 7th page of his article.  The witness says that he was not trying to hide anything, he followed the guidelines and has no say so on how it is formatted once he submits the article.


Wait, that is not all.  Dr. Early was also asked about his drug addiction.  Yes, drug addiction.  The doctor has an opioid addiction and says that he has used that experience in rendering an opinion in this case, but the doctor was not addicted to pain killers.  The doctors drugs of choice were Oxycodone and the street drug heroin.  The doctor he collaborated with on the research for the article that AEG Live, LLC funded was also a drug addict, lost his license, was convicted of a felony and this was not told by the witness until he said that his partner was in between jobs and plaintiff’s counsel Kevin Boyle dug a little deeper. The witness says he has since earned his license back and is practicing on a probationary status.


Closing arguments should be heard by the week of September 23rd and the jury learned this week that they may be partially sequestered during deliberations.  The defense plans to end early and plaintiff’s counsel Brian Panish says they have a few rebuttal witnesses that should take about three days. 


The trial continues

 Dana Brenklin