A jury reached a verdict Wednesday in a case claiming the promoter of Michael Jackson’s comeback concert was negligent in hiring the doctor who killed him. The verdict of not guilty was read at 3:30 p.m. PT. The jury did not believe that Dr. Conrad Murray was unfit or incompetent to perform the work for which he was hired, therefore AEG Live can’t be held liable.
The panel of six men and six women began deliberating on Sept. 26, more than five months after the start of the trial that offered an unprecedented look into the superstar’s private life.
Jackson’s mother sued concert promoter AEG Live LLC over the hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving Jackson an overdose of the anesthetic propofol in 2009.
Katherine Jackson claimed AEG Live should have done a thorough background check on Murray.
The company denied hiring Murray and said he had been picked by the singer as the doctor for his upcoming shows.
The case provided the closest look yet at Jackson’s drug use and his battles against chronic pain and insomnia. It also took jurors behind the scenes in the rough and tumble world of negotiations with one of the world’s most famous entertainers looking to solidify his legendary status after scandal interrupted his career.
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