Verdict Reached in Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Trial

A jury has found Michael Jackson’s concert promoter AEG Live not guilty of negligence in a lawsuit regarding the pop star’s death. The Jackson family was seeking $290 million for “emotional losses” from the company, which they claimed was responsible for hiring the doctor who killed him.

Dr. Conrad Murray, who prescribed the surgical anaesthetic that caused Jackson’s death at the age of 50 in 2009, was given a four year prison sentence for involuntary manslaughter. For the Jackson family’s lawsuit to succeed the jury would have had to deem that Murray was unfit or incompetent for his job when AEG Live hired him.

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