August 16, 2012 12:00

Michael Jackson's father drops case against Conrad Murray

Joe Jackson sought civil damages against the doctor who was convicted of causing the singer's death

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Michael Jackson's father has dropped a civil case against the singer's doctor, who was convicted of causing his death in 2010.

Joe Jackson began proceedings against Conrad Murray a year after he was convicted of giving the singer a fatal dose of anaesthetic. Jackson sought civil damages for a variety of issues, including loss of income and emotional distress, the BBC reports.

A federal judge originally refused to hear the case, but Jackson then re-filed it in a state court in Los Angeles. However, court documents show the case was dropped this week. His case claimed that Murray lied to paramedics and doctors about giving Jackson the anaesthetic propofol and that he did not keep sufficient medical records – which were both issues brought up in his trial last year.

Conrad Murray's attorney Charles Peckham said: "It's good finally that this case is dismissed and gone… It's pretty clear that Joe Jackson intelligently and smartly dismissed this case so he, his wife and children can focus on Michael Jackson's life instead of the circumstances of his death."

He also said that Murray, who remains jailed while he appeals his conviction for involuntary manslaughter, was still saddened by Jackson's death and sent well wishes to his family. "His heart goes out to them," Peckham said.

Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine, continues to pursue a case against concert promoter AEG Live, after alleging the company negligently hired and supervised Murray, whose treatments were administered while the pop star was rehearsing for a 50-date comeback show at London's O2 Arena.

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