January 14, 2014 19:36

Michael Jackson's mother denied retrial in AEG Live case

The promoters were recently found not responsible for the death of Michael Jackson

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Katherine Jackson, the mother of the late pop star Michael Jackson, has had her bid for a retrial of the wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live rejected.

Last year AEG Live were found not responsible for the death of Michael Jackson. After a five-month trial and 14-hour deliberation, a jury of six men and six women concluded that the doctor looking after Jackson ahead of his concert tour was not unfit for his job.

Jackson died on June 25, 2009. The singer's mother claimed that AEG Live were negligent in hiring Dr Conrad Murray, who was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter for giving Jackson an overdose of the anaesthetic propofol. She was seeking costs of around £985m.

A judge in Los Angeles has now rejected a bid for a retrial made by Katherine Jackson. Judge Yvette Palazuelos has stated that there were no errors in her trial though Jackson's lawyers claimed jurors were "given an improper verdict form that was contrary to state law and didn't allow them to consider all the issues in the case", writes The Guardian.

After the ruling, Marvin Putnam - AEG Live's attorney - commented: "We were confident that the court would uphold the jury's verdict. This is also fantastic news for the taxpayers of California, who won't have their hard-earned money wasted retrying plaintiffs' baseless claims. Enough is enough." However, the Jackson family lawyer Kevin Boyle said the Jacksons would continue to fight the ruling. "We believe there are numerous ways that we can win on appeal," wrote Boyle.

Conrad Murray was released from jail on October 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. Murray was sentenced to four years in November 2011 for the involuntary manslaughter of the pop singer. The former cardiologist was given the maximum jail term after being found guilty of administering his patient with a lethal dose of the anesthetic Propofol as a sleep aid. He served nearly two years of that sentence.

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