Michael Jackson's Family Files Paperwork for New Trial in Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Despite a jury ruling that AEG had no part in the singer's death in 2009, the family of Michael Jackson will pursue a new trial in its wrongful death lawsuit.
According to Rolling Stone, attorneys for Katherine Jackson and Jackson's three children filed paperwork Monday (Dec. 2) that claims misconduct in the trial's jury and insufficient evidences as grounds for a new trial. The documents also indicated that the family has new evidence to present should said trial occur.
The original trial concluded in October, with a jury finding that, despite the family's accusations, Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, was competent to treat the King of Pop.
"The jury heard what poor condition Michael Jackson was in, how he had deteriorated, he was frail, underweight, he wasn't going to be able to do the 50 shows," AEG Live's senior vice president Shawn Trell told reporters after the victory. "Then when it came to damages, somehow he was going to tour more from age 50 to 66 than he did at any point in his life. The jury could pick up on that. They couldn't have it both ways."
Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 after giving Jackson a lethal dose of propofol. However, he was released in October due to prison overcrowding, having only served half of his four-year sentence.