Michael Jackson Likely to Star in Closing Day of Wrongful Death Trial

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Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 01:48 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Michael Jackson's many accomplishments in music will likely be at the center of the closing arguments put forth by the team of attorneys representing his mother, Katherine Jackson, in the civil negligence case against concert giant AEG Live LLC for his premature death.

Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication in June 2009 in Los Angeles, Calif., while practicing for his upcoming concert tour This Is It. He was 50 years old.

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On Wednesday, attorneys for both the Jackson family and AEG Live LLC will each be given four hours to deliver their final appeal to the jury. The plaintiffs will be given a second chance to address the 12 jurors considering the burden of proof, The Associated Press noted.

Throughout the 21-week trial, attorneys for the Jackson family have reportedly shown videos of the pop icon on a frequent basis to remind jurors of his musical triumphs throughout the decades.

The Jackson family is seeking just over $1 billion in the negligence suit, citing an expert accountant who claimed the King of Pop would have earned at least $1.1 billion for his "This Is It" worldwide tour if he had lived.

On Tuesday, Michael Jackson's mother Katherine as well as his children are expected to testify, the AP notes.

In June, Michael Jackson’s oldest son Prince Michael gave emotional testimony as to the final moments of his father's death.

At the heart of the case is whether AEG Live or Michael Jackson himself was responsible for hiring the late pop star's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray.

In November of 2011, jurors found Murray guilty of involuntary manslaughter for administering a lethal amount of propofol, a surgical anesthetic that played a key role in Jackson's death.

Murray was subsequently sentenced to four years behind bars; however, he is expected to be released from prison this coming October, according to NewsOne.com.

Attorneys for the Jackson family accuse AEG Live of negligently hiring Murray, while the defense argues that it was Jackson who insisted that Murray treat him, because the former cardiologist was giving him propofol as a sleep aid, the AP reported.

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Of the trial's 12 jurors, nine must agree for a ruling to be made in the case.

On Monday, Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos instructed the jury to not be swayed by prejudice, sympathy, or public opinion while deliberating, as well as the manner in which they should evaluate evidence and witness testimony before they come to their decision.

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