Trials & Litigation

Judge dubious about effort to seek new trial in Michael Jackson case due to confusing jury forms

Although a final ruling has not yet been made, a California judge was dubious during a Friday hearing about efforts to seek a new trial in the wrongful death case brought by Michael Jackson’s estate.

Confusing jury instructions tainted the verdict in favor of a concert promoter who paid the personal physician convicted of manslaughter in the famous pop singer’s death, argued lawyers for the plaintiff side. However, counsel for AEG Live LLC said the Jackson estate had approved the jury instructions, reports the Associated Press.

The L.A. Now page of the Los Angeles Times (sub. req.) also has a story.

See also: “Despite defense verdict in Michael Jackson case, entertainment execs ponder potential liability” “Four Michael Jackson wrongful-death jurors were ‘stunned’ by impact of verdict form”

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